Benchmark your investment in online media with other organisations in the UK.

The IAB and PwC published their full-year figures for online advertising in 2012 this week. We recommend using this annual research on online advertising to benchmark your investment in online media with other organisations in the UK.

But do remember that you should also look at your own organic traffic from your analytics as well – as you might be surprised how many visitors you are getting now a days from tablet and mobile devices – especially if you are yet to optimise your pages 😉

Anyhoo, if European figures are more relevant to your business then do check the IAB Europe Adspend figures.  And a huge thanks to Smart Insights for these smart insights,

The stats:

Percentage of overall ad spend on digital media advertising?

More than £1 in £4 of ad budgets were spent online  for the first time and online ad spend is now closer to 30% of all spend although the figures weren’t disclosed in the latest announcement.

However with £3 in £4 still spent offline in traditional media like TV and print advertising it underlines the continued effectiveness of traditional media and the need to integrate these with online media.

Mobile advertising shows strong growth as we would expect – and myself personally love – as predicted this many moons ago – whilst others thought me mad 🙂

Mobile now accounts for 9.7% of all digital advertising spend compared to 1.1% three years ago

Total mobile display advertising (including video) increased like-for-like by 121% to £150.0 million in 2012. Mobile search grew like-for-like by 164% to £365.0 million – accounting for 69% of mobile ad spend.

The remaining £11million of mobile ad revenue is primarily accounted for by classifieds, SMS/MMS and other smaller advertising formats.

The research shows the most popular online advertising tactics, but beware the methodology – spend on other digital marketing channels such as affiliate marketing, SEO and online PR/Social media aren’t included – it’s pure media spend only..

This is the breakdown of different Internet advertising types:

Paid search advertising: Paid for sponsored listings such as AdWords  maintained their position as the largest single format with a 58% share of digital advertising.

Display advertising: Display advertising accounted for 24% of spend, similar to previous years. But within this there were larger increases for social media advertising which grew 24% to represent 25% of online display budget and video advertising which grew 46% to account for 12% of online display budget.

Classifieds : Online classified ads important in recruitment and auto for example, but less relevant to other advertisers grew by 7.6% to account for 16% of spending.

Some interesting stuff here to consider when you are planning your or your clients next year of digital ad spend.