According to Nielsen’s quarterly Global AdView Pulse report, the first quarter of 2013 held few surprises for media sectors—continuing trends established in recent years. Television remained the dominant media type in terms of advertising investments (with 59% media share and 3.5% global growth), and it appears that TV will maintain this position at least for the short term. TV advertising, however, was not immune to the economic problems in Europe in Q1, leading to a 2.9% decrease in this region.
Decreases in print advertising continued slowly, as both spending in magazines and newspapers both declined in the first quarter (-2.8% and -4.7%, respectively). Newspaper ad spend decreased in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, while magazine ad spending decreased in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa, showing that print advertising is declining around the globe.
The two media types combined, however, still hold nearly a 30% media share, validating that print is still a power player in the media mix for marketers.
Display Internet advertising, though measured in a smaller subset of countries, grew a significant 26.3 percent for the first quarter. Display internet ad growth was particularly impressive in the Asia-Pacific (33.2%) and Latin America (48.2%). Internet even bucked the trend in Europe, boasting growth of 10.4 percent.
“We see trends continuing in media, with less-steep ad spend increases in TV and very slight declines in print, making way for growth in the digital space. Although these changes in traditional media are slight, it’s worth noting how the placement of ad dollars is shifting over time,” said Randall Beard, global head, Advertiser Solutions for Nielsen. “We’ll continue to monitor these shifts in media spending and the impact for marketers in the short and long term.”