IAB - Online advertising slowed in 2023 but still up 3.7% in Australia

By AdNews | 26 February 2024
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The Australian online advertising market grew 3.7% to $14.7 billion in 2023, according to the IAB Australia Online Advertising Expenditure Report (OAER) prepared by PwC Australia.

This was a slowdown from 9.1% reported in 2022 but was a positive in a tough year for advertising, with stronger growth in the second half.

General display grew 3.9% to $5.7 billion, search and directories 6.1% to $6.6 billion.

Classified listings dropped 2.6% to $2.4 billion impacted by slower property and job market activity.

“Advertisers continue to invest in a range of digital advertising opportunities to support what is now a $14.7 billion market," says Gai Le Roy CEO of IAB Australia.

"It was pleasing to see stronger growth in the second half of the year, but growth was mixed across categories as marketers under pressure for short term sales focused on strengthening their performance investment.”

Growth was mixed within general display advertising. Video was up 14% ($3.78b) and overall digital audio was up 21% ($265.8m) with podcast investment up 21.7% to almost hitting $100m ($99.1m) and streaming up 20.6% to reach $166.7m. However, standard display was down 22% ($569.2m) and infeed/native formats were down 12% ($1.07 billion). 

Connected TV yields the greatest share of content publishers’ video inventory expenditure (50%) taking share from mobile.

Across industry categories, health and beauty replaces FMCG in the top five industry categories for general display in 2023.

IAB 2023 ad spend numbers from press release feb 2024

December Quarte:

  • $3.914bn, up 7.5% compared to the 2022 December quarter
  • Search and directories grew 9.4% ($1.69bn) and general display grew 9.3% growth ($1.65b). This offset a 2.0% decline in classified listings.
  • Within general display, video and audio were again the key contributors to growth (up 20% and 38% respectively) whilst standard display dropped 26%.
  • In December 2023 $0.36 of each dollar of expenditure on content publisher’s general display was captured by retail and automotive.
  • In terms of methods of buying for content publishers inventory the overall picture is similar to the previous year, but there are some shifts within programmatic guaranteed: its share of video buying has increased to 27% from 26% but for standard display it fell to 7% from 10%.

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