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Digital marketing in the United Kingdom (UK) - statistics & facts

Digital marketing has become one of the most indispensable promotional tools of the recent past. Around the world, companies are reacting to the digitalization of everyday life and the rapid changes in consumer behavior by switching from traditional forms of advertising to more dynamic digital channels. This adaption of digital marketing methods is particularly advanced in the United Kingdom, the largest digital ad market in Europe and one of the leading digital advertising spenders worldwide. Spending on digital advertising has increased for over a decade, and even though UK marketing budgets were cut across many industries during the COVID-19 pandemic, digital continues to thrive.

Digital marketing spending

Marketers allocate higher budgets towards digital marketing than ever. In 2020, digital ad spend in the UK was forecast to reach 15.6 billion British pounds, and according to a recent survey, 72 percent of marketing experts direct the majority of their budgets towards online marketing projects. This distribution of advertising funds and focus helps marketers adapt to consumers' growing appetite for digital experiences. As part of this mission, building effective digital interfaces for consumers has become one of the top marketing priorities in the UK.

Social media drives digital ad spend

Companies can choose from an ever-expanding set of digital marketing tools and technologies, ranging from e-mail newsletters and search advertising to social media campaigns and video ads. When asked about the most successful marketing channel in a recent survey, a majority of UK marketers listed social media as their top-performing promotional tool. This finding is no surprise, as a company’s presence on platforms such as Instagram can boost brand exposure and facilitate audience engagement. Up to 3.6 billion British pounds are spent on social media advertising in the UK every year, and according to the latest projections, more than 25 percent of UK businesses' overall marketing budgets will be allocated towards social by 2026.

Leaders in the UK digital marketing space

The UK digital ad market is dominated by a handful of top-performing agencies. The top 10 digital ad agencies in the UK recently reported an average income of over 185 million British pounds, which was around 12 times the income generated by all other players. With gains of over 370 million British pounds, Accenture Interactive stood out as the leading digital ad agency in the UK in 2019, whereas MSC B2B ranked first across the UK’s top digital B2B marketing communications agencies in 2020. Overall, UK digital ad agencies are most commonly hired by companies within the financial and retail sectors. These investments are seemingly paying off, considering that fashion retail brands such as ASOS were named the UK companies with the most effective digital marketing strategies in 2020.

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In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 30 most important statistics relating to "Digital marketing in the UK".


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