India ad spend likely to be Rs 697 billion in 2019: Report
    Kolkata, Jun 13 (PTI) Advertising spend in India is
likely to rise by 11.4 per cent to Rs 697 billion in 2019,
driven by key events such as the ongoing cricket world cup and
the recent general elections, according to a report by the
Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN).
    The 2019 estimate is up from January's projection of
10.6 per cent growth in ad spend, and 10.8 per cent in 2018,
the report said.
    The agency said digital media spend is projected to
grow by 32.7 per cent to Rs 144.1 billion in 2019, accounting
for 21 per cent share of the total advertising expenditure.
    Television, however, continues to be the dominant
force in India, with an estimated contribution of 39 per cent
to the total ad spend in 2019, it said.
    The medium is forecast to expand in 2019 by 9.5 per
cent to touch Rs 271.4 billion.
    "India is at the cusp of a major change... With the
expansion on online video via mobile devices, the role of TV
is changing and entertainment at one's own pace is becoming
the norm," said Kartik Iyer, president of Amplifi India, a DAN
group company.
    The Asia Pacific ad spend is projected to rise by 4
per cent in 2019 amid lower global growth, the report added.

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