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Branding Forecast to Match Direct Response in Digital Ad Spend

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Indeed, brand advertising spending growth will outpace direct response in each year of the forecast, with increases of 18.1% and 11.2% respectively this year and 10.5% and 3.6% respectively in 2017.

The eMarketer forecast aligns with recent survey results from Vizu and the CMO Council, in which 61% of respondents said they are re-allocating budgets away from direct response to brand advertising initiatives. That same survey revealed that 70% of brand marketers expect to up their spending on social media advertising, while similar proportions will increase mobile (69%) and video (64%) ad spend. Interestingly, though, a more recent survey of global marketers (predominantly in Europe) found that few count branding as their top objective for social media ad buys, leaning instead to lead generation. That was a different result than found by Vizu and AdAge in separate surveys indicating branding to be the clear-cut objective for social ad campaigns.

The line between branding and direct-response campaigns tends to be blurring, says eMarketer, which may explain some of the discrepancies in social advertising goals. In any case, the researcher attributes the greater focus on branding to digital’s growing presence in consumers’ media time. That same explanation was given by Vizu and the CMO Council in their survey, with the researchers suggesting that brand marketers and their ad dollars will follow consumers to their chosen digital media channels, whether they be online, tablet, mobile, or connected TV.

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013 news No Comments

Making Sense of Blurring Channels Marks the Latest Key Digital Trend

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Making-Sense-of-Blurring-Channels-Marks-Latest-Key-Digital-Trend/1010202

Measurement and attribution are increasingly important

Omnichannel marketing first took hold among retailers anxious to tap into consumers’ time-, place-, platform- and device-shifting habits, and digital continues to blur where, when and how people interact with marketers, according to a new eMarketer report, “Key Digital Trends for Q3 2013: How Omnichannel Is Blurring Boundaries Everywhere.”

Expansion, and now contraction, in what constitutes a consumer is due in part to the erosion in meaning of established terms like “mobile.” For example, when a majority of mobile device usage takes place at home, mobile no longer differentiates a sedentary consumer from one who is on the go. The mobile device is merely another representation of the consumer, increasingly indistinct from any other computing device.

Just as the lines between online and offline consumers have blurred, divisions between branding and direct-response advertising are also eroding. eMarketer estimates that out of a total of $41.94 billion in US digital ad spending in 2013, nearly 60% will go toward direct response. However, those allocations are set to shift as digital absorbs an ever-greater share of consumers’ media time. In 2017, eMarketer projects branding and direct response will enjoy nearly equal portions of the digital advertising pie.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 news No Comments

Mobile Devices to Boost US Holiday Ecommerce Sales Growth

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Mobile-Devices-Boost-US-Holiday-Ecommerce-Sales-Growth/1010189

Mcommerce to increase its share of total ecommerce retail sales

Mobile devices account for a rapidly growing share of US retail ecommerce sales, and are expected to contribute to strong ecommerce sales growth this holiday season, according to eMarketer’s latest estimates.

eMarketer projects that retail ecommerce holiday sales in the US will rise about 15% again this year, matching last year’s gains. In total, US retail ecommerce sales for the holiday season—defined as November and December—are expected to reach $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion last year.

Mcommerce is expected to play an important part in overall digital holiday retail spending. This year, mobile devices will account for a larger-than-expected share of total US retail ecommerce sales, according to the newly revised forecast. eMarketer expects that mobile’s share will reach 16% in 2013, up from our previous prediction of a 15% mcommerce share this year.

The revision comes as data sets from multiple research sources showed mcommerce as a percent of retail ecommerce sales reached record highs earlier this year. In addition, large retailers, such as Best Buy and Home Depot, continue to invest heavily in smartphones and tablets, building out their mobile app and website offerings, and increasing spending on digital advertising in an effort to drive more conversions across devices and compete with companies with strong mobile infrastructure like Amazon and eBay.

In total, eMarketer predicts retail mcommerce sales will reach $41.68 billion this year and by 2017, retail sales made on mobile devices will climb to well over $100 b! illion.

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Thursday, September 5th, 2013 news No Comments

Retail Industry Remains the Largest Spender in US Digital Advertising

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Retail-Industry-Remains-Largest-Spender-US-Digital-Advertising/1010187

Direct-response, search spending garners the greatest share of retailers’ digital advertising

The US retail industry’s advertising spending on paid digital media will hit $9.42 billion in 2013 and rise to $13.50 billion by 2017, for a 10.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to a new eMarketer report, “The US Retail Industry 2013: Digital Ad Spending Forecast and Key Trends.” While gains in digital outlays have slowed over the past several years, retail remains the top spender among US industries and will retain this lead for the duration of the forecast period.

However, eMarketer also expects the retail industry’s share of the total US digital advertising pie to decline slightly, from 22.3% in 2013 to 22.0% in 2017.

Whether on desktop or mobile, direct-response campaigns will continue to take the lion’s share of digital ad spending by the retail industry. Marketers in the retail industry—led by online and multichannel retailers, but also including catalog retailers and restaurants—will invest 64.6% of their paid digital dollars in direct-response efforts this year, according to eMarketer estimates. Brand-focused campaigns will make up the remaining 35.4%.

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Thursday, September 5th, 2013 news No Comments

Major US Digital Players Shift Revenues to Mobile – eMarketer

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Major-US-Digital-Players-Shift-Revenues-Mobile/1010173

Nearly one-fifth of Google’s revenues will come from mobile search

Major players in the US digital ad market are shifting more of their revenues to mobile, as consumers in the US spend more time than ever with portable connected devices.

Search is the largest single format when it comes to mobile ad spending, and search giant Google is already garnering nearly one-fifth of its total US ad revenues from mobile search, eMarketer estimates. This year, 19.1% of Google’s ad revenues will come from mobile search, up from 12.3% last year and rising to nearly 31% by 2015.

While search drives much of Google’s mobile monetization, on the display side YouTube is a major reason more mobile dollars are going to Google. Google has moved display dollars to mobile at a similar pace as for search, though display makes up less of Google’s overall ad revenues. This year, eMarketer projects, 3.8% of Google’s net US ad revenues will come from mobile display, vs. 13.8% coming from desktop display ads. By 2015, the mix will be 9.4% mobile display and 16.6% desktop display, more than doubling mobile display’s share of total ad revenues while still growing display dollars on the desktop.

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013 news No Comments

UK Consumers Turn to Social Media for Their Online Search Needs – eMarketer

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/UK-Consumers-Turn-Social-Media-Their-Online-Search-Needs/1010174

Younger consumers more prone to look for content on social

Search continues to be a prime digital entry point for many UK consumers. As such, search continues to account for the largest proportion of digital ad spend in the country, according to eMarketer estimates. But there are signs of some shifting habits in terms of how UK web users find online content.

Research from video search techonology company blinkx finds that UK consumers, and particularly younger ones, are beginning to find a lot of their online content via social media. The May 2013 study showed that 43% of polled UK internet users between ages 18 and 24 chose social media to find content online over search.

As an indicator of the move away from search as the default for information discovery, eMarketer forecasts that search’s share of total digital ad spend will decline slightly from 2014 onward. Display is set to be the beneficiary, with video growing its share of that total throughout the forecast period.

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013 news No Comments

Google, Facebook Account for Almost Half of UK Digital Ad Spend

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Google-Facebook-Account-Almost-Half-of-UK-Digital-Ad-Spend/1010167

Google and Facebook continue to dominate the UK digital ad market, with their combined revenues accounting for nearly half of the £6.1 billion ($9.63 billion) expected in spending this year.

Google alone will account for 43% of all UK digital ad revenues, up from 41.9% in 2012, and looks set to reach 46.0% by 2015. Facebook will make up an additional 5.0% of digital ad spending in the UK this year, according to new eMarketer estimates. UK ad revenues at Facebook reached nearly £223 million ($353.3 million) in 2012, and the company will grow its UK ad business by 36% this year, eMarketer estimates, to £303 million ($481.4 million).

eMarketer’s previous forecast of Facebook’s UK ad revenues, released in June 2013, projected £279 million ($442.2 million) for this year. Facebook’s Q2 earnings results were higher than expected, leading to the upward revision to eMarketer’s forecast.

The two companies’ hold on the digital display market is almost equally as strong as their hold on the total digital ad market, though shares of the display market are more evenly distributed between the two companies. Google will account for nearly a quarter of all UK digital display ad spending this year, eMarketer estimates, while Facebook will contribute a further 20.2% to the total. By 2015, eMarketer expects Google and Facebook to make up 56.8% of the overall UK display ad market, with Google taking a widening share of the total.

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 news No Comments

Mobile Expands Its Share of Worldwide Digital Ad Spend

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Mobile-Expands-Its-Share-of-Worldwide-Digital-Ad-Spend/1010170

That’s happening even as digital continues to grow significantly, meaning much digital growth is attributable to mobile specifically. North America will remain the No. 1 digital ad market throughout the forecast period, with Asia-Pacific in second place.

Overall, eMarketer predicts an increase of 2.8% in total media ad spending worldwide this year. Next year, the FIFA World Cup will help boost growth levels to 5.0%, the highest projected increase through 2017. By the end of the forecast period, eMarketer estimates advertisers around the world will spend $616.3 billion on all paid media.

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 news No Comments

Facebook Sees Big Gains in Global Mobile Ad Market Share

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Facebook-Sees-Big-Gains-Global-Mobile-Ad-Market-Share/1010171

Facebook’s continued emphasis on mobile monetization, along with its users’ ongoing shift toward mobile devices, is resulting in dramatic gains in mobile ad market share, according to eMarketer’s latest estimates of worldwide ad spending and revenues at significant players in the mobile and digital ad markets.

The company is expected to see its share of global mobile internet ad revenues reach 15.8% this year, up from just 5.35% in 2012, which was the first year that Facebook had any mobile ad offerings. eMarketer previously estimated Facebook’s share of mobile ad revenues worldwide would reach 12.9% this year.

eMarketer estimates that Google will grab 53.17% of the worldwide mobile ad market this year, up slightly over 2012—primarily a result of continued growth in mobile search usage and further mobile monetization of YouTube. The overall mobile ad market worldwide is expected to grow 89% to $16.65 billion in 2013, eMarketer estimates.

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