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Print Advertising Distribution in the US: Market Research Report

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Print Advertising Distribution Market Research Report | NAICS 54187 | May 2017

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

IBISWorld’s Print Advertising Distribution market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
Annual 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
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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... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Print Advertising Distribution industry has a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar to be spent on labor in 2017, industry operators will spend $0.06 on capital. The industry has been historically labor intensive due to the high input of labor required to deliver catalogs or directories door-to-door. Flyers are typically delivered at a rate of between three to five cents per item, with higher rates for other categories and samples. Increasingly, there has been a trend towards multiple catalog deliveries, with the bundling of catalogs from several clients for delivery in the same geographic area at the same time. This has offered some efficiencies and cost savings to both industry operators and clients.

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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... purchase to read more


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    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 deliveryDistribution of ad materials in public locationsDoor-to-door distribution servicesPrinting, creative and graphic design servicesTelephone book distributionOther ad services
    Industry Activities
    Advertising material (e.g. coupons, flyers and samples) direct distribution servicesCircular direct distribution servicesCoupon direct distribution servicesDirectory, telephone, distribution on a contract basisDoor-to-door distribution of advertising materials (e.g. coupons, flyers, samples)Flyer direct distribution (except direct mail) servicesHandbill direct distribution servicesSample direct distribution servicesTelephone 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
    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
  • Includes:
  • 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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    This report on Print Advertising Distribution:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Print Advertising Distribution market research report includes:
    • 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
    • And of course, much more

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