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Display Ads Grew 8.5 Percent In Q1, Down From Last Year’s 16.7 Percent Gain: TNS

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Display ad dollars in Q1 were way down from last year’s double-digit growth rates, but the segment still managed to reach a healthy 8.5 percent gain, TNS Media Intelligence reported. In Q107, TNS said that display ads grew 16.7 percent, coming in at $2.7 billion. TNS, which does not look at search ad spending, did not release dollar figures this time out.

Still, considering that ad spend overall was essentially flat at 0.6 percent and the tepid growth of segments like cable TV (+4.1 percent) and outdoor (+2.5 percent) compared to their stellar periods last year, display isn’t doing too badly. To put display’s Q1 in further context, consider that network TV expenditures were up 0.8 percent — its best quarterly performance in two full years. Looking at the year ahead, there was no update one way or the other on TNS’ January forecast, which predicted display ad revenue growth of 14.4 percent, down slightly from its 2007 tally of 15.9 percent gains. Release

Online reach grows 66.6 percent: Since April 2007, the internet’s reach has grown 66.6 percent, according to a report by Publicis’ media agency ZenithOptimedia. While most people use the internet at home, during business hours, Zenith found that over 201 billion pages were viewed in April 2008. Other findings from the Zenith’s web analytics after the jump:

Portals not dead yet: Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), Google (NSDQ: GOOG), and MSN remain the most visited web destinations. YouTube’s reach has gained 76.9 percent in since April 2007 — impressive numbers, since the top ten sites saw reach grow by just 6.8 percent; time spent on the top 10 was up 31.3 percent during the same period.

Uniques: In terms of unique visitors, online questions and answers site Wikianswers was the top gainer (520 percent) and jobs site Monster saw the largest decline (-26 percent) among the top 100 visited websites.

Reach by category: TV sites’ reach were up 8 percent, “multimedia sites” grew 15.5 percent, time spent 14.6 percent; blogs increased 15.6 percent, and online gaming sites climbed 12.3 percent. And, no shocker to anyone, Google remains the online search leader as of April 2008 with a 56.5 percent total share of searches.