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Growing but slowing: The outlook for advertising in 2023 from latest dentsu Ad Spend report

December 10, 2022

Advertising investment is forecast to grow by 3.8% globally in 2023, according to the latest dentsu Global Ad Spend Forecasts report. The twice-yearly report which combines data from close to 60 markets worldwide, anticipates US$740.9 billion will be spent globally next year.  

The dentsu Global Ad Spend Forecasts for 2023 points to a continued growth, although at less than half the pace seen in 2022 (+8.0%), a trajectory which will see industry advertising investment of approx. US$713.6 billion by the end of this year. 

Immediate factors including rising inflation, increased interest rates, market recessions, continued political uncertainty and the resulting impact on business and consumer spending have all led to these slower expectations for the year ahead. Exploring this further in the top spending markets*, the dentsu Global Ad Spend Forecasts report has identified a significant proportion of the growth in 2023 will be driven by media price inflation; ad spend at constant prices is predicted at –0.6% compared to 3.4% growth at current prices. 

However, at a global scale stronger growth isn’t far off, with 2024 advertising spend now expected to increase by 4.8%, to reach US$776.9 billion, followed by a further 4.5% growth in 2025 to reach US$811.6 billion.

Peter Huijboom, Global CEO, Media and Global Clients, dentsu international said: “2022 has proven to be another strong year of growth for the ad industry, despite the political and economic uncertainty that surfaced. It is clear from our report and forecast the effect of this is being felt into 2023 too, and we need to be realistic on how this will impact the industry, the inventory, and the returns we should expect from available budgets.

“With the increased business focus on immediate gains to help ride out this temporary economic slowdown, we should expect to see more performance campaigns prioritised, which in turn will impact the channel mix.  This is likely to be one of the main reasons we are seeing such strong growth in Digital in the short term, taking it up to 57.1% of all spend in 2023.”

Digital spend is expected to reach US$422.8 billion by the end of 2023, accounting for 57.1% of all advertising spend, this will increase further to 58.2% share in 2024 and 59.5% in 2025. Growth, which is supported in the next year by Video (+7.1%), Paid Social (+13.5%), Search (+7.2%), and Retail Media (+22.0%). 

Growth is expected in almost all other channels too: Television ad spend expected to grow by 0.2%, reaching US$182.7 billion, with gains modest gains also present with Out-of-Home (+2.0%), Cinema (+6.1%) and Audio (+2.0%).  Ad spend in newspapers and magazines will continue to decline by -3.6%, but there is growth within online news and magazine spending, as publishers start to pivot from paper traditional paper formats. 

This dentsu Global Ad Spend Forecasts report not only looks at the data from 58 markets, but also examines some of the key factors impacting the regions, advertising sectors and sustainability.

Once again, all Russian investments are omitted from the forecast, to better reflect the rest of the international ad spend trends and predictions. The full dentsu Global Ad Spend Forecasts can be downloaded for free here: