TV ad volumes for June 2021 surpasses 2019, 2020 levels: BARC

Overall, first half of 2021, records 12 % higher ad volume than H1 2019.

Mumbai: TV advertising continues to remain resilient, despite the onslaught of the second wave of the pandemic. According to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India’s latest THINK report, the TV ad volume in June, 2021 has surpassed the ad volume recorded during the corresponding period in 2019 and 2020.

As many as 1,839 advertisers and 3,074 brands chose Television as a medium for advertising in June, at par with 2020 showed the data. In fact, June 2021 recorded a six per cent growth in ad volume compared to the pre-pandemic levels in June, 2019.

The report titled - ‘TV Ad Volumes Insights - The Mid-Year Analysis’ released on Thursday also found that TV advertising performed much better during the H1 2021 and witnessed a 12 per cent higher growth compared to ad volume in H1 2019. While, the growth was 37 per cent higher compared to H1 2020.

“Ad volumes for H1 2021 are promising and encouraging for the industry as a whole. The number of active advertisers and brands are also picking pace. Data for the first half of 2021 reinstates that while new advertisers have turned to television for widespread reach, existing ones continue to increase their attention to the medium,” says BARC India, head- client partnership and revenue function, Aaditya Pathak.

FMCG continues to lead TV ad volume

There was also a sharp increase in ad volumes from the top three advertisers. “While FMCG continues to dominate by share, the e-commerce category continues to see strong growth year on year. The auto sector has also made a comeback despite the impact of the second wave,” added Pathak.

FMCG continued to lead the share in H1 2021 with 566 mn seconds, a growth of 40 per cent over H1 2019. HUL, Reckitt Benckiser, P&G, Pepsi have shown maximum growth over previous years. Seven of the Top 10 brands are Reckitt and two are HUL.

After a dip in June 2020, the auto sector made a strong comeback in June 2021 by registering a growth of 74 per cent. With 3.94 million seconds in June 2021, the auto sector is at par with the ad volumes it registered in June 2019.  More impressively, the sector achieved 128 per cent growth over May 2021.

Likewise, ad volumes for the Telecom sector almost doubled in June 2021 over May 2021 and has registered 2x growth in June 2021 over June 2019. 

With 15.4 million seconds in June 2021 alone, ad volumes for the E-commerce sector have registered a whopping growth of 56 per cent when compared to June 2019. Currently at all-time high, the category constitutes a 12 per cent share in the total ad volume pie.

Building sector registered 30.7 mn seconds of Ad Volumes; a 24 per cent growth in H1 2021 versus H1 2019. ad volumes for the BFSI sector grew by 7 per cent over H1 2019 with 14.5 mn seconds in H1 2021. 

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