Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ad Industry Generated $7.1T In Sales During 2021

Research released from The Advertising Coalition and conducted by IHS Markit on Wednesday finds that advertising generated $7.1 trillion in sales in 2021, and it supported 28.5 million U.S. jobs. 

Mediapost reports the study found that the total impact of advertising and its multiplier effects represented 18.5% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and supported nearly one-fifth of all American jobs in 2020.

ANA CEO Bob Liodice believes the “advertising industry is an engine of growth for the American economy.”

The Advertising Coalition members include the ANA, 4A's, AAF, NAB, and News Media Alliance, among other companies and associations.

The data suggests the impact from advertising will generate $9.5 trillion in sales by 2026. This would support 31.9 million domestic jobs.

This is the first analysis of the economic impact of advertising by IHS Markit on behalf of The Advertising Coalition in seven years.

The last research showed the industry drove $5.1 trillion in consumer sales and supporting 20 million U.S. jobs in 2014.

The current study examines advertising spending in the U.S. and contributions to the economy, such as advertising to stimulate sales, purchases of goods and services throughout the supply chain, and the re-spending of wages by employees in the advertising industry.

Steve Pacheco, President and CEO of the American Advertising Federation, called advertising an “absolute necessity” and not a “luxury,” and that the study demonstrates what the industry has long known.

The research shows how every dollar of ad spending supported nearly $21 of sales, on average, and advertising helped generate $13.5 million of sales activity per minute.

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