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Media Buying Agencies in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Media Buying Agencies in the US

The Media Buying Agencies industry engages in the strategic buying of media space and placement of advertisements to reach a target audience. Media planning involves industry operators monitoring the results of marketing campaigns for their clients and making necessary changes if results fail to materialize. As consumption of media trends change, media buyers must also adapt to survive. Over the five years to 2018, revenue is expected to increase. Revenue-generating functions have evolved over the past five years due to changing markets and client expectations. Industry operators generate a large portion of revenue from selling media advertisement slots and providing media planning services. The rising use of digital media has made reaching target markets much easier, which has opened access to demographics that were harder to reach in the past. As operators learn how to further benefit from the growth of digital platforms, clients will seek integrated marketing solutions that combine multiple media platforms, resulting in more demand for industry services. Revenue is expected to continue increasing over the next five years to 2023.

Media buying agencies purchase advertising time and space from media providers and resell it to advertisers. They can also be involved in planning individual campaigns and monitoring the results of advertising placements against agreed metrics, such as target audience reach. Large advertisers may bypass this industry by using in-house media buying teams and dealing directly with media representatives.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Total advertising expenditure
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (US industry-specific segment) financial performance*
    • Table Omnicom Group Inc. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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