Mobile Advertising Marketplace AdMob Serves One Billion Ads in Six Months, and Learns Some Things Along the Way (AdMob) | MMA Global
January 29, 2007

Mobile Advertising Marketplace AdMob Serves One Billion Ads in Six Months, and Learns Some Things Along the Way

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />SAN MATEO, Calif. & MUNICH, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AdMob Inc., the world’s largest mobile advertising marketplace, announced that it has served one billion mobile web advertisements in the past six months. Founded in early 2006, AdMob has enriched the mobile landscape by enabling advertisers to reach their customers on the mobile web and by allowing publishers to monetize traffic on their mobile sites. Backed by real-time metrics and reporting, advertisers can reach out to users across a set of mobile content channels including news, entertainment, mobile communities and mobile portals.

“The encouraging data point for the mobile web is not just the number of ads being served, but the pace at which things are growing,” explained Omar Hamoui, Founder and CEO of AdMob. “In our first six months, we only served about thirty million ads, and over the next six months we served one-billion more.”

With traffic comes trend-spotting of mobile web usage

In early analysis of their significant mobile web page traffic, the company spotted some interesting and sometimes surprising data.

“The mobile advertising industry really needs more transparency,” continued Hamoui, “as well as accurate and actionable data. For the first time, we really feel that we have sufficient scale to develop some insight on the usage of the mobile web and we’re determined to invest more time sharing this knowledge to help spur the growth of the industry as a whole.”

Geographic breakdown

Although the company expected U.S. users to make up only a small portion of the mobile web, in actuality the U.S. was the network’s largest contributor of mobile web traffic. Surprisingly, South Africa was the second largest source of mobile web users across AdMob’s publisher base.

Across the AdMob network the top five countries in terms of traffic are:

US     20% (ninety million pageviews/month)
South Africa     15% (sixty-six million pageviews/month)
India     13% (fifty-seven million pageviews/month)
UK     12% (fifty three million pageviews/month)
Romania   5% (twenty-two million pageviews/month)

Content breakdown

The publishers in AdMob’s network have been categorized into five primary content channels. Of the five channels, “Communities” and “Downloads” far outweigh “Portals,” “News and Information,” and “Entertainment” in terms of traffic.

The traffic breakdown by channel is:

Communities     45%
Downloads     44%
Portals     8%
Entertainment     2%
News and Information     1%

Manufacturer breakdown

The company also found an interesting breakdown in the relative proportion of devices that access the mobile web. Nokia led the pack with a commanding 41% share of devices accessing mobile sites on the AdMob network.

The top five manufacturers across the AdMob network are:

Nokia     41%
Motorola     14%
Sony-Ericsson     13%
Samsung     12%
LG     3%

With a slew of new product announcements and features in the pipeline, AdMob believes that its first billion ads are just the beginning for mobile advertising. In a recent report, research firm eMarketer stated that marketing through mobile phones is poised to become an important medium for advertisers, with predictions that brands will be spending nearly $5 billion on mobile advertising in 2011, up from $421 million in 2006.

About AdMob

AdMob is the world’s largest mobile advertising marketplace. Founded in 2006, AdMob gives both advertisers and web publishers the ability to personalize advertising to millions of mobile customers throughout 150 countries, geo-targeted by region, language, carrier, phone brand, phone model, OS, and more.

To learn more about AdMob, visit
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