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Advertising in Germany - statistics & facts

Advertising in Germany, same as around the world, has become an enormous industry, closely connected to how various media continues to develop and change. The widespread use of digital and mobile technology among consumers has opened up new markets for advertisers as well as ways to increase advertising reach.

On the other hand, consumer behaviour, regarding digital media consumption in particular, generally geared towards either quicker perusal on the go or more direct access to content, also affects attention to advertising. As far as traditional and long-standing types of media are concerned, many rely on selling advertising time or space to survive, which is especially true for print media in times of falling paid circulation and subscription numbers. Based on the gross advertising market share of individual media in Germany, television is in the lead.

Plenty of industries still rely on above-the-line advertising, or so-called traditional, easily recognizable ads in classic media, as well as outdoor advertising. The industries with the highest ad spend in this area were food retail, publishers and pharmaceutical products. A look at German job openings for advertising reveals that specialists directly in this field, as well as marketing, are in demand, in addition to account managers and graphic designers.

Television remains one of the most used media in Germany, so it stands to reason that a large portion of advertising efforts and investments are concentrated there. Monthly gross TV ad spending has fluctuated in recent months. 6.82 million television commercials were aired in Germany in 2020. These commercials took up over 3.1 million minutes of air time that same year.

Forecasts predict a steady increase of advertising revenue in Germany, with figures expected to reach 28.4 billion euros in 2021. Online ad revenue in particular looks to be facing a rosy future, with rapid growth already recorded in recent years.

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