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Led by Emerging Markets, Global Ad Spend Up 3.1% in Q1 2012
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Led by Emerging Markets, Global Ad Spend Up 3.1% in Q1 2012

After a strong finish to 2011, global ad spend continued to rise in the beginning of 2012: up 3.1 percent compared to the same period (Q1) last year. According to Nielsen’s quarterly Global AdView Pulse report, emerging markets like the Middle East and Africa saw double-digit increases while North America and Asia Pacific saw modest more gains of 2.1 and 1.7 percent, respectively. Overall global ad spend in Q1 2012 was $128 billion USD.

Biggest Surges & Declines

The Middle East and Africa was up 23.3 percent as advertisers turned to budding and stabilizing economies there. In particular, Egypt saw ad spend growth of 67 percent in Q1 following last year’s Arab Spring.

Ad spend in Europe declined slightly (1.4%), with countries most impacted by the recession seeing the biggest changes. Greece and Spain, for example, both saw significant declines, while France, Germany and Switzerland drew more ad dollars than last year. Europe was the only region to see a decrease in ad spend.

Global Ad Spend

Trends to Watch

While ad spend increased only slightly in January compared to last year, the year-over-year change grew steadily in the subsequent months. By March 2012, global ad spend was 4.5 percent higher than a year earlier. Market conditions and political unrest in 2011 may have contributed to lower spending last year, and Nielsen will watch to see if these increases are sustained in Q2.

Methodology

The external data sources for the other countries included in the report are:

  • Argentina: IBOPE
  • Brazil: IBOPE
  • Croatia: Nielsen in association with Ipsos
  • Egypt: PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)
  • France: Yacast
  • Greece: Media Services
  • Hong Kong: admanGo
  • Japan: Nihon Daily Tsushinsha
  • Kuwait: PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)
  • Lebanon: PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)
  • Mexico: IBOPE
  • Pan-Arab Media: PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)
  • Portugal: Mediamonitor
  • Saudi Arabia: PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)
  • Spain: Arce Media
  • Switzerland: Nielsen in association with Media Focus
  • UAE: PARC (Pan Arab Research Centre)