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Positive First Quarter for Digital Ads as Mobile Continues to Drive Growth While Normalizing

IgnitionOne

NEW YORK, March 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IgnitionOne, a global leader in cloud-based digital marketing technology, released its quarterly digital marketing report today, highlighting positive growth for Q1 2014. The report focuses on the growth of search advertising on mobile devices, other paid search trends and programmatic display advertising.

Digital marketing figures are released quarterly by IgnitionOne, which manages more than $1.5 billion in online advertising.

Key findings in the report:

  • 2014 starts with a positive Q1 for search – Compared with a robust holiday shopping season, US search saw advertising spend up 8% Quarter over Quarter (QoQ) in Q1. Search spend was also up 8% when compared to Q1 in 2013.
  • Mobile device growth continues to normalize – US spending growth Year over Year (YoY) for tablets is up 79% while smartphones spend is up 107%. The slower growth rate is due to normalization as YoY growth is now off the larger base that resulted from the 300%+ rate of past quarters.
  • Engine Market Share Remains Steady – The Yahoo!/ Bing Network held on to its US search market share in Q1, with 22.9% of spend vs. Google's 77.1%, barely up from last quarter's 22.7%.
  • Programmatic Display Trends – Q1 saw a seasonal QoQ decrease in programmatic display KPIs for Retail marketers. The Travel vertical saw growth, where programmatic display spend increased 3% QoQ, yielding a 25% increase in clicks and a 49% increase in impressions.

"Mobile device traffic is still sizzling, but has begun to stabilize when compared to past quarters," said Roger Barnette, President of IgnitionOne. "What we are seeing now is increases in efficiencies, especially within the Yahoo!/Bing network where marketers have ability to control and optimize their mobile advertising to a greater degree."

This report is the latest in a series of reports from IgnitionOne, reviewing trends across the online advertising landscape. This and previous quarterly reports can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/ignitiononeresearch

About IgnitionOne

IgnitionOne® is a global leader in cloud-based digital marketing technology providing a world-class proprietary platform and expert services to improve digital marketing performance. IgnitionOne's integrated Digital Marketing SuiteSM (DMS) empowers marketers to buy, manage and optimize digital media across Search, Display, Social and Mobile, understand client users through Data Management and Cross Channel Attribution, while helping to optimize conversions on a marketer's website through Marketing Automation. At the core of the DMS is the proprietary User Engagement Score Algorithm which determines the value of a user in order to automate the delivery of the right message, at the right time, at the right cost, to a marketer's users, on and off their website.

IgnitionOne currently scores over 300 million users monthly in 75 countries and powers more than $30 billion in revenue each year for leading brands, including General Motors, CenturyLink, Bridgestone, La Quinta and Fiat, as well as advertising agencies such as 360i, GroupM and iProspect.

CONTACT: Joe LaSala IgnitionOne 212-574-5096 jlasala@ignitionone.com

Source: IgnitionOne