Print in India defies global ADEX trends

As usual Print in India surprises global Print barons and defies global ADEX trends. Print is substantially helped in its growth journey by the fact that a lot of SMBs use Print as their only Advertising medium and most Print titles, specially Regional Print get more than 50% of their Advertising revenue from such Advertisers, which are also growing in numbers.

“Print has been estimated as 4% of Global ADEX by Whilst globally WARC, and Print in India reigned with a 21% share. Print ADEX grew last year by 11% to reach a value of Rs. 18,470 crores, almost equalling its pre-covid figure of Rs. 20,045 crores. Whilst in most countries Print is degrowing in absolute terms, not just in share terms, it is credible that in India it is in fact growing and grew last year at a higher rate than TV’s 9% growth. Also H2 performed well for Print and 58% of its ADEX came from H2 vs only 46% in pre-Covid year 2019. Education de-grew marginally, it emerged as the largest category in Print overtaking FMCG, which degrew by as much as 8%. Two other large categories, Clothing, Fashion and Jewellery, and Household Durables grew substantially by over 50%. There is also a recognition among large Advertisers, even from FMCG and definitely HH Durables and 4 and 2 wheelers, that Print is irreplaceable for announcements of New Launches and promotions. Although the recently released ABC circulation numbers show that for most publications, circulation has not reached the Pre Pandemic levels, this fact does not seem to have daunted advertisers from using print any less, since both Volume and Value have gone up by 15% and 11% respectively.” says the report.

“Print in India has been increasing and surprising the global print Barons as print is being used for several years and for various purposes. Print is the main source of advertising. It is used on a large scale globally as well as in India, in the form of billboards, newspapers, hoardings etc. Marketing agencies, Corporate agencies, media agency all of them use print for advertising products, companies, brands so that there is enough publicity and awareness amongst the people. Although with more companies and other agencies taking their marketing efforts online, the old has become new again as print media becomes the new trend. The graph keeps inclining and declining on the basis of the ongoing trend. says Mr. Sanjeev Gupta.

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