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30% of advertisers are cutting their 2023 budgets

The news: The ad downturn is extending past the summer, past the holiday season, and into 2023. Nearly 30% of major advertisers say they’re cutting their ad budgets into next year, according to a World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) survey of 43 multinational companies.

  • 74% said the economic downturn is influencing their 2023 budget decisions.

I promise there’s good news: Thirty percent is a significant number, but just as many advertisers are either growing their budgets or spending the same amount.

  • 30% said their 2023 advertising budget will increase, while 40% said they expect spending to stay the same.
  • But even though there’s some steadfastness, 75% of respondents said their budgets are under “heavy scrutiny,” even if they’re not currently planning a reduction.

Where’s the money going? Many industries have diverted funds away from traditional advertising channels and toward direct-to-consumer marketing, where they can avoid dealing with ad exchanges and attempt to maintain loyalty through a potential consumer spending downturn.

  • 42% of survey respondents said they would be spending more on digital advertising next year—50% are planning to cut “offline” ad spending.
  • That makes sense since just over a third (33.1%) of consumers will cut the cord this year, and streaming is making landmark gains over linear TV.
  • But while that’s good news for connected TVs, media platforms, and others, they still have plenty of issues to work out if they want to claim a larger share of the money pile. CTVs and podcasting have both had significant fraud scandals in 2022, which is causing marketers to divert spending elsewhere.

The big takeaway: Shaken faith in digital advertising channels and economic concerns are leading to an overall spending decrease that’s going to continue into next year.

  • But while advertising may be in a rough state, marketers have little choice: Historic levels of cord-cutting and the increasing shift to digital platforms mean they have to spend their money online one way or another.