Our revised estimates for total ad spending in Canada this year show a big decline, mirroring what’s expected overall for the Canadian economy. Digital will hold its level after years of double-digit growth.
In 2020, digital video ad spending exceeded TV ad outlays for the first time in Canada. Digital video gained the most momentum of any format amid the pandemic last year, growing by 10.0% year over year (YoY). This includes both in-stream video formats (e.g., YouTube ads) and those outstream (ads appearing in social media feeds).
Time spent with digital media in Canada has surpassed that of traditional media for the first time, and digital ad spending has finally caught up with the changing way in which Canadians are consuming media.
Facebook’s US and Canada ad revenues came in at roughly $8.38 billion, up from $7.20 billion in Q1 2019. The US and Canada accounted for roughly 48% of Facebook’s worldwide revenues. On the earnings call, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the precipitous drop in revenues during March had moderated in the start of Q2.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended 2020 ad spending projections, ours included. This report summarizes our H1 2020 Canada ad spending forecast, factoring in available information about the massive downturn in Q2.