Despite an economic turndown, online advertising--and search in particular--is managing to keep its market intact, according to reports on Tuesday by an industry trade group and Wall Street analyst.
According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Internet advertising revenues rose 15.2 percent, to $11.5 billion during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year. And search advertising grabbed a larger piece of the share, accounting for 44 percent of the market--up 3 percentage points.
Search advertising generated nearly $5.1 billion during the first half of the year, up 24 percent from a year ago. Display advertising, meanwhile, also grew at a double-digit pace of 19 percent to $3.8 billion over the course of the first half of the year.
But what about the third quarter and the market meltdown during the early days of the fourth quarter?
Two players in online advertising say conditions are remaining stable, according to a Tuesday report by JPMorgan analyst Imran Khan.
Didit.com, which manages 100 accounts, with an annual advertising budget of $150 million to $200 million, and Reprise Media, which has 80 clients, with a minimum ad spend of $100,000, report that their respective customer bases increased their search advertising budgets by anywhere from 3 percent to 7 percent in the third quarter, compared to the previous quarter.
And these advertising companies noted that one of the contributors was the emergence of new categories for search advertising, such as pharmaceuticals and entertainment.
Khan, in his research report, noted:
We feel comfortable with our U.S. search-advertising revenue estimates. As we are seeing our thesis of increased performance-based online ad spend play out, we are comfortable with our 2008 U.S. search-advertising revenue growth estimate of 27 percent year over year. We also feel that our (third quarter) estimate for low-single-digit sequential U.S. revenue growth at Google is achievable.
Additional charts from the Interactive Advertising Bureau