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Alternative Media Spending Growth Accelerates in 2007, Hastening Transition from Traditional to Alternative Advertising & Marketing Strategies

Alternative Media Accounts for 16.1% Share of Total Advertising & Marketing Spending in 2007, Up from 7.9% in 2002

First-Ever Research to Define, Structure, Size & Forecast Digital & Alternative Media Says Industry Poised for Strong Growth in 2008, Despite U.S. Economic Slowdown

STAMFORD, CT, March 26, 2008 Spending on alternative media jumped 22.0% to $73.43 billion in 2007 and is expected to continue its rapid ascension in 2008 despite a slowing economy, as brand marketers scramble to stay in step with a rapidly changing media landscape, according to research released today by PQ Media (www.pqmedia.com), the leading provider of media econometrics.

Alternative media spending grew at a compound annual rate of 21.7% from 2002 to 2007, as brand marketers increasingly turned to alternative advertising and marketing strategies to offset challenges posed by new technology, changing consumer behaviors, media fragmentation and multitasking, and growing demand for improved return-on-investment metrics, according to the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast: 2008-2012 (http://www.pqmedia.com/alternative-media-forecast-2008.html). Alternative media, including 18 digital and non-traditional media segments, accounted for 16.1% of total advertising and marketing spending in 2007, up from only 7.9% in 2002.

PQ Media expects the momentum to continue in 2008 and through the rest of the decade as brand marketers seek new ways to deal with the evolving media landscape. Total spending on alternative media is forecast to grow 20.2% to $88.24 billion in 2008 and post compound annual growth of 17.0% in the 2007-2012 period, reaching $160.82 billion, according to the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast: 2008-2012, the first source ever to define, structure, size and forecast the direction of the comprehensive digital and alternative media sector. Alternative media is forecast to represent 26.6% of total U.S. advertising and marketing spending in 2012.

"By 2012, we anticipate one out of every four dollars spent on advertising and marketing will be earmarked for alternative media," said Patrick Quinn, President and CEO of PQ Media. "Alternative advertising and marketing media are driving a new media order that presents vast opportunities for industry stakeholders, but also key challenges for some of the fastest-growing digital media segments. Technological advances have led to critical changes in consumer behaviors and media usage patterns, which have pushed the advertising and marketing ecosystems into a seminal period of transition. Driven by these market forces, brand marketers are seeking new strategies to connect with consumers through engaging means in captive locations, while at the same time providing proof-of-performance metrics. This confluence of trends is fueling the migration of dollars to alternative media."

While all 18 segments of PQ Media's Alternative Media Matrix™ – including 12 alternative advertising segments and six alternative marketing segments – posted double-digit growth in 2007, 12 of the 18 segments grew faster than 20% for the year. These same 12 segments are projected to drive growth over the next five years, including in order of projected growth: consumer-generated media, mobile advertising, videogame advertising, online video advertising, word-of-mouth marketing, advergaming & webisodes, product placement, search & lead generation advertising, and digital out-of home media. The largest alternative media segments in 2007 were event sponsorships & marketing, search & lead generation, e-direct marketing, online classifieds & displays, local pay TV, and product placement, according to the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast 2008-2012.

Spending highlights and key trends impacting each major sector and related segments of alternative media include:

  • Spending on alternative advertising, including online & mobile advertising and entertainment & digital out-of-home advertising, climbed 25.8% to $39.22 billion in 2007, and grew at a CAGR of 26.2% in the 2002-2007 period. Alternative advertising represented 17.7% of overall ad spend in 2007, up from a 7.0% share in 2002.
  • Spending on online & mobile advertising, including search & lead generation, online classifieds & displays, e-media, online video & rich media, internet yellow pages, consumer-generated ads, and mobile advertising, rose 29.1% to $29.94 billion in 2007, and increased at a CAGR of 31.4% in the 2002-2007 period. Growth was driven by brand marketers shifting budgets out of traditional advertising to reach key demographics that have increased online and mobile usage due to improvements in online and wireless technology, particularly with wider adoption of broadband access.
  • Spending on entertainment & digital out-of-home (OOH) advertising, including local pay TV, digital out-of-home media, video-on-demand (VOD), interactive TV (ITV), and digital video recorder (DVR) advertising, videogame & home video advertising, and satellite radio advertising, rose 16.2% to $9.28 billion in 2007, and climbed at a CAGR of 15.0% from 2002 to 2007. Spending was fueled by new ad insertion technologies, the pursuit of new ad platforms that reach young audiences; and the steady growth of local pay TV, satellite radio, and DVRs, subscribers.
  • Spending on alternative marketing, including branded entertainment and interactive marketing, rose 17.9% to $34.21 billion in 2007, and posted a CAGR of 17.5% in the 2002-2007 period. Alternative marketing represented 14.5% of total marketing spend in 2007, up from 8.7% in 2002.
  • Spending on branded entertainment marketing, including event sponsorship & marketing, paid product placement, and advergaming & webisodes, rose 14.7% to $22.30 billion in 2007, and climbed at a CAGR of 13.4% from 2002 to 2007. Growth was driven by deployment of media strategies aimed at being more interactive and entertaining than traditional media, as well as to engage target audiences in locations that are not impacted by ad-skipping technology.
  • Spending on interactive marketing, including e-direct marketing, word-of-mouth marketing, and e-custom publishing, rose 24.4% to $11.91 billion in 2007, and climbed at a CAGR of 28.6% from 2002 to 2007. Spending was driven by strong gains in segments that reach affluent and influential consumers with focused messages that are either opted-in to or come from very trusted sources.

A free report summary of the PQ Media Alternative Media Forecast 2008-2012 along with methodology is available for download at (http://www.pqmedia.com/alternative-media-forecast-2008.html).

About PQ Media

PQ Media (www.pqmedia.com) is the leading provider of custom media econometrics and the pioneer of alternative media research. PQ Media partners with private-equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson on the renowned VSS Communications Industry Forecast, the media industry's annual benchmark for spending, usage and trends data. The Branded Entertainment Marketing Forecast 2008-2012 is part of PQ Media's Alternative Media Research Series, the first source to define, size and forecast emerging markets such as word-of-mouth marketing, product placement, consumer- generated media and digital out-of-home advertising, among others.

PQ Media is located at Two Stamford Landing, Suite 100, Stamford, CT 06902; Phone: 203-921-0368; Email: info@pqmedia.com.

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