Google and Apple Losing Mobile Advertising Market to Publishers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Research firm IDC today announced the release of a new report covering the mobile advertising market, noting that ad networks such as those from Google and Apple are losing traction to publishers able to use their size to drive their own advertising sales.
    IDC notes that, despite slowing growth, the mobile advertising market continues to boom in the United States, growing 88% in 2012 to reach $4.5 billion to provide a massive opportunity for ad networks and publishers alike. The report notes that mobile advertising now accounts for 11% of all digital advertising, illustrating the strong momentum of mobile.

    Apple has long faced an uphill battle to gain momentum with its iAd service, repeatedly slashing buy-in fees in order to lure and keep customers unwilling to commit to expensive advertising campaigns limited to Apple devices. The popularity of Apple's devices did allow Apple to rise to the number two spot behind Google in mobile display advertising, but IDC notes that Apple ($125 million gross revenue) lost that spot to Millennial Media ($151 million gross revenue) last year.

    Apple's iAd program grew out of its 2010 acquisition of ad firm Quattro Wireless. Quattro founder and CEO Andy Miller left Apple in mid-2011, and since that time iAd has been overseen by senior vice president Eddy Cue as part of Apple's umbrella of Internet Software and Services.

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  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Looks like Macrumors needs more advertising revenue so that it can post complete articles. :D
  4. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
  5. No Pain No Gain macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2013
    In-Thread purchase
  6. SmileyBlast! macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    $8 Billion spent on Mobile Advertising last year.
    It's a pie worth pursuing.
  7. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    and a lot of people here only believed that google was the only one pushing hard for their ads segment.. ignoring that apple wishes it had the same success with its own model. a lot of people also don't know that google easily let's you turn off admob within the settings.
  8. subsonix macrumors 68040

    Feb 2, 2008
    This is good news imo, it's in no ones interest to have a few giants who reap all the profits in this market.
  9. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    Well said.
  10. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    They must have been inspired by DLC Quest and are adapting it to the news and rumor business. Maybe there will be a purchase to get the downvote button back. :)
  11. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Hmmmm, perhaps a reason to get me to jailbreak.
  12. richardw macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2011
    iAds are normally enough for me to not use an App. Skype for example is spoilt by ugly ads and I'd rather not use it, Facebook Messenger is way more pleasant.
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Those darn missing quotation marks break everything, don't they... :)
  14. dysamoria macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2011
    Advertising: the death of all media.

    I find it grotesque that entities like Facebook are referred to as publishers.

    Facebook is a universe of its own. It provides advertising that Adblock cannot block: "sponsored" postings.

    The real question is: how long until the next service comes along that people move to because it's not slow, bloated, broken, and filled with advertising? Then, once that new one gets a mass following, it too turns on the obscene marketing. Cycle repeats.

    Look at theatres, radio and tv. Each were a haven for media types, only to eventually require new subscription services that claimed no advertising. Only to have the subscription system also polluted with advertising that we pay to see, with further exclusive variations to subscribe to that offer ad free experiences, which also succumb to "special sponsored" content that is just a euphemism for advertising.

    And st the end of it all, we are bathing in unwanted overstimulation from every commercial entity, 24/7, in every space possible. It's no wonder "mental healthcare" has made massive profits on psych drugs. Noise, light, densely packed spaces filled with people and stimuli... Every second of every day is a product to be sold and marketed.
  15. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    While I echo your sentiment you wouldn't say that if you were a business person trying to penetrate the market.
  16. Silvereel macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    It's a shame, because they actually make advertising attractive. AdMob ads look like puke.
  17. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I wasn't aware Apple had any traction in the mobile advertising biz. They're losing some of it now?
  18. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Yeah like Ping, no kidding, I'm not sure why Apple started at such a crazy high price; and why they didn't use it a break-even and choose more of a 'undercut the competition' to impact their (competitor) main revenue stream.

  19. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Here's the issue.

    Without those annoying adverts, the internet would only consist of e-commerce and TV wouldnt exist.
  20. sessamoid macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2011
    iAd is actually generated over $100 million in revenue last year, and I would assume they're not losing money on that. It's almost certainly still a growing business for Apple, so I don't think it's in any danger of being killed.

    Ping was obviously a dog from its introduction. Whomever was in charge of that needs/needed to be fired.
  21. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Remember people were so weird they downloaded the iAd app to look at ads?

    Lol weirdos
  22. richardw macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2011
    They're not attractive! :rolleyes:
  23. inkswamp macrumors 68030


    Jan 26, 2003
    Really can't relate to the complaining about ads, in apps or elsewhere.

    Is it really such a hardship that you have to look at some ad popping up on your screen or that your experience is somehow aesthetically tainted by a sponsor logo when you're getting the results of someone's hard work without a dime of payment from your pocket? This has to be a new pinnacle in whining. Getting free content or apps in exchange for an ad or two is now considered unacceptable. There are people in the world who wish like hell that was their greatest hardship in life. Get some perspective.

    I'm not a fan of advertising but here's your reality check, kids. Someone has to make money off this stuff. You can either cough up a few bucks from your own pocket or pay indirectly with a few ad impressions. Personally I love the idea that some big corporation is going to give someone payment for me receiving their work for free. What's not to love about that? But pay or view ads--it has to be one or the other so pick your poison and quit whining.


    Well, then, you best get off MacRumors. All those dangerous ads they post are clearly taking a heavy toll on your fragile psyche. Not trying to be flippant. Just looking out for your safety, my friend.

    BTW, where did you get that lovely soapbox? And what brand of soap is it? My apologies, but I can't read it when you're standing on it.
  24. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    If Apple were smart, they'd spin off the iAd team and let them aggressively pursue ad revenue on all platforms. That will make it increasingly difficult for Google to subsidize their hardware and give Apple another solid leg to their business. Developers, advertisers, Apple as well as its shareholders would all benefit. Not to mention, it wouldn't distract Apple's management from their core mission; to build the best products.
  25. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    Last time I checked out iAd it didnt even work in all countries so you needed a secondary advertising service which is a real turn off.

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