Global DOOH Spending Up Almost 25% In 2022, Led By US: PQ Media

January 11, 2023 by Dave Haynes

The boutique media research firm PQ Media suggests global digital OOH media spending grew by almost 25% in 2022, most notably in the US where spending surged by 36.9%.

The Stamford, CT company, which has been around the DOOH/emerging media sector for the last 20 years, expects both global and US DOOH ad spend to see strong growth again in 2023.

Says the company in a PR summary marketing its PQ Media’s Global Digital Out-of-Home Media Forecast 2022-2026:

Emerging strong from the debilitating impact of the pandemic and the global lockdowns, DOOH media became one of the fastest-growing media sectors in the world in 2022. After plunging 26.0% in 2020, global and US DOOH ad spend rebounded for two consecutive years of double-digit growth, fueled by various red-hot DOOH network and signage segments.

Global digital place-based network ad spend jumped 25.7% to $12.29 billion in 2022, global digital billboards & signage surged 23.5% to $6.56 billion, driven by high double-digit growth in the healthcare, retail, sports & entertainment, transit, and the heavily battered cinema category, according to PQ Media.

“We expect the DOOH media industry to continue its double-digit growth in 2023, powered by a number of positive developments fueling innovation, creativity and further expansion. Among these are increased and improved programmatic advertising, smart technology marketing, better ROI measurements, and successful efforts by DOOH industry executives and trade organizations at pitching the convincing story that DOOH media has evolved to an extent that clearly indicates its positive impact on brand equity, company reputation and emotional connections with target consumers throughout the day,” said PQ Media CEO & Founder Patrick Quinn.

While recessions have negatively impacted OOH media throughout the medium’s history, the pandemic was especially brutal due to the devastating combination of the ad pullback amid weakening economic conditions and the stay-at-home mandates that sapped consumer traffic from key OOH media locations worldwide.

Aside from grocery stores, pharmacies and big-box retailers, the majority of digital place-based networks and digital billboards & signage operating at roadside, cinema, sports & entertainment and transit locations saw plummeting ad revenues because of stay-at-home restrictions and store closures during the lockdown.

However, PQ Media’s new research shows that nearly all key indicators and drivers of overall OOH and DOOH media growth are showing strong growth signals. Among these are the following:

Global and US DOOH media revenues are projected to rise at double-digit rates again in 2023, although at slower rates than the record-setting 2022 growth surge, which was led by digital cinema networks (up 59.4%), digital transit nets (up 45.1%), digital retail nets (up 38.5%), and digital healthcare nets (up 24.1%), according to the new PQ Media report.

So … big growth, but that owes in part to bounce-backs from business troughs created by everything that went on in the first two two years of the pandemic.

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