Online advertising surges with 33 percent year-on-year growth in September quarter

SYDNEY, 14th December 2015: Australian online advertising has surged again to deliver 33 percent year on year growth for quarter ending 30th September 2015, reaching $1.565 billion the quarter. The data, which comes from the latest IAB/PWC Online Advertising Expenditure Report (OAER), shows that General Display advertising was the leading sector for the quarter, achieving 53 percent year on year growth; while Classifieds grew 28 percent and Search & Directories grew 21 percent.

Mobile advertising expenditure increased to $418.9 million in the September quarter 2015, with 55 percent mobile advertising expenditure attributed to mobile display and 45 percent to mobile search. Smartphones now hold 67 percent of the device category share and tablets at 33 percent.

Video advertising also maintained its strong performance, recording an increase of 107 percent year on year to reach $128.9m of the total advertising expenditure. According to the report, FMCG now dominates video advertising with a 17 percent share which is almost three times higher than its 6.3 percent share of total General Display advertising. The Health/Beauty/Pharmaceuticals and Motor Vehicles categories are the other leading industry categories in video display advertising.


Alice Manners, CEO of IAB Australia commented “In a time when other advertising mediums are challenged, there is no doubt that consumers adoption of interactive screens is driving advertiser optimism and thus interactive ad budget growth. These OAER figures definitively cement interactive advertising’s position as the largest ad segment in the Australian marketplace and confirm marketers’ confidence in using digital to reach consumers.”

Motor vehicles and real estate maintained their dominance of the General Display market in the September quarter 2015, representing 29.9 percent of the reported market despite a slight dip for motor vehicles share. The same two industry categories made up 27.3 percent of General Display in the equivalent prior year quarter.


According to the latest CEASA analysis, for the six months ending June 2015, online advertising accounts for 41.3 percent of total advertising revenue, up from 36 percent last report.

Members can download the report here.


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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Alice Manners
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