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Out of Home Advertising Up 4.6% to $7.3 Billion in 2015

Date: March 03, 2016


Contact: Nicole Hayes
(202) 833-5566

2015 Revenue Tops Previous Historical High Set in 2007 

March 3, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Out of home (OOH) advertising revenue rose 4.6 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, accounting for $7.3 billion, based on figures released by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). OOH spend was up 5.8 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 2014. The revenue total marks an all-time high for OOH with 23 consecutive quarters of growth since the recession.

“The new record-high revenue OOH achieved in 2015 proves advertisers recognize the medium’s value, said OAAA President & CEO Nancy Fletcher. “OOH is the only form of traditional media, other than cable TV, posting continuous growth in a fragmented advertising market.”

Among the top revenue categories, those with the greatest growth increase in 2015 included Miscellaneous Local Services & Amusements +9 percent; Retail +8 percent; Government, Politics and Organizations +6 percent; Automotive Dealers & Services +6%; and Financial +4%.

Of the top 100 OOH advertisers in 2015, 53 had increases in OOH spend equal or greater to the industry increase of 4.6 percent. Ranked in order of OOH spending, the top 10 advertisers in 2015 were McDonalds, Apple, Verizon, Warner Bros Pictures, Metro PCS, Coca-Cola, Geico, Universal Pictures, Chase, and Samsung. McDonalds and Apple retained the top two positions for the third consecutive year.

The top 20 parent company advertisers included six from the technology sector: Apple, Deutsche Telekom AG, Verizon, AT&T, Google and Samsung. Among the top 100 OOH advertisers with the greatest spend increase for 2015 were Amazon, Beats Store, Boost Mobile, Draft Kings, Epson, Ford, IBM, Lyft, Microsoft, Netflix, Planet Fitness, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Yahoo. New to the top 100 list were Draft Kings, Epson, Lyft, and Yahoo.

“OOH’s ability to augment mobile, online, and social media efforts is one of the many reasons the industry posted strong growth with both local and national advertisers in 2015,” said Stephen Freitas, OAAA chief marketing officer. “The expansion of digital OOH formats provides advertisers with broader opportunities to engage with today’s mobile consumers. These factors are the foundation for the positive outlook media analysts are projecting for OOH over the next few years.”

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, and alternative OOH (which includes digital place-based video and cinema advertising).

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 OOH 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 more than $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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