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

SIC 7311  |  NAICS 541810

This free online guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
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 report 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.

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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 statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Advertising Agencies
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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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.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 7311 - Advertising Agencies
  NAICS Code 541810 - Advertising Agencies
Types of establishments included in these codes
Advertising agencies - establishments that create and implement ad campaigns for clients. These campaigns may include a variety of media, such as print, television, radio, digital, and outdoor advertising.
Ad agency consulting services - establishments that provide consulting and advisory services related to advertising, including market research, creative development, media planning, and public relations.
Digital ad agencies - establishments that specialize in creating and executing digital ad campaigns for clients. This may include social media, search engine, email marketing, and display advertising.
Internet ad agencies - establishments that specialize in creating and executing ad campaigns for clients that are specifically designed for the internet. This may include search engine, social media, email marketing, and display advertising.
Online ad agencies - establishments that specialize in creating and executing ad campaigns for clients that are specifically designed for online channels, such as websites, social media, and email marketing. This may include search engine, social media, email marketing, and display advertising.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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