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Local advertising on mobile devices sold by pure-play mobile providers will rise this year to $19 billion, according to BIA/KELSEY’s U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2018: Mobile and Social estimates. An additional $3.1 billion in mobile advertising is being sold by traditional media companies (i.e., radio, television and newspapers) in 2018.

With increasing consumer and SMB adoption and its ability to reach targeted audiences, the mobile/social category will be the third largest ad platform in 2018, behind direct mail and local television. Of the overall $151.2 billon estimated U.S. local advertising spending for the year, pure-play mobile will represent 12.6% of the local advertising spend and is on a pace to reach 19.2%, and the second top spot, by 2022.

“We are very positive about local advertising on mobile devices to increase significantly in the next decade. As mobile continues to mature, national and small business advertisers see its effectiveness and ability as an all-encompassing platform to reach their audiences,” said Chief Economist/SVP MARK FRATRIK. “Mobile has become a preferred platform for the advertising dollar because of its ability to capture audiences of all ages based precisely on where they are and what they are doing, at any given moment.”

Location-targeted Mobile Ad Spend projections

BIA/Kelsey has continued to expand its research and analysis on the entire local advertising landscape, including each of the top 12 media platforms, and produces both a nationwide and local market forecast across each media for the current year. The forecast for each segment is based on in-house data going back to mid-2000.

Social media ad revenue from mobile (not including tablets) now represents slightly more than 70% of total social ad spending, and will grow to 80% by 2022 as more social engagement continues to shift away from desktops. FACEBOOK is expected to receive the lion’s share of those dollars followed by TWITTER, SNAP, LINKEDIN, and other popular apps. Further, location targeting advertising within mobile sold by all providers (which includes pure play, radio, television and newspapers) is projected to grow from $17.1 billion in 2017 to $38.7 billion in 2022, a 17.8% compound annual growth.

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