Near half-billion £ rise on smartphone video ads as phones overtake computers for internet time
Advertisers spent £476 million more on smartphone video ads in 2017, making it the fastest-growing online ad format, according to the latest Digital Adspend report by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) UK and PwC.
This was a rise of 69% on 2016 and took total spend on the format to £1.17 billion. Video ad spend overall (including phones, computers and tablets) increased 47% to £1.61bn. Thus, 73% of all video spend now goes on smartphones.
Overall, total digital ad spend increased 14.3% to £11.55bn.
“People are spending more time online – specifically on smartphones. Digital has led to a change in consumer behaviour as people use their smartphone for a wider variety of things, be it listening to podcasts, learning a new skill or following stories on the likes of Snapchat and Instagram,” says Elkington. “The ad community has responded to this change – particularly the growth of mobile and video – by developing dynamic ad products that fit seamlessly into their environment.”
Accompanying online YouGov data² produced specifically for the report reveals that in terms of online smartphone activities, listening to a podcast has seen the biggest rise amongst Smartphone users, with a ‘net’² rise in popularity of 30% followed by viewing social media ‘stories’ (up 29%), reading news articles (up 24%) and learning a new skill (up 22%).
In terms of other ad formats:
- Social media spend rose 38% to £2.39bn, or one in every five pounds spent on digital ads – 83% of social media budgets now go to smartphones
- In-feed advertising rose 9% to £950m
- Outstream video (up 94% to £900m) overtook pre/post-roll (up 11% to £671m) as the largest video format
- 80% of the £3.84bn spent on display advertising was traded programmatically – up from 72% in 2016 – 63% being traded through direct means, such as private marketplaces, rather than on open exchanges (17%)
- Paid for search rose 16% to £5.82bn, classifieds fell -1% to £1.47bn
Elkington acknowledged, “There
have been growing pains within the industry so we’re focused on building a
sustainable future for advertising through initiatives such as the IAB Gold
Standard, which aims to reduce ad fraud, improve the digital ad experience and
increase brand safety. These and other industry initiatives clearly indicate
the desire for the whole sector to work together to address the key issues.”