Digital ad spend in Australia reached $3.3b last year, an 18% increase on 2011, according to a new Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) report.
Figures showed that not only did digital ad spend as a whole exceed market predictions last year but mobile advertising saw a growth of 220%, pulling in $86.2m. Year-on-year, video advertising also grew 30% to reach $90.3m.
The significant rise in figures was due to growth across all categories, including a 27% increase in Search and Directories advertising, a 10% increase in General Display advertising and a 9% increase in Classifieds advertising.
20% of emails sent by Australian brands do not reach the intended inbox, with 2% being sent to spam and the other 18% going missing or being blocked.
This problem gets even worse if the intended reader is a Dodo or Optus subscriber, as only 57% of legitimate email were delivered to these inboxes in 2012.
In contrast, 92% of marketing emails reach their target inbox in New Zealand, with only 8% going missing.
It seems Australia’s Baby Boomers are being shunned by brands and marketers who are instead focusing on younger, more tech savvy consumers - something that's already been identified as an opportunity in other countries.
According to a new Mi9 report, only 10% of Australian advertising spend is directed towards Baby Boomers, despite the fact that this age group is currently entering into a ‘Lifestyle’ stage where they have more disposable income than any other group.
And of the small number of brands who do target the over-55s, it looks like they may be entirely missing the mark, as overwhelmingly, 94% of Baby Boomers say they dislike the way advertisers currently communicate with them.
A new Yahoo!7 survey has revealed that social media is playing an increasingly larger role in influencing the television viewing habits of Australians.
The second annual Social TV Survey polled more than 7,000 online Australians late last year and found that almost half of the respondents (43%) used social media while watching television.
Australia is leading the way globally when it comes to share of ad clicks from tablets and smartphones, according to recent research from Marin Software.
The Mobile Search Advertising Around The Globe report found that Australia has the highest penetration of click share from tablet devices (9.3%) and the third highest penetration of click share from smartphones (11.7%).
Similarly, Australian marketers spend the highest percentage of their budget (8%) per device on tablet advertising than any other market, and have the second highest allocation of budget put towards smartphones (8.8%).
Marketers, you are not normal.
You may think you know what the average consumer wants, but the reality is that you do not have normal internet habits, you do not shop like the average consumer does and you do not have average social media knowledge. You cannot be a focus group.
This is the message that ExactTarget is attempting to get out in their new report, Marketers From Mars, which compares marketers' use of email, social media and other channels against that of consumers - and is something Econsultancy has raised before as being an issue within the industry.
Last week saw the release of Econsultancy’s State of Digital Marketing in Australia report, where the current environment is closely analysed to understand what’s happening, where focus is being placed and how this is affecting marketing activity.
In line with this, ExactTarget’s Inspired Marketing Predictions recently compiled various opinions from industry experts, of which many echo the research findings.
Brands will have to work extra hard this year in order to win over consumers, and the key to doing this will be demonstrating everyday usefulness, authenticity and corporate ethics.
From the continued impact of the GFC to the effect of technology on the path-to-purchase to the challenge of big data, marketers and brands have a lot on their plate in 2013.
The recent State of Digital in Australia 2013 report, produced by Econsultancy and Marketing Magazine, has revealed some interesting stats around the use of offline and online marketing channels and highlights which online channels marketers are planning to spend the big dollars on this year.
Notably, the report also shows how companies are planning to dedicate more of their budget and time towards digital.
Findings from Econsultancy’s annual State of Digital Marketing in Australia report has revealed that the digital skills and knowledge gap is still very present in Australia, with a quarter of respondents saying knowledge of digital within their organisations is “poor” to “very poor”.
Produced in association with Marketing Magazine, the report highlighted the existing barriers and issues facing Australian marketers today.
In particular, it brought to light the problem marketers are having developing the necessary skills needed to maintain an all-round knowledge of each digital offering, due to the fast-paced nature of the industry.