Germany Digital Ad Spending by Industry 2020

Collapse in Auto and Travel Ad Buying Leads to Overall Stagnation

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In a difficult year for advertising worldwide, digital ad spending in Germany will see only 0.8% growth. Most of the industries we break out will decelerate their digital ad spend to some degree, while travel and auto will reduce theirs dramatically.

Executive Summary

We estimate that digital ad buyers in Germany will spend €7.38 billion ($8.27 billion) in 2020—just 0.8% more than in 2019. Germany’s digital ad spending had grown at double-digit rates for each of the past three years, but the market will not escape a pandemic-induced downturn this year.

Which industry in Germany will spend the most on digital advertising?

Retail has long been the biggest digital ad spender. The €1.77 billion ($1.98 billion) that the industry will spend on digital ads in 2020 is more than double what the next-biggest spender, financial services, will lay out. Auto will drop to third place, as a 25.7% decline brings its digital ad spend to just €775.1 million ($867.9 million).

How has the pandemic changed our outlook?

In our 2019 forecast, we anticipated that ad buyers in Germany would increase digital spend by 9.0% this year, and that each vertical we cover would grow its digital ad spend by at least 7.5%. We now expect that growth will be stagnant overall, travel will reduce digital ad spend by 38.7%, and auto will spend €268.5 million ($300.6 million) less on digital ads than last year.

Which industries will post the most rapid growth in digital ad spending?

Financial services will be the only industry to accelerate its digital ad spend growth year over year, from 14.1% in 2019 to 16.7% in 2020. Healthcare and pharma will also have a strong year, growing its digital ad outlays by 16.1%. Demand for these industries’ goods and services has surged during the pandemic, and we estimate that digital ad spending will follow suit.

How much digital advertising in Germany will go to mobile devices?

This year, mobile will capture 66.1% of the digital ad market, or €4.88 billion ($5.46 billion). Retail will once again be the biggest spender on mobile ads, accounting for 28.3% of the mobile ad market, or €1.38 billion ($1.55 billion).

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? This report features our latest forecasts for digital ad spending in Germany across six sectors—auto, consumer packaged goods, financial services, healthcare and pharma, retail, and travel—and outlines key trends shaping these forecasts.

KEY STAT: Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s digital ad spending will see a relatively low annual growth rate of 0.8% and reach €7.38 billion ($8.27 billion).

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Overview of Our Digital Ad Spending Numbers by Industry
  3. Digital Ad Spending by Device
  1. Digital Ad Spending by Industry
  2. Key Takeaways
  3. eMarketer Interviews
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Interviewed for This Report

Graham Alexander
Senior Marketing Director, UK and Netherlands
Interviewed June 29, 2020
Claire Burgess
NMPi by Incubeta
Head of Biddable
Interviewed June 26, 2020
Paul Frampton Calero
Control v Exposed
President, EMEA and APAC
Interviewed June 25, 2020
Emma Newman
Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA
Interviewed June 25, 2020
Jean-Christophe Peube
Smart AdServer
Global Head of Data Analytics and Marketplace Quality
Interviewed June 22, 2020
Richard Reeves
Association for Online Publishing
Managing Director
Interviewed June 19, 2020
Austin Scott
Head of Video Market Development, EMEA
Interviewed June 29, 2020
Paps Shaikh
Commercial Director, EMEA
Interviewed June 26, 2020
Gary Taylor
Deputy Managing Director
Interviewed June 23, 2020

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