IDG Announces Record U.S. Growth, Outpaces Market In Ad Pages, Revenue, Marketshare Gains

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 7, 2000 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading provider of IT media and information services, today announced record U.S. ad page growth and marketshare gains for the first half of 2000. According to new data released by The Auditor, an independent ad tracking firm, IDG’s ad pages grew by 49 percent, more than double that of the market and its nearest competitors.

 

IDG not only outpaced other high tech media companies, but with 13,872 ad pages during the first half of the year, IDG's publications attracted more technology advertising pages than Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal combined. IDG's 49 percent growth outpaced the market’s 21 percent gain, and overshadowed declines of 5 percent for CMP and 4 percent for Ziff Davis Media. As the single largest tech media company, IDG gained 4 marketshare percentage points over the same period last year, accounting for 20.9 percent of all IT ad pages. Conversely, Ziff Davis Media lost 3.9 percentage points of marketshare, while CMP lost 4.7 points. IDG also increased the total number of advertisers in its publications by 64 percent over last year.

"Today's complex technology architectures depend on the knowledge and experience of CIOs, network managers, CTOs and internet strategists–the kind of buyers building the Internet economy, the kind of buyers who depend on IDG's publications, websites and conferences for insight, information and community," said Kelly Conlin, president and CEO, IDG. "Not only does IDG reach more technology buyers than any other media company, but is the only technology media company offering integrated marketing programs across print, online and events globally."

IDG’s record growth was further strengthened by significant increases across other titles including CIO, which grew 53 percent, and Network World, posting gains of 51 percent. In addition, IDG’s June 2000 launch of Darwin, a new business publication and companion Web site targeted to corporate business leaders, with 86 pages of advertising, marked the company’s biggest launch issue in two decades.

About International Data Group (IDG)

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.56 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO and For Dummies global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and IDG's research arm IDC, provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.