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Out of Home Advertising Up 4.3% in Q3 2015

Date: November 23, 2015


Contact: Nicole Hayes
(202) 833-5566

OOH Continues to Outpace Other Traditional Media and GDP

November 23, 2015 (Washington, DC) –Out of home (OOH) advertising revenue rose 4.3 percent in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the previous year, accounting for $1.71 billion, based on figures released by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). The revenue increase marks the industry’s 22nd consecutive quarter of growth, and continues to buck the trend of traditional media. According to Kantar Media, total ad spend in the US was down nearly 4 percent for the quarter.  

“OOH continues to demonstrate strong growth with seven of the top 10 product categories posting increases through the first nine months of this year," said OAAA President & CEO Nancy Fletcher."OOH’s third quarter growth almost tripled the GDP increase of 1.5 percent.”

The seven revenue growth categories included Miscellaneous Services and Amusements; Retail; Media & Advertising; Financial; Government, Politics & Organizations; Communications; and Automotive Dealers and Services. 

Ranked in order of OOH spending, the top 10 advertisers in the third quarter were McDonalds, Apple, Verizon, Warner Bros Pictures, Metro PCS, Coca Cola, Geico, Universal Pictures, Chase, and Fox.  

Among the top 25 OOH advertisers, those with increases greater than the OOH quarterly growth of 4.3 percent included: Apple, CBS, Coca Cola, Fox, HBO, Lyft, MillerCoors, Sony Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures, Sprint, T Mobile, Universal Pictures, and Yahoo.

“OOH has a unique ability to amplify mobile and online marketing efforts, which is critical in today’s digital world,” said Stephen Freitas, OAAA chief marketing officer. “The reach capacity of OOH is stronger than ever because it’s not a content-based medium and susceptible to the audience fragmentation facing other traditional media.” 

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 digital and static billboard, street furniture, transit, alternative, and cinema advertising.

For more information about specific category spend, please contact Nicole Hayes at or (202) 833-5566.

For more information about specific category spend, please contact Nicole Hayes at or (202) 833-5566.
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 $6.9 billion annually in ad revenues and donates more than $450 million in space each year. For more information, please visit



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