UK adspend has grown to £20.1 billion

UK adspend has grown to £20.1 billion

A recent report by the Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure has shown a rise in UK adspend by 7.5% to £20.1 billion. This is the highest rate since 2010.

Cinema adspend saw the greatest rise of 20.8 per cent to reach a record £283 million in 2015. The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre has strengthened this. It is expected to grow further in 2016.

The second highest was internet adspend which rose 17.3 per cent to £8.6 billion. Mobile made up 78 per cent of the growth as it increased 61.1 per cent to £2.6 billion. Rapid growth is expected to continue in this sector.

TV adspend rose by 7.3 per cent to reach a record £5.3 billion. This was made up of a growth in spot spend of 6.7 per cent to £4.8 billion, and a 20.7 per cent increase in video-on-demand to £175 million. Total TV spend is forecast to rise a further 5.1 per cent in 2016.

Radio adspend grew 2.9 per cent to £592 million, and out of home spend rose 3.9 per cent to a record high of £1.1 billion.

Despite the fantastic growth in adspend for these platforms, print adspend for national newsbrands dropped 11 per cent to £1.2 billion. However, digital adspend increased by 2.5 per cent to £220 million. Direct mail spend grew 1.4 per cent to £1.9 billion data from the Royal Mail has shown.

The ad market is expected to grow again this year with AA/Warc forecasting 5.5 per cent growth for 2016 and for 2017.

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