Facebook ad spend up as marketers favour platform over Twitter

New survey by Ad Age and RC Capital finds 74 per cent of budgets for Facebook include purchasing advertising

Marketers are ramping up their investments into Facebook advertising as the social media platform becomes a more important part of their marketing mix than Twitter, a new survey claims.

The survey was undertaken in August by US publication, Ad Age, in partnership with RBC Capital, of 1200 subscribers, and found 74 per cent of budgets now include outlays on Facebook ads. This is up from 54 per cent in the previous June 2012 survey.

The greatest majority (27 per cent) of respondents are spending up to 10 per cent of their social media budget on advertising. Overall, 83 per cent of marketers are using Facebook as a marketing channel, and 56 per cent expected Facebook ad budgets to rise in the next year. Respondents to the survey included both client-side and agency employees.

Facebook also topped both Twitter and LinkedIn in terms of most important advertising platforms from an ROI perspective, although the top spot was held by Google.

Mobile also shined through as a rising concern, and Facebook’s mobile app was rated as either ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important’ by 74.5 per cent of respondents. This was up from 67 per cent the previous year, and was despite the fact that 38 per cent found the ROI on Facebook’s mobile and desktop ads to be about the same.

What was also apparent is that Facebook still has a way to go before it meets wider expectations around analytics and tracking. Two-thirds were ‘somewhat satisfied’ in the data and analytics tracking they received, but 20 per cent were ‘somewhat dissatisfied’. Respondents were also equally split on whether Facebook’s support for advertisers over the past six months has improved or stayed the same.

Facebook aims to simplify advertising for marketers
Facebook undervalued in last-click attribution model
Facebook talks hyper-targeting, analytics and cross-platform

In addition, 48.3 per cent said the ROI on Facebook hasn’t changed in the past six months, while 36.6 per cent cited some improvement. Nearly 8 per cent claimed its ROI had ‘somewhat deteriorated’.

More widely, about half the respondents to Ad Age’s survey spend between 1-10 per cent of overall marketing dollars on social media, while 16 per cent spend between 11-20 per cent.

More than two-thirds also expect total online advertising budgets to increase in the next 12 months.

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO Australia conversation on LinkedIn: CMO Australia, or join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia

Signup to CMO’s new email newsletter to receive your weekly dose of targeted content for the modern marketing chief.

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

The impact of uniforms on consumer brand preferences

Flight attendant uniforms attract attention. From a primary association with sex appeal during the 1960-70s, to the diverse role they perform today, the flight attendant’s uniform sits front and centre in the advertising imagery of many airlines. However, relatively little is known about the ways in which consumer behaviour is influenced by airline uniforms.

Are data and creativity like chalk and cheese?

The industry is experiencing an explosion in data-led initiatives like programmatic buying, as well as a simultaneous increase in the importance of creativity. A less adventurous marketer might see these trends as chalk and cheese, as two developments which have the power to markedly improve a brand’s bottom line, but which don’t have much room for crossover.

Ashley Madison is a wake-up call for all marketers on data retention

The recent Ashley Madison hack is a wake-up call not only for consumers, but also for marketers and companies – many of which still do not take their customers’ privacy or data security seriously enough.

When you want to get the most ROI, researching about the tools you need will pay off big time. Take for example your marketing and repor...

TapAnalytics

​How to get the best ROI from your martech investment

Read more

We can see how companies are now developing and improving the digital marketing platform they are using and finding ways to add more feat...

TapAnalytics

CMO's top 10 martech stories for the week - 21 January

Read more

Very nice article, Thanks for sharing this necessary information about digital trends. Specially i like prediction no 3 " Marketers embra...

kevin marshall

Predictions: 16 digital marketing trends for 2016

Read more

Mobile has indeed becoming a big player in the marketing industry. It should be utilized by businesses and mobile campaigns should be pro...

TapAnalytics

Report: Mobile-based campaigns and coupons boost consumer brand sentiment

Read more

Very good points, thanks for this article :) I would also add Virtual Reality to the game changers in 2016 (especially after CES2016). I...

Piotr Maksymowicz

Predictions: 16 digital marketing trends for 2016

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in