STAMFORD, CT, March 26, 2008 Spending on alternative media jumped 22.0% to $73.43 billion in 2007 and is expected to continue its rapid ascension in 2008 despite a slowing economy, as brand marketers scramble to stay in step with a rapidly changing media landscape, according to research released today by PQ Media (www.pqmedia.com), the leading provider of media econometrics.
Alternative media spending grew at a compound annual rate of 21.7% from 2002 to 2007, as brand marketers increasingly turned to alternative advertising and marketing strategies to offset challenges posed by new technology, changing consumer behaviors, media fragmentation and multitasking, and growing demand for improved return-on-investment metrics, according to the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast: 2008-2012 (http://www.pqmedia.com/alternative-media-forecast-2008.html). Alternative media, including 18 digital and non-traditional media segments, accounted for 16.1% of total advertising and marketing spending in 2007, up from only 7.9% in 2002.
PQ Media expects the momentum to continue in 2008 and through the rest of the decade as brand marketers seek new ways to deal with the evolving media landscape. Total spending on alternative media is forecast to grow 20.2% to $88.24 billion in 2008 and post compound annual growth of 17.0% in the 2007-2012 period, reaching $160.82 billion, according to the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast: 2008-2012, the first source ever to define, structure, size and forecast the direction of the comprehensive digital and alternative media sector. Alternative media is forecast to represent 26.6% of total U.S. advertising and marketing spending in 2012.
"By 2012, we anticipate one out of every four dollars spent on advertising and marketing will be earmarked for alternative media," said Patrick Quinn, President and CEO of PQ Media. "Alternative advertising and marketing media are driving a new media order that presents vast opportunities for industry stakeholders, but also key challenges for some of the fastest-growing digital media segments. Technological advances have led to critical changes in consumer behaviors and media usage patterns, which have pushed the advertising and marketing ecosystems into a seminal period of transition. Driven by these market forces, brand marketers are seeking new strategies to connect with consumers through engaging means in captive locations, while at the same time providing proof-of-performance metrics. This confluence of trends is fueling the migration of dollars to alternative media."
While all 18 segments of PQ Media's Alternative Media Matrix™ – including 12 alternative advertising segments and six alternative marketing segments – posted double-digit growth in 2007, 12 of the 18 segments grew faster than 20% for the year. These same 12 segments are projected to drive growth over the next five years, including in order of projected growth: consumer-generated media, mobile advertising, videogame advertising, online video advertising, word-of-mouth marketing, advergaming & webisodes, product placement, search & lead generation advertising, and digital out-of home media. The largest alternative media segments in 2007 were event sponsorships & marketing, search & lead generation, e-direct marketing, online classifieds & displays, local pay TV, and product placement, according to the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast 2008-2012.
Spending highlights and key trends impacting each major sector and related segments of alternative media include:
A free report summary of the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast 2008-2012 along with methodology is available for download at (http://www.pqmedia.com/alternative-media-forecast-2008.html).
PQ Media (www.pqmedia.com) is the leading provider of custom media econometrics and the pioneer of alternative media research. PQ Media partners with private-equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson on the renowned VSS Communications Industry Forecast, the media industry's annual benchmark for spending, usage and trends data. The Branded Entertainment Marketing Forecast 2008-2012 is part of PQ Media's Alternative Media Research Series, the first source to define, size and forecast emerging markets such as word-of-mouth marketing, product placement, consumer- generated media and digital out-of-home advertising, among others.
PQ Media is located at 370 Hope Street, P.O. Box 2815, Stamford, CT 06906; Phone: 203-569-9449; Email: email@example.com.