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Global retail media adex in 2023 to hit $128.2 bn; Amazon holds 87.8% share outside China

As per WARC's latest report on global retail media ad spends trends report, retail media networks are increasingly moving beyond search formats into video, audio and out-of-home through cross-channel partnerships

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Global retail media adex in 2023 to hit $128.2 bn; Amazon holds 87.8% share outside China

Global advertising spends on retail media is poised to reach $128.2 billion this year, as per WARC Media, with Amazon the biggest winner.

Up 10.2% year-on-year, global ad investment on retail media is forecast to rise to $141.7 billion in 2024 and is on track to overtake linear TV as the third-largest channel by spend within a few years.

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WARC Media's latest Global Ad Trends report examines the surging levels of retail media ad investment, the potential challenges for brands, and includes industry expert commentary about the future of retail data as an enabler of effectiveness across the media landscape.

Key findings outlined in WARC Media’s latest Global Ad Trends report, ‘Retail Media’s path to consolidation’ are:

Amazon is set to supplant Alibaba as the world’s largest retail media owner by ad revenue this year

The growth in retail media is dominated by Alibaba and Amazon. Between them, they earned an estimated $80 billion in advertising revenue in 2022, equivalent to more than two thirds (68.3%) of global retail media investment.

Amazon occupies more than four fifths (87.8%) of the market outside of China, according to WARC estimates, and is forecast to earn $45.4 billion in ad revenue this year per WARC Media. Its 20.4% year-on-year ad revenue should see Amazon supplant Alibaba as the world’s largest retail media owner this year.

Amazon is forecast to further accelerate in 2024, as its ad revenue reaches $52.7 billion (+16%), compared to $42.1 billion (+1.4%) for Alibaba.

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Retail Media, primarily used to drive sales, is moving beyond paid search formats

For most marketers, retail media remains a lower funnel channel to drive sales conversion: less than a third (30%) of respondents surveyed by WARC and the Digital Shelf Institute use retail media to build brand awareness.

However, retail media networks are increasingly moving beyond search formats into video, audio and out-of-home through cross-channel partnerships, such as Walmart’s tie up with Roku and Kroger’s deal with Pandora.

This enables the unlocking of upper-funnel ad dollars with brand-building formats to improve campaign effectiveness.

Retail Media is becoming a 'pay to play' environment for advertisers

Analysis of WARC Digital Commerce’s latest dComm Index data for Amazon found that Starbucks has emerged into a leadership position in the coffee and tea category following it having the highest (9.1%) paid share of voice (SOV) in the category. WARC analysis observed that a one percentage point change in Starbucks’ paid SOV is typically followed by a c.$1.6m increase or decline in Amazon sales.

Alex Brownsell, Head of Content, WARC Media, said, “Retail Media has been the advertising story of the decade so far. The unfashionable and often informal world of trade and shopper marketing has transformed into a $128.2bn digital advertising behemoth.

“What comes next will be less spectacular but more significant to brands, as deterministic retail media data begins to inform campaigns across the media landscape.”

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