BIA/Kelsey Forecasts U.S. Social Media Ad Spending to Reach $9.8 Billion by 2016
The local segment of U.S. social media ad spending will reach $3.1 billion in 2016
CHANTILLY, Va.. (May 15, 2012) – Social media advertising revenues
will grow from $3.8 billion in 2011 to $9.8 billion in 2016, representing
a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent, according to BIA/Kelsey’s
U.S. Local Media Forecast (2011-2016). BIA/Kelsey, adviser to companies
in the local media space, expects the local segment of U.S. social
media advertising revenues to grow from $840 million in 2011 to $3.1
billion in 2016 (CAGR: 29.8 percent).
“Better performance, coupled with richer formats and creative
elements, like video, will be the principal social ad market growth
drivers,” said Jed Williams, analyst and program director, Social
Local Media, BIA/Kelsey. “Social advertising’s local business
penetration will steadily increase as SMBs’ understanding of
social media deepens, and as the networks continually improve the ease
of onboarding and campaign management. Facebook opening its Ads API
to more partners, including those that work with SMBs, and Twitter’s
self-serve platform will help to ‘democratize’ social ads,
which will ultimately lead to more local growth.”
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BIA/Kelsey defines social media advertising as money spent on advertising
formats across social networks. The predominant social ad format continues
to be display, spending on which will increase from $3.6 billion in 2011 to
$9.2 billion in 2016 (CAGR: 20.6 percent), according to the forecast. BIA/Kelsey
expects the social non-display segment to grow from $140 million in 2010 to
$630 million in 2016 (CAGR: 35.2 percent).
Findings from the social local media forecast will be discussed during BIA/Kelsey’s
upcoming conference, Mobile Local
Media San Francisco, which takes place June
27. MLM San Francisco is focused on the intersection of mobile, local and social
media. Information about this new one-day event is available at http://www.biakelsey.com/mlmsf.
Additional BIA/Kelsey analysis of the social media space is available in a
special BIA/Kelsey advisory report titled, “$100B Valuation: Can Facebook
Support It … and How?” The report is available for purchase at http://www.biakelsey.com/Valuations-and-Appraisals/Valuations/Facebook.asp. In
addition, a slide presentation and on-demand playback of a companion webinar
on this topic is available at no charge at http://www.biakelsey.com/Events/Webinars/.
About BIA/Kelsey’s U.S. Local Media Forecast
BIA/Kelsey’s U.S. Local Media Forecast (2011-2016) draws from proprietary
data; company, industry and country information in the public domain; and discussions
with clients and non-clients about the direction and pace of development in
the local media marketplace. The social local media segment of the forecast
is available to clients of the firm’s Social Local Media Continuous Advisory
Service. For information on BIA/Kelsey’s CAS offerings, contact Steve
Passwaiter at email@example.com or visit http://www.biakelsey.com/Research-and-Analysis/Coverage-Areas/.
BIA/Kelsey advises companies in the local media space through consulting and
valuation services, research, Continuous Advisory Services and conferences.
Since 1983 BIA/Kelsey has been a resource to the media, mobile advertising,
telecommunications, Yellow Pages and electronic directory markets, as well
as to government agencies, law firms and investment companies looking to understand
trends and revenue drivers. BIA/Kelsey’s annual conferences draw executives
from across industries seeking expert guidance on how companies are finding
innovative ways to grow. Additional information is available at http://www.biakelsey.com,
on the company’s Local
Media Watch blog and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BIAKelsey.
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