Facebook Right Behind Google In Ad Spending [survey]

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Mobile now accounts for more than 22% of all US digital ad spending, compared with less than 3% in 2010

US mobile ad spending is expected to near $9.6 billion in 2013 and account for a whopping 22.5% of all digital ad investments, according to new figures from eMarketer. The channel’s incredible growth—considering mobile represented just 11.9% of digital ad spending in 2012 and less than 3% of digital budgets in 2010—comes largely as consumers shift time spent from desktop to mobile devices, which has caused a significant redistribution of revenues for some of the world’s largest ad platforms.Facebook and Google are both major drivers and recipients of this growing market, domestically and internationally.

The latest forecast of US ad spending, the rapid growth of mobile ad revenues at Facebook has helped make the social network the second-largest digital ad seller in the US, behind only Google.This year, Facebook will take in 7.4% of net US digital ad dollars, or $3.17 billion, while Google will account for nearly four in 10, or $17.00 billion.

Microsoft’s share of US digital ad revenues will fall from 6.2% last year to 5.9% this year. Microsoft’s $2.53 billion in ad revenues, which include advertising not only from the company’s web properties, but also from Xbox and Skype services, will grow to $2.87 billion by 2015, though not fast enough to hold or increase market share. Twitter will take in a comparatively small $420 million in US ad revenues this year, estimates—about a 1% share.

On a worldwide basis, Google and Facebook are also the top two ad publishers, with 31.91% and 5.64% of the market this year, respectively.

Just like on the desktop, Google and Facebook grabbed the greatest shares of net US mobile ad revenues, with Facebook jumping from 9.0% to 16.0% between 2012 and 2013.

Globally, Google dominates the mobile ad landscape, with a 48.76% market share. Facebook has seen its share of global mobile revenues explode this past year, growing from 5.34% in 2012 to 16.91% in 2013.

Mobile internet ad spending worldwide will grow 105.9% to top $18.15 billion in 2013, up from around $8.82 billion last year. It now accounts for 15.2% of all digital ad dollars spent globally, up from just 8.5% last year.

eMarketer bases all forecasts on a multi-pronged approach that focuses on both worldwide and local trends in the economy, technology and population along with company, product, country and demographic-specific trends as well as trends in specific consumer behaviors. We analyze quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of research firms, government agencies, media outlets and company reports, weighting each piece of information based on methodology and soundness.

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