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Digital Market Outlook: social media ad spend per internet user U.S. 2017-2024

The graph presents the social media advertising average spending per internet user in the United States from 2017 to 2024. The social media advertising spending per internet user in the U.S. is expected to grow from 129.1 U.S. dollars in 2019 to 174.93 dollars in 2024. An overview of all Digital Markets can be found here.
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Social media advertising in the U.S. – additional information

Considering social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are free services for users, their business models heavily rely on advertising in order to make profit. Social networks increase their value to advertisers by offering vast amount of data, highly targeted ads, along with new features and services. Social media advertising is gaining space in the industry, showing growth projections for the coming years. Social media advertising already accounted for 23 percent of the total global digital ad expenditure in 2013. By 2017, this share was forecast to increase to 34.5 percent. Mobile social media advertising is one of the key areas of this industry. According to forecasts, mobile social media ad in the U.S. is expected to grow its share of social media advertising from 66 percent in 2014 to about 93 percent by 2020.

Led by the U.S., North America is the largest market for social media advertising, as spending in the region accounted for about 41 percent of the total global spending in this ad segment. Facebook's average revenue per user (ARPU) in the U.S. and Canada, for example, is higher than in any other region. In the last quarter of 2015, Facebook's ARPU in these two countries was at 13.54 U.S. dollars, while Facebook’s ARPU in Europe was 4.5 U.S. dollars. Social media advertising ARPU in the U.S. is forecast to nearly double from 2015 to 2020. In 2015, each user in the U.S. generated an average of 41.03 U.S. dollar for social media companies. By 2020, this figure is forecast to total 82.75 U.S. dollars.

Average social media advertising spending per internet user in the United States from 2017 to 2024

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Release date

July 2020


United States

Survey time period

2017 to 2019

Special properties

forecast adjusted for expected impact of COVID-19

Supplementary notes

* Estimate.
Social advertising includes all ad spending generated by online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Ads in social networks can appear as sponsored posts within organic content or besides the newsfeed. Social media advertising does not include ads within online games nor revenues generated from membership subscriptions or premium fees.
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