San Francisco (August 22, 2012) – Kenshoo (, a global leader in digital marketing software, today released global growth metrics for Facebook advertising relative to paid search marketing during the first half (H1) of 2012.

The data, posted to Kenshoo Social’s Facebook Timeline, shows marketers increasing ad budgets with Facebook at a faster rate than with search engines. Over the course of H1, Kenshoo Social clients grew ad spend on Facebook by 36% while Kenshoo Enterprise and Kenshoo Local clients grew paid search ad budgets by 12%.

“Marketers are opening their pocket books as Facebook continues to innovate with new ad formats and targeting options,” said Aaron Goldman, chief marketing officer at Kenshoo. “Emerging opportunities like Facebook Exchange and Sponsored Results will only increase the demand for Facebook ad products and the effectiveness of social media advertising in terms of achieving business results.”


To determine growth in advertiser spend on Facebook, Kenshoo examined aggregate data across Kenshoo Social clients, including more than 120 billion global Facebook Marketplace ad impressions. The Kenshoo Social clients included in this research are global advertisers covering a wide range of industries, including retail, automotive, telecommunications, entertainment and finance. Growth in paid search advertising was culled from an aggregation of Kenshoo Enterprise and Kenshoo Local clients across verticals, covering more than 250 billion global paid search ad impressions on search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL, Baidu, and Yandex.

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The mission of Kenshoo Social is to illuminate the value of social media for brands through dynamic technology. Kenshoo Social delivers a global social marketing platform for advertisers and agencies to achieve tangible business results as effectively and efficiently as possible. Through Kenshoo Social, marketers can create and optimize scalable social advertising campaigns while leveraging sophisticated measurement capabilities for owned paid, and earned initiatives across all channels. Please for more information.

About Kenshoo

Kenshoo is a digital marketing software company that engineers technology solutions for search marketing, social media and online advertising. Brands, agencies and marketing providers use Kenshoo Enterprise, Kenshoo Local and Kenshoo Social to direct more than $25 billion in annual client sales revenue. The Kenshoo Universal Platform delivers automation, intelligence, integration and scale to make better marketing investments. With campaigns running in more than 190 countries, Kenshoo clients include CareerBuilder, Expedia, Facebook, KAYAK, Havas Digital, Hitwise, iREP, John Lewis, LendingTree, Resolution Media, Sears, Starcom MediaVest Group, Tesco, Travelocity, Walgreens and Zappos. Kenshoo has 16 international locations and is backed by Sequoia Capital and Arts Alliance. Please visit for more information.

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