World Advertising Expenditure by Medium

According to a 2012 Nielsen study, there was a 12.1% change in online advertisement spending when compared to 2011, which made it the only advertising form that surpassed 10% growth.

Digging deeper and looking at the numbers by region, the Middle East and Africa increased by 35.2%, South America by 31.8%, and the European Union by 12.1%. While Africa and South America’s overall expenditure is still at a relatively small scale, the two regions saw significant increases in online advertising budgets.

This and other data shows that in almost every continent Internet marketing is becoming an ever more indispensable form of advertising.

Fig 3.1: Online advertising expenditure was the only medium to pass the 10% mark.

Online Advertisement Expenditures around the World

First, let’s look at the overall world online advertising market.

Currently, the world market is valued at 94.2 billion USD and is expected to grow to 132.1 billion USD by 2015.

Forecasters predict that growth will continue at an annual rate of at least 10% in the near future.

Fig 3.2: Global online advertising is expected to increase into the future.
Source: http://www.go-gulf.com/

When looking at global Internet advertising shares, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and other search engines command more than 56.4% of the total market.

From Asia to many other nations and regions across the globe, budgets for search engine advertising are increasing significantly.

Fig 3.3: 44.1% of the world’s online advertising market share is dominated by Google.

Source: http://www.go-gulf.com/

What’s more, when comparing different advertising media, it becomes apparent that search network PPC advertising is the most popular form: 49% of online spending goes to this format.

Fig 3.4: Approximately half of online advertisements are Google search engine ads.

Source: http://www.go-gulf.com/

World Search Volumes

In a study conducted by comScore in 2010, it was found that the number of searches made per month topped 13 billion.

While the U.S. is the leading country for number of searches performed per month, if you were to add China, Japan, and Korea together, they would surpass that of the U.S.

In fact, if you look at Asian search volumes, it becomes clear that it is a region where both Asian and Western businesses can find success penetrating the online markets.

Fig 3.5: Top 10 countries by number of searches performed

Source: http://blog.ineedhits.com/search-news/global-search-volume-us-still-tops-japan-growing-quickly-26237260.html

Google’s Worldwide Market Share

If you want to really understand global SEM, you first need to study global search engine market shares.

According to a study conducted by Hitwise, in 2011, Google was the most widely used search engine in the world, with a total share of 82%.

For some countries, though, Google is not the leader.

For example, China’s most popular search engine is Baidu, and it increased its share of the total global search engine traffic from 3.3% to 4.9% in two years.

This figure is expected to grow as the number of Chinese going online increases, and it will change the picture of the world’s search engine market shares.

Fig 3.6: Google possesses over 80% of the World’s search engine market share, but due to the increase in the number of Internet users in China, Baidu’s share of the overall market is expected to increase.

If you were to exempt China from the list of worldwide search engine market shares, though, Google becomes the favored search engine for most of the countries in the world.

Thus, we can say that global SEM essentially is marketing on Google, and that it demands a strong knowledge of how to conduct paid and organic search engine marketing through Google.

Google’s Enormous Daily Search Volumes

Looking at official Google data for 2011, there were up to approximately 4,700,000,000 searches performed daily.

Year Annual Number of Google Searches Average Searches Per Day
2011 1,722,071,000,000 4,717,000,000
2010 1,324,670,000,000 3,627,000,000
2009 953,700,000,000 2,610,000,000
2008 637,200,000,000 1,745,000,000
2007 438,000,000,000 1,200,000,000
2000 22,000,000,000 60,000,000
1998 3,600,000 *Googles official first year 9,800

Fig 3.7: Searches performed on Google are increasing year by year.

Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/google-searches/

Fig 3.8: Search engine market shares per country

Source: http://returnonnow.com/2012/06/search-engine-market-share-country/

As noted above, Google controls the major share of the world’s search engine market; however, if you dig deeper, the picture becomes more complex.

For Asia, in particular, there are search engines other than Google that command a higher share of the market, such as Yahoo! in Japan, Baidu in China, and Naver in Korea.

All three of these countries have 2-byte languages.

Google, originating in America (with 1-byte English), didn’t handle the 2-byte language searches that were required in these Asian countries.

It therefore led to other engines capturing more shares of the market early on.

Fig 3.9: Overall search engine shares in Asia

Source: http://www.netmarketshare.com/

Many companies looking to pursue SEM in Asia have had difficulty succeeding because of this significant difference.

Indeed, even though Google has the highest overall share of the Asian market in its entirety, businesses penetrating the Asian market with only knowledge of SEM on Google AdWords has led to many exiting in failure.

What I always recommend, as the CEO of a global online marketing agency, is to use consulting services or hire your own native speakers when integrating into these Asian markets.

For these countries, what is needed are Japanese, Chinese, and Korean professionals who can provide you the marketing, linguistic, cultural, and technical insight needed to be successful.

For those of you who do not have this type of native support, what I have provided in the following chapters is a startup guide to help you in pursuing your global SEM ambitions for the Asian online market.

Each chapter will analyze a country or a region in the continent of Asia, providing insight into the respective online markets, all in light of SEM.

Contact us at Info Cubic for help with your global digital marketing campaigns.

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