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US Telecom, Computing Products and Consumer Electronics Digital Ad Spending 2019

Innovation Leads Tech Companies to Spend More Ad Dollars Digitally

About This Report
Telecom and consumer electronics companies are increasing their digital ad spend as they adjust to rapidly changing technology developments.
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Executive Summary

The US telecom industry will increase its digital ad spending by 16.2% to $13.45 billion in 2019. Computing products and consumer electronics advertisers will spend $10.35 billion on digital ads in 2019, a 22.1% increase from 2018. Meanwhile, total US digital ad spend will grow by 19.1% this year.

What share of total US digital ad spend will these verticals have?

Telecom advertising will account for 10.4% of total digital ad spending in 2019 and 10.3% in 2020. Computing products and consumer electronics will represent 8.0% of total ad spend in 2019 and 8.1% in 2020.

Which digital ad format is growing fastest?

Telecom video ad spend will increase 23.1% to $3.92 billion in 2019. Computing products and consumer electronics advertisers will spend $2.39 billion on video in 2019, up 21.4% over the previous year.

How much will these advertisers spend on mobile?

At $9.42 billion, mobile will account for seven in 10 total telecom digital ad dollars in 2019. Computing products and consumer electronics advertisers will spend $6.66 billion on mobile this year, which makes up 64.4% of their total digital ad spending.

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? This report includes our annual breakdown of digital ad spending for telecom and computing products and consumer electronics. It details an overview of total digital ad spending, as well as estimates by channel, device and format. While most of our other ad spending reports in this series focus on just one industry, we grouped two industries together for this report because of the similarity in their products.

KEY STAT: The US telecom industry will spend $13.45 billion on digital ads in 2019, a year-over-year increase of 16.2%.

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Telecom, Computing Products and Consumer Electronics Digital Ad Spending Outlook
  3. Digital Ad Spending by Device
  1. Digital Ad Spending by Format
  2. Key Takeaways
  3. eMarketer Interviews
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  2. Sources
  3. Media Gallery

Interviewed for This Report

Joe Barbagallo
Jaguar Land Rover North America
Department Manager, Digital, Social and CRM
Interviewed April 10, 2019
Jonathan Barnard
Head of Forecasting
Interviewed April 3, 2019
Jim D’Antoni
Dish Media
Director, Ad Sales
Interviewed April 24, 2019
Mike Fisher
Vice President, Advanced TV, Video
Interviewed April 9, 2019
Richard Gagnon
Head of Havas Healthmedia
Interviewed April 8, 2019
Doug Grumet
AMP Agency
Senior Vice President, Media
Interviewed April 11, 2019
Cheryl Huckabay
The Richards Group
Media Group Head
Interviewed April 9, 2019
Sarah Kramer
Spark Foundry
Chief Client and Operating Officer
Interviewed April 8, 2019
Jon Morgenstern
Senior Vice President, Head of Investment
Interviewed April 2, 2019
Ali Plonchak
Managing Director, Digital Strategy and Integration
Interviewed April 2, 2019
Krish Sailam
Senior Vice President, Global Programmatic Solutions
Interviewed April 5, 2019
Sarah Scherer
Goodway Group
Product Marketing Manager
Interviewed April 8, 2019
Jon Schulz
Interviewed April 11, 2019
Mike Seiler
Director, Search and Shopper Marketing
Interviewed April 1, 2019
Jeremy Tate
Senior Vice President, General Manager
Interviewed April 3, 2019
Vanessa Vignon
Vice President, Media and Audience Management
Interviewed April 18, 2019
Matthew Waghorn
Vice President, Strategy
Interviewed April 12, 2019
April Weeks
Executive Vice President, Media Services and Operations
Interviewed April 8, 2019
Chris Wexler
Senior Vice President, Director, Media and Analytics
Interviewed April 3, 2019
Brian Wieser
Global President, Business Intelligence
Interviewed April 3, 2019
Sarah Wilson
Media Director
Interviewed April 3, 2019
Michael Zacharski
EMX Digital
Interviewed April 11, 2019


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Chris Keating
Research Director
Peter Vahle
Forecasting Analyst
Oscar Orozco
Senior Forecasting Analyst
Victoria Petrock
Principal Analyst
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