Global ad spend in Q1 up 3% to $128 bn: Nielsen

MUMBAI: After a strong finish to 2011, global ad spend continued to rise in the beginning of 2012. It stood at $128 billion in the first quarter of the year, up 3.1 per cent compared to the same period of 2011.

According to Nielsen’s quarterly Global AdView Pulse report, emerging markets like the Middle East and Africa saw double-digit increases while North America and Asia Pacific saw modest more gains of 2.1 and 1.7 per cent respectively.

Biggest surges and declines: The Middle East and Africa was up 23.3 per cent as advertisers turned to budding and stabilising economies there. In particular, Egypt saw ad spend growth of 67 per cent in Q1 following last year’s Arab Spring.

Ad spend in Europe declined slightly (1.4 per cent), with countries most impacted by the recession seeing the biggest changes. Greece and Spain, for example, saw significant declines, while France, Germany and Switzerland drew more ad dollars than last year. Europe was the only region to see a decrease in ad spend.

Trends to watch: While ad spend increased only slightly in January compared to last year, the year-over-year change grew steadily in the subsequent months. By March 2012, global ad spend was 4.5 per cent higher than a year earlier. Market conditions and political unrest in 2011 may have contributed to lower spending last year, and Nielsen will watch to see if these increases are sustained in Q2.

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