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Merkle Releases its Q3 2017 Digital Marketing Report

October 24, 2017
Columbia, MD

Merkle (www.merkle.com), a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, announced today the release of its Q3 2017 Digital Marketing Report. The report analyzes trends across paid search, social media, display, and organic search, while providing highly regarded insights into the performance of major industry players like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Bing, Yahoo, and eBay. These in-depth analyses and benchmarks are used by marketers in the development of their people-based marketing strategies and roadmaps. In support of the research findings, Merkle is hosting a complimentary webinar on Thursday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

One of the highlights of the Q3 2017 Digital Marketing Report (DMR) is the continued strength of two of the major digital marketing platforms, Google and Facebook. Google search ad spending growth remained strong, rising to 24% year over year (Y/Y), and Facebook ad spend rose 40% Y/Y, while paid social spend increased 29% overall. The research also explores the impact of several key market developments, such as the strength of Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs), the decline of organic search visits, and Google’s changes as a result of the €2.42 billion fine levied by the European Commission in June.

As has long been the case, mobile devices accounted for most of the Facebook ad spend, with desktop computers accounting for only 30% of spend. November will mark the one year anniversary of Facebook shuttering FBX, its desktop-focused remarketing solution.

Amazon ad investment increased significantly quarter-to-quarter across all of Amazon’s ad formats. Sponsored Products Ads are clearly the most heavily-targeted format and accounted for 82% of all Amazon ad spend, though Headline Search Ads and Product Display Ads did grow faster quarter over quarter (Q/Q) in terms of spend.

“Over the six years since its initial launch, Merkle's quarterly Digital Marketing Report (DMR) has developed a reputation for accuracy and insight in conveying the larger trends that drive performance for Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Bing, and others,” said Adam Lavelle, Global CMO and chief solutions officer for Merkle. “Merkle’s DMR has become one of the most highly regarded and frequently cited reports in the digital marketing industry, providing benchmark data for paid search, SEO, display, social media, and comparison shopping in addition to breaking major developments with special in-depth analyses.”

About Merkle

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 7,000 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 21 additional offices in the US and 33 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkle.com.

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