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There is a newer version of this report available: Online Advertising Survey 2013


About this report

The Online Advertising Survey, produced in association with internet advertising infrastructure company the Rubicon Project, is made up of two reports based on a survey of both online publishers and advertisers.

The Online Publishers Survey Report, based on a survey of more than 150 digital publishers, covers revenue models, use of targeting and optimisation, and monetisation of international traffic. 

The Online Advertisers Survey Report is a useful overview of the online display advertising environment from the perspective of direct advertisers and agencies. It contains information about spending trends, the use of ad networks, types of targeting and the relative effectiveness of different ad formats. 

The research is based on a survey of more than 600 digital marketers, including publishers, agencies, direct advertisers and networks. The survey was carried out in August and September 2009.  

The research has been backed by the AOP, the EIAA and the IAB UK

The Online Advertisers Survey Report is divided into the following sections:

  • Online advertising: buying and spending
  • Use of online advertising networks and exchanges
  • Effectiveness of online display advertising

The report highlights include: 

  • 57% of advertisers say that spending on online display advertising has gone up in the last year. 
  • On average, advertisers say that just over a fifth (22%) of online display advertising is purely about branding. 
  • There is a trend towards increased use of online advertising networks.
  • Almost half of advertisers (46%) say they are working with more networks than a year ago
  • Advertisers regard the audience (55%) as the most important criterion for judging an online ad network

The Online Publishers Survey Report is divided into the following sections: 

  • Online revenue and charging
  • Targeting, optimisation and ad effectiveness
  • Online advertising networks

The report highlights include:

  • More than half of online publishers say their revenue from online display advertising has gone up in the last year. 
  • More than a third of publishers (39%) house in-house technology compared to 27% who use third-party technology.
  • MPUs (multi-purpose units) are regarded as the most effective type of advertising format.
  • On average, a third of display advertising revenue comes through online ad networks.
  • Poor quality of ads is the biggest challenge facing publishers working with networks. 
  • Three quarters of publishers (74%) say they are failing to monetise international traffic effectively. 
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