Local online advertising in the US is set to increase by almost a third on last year, according to a new report.
Borrell Associates' What Local Media Web Sites Earn: 2007 Survey, which polled over 2,800 local media sites, showed the market is forecast to reach $7.5bn this year.
Local media groups have conventionally been regarded among the most threatened by the rise of powerful national and international online properties.
But 25% of the surveyed sites said they would clock up revenue of over $1m this year, 6.6% of them over $10m, helping grow the online local ads market some 31.6%.
That is faster growth than national US online advertising, which will grow 20.7% to $22.1bn.
What's more, proprietors will hire more dedicated local web ad sales staff. The report says:
"The number of locally based online-only salespeople grew 26%in 2006. Budgeted figures for 2007 anticipate an additional 35% increase in hiring this year."
Newspapers' online ad revenue is expected to remain the biggest area, worth a forecast $3.2 bn.