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PwC: Advertising industry’s value hits N605.2b

A new report commissioned by the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and funded by various industry associations has put the value of Nigeria’s advertising industry and contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at N605.2 billion

The report was carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and presented to stakeholders at a media briefing held yesterday in Lagos.

Speaking at the unveiling, the Director General of ARCON, Olalekan Fadolapo expressed the optimism about the industry’s progress, including the launch of an Audience Measurement initiative.

He lauded the sectoral groups including the Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria (EXMAN), Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Outdoor Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (OAAN), Media Independent Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MIPAN) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, (BON) for funding the study.

Emphasising the need to quantify the industry’s size and impact as an economic enabler, Fadolapo remarked, “We cannot continue to guesstimate the size of the industry. This report lays the foundation for us to assess the advertising space and its multiplier effect on the economy every year going forward”.

According to him, findings of the report underscored the industry’s dominant role as a catalyst for consumer demand, business expansion, employment, and innovation across sectors.

As parts of strides that ARCON has undertaken to advance the growth of the industry, Fadolapo added that in addition to the Audience Measurement and the GDP Multiplier effect report, the apex regulatory body was also set to hold an event on the audacious rebrand Nigeria project that it had undertaken alongside other projects as part of resolutions from the communique of the National Advertising Conference.

Tunji Adeyinka, Chairman of the National Advertising Conference, provided context on the study’s genesis. He explained that the 2022 conference highlighted a gap in understanding the industry’s GDP contribution, prompting the decision to engage PwC for a credible assessment. He added that the report examined two key aspects: “the advertising industry’s direct monetary contribution to GDP and its multiplier effect – the amplified impact of advertising investment on overall economic output”.

Chairman of the Multiplier Study Committee, Femi Adelusi in his presentation revealed the profound impact of Nigeria’s marketing communications industry on driving the nation’s economic growth. Addressing critical industry stakeholders and members of the press, he presented comprehensive findings.

“The marketing communications sector has emerged as a formidable economic powerhouse. The study estimates that for every N1 spent on marketing communications in Nigeria, the nation’s GDP increases by a staggering N16.5 – a multiplier effect that highlights the industry’s substantial value contribution”.

According to the study, the total expenditure on marketing communications reached an impressive N605.2 billion in 2023, having grown at a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.7per cent over the past six years, from N216 billion in 2018. This trajectory is projected to continue, with spending expected to reach N893 billion by 2028, contributing a significant 1.08per cent to Nigeria’s GDP, up from 0.7per cent in 2023.

Clarifying the industry’s segments, Adelusi revealed that the top three contributors to marketing communication spend between 2018 and 2023 were cable TV (25.5 per cent), digital media (18.5 per cent), and creative & content production (13.4 per cent).

“The proliferation of cable TV, driven by its diverse content offerings and affordable package options, has captivated a wide consumer base. Additionally, the surge in digital media spend, fueled by increased internet and mobile penetration, as well as the rise of social media and video-on-demand platforms, has reshaped the marketing landscape,” he said.

The study also highlighted the growing influence of creative and content production, which recorded a CAGR of 15.8 per cent between 2018 and 2023, driven by the popularity of smartphones, social media engagement, and the appeal of real-time online content. “The investments by video-on-demand platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime in Nigerian productions, particularly in the thriving Nollywood industry, has further bolstered this segment”, he added.

While acknowledging challenges such as economic pressures, regulatory reforms, and competition from global players, the study underscored the industry’s strengths, including rising digital trends, opportunities for local and international partnerships, the ability to leverage technological innovations like AI and big data analytics, Nigeria’s large and culturally diverse market, and the potential for innovative, locally-tailored marketing approaches.

To speed up the industry’s growth and development, the study outlined key recommendations. These included creating specific, measurable goals for the sector’s GDP contribution, establishing a Joint Industry Body (JIB) for operational coordination among broadcasters, agencies, and advertisers, encouraging strategic alliances among industry players, embracing a “global” approach that combines international best practices with local initiatives, and utilizing analytics tools to track spending patterns and consumer behaviour meticulously.

“The marketing communications industry is an economic force that deserves recognition and support. By implementing these recommendations, we can unlock the industry’s full potential, drive sustainable growth, foster job creation, and cement Nigeria’s position as a leading marketing communications hub in Africa and beyond,” the report recommended.

Industry stakeholders have variously praised the study, hailing it as a move in the right direction. Among industry leaders at the event are Tolulope Medebem, President, EXMAN; Brenda Nwagwu, Vice President, MIPAN; Steve Babaeko, President, AAAN, Kenny Ogungbe from BON and Mr. Sola Akinsiuku, President, OAAN, among others.

According to them, the study’s findings have indeed sent ripples of excitement through the industry, as stakeholders recognize the immense opportunities that lie ahead. With its proven ability to catalyze economic activity, spur innovation, and create employment opportunities, the marketing communications sector is poised to play an increasingly vital role in shaping Nigeria’s economic future.

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