Out Of Home Advertising Up 3.8% In Q3 2018

Out of home (OOH) advertising revenue rose 3.8 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year, accounting for $1.85 billion, based on figures released by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). Year-to-date, the OOH industry is up 3.7 percent.

“OOH was strong across all four primary formats – billboards, street furniture, transit, and place-based – with the digital OOH sector representing 28% of the total,” said OAAA President & CEO Nancy Fletcher. “The immersive and relevant nature of OOH continue to drive interest among brands.”

Among the top 10 revenue categories, those posting increases equal to or greater than the quarterly increase of 3.8 percent were Miscellaneous Local Services and Amusements; Retail, Media and Advertising; Financial; Insurance and Real Estate; Government, Politics and Organizations; and Schools, Camps and Seminars. Driven by local political spend, the Government, Politics and Organizations category was up almost 16 percent.

Ranked in order of OOH spending, the top 10 advertisers in the third quarter were Geico, Apple, McDonalds, American Express, Amazon, CBS, Coca-Cola, Comcast, M&Ms and MillerCoors. Over two-thirds of the top 100 advertisers increased OOH spend above the overall quarterly increase of 3.8 percent. Fourteen technology brands increased OOH spend by double digits in the third quarter including Amazon, Cricket Wireless, Facebook, Groupon, Hulu,, Microsoft, Netflix, Oculus, Salesforce, Uber, VM Ware, YouTube, and Zoom Video Communications.

“Brands need presence in the ‘real’ world, and OOH advertising delivers that presence,” said Stephen Freitas, OAAA chief marketing officer. “A digital strategy is incomplete without OOH, and that’s driving significant spend, especially by technology brands.”

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 printed billboards, street furniture, transit, place-based, and cinema advertising.

For more information about specific category spend, please contact Nicole Randall at [email protected] or (202) 833-5566.

About Advertising Association of America (OAAA)

The Outdoor Advertising Association of America ( is the lead trade association of the $7.7 billion US out of home (OOH) advertising industry. The voice of the industry, OAAA protects, unites, and advances OOH advertising in the United States. Comprised of 800+ companies, OAAA represents more than 90 percent of industry revenue.

Founded in 1891, OAAA has promoted responsible growth of OOH advertising with federal, state, and local government, advertisers, agencies, communities, and the general public. Poised for continued growth, OOH advertising is effective, relevant, and impactful because of unrelenting innovation, digital technology, and smart data.

OAAA sets industry standards, celebrates creativity with its OBIE Awards (, and serves as the authoritative source on industry revenue. OAAA-member companies donate $500 million+ a year in ad space.

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