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India's Digital Advertising Market 2024: Key Trends and Forecasts from Dentsu & E4M Report

The Indian advertising industry is undergoing a digital revolution, and the Dentsu E4M Digital Advertising Report 2024 paints a bright picture for the future.

India's Digital Advertising Market 2024: Key Trends and Forecasts from Dentsu & E4M Report

Saturday February 17, 2024 , 3 min Read

The Indian advertising industry is undergoing a digital revolution, and the Dentsu E4M Digital Advertising Report 2024 paints a bright picture for the future. The report delves into India's booming advertising landscape, exploring trends like digital dominance, emerging channels, shifting consumer preferences, and the impact of AI on marketing, with a focus on data-driven insights and ethical practices.

Market Growth: A Digital Surge

Break up

Overall, the industry is expected to reach Rs 1,12,453 crore by 2025, with a healthy CAGR of 9.86%. But the real star is digital advertising, projected to grow at a staggering CAGR of 23.49%, claiming a 55% share of ad spends by 2025. This surpasses television for the first time, marking a significant shift in media consumption.

In 2023, digital media captured a 44% share, pushing television to second place with 32%. By 2025, digital is expected to reach a 55% share, while television might decline to 25%. Print media continues its downward trend, projected to be at 16% by 2025.

Industry Highlights: Exciting Opportunities and Emerging Trends

The report identifies some key areas attracting attention:

  • TATA IPL 2024: This digital streaming event is expected to draw 600-650 million viewers, presenting a goldmine for advertisers.
  • Leading Sectors: Telecom, e-commerce, and FMCG are leading the charge in ad spends, reflecting changing consumer behavior and market dynamics.
  • Future Trends: AI, AR/VR, and sustainability are poised to shape the future of advertising, offering innovative ways to connect with audiences and create positive impact.

Channel Supremacy:

Retail media: Offering targeted advertising within e-commerce platforms, it's expected to witness the fastest growth at 17.2%, reflecting the rising influence of online shopping.

Programmatic advertising: Characterised by automated ad buying and selling, it's expected to maintain its double-digit growth at 10.2%, signifying the increasing adoption of data-driven approaches.

Advertising Spends by Industry Verticals

Spends

The Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector leads the pack in advertising expenditure, accounting for a whopping 34% of the total ad spends at ₹31,428 crore. Following closely behind is the e-commerce industry, spending ₹12,803 crore, which translates to a 14% share. The Telecom and Automobile industries occupy the next two spots, each cornering 6% of the ad budget at ₹5,223 crore and ₹4,125 crore respectively. Real Estate and Education round out the top five, claiming 3% each with spends of ₹2,925 crore and ₹3,022 crore. Interestingly, while sectors like BFSI and Pharmaceuticals hold significant individual shares (4% each), they are dwarfed by the combined might of 'Others', a category encompassing numerous diverse industries, which collectively account for 13% of the total ad spends, translating to ₹12,173 crore.

Shifting Preferences:

Mobile-first consumption drives demand for video advertising, especially short-form formats like social video ads. This emphasises the need for brands to create engaging and mobile-optimised content.

Privacy concerns lead to a growing preference for contextual targeting over behavioral targeting. This shift necessitates building brand affinity and relevance through high-quality content and brand storytelling.

Navigating the dynamic Indian advertising landscape requires agility and data-driven strategies. By embracing the digital surge, understanding evolving consumer preferences, and responsibly leveraging AI, brands can not only thrive but shape the future of advertising in this exciting new era.


Edited by Roshni Manghnani