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Mobile to Overtake Newspapers

According to the latest Advertising Expenditure Forecasts from ZenithOptimedia, in 2016 mobile internet advertising will become the world’s third-largest advertising medium, behind television and desktop internet and ahead of newspapers.

The media agency’s forecasts show that next year mobile will account for 12.4% of global adspend while newspapers will take 11.9%. In terms of actual value, mobile advertising will grow 38% in 2016 to US$71bn, while newspaper advertising will shrink 4% to US$68bn.

Mobile advertising is the driving force behind the growth of the entire advertising market, ZenithOptimedia stated, as it will contribute 83% of all new ad dollars between 2014 and 2017. And as mobile continues its inexorable rise, so print continues to decline across most of the world. ZenithOptimedia predicts that newspaper adspend will shrink by an average of 4.9% a year through to 2017, while magazine advertising will shrink by 3.2% a year. Their combined share of global adspend will fall from 19.6% this year to 16.7% by 2017.

In that year, internet advertising is expected to account for 34% of global adspend, slightly behind television’s 35.9% and is likely to gain the top spot in 2018 on current trends. Total adspend is forecast to grow 4% this year to reach US$554bn before accelerating to 5% in 2016, thanks to the four-yearly boost supplied by the summer Olympics and US presidential election.

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