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Advertising Agencies – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7311  |  NAICS 541810

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Advertising Agencies  (view report)
Online Advertising Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Mediabistro Holdings LLC

Weekly magazine features news and information for marketing, media, and advertising professionals, with the "AgencySpy" section of its blog network focused on the ad agency world and covering topics such as client-agency relationships, accounts in review, new campaigns, and social media. Articles from the "Advertising & Branding" and "AgencySpy" sections of the website are available free online.

Crain Communications
Resources available from this organization include:

AdAge Magazine
Biweekly trade publication features news and information for the marketing and media community, with special features including the annual "Agency Report" series which provides a ranking and analysis of advertising and marketing services agencies on a global basis and the annual "Marketing Fact Pack" which provides key statistics, rankings, and other information for marketers, media, and ad agencies.

Agency Report
Annual report provides a global overview of the advertising agency industry, with topics covered in the report including industry overview, revenue and employment statistics, top agency profiles and family trees, and top agency rankings based on U.S. and worldwide revenue by specialty. Selected excerpts from the report are available free online via the Datacenter and in the May issue of AdAge magazine.

Marketing Fact Pack
Annual industry guide provides key statistics, rankings, and other information for marketers, media, and ad agencies, with topics covered in the guide including advertising spending growth, largest advertisers, share of ad spending by medium, time spent using media, top world agency companies, largest agency ventures by category, agency revenue growth, consumer demographics, and ad industry employment.

Datacenter section provides an extensive selection of reports, studies, and other resources, with topics covered in this section including company profiles and family trees, U.S. and global marketing spending, ranking and analysis of agencies and networks, digital media and marketing facts, industry employment statistics, data on media companies and properties, marketing fact packs, and social media surveys.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Advertising Agencies  Search for "541810" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Advertising Agencies  Search for "541810" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Advertising Agencies
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Employee Compensation in 4As Agencies

Annual salary survey provides compensation data for agency personnel in nineteen job categories and more than 230 job positions, with survey results broken down into four sections: (1) salaries by agency size based on the number of employees, (2) salaries by geographic location, (3) standardized job titles and descriptions used in the survey, and (4) ten-year salary trend analysis for sixteen key job positions.

PayScale, Inc.
Advertising Agency

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions such as account executive, account manager, art director, graphic designer, and copywriter, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Havas Worldwide, LLC, BBDO Worldwide, Inc., Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc., Leo Burnett Company, Inc., Publicis Groupe SA, and DigitasLBi, Inc.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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