So 2016 was an interesting year for digital measurement to say the least. There was some well-deserved questioning, some scrutiny that comes with an increased market share and a lot of people confusing metrics and their meaning. Australians spent 72 hours online on PCs, phones and tablets in November 2016. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree on recent criticism levelled at digital metrics, the answer is not to retreat to an earlier era but to find new solutions and add extra layers of assurance that are relevant to current consumer behaviour.
IAB Australia has been tracking digital advertising expenditure since 2003 when the total market was only $236 million and I am personally old enough to remember getting excited when online advertising tripled in 1998 to $8 million. We released the latest Australia digital advertising revenue information in the IAB/PWC Online Advertising Expenditure Report a couple of weeks ago and the market neared $4.4 billion for FY14.