Mobiles to drive faster global advertising growth: Publicis unit

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REUTERS: Growth in global advertising spending will accelerate to 5.8% a year by 2015, driven by demand for marketing via mobile devices and a broad-based economic recovery, a market research group forecast on Monday. ZenithOptimedia said spending on advertising was expected to rise by 3.6% this year, an upward revision from its September forecast of 3.5%. Advertising spending will then increase by 5.3% in 2014 and by 5.8% in 2015 and 2016, said Zenith, the forecasting unit of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third-biggest advertising company by sales. Zenith compiled its Advertising Expenditure Forecasts by aggregating data from leading media owners and advertising agencies in 80 countries. “Mobile technology is creating new opportunities for marketers to connect with consumers,” said Zenith Chief Executive Steve King. “Combined with the continued rise of young, dynamic markets, this will spur healthy and sustained growth in global ad spends over the next three years.” Zenith predicts mobile technology will contribute 36% of the extra ad spend between 2013 and 2016. Next year’s Winter Olympics, soccer World Cup and US mid-term elections will also boost ad spending, it said. A separate report published by GroupM, part of WPP the world’s largest advertising company, revised its worldwide advertising spending growth forecast for 2014 downward to 4.6%, giving a total of $ 531 billion, from growth of 5.1% predicted earlier this year. It blamed economic gridlock in the United States and persistent financial crisis in the eurozone for the revision. GroupM predicted that 2013 worldwide advertising spending will hit $ 508 billion, a 3.3% increase over 2012 spending.