Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Internet Advertising Revenues Grow 35% in '06, Hitting a Record Close to $17 Billion

Fourth Quarter '06 Revenues Total $4.8 Billion, Marking Highest Revenue Quarter Ever

New York, NY (May 23, 2007) – The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) today released the Internet Advertising Revenue Report which shows record results for the full year and final quarter of 2006. Internet advertising revenues in the U.S. continued upward totaling $16.9 billion in 2006, a new annual record   exceeding 2005 by 35%. Q4 2006 internet advertising revenues totaled $4.8 billion, representing record revenues for a single quarter and a 35% increase over same period in 2005.

“Interactive advertising revenues continue to show solid growth as advertisers and agencies recognize that it is a medium that can uniquely affect consumer behavior from product awareness, to purchase intent, to actual purchase and then brand loyalty,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO of the IAB. “We have every confidence that this growth trend will continue as marketers allocate more of their total marketing dollars to interactive and the industry delivers effective and innovative platforms for connecting with consumers.”

The report states that search, display, classifieds and lead generation all continue to grow at a healthy rate with an increase in both performance-based and CPM or impression-based pricing. Consumer advertisers continue to represent the largest category of internet advertising spending.

“The continuing strong growth of interactive advertising as evidenced by the full year 2006 survey results proves the importance of this medium to all types of marketers,” says David Silverman, partner, Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers. “The ability for these marketers to achieve both performance-based and branding objectives with interactive advertising is the foundation for this exceptional growth.”

“The results for 2006 show the internet continues to offer marketers the widest spectrum of advertising formats, from search-based text ads to dynamic rich-media and broadband video ads,” notes Peter Petrusky, director, Advisory, PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Online publishers may continue to experience growth as marketing budget allocations to all interactive forms continue to increase.”

 

2006 (Ttl = $16,879M)

2005 (Ttl = $12,542M)

Type of Advertising

$

% share of market

$

% share of market

Display Advertising

3,685

22%

2,508

20%

Sponsorship

496

3%

627

5%

Slotting Fees

0

0%

125

1%

Rich Media (including Broadband Video)

1,192

7%

1,004

8%

All Display

5,373

32%

4,264

34%

Keyword Search

6,799

40%

5,142

41%

Classifieds

3,059

18%

2,132

17%

E-mail

338

2%

251

2%

Lead Generation

1,310

8%

753

6%

TOTALS:

16,879

100%

12,542

100%

Industry Concentration

 

FY 2006

FY 2005

Top 10

69% ($11,647)

72% ($9,030)

Top 25

82% ($13,841)

86% ($10,786)

Top 50

92% ($15,529)

95% ($11,915)

                                                                    
Pricing Models

 

FY 2006

FY 2005

CPM or Impression

48% ($8,102)

46% ($5,769)

Performance Deals

47% ($7,933)

41% ($5,142)

Hybrid

5% ($844)

13% ($1,630)


Conducted by the New Media Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Advertising Revenue Report was launched in 1996 by the IAB, and aggregates data from all companies that report meaningful online advertising revenues. The results are considered the most accurate measurement of interactive advertising revenues with the data compiled directly from information supplied by companies selling advertising on the Internet. The survey includes data concerning online advertising revenues from Web sites, commercial online services, free e-mail providers, and all other companies selling online advertising. First and third quarter revenue reports are estimates, with the actual figures being released along with second and fourth quarter data respectively. PwC does not audit the information and provides no opinion or other form of assurance with respect to the information.                                                                                                                          

For a copy of the full report click here.

The IAB sponsors the Internet Advertising Revenue Report, which is conducted independently by the New Media Group of PwC. The full report is issued twice yearly for full and half-year data, and top-line quarterly figures are issued for the first and third quarters.


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About the IAB:

Founded in 1996, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (www.iab.net) represents over 300 leading interactive companies that actively engage in, and support the sale of interactive advertising. IAB members are responsible for selling over 86% of online advertising in the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB evaluates and recommends standards and practices; fields interactive effectiveness research, and educates the advertising industry about interactive advertising.

 

IAB Media Contact:

Marla Nitke                                                                                                                            212.380.4714                                                                                                                 
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