Brands targeting social as ad spending jumps 86 per cent

Spending on social media advertising has increased by 86 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2015. It's also up eight per cent when compared to last year's final holiday shopping quarter.

These findings come from agile marketing specialist Kenshoo based on data managed by its platform for over 3,000 advertiser and agency accounts. It attributes the growth to the appeal of new ad types like Facebook Dynamic Product Ads and increased inventory through Instagram.

Paid search spend increased by 13 per cent year-on-year, buoyed by increased spend on mobile ads (up 77 per cent) and product ads (up 98 per cent). Phones and tablets combined accounted for a majority of clicks in both paid search and social ads at 52 per cent and 71 per cent respectively.

"Following a fourth quarter which demonstrated the value and performance of product-focused ad types in paid search and social during peak shopping season, marketers continued making good use of specialised ad types in Q1 to keep building momentum," says Chris Costello, senior director of marketing research for Kenshoo.

"New social ad types, new destinations like Instagram, and the continued growth of mobile allowed advertisers leveraging Kenshoo to effectively balance a growing set of opportunities and drive significant growth in impressions and clicks year-over-year".

More details of the findings are on the Kenshoo website and you can see a summary in infographic form below.

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