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Out of Home Advertising Grows to $6.7 Billion 2012

Date: March 05, 2013


Contact: Nicole Hayes
(202) 833-5566


For Immediate Release – March 5, 2013

OOH Revenue up 3.4% in Q4

 (Washington, DC) – Out of home (OOH) advertising revenue rose 4.2 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, accounting for $6.7 billion, based on figures released by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). OOH revenue figures were up 3.4 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 2011. The increase in revenue highlights the industry’s positive revenue growth for 11 consecutive quarters.

“Out of home continues to perform well year after year, and it remains one of the fastest growing advertising media,” said OAAA President & CEO Nancy Fletcher. “Brands have seen OOH embrace innovation in all parts of its business over the last few years, and advertisers are making use of OOH’s dynamic mix of displays to surround, immerse, and engage consumers.”

The top growth industry category was Government, Political & Organizations, with increased political spend fueling 30 percent of the growth in the election year. The Retail category also achieved double-digit growth, followed by Miscellaneous Services & Amusements; and Schools, Camps & Seminars, which grew 7.1 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively.

Four of the top 10 advertisers increasing OOH spend last year were communications brands: Verizon, Samsung, AT&T, and MetroPCS.

“We’ve seen an increase in mobile services using OOH in the last few years, not only because more Americans than ever own smartphones and tablets, but also because OOH audiences are young, affluent, mobile and connected,” said Stephen Freitas, OAAA chief marketing officer. “OOH also provides the perfect opportunity for consumers to interact with mobile and social technology when outside the home.”

Seven of the top 25 advertisers increasing OOH spend were in the Media & Advertising category including Warner Brothers Pictures, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, NBC, Paramount Pictures, Comcast, and Fox.

OAAA issues full industry pro forma revenue estimates that include, but are not limited to, Miller Kaplan and Kantar Media (which is not adjusted to reflect changes in data sources), and member company affidavits. Revenue estimates include billboard, street furniture, transit, alternative, and cinema advertising, as well as digital platforms for advertising spending.

For more information about specific category spend, please contact Nicole Hayes at

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OAAA is the national trade association for the out of home (OOH) advertising industry. Founded in 1891, the association represents more than 90 percent of the US industry based on revenues. OAAA is dedicated to leading and uniting a responsible OOH industry committed to serving advertisers, consumers, and communities. The OOH industry generates $6.7 billion annually in ad revenues and donates more than $450 million in space each year. For more information, please visit


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