Amazon becomes third-biggest spender in TV advertising

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by Charlie Spargo

Data show that online businesses are increasingly pouring money into television ads, with Amazon moving into third place in ad spend in 2018.

Amazon spent 21% more in 2018 than the previous year, paying £60 million for the privilege, behind P&G - with an investment level worth a stunning £169 million - and Reckitt Benckiser (RB) on £79 million. RB is best-known for brands including Dettol, Strepsils and Gaviscon.

Total TV ad spend managed to remain absolutely stable at £5.11 billion last year, bolstered by the spending of online companies which make up the largest category of advertising buyers. The sum includes broadcast TV spot and sponsorship, broadcaster video on-demand, addressable TV, interactive TV advertising, and product placement.

As well as Amazon, funding from high-profile names like Google, Just Eat and Trivago to name just a few saw total ad spend from online companies rise 7% year-on-year to £760 million.

The data, which was collected by Thinkbox, also showed that average cost per thousand for TV ad views was £5.13 - a 1% increase year-on-year. On the other hand, TV advertising is 21% cheaper than it was a decade ago.