Facebook advertising cost-per-click (CPC) increased by 22% in the second quarter of 2011, according to a Global Digital Marketing Performance Report from performance marketing company, Efficient Frontier and its subsidiary, Context Optional, a social marketing management company.
Facebook CPCs are expected to reach 80% growth in a year, by the end of 2011. Findings of the Global Digital Marketing Performance Report include:
• Facebook CPCs up by 22% in Q2 of 2011 over Q1, and this is expected to rise through 2011. If they continue to increase at 20% each quarter, this will result in 80% growth in one year.
• Facebook spend is around 5% that of search spend overall. However, for some advertisers this can peak at 25% during specific promotions, or at key buying times.
• Facebook spend currently is mostly incremental and not cannibalising search. Budget for Facebook is mostly coming from offline media such as TV and print. Efficient Frontier believes that Facebook will show the strongest growth in the months ahead.
• Brands are aggressively acquiring Facebook fans and those brands who are active on Facebook will, on average, double their fan base by October 2011.
• Analysis of 20 million fans managed by the Context Optional platform shows that for every brands post, there were an average of 100 comments per post in response. Brands will greater numbers of fans receive greater number of interaction; on average, each 17,000 fans generates one additional comment per post.
• Search spend growth in Q2 slowed globally, but still showed an 8% increase year on year (year on year increase in 2010 was 17% globally). Search growth in the UK was 7% year on year. Efficient Frontier believes this slower growth is, in part, the result of advertisers focusing more on ROI than volume o uncertainty in the Eurozone and the recovery of Japan from the March earthquake. Search is a strong indicator of macro-economic conditions.
• In the UK, Google continues to dominate with a share of 92.5%. (Note: as the Search Alliance is yet to be implemented outside of the US, Efficient Frontier reports Yahoo! and Bing separately.) Yahoo! was the only search engine that had a higher percentage of clicks than spend, reflecting cheaper clicks.
• The travel sector in the UK remains strong, with an 18% increase in ROI compared to the same period last year. Spend has increased by 2%. Despite the small spend increase, the sector has seen a 30% rise in clicks year on year (the result of a 15-30% fall in CPC over the same period), and a 9% increase in click-through rate from Q1 to Q2 this year, as consumers become more specific in their searching.
Efficient Frontier’s global marketing director, Jonathan Beeston, says: “The biggest increase in spend this year is on Facebook advertising. Over the year, we expect it to have grown by 80% from last year. Budget for Facebook advertising is mostly coming from offline media such as TV and print rather than search. “If the Yahoo!/Bing Search Alliance renews integration outside of the US next year, then the UK will see the same effect as the US: advertisers will move money towards Yahoo!/Bing to take advantage of ROI improvements.”
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