Google and Facebook now one fifth of global advertising as online overtakes TV as the world’s larges


According to data and analysis Zenith, Google and Facebook attracted 20% of global advertising spending in 2016, up from the 16.3% in 2015 and almost double the 10.2% it attracted in 2012.

The two companies earned a combined $106.3 billion. Google is the biggest media owner in the world by far and attracted $79.4 billion compared to Facebook’s $26.9 billion. While Google’s advertising revenue of the 2 companies is still 75% of the total compared to Facebook’s 25%, Facebook are putting in a lot of work on the targeting and functionality of their advertising platform and are gaining ground compared to last year. In 2015, the total for the 2 companies was $84.5 billion with Google taking $67.4 billion (80%) in ad revenue and Facebook $17.1 billion (20%). This 5% gain on Google from Facebook in just 1 year is massive, and worth watching over the next few years.

There are 5 other pure internet media owners in the top 30: Baidu, Microsoft, Yahoo, Verizon & Twitter. Between the 7 companies they generated $132.8 billion of internet ad revenue in 2016, which accounted for almost 75% of all online advertising spend and unbelievably, nearly 25% of all advertising spend. Twitter also is the fastest growing media owner, increasing its ad revenue by 734% between 2012 and 2016.

Jonathan Barnard, the head of forecasting at Zenith, said: “Zenith’s new ranking demonstrates just how much the internet advertising platforms are setting the pace for global ad spend growth. Google and Facebook alone have accounted for almost two-thirds of global ad spend growth since 2012.”

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