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2015 to 2016 Political Advertising Outlook

As the money-laden Presidential Election cycle begins its slow climb toward its peak − with all media on board for the ride − the upcoming twists, turns and inverted loops of 2016 are sure to thrill. Political advertising is forecast to hit a record $11.4 billion in 2016, 20% more than the last comparable Presidential Election year of 2012. But, that’s just part of the story. In reality, the games have already begun. Adding what will be spent on next year’s contests in 2015, political advertising still holds a whopping $16.5 billion. Our 27 page report includes 20 charts and graphics, plus an appendix of 2016 political ad spending forecasts by contest for each state and political ad spending by medium from 2013-2016.

2015 | Political | Free for Subscribers | Industry Paper Archive

We’re at a critical juncture in media history, one that is redefining the landscape so quickly that we’ve obviously reached a tipping point. We’ve surveyed 7,228 SMBs and it’s difficult to examine the marketing intentions of that many local businesses and not arrive at the conclusion that a tipping point has been reached. The pace of change is accelerating. Anything involving traditional media channels is now considered expensive, difficult and risky; anything involving digital is seen as inexpensive, easy and low-risk.

Free for Subscribers | 2015 | SMB | Industry Paper Archive

When it comes to automated buying and selling, the Internet reigns supreme. So it’s inevitable that advertising will also one day become automated. And while that day is not quite here, it’s coming rapidly. The programmatic-advertising iceberg showed its tip last year, as 4.7% of all locally placed digital advertising was done through these automated buying-and-selling networks. Although Publishers are skeptical it won’t halt the growth of programmatic advertising. This year the share will grow to 10%, which means that $5 billion of digital ad-buying at the local level will be handled by computerized bidding. This report details programmatic advertising and the flow of advertising dollars at the local level.

Free for Subscribers | 2015 | Digital Services | Industry Paper Archive

Real estate agents and brokers, among the first to adapt to digital media 20 years ago, may have discovered the digital saturation point. In 2015, while other types of advertisers are increasing digital budgets, agents and brokers will be scaling back. Although a small amount (-2%) it indicates that they may have reached the optimal ratio of digital to non-digital expenditures. Our annual review of advertising and marketing trends takes a deep dive into how this category is changing over the next 5 years and how habits of millennials are creating a boom in real estate advertising.

Free for Subscribers | 2015 | Classifieds | Real Estate | Industry Paper Archive

If local advertising were a train, digital would be its locomotive, first-class passenger car and dining car. It continues to be responsible for nearly all growth in local advertising, barreling along at an accelerated rate of 40% last year and forecast rate of 42% this year. In this report, we’re examining digital advertising. We separate that into four basic formats: display, streaming, email and paid search. Display is further broken out into targeted and static display/ROS, and streaming is bro ken out between video and audio-only commercials.

2015 | Free for Subscribers | Digital Services | Industry Paper Archive

In our fourth (and largest) survey of local ad-sales manager the digital divide is clear – 51% of digital media companies have at least one digital only AE on staff. Companies that employ digital-only sales reps — even one or two — tend to have far more digital revenue than those who don’t. There’s overwhelming evidence that a rep who sells two competing products always winds up favoring one. And that could be bad news in both directions: For a media company focusing its traditional-media reps too much on digital sales ... or vice-versa.

Free for Subscribers | Benchmarking | Interactive Advertising | Online | Sales | 2015 | Industry Paper Archive

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