B2B Articles - Nov 2, 2014 8:39:34 AM

Facebook Ad Spending Now Greater on Mobile Than Desktop

Facebook marketing

Once again, Facebook proves that it can hold its own in the mobile world.

New data from Nanigans found that ad spending for Facebook on the mobile plane in Q1 2014 surpassed the spending for desktop ads. Advertisers are continuing to shift their spending to mobile devices instead of PCs. This has been a dramatic shift in a short amount of time – in the third quarter of 2013, Facebook advertising worldwide assigned 54.6 percent of their spending to desktop, and mobile received 45.4 percent.

By the first quarter of 2014, desktop ad spending had dropped to 46.4 percent, with mobile ad spending reaching 53.6 percent. With the passing of the third quarter for 2014, the disparity grew greater. Desktop advertising from Facebook now only receives 38 percent of the share, and mobile receives 62 percent of the share. By 2016, it is estimated will spend $17.43 billion on advertising, with 75 percent of that going toward mobile.

Not surprisingly, return on investment has also been low for desktop ads. Another recent study looked at marketing ROI from both desktop and mobile ads, and found that the disparity continues. In June of 2014, 37 percent of advertisers in the US said that their ROI was somewhat or much greater than desktop, up from 35 percent when the same survey was given in September 2013. Those who said that desktop ROI was greater than mobile also dropped from 27 percent in September 2013 to 23 percent nine months later.


  • “Facebook Ad Dollars Continue Move to Mobile.” 2014. EMarketer.com
  • “Mobile Advertising in the News.” 2014. Nanigans.com
  • “Mobile Advertising Is Exploding And Will Grow Much Faster Than All Other Digital Ad Categories.” 2014. BusinessInsider.com

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