The Future of Print

IAB Reports 5 Percent Decline in U.S. Online Ad Revenues For First Quarter 2009

Posted in Doom by futureofprint on June 5, 2009

More evidence just came in that the recession has come to online advertising (in case you were still wondering). The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCooper today reported their numbers for online advertising revenues in the U.S., and they are not pretty. Internet advertising declined 5 percent in the first quarter of 2009 to $5.5 billion, compared to the first quarter of 2008. Industry revenues were down an even steeper 9.8 percent sequentially from the fourth quarter’s $6.1 billion.

Last quarter’s falloff was first evident after Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL announced their earnings numbers. As I noted in a month ago, the online ad revenues of those four stalwarts declined by 2 percent annually in the first quarter (7 percent sequentially) to $7.9 billion. But that is a worldwide number. Today’s IAB estimate adds further evidence that the U.S. is following the global trend.

via IAB Reports 5 Percent Decline in U.S. Online Ad Revenues For First Quarter 2009.

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