High flyers: Renewed marketing will aid demand, but online competition will continue to rise

IBISWorld’s Print Advertising Distribution Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Print Advertising Distribution industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • An overall trend toward integrated marketing campaigns has benefited the industry
  • Companies are using the industry’s products to target specific suburbs or communities
  • Operators will need to adapt to the changing media landscape as clients increasingly consider alternative options
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Print Advertising Distribution industry has fared well over the past five years, mainly due to an increase in corporate advertising expenditure and the popularity of industry services. As consumer sales and corporate profit rebounded during the economic recovery, businesses increased their marketing budgets, causing industry revenue to grow over the five years to 2017. In recent years, corporate profit levels have been weak and industry revenue has since grown less. Unfortunately for industry operators, the internet offers many of the same advantages to advertisers. While more advertising dollars have been allocated to nontraditional media, a large percentage of the reallocation has been toward online and mobile advertising.

    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Establishments in the Print Advertising Distribution industry need to be close to the consumers and businesses to which they are distributing. Consequently, this industry's concentration of establishments is largely representative of the country's population density. The number of business offices often overlaps with the population distribution. For example, industry offices are generally located close to large population centers within each region. Within the Southeast region, Florida has a dominant presence, accounting for about 14.5% of total industry establishments. Similarly, the Southeast, which represents 25.6% of the national population, accounts for 25.0% of industry establishments. In spite of this, revenue in the region is relatively low. Thi

    Additional Insights for the Print Advertising Distribution Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Print Advertising Distribution Industry are

  • Ability to manage external (outsourcing) contracts
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total advertising expenditure and Corporate profit in the Print Advertising Distribution industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Print Advertising Distribution Industry?

    This industry directly distributes and delivers advertisements (e.g. circulars, coupons and handbills) and samples. Firms deliver advertisements or samples door-to-door, place flyers and coupons on car windshields in parking lots and hand out samples in retail stores. This industry does not include establishments that distribute advertising materials or samples through the mail.

    Industry Products
    Sample delivery
    Distribution of ad materials in public locations
    Door-to-door distribution services
    Printing, creative and graphic design services
    Telephone book distribution
    Other ad services
    Industry Activities
    Advertising material (e.g. coupons, flyers and samples) direct distribution services
    Circular direct distribution services
    Coupon direct distribution services
    Directory, telephone, distribution on a contract basis
    Door-to-door distribution of advertising materials (e.g. coupons, flyers, samples)
    Flyer direct distribution (except direct mail) services
    Handbill direct distribution services
    Sample direct distribution services
    Telephone directory distribution services, door-to-door

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total advertising expenditure
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from retail trade
  • Price of paper

  • Current Performance
  • Newfound popularity
  • A shift from tradition
  • Industry operations
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Substitutes will grow
  • Volatile profitability
  • Table: Print Advertising Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Print Advertising Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Retail Trade
  • Database & Directory Publishing
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Coffee & Snack Shops
  • Fast Food Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Office Staffing & Temp Agencies
  • Paper Wholesaling
  • Printing

  • Products & Services
  • Other ad services
  • Sample delivery
  • Door-to-door distribution services
  • Distribution of ad materials in public locations
  • Printing, creative and graphic design services
  • Telephone book distribution
  • Chart: Print Advertising Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retail
  • Consumer packaged goods
  • Restaurants
  • Other industries
  • Professional services
  • Consumer services
  • Telecom
  • Direct marketing
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Print Advertising Distribution Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Print Advertising Distribution

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Print Advertising Distribution Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Valassis Communications Inc.
  • Table: Valassis Communications Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Print Advertising Distribution Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Print Advertising Distribution Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total US advertising expenditure (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Below-The-Line Advertising
  • Short-term incentives such as coupons or rebates used to communicate with consumers, often by companies with a limited advertising budget.
  • Door-To-Door Distribution
  • A method whereby distribution takes place from one physical house or business to the next.
  • Flyer
  • An advertisement conveyed on a single printed page.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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