Borrell: YPs to Lose $5 Billion in 5 Years

In what is sure to win no friends among print yellow pages publishers, Borrell Associates has published a report that predicts:

[T]he yellow pages industry will lose $39% of its in annual revenue over the next five years, amounting to a loss of $5 billion in annual revenue by 2013. Meanwhile, there is a simultaneous increase in the industry’s “addressable market” of search engine advertising and local online video, giving publishers a larger cache of advertising products to sell. Video shows the most promise, growing from a $1.4 billion category this year to $7.6 billion in 2013.

That loss of revenue cannot be made up online and would be catastrophic for the print yellow pages industry. I’m hoping to get a look at the document and do a further write up if permitted.

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13 Responses to “Borrell: YPs to Lose $5 Billion in 5 Years”

  1. Tim Cohn Says:

    Has Borrell or anyone projected Newspaper losses five or ten years out?

  2. G5 Search Marketing » Blog Archive » Borrell Associates: Recession triggering shift from Yellow Pages to Online Says:

    [...] That’s right, according to Borrell, in the next five years, 39% of ad spend in yellow pages will be gone (mostly moving online.) That equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion according to the report (and also reported on by Greg Sterling). [...]

  3. Greg Sterling Says:

    Re newspapers . . . yes, I assume so. However, I don’t have that information at my immediate disposal.

  4. Gordon Borrell Says:

    Indeed we have…. Greg, Fig. 1.1 shows our forecast for each of the 11 media categories. Feel free to reprint it if you have a way. Otherwise, here’s what I can give you. From 2008 to 2013, the total decline in revenues for each media category is: Directories, -38.9%, Direct Mail, -32.0%, Telemarketing, -28.9%, Newspapers -11.0%, Radio, -7.0%, Other Print, -3.4% (magazines and alternative newspapers), Broadcast TV, -2.1%, and now for the gainers…. Online, +22.7, Out of Home, 30.2%, Cable, +54.8%, Cinema, +313.8%. This is all tempered by the fact that things like Cinema, showing the largest gain, is a very small category ($1.8b this year). So while you might see a 39% drop in directory advertising and 11% drop in newspaper advertising, each equate to the same $5b loss of annual revenue when comparing 2008 spending levels with our 2013 forecast.

  5. Greg Sterling Says:

    Thanks Gordon

  6. Tim Cohn Says:

    The general audience generally declines?

  7. Brad Says:

    Newspapers only down 11% while directories are down 38.9%? Newspapers seem to be losing revenues at a greater rate than that right now, and their big cash cow, classified advertising, is continuing to weaken, not strengthen. Not sure if this revenue number includes the selling price of the papers (which looks like its going to be increasing across the board), but either way, that increase in selling price should lead to fewer people buying, meaning smaller ad base and smaller revenues. So I’m not sure this all sounds right to me….

  8. Tim Cohn Says:

    I am with Brad on this…

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