The gross volume of advertising investment in the media was higher in the first nine months of this year than in the same period last year, according to the monitoring.

Monitored advertising investment directed towards buying advertising space in media for the first three quarters of this year remains above the level of the comparable period last year, according to Nielsen Admosphere monitoring. They are more than CZK 3 billion higher, representing a 5% increase.

In a year-on-year comparison, all monitored media types improved, according to the monitoring, except for outdoor advertising, whose year-on-year loss was only in single digits. According to the monitoring for the period from January to September, print advertising and radio advertising showed the highest increases. In September alone, radio advertising grew the most (+14%), and print and outdoor advertising were also better off year-on-year, according to the monitoring. Television advertising, on the other hand, declined by 3% y-o-y in September, according to the monitoring data. However, the monitoring data do not cover unplaced advertising, which did not make it onto the air due to the sell-out of advertising space.

The overview does not cover developments in internet advertising, as the monitoring of advertising only captures part of the internet formats. The monitoring of investment data also does not reflect the actual amount of investment that the media receive from advertising. It is a valuation of advertising space based on list prices.



The delivered volume of TV ad GRPs for the first three quarters of this year remains above the level of last year’s comparable period.

The delivered volume of TV ad GRPs for the first three quarters of this year is 4.5 percent higher than in the same period last year. This is the outcome of Nielsen Admosphere monitoring. The result includes standard TV spots and sponsoring.

However, the figure does not reflect the actual size of TV ad demand given that not all campaigns could be included in broadcasting as the capacities are sold out. As we have already informed several times, this year’s interest seen in (not only) the TV ad market is enormous and the media faces the issue of having its ad space sold out.

The strongest entities in the TV ad market in terms of delivered GRPs remain Media Club and TV Nova. The highest year-on-year increase was seen by Česká televize (more than 50% year-on-year) and Atmedia (a third year-on-year).

Share of business networks in delivered GRPs, 1-3Q/2021

Pie chart: 

Media Club – Nova Group – Total ČT – Atmedia

Source: ATO-Nielsen Admosphere, TV spots and sponsoring, calculated for purchase target groups of the relevant entities



The estimate of marketing communication investments is favourable. Investments are going to grow by nearly 12 percent next year according to Nielsen Admosphere.

Total market size

Marketing communication in the Czech Republic

Investments in marketing communication (expert estimate of net marketing investments) – figures in billions of CZK

Estimated development of marketing investments until 2022, source: Nielsen Admosphere, presented at Brand Management, photo:

Total investments in marketing communication should grow by 6.8% to CZK 124.7 billion this year according to the recent expert estimate published by Nielsen Admosphere. A more pronounced growth is forecasted for year 2022. It should increase year on year by 11.8% to CZK 139.4 billion. The data was first published at the Brand Management conference on Wednesday.

“In previous years, we saw a rather dynamic growth but the last Covid year has reduced the pace a bit. Finally, it resulted in a gradual stagnation rather than a slump,” said Tereza Šimečková, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Nielsen Admosphere (refer to the photo above).

This year’s growth is driven namely by entities not hit by Covid too severally, i.e. e-commerce. The situation also reversed for entities that discontinued, delayed or failed to increase their marketing investments last year. They start investing again this year and plan to support the situation, described Tereza Šimečková. This year’s average growth of investments in above the line communication is 6% according to price-list costs available to Nielsen Admosphere (figure from January to August 2021).

In 2022, investments in non-media channels (social media, events, gifts, direct marketing, etc.) are expected to grow faster by nearly 20%. Investments in media channels (TV, print, radio, internet, OOH) should increase by more than 6%.

With media investments, the experts addressed expect some growth nearly everywhere. TV, internet, press and radio should go up while no growth is anticipated in out of home advertising.

Among non-media investments, especially investments in sponsoring, production, shopper marketing and online and mobile support should grow. On the other hand, a greater decrease is predicted for gifts and telemarketing, which is affected by last year’s decline that is likely to continue.

Marketing investment stability and increase is confirmed by outlooks of marketers (about 120 addressed) for 2022. Those investing in non-media channels most often stated in the research (37%) that their budgets for the next year would correspond to their planned investments. A slight budget increase (of about 10%) is anticipated by nearly a quarter of marketers (23%) and 21% of marketers together estimate an increase of 25% and 50%.