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In 2019, Slovenian advertisers will increase their investments in digital advertising by 25 percent to invest EUR 290,000 on average, according to a study by iPROM and Valicon that surveyed 214 Slovenian decision-makers working in advertising and marketing.

The survey shows that 68 percent of decision-makers participating in the survey will increase their digital advertising budgets compared to last year and 29 percent plan to keep it at approximately the same level. “IAB’s 2017 AdEx Benchmark international report revealed that Slovenian companies and organizations invested EUR 47.2 million in digital advertising in 2017. I can confidently say that in 2019 the total value of investments in digital advertising will exceed EUR 60 million by a comfortable margin. Digital advertising has already become a leading advertising format on the Slovenian market, which is an encouraging fact for all industry players,” said Simon Cetin, iPROM.

Efficiency is the number one driver behind digital advertising

Results show that one of the most important reasons for using digital advertising is its efficiency, which is important to 64 percent of the advertisers participating in the iPROM and Valicon survey. Other important factors include the ability to evaluate advertising campaign performance (52 percent), improved interaction opportunities (45 percent) and transparency (44 percent). Advertisers also listed advanced targeting (43 percent) and data on users’ behavioral patterns (40 percent) as important factors. “Advertisers love to use social media and e-mail marketing in their activities. A big reason for this can undoubtedly be found in the recent past, when these approaches achieved solid or even extraordinary results. On the other hand, these two forms of advertising are largely performed in-house, without external contractors. This gives advertisers a deceptive feeling that their costs are lower and that they are retaining their competencies in-house. However, with increasing complexity, digital advertising will require a very strong and numerous internal team or an increase in outsourcing. I believe that the latter is a better long-term approach,” said Matjaž Robinšak from Valicon.

Figure 1 - Importance of the - TOP 7 drivers for using digital advertising

Display advertising is the largest contributor in digital advertising

When asked what form of digital advertising will receive the largest share of resources in 2019, 29 percent of decision-makers answered display advertising, followed by search marketing in second place (24 percent), and e-mail marketing in the third place (16 percent). Video advertising will be the preferred method of digital advertising for 11 percent of the study participants, and 12 percent will invest the largest share of their budgets in social media advertising. Among everyone planning to invest in digital advertising this year, most – as many as 82 percent – will include social media ads in their activities, 77 percent will use search marketing and 73 percent will invest in display marketing.

Figure 2 - Planned forms of digital advertising in 2019

Service industry to invest the most in digital advertising

In 2019, the average yearly digital advertising budget in the service industry will be EUR 352,000, followed by the retail and FMCG industries, where the average yearly investment will amount to EUR 291,000, while decision-makers in the tourism industry will spend EUR 233,000 on digital forms of marketing communication on average. “I am noticing some differences between the industries and the yearly growth can likely be attributed to a different industry each year. The results show that this year will see a rise in investments made by the service industry, which could become the leader in the digital advertising market for 2019. The average expected investment in this advertiser segment is EUR 352,000, a 35-percent increase over 2018,” said Matjaž Robinšak from Valicon.

Figure 3 - Investments in digital advertising by industry in 2019

About iPROM

iPROM specializes in planning and running advertising campaigns in digital media. The tools we create are used across the industry by advertisers, direct marketers and web publishers and help them plan, execute and analyze their digital marketing activities. They are designed to increase the effectiveness of these activities as well as to make the complex world of web advertising a little simpler for our customers, justifying their investments with outstanding returns.

In a data-driven world, ad-serving efficiency is very important. Using media properties, data analytics, in-depth research and the smartest technology available, we enable marketers to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time, every time. With our tools for ultra-precise targeted audience segmentation, effective planning and proficient execution, companies are equipped to build better brands, more successful operations and stronger customer relationships.

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