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Big Spenders on a Budget: What the Top 200 U.S. Advertisers Are Doing to Spend Smarter

The 200 Leading National Advertisers accounted for 51% of U.S. measured-media ad spending and nearly two-thirds of TV advertising in 2014. U.S. Ad spending for these companies rose a slim 2.0% in 2014, but the story is not that marketers are pulling back. They are spending smarter.

Procter & Gamble Co., the nation’s and world’s largest advertiser, is among those making the pitch to Wall Street that digital is more efficient.

“We’re shifting more advertising to digital media, search, social, video and mobile as consumers spend more time there,” P&G Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller said at a June investor conference. “In general, digital media delivers a higher return on investment than TV or print.”

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