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The picture for advertising in China is a rosy one, and online spending’s story is most positive of all. eMarketer estimates that online ad spending increased 43.2% in 2011, and forecasts another increase of 39% in 2012, driven by strong growth in both internet penetration and online activities such as online video, social media and search.
According to an April 2012 report from consultancies R3 and Admaster Digital Consulting, more than four-fifths of marketers in China plan on increasing digital media spending during 2012. Drilling down further, 41% of marketers plan to increase spending by at least 20%, and 13% will increase spending by 50% or more.
Marketers in China are especially bullish about online video and social media, including weibo microblogs and social networks. According to the report, 23% of the marketers surveyed expected to devote most of the increased spending to online video in 2012, followed by 20% to weibo microblogs and 16% to social networks.
eMarketer estimates online ad spending in China will reach $7.36 billion in 2012, and more than double to $16.48 billion by 2016. R3 and Admaster’s findings suggest that marketers are rushing to place brands where internet users are consuming digital media, hoping that it vaults their clients’ brand values into the atmosphere.
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