Powered by exceptionally strong growth during the second quarter of 2003, online ad spending increased its share of the U.S. advertising pie during the first half of 2003. That’s not an insignificant feat for a medium that still only accounts for 6.6 percent of measured media spending, according to a MediaDailyNews analysis of estimates from the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Internet Advertising Revenue Report and Nielsen Media Research’s Monitor-Plus unit.
And while it isn’t approximating the extraordinary rates of growth online ad spending had during the period surrounding the dot-com boom, online’s 10.5 percent growth during the first half of 2003 (MDN Nov. 11), nonetheless grew at four times the rate of the overall advertising marketplace.
As a result, online ad budgets picked up nearly half a point of U.S. ad market share during the first half, one of only a few media to boost their market share. According to the Monitor-Plus data, national TV outlets (network TV –1.58 percentage points, cable TV –1.05 points and syndication –0.20 points) took the biggest budget share hit, while national magazines (+1.30 points) and local newspapers (+0.83 points) were the only media to increase their shares more than online.
Online’s first half boom was driven by an especially strong second quarter, which grew at nearly 14 percent, the medium’s biggest quarterly expansion since the fourth quarter of 2000, when online ad spending rose 19 percent and the last before it began to recede.
First Half Ad Market Share By Medium
First Half ’03 First Half ’02 Point Change
Online 6.56% 6.13% +0.43
Network TV 20.75% 22.33% -1.58
Cable TV 12.70% 13.75% -1.05
Syndicated TV 2.82% 3.02% -0.20
Hispanic TV 2.32% 2.02% +0.30
Spot TV 19.91% 19.75% +0.16
Network Radio 1.13% 1.19% -0.06
Spot Radio 3.84% 3.88% -0.04
National Newspapers 1.50% 1.61% -0.11
Local Newspapers 13.87% 13.04% +0.83
National Magazines 14.13% 12.83% +1.30
FSIs 0.47% 0.45% +0.02
Source: A MediaDailyNews analysis of online ad estimates from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and traditional media ad estimates from Nielsen Monitor-Plus.