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Advertising industry worldwide - statistics & facts

Until 2020, when the coronavirus put a halt on many industries, the spending on advertising worldwide has been increasing steadily. Luckily, the market saw healthy growth in 2021 and is expected to continue on the path and surpass one trillion U.S. dollars in 2026 . North America is the region that invests most in advertising, however, Asia Pacific has been on its heels for quite some time, and Western Europe closes the top three. Middle East and Africa as well as Central and Eastern Europe spend the least, however, they can boast the highest growth. American consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble was the largest advertiser worldwide in 2020, having spent more than eight billion U.S. dollars on ads. Other big advertisers include Dutch-British Unilever, French L’Oréal, and American Amazon respectively second, third and fourth in the ranking.

TV and radio
The global TV advertising spending in 2021 amounted to more than 160 billion U.S. dollars and it is expected to increase to nearly 177 billion dollars by 2024. All of the regions are expected to see growth in TV investments in the measured period. Global radio advertising is projected to slightly grow between 2021 and 2024, offset by the impact of the pandemic on the industry, and ultimately reach 29.7 billion U.S. dollars.

Print media
With regard to print media, there has been a decrease in the advertising expenditure on both newspapers and magazines, and industry forecasts are not kind to the future of print media. In 2021, global spending on magazine ads amounted to 17 billion U.S. dollars, but it is believed to drop to 15 billion in the next three years. At the same time, newspaper advertising will not fare any better, with investments in ads declining from 29 to 25 billion U.S. dollars. In addition to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, digital media counterparts are disrupting the market and drawing the focus away from traditional media.

Digital and mobile
Spending on digital advertising worldwide amounted to 455 billion U.S. dollars in 2021. The sector is growing at an impressive rate and is expected to surpass 645 billion dollars in 2024. In the 2020 fiscal year, the American multinational technology company, Google, generated 146 billion U.S. dollars in revenue from digital advertising. In comparison, Facebook and Twitter made 84 and three billion U.S. dollars on ads, respectively.
Mobile internet advertising> is the fastest growing medium on the global ad market. In 2021, mobile ad spend worldwide amounted to roughly 288 billion U.S. dollars and it is expected to grow further to 412 billion by 2024. China is the country with the largest share of mobile internet in digital advertising spending worldwide, at 92 percent. In fact, except for Mexico, with 88.5 percent, the remaining countries in the top five are all Asian. Which is not surprising given the mobile internet proliferation in the region. By comparison, the global average stands at 74 percent.

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