By SHINPEI DOI/ Staff Writer
March 12, 2020 at 15:27 JST
Internet advertising revenue topped cash spent on TV ads for the first time in Japan in 2019.
Online ad revenue surged 19.7 percent in the country last year, compared to 2018, to hit 2.1048 trillion yen ($20.36 billion), leading advertising agency Dentsu Inc. announced March 11.
TV ad revenue from programs fell to 1.8612 trillion yen, down 2.7 percent from a year earlier.
Print advertising income at newspapers dropped to 454.7 billion yen, down 5 percent.
As a whole, domestic ad buyers shelled out 6.9381 trillion yen in 2019 for promotion in mediums including internet, TV and newspapers.
Total ad revenue was up in 2019 for the eighth year in a row, rising 1.9 percent compared to 2018 with the same condition.
Online revenue from targeted ads stemming from the records of users' search results and ads on social media platforms also saw continued growth.
Dentsu for the first time estimated the annual amount spent at online shopping sites by shop owners, a total of 106.4 billion yen.
Ad revenue, excluding their internet ad revenue, declined for the fifth consecutive year for TV, newspapers, magazines and radio stations, sinking to 2.6094 trillion yen in 2019. Their combined earnings dropped by 93.2 billion yen, or 3.4 percent, from 2018.
But not all was doom and gloom for traditional advertising providers.
Ads offered on websites operated by TV stations, newspapers, magazines and radio stations raked in 22.9 percent more in 2019 than the previous year, hitting 71.5 billion yen.
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