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Media Buying

Travel will see the fastest growth in US digital ad spending of any industry in 2023, according to our forecast. Travel, retail, healthcare and pharma, automotive, and entertainment will outpace the national digital ad spending growth rate.

The IAB and MRC propose retail media guidelines to help solve the industry’s measurement problem: The framework is meant to improve transparency and ensure consistency across RMNs.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss the largest discrepancies in terms of where folks spend their media time versus where advertisers spend their money, and how advertisers should adjust accordingly. "In Other News," we talk about the Comcast-Walt Disney Co. negotiations centered around Hulu's ownership and whether YouTube's new NFL Sunday Ticket features will be enough to attract viewers and advertisers. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood.

US digital ad spending growth will decelerate to 7.8% YoY in 2023, its slowest pace in 14 years. The individual industries we track are generally following the national trend, but the timing and pacing of their slowdowns are playing out differently. For some industries, the outlook is fairly positive.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss when attention metrics might dethrone viewability, why advertisers are tentative about them, and why using attention as a currency is TBD. "In Other News," we talk about Google limiting impressions from "unproven" advertisers and the battle between advertising groups and the "Delete Bill," a California bill that would allow consumers to request advertisers delete their personal information. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Evelyn Mitchell-Wolf.

Thanks to a flood of new inventory, some of it in unfamiliar places, CPMs and CTRs have been either flat or declined YoY in each of the past four quarters—with CPMs dropping 29% in Q2 2023 alone—according to Skai.

Google isn’t looking so good as it prepares for trial with the DOJ: A historic antitrust challenge comes as Google is under fire for multiple advertising controversies.

The retail industry commits by far the most dollars to digital advertising in the US. It has accelerated ad spending with above-average growth every year since 2020, fueled by the rising importance of ecommerce and digital channels in the consumer journey. By comparison, online ad spending by most other industries we track has seen far greater fluctuations from year to year over the same period. Retail’s ad spending growth will see sustained growth this year and next before other industries start to catch up on spending in 2025.

Mobile advertising will keep growing at a rapid clip despite headwinds from privacy laws and genAI. Even so, app publishers will explore additional ways of making money for premium content. This may have an impact on the type and price of ad inventory in the future, although the volume of IAA should remain strong.

Nearly 96% of advertisers worldwide will include attention-based metrics in at least some of their media buys this year, according to May data from DoubleVerify.

Meta mulls over ad-free options in Europe: Marketers need to brace for potential changes in audience targeting and ad costs.

B2B digital ad spend growth is leveling out after a pandemic boom. Budgets for advertisers will be relatively flat throughout our forecast period. But significant shifts are happening in the way advertisers spend on digital ads.

Reels' next frontier: Instagram's strategic play against TikTok's and YouTube's video offerings, maximizing advertising opportunities.

Inflation forces judicious consumers to get more judicious with streamers: Netflix thrives with strategic moves, while others invest heavily in content.

On today’s podcast episode, host Bill Fisher is joined by our analyst Paul Briggs and forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood to examine the size, advertiser opportunity, and competitors in the free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service space.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss the current state of the affiliate space, bringing new light to influencer activity through "performance branding," the impact of programmatic ads coming to movies theaters, and how retail media aids affiliate marketing. "In Other News," we talk about the impact of programmatic ads coming to the movies and what YouTube's next anti-ad blocking measure will be. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Max Willens and Alexandra Forsch, president of Awin Americas.

TikTok introduces Search Ads Toggle, allowing advertisers to reach high-intent users and improve RoAS: Clinique and DIBS Beauty report increased conversion rates and decreased CPA.

YouTube moves away from third-party measurement for co-viewing: The platform’s decision to use its own data for trading purposes has advertisers worried.

The largest share of US programmatic out-of-home (OOH) ad spend went to billboards (41%) in H1 of this year, followed by screens and TVs (24%) and display panels (14%), according to Place Exchange.