India's advertising revenue to touch ₹1.2 trillion in 2024: Report

According to MAGNA's June 2024 Report, CPG, Auto, Retail, Government & Political advertising, and Finance are expected to be the most dominant sectors contributing to India’s adex growth in 2024.

Social Samosa
New Update
Magna Report

The MAGNA Global Advertising Forecast Report of June 2024 unveils that growth in India is projected to remain strong at 6.8% in 2024 and 6.5% in 2025, with the robustness reflecting, continuing strength in domestic demand and a rising working-age population according to IMF. With the per capita income increasing multifold, the consumer spending outlook remains positive. India has been evolving as one of the world’s most dynamic consumption environments and is expected to maintain steady economic growth. The fastest-growing economy is projected to surpass China’s growth rate by over 2% points. India, by 2028 is expected to become the third largest economy leaving behind Germany and Japan.

Additionally, inflation is projected to decline from +5.4% in 2023 to +4.2% in 2024 and with long-term inflation estimates remaining anchored, the monetary policy stance of the central bank is expected to support growth. 

In 2024, total advertising revenue from ₹1.1 Trillion (US$13.1 billion) will touch ₹1.2 Trillion (US$14.6 billion). Digital formats or new media contribute over 60% to the incremental revenue. Digital is estimated to grow at +15.9% and linear growth will be at +8.4%. In a normal year, H1 contribution is generally less than H2, however, general elections scheduled from March to May followed by the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in June-July will boost H1 growth (+11.8%) equal to the second half of the year (+11.9%). Both general elections and live sports will lead to significant growth in adex across both Digital and Linear media.

However, in 2023, listed companies’ average income and profits have grown in double digits. This is encouraging as private investment in capacity building and marketing activities will increase. The auto sector demonstrated significant growth across all segments in 2023, this is expected to boost marketing and advertising budgets in 2024. CPG continues to rise as more people start to move up the economic ladder and the benefits of economic progress become accessible to the public. The urban segment is the largest contributor, however, in the last few years, the growth has come at a faster pace in rural India. With normal monsoons expected, rural demand will pick up and this bodes well for the sector. The retail sector is experiencing exponential growth across pop strata. Sizeable middle class, changing demographic profile, increasing disposable income, and urbanization are some of the factors driving organized retail. E-commerce has transformed the way business is done and has enabled newer segments like D2C. Rapid expansion into Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities will aid sectoral growth.

CPG, Auto, Retail, Government & Political advertising, and Finance are expected to be the most dominant sectors contributing to India’s adex growth in 2024, followed by Pharma, Education, Real Estate, Media & Entertainment and Building Materials making up the top ten sectors.

Additionally, consumption trends continue to favour digital media. The liberal and reformist policies of the Government have been instrumental in developing digital public goods. All digital formats are growing at a healthy pace specifically social, video & audio streaming and online gaming. With the democratisation of content consumption, Ad-supported video-on-demand platforms have transformed viewership by providing easy and affordable access to live sporting events. As of 2023, the wireless base stood at 1.15 billion subscribers and 95% of the data consumed has come from 4G connections. A rise in mobile penetration and a decline in data costs is expected to add to the internet base. In 2024, digital ad spends will grow +15.9% to top ₹580 billion (US$6.9 billion). Social & Search with 34% and 33% shares drive the digital pie followed by Display & Video at 19% and 14%. In terms of growth, Social (+21.9%) and Video (+19.1%) are the fastest growing formats.

Furthermore, television reaches 778 million viewers (759 million 2022) and overall time spent has increased to 230 mins (218 mins 2022). Close to a third of homes do not have television and linear TV has the potential to grow. The probable launch of Direct-to-mobile will increase the reach of Television, and trials for this home-grown technology will soon be planned across cities. Overall Television ad revenues in 2024 will grow +8.7% to reach an estimated ₹393 billion (US$4.7 billion). Elections will drive advertising growth for TV, specifically for news and the T20 World Cup will further boost revenues.

Print media has reinforced itself as the most trustworthy source of information. The circulation in 2022-23 has gone from 391mn to 402mn copies and the largest local media is still relevant providing the geographical spread and audience size. Advertisers’ belief in this consumption story led to a handsome growth of +7.0% last year. In 2024, ad sales revenue will grow +6.1% to ₹188 billion (US$2.2 billion) but it is still 11% below pre-covid levels. Digital print revenue is estimated to be ₹13 billion (US$159 million). Drop in social media referral traffic as Meta dissociated itself with news is hurting publishers. Print advertising growth will come on the back of national elections and local elections in 8 states.

According to the report, radio is still ailing from the slowdown caused during COVID-19, recovering only 86% of the 2019 levels. While there is an enormous increase in volumes, ad rates have remained soft. The long-standing challenge of audience measurement capabilities is hurting the medium. An increase in Government ad rates will help growth considering this is an election year. Government recommendations on News broadcasts, reduction in license fee and mandatory FM tuner on mobiles will bring a windfall to the industry. The revenue for 2024 is estimated to be ₹19 billion (US$231 million) reflecting growth of +9.0% over the previous year.

Additionally, OOH media is on a growth trajectory and is expected to cross 2019 levels this year. All 3 forms, Traditional, transit and DOOH are showing incremental revenues. Government push on infrastructure and urbanization will boost OOH inventory, especially premium formats. In 2024 OOH revenue will increase +16% to reach ₹34 billion (US$402 million). DOOH's share to total OOH is at 6%, growing at a CAGR of +33%, by 2028 share of DOOH will touch 11%. Roadstar, a unified audience measurement tool for the OOH industry developed by the national body for Outdoor Media, is likely to see the light, this should help demonstrate the effectiveness of the medium and facilitate growth. In-cinema advertising was the biggest casualty of COVID-19 which has recovered to the extent of 72%. Successive comeback from all languages with box office hits in 2023 and a good inflow of content in 2024 will drive both demand from advertisers as well as surge in audience footfalls. In 2024, the growth is estimated to be +19% to reach ₹8 billion (US$95 million).

Table 1: India ad revenues

Table1_India AD Revenues

Table 2: Global forecasts by market

Table2_Global Forecast By Market

Hema Malik, Chief Investment Officer, IPG Mediabrands India, commented: “India's advertising industry is gearing up for an impressive 2024, with significant growth driven by pivotal events like the general elections and ICC T20 World Cup. We expect substantial ad spend increases across sectors such as auto, retail, and CPG. The anticipated 11.8% growth in ad revenues highlights the market's resilience and potential. With rural demand expected to rise due to favourable monsoons and digital ad spend projected to reach 580 billion, the convergence of traditional and digital media presents unique opportunities for advertisers."

Additionally, Venkatesh S, SVP, Director - Intelligence Practice, MAGNA India, said: "The Indian advertising market is set to expand by 11.8% in 2024, reaching 1.2 trillion, driven by a robust 15.9% growth in digital media. Traditional media formats are also growing, enduring the relevance of Print, OOH and Radio in addition to Television. The government’s emphasis on digital public infrastructure is propelling digital ad spend to nearly half of total revenues by 2026. Our forecast highlights social media's significant rise, overtaking search as the second largest media format after television." 

India adex 2024 India's advertising revenue The MAGNA Global Advertising Forecast Report 2024 The MAGNA Global Advertising Forecast Report