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  • Ad spending in the Social Media Advertising segment amounts to US$91,946m in 2020.
  • Ad spending is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2020-2024) of 7.4%, resulting in a market volume of US$122,422m by 2024.
  • In global comparison, most revenue is generated in the United States (US$38,472m in 2020).
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Social Media Advertising includes all ad revenue generated by social networks or business networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.

Ads in social networks can appear as sponsored posts within organic content or alongside the newsfeed.

Social Media Advertising neither includes ads within online games nor revenues generated from membership subscriptions and/or premium fees.
in-scope
  • All ad spending generated by social networks
  • Sponsored posts
out-of-scope
  • Ads within online games playable on social networks
  • Revenue generated from membership subscriptions or premium fees
Digital Advertising Report 2019 - Social Media Advertising

Digital Advertising Report 2019 - Social Media Advertising

Statista Digital Market Outlook - Segment Report
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Ad Spending (2020)
+7.2% yoy
US$91,946m
Reach by social network (2020)
+4.9% yoy
2,864.3m

Ad Spending Spending Development

in the Social Media Advertising market in million US$ in percent

Reading Support Ad spending in the Social Media Advertising segment amounts to US$91,946m in 2020. Reading Support The Social Media Advertising segment is expected to show an ad spending growth of 14.4% in 2021.

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Split - Desktop & Mobile Growth - Desktop & Mobile

in the Social Media Advertising market in percent in percent

Reading Support In the Social Media Advertising segment, 82% of total ad spending will be generated through mobile in 2024. Reading Support The Social Media Advertising segment is expected to show an ad spending growth of 1.4% in the mobile segment in 2021.

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Revenue Split – Desktop & Mobile

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Revenue Growth - Desktop & Mobile:

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Analyst Opinion

One of the main trends within Social Media Advertising is the further monetization of social networks and messenger apps. The integration of shopping and payment solutions into social networks combined with exact localization will increase user engagement, conversions, and performance of advanced targeting. Besides the growth potential in the field of social networks, an integration or proliferation of advertising spaces within messenger apps such as WhatsApp or Instagram will rapidly increase the revenue potential of current market key players like Facebook.

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Reach by social network

in the Social Media Advertising market in millions

Reading Support In the Social Media Advertising segment, the number of users is expected to amount to 3,327.1m by 2024.

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Average Ad Spending per Social Media User

in the Social Media Advertising market in US$

Reading Support The average ad spending per social media user in the Social Media Advertising segment amounts to US$36.80 in 2020.

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Global Comparison

in the Social Media Advertising market in million US$

Reading Support With a market volume of US$38,472m in 2020, most ad spending is generated in the United States.

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Key Market Indicators

The following Key Market Indicators give an overview of the social and economic outlook of the selected region and provide additional insights into relevant market-specific developments. These indicators, together with data from statistical offices, trade associations and companies serve as the foundation for the Statista market models.

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Population in m
Number of individuals (all ages) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
0-14 years in m
Number of individuals (age 0-14) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
15-24 years in m
Number of individuals (age 15-24) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
25-34 years in m
Number of individuals (age 25-34) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
35-44 years in m
Number of individuals (age 35-44) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
45-54 years in m
Number of individuals (age 45-54) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
55+ years in m
Number of individuals (age 55 and older) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
Consumer spending (current) in US$
Average consumer spending per capita of private households in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Foodstuffs, beverages in US$
Consumer spending per capita for food and non-alcoholic beverages (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate). The COICOP definition varies from the market definitions employed in the Consumer Market Outlook. It covers all private household spendings meant for consumption at home. In contrast, the Food market in the Consumer Market Outlook covers only certain segments of processed food and excludes for example fresh food, oils and fats and some other items. The markets for Alcoholic, Non-Alcoholic and Hot Drinks in turn not only include sales for at-home consumption (off-trade) but also sales to the on-trade sector (restaurants, bars, cafés). | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Alcohol, tobacco in US$
Consumer spending per capita for alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate). The COICOP definition varies from the market definitions employed in the Consumer Market Outlook. It covers all private household spendings meant for consumption at home. The market for Alcoholic, Non-Alcoholic and Hot Drinks not only include sales for at-home consumption (off-trade) but also sales to the on-trade sector (restaurants, bars, cafés). | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Clothing, footwear in US$
Consumer spending per capita for clothing and footwear (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate). Included are both consumption of goods as well as services (cleaning and cobblers). | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Housing in US$
Consumer spending per capita for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Household in US$
Consumer spending per capita for furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Health in US$
Consumer spending per capita for health (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Transport in US$
Consumer spending per capita for transport (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate). This group inlcudes the purchase of vehicles, maintenenace of vehicles as well as transportation services. | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Communication in US$
Consumer spending per capita for communication (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Recreation, culture in US$
Consumer spending per capita for recreation and culture (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Education in US$
Consumer spending per capita for education (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Restaurants, hotels in US$
Consumer spending per capita for restaurants and hotels (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Other in US$
Consumer spending per capita for miscellaneous goods and services (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate). These include personal care products and services, personal items like watches and jewellery as well as all other products and services not mentioned elsewhere. | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
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Mobile subscriptions per 100 capita
The indicator shows the number of subscriptions (per 100 capita) to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) using cellular technology. Included are only subscriptions that also allow voice communication, pure data and M2M (machine to machine) connections are not included. | Source: Statista, based on ITU, trade assocations and national regulatory institutions
Broadband subscriptions per 100 capita
Number of-fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants | Source: Statista, based on World Bank
Average connection speed in Mbits/s
Estimated average internet connection speed in Mbits/s | Source: Statista
Smartphone penetration in %
Estimated share of the total population using a smartphone | Source: Statista
Internet users in m
Number of people in the selected region using the internet | Source: Statista, based on ITU and national statistical offices
Smartphone users in m
Estimated number of persons using a smartphone in the selected region | Source: Statista
Mobile broadband connections, total in m
Total number of active mobile broadband connections in the selected region | Source: Statista
Hardware market
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Per-capita volume laptops in units
Average per capita sales of laptops and tablets in units | Source: Statista Consumer Market Outlook
Per-capita revenue laptops in US$
Average revenue of laptops and tablets per capita | Source: Statista Consumer Market Outlook
Per-capita volume desktop PCs in units
The indicator shows the estimated average per capita sales of Desktop-PCs in units. | Source: Statista Consumer Market Outlook
Per-capita revenue desktop PCs in US$
The indicator shows the estimated average revenue of Desktop-PCs per capita. | Source: Statista Consumer Market Outlook
Per-capita volume mobile phones in units
The indicator shows the estimated average per capita sales of mobile phones in units. | Source: Statista Consumer Market Outlook
Per-capita revenue mobile phones in US$
The indicator shows the estimated average revenue of mobile phones per capita. | Source: Statista Consumer Market Outlook
Social media usage
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Social media penetration in %
The indicator shows the estimated share of the total population in the selected region that uses social media sites and applications regularly (at least once a month). The data is based on surveys as well as user penetration estimates of the major social platforms. | Source: Statista, based on national and international statistical offices, company filings, traffic and press analysis
Households in m
The indicator shows the total number of private households in the selected region. Households denote residential communties of people living and keeping house together. Business facilities as well as institutional housholds (like unversity dormitories or retire homes) are not counted as households. | Source: Statista, based on national and international statistical offices
GDP (current) in US$
Gross domestic product (in current prices, constant exchange rate) of the selected region per capita | Source: Statista, based on IMF WEOD
Internet penetration in %
Estimated share of the total population in the selected region using the internet | Source: Statista, based on ITU and national statistical offices
Source: Statista, May 2020
Source: Statista, May 2020, based on IMF, World Bank, UN and Eurostat

Methodology

The Social Media Advertising market builds on Statista’s primary research (the Statista Global Consumer Survey), bottom-up and top-down modeling, market data from independent databases and third-party sources, analyses of various key market and macroeconomic indicators, historical developments, current trends, and reported performance indicators of key market players. Figures are based on net revenues and exclude agency commissions, rebates and production costs.

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