Advertising Across Screens

TV Turmoil: Networks Work To Adapt To New Normal

Big question: Are better days ahead for Madison Avenue?

Quick answer: Unclear.  The advertising industry was already facing headwinds (changing consumer behavior, trust, etc.), exasperated by COVID-19.

National broadcast and cable TV ad revenue (YoY change) according to Variety:
1) 
2018-Q2 – $11.5B
2) 
2019-Q2 – $11.7B (↑ 2%)
3) 2020-Q2 – $8.6B (↓ 27%)

YoY change in monthly U.S. ad spend according to Standard Media Index:
1) 
Jan-20 – ↑ 2%
2) Feb-20 – ↑ 9%
3) Mar-20 – ↓ 11%
4) Apr-20 – ↓ 35%
5) May-20 – ↓ 31%
6) Jun-20 – ↓ 17%
7) Jul-20 – ↓ 14%

Quote from Shari Cohen – Former Senior Buying Executive @ GroupM:
“It is really hard to be a sales organization and go in every Monday and have all of this inventory to sell and not know where the demand is coming from each week”

Top 3 industries based on difference in TV ad spend according to iSpot:
1) Politics – ↑ $517M
2) Home & Real Estate – ↑ $336M
3) Health & Beauty – ↑ $129M

Bottom 3 industries based on difference in TV ad spend:
1) Automotive –  $1.2B
2) Electronics –  $720M
3) Travel –  $711M

More #1: Network Ratings and Ad Dollars Plummet in the Absence of Live Sports

More #2: The Advertising Business Is Becoming Less Cyclical—and More Concentrated

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