With over 39 billion US$ adspend in 2013, China will fuel global growth (ZenithOptimedia)

14 July 2011 18 h 32 min 83 comments

According to ZenithOptimedia’s latest “Advertising Expenditure Forecasts”, China is now the third-largest ad market in the world. The 2011 growth has been upgraded for China (from 11.7% growth to 13.4%) and Malaysia (from 10.0% to 12.3%).

Between 2010 and 2013, China will keep this rank but its advertising spending will grow from 26,122 billion USD to 39,127 billion USD which means 49,78% growt and 16,6% annual growth. During this period, Mainland China will contribute to the worldwide advertising growth with over 13 billion US$ against 13,6 bn for the USA.

ZenithOptimedia forecasts shows that China is catching up quickly with second-placed Japan. In 2005 China was 23% of the size of Japan, in 2010 it was 57% and by 2013, the media buying group predicts it to be 83%.

China in the worldwide advertising market

                                                                                      2010                             2013

Share of Worldwide market                               5,77%                           7,42%

Share of Top 10 markets                                     8%                                  10,67%

Share of Asia Pacific market                           24,55%                            27,44%

Other major worldwide trends for the 2011-2013 period

• Global ad expenditure forecast to reach US$471 billion this year, the same as the peak level of expenditure reached in 2008
• Expenditure predicted to grow 4.1% in 2011, essentially confirming the 4.2% growth predicted in April
• Small softening in the Americas and Europe counterbalanced by stronger spending in Asia Pacific
• Middle Eastern advertising continues to decline as political disruption spreads
• 2012 and 2013 forecasts marginally upgraded
• Internet the fastest-growing medium (14.2% a year) between 2010 and 2013
• Television to contribute most new ad dollars (49% of total)

ZenithOptimedia now predicts global ad expenditure will grow by 4.1% in 2011, just 0.1 percentage points below the prediction we made in April. It will return to US$471 billion, the level it reached in 2008 before the recession. The ad market continues to recover from the 2009 recession, but growth has dipped this year in response to economic pressures, natural disaster and political disruption. More robust growth is forecast to resume in 2012 and 2013.


We have made small downward adjustments to our forecasts for North America, Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America. We now expect North America to grow 2.3% this year and Western Europe to grow 3.3%; these figures are down 0.3 and 0.2 percentage points respectively. We have downgraded Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America by more (1.0 and 1.2 points respectively) but we still expect these regions to grow far faster than North America and Western Europe. We forecast 9.0% growth in Central & Eastern Europe and 6.7% growth in Latin America this year.

These adjustments are counterbalanced by our increased forecast for Asia Pacific, which we now expect to grow 5.9% this year, up from the 4.6% we forecast in April. This is partly because the earthquake in Japan has been less disruptive than initially feared: we now forecast ad expenditure in Japan to decline 2.4% this year, down from 4.1%. But we have also increased our forecasts for the rest of the region from 10.5% to 11.4%, driven by upgrades in China (from 11.7% growth to 13.4%) and Malaysia (from 10.0% to 12.3%).

Overall we predict 5.9% growth in global ad expenditure in 2012, up from our 5.8% prediction in April. 2012 will benefit from the ‘quadrennial’ events: the summer Olympics in the UK, the European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine, the Presidential elections in the US. We then expect growth to slip slightly to 5.6% in 2013 (up from our previous forecast of 5.5%).

2010-2013: 10,7% annual growth in Asia Pacific 

Developing markets continue to expand far faster than developed markets. We forecast North America to grow by an average of 3.1% a year between 2010 and 2013 and Western Europe to grow by 3.4%. We expect Japan to grow just 0.9% a year, after a big drop in 2011 followed by the recovery of lost ground over the next two years, and we forecast 0.1% annual growth in the Middle East and North Africa following the same pattern. Meanwhile we forecast Latin America to grow by 8.0% a year, Central & Eastern Europe by 12.4%, Asia Pacific by 7.0%, and Asia Pacific excluding Japan to grow by 10.7%.

Developing markets – which we here define as everywhere outside North America, Western Europe and Japan – will increase their share of the global ad market from 30.7% in 2010 to 35.1% in 2013.

There are now two ‘developing’ markets in the world’s top ten ad markets, and there will be three in 2013. Brazil, at sixth place, is even closer to the UK: 81% of the size of the UK in 2010 and will be 91% in 2013. Russia, which was in 13th place in 2010, will be in ninth in 2013.
The biggest contributors to the global growth

The sheer size of the US – 3.3 times the next-largest market – means it will contribute the most new ad dollars to the global market over the next three years (US$13.8 billion), despite its slow growth. However, the next five largest contributors are all developing markets: China (which contributes almost as much as the US, US$13.0 billion), Russia (US$6.1 billion), Brazil (US$3.5 billion), Indonesia (US$2.8 billion) and India (US$2.6 billion). Overall we predict developing markets will contribute 62% of new ad dollars over the next three years.
Global advertising expenditure by medium

The internet continues to grow at the fastest rate of any medium, at an average of 14.2% a year between 2010 and 2013. Display is the fastest-growing segment, growing by 16.4% a year, driven mainly by online video and social media. Streaming video ads are growing extremely quickly, thanks to the emergence of do-it-yourself tools that have allowed local advertisers to enter the market. In most developed markets, social media sites are near the top of the list of most-popular websites, and they are often way ahead of their rivals in time spent by users. In the US, social media use has jumped 25% over the last year, and now accounts for 16% of all time spent online, and 34% of display impressions. Paid search is growing by 14.4% a year, but its growth is being slightly restrained by the shift in search behaviour from desktop to mobile devices, where costs are currently lower. Online classified is growing relatively slowly, by 9.1% a year, while employment and property markets remain weak in the biggest countries. Overall, we predict internet advertising will grow by US$31.3 billion, from US$63.7 to US$95.0 billion between 2010 and 2013.

Television is the next fastest-growing medium, at 6.2% a year. It is also the largest contributor to global growth, accounting for 49% of new ad dollars between 2010 and 2013. Television’s share of the global ad market has risen steadily over time and shows no sign of reaching a plateau: it attracted 40.1% of spend in 2010, up from 37.3% in 2005, and we forecast it to attract 41.4% in 2013. The amount of time viewers spend watching television continues to increase, and even though viewers are presented with a wider choice of channels than ever, the biggest television events are attracting record audiences. This year’s Super Bowl, for example, was watched by 111 million Americans, making it the most watched broadcast in US history. It beat the previous year, itself a record breaker, by 4.2%. We forecast television ad expenditure to grow by US$35.4 billion, from US$179.6 to US$215.0 billion between 2010 and 2013.

Newspapers and magazines have been declining since 2007, with a brief pause for magazines in 2010, when ad expenditure remained essentially static. We expect this decline to continue throughout our forecast period. Magazines are suffering less than newspapers, because the experience of reading a magazine is less easy to replicate online, and because they do not rely so much on the timely delivery of information, where the internet has a big advantage over newspapers. We predict magazine ad expenditure will shrink by 0.6% a year over our forecast period, while newspaper ad expenditure shrinks by 1.1%. In 2013 newspapers will fall behind the internet, which will take newspapers’ place as the world’s second-largest medium.

Advertising Expenditure Forecasts is published quarterly

About ZenithOptimedia

ZenithOptimedia is one of the world’s leading global media services agencies with 218 offices in 72 countries. Key clients include AlcatelLucent, Aviva, BBC Worldwide, British Airways, Electrolux, General Mills, Giorgio Armani Parfums, Kingfisher, Lactalis, Mars-Wrigley, Nestlé, L’Oréal, Puma, Polo Ralph Lauren, Qantas, Reckitt Benckiser, Richemont Group, Sanofi-Aventis, Siemens, Telefónica O2, Thomson Multimedia, Toyota/Lexus, Verizon and Whirlpool. ZenithOptimedia is part of Publicis Groupe (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577), the world’s third largest communications group, the world’s second largest media counsel and buying group, and a global leader in digital and healthcare communications. With around-the-world activities spanning more than 104 countries on five continents, the Groupe employs approximately 48,000 professionals. With sister agencies Starcom MediaVest, Denuo, Digitas and Razorfish, ZenithOptimedia is a member of Publicis Groupe’s VivaKi, a global digital knowledge and resource centre that leverages the combined scale of the autonomous operations of its members to develop new services, new tools, and new partnerships.

Full press release

SOURCE: ZenithOptimedia (13/07/2011) 

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