BIA/Kelsey Sees Significant Growth in Local Mobile Ad Spending in 2018 and Beyond, as Advertisers Embrace Location-Targeted, Social and Web Platforms

CHANTILLY, Va.--()--Local advertising on mobile devices sold by pure-play mobile providers will rise this year to $19 billion, according to BIA/Kelsey’s U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2018: Mobile and Social estimates. An additional $3.1 billion in mobile advertising is being sold by traditional media companies (i.e., radio, television and newspapers) in 2018.

“We are very positive about local advertising on mobile devices to increase significantly in the next decade. As mobile continues to mature, national and small business advertisers see its effectiveness and ability as an all-encompassing platform to reach their audiences”

With increasing consumer and SMB adoption and its ability to reach targeted audiences, the mobile/social category will be the third largest ad platform in 2018, behind direct mail and local television. Of the overall $151.2 billon estimated U.S. local advertising spending for the year, pure-play mobile will represent 12.6 percent of the local advertising spend and is on a pace to reach 19.2 percent, and the second top spot, by 2022.

“We are very positive about local advertising on mobile devices to increase significantly in the next decade. As mobile continues to mature, national and small business advertisers see its effectiveness and ability as an all-encompassing platform to reach their audiences,” said Mark Fratrik, chief economist and SVP at BIA/Kelsey. “Mobile has become a preferred platform for the advertising dollar because of its ability to capture audiences of all ages based precisely on where they are and what they are doing, at any given moment.”

Social media ad revenue from mobile (not including tablets) now represents slightly more than 70 percent of total social ad spending, and will grow to 80 percent by 2022 as more social engagement continues to shift away from desktops. Facebook is expected to receive the lion’s share of those dollars followed by Twitter, Snap, LinkedIn, and other popular apps. Further, location targeting advertising within mobile sold by all providers (which includes pure play, radio, television and newspapers) is projected to grow from $17.1 billion in 2017 to $38.7 billion in 2022, a 17.8 percent compound annual growth.

BIA/Kelsey’s 2018 U.S. Local Advertising Forecast: Mobile and Social, a subset of the comprehensive U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2018, provides a complete overview of paid U.S. local advertising for local mobile and local social. It includes a five-year national overview of total U.S. spending in local markets and market-based advertising revenue estimates. BIA ADVantage clients can access in the firm’s online dashboard, BIA ADVantage. The forecast can also be purchased separately.

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Local advertising on mobile devices sold by pure-play mobile providers will rise this year to $19 billion.

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