US search marketing spend soars by 44%

North American advertisers spent 44% more on search engine marketing last year than in 2004, with Google and Yahoo taking the lion’s share.

North American advertisers spent 44% more on search engine marketing last year than in 2004, with Google and Yahoo taking the lion’s share.

According to figures from the US-based Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization, advertisers spent $5.75bn (£3.4bn) last year on search engine marketing.

The organisation said it expected continued rapid growth, and estimated that the market would be worth $11bn by 2010.

The figures were reached on the basis of a survey of more than 550 companies conducted on behalf of the organisation by independent researchers.

Most of the spending was on paid placements, which accounted for 83% of the total. In addition, more cash was spent on optimising company websites to achieve better search rankings.

This optimisation accounted for 11% of spending. Paid search inclusions made up 4% of the total. Other marketing strategies made up the remaining total.

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