Internet ad spend in the U.S. 2016-2021

Internet advertising spending in the United States is predicted to increase by about sixty percent, from 72.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 to about 116 billion U.S. dollars in 2021.

Online content marketing

In 2018, content marketing was believed to be the single most effective digital marketing technique. Roughly a fifth of marketers worldwide considered this to be the activity that tends to make the largest commercial impact. Other effective techniques on the list included AI and machine learning, social media marketing, and search engine optimization (or SEO).

Influence of ad placement

Where ads are placed online can have an impact on how consumers perceive a brand. In the second quarter 2018, 44 percent of surveyed internet users believed that displaying ads around relevant online content would not influence their perception of the brand. However, about 42 percent of users stated that it would have a positive effect. Only six percent of respondents reported it would have a negative impact.

Internet advertising spending in the United States in 2016 and 2021

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Release date

June 2017


United States

Survey time period

June 2017

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