OOH advertising revenue rose 4.2%, to $6.7 billion, based on new figures from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, aka OAAA.
The OAAA also said OOH revenue figures were up 3.4% in Q4, compared to 2011. That was the 11th straight quarter with an uptick.
“Out of home continues to perform well year after year, and it remains one of the fastest growing advertising media,” said OAAA President & CEO Nancy Fletcher. “Brands have seen OOH embrace innovation in all parts of its business over the last few years, and advertisers are making use of OOH’s dynamic mix of displays to surround, immerse, and engage consumers.”
The top growth industry category was Government, Political & Organizations, with increased political spend fueling 30 percent of the growth in the election year. The Retail category also achieved double-digit growth, followed by Miscellaneous Services & Amusements; and Schools, Camps & Seminars, which grew 7.1 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively.
Four of the top 10 advertisers increasing OOH spend last year were communications brands: Verizon, Samsung, AT&T, and MetroPCS. Samsung’s increasing dominance in the mobile phone market is reflected by the 4x increase in its OOH spend in 2012.
“We’ve seen an increase in mobile services using OOH in the last few years, not only because more Americans than ever own smartphones and tablets, but also because OOH audiences are young, affluent, mobile and connected,” said Stephen Freitas, OAAA chief marketing officer. “OOH also provides the perfect opportunity for consumers to interact with mobile and social technology when outside the home.”
Seven of the top 25 advertisers increasing OOH spend were in the Media & Advertising category including Warner Brothers Pictures, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, NBC, Paramount Pictures, Comcast, and Fox.
OAAA issues full industry pro forma revenue estimates that include, but are not limited to, Miller Kaplan and Kantar Media (which is not adjusted to reflect changes in data sources), and member company affidavits. Revenue estimates include billboard, street furniture, transit, alternative, and cinema advertising, as well as digital platforms for advertising spending.