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Going Inside The Digital Numbers – Digital Gabe
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Going Inside The Digital Numbers

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It’s well documented that 2017 was the year Digital surpassed TV in US Ad Revenue.  Digital spending grew at a torrid pace in 2017, increasing 21% YoY to $88B.  Mobile spending was the primary driver of this growth, increasing 36% to $50B.  Amazingly mobile now accounts for 57% of all digital spending in the US.

Besides just the topline numbers it’s fascinating to see how the spending breaks down by channel.  Search still commands a whopping $40B of the digital total.  This is exactly why there’s so much focus on voice-based search right now – such a huge budget pool to disrupt.  Trusty old banner ads are still holding strong at $27B, but you’ve gotta figure that total will start to come down over the next few years as the digital world goes screenless.  Digital Video still has a long runway to grow with just under $12B in 2017 spending.  And you can really see opportunity in the relatively nascent Digital Audio sector which only billed $1.5B in 2017.

Great numbers to sink your teeth into.  I’m guessing we’ll see more of the same growth trends over the next few years.


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