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March 28, 2018

Forecast: Digital Advertising Pulling Away from TV on Global Basis

By 2020, digital advertising to command 44.6 percent of total ad revenue.

Forecaster Zenith has projected global TV ad spending will be $187 billion this year, while digital is slated to grow to $227 billion. Last year, according to the agency, digital overtook TV advertising for the first time.

Assuming no recessions or economic downturns, driven by uncertainty or trade wars, Zenith argues that global ad expenditures will grow by $77 billion (between 2017 and 2020). That growth will be led by the US and China.
Top ten contributors to adspend growth

Mobile will be the largest single contributor to ad revenue growth, with TV a distant second. During the forecast period, search will be the dominant channel, followed by social and video.
Share of global adspend by medium

In 2020, digital will represent 44.6 percent of total ad spending, followed by TV with 31.2 percent. Everything else is far behind.

These numbers are derivative of a number of other estimates and so represent a kind of industry consensus. Undoubtedly, the specific figures are off, but they’re likely to be directionally correct.
Contribution to global growth in adspend by medium

Zenith acknowledges “concerns of global advertisers about the effectiveness of some digital media investments and the safety of the digital environment.” However, the agency says that it has “found no evidence that advertisers as a whole are shifting budgets away from online advertising.”

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