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$18 Billion in Television Ad Spending in Q1 2011

Published on June 10, 2011

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Television advertising surpassed $18 billion in the first quarter of 2011, growing almost 9% over the same period in 2010, according to Nielsen’s "State of the Media: Trends in Advertising Spend and Effectiveness.” Radio spending increased 6% in Q1 2011 over the same period last year, reaching $1.6 billion, and magazines were up 7%. Newspapers lost 10%, for $2.8 billion in ad spending. Other findings:

  • On average, ads that aired during the Super Bowl were 58 percent more memorable than all commercials that aired during regular programming in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Recommendations from personal acquaintances was cited as the most trusted form of advertisement by U.S. Internet consumers (76%). Forty-nine percent said they trusted consumer opinions posted online.
  • Mobile advertising is increasingly finding its way into mobile apps, with teenagers being much more receptive than their elders. 58 percent of teens say they “always” or “sometimes” look at mobile ads.
  • Across 12 broadcast and major cable networks in primetime, there were 5,381 major product placements in 2010, up 22 percent since 2006.
  • Reality shows dominated broadcast and cable with the most placement occurrences in the first quarter of 2011, accounting for over half of all placements. While consumers can better remember the brands of placements during Sitcoms, placements in Reality programs are the most effective at positively impacting viewer opinion of the integrated brand.