Social Media Advertising is a form of online digital marketing in which paid banner and video ad campaigns are run on social media platforms to reach the target audiences. Marketers can promote brands, products, and services and increase purchase intention.
Social Media Advertising comprises advertising spending, users, average revenue per user, and key players. The market only displays B2B spending. Figures are based on advertising spending and exclude agency commissions, rebates, production costs, and taxes. Key players in Social Media Advertising include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, Weibo, Naver, and Kakao. For more information on the data displayed, use the info button right next to the boxes.
All ad spending generated by social networks
Ads within online games playable on social networks
Revenue generated from membership subscriptions or premium fees
The global number of social media users reached 4.2 billion in 2021 and is projected to increase to 5.8 billion users by 2027. Social media has increasingly impacted our daily lives since its emergence in 2005. Unsurprisingly, marketers now use social media as their main method of advertising. They spend a significant amount of money to reach consumers on social media and are constantly thinking of new, creative methods to improve their social media advertising strategies.
The development of the internet infrastructure and the accessibility of smartphones are the main forces behind the expansion of social media advertising. Over the past ten years, the internet infrastructure has undergone a significant transformation. It is now quicker, less expensive, and more accessible. While smartphones have gotten cheaper over time, they were a luxury item for professionals less than 20 years ago. Nowadays, people use their smartphones daily, which has led to a substantial rise in social media usage.
Social media advertising had been expanding since before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic has increased the usage of social media, especially for video content, which has caused exponential growth in social media advertising. People are spending increasingly more time on social media, mainly due to TikTok’s boom during the pandemic and the significant increase in Instagram’s video content. Thanks to this increased content consumption, social media advertising has grown significantly.
Data encompasses enterprises (B2B). Figures are based on social media advertising spending and exclude agency commissions, rebates, production costs, and taxes. The market covers social media advertising generated by social networks or business networks such as Facebook, Tiktok, Instragram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
A combined top-down and bottom-up approach determines the market size. Starting with the top-down approach, we calculate global social media advertising by aggregating revenues from key players (Meta Platforms (Facebook and Instagram), ByteDance (Tiktok and Douyin), Twitter, Snapchat, and Microsoft (LinkedIn)). This is followed by the bottom-up approach to calculate and identify relevant key market indicators such as social media users, web traffic, the number of app downloads, GDP, and digital consumer spending by country. We can estimate global search advertising and then distribute it to each country individually with relevant indicators by combining the two approaches.
We use a variety of forecasting techniques, depending on the behavior of the market. For instance, the S-curve function is well suited to forecast digital products due to the non-linear growth of technology adoption, whereas exponential trend smoothing (ETS) is more suited for projecting steady growth in traditional advertising markets.
Data is modeled using current exchange rates. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war are considered at a country-specific level. The market is updated twice per year in case market dynamics change.
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