Businesses around the world in 2017 are set to spend more on internet advertising than on television commercials for the first time.
Forecaster ZenithOptimedia on Monday said it expected internet advertising to grow at more than three times the rest of the industry in 2016, driven by demand for ads on social media, online video and paid search.
The forecaster in December said it expected ad spending on the internet to overtake TV only in 2018.
“The global economy faces clear challenges,” it said.
“But advertisers’ confidence has remained largely unshaken, and our forecasts for global growth in 2016 have barely changed since we published our last forecasts in December.”
ZenithOptimedia, owned by France’s Publicis, trimmed its expectation for growth in global advertising this year to 4.6 per cent from a forecast of 4.7 per cent it gave in December. That is still ahead of 3.9 per cent growth in 2015.
The industry will be boosted in 2016 by advertising around the Rio Olympics, the European soccer championships and the US Presidential election.
However, conditions in China, Russia and Brazil, along with uncertainty regarding Britain’s membership of the European Union, were among the challenges to the global economy, it said.