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Digital Ad Spend Surpass Traditional Media Within Three Years

08 Feb 2013

A new survey of ad agencies indicates that digital media may eclipse traditional advertising in the near future, with nearly one-third of respondents expecting to spend more on digital than on traditional media within the next three years.

That's according to a survey conducted by ad transaction processor Strata, which polled nearly 100 ad agencies in the U.S.

The survey found that enthusiasm for spot TV and spot radio continues to decline. On a year-to-year basis, the survey found that 40 per cent fewer respondents indicated their clients were interested in spot TV advertising, while 32 per cent were less interested in spot radio.

According to the survey, print continues its free fall, with agencies indicating that 60 per cent percent of advertisers are less interested in print than they were a year ago.

"New advertising mediums are evolving at an unprecedented pace, and agencies are constantly trying to figure out how to get the best return on investment for their campaigns," stated John Shelton, CEO and President of Strata. "It makes sense that understanding how to attain the best possible media mix could be a very real challenge today."

According to the survey, 22 per cent of agencies polled indicated that the media mix was a challenge. Some 76 per cent of responding agencies said their client campaigns utilize at least three different media.

The outlook for 2013 remains uncertain, per the survey. Half the agencies polled expect their growth in the first half of 2013 to be the same as the last half of 2012. Nearly one-quarter of the agencies polled see their business decreasing within the same periods.

Source: Mediapost

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