Media Buying


Mark Book, vice president and director of social content for agency DigitasLBi, talks about the specialized opportunities podcast advertising offers.

Mobile display ad spending in South Korea tilts toward apps—but not too dramatically, according to 2015 research. eMarketer estimates that mobile ad spending overall continues to rise at robust double-digit rates.

eMarketer expects advertisers in China will spend $9.29 billion on programmatic digital display advertising in 2016, a figure that sits between our estimates for the US ($21.55 billion) and UK ($4.06 billion).

Have some of the “FANG” companies grown so big that further growth becomes almost impossible to achieve? eMarketer forecast in September that 2016 would be the first year of single-digit growth in worldwide net ad revenues since the Great Recession set in.

Digital video advertising is a fast-growing format in China, where double-digit gains are the norm for the format. This year, according to one researcher, mobile will account for more than half of digital video ad spending for the first time.

Despite widespread economic uncertainty in China, mobile ad spending is rising rapidly there, as marketers look to connect with the world's largest mobile audience.

Charlie Wang, COO of programmatic video ad technology platform ReachMax, talks about what is driving programmatic advertising in China and the problems it faces.

Companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon have been flocking to YouTube to run branded content and advertising campaigns. Digital video ad spending on the Google-owned platform continues to grow, and is expected to maintain the biggest share of US video ad revenues through 2017.

Mobile messaging takes up a lot of smartphone time in China, where the average user has significantly increased time spent with their device in the past year. Online video viewing takes a distant second for smartphone time.

Spending on out-of-home ads in South Korea slipped in 2015, with falling spending on transit ads dragging down increases in billboard and entertainment-area ad spending. But that’s expected to change this year, according to one researcher.

LinkedIn’s global ad revenues are still rising by double-digit rates, according to eMarketer estimates from September 2015, even though Twitter and Facebook continue to grow their share of the pie more quickly.

Mobile is the most likely digital channel to see an increase in budget among marketers in Canada, according to research from December 2015. The same channel will also enjoy the largest planned increases in spending.

Yahoo’s planned earnings release is being overshadowed by expectation of a major corporate reorganization and significant layoffs. While its ad revenues are expected to go up, its share of the total is not, forcing it into a tighter corner of the market.

Internet users in Latin America spend more of their online time with social media than their counterparts anywhere else in the world, according to research from 2015. In Brazil, usage is especially high.

Financial institutions are facing many challenges this year, ranging from implementing EMV payments to making strategic hiring decisions. According to research, driving growth and profitability are among their biggest hurdles.

The Super Bowl remains one of the most-watched events in the US, and viewers not only tune in because of the sports, but for the ads as well. And according to research, the top five Super Bowl advertisers have spent a total of $745.1 million during the past 10 years.

The bulk of online video viewing time in Colombia is down to male viewers, according to 2015 data. Across all adult age groups, men spend substantially more time viewing video, in aggregate, than women.

Mobile is coming to account for an ever-increasing proportion of programmatic digital ad spending in the UK. As with the wider programmatic landscape, an education phase is currently under way, but marketers are learning fast.

Display ad spending may be about to outpace search this year in the US, but in many markets, search is still in the lead—and expected to stay there. And according to 2015 research, marketers around the world are planning to increase search spending this year.

TV is still the No. 1 medium for daily consumption in Canada, but the internet is not far behind. The vast majority of consumers in the country spend time with both every day—as well as with radio.