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Social Networking Sites Grab 20% Of All U.S. Online Ads

September 4, 2009

Social Networking Sites Grab 20% Of All U.S. Online Ads

RESTON, VA, (RPRN) 09/04/09 — Social Networking Sites Account for More than 20 Percent of All U.S. Online Display Ad Impressions, According to comScore Ad Metrix

MySpace and Facebook Each Represent Nearly 10 Percent of Total U.S. Online Display Ads Delivered

  – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world today released a study of U.S. online display advertising on social networking sites in June 2009, based on data from the comScore Ad Metrix service. The study showed that social networking sites accounted for more than 20 percent of all display ads viewed online, with MySpace and Facebook combining to deliver more than 80 percent of ads among sites in the social networking category.

Top Online Display Ad Publishers in Social Networking Category
June 2009
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Ad Metrix

Total Display Ad Impressions (MM) Share of Display Ads Ad Exposed Unique Visitors (000)
Total Internet : Total Audience 326,899 100.0 188,589
Social Networking 68,927 21.1 129,620
MySpace Sites 30,004 9.2 64,472 26,813 8.2 67,389 1,940 0.6 7,422 496 0.2 1,067 461 0.1 3,459
Bebo 435 0.1 6,350 Sites 400 0.1 9,181 345 0.1 2,084 258 0.1 1,859 204 0.1 3,681

“Over the past few years, social networking has become one of the most popular online activities, accounting for a significant portion of the time Internet users spend online and the pages they consume,” said Jeff Hackett, comScore senior vice president. “Social networking sites now account for one out of every five ads people view online. Because the top social media sites can deliver high reach and frequency against target segments at a low cost, it appears that some advertisers are eager to use social networking sites as a new advertising delivery vehicle.”

AT&T Top Display Advertiser on Social Networking Sites in June

AT&T ranked as the top display advertiser on social networking sites in June with more than 2 billion ad impressions, which accounted for 30 percent of the company’s total number of display ads delivered during the month. Experian Interactive, which delivered a heavy rotation of ads for educational degree programs and credit scores, ranked second with nearly 1.3 billion impressions in the category. Two of the top ten advertisers on social networking sites in June delivered the vast majority of their impressions within the category. Pangea Media, which primarily advertises a variety of love and celebrity quizzes, delivered 90 percent of its ads on social networking sites, while online gaming provider Zynga delivered 97 percent of its ads on these sites.

Top Online Display Advertisers in Social Networking Category
June 2009
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Ad Metrix
  Total Display Ad Impressions (MM) Share of Advertiser Ad Impressions Ad Exposed Unique Visitors (000)
Social Networking Category 68,927 21.1 129,620
AT&T, Inc. 2,067 29.5 87,080
Experian Interactive 1,250 23.9 58,991
Ask Network 950 44.6 41,379
Sprint Nextel Corporation 790 26.3 68,581
Pangea Media 572 89.6 33,079
Microsoft Sites 564 16.8 60,148
Apollo Group, Inc. 510 41.4 51,981 484 96.8 40,009 450 33.9 34,762
Verizon Communications Corporation 435 10.5 54,010

“Social media is becoming an increasingly attractive vehicle for major advertisers seeking to optimize campaign reach and frequency and smaller advertisers desiring to reach a highly targeted audience,” added Hackett. “As social networking sites innovate on their existing ad offerings, the category should continue to grow in ad volume, while CPMs could also increase if the sites can demonstrate a high campaign ROI.”

About comScore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital marketing intelligence. For more information, please visit

Andrew Lipsman
Director, Marketing Communications
comScore, Inc.
+1 312 775 6510

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