Travel and Mobile are Q2 Bright Spots as Search Spending Growth Slows
Mobile search advertising also continued strong growth YoY, with spending on mobile search ads up an astounding 333% YoY.
These figures are released quarterly by IgnitionOne, a leading digital marketing solutions firm, managing more than $1 billion in online advertising.
Key findings in the report:
- • US Search growth slows in Q2 – Search spend in Q2 was up 15.5% when compared to Q2 2011. At nearly half the growth rate of last quarter, this represents a slowdown in growth of paid search spending. This slowdown in growth of spend can be presumably blamed on the current weakness of the macro-economy and softness of the retail vertical in the quarter.
- • Yahoo!/Bing continues to outpace Google spend growth in US – While Yahoo!/Bing impressions and clicks did not grow faster than Google, its CPCs and search spend certainly did. While Google only grew 11.4% in spend, YoY, in Q2, Yahoo!/Bing grew 32.9%. As this growth is off a smaller base, it did not translate into an increase in market share for Yahoo!/Bing, however.
- • US Travel vertical breaks from pack and has strong growth – Continuing last quarter’s trend there was impressive growth in activity and spend in Q2 compared to the same time period last year. Travel impressions were up 61.9% and search spend among travel marketers increased 37.8% YoY.
- • Continued increase in mobile search advertising – US mobile grew to 14% from 12% of total search budgets with a huge 333% increase in spend YoY. The mobile search ads also had greater growth in engagement as click grew 325% while impressions grew 130%.
This report is the latest in a series of reports from IgnitionOne reviewing trends across the online advertising landscape. This and previous quarterly reports can be downloaded here
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Press ContactJoseph LaSala