After a slow summer, ad spending comes back strong in October
A summer that began with promise and quickly turned into a long, hot season with little to no ad growth came to a welcome end with a flurry of fresh advertising in October according to big data software solutions and infrastructure provider Sysorex (NASDAQ: SYRX). Based on results from its October Shoom Ad Trends report, newspaper advertising increased across every one of the 44 categories Shoom tracks by an average of 12.4% from September’s numbers. Several categories logged gains of 20% or more.
“As summer ends and the weather cools, consumers tend to focus less on vacation and travel and more on home and personal spending with an eye towards the holidays. Therefore, we expect advertisers will ramp up their spending in these areas as well,” said Michael Lynch, executive vice president for Sysorex’s Shoom offerings.
Among the six largest categories by advertising volume, Auto & Vehicle Sales showed the largest gains with a near 23% increase over September’s numbers. Personal Services, Real Estate and Dining & Entertainment also logged solid increases over the previous month.
Top Six Category Growth by Ad Volume
Total Month Ad Count For Top Six Categories
Personal Services (which include health, personal/beauty, financial, legal and similar offerings) was once again largest category with a total of 101,726 ads, or roughly 19% off all advertisements placed in October. Auto Sales, Real Estate and Retail maintained their respective second through fourth place rankings, while Dining & Entertainment edged out the Construction/Home Improvement category to take the fifth position.
Construction / Home Improvement ad placement growth continued its summer pattern by remaining relatively flat, but is still up by more than 20 percent from its low in January and February of 2015.
“All-in-all, October was a fairly typical month for newspaper advertising. In November, I’d expect the Auto Sales, Real Estate and Construction/Home Improvement advertising categories to cool off, but Personal Services, Retail and Dining & Entertainment should continue to do well through the end of the year,” Lynch said.
About Shoom Ad Trends by Sysorex
Shoom Ad Trends delivers monthly data and analysis on newspaper advertising trends in North America. The Shoom suite is a collection of electronic services that provide advertising tracking, invoicing and proof-of-performance for nearly 700 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. Launched in 2002, Shoom provides one of the newspaper industry’s most comprehensive advertising databases, tracking over half a million ads each month in 44 categories with key metrics such as ad rate, size, run date and distribution region. In 2014, it tracked and provided analytics on more than 7.7 million print advertisements covering every major metropolitan region in North America.
Sysorex develops the systems and solutions that power the data-driven enterprise. With an innovative approach to big data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), we blend virtual data from software and networks with the huge volume of physical data generated by mobile devices and Internet-connected things to open new worlds of insight. Our unique solutions are helping organizations worldwide improve decision making, increase productivity, and fuel the discoveries of tomorrow. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, we have regional offices in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Visit Sysorex.com, follow us @SysorexGlobal and Link up on LinkedIn.
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