Media Buying

Inclusive marketing is becoming important to advertisers: Horizon Media and Nielsen partner to better facilitate media planning for Asian, Black, and Hispanic consumers.

TikTok’s hold on the social media industry is impossible to ignore: The video app and other visually oriented platforms thrive with key demographics.

US spending on linear TV ads will peak this year at $68.35 billion, up from $65.66 billion in 2021. This figure will not surpass $68 billion again for the next four years, with TV ad spend dropping to $64.94 billion in 2026 as its share of total media ad spend decreases as well.

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In 2021, more than three-quarters of the time that US adults spent listening to ad-supported audio went to AM/FM radio. Podcasts trailed way behind traditional radio, capturing just 11% of ad-supported listening, while Pandora, SiriusXM, and Spotify each accounted for less than 10%. AM/FM radio held a majority share across adult age groups and was the most listened-to ad-supported audio not only in the car (88%), but also in the home (72%) and workplace (68%).

TikTok will grow its net ad revenues in the US by an astounding 184.4% this year to hit $5.96 billion. The app’s ad revenues will settle into a double-digit growth trajectory starting next year and top $11 billion in 2024.

The Canadian government intervenes to save local news: Proposed legislation would require Meta, Google, and other tech platforms to pay publishers for their content in a bid to revitalize a struggling industry.

Ad industry sees gaming as a growth opportunity amidst industry turmoil: Inaugural PlayFronts event focuses on how brands can gain new customers and revenue.

TV measurement is still fracturing: WarnerMedia is the latest media giant to experiment with its own measurement services.

The future of linear TV advertising may be ruled by manufacturers: Roku tests a new program that could revitalize linear ads.

In 2022, 40.7% of China’s digital ad spending will go toward the ecommerce channel, for ads offered by retailers like Alibaba and This eclipses the share in the US, where 14.5% of digital ad spending will flow to ecommerce channel ads sold by the likes of Amazon, Walmart, and eBay.

Walmart eyes a significant opportunity with its online marketplace: The retail giant is offering sellers discounted commission rates to entice them to sell on its platform.

Will the future of mobile advertising be attention-based? Kargo thinks so, which is why it’s picked up Parsec’s “politely interruptive” ad format via acquisition.

Meta’s campaign against TikTok will do little to hide its own issues: Negative stories about rivals won’t fix its longstanding advertising and content issues.

Streaming services gained Oscar wins and brand awareness during commercial breaks: Disney’s own properties also propped up ad sales during the Academy Awards.

As the ad industry grapples with privacy changes, much is at stake: US programmatic display advertising will top $123 billion this year and approach $142 billion in 2023.

Netflix has 1.6 billion reasons to crack down on password sharing: While the exact number of sharers are hard to pin down, there’s a huge gray market the streaming giant could go after.

Google’s Trusted Store badge could adversely affect Amazon: The Trusted Store badge could also spur incremental spending on Google Shopping ads.

Identity resolution is in a state of flux in the US advertising industry, with third-party cookies and mobile IDs being ushered out in the name of consumer privacy.

Spotify’s ad sales are going to make up more of its revenue as time passes: The company is making key strategic hires in Europe to bring that vision to life.