Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media North America, stated: “Our analysis shows that Olympics advertisers reduced their year-over-year Q2 spending by more than 4%, while non-Olympics advertisers posted a 2% increase. The latter is more indicative of core advertising market performance at the midyear point.”
Specific media that took hits include broadcast network TV, down 7.2%; magazines, off 5.7%; newspapers, shedding 10.4%; radio, off 3.6%; outdoor, slipping 1.6%; and spot TV, off 0.5%.
Broadcast network TV suffered from fewer NCAA March Madness and NBA playoff games compared to last year; with spot TV seeing lower spending among automotive and telecom advertisers -- although it had higher political ad budgets.
Magazines suffered from lower results in pharmaceutical and consumer package goods, with newspapers generally spending less in the automotive, financial services and retail categories.
In radio -- for both national and local segments -- lower spending resulted from financial services, insurance and restaurant categories. Small gains came from telecom and retail advertisers.
Still, other specific media showed strength in the period, including cable TV, Spanish-language TV, and Internet display advertising.
For cable TV, Kantar Media says about one-third of the gain came from World Cup and semifinals games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament -- which aired on cable for the first time. Spanish-language TV's big spending gain of 41.5% was largely due to the first three weeks of the World Cup tournament at the end of June. Internet display spending grew as financial, retail and local services marketers raised their budgets.