Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Q3 ’09 Internet Advertising Revenues, at Nearly $5.5 Billion, Show Slight Increase Over Q2

Uptick in Online Ad Revenue Growth a Hopeful Sign in a Difficult Media Economy

NEW YORK, NY (November 24, 2009)—Against a backdrop of ongoing recessionary forces that have hit other advertising sectors with more impact, Internet advertising revenues reached almost $5.5 billion for the third quarter of 2009, representing an increase of 1.7 percent from the Q2 2009 figures published in the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report 2009 Second-Quarter and First Six Month Results. Announced today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), the Q3 ’09 numbers show nonetheless a decline of 5.4 percent over the same period in 2008.

“The Internet has transformed the consumer experience of media, providing marketers with unprecedented opportunities to engage with their customers,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO of the IAB. “The advertising sector overall has been hard hit by the economy, but digital media has been a bright spot within the larger economic downturn as it is capturing an ever-increasing piece of marketers’ advertising spend.”

“While all segments of the media industry have experienced declines, online advertising remains resilient and is once again showing signs of growth,” said David Silverman, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Source: PwC/IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report (www.iab.net)

The IAB sponsors the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, which is conducted independently by the New Media Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The results are considered the most accurate measurement of interactive advertising revenues because the data is 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. The full report is issued twice yearly for full and half-year data, and top-line quarterly estimates are issued for the first and third quarters. PwC does not audit the information and provides no opinion or other form of assurance with respect to the information.

To view additional reports, please visit: http://www.iab.net/AdRevenueReport

About PwC:
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About the IAB:
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is comprised of more than 375 leading media and technology companies who are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB is dedicated to the growth of the interactive advertising marketplace, of interactive’s share of total marketing spend, and of its members’ share of total marketing spend. The IAB educates marketers, agencies, media companies and the wider business community about the value of interactive advertising. Working with its member companies, the IAB evaluates and recommends standards and practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City with a Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.  For more information, please visit www.iab.net.

IAB Media Contact:
Marla Aaron
212.380.4714
[email protected]

PricewaterhouseCoopers Media Contact:
Steven Silber
646.471.4059
[email protected]