Video is now more lucrative for Chinese advertisers than news sites
Video sites were the third highest-grossing platforms for advertisers in 2019, behind ecommerce and search engine sites
The boom in China’s short video industry appears to be paying off for platforms, with video sites drawing in more online advertising revenue than news platforms last year.
Video sites were the third highest-grossing platforms in 2019 with 12.5% of the market share, after ecommerce and search engine sites which took up 35.9% and 14.9% respectively, according to the report by Interactive Marketing Laboratory in Zhongguancun.
News sites, which were third place in the previous year’s report, fell to the fourth spot with 11.8% of online advertising revenue.
Among the top four categories, search engine sites were the only ones that saw its market share shrink. In 2018, search engine sites accounted for 21% of the market.
The rise in online advertising on video sites comes at a time of growth for the short video industry. Douyin, the Chinese version of global viral video app TikTok, recorded daily active users of over 400 million in January, up from 250 million from a year before. Its rival Kuaishou, the country’s second-largest short video platform, had 200 million daily active users as of May 2019 and has set a target of 300 million by February.
Online advertising revenue of video platforms grew 43% from the previous year, more than the annual growth of 18% across platforms. Total growth for online advertising revenue was lower than the 24% in 2018 due to China's economic slowdown, the report stated.
Food and beverage makers spent the most on online advertising, followed by companies in the personal care and baby care sectors.
Alibaba, ByteDance, Baidu, Tencent and JD.com led the pack in terms of securing advertisers. The top 10, which also included Meituan Dianping, Sina, Xiaomi, Qihoo 360 and 58.com, accounted for a combined market share of nearly 95%, up 2 percentage points from the previous year, according to the report.
Alibaba is the owner of the South China Morning Post.