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Adex to grow 13.5% in 2017: Pitch Madison Advertising Report

By M4G Bureau - February 16, 2017

Outdoor advertising expected to grow at 11.1% in 2016-17

The Pitch Madison Advertising Report 2017 was released at a function held in Mumbai by Shantanu Khosla, Managing Director, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Limited.  Releasing the Report to a packed audience, Khosla highlighted to advertisers the importance of truthful advertising. He said, “Truthful advertising is not only the right thing to do, but also great for the business.”


 Figures at a glance:

Key findings of the report are:

  • Growth in the Indian Advertising Market slowed down to 12.5% in 2016, thanks to the tsunami that hit in the form of demonetization, that took everyone by surprise. Demonetisation knocked off Rs. 1,650 crores from ADEX in November and December 2016. Growth in 2015 over 2014 was as high as 17.6%.
  • The ADEX growth in the first half of the year was slow at 13%, but accelerated to 16% by October 2016, before de-growing in November and December 2016 by 8%.
  • Growth came mainly on the back of digital, which grew by 40% + and now stands at Rs. 7,315 crores, 15% of the market.
  • Growth in traditional media (all media other than Digital), slowed down to 8.5%.
  • The dominant category continues to be FMCG contributing 32%, followed by Auto at 10% and Telecom 8%. E-Commerce that had taken ADEX (only TV + Print + Radio) by storm in 2015, contributed only 4% in 2016.
  • TV grew by 9% and Print only by 7% in 2016.
  • Radio stood out with a growth rate of 13.2% although on a small base.
  • Nearly 50% of Print’s growth of Rs. 1,216 crore is accounted by only 4 categories FMCG, Auto, Education and BFSI. Nearly 44% of TV growth of Rs. 1,570 crores is accounted by FMCG.
  • Advertising continues to be a Big Boys’ game with the largest spender HUL spending approximately Rs. 2,500 crores and top 10 spenders accounting for 16% of the total market and contributing 45% of the top 50 list.
  • Unilever, Amazon and Procter & Gamble continue to be the top 3 Advertisers.
  • Many new entrants entered the Elite top 50 list like Patanjali, OPPO Mobiles, Nissan Motors, Reliance JIO, Vivo Phone, SBI and Videocon.


Sam Balsara, Chairman, Madison World, said: “Our expectation is that the market will grow 13.5% in 2017, but growth rates will vary widely from month to month. We expect the market to grow by just 8% for the period January to April 2017, 14% from May to October 2017 and 24% in November and December 2017, given that market had de-grown by 8% in November and December 2016. Our optimism for good growth in ADEX starting May comes on the back of several govt initiatives- from   high government investment in infrastructure, lower corporate and personal taxes for small and medium companies and the masses, good government support for the poor and consequently the wide scale expectation of yet another year of high GDP growth.”


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