Financial Services Pullback Drives Display Ad Spend Down 6 Percent In H108: Nielsen

This story was written by David Kaplan.
It looks like Wall Street's chaos might just affect online advertising more than some thought a few days ago. Just in time for the financial markets' meltdown this week, Nielsen Online finds a 27 percent decline in display ad spending by financial services companies drove a 6 percent year-over-year decrease in overall display dollars in the first half of 2008. The number of display impressions decreased by 9 percent during the same period. When paid search figures from other sources is factored in, along with the projected growth of online video advertising, Nielsen estimated that overall online ad spending gained about 11 percent during the first half of 2008.

The financial services industry consistently among the top online spending segments, Nielsen says showed estimated expenditures of $1.1 billion during the first two quarters compared to $1.5 billion during the same period in 2007. Although historically a smaller advertising segment, the public services industry also contributed to the decrease, declining by 38 percent.

On the bright side, a number of segments showed resiliency, including the entertainment industry, with ad spending growing 47 percent year-over-year; the automotive industry grew 45 percent during the period; and consumer goods marketers were up 32 percent over last year's first half. Spending on rich media ads increased by 60 percent in H108, indicating a growing adoption of these technologies in online advertising campaigns. Release (PDF)

By David Kaplan