U.S. online ad spending is projected to grow well above 20% this year to reach $39.5 billion. This will mark the first year that online spending will surpass the total ad dollars spent on print magazines and newspapers, which are expected to total $33.8 billion in 2012. As you can see from the charts, eMarketer expects online ad spending to experience double-digit growth through 2014, when it will hit $52.8 billion.
While that outpaces other media, the variance comes more from the dramatic increase in online spending rather than large decreases in magazine and newspaper ad sales. Those numbers hold surprisingly steady. This may indicate a flattening trend and an understanding of the importance an integrated media mix brings to effective advertising outreach. This is especially true when you consider that television ad spending appears unaffected by online growth. With $67.8 billion in anticipated ad revenue for 2014, television is expected to take the greatest share of ad dollars for the foreseeable future.