TV advertising in 2020: 10 out of top 20 brands were HUL's

As per the BARC report on ad volumes on television for 2020, digital native advertisers turned to television to capitalise on TV’s reach and viewership

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Jan 12, 2021 8:51 AM  | 2 min read

In a challenging year for India and the world, it was reassuring to see an increase in ad volumes on TV in the second half of 2020. Hindustan Unilever was the biggest advertiser in 2020 with a 30% growth in ad over 2019, followed by the Reckitt Benckiser Group, with their ad volumes growing by 37% in 2020 over 2019. 

“Television continues to be the screen of the household and the most important medium for all the major advertisers to reach their audience pre-pandemic and post lockdown too. Return of originals along with the festive season and live sporting events boosted the ad volumes, taking the overall growth in ad volumes to 34% as compared to H1, 2020 and eventually minimising the reduction in volumes to a marginal -3% for the overall year, as compared to 2019,” said Aaditya Pathak, Head – Client Partnership & Revenue Function, BARC India. 

The movie genre saw significant growth in ad volumes in 2020 as compared to 2019. Hindi GEC witnessed the highest growth in ad volumes with 10% as compared to 2019. Other Regional GECs saw a growth of 8% over 2019. News genre in 2020 too had the highest volume, while ad volumes dropped by 1%.

A heightened consciousness of safeguarding our health understandably gave a boost to the antiseptics and personal care categories. Ad volumes for Dettol Toilet Soaps and Dettol Antiseptic Liquid, went up by 118% and 136% respectively. Horlicks ad volumes also surged by 60% in 2020 as compared to 2019. Moreover, Hindustan Unilever’s brands dominated the top 20 brands of 2020 i.e 10 out of 20 brands belong to the advertisers. 

In this pandemic necessitated lockdown, and people confined to their homes, digital brands too turned to television to capitalise on the undisputed reach of the medium, given the changing consumer buying habits. 

During the peak lockdown in April and May, the ad volumes for digital brands was the highest with 16% and 13% respectively as compared to the month of January 2020. The highest ad volumes share for digital brands in 2019 was at 9% in the months of March, September, and December. 

In the year 2020, auto and durables saw a significant reduction in inventory. Both the sectors witnessed a drop of 23% and 41% respectively.

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