Facebook Estimated To Collect Almost 5 Percent Of U.S. Online Ad Revenue

Facebook may be responsible for nearly a quarter of all display ads shown in the U.S., but it only collects about 5 percent of U.S. online ad revenues. An article in AdAge reports on new estimates from eMarketer which peg Facebook’s 2010 advertising revenues at $1.86 billion, with $1.21 billion of that coming from the U.S. That would give Facebook a 4.7 percent share of the estimated $25.8 billion total spent in the U.S. on online advertising last year.

Despite its already impressive financial might, Facebook could be doing a lot better. The gap between its share of display ad impressions and ad dollars shows how poorly Facebook is monetizing those ads, and suggests there is still a lot of room for improvement. Indeed, by 2012, eMarketer estimates Facebook’s U.S. ad revenues will more than double to $2.89 billion and it will account for nearly 9 percent of the U.S. online advertising pie.

Meanwhile, Facebook’s worldwide advertising revenues are expected to reach $5.74 billion by 2012. As a (sad) point of comparison, eMarketer estimates that MySpace’s worldwide ad revenues will decline from a high of $470 million in 2009 to $156 million in 2012.

Below is a table from AdAge showing the estimates for Facebook’s U.S. advertising revenues compared to total U.S. online ad spending:

Facebook Share of Total US Online Advertising Spending, 2009-2012 (billions and % of total)
2009 2010 2011 2012
Facebook $0.56 $1.21 $2.19 $2.87
Total US online advertising spending $22.70 $25.80 $28.50 $32.60
Facebook % of total 2.4% 4.7% 7.7% 8.8%