Advertising in Wales
Do you want your brand to be seen by a mass and diverse audience, across Wales?
If so, check out the latest statistics for different advertising media in Wales!
On average, people in Wales spend 2 hours 45 minutes per day watching broadcast TV, the second most of any nation. Unsurprisingly given the passion for sport in Wales, the most-watched TV program in 2022 was Six Nation Rugby: Wales vs. France (Ofcom, 2023).
On average, ITV reaches 80% of adults per month in Wales, with “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” becoming one of Wales’s most popular programs – reaching up to 615K adults in one episode alone (ITV, 2023).
S4C, aimed at a Welsh-speaking audience, offers a potential yearly audience of almost 2.5 million people in over 1.3 million homes.
CTV ‘Connected TV’ is content accessed via apps and streamed over smart TVs, or a connected device, such as Amazon Fire Stick, PlayStation, and Apple TV; Nationally, CTV is heavily on the rise with a 15.7% growth rate expected for 2023 (Statista 2022).
7 in 10 TV users in Wales had a connected TV device, and users were more likely to connect their TV to the internet via a box (Sky+ or Virgin Media) by 44%, compared to England with 32% (Ofcom 2023)
According to Ofcom 63% of all Welsh households are currently subscribed to at least one VOD service and the average viewing duration for these services is 4 hours and 43 minutes whilst people in Wales are estimated to spend 15% of their total video viewing time on video-on-demand services, as well as 15% on video-sharing websites/apps.
Radio is a highly effective form of advertising, reaching 88% of the adult population weekly, equivalent to 49.4 million people.
The average listener tunes into 20.5 hours of live radio each week, and a record 39.2 million people are tuning into commercial radio every week, up by 1.3% on the quarter and 8% on the year.
North Wales appeared to have the most success in Q2 2023 RAJAR’s update; Capital North Wales’ reach increased from 100,000 to 121,000, up a staggering 21% and Heart North Wales reach has also increased from 89,000 up by 14%. Its total listener hours are up by a staggering 40% from 606,000 to 846,000, whilst the share of listening is up from 2.9% to 4.1%.
Heart South Wales in Q2 has the highest number of active listeners with 403,000, with a 21% reach.
Radio advertising makes it possible to customise messages to each audience, helping targeting specific demographic groups, local communities, and geographical regions.
Radio has the highest rate of ad avoidance, demonstrating how radio listeners are much less likely to “tune out” when there are radio commercials.
The Q1 (2023) TFW report has recorded across South Wales alone that 300,000 passengers have used bus transport to commute every week and is estimated that around 100 million bus journeys were made in 2022.
Reportedly bus advertising is the most-seen outdoor advertising medium, reaching over 48 million adults over a two-week period (Route, 2023).
There has been a total of 5.4m passenger journeys made on TFW trains across Wales in Q1 of 2023, this is still down in comparison to pre-pandemic levels (Wales Online, 2023), On average 71% of regular rail users have noticed an OOH ad in their respective station in the past week (Clearchannel, 2023).
Out-of-home and Digital out-of-home advertising has the ability to reach 98% of the UK population at least once a week, highlighting that OOH is a very powerful method of advertising (outsmart 2023). It has been suggested that on average 71% of the UK population acknowledges an advert at the roadside (75 Media, 2023).
OOH and DOOH drive online engagement as well as purchase intention or service use, almost 26% of surveyed customers have visited a website in response to an OOH advert, and a 38% increase in mobile engagements (75 media, 2023).
The top 3 performing OOH/ DOOH sites in Wales are:
- ‘M4 Super 6’ located in Newport with 574,923 weekly impacts.
- Swansea Bus Station Large Digital Format with 498,000 weekly impacts.
- Static 6 sheet located on Newport Road, Cardiff with 259,346 weekly impacts.
Amazon Music accounted for the highest listening time in Wales on music streaming services with 24% – 4 times the UK adult national average (Ofcom, 2023).
The average Spotify user is estimated to spend 25 hours per month listening to music (Ferjan, 2023).
Podcasts have grown massively in popularity in recent years, from 2022 it was estimated there would be an average of 22 million monthly listeners in the UK (Cybercrew, 2023). As a result, advertising through podcasts has become highly favourable in a marketing mix, expecting to see a growth rate of 15.7% at the end of 2023 (Thepodcasthost, 2023).
More than 9 in 10 (92%) homes in Wales had an internet connection in the first half of 2023 (Ofcom, 2023).
An average person in the UK is estimated to spend 145 minutes every day on social media platforms (Workup, 2022), with Facebook remaining the most-used social media platform with 44.8 million active users nationally (Thesocialsheppard, 2023).
Instagram came in second with 35 million active users at the end of Q2, while YouTube was third with an estimated 16.3 million users in the UK (Statista, 2023).
If your looking to start an advertising campaign across Wales, Get in touch with our experienced team.
Interesting Media Statistics
Do you want your brand to be seen by a mass and diverse audience, at the right time and place?
Check out the latest statistics for different advertising medias!
28 million households in the UK have a television (Cybercrew, 2023)
3 hours were spent daily watching TV in the UK for 2022 (Cybercrew, 2022)
TV advertising is on average almost half the price of YouTube, and 17 times cheaper than other online video advertising (Thinkbox, 2021)
Adults ages 35-54 spent up to 26% of their total TV time watching traditional TV on a weekly basis (Keegan, 2023).
VOD (Video on Demand)
In the first quarter of 2023, the number of UK households subscribing to video-on-demand services amounted to around 19.08 million (Statista, 2023).
73% of the UK population choose to watch shows/movies on streaming platforms.
58% of all households in the UK are subscribed to an average of 5.4 streaming services (Boyle, 2022).
There were 35 million users on ITV X alone in 2022! (Boyle, 2023).
OOH (Out of Home)
Out of Home reaches 98% of the UK population at least once a week (Outsmart, 2023)
Nearly 26% of Customers Have Visited a Website in Response to an OOH Advert (75 media, 2023)
Transit advertising reaches 83% of commuters on weekdays and 69% on weekends, equivalent to 48 million adults on a two-week basis (Global, 2023)
Each year a branded taxi will be seen over 75 million times (Capspacemedia, 2022)
Spending over 95% of their time in the city centre, taxis offer universal coverage by targeting mass volumes of consumers (Hugemedia, 2023)
54% of adults 15-34 see bus advertising every week (Global, 2022)
Bus shelter Ads reach 92% of the Population Every Week (75 media, 2023)
On average, passengers spend 7-13 minutes at their respective rail station (Global, 2022)
71% of regular rail users have noticed an OOH ad in the past week (Clearchannel, 2023)
88% of the adult population listens to radio weekly, equivalent to 49.4 million people (RAJAR, 2023).
The average user tunes into 20.5 hours of live radio each week (RAJAR, 2023).
A record 39.2 million people are tuning into commercial radio every week, up by 1.3% on the quarter and 8% on the year (RAJAR, 2023).
In an average week, digital listening accounts for 697 million hours, and has the highest percentage of listeners with 74% (RAJAR, 2023).
Podcast advertising will see a growth rate of 15.7% in 2023.
The average podcast fan consumes 9 episodes per week (Thepodcasthost, 2023).
The average Spotify user spends an average of 25 hours per month listing to music (Ferjan, 2023).
Q4 data for 2022, shows that 33.2 million people in the UK are listening to online radio each week (IAB, 2022).
In an average week, digital listening accounts for 697 million hours, and has the highest percentage of listeners with 74% (RAJAR, 2023).
Cinema advertising spending is forecast to show the largest growth rate in 2023 compared to any other media at 37% (Statista, 2023).
There are on average 220 new films of different genre released every year; therefore, cinema advertising reaches a large and diverse audience (SocialFilms, 2022).
87% of survey respondents claimed they noticed adverts before, during and after the movie (Digiday, 2023).
In 2022, there were 4.9 billion people globally who use one or more social media platforms daily (Forbes, 2022).
An average person spends 145 minutes every day on social media (Workup, 2022).
Facebook has remained the most-used social media platform with 2.98 billion monthly active users as of Q1 of 2023, a 7.18% increase year on year (Dean, 2023).
Static images posted on Instagram achieved an average reach of 1,850 users and carousels reached an average of 2,325 users (Dixon, 2022).
500 billion YouTube videos are watched daily (Omicore, 2023).
On average, 500 million tweets are shared daily (Oberlo, 2023).
TikTok is the most engaging social media platform, with an average session length of 10.85 minutes, the time spent on TikTok globally in 2022 was a mammoth 68 billion hours (Kurve, 2023).
If you need help ensuring your using the right mix of media, get in touch with our experienced team today!
Study shows OOH advertising encourages mobile search
Four leading OOH specialists have collaborated on research in to peoples on-line search behaviour whilst they are out of home.
JC Decaux, Clear Channel, Posterscope and Global discovered that searches on mobiles are 38% more likely to lead to a purchase compared to at home mobile searches.
“Understanding the why, where and the how”
1,100 British 18-55 year old consumers were researched through desk and online to comprehend why people searched on-line.
A bespoke online mobile search diary was completed capturing almost 10,000 individual searches which recorded their mobile search behaviour over 7 days to determine how mobile search differs when conducted in “OOH Locations” versus “At Home”
It was found that searches mirrored “need states” across different categories. (for more information on “need states” try Google: 6 Need States Influence Search Behavior (searchenginejournal.com))
+58% Consumers who spend more time OOH conduct more searches across more categories
Mobile searches conducted OOH are more diverse than At Home mobile searches and lead to more actions .
+38% Searches conducted in OOH Locations lead to a purchase than At Home mobile searches
It was found that searches run parallel to “need states”
62% of food/grocery shopping searches are “Doing Searches”
57% Finance searches are “understanding searches”
34% career searches are “Self-discovering/progressing searches”
OOH mobile searches cover more ”need states” than at home mobile searches significantly over indexing for;
Self-discovering / progressing +40%
Mobile searches conducted OOH are more spread out across time periods. Over 8 in 10 taking place before 7pm, while 4 in 10 at home mobile searches are conducted in the evening post 7pm
Mobile searches conducted OOH have a wider variety of triggers particularly based on location needs (39%), the senses e.g. conversations, (20%) and linked to activities people are doing (18%)
The OOH environment priming attributes encouraging search, include Inspiration, The Senses, Experiences and Location needs. 62% of consumers state OOH advertising creatives with a location call out would encourage them to search. This was conducted through an on-line research study with the consumers studied using visual stimuli
The creative drivers of research were shown to be;
Bold short copy 58%
Website featured 55%
Prominent product shot 54%
Prominent logo 47%
Dynamic triggers drive search even more
Time of day 57%
To find out how our experienced team can help you with your OOH advertising please contact [email protected]
Demand in OOH advertising grows in the first quarter
As we all know travel has resumed on a nearly back to normal basis, airports are busy and international travel is back on the table for us all. This has resulted in huge growth in demand for OOH ad spaces in and around travel hubs. JCDecaux, the world’s largest outdoor advertising company has announced that their revenue growth was 32% for the first six months of 2022 hugely contributed to by the recovery of the travel sector following the pandemic.
This was evident in N. America where growth doubled to €116.2m against 2021, driven by a significant return of US air travel, with US airport advertising revenue now reaching 90% of what it was before the pandemic. Here in the UK growth was up by 72% to €143.4m.
In the second quarter of 2022 JCDecaux grew by 22% year on year, with all regions recording increases except Asia-Pacific (likely due to lockdowns continuing in China)
Overall, all elements of their business grew in the first half of 2022:
Transport ad business grew 28% organically to €459m.
Street furniture up 38% organically to €789.4m.
Billboard advertising up by 22% to €226.4m.
It is estimated by Jean-Charles Decaux, co-CEO of JCDecaux, that the company will grow organically by “around 7%” in the third quarter of 2022. (Source:The Media Leader)
New Elizabeth Line offers dynamic OOH opportunities
After a 19 billion pound spend and over schedule, London’s Elizabeth Line has this week been launched. This Crossrail train service provides more variety and faster services to the public in London. The Elizabeth line will revolutionise the way people travel across the Capital. Stretching 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the West through central tunnels across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East, the Crossrail service is expected to carry 200 million people every year to 41 stations (10 of them new).
Advertising on the London Underground has always been an effective way to reach mass and varied audiences with millions of commuters, visitors and fun-seekers using the network daily. These new stations will have big, bright and beautiful advertising spaces to draw audiences in with strategic positioning and captivating experiences. There are a vast number of formats for advertisers to tell their stories with 329 new advertising displays overall. Eight central stations feature seven pairs of full- motion enabled Digital Ribbons and 16 new-format Digital Runways, made up of 235 platform edge screens (only available on the Elizabeth Line) In addition there are four high impact, ultra-HD Digital Gateway screens and 32 new digital billboards (D6’s) installed in high visibility locations such as ticket halls and corridors.
‘Advertising infrastructure is often added as an afterthought to major building projects. However, the advertising team here were actively involved with the main architect from very early in the design stage. A “less is more” approach was taken, always thinking about, passenger flows, viewing angles and importantly the overall design aesthetic. The impact is unmissable.‘
Big brands that have so-far acquired sites include Google, Money Super Market, Reed.co.uk, Sage and Schweppes. We will be keeping a keen eye on other advertisers who have been attracted by these new sites.
If you are interested in finding out some more information on outdoor advertising or how to get your brand seen on the NEW Elizabeth line, contact our team today
Making the most out of outdoor digital advertising
Digital outdoor advertising (DOOH) is much more than just a screen which enables movement, but what are some ways your campaign can utilise dynamic technologies?
Recently, Pirinase used weather data to help their campaign promoting their hay fever relief spray. The campaign is activated when the MET Office pollen count reaches ‘high’ or ‘very high.’ This ensures the campaign reaches hay fever sufferers at times when they need relief.
Another example of using weather data is B&Q’s long-running campaign. Their creative pushes summer products when the weather is good, ensuring relevance to the weather.
Outdoor advertising can also be geo-fenced, allowing passers-by to be targeted. Econsultancy reported that “O2 partnered with Dax and Mobsta to log device IDs (via Bluetooth) when people pass an out-of-home (OOH) site. These IDs were then used to see if a particular user subsequently visited an O2 store, where their device ID would be tracked.”
O2’s campaign for the Samsung S8 handset also used geofencing to target ads on digital radio, Soundcloud and Deezers at people within 500m of the OOH site.
Digital advertising can also utilise travel data, such as flights times, drive times or sports data. We particularly like how Guinness used it during the Six Nation’s.
The creative alerted people to an upcoming match and its kick-off time, as well as the distance to the local pub.
Participating pubs then used sensors to capture footfall data and, if they got too full, would trigger a change in creative to direct fans to alternative venues.
Could your campaign use dynamic data? Get in touch today.
Bus Advertising Statistics
Take a look at the latest statistics for bus advertising within the UK!
Find out more about how bus advertising can work for you here, or give our team an email at [email protected].
Increase your audience with OOH Technology
As out of home technologies go digital, advertising can now be extremely dynamic, creative interactive and engaging
Increasingly internet users are accessing the web through mobiles. Outdoor digital advertising allows advertisers to integrate mobile with large displays. New technologies are bringing a whole new way to target and engage with your audience. Gaze recognition, gender recognition, and even emotion recognition are enabling advertisers to target messages precisely at their passing audience. As campaigns such as “Look at Me” for Women’s Aid prove. The ad used gaze- tracking technology to monitor how many people were looking at the display at any one time – changing the creative as more people paid attention to it.
There are opportunities to engage with mobile users through the use of apps created especially for a particular campaign; for example NHS Blood and Transplant’s “virtual blood donation” campaign, required passers-by to make a “blood donation” using an augmented reality app, while on a connected out-of-home display, a sick patient is shown gradually returning to health as the virtual donation takes effect.
Advertisers have increasingly been able to break down audiences into precise segments, across all media enabling them to target their messages in ever-more specific ways. Using the latest technology innovations, advertisers can target individuals in real time using digital out-of-home solutions – making media work harder than ever before.
For example, Renault used vehicle recognition to target motorists. With only seconds to catch their attention, they delivered a targeted message based on audience demographics and vehicle spec. Cameras identified the make, model and colour of vehicles from their number plates, and served messages to specific drivers as they waited at traffic lights. This way the message is speaking directly in real time to the audience and highly likely to get more attention.
If you need help to STAND OUT with your marketing then get in touch with our experienced team who can help craft innovative solutions based on your brief. Call 02921 320200 or email [email protected]
OOH: How much should you allocate to digital?
The optimal amount of an advertiser’s digital out-of-home (DOOH) budget should be 45%, according to a new effectiveness study by BrandScience.
The research analysed over 211 OOH ad campaigns between 2011-2015. It found when the costs of digital and traditional OOH are taken into account, the optimal proportion of DOOH is about 45 per cent. Above this level, returns are diminishing, the study said.
The report also makes recommendations for different types of advertisers on how to maximize ROI when combining digital and traditional OOH as part of a wider media mix with these given examples.
- Grocery retailers’ optimal OOH investment is about £7 million, which yields about 70 per cent in incremental value.
- Travel companies, the optimal OOH investment is about £2.7 million, which yields about 15 per cent in incremental value.
Sally Dickerson, the global chief executive at BrandScience, the researchers of the commissioned study said:
“We can clearly measure out-of-home effectively and we have proved that a slightly increased OOH spend – in many cases – delivers higher ROI.”
The report also said OOH improves the rate of return on investment for all other media used in an ad campaign, except for print.
Get in touch with us with a campaign brief, to see how we can incorporate traditional and digital out of home formats into your marketing mix, to help maximise and deliver the best return on investment for your budget.
Thank you Swansea Council for choosing us as your agency!
What a fantastic summer it has been for The Media Angel this year! Our team has been exceptionally busy nurturing existing client campaigns and growing new client friendships across the summer months; and as we end one season into another we have a hugely exciting project to report on.
We are delighted to announce that following an exacting procurement process, The Media Angel have been awarded the contract to be the supporting media agency for Swansea Council’s Tourism Team during this year’s campaign named ‘Swansea Bay Moments’. This is an outdoor campaign that will extend into some of the UK’s largest cities, including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London.
After going through the procurement process for the project, our team received the amazing news that we had been successful. Alison Debono, Managing Director at The Media Angel was delighted with the news that her team had submitted the successful bid;
“I am so very proud of my team! We have all worked extremely hard on this project, making sure we could deliver a great and successful campaign for excellent value. We really couldn’t be more thrilled with this win. The team at Swansea Council have produced some award winning campaigns, and we are all very excited to be working with them”.
The campaign is due to start at the beginning of October this year; and aims to invite visitors from across the UK to come and visit Swansea Bay. Visitors will be encouraged to make and share ‘moments’ from their Swansea Bay adventure.
Steve Hopkins, Tourism Team Manager said “We’re particularly looking forward to beginning this Autumn’s campaign as we’re trialling digital video ads for the first time and can’t wait to see them in action!”.
We are very eager to help the council promote the message about Swansea Bay; we can’t wait to get started in showing people across the UK how truly beautiful, unique and diverse Swansea Bay really is.