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TV advertisers embrace digital video in Australia; online AdEX hits AUD 4.5bn

Highlights
  • Mobile and video fusion proves to be cross platform industry angel

Video advertising has been confirmed as the industry darling for FMCG, retail and finance brands, in Australia growing 76 per cent year on year to reach AUD 196 million for the financial year ended June 30 2014. FMCG is the dominant industry in video advertising with 18.2 per cent share, more than 2.5 times higher than its 7.2 percent share of general display advertising, according to video advertising category data included for the first time in IAB Australia’s quarterly Online Advertising Expenditure Report (OAER). Together, FMCG, retail and finance accounts for 43 per cent of all video advertising. This is ahead of Metro TV advertising, where these three sectors account for 40 per cent of advertising.

Video Advertising Expenditure by Quarter

Video Advertising Expenditure by Quarter

The Report, which is compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and is based on submissions from publishers and estimates of Google and Facebook, notes that online advertising expenditure was AUD 4.387 billion in the 12 months ended June 30 2014, a 22 percent year on year growth.

Of this expenditure, 52 per cent was attributed to Search and Directories, 29.2 per cent to General Display and the remaining 18.8 per cent to Classifieds. Display advertising again reported the strongest growth for the period, increasing 34.2 per cent year on year; while classifieds grew 17 per cent and search and directories grew 17.9 per cent.

Mobile advertising also grew strongly to reach AUD 620 million for FY14 and is now larger than the total magazine market. While Search remains the dominant category for mobile advertising, mobile more than doubled its contribution to the General Display expenditure year on year. Australia now contributes around three percent of the global mobile advertising market.

“The fusion of video advertising with mobile has been transformational for advertisers and publishers alike. Mobile inventory has been somewhat undervalued, but the cross platform opportunity that video advertising brings to it has unlocked considerable value and potential for both sectors,” said Alice Manners, CEO of IAB Australia.

In the June quarter 2014, total online advertising increased eight percent from the prior quarter, to reach AUD 1.185m. Expenditure increased across the three categories, with General Display experiencing its strongest growth ever at 17.9 percent on the March 2014 quarter, while Search and Directories increased 3.8 percent and Classifieds increased 5.6 percent compared to the immediate prior quarter (March 2014).

Online Advertising Expenditure in FY 2014 compared to FY 2013

Online Advertising Expenditure in FY 2014 compared to FY 2013

Online Advertising Expenditure in June Quarter 2014

Online Advertising Expenditure in June Quarter 2014

“General display is undeniably enjoying a renaissance thanks to the keen interest of FMCG and retail brands in particular. We expect this trend will continue strongly over the coming quarters,” said Gai Le Roy, IAB Australia’s Research Director.

Motor vehicles, finance and real estate continue to be the top three dominant industry categories for the financial year 2014, representing 39.7 percent of the reported General Display advertising market. Retail was however the big mover for the financial year, increasing its category share from 7.6 percent to 9.1 percent and its expenditure share by 1.5 percentage points.

Top five industry categories by expenditure share for twelve months ending 30 June 2014

Top five industry categories by expenditure share for twelve months ending 30 June 2014

Noor Fathima Warsia

A veteran journalist in the Indian marketing, media and advertising fraternity, Noor Fathima Warsia took on the role of Group Editor -– APAC for Digital Market Asia in May 2013. Noor has focussed on tracking trends and developments in the Indian media industry.
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