Australian Online Ad Expenditure continues to surge with stronger growth than US and UK

Posted by Christian Manie On May 25, 2016 Media Releases

SYDNEY, 26th May 2016: Australian online advertising has recorded another solid quarter, reaching $1,731m for the quarter ending March 2016, a 33.5 percent year on year increase.  The data, which comes from the latest IAB/PWC Online Advertising Expenditure Report, also shows that mobile advertising is now fast approaching 50 percent of the General Display advertising, while video advertising accounts for over 25 percent of General Display advertising.

According to PWC, the Australian digital advertising market grew faster than both the UK and US from CY2014 to CY2015, recording 25 percent year on year growth, compared to 16 percent and 20 percent respectively.  NZ recorded 31 percent year on year growth.   The rates of growth in both video and mobile were also significantly higher in Australia than the UK and US.


The report showed that quarter on quarter, growth was subdued at 1.3 percent, a typical drop following the traditionally strong Christmas season in Q4 across all media channels.  However year on year, General Display advertising demonstrated strong growth of 46.7 percent  for the March quarter, driven by mobile and video growth.  Search and Directories advertising recorded an increase of 29.9 percent year on year, while Classifieds grew 20.8 percent year on year for the March quarter.

“After a busy Christmas retail season, the first quarter of the calendar year is usually quieter in ad spend.  Digital, however, still grew overall. This goes to show the central role and increasing regard in which digital is held by many marketers and agencies,” said Megan Brownlow, PwC Executive Director. 


Mobile advertising expenditure increased to $507.8 million in the March quarter 2016, with 57 percent of mobile ad expenditure attributed to mobile Display and 43 percent to mobile Search.  The total expenditure comprises general display and search, as well as mobile video advertising and is based on participants’ data, industry estimates for Google’s mobile display and search revenues, Twitter’s mobile display revenues and Facebook’s mobile display revenues.

Video display advertising contributed 25.3 percent of general display expenditure, broadly consistent with the same quarter in 2015.  FMCG continues to lead video advertising, with motor vehicles and retail rounding out the top three industry categories for video advertising and representing 46.5 percent of the report video display advertising market.  Indeed FMCG is overly represented in video Display advertising compared to General Display, with a 25.5 percent share of spend in video Display, more than three times its 7.3 percent of share in total General Display.


Motor Vehicles and Real Estate continued to dominate the General Display market in the March quarter 2016, increasing their share of spend from 28.5 percent to 31.2 percent of General Display.


The IAB / PWC Online Advertising Expenditure Report is based on data and information reported directly to PwC by online advertisement selling companies representing over 1,000 media web sites and applications. It is the only online industry sponsored and supported measurement of online advertising expenditure in Australia.   The data collected from industry participants is supplemented with estimates for Google display, video, and mobile advertising, estimates for Facebook and Twitter display and mobile advertising; and estimates for LinkedIn display and classifieds advertising. 

Mobile video advertising is included in the mobile display category.



About the Interactive Advertising Bureau

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Limited is the peak trade association for online advertising in Australia and was incorporated in July 2010. As one of over 43 IAB offices globally, and with a rapidly growing membership, IAB Australia’s principal objective is to support and enable the media and marketing industry to ensure that they thrive in the digital economy.

The role of the IAB is to work with its members and the broader advertising and marketing industry to assist marketers to identify how best to employ online as part of their marketing strategy, to better target and engage their customers and build their brands.

By addressing the core pillars of growth of the online advertising industry – simplified and standard online audience measurement, research, and online operational standards and guidelines, and regulatory affairs, IAB Australia leverages the skills, experience and commitment of its members to advocate the benefits of online advertising by acting as an authoritative and objective source for all online advertising issues whilst promoting industry-wide best practice.

IAB Australia is a registered not-for-profit organisation; membership fees and revenue generated is invested back into the IAB’s membership benefits such as resources, events, reporting, and industry representation.

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Christian Manie