Mobile Captures More Than Half of All U.S. Internet Advertising Revenue for the First Time Ever, Total Digital Ad Spend Hits a Landmark $72.5 Billion in 2016

While Mobile Ad Revenue Soars to All-Time High of $36.6 Billion, Digital Video Surges to a Record $9.1 Billion, According to 2016 IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report

NEW YORK--()--Mobile advertising accounted for more than half (51%) of the record-breaking $72.5 billion spent by advertisers last year, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and prepared by PwC US. The total represents a 22 percent increase, up from $59.6 billion in 2015. Mobile experienced a 77 percent upswing from $20.7 billion the previous year, hitting $36.6 billion in 2016.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • Digital video hit a record $9.1 billion in 2016, a 53 percent year-over-year rise from $5.9 billion in 2015
  • On mobile devices, video revenue skyrocketed, more than doubling—up 145 percent year-over-year—to nearly $4.2 billion
  • Social media advertising generated $16.3 billion last year, climbing 50 percent over 2015’s $10.9 billion
  • Search revenues reached nearly $35 billion in 2016, up 19 percent from $29.5 billion in 2015
  • Digital audio, measured for the first time in this report, brought in revenues of $1.1 billion in 2016
  • Retail, representing 21.3 percent of internet ad spend in 2016, Financial Services at 13.3 percent, and automotive at 12.5 percent, continue to have the largest category share, with Media (5.2%) picking up speed, up 13 percent over 2015

“Mobile fueled the internet economy in 2016, with advertisers showing their confidence in digital to achieve their marketing goals,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO, IAB. “This increasing commitment is a reflection of brands’ ongoing marketing shift from ‘mobile-first’ to ‘mobile-only’ in order to keep pace with today’s on-the-go consumers.”

“In a mobile world, it is no surprise that mobile ad revenues now take more than half of the digital market share,” said David Doty, Executive Vice President and CMO, IAB. “Digital video’s powerful ability to attract engaged audiences is naturally attracting greater investments. Next week’s NewFronts presentations will showcase the latest in original digital video content, certain to spark even greater interest from marketers and media buyers.”

“Mobile, social, video, and programmatic trends combine to redefine the digital landscape, providing unprecedented access for advertisers to reach consumers,” said David Silverman, partner, PwC US. “Digital audio, generating $1.1 billion in 2016 speaks to the continued evolution of new formats that enable marketers to find audiences at home, behind their desks, or wherever they are.”

Last year closed on a particularly strong note, as Q4 revenue hit a record $21.6 billion, an increase of more than 24 percent year-over-year. In addition, mobile took an even greater share of the final quarter’s U.S. digital advertising revenue than it did for the whole of 2016, claiming 53 percent of total revenue in the fourth quarter.

IAB sponsors the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, which is conducted independently by the New Media Group of PwC. The Q4 2016 revenue is estimated based upon a representative sample of the overall survey respondents. The results are considered a reasonable measurement of interactive advertising revenues because the data is compiled directly from information supplied by companies selling advertising on the internet. The survey includes data concerning online advertising revenues from web sites, commercial online services, free email providers, and all other companies selling online advertising.

The full report is issued twice yearly for full and half-year data, and top-line quarterly estimates are issued for the first and third quarters. PwC does not audit the information and provides no opinion or other form of assurance with respect to the information. Past reports are available at www.iab.com/adrevenuereport.

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About IAB

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. It is comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital advertising or marketing campaigns. Together, they account for 86 percent of online advertising in the United States. Working with its member companies, the IAB develops technical standards and best practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. The organization is committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., the IAB advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City and has a West Coast office in San Francisco.

Contacts

IAB Media
Laura Goldberg, 347.683.1859
laura.goldberg@iab.com
or
PwC Media
Carey Bodenheimer, 213.392.9684
carey.a.bodenheimer@pwc.com

Contacts

IAB Media
Laura Goldberg, 347.683.1859
laura.goldberg@iab.com
or
PwC Media
Carey Bodenheimer, 213.392.9684
carey.a.bodenheimer@pwc.com