After outpacing TV, online ads also overtake print

Overall, UK advertising spending suffered a double-digit drop in 2009, according to several sources. But the Internet defied this downward trend. UK advertisers spent £3.54 billion ($5.56 billion) online in 2009—5.7% more than in 2008.

Online spending growth will speed up in 2010 to 7% before moderating in 2011. The London Olympics in 2012 will also provide a boost in spending increases.

“On the whole, digital marketers in the UK rose to the challenge of budget restraint with sound strategies and imagination,” said Karin von Abrams, eMarketer senior analyst and author of the new report “UK Online Advertising: Spending and Trends.” “Because Internet ad spending continued to grow during the economic downturn, online marketers are also well placed to capitalize on the recovery, whether this is slow and halting, or steady and more rapid.”

The Web already claimed a larger share of UK ad revenues than TV in 2009, according to MAGNA and ZenithOptimedia, and will consolidate this dominance over the next five years.

Both these sources separate newspapers and magazines when calculating print ad revenues. But taken together, print ad spending estimates by MAGNA will reach £3.78 billion this year, just under eMarketer’s forecast of UK online ad spending.

See full article at:  Online Takes Lead in UK – eMarketer.

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