PerformanceININside Performance Marketing
PI LIVE 2019
Facebook and Google to Take 45% of Global Digital Ad Spend this Year

Facebook and Google to Take 45% of Global Digital Ad Spend this Year


Despite current pressures, Google and YouTube are geared to own nearly half of the digital advertising economy by the end of the year

Facebook and Google are set to take nearly half of all digital advertising spend in 2017, according to a new forecast report by eMarketer.

Combining Google’s predicted $72.69 billion in ad revenue this year with Facebook’s $33.76 billion brings the two ad techs’ share of total global digital advertising spend to 46.4%.

YouTube concerns outweighed

Search giant Google claims the larger predicted stake despite very public criticism over its ability to police YouTube ad placements, with a number of global brands pulling involvement having been unwittingly sponsoring extremist videos.

However, amid an apology at Advertising Week Europe, Google’s EMEA president Matt Brittin took the opportunity to counter the scale of the accusations as a matter of “a handful of impressions, and pennies not pounds”.

Indeed, any concerns over ad placements look to be dwarfed by Google’s continued dominance in its core arena, predicted to claim roughly 78% of total search ad revenues this year, driven by the ongoing consumer shift to mobile.

“Google’s dominance in search, especially mobile search, is largely coming from the growing tendency of consumers to turn to their smartphones to look up everything from the details of a product to directions,” said eMarketer forecasting analyst Monica Peart.

“Google and mobile search as a whole will continue to benefit from this behavioral shift,” Peart added.

Facebook reaps display dollars

For Facebook, it’s the display ad dollars that it will keep it shouldering at the top of the ad tech league table; eMarketer predicts the social network’s display business will jump up 32.1% to $16.33 billion, siphoning revenue from Google, Yahoo and Twitter to seal a 39% stake of the US display market.

Further boons for the Facebook accounts sheet come from increased user time on the service, while Instagram will account for a fifth (20%) of mobile revenues this year - a hike of 5% from 2016.

“Facebook’s users are increasingly captivated by videos on the platform - not just on Facebook, but on Instagram as well. Video, both live and recorded, is a key driver of growing user engagement and advertiser enthusiasm,” commented Peart.

Meanwhile, with an IPO under its belt, eMarketer expects Snapchat is poised for “explosive growth” this year, with ad revenue set to grow 157.8% to $770 million in the US. However, with its mobile display business still in early form, Snapchat’s share of US mobile ad market will sit at just 1.3%, growing to 2.7% by 2019.

Continue the conversation

Have something to say about this article? Comment above, share it with the author @markjpi or directly on Facebook, Twitter or our LinkedIn Group.

Mark  Jones

Mark Jones

Mark manages all aspects of editorial on PerformanceIN as the company's Head of Content, including reporting on the fast-paced world of digital marketing and curating the site’s network of expert industry contributions.

Going by the ethos that there is no 'jack-of-all-trades' in performance marketing, only experts within their field, Mark’s day-to-day aim is to provide an engaging platform for members to learn and question one another, helping to push the industry forward as a result.

Originally from Plymouth, Mark studied in Reading and London, eventually earning his Master's in Digital Journalism- before making his return to the West Country to join the PI team in Bristol.

Read more from Mark

You may also like…