Rollercoaster effect for OOH advertising during pandemic

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In the US, OOH spending decreased by about 23% (2020) to $2.89 billion but is expected to at nearly double, reaching at least $4.43 billion by 2025.

“While the economic damage wrought by the pandemic squelched a decade-long expansion that was building further momentum going into 2020, our research indicates that OOH media, and particularly DOOH media, is poised for strong growth in the second half of 2021, as the healthcare, transit, and corporate & education venue categories are expected to surge ahead with accelerating double-digit growth in 2022,” said PQ Media CEO Patrick Quinn. “Among future growth drivers will be the continued expansion of programmatic media buying to OOH media operators outside the top-tier players, increased use of mobile integration tactics and improving ROI metrics driven by smart technology.”

Other interesting findings from the report include:

• Average weekly consumer time spent with OOH advertising declined 6% (2020) to about 1 hour 7 minutes
• 2021 global OOH revenue is expected to reach $55 billion
• Global OOH revenues are expected to increase 9% in 2021
• Average weekly consumer time spent with OOH is expected to increase 1.6% (2021)
• Average weekly consumer exposure to OOH is expected to increase 6.3% (2021)

More data from PQ Media’s Global Digital Out-of-Home Media Forecast can be accessed here.



Kristina Knight is a freelance writer based in Ohio, United States. She began her career in radio and television broadcasting, focusing her energies on health and business reporting. After six years in the industry, Kristina branched out on her own. Since 2001, her articles have appeared in Family Delegate, Credit Union Business, and with Threshold Media.