Is it time for vernacular digital advertising to go mainstream?
Published on: Feb 2019
- Digital advertising poised to see steady growth with growing digital user base
- This digital user base has a fast-growing share of vernacular consumers, enabling new age content platforms like Dailyhunt and Hotstar to challenge FB+Google duopoly
- Advertising spends on vernacular platfroms poised to become ~$1.5 Bn by CY21 from ~$0.2 Bn now
India is expected to see strong growth in social media and content users in next few years, with 200 Mn more such users expected to be added till CY22. Brands have seen this shift and have scaled up digital advertising focus accordingly- In our research with them, they agree that until 3 years ago, their budget allocation to digital channel was miniscule, however, now there is a marked difference. This trend is resulting in strong growth in the digital advertising market which expanded to USD 3 Bn in CY18.
The digital advertising market has largely remained a duopoly of Facebook and Google. Till a few years ago, Facebook and Google were the only platforms with a significant reach, and hence were able to command a large share of the pie. However, things are changing rapidly from the demand side. Majority of the next 200 Mn consumers of social media and online content will come from Tier-2+ cities. These will be users who prefer to consume content in vernacular languages
There are changes afoot on the advertiser’s side as well. Our research with advertisers tells us that while they feel that they can successfully target Metro-audience using the Big 2 platforms, they are unable to reach Tier-2+ audience very effectively. Advertisers are hence willing to try out other platforms to reach the vernacular audiences, couple of which have gained strong attention recently (see below).
Current digital advertising duopoly is being disrupted by challengers, especially in vernacular content
These platforms are the only large-scale ones which are doing well in the key metrics of reach, quality content and monetizable audience. Which makes them particularly well placed to attract advertisers which are focused on aggressively targeting the fast-growing base of vernacular digital users.
In line with these changes happening on the online consumer base and the growing willingness to advertisers to experiment with the vernacular content platforms, we see the share of digital advertising being allocated to vernacular content platforms growing rapidly in next few years (see below).
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Published on: Jan 2019