4 in 5 UK publishers anticipate growth in coming year

Four-fifths (78%) of UK publishers anticipate positive growth in the next 12 months, according to the latest findings from the Association for Online Publishing (AOP) and Deloitte.

The Digital Publishers Revenue Index (DPRI) – a quarterly report of UK publishers – found publishers are gathering financial momentum, with more than half (53%) reporting positive revenue growth compared to Q2 2015. The rise contributed to a total Q2 revenue of £78.4 million – up 1.8% since last year.

B2B publishers are in particularly good stead, experiencing strong Q2 growth in sponsorship (54%) and subscriptions (41%), contributing to a revenue uplift of 5.5%.

In contrast, total B2C publisher revenues rose 3.8% in the same period. 

Video is the fastest growing revenue category, experiencing an impressive 117% increase compared to Q2 2015.  

Display advertising remains the largest single revenue category for UK publishers, despite dropping 7% since last year. 

Richard Reeves, MD at AOP, commented: “With the emergence of increasingly innovative video formats on the market, it is perhaps not surprising that online video is performing so well this quarter. 

“It will be interesting to see how this category evolves and shapes the future of digital publishing."