The State of Digital

By August 6, 2018 Ad Industry News, WPP Spotlight

Global online media consumption set to overtake TV in 2018 for the first time

State of Digital_Pace Blog_Cover image_WPP-GroupMGroupM logo_Pace blog_state of digitalOur WPP sister agency GroupM, the world’s largest media investment management group, generates a series of publications forecasting global media marketplace futures. Recently, GroupM released their State of Digital report, focusing on the impact of technology and digital capabilities on consumers and advertisers. We thought some of their findings were worth sharing here. If you’re interested in more than just a few key highlights, we encourage you to check out the full report here.

Time Spent with Media

Offering intelligence on consumer media consumption and advertising investment trends worldwide, GroupM calculated consumers’ time spent with each media format, globally, and average time spent with media overall.

“In 2018, consumers will spend an average 9.73 hours a day with media, up from 9.68 hours in 2017”

For the first time, it’s predicted that time spent with online media will overtake time spent with linear TV globally. Broken down, online will have a 38% share, TV 37%, with the balance spread primarily across print and radio.

WPP_0718_Featured_State_of_Digital_TV_2568x1445Ecommerce, Programmatic & Other Trends

Escalating ecommerce spend (data from 35 countries revealed cumulative ecommerce transactions worth $2.105 trillion in 2017, a growth of 17% from 2016) will be further supported by the increase in time spent with online media. GroupM predicts 15% growth in 2018 to $2.442 trillion, equivalent to about 10% of all retail.

For the report, GroupM also examined programmatic ad investment trends. On average across reporting countries, 44% of online display investment was transacted programmatically in 2017 versus 31% in 2016. This will rise to 47% in 2018. For online video investment, programmatic is smaller; 22% in 2017 versus 17% in 2016 and predicted to rise to 24% this year.

WPP_0718_Featured_State_of_Digital_2568x1445Assessing the global digital landscape for 2018, GroupM looks at how blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), data, digital spend and other key trends will have an impact on marketing communications, and in a world where the Google-Facebook duo will continue to be the key growth driver.

For more in-depth insight and analysis, read GroupM’s The State of Digital report