That makes interactive the third largest medium in the U.S., behind television's 44.2% share, and magazine's 18.4% share of 2010 advertising budgets. According to GroupM's estimates, interactive media will overtake newspaper's U.S. advertising share this year. Newspapers, which had a 14.8% share of U.S. ad spending in 2008, will fall to a 13.6% share this year, and a 12.4% share next year. Interactive media had a 13.9% share in 2008.
Radio's U.S. advertising share also continues to erode, dropping to 5.6% this year, from 6.0% in 2008. GroupM predicts radio's share of U.S. ad spending will drop to 5.2% in 2010.
Out-of-home media spending remains steady at 2.7%.
While the U.S. isn't the largest interactive media marketplace in the world in terms of penetration, it is the biggest in terms of advertising volume. While the GroupM report does not break out the components of interactive media, it estimates that marketers will spend $23.9 billion on interactive media in the U.S. in 2010, representing 39.9% of the world's $59.9 billion interactive advertising marketplace.
The largest market in terms of interactive media penetration is the U.K., where British marketers will spend 30.9% of their advertising budgets on interactive media, followed by Denmark, where interactive media will have a 28.4% share next year. Ireland has the smallest interactive advertising penetration of any major Western industrialized nation, with a 3.0% share in 2010, up from just 1.8% in 2009.
Globally, marketers will invest 14.6% of their worldwide advertising budgets on interactive media, up from 13.2% in 2009.
GroupM Futures Director Adam Smith, the author of the new forecast, said the only other major media to increase share during the global advertising recession are TV and outdoor media.
"TV and out-of-home have both added share of global ad investment, while newspapers continue to shed a point of share a year," he noted in the report. "It may also be the case that TV and out-of-home's relative cheapness compared to newspapers has encouraged this, and perhaps newspapers have been less willing to flex pricing too."