APAC Ad Spend to Grow 5.9% in 2022 with Digital Taking a 61.1.% Share Says Dentsu

India, Hong Kong, and Vietnam markets are forecast to see double-digit growth this year says dentsu.

Advertising investment is forecast to grow by 9.2% globally in 2022, according to the latest dentsu Global Ad Spend Forecast report. The twice-yearly report which combines data from over 50 markets globally, anticipates US$745 billion will be spent globally.

In the Asia-Pacific, dentsu expects ad spend to grow by 5.9%, with digital forecast to increase 9.6% to a share of 61.1% of total APAC advertising spend.

“Ad spend in APAC is expected to grow 5.9% in 2022 with India, Hong Kong, and Vietnam seen delivering double-digit growth and rest of region also estimating an optimistic outlook through the year,” said Prerna Mehrotra, CEO Media APAC, dentsu international.

 
 

“The share of digital spend is set to increase to 61.1%, up from 50.1% in 2019, driven mainly by Greater China, ANZ and Korea. Growth in Social and Programmatic spend in APAC is also likely to pace ahead of Global in 2022. TV as a platform continues to play a key role, especially in Southeast Asia and South Asia.

Moving towards a second consecutive year of growth following the 5.0% market dip in 2020, 2022 is projected to build on a stronger than expected recovery in 2021 which saw a record-high 14.4% growth in the Asia-Pacific, totaling US$241 billion.

Highlights from report

  • Asia Pacific advertising spend is expected to grow by 5.9% (vs global 9.2%) to reach US$255 billion (vs US$745 billion globally) in 2022 – US$33 billion above the 2019 pre-pandemic level in the region
  • APAC growth will be fuelled by rise of digital, now 61.1%, pacing ahead of global growth at 55.5% of overall ad spend
  • Recovery almost 3x faster than previous global advertising decline following 2008 financial crisis
  • The top five markets in 2022 continue to be the US, China, Japan, UK, Germany, whilst the fastest growing markets will be India, US, Russia, and Canada
  • China (17.5%) and Japan (8.2%) make up two of the top three contributors globally
  • India is the fastest-growing market globally at 14.6%

Stronger rebound than 2008

According to dentsu, when compared to the previous global financial and advertising crisis, notably the financial crash of 2008, this rebound is almost three times greater.

 
 

In 2022 the growth forecast at 9.2% is nearly three times the 3.4% growth in 2011 – the second-year post-global financial crisis. In 2022 the global ad market exceeds the 2019 pre-pandemic level of spend by 18.7%, whereas in 2011 the global ad market continued to be 1.0% lower than in 2008.

Sports driven

In APAC, overall ad spend growth is boosted by key sporting events such as Indian Premier League, FIFA World Cup, Winter Olympics, and country elections in Australia and India. Digital and television continue to be the two powerhouses driving global and APAC ad spend, said dentsu.

Following a 24.8% increase in 2021 (vs 29.1% globally), dentsu forecasts digital investment to grow by 9.6% (vs 14.8% globally) in 2022, fuelled by Social and Programmatic in APAC. This will result in the digital share of spend increasing to 61.1% (US$150 billion) of the total ad spend in APAC, over twice as big as the television share of spend (24.5%) in 2022.

“As we spend more time consuming digital media, brands have the opportunity to tap into the increased flexibility in which consumers engage through multiple touchpoints. Businesses who truly understand these developed human behaviors have the best opportunity to build lasting relationships with them.”

Linear TV ad spend increased by 5.1% in 2021, the highest rate since 2013. In 2022, dentsu forecast linear TV ad spend to grow by 1.4% to reach US$60 billion in APAC. Unlike digital and despite staying in high demand, dentsu is seeing linear TV share of spend on the decline – both globally and in the region – as Connected TV and Video on Demand (VOD) grow.

Out-of-Home (OOH) and cinema will both see encouraging growth in 2022, respectively 12.8% and 23.4% globally (vs 2.8% and 30.0% in APAC). Radio too is forecast to grow, yet at a slower pace of 1.5% in APAC (vs 2.0% globally). As with previous predictions, ad spend in newspapers and magazines will continue to decline globally and in APAC.

Travel, automotive ad spend to rise

Globally, the industries that will see growth in ad spend this year will include the beleaguered Travel sector which is forecast to see a 10.3% rise.

There is also confidence the Automotive advertising spend will grow by 7.6% in 2022. Growth follows a 11.5% increase in 2021 and steep declines in 2020 of -15.9%. With pent-up demand and a trend towards personal vehicles in how people want to travel post-pandemic, there is confidence in the recovery of the Automotive sector.

Looking further ahead, APAC ad spend is predicted to grow by 5.6% (vs 4.6% globally) in 2023 and 4.9% (vs 5.8% globally) in 2024 – exceeding growth before the pandemic (4.1% in 2019).

“The share of digital spend is set to increase to 61.1%, up from 50.1% in 2019, driven mainly by Greater China, ANZ and Korea.”

Digital is forecast to increase its share of spend domination to 64.6% in APAC (vs 59.4% globally) in 2024. Of course, many factors contributing to the uncertain economic outlook could influence the predictions, from the evolution of the pandemic to supply chain issues, and dentsu recommend the industry keep a close eye on key economic indicators.

“Marketers will need to be nimble, leaning on technology and maximizing opportunities in Video, Social, Connected TV, and E-commerce,” added Mehrotra.

“Use of data to drive business outcomes without compromising privacy or security will continue. We expect data collaboration to be a big focus in 2022. In light of the ongoing global turbulence and recovery, we will continue to work with brands to accelerate efforts in engaging consumers and driving attentive reach.”

Peter Huijboom, Global CEO Media and Global Clients, dentsu international added: “The bounce back from the early pandemic impact continues to be strong, especially in digital. As we spend more time consuming digital media, brands have the opportunity to tap into the increased flexibility in which consumers engage through multiple touchpoints. Businesses who truly understand these developed human behaviors have the best opportunity to build lasting relationships with them.”


Featured image by John Cameron via Unsplash

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