According to comScore, display advertising is making a big comeback since the economic downturn in 2009. During the first quarter of 2010, the U.S. Internet audience received over 1 trillion display ads (up 15% from the same period in 2009).
Facebook and Yahoo! served the most display ads to the U.S. Internet audience during the first quarter of 2010 as shown below:
- Facebook.com = 16.2%
- Yahoo! Sites = 12.1%
- Microsoft Sites = 5.5%
- Fox Interactive Media = 4.9%
- AOL LLC = 2.9%
- Google Sites = 2.4%
- Turner Network = 1.4%
- Glam Media = 0.7%
- eBay = 0.7%
- Tagged.com = 0.6%
The story is a bit different, however, in terms of companies that pay for those display ads with no single company or brand leading the way. According to comScore, the share of first quarter 2010 display advertising impressions was spread across a large number of companies and brands as you can see from the list of the top 10 display advertisers by number of impressions to the U.S. Internet audience during the first quarter of 2010 shown below:
- AT&T = 2.4%
- Verizon Communications – 2.1%
- Scottrade, Inc. = 1.5%
- Experian Interactive = 1.4%
- Sprint Nextel Corporation = 0.9%
- Netflix, Inc. = 0.9%
- eBay, Inc. = 0.9%
- Intuit Inc. = 0.8%
- Privacy Matters 1-2-3 = 0.8%
- IAC – InterActiveCorp = 0.8%
- Everyone else = 87.5%
Online display advertising is fair game for any company or brand. The fact that does stand out from comScore’s findings is that the mobile communications carrier category is represented three times in the top 10 list of display advertisers by brand impressions (AT&T, Verizon Communications, and Sprint Nextel Corporation).
Another finding that’s not particularly surprising is Intuit’s place on this list. Given that the first quarter of the year in the United States also marks tax season, it’s not surprising that companies like Intuit (a tax software provider) is included in the top 10 list above. The vast majority of Intuit’s advertising budget is probably spent during the first quarter of the year.
I’d love to see a trend chart using this data over the course of a year or longer. What do you think? Any surprises in this list? Were you surprised to learn that there isn’t a dominant player (or players) when it comes to number of display ad impressions?
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