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Exports of UK ad services hit record £5.8bn

Exports of UK advertising services hit a new high of £5.8bn in 2016, with £3.2bn of that, or 55%, exported to EU nations.

That figure is an increase of 35% on the previous year, outstripping UK service exports growth overall which was up by just 7% in comparison.

The UK’s balance of payments surplus for advertising was the biggest in Europe – £2.9bn, while the export of advertising services has more than doubled in less than a decade, up from a figure of £2.4bn in 2009.

The US is the largest market for UK advertising services in terms of individual countries, accounting for £1.1bn of UK advertising services exports. It is followed by France (£655m), Germany (£619m), Ireland (£454m), and The Netherlands (£350m).

Source: The ONS and Credos

Snapchat’s UK ad revenue to pass £100m in 2018

Snapchat is expected to generate £100m in revenue in the UK this year, almost doubling the amount from the prior year.

In 2015, 95.9% of Snapchat’s global ad revenue came from the US. This year, that proportion is expected to fall to 75.8%, as the platform continues to add users outside its core geography. The UK will account for 10% of Snap’s worldwide revenues in 2018.

However, despite the growth, Snapchat will make up less than 1% of UK digital ad spend this year, behind Instagram on 5%.

Google and Facebook continue to dominate, accounting for 39.6% and 21.3% of the UK digital ad marketing respectively.

Source: eMarketer

Marketers face challenges to recruit in-house media buyers

The need for talent has been identified as the biggest obstacle to marketers seeking to expand in-house buying efforts because of the lack of variety and clear career progression in these fields.

In a survey from 130 media, marketing and procurement executives, respondents rated accessing the best quality talent to be the most important factor (2.5 out of 3) to expanding in-house media buying.

Other key factors identified as challenges were measuring success, deciding on technology, keeping on top of innovation and accessing good quality data.

Business results (17%), financial transparency (15%) and brand safety (13%) were rated as the three most important indicators of success in media trading for advertisers.

Of those who ranked business results as the most important, 68% were advertisers and 32% were agency respondents.

Source: ID Comms

Those with disabilities face negative stereotyping

New research reveals how the mentally and physically disabled are being stereotyped in the UK – and why the ad industry needs to do more about it.

Those with a mental disability are the most likely (64%) to be negatively stereotyped – 64% think so, rising to 75% who actually have a mental health condition. 52% think people with physical disabilities are negatively stereotypes and 66% of those with physical disabilities think society tries to ‘sweep them under the rug’.

Yet 63% of those with physical disabilities think that seeing more disabled people in ads will help remove the stigma.

And people want to see advertising better reflecting society. 54% want to see more people with physical disabilities in ads, while 52% want to see more of those with mental disabilities.

When asked why those with mental disabilities aren’t currently visible enough in UK advertising, 62% of Brits say it’s because they ‘make people uncomfortable’, while 43% say it’s because Brits aren’t exposed enough to people in this community.

Source: UM

One in three UK brands say negative content is damaging their business

Brands’ number one concern when it comes to damaging their business is negative press (26%), followed by poor reviews (14%) and social media posts (10%).

And the threat from media coverage has grown from 17% to 26% since 2014, while one in 20 brands say negative content has already cost them more than £500,00.

A further 5% say they’ve lost between £100,000 and £500,000, while 14% have lost up to £50,000.

Another 25% say content posted by competitors that had caused the most damage – or had the potential to do so.

However, 10% say they haven’t seen a financial impact yet but are concerned that they will in future.

As a result many British brands and businesses are taking preventative action with 95% of respondents now actively monitoring or measuring reputation.

Source: Igniyte

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