Interactive Advertising Bureau
23 May 2023

IAB Europe AdEx Benchmark 2022 Study Reveals Strong Digital Advertising Growth

European Digital Advertising Market Grew by 9.8% to a Market Value of €86bn

Total Display Accounts for 50% of Total Market Value

Brussels, Belgium, 23rd May, 2023 – IAB Europe, the leading European-level industry association for the digital advertising and marketing ecosystem, announced at its flagship conference Interact 2023 in Madrid today that digital advertising spend in Europe increased by 9.8% in 2022 to achieve a market value of €86bn. 

2022 Digital Advertising Investment

Now in its seventeenth year, The AdEx Benchmark study is the definitive guide to advertising expenditure in Europe with data collected across national markets to provide a total harmonised figure for Europe. For 2022, IAB Europe has amended the geographical coverage of AdEx Benchmark to remove Belarus and Russia and add in new markets; Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, meaning the study now accounts for 29 European markets. Amongst the markets, Turkey achieved the strongest total growth of 93.3%. 

Despite the economic and political headwinds in Europe, €7.7bn was added to the digital advertising market total in 2022. 

Daniel Knapp, Chief Economist at IAB Europe commented on the results: “Brands are digitising their overall businesses to drive efficiencies and in the same vein are shifting advertising budgets into digital. Thus, digital advertising in Europe has experienced robust growth despite the volatile macro environment. It reinforces the importance of digital for brands during a period of downturn due to its measurability and performance.”

Audio and Video Post Strongest Growth

The study shows that audio saw the largest growth across all formats in 2022 with a 22.1% increase to €0.7bn. Video also experienced significant growth with an increase of 13.6% to value the format investment at €18.3bn. Meanwhile display grew by 9.5% to €40.1bn with search experiencing a 10.7% increase to €37.4bn. 

The AdEx Benchmark Study highlights can be downloaded here.

The full AdEx Benchmark 2022 Report, which will provide full commentary and data across all 29 markets, will be published in June 2023.


Notes to editors:

AdEx Benchmark is the definitive guide to advertising expenditure in Europe. The study is now in its seventeenth year and covers 29 markets. The geographical coverage of the study has changed to remove Belarus and Russia and add in new markets; Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. 

The study covers the following advertising formats: display, social media, video, audio, programmatic, classified, directors & affiliates and search. 


Helen Mussard, CMO, IAB Europe - +44 (0) 7399 919594

Marie-Clare Puffett, Marketing & Insights Director, IAB Europe - +44 (0) 7973836917

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