17 Facebook Ad Revenue Statistics to Have in Mind in 2019

by Teodora Dobrilova

I challenge you to ask around and find me one person who doesn’t know what Facebook is!

The platform might have started as Harvard’s private social media, but has turned into a global phenomenon. Everyone and their aunt have a profile nowadays.

This makes Facebook the perfect hunting ground for marketers.

You might have noticed that Facebook is swamped with ads. But do they really generate enough revenue to be worth the hassle?

We’re here to answer your burning questions.

Let’s look at some Facebook ad revenue statistics to kickstart this journey.

Amazing Facebook Ad Revenue Statistics

  • 1.52 billion users are active on Facebook daily
  • 54% of marketers point at Facebook as the most important social media for their strategies
  • 80 million of the small and medium-sized businesses have Facebook pages
  • Facebook received nearly $27 billion from ad revenue in 2016
  • The platform got $16.6 billion from targeted ad sales in 2018
  • 98% of Facebook’s revenue in 2018 came from ads
  • 74% of the call-to-action buttons say “Shop now”

You’d be mad to not pay attention to those numbers. Especially if you’re a marketer, they might give you vital insight into your next strategy.

Let’s break them down for you.


1. Facebook has 1.52 billion daily active users as of the end of 2018.

(Source: Facebook)

This is an insane number and a huge pool of potential clients. All of them – just within reach through Facebook’s ads platform.  

Of course, it gets even better.

2. Facebook has 2.32 billion monthly active users for the same period.

(Source: Facebook)

At the time of writing, there are roughly 7,698,913,816 people on Earth. Babies and toddlers probably don’t have an account. (And I do mean “probably” because some people make a profile for their newborns.) Most people from our grandparents’ generation probably don’t have one either.

But Baby Boomers, millennials and Gen Z are all on Facebook and they’re the most targeted demographic by marketers.

3. A staggering 68% of Americans use Facebook.

(Source: Hootsuite)

That’s more than two-thirds of America’s population. You have a huge audience to reach and engage.

It’s no wonder marketers rely on Facebook to such a ridiculous degree.

4. 54% of marketers consider Facebook the top platform for B2B marketing.

(Source: Hootsuite)

If you had asked me to guess which platform is most successful for B2B marketing, I would’ve bet my money on LinkedIn. Facebook advertising statistics from 2019, however, show us Facebook is leading in this race too.

But isn’t Facebook more of an intimate and personal platform than LinkedIn?

It is.

That makes it perfect for B2C marketing too.

5. 98% of B2C businesses are on Facebook.

(Source: Hootsuite)

The other 2% either have a business that’s incredibly niche… or they’re just plain stubborn.

The line between business and personal on Facebook is incredibly thin. This makes it perfect for most marketing strategies.

Drawing in an audience gets easier with the help of Facebook, but keep in mind that we’re talking about the top platform here. Competition is huge and it takes more effort to find your place under the sun.

6. 80 million of the small and medium-sized businesses have Facebook pages.

(Source: DataReportal)

Facebook is good for far more than just ads. Among other things, people use social media for research, so it is vital for businesses to have social media pages. If you have your own page, you can help people with their research AND sell them something once they’re ready to buy.

Facebook can also be used to connect with customers. Positive social media experience is proven to lead to recommendations and that’s a word-of-mouth marketing strategy right here.

Thank me later.

7. Facebook received nearly $27 billion from ad revenue in 2016.

(Source: Statista)

Money, money, money,
Must be funny
In the Facebook world

🎶🎶🎶

Shall we specify the definition of ‘ad revenue’?

Ad revenue is the income apps and social media platforms generate through advertising.

As we can see, Facebook has been generating quite the numbers throughout the years.

8. Facebook advertising revenue reached $16.6 billion in Q4 of 2018.

(Source: Martech)

That’s quite the impressive number for only three months… especially given Facebook’s privacy issues. Let’s not look under that rock right now, though.

Still, the surprises in those Facebook ad revenue statistics are just starting.

9. 98% of all of Facebook’s revenue came from ads.

(Source: The Conversation)

The platform’s main and strongest form of income are digital ads. Other Facebook income sources include in-app payments, experimental internet services, and enterprise software.

Facebook sure knows its users – maybe even a bit too well. It’s the kingdom of targeted ads.

The platform knows exactly how to lure us in. And that we just can’t seem to resist the good old call-to-action.

10. 74% of the call-to-action buttons say “Shop now.”

(Source: Invesp)

A call to action, in the marketing sense, as defined by Google Dictionary, is “a piece of content that drives its recipient to perform a specific act”.

Other popular call-to-action buttons include “Click here”, “Book now”, “Learn more”, etc.

Their purpose is to raise ad engagement.

Facebook ad revenue statistics show there was indeed increase in ad impressions in Q2 of 2018.

11. The number of ad impressions has grown by 21%.

(Source: Hootsuite)

Impressions are the times the ad has been viewed.

The aforementioned increase is all thanks to newsfeed ads and call-to-action buttons.

Do users engage with ads at all?

Why, yes.

12. The average user clicks on 8 ads every month.

(Source: Hootsuite)

This varies according to demographics. For example, men click on ads 7 times a month. Women, on the other hand, are famously more inclined to shop, so they click on approximately 10 ads for the same period.

Your success depends on targeting the right audience.

That happens to be one of the features of paid ads.

13. 24.2% of marketers are using paid ads.

(Source: Hootsuite)

Paid advertising can provide an instant boost to your Facebook ad sales. It’s more precise when it comes to audience targeting.

Let’s admit it, poorly-targeted ads are waste of resources. You can’t advertise high-heeled shoes to men. Your ROI will be quite likely zero.

More precise targeting also guarantees higher conversion. Having your ads tailored to a specific audience will lead to more clicks.

But aren’t Facebook ads expensive?

14. Small businesses tend to spend between $500 to $1,500 for a month for Facebook ads.

(Source: dojolab)

There’s no minimum cost for monthly ads, so it all depends on how much you’re willing to spend. That’s one of the bigger benefits of Facebook as an advertising platform. It not only gives you wide reach, but it can also be extremely budget-friendly.

15. Facebook ad revenue statistics show that Facebook’s average ad cost for CPC (cost-per-click) is between $0.45 to $3.77.

(Source: dojolab)

It all depends on your industry. For example, the average CPC for apparel is $0.45, while home improvement is apparently way more competitive with an average CPC of $2.93.

CPC also differs in different countries.

16. The average CPC in all countries was $0.97 in Q4 of 2017.

(Source: AdEspresso)

The Czech Republic came first with $2.09. It was followed by the US Virgin Islands, with average CPC $1.33. The lowest average CPC in 2017 was $0.75 – in Croatia, Cyprus, and Switzerland.

17. The cost per thousand impressions (a.k.a. CPM) was $2.99 for Q1 of 2018.

(Source: dojolab)

Sounds quite reasonable.

Now let’s discuss the different advertising opportunities that Facebook grants us.

Image ads

As the name suggests, these ads use images to attract attention. People are visual creatures, so adding an image to your ad guarantees higher engagement. Your image ads can be:

  • Single image ads – they only include one image. The advertising objectives you can use with them are Brand Awareness, Engagement, Reach and Store Traffic.
  • Carousel – this format includes up to 10 more images or videos and with personal links for each of them. They’re good for the Brand Awareness, Conversions, Reach, Store Traffic and Traffic advertising objectives.
  • Collection – here we have a cover image, followed by a few product images or videos. With this format, people can interact with the ad, go through more images and get more information about your product and service. Here you can rely on Traffic, Conversion, Store Traffic or Catalogue Sales.

Video ads

People nowadays would rather watch a video than look at pictures or read about a product. It is proven that they remember video content better than any other type of ads.

Videos also get shared more often.

So, if you want optimal results, videos are your friend.

Slideshow ads

In the basic sense, a slideshow means a sequence of a few images.

The Facebook ad format lets you combine videos, images, text, and sound. Perfect for telling a story.

It’s like a video, but without the time and money spent on production.

Instant Experience

Defined by Facebook as: “full-screen, post-click experience that lets you bring your brand or products and services to life on mobile”, the format lets people browse images and videos of your products. It works well in combination with the formats we mentioned so far.

Now to avoid information overload and for the sake of pure entertainment, I’m bringing to your attention my favorite fun facts about Facebook.

1. Why is Facebook blue?

(Source: OhFact!)

I’m blue da ba dee da ba daaa 🎶  Although Artsy proclaimed blue to be the world’s favorite color, that’s not the reason behind Facebook’s blue skin. The actual reason is Mark Zuckerberg is color blind to red and green.

2. The “Like” button was actually referred to as the “Awesome” button at first.

(Source: WordStream)

Andrew Bosworth, one of the Facebook engineers, said he and his team fully supported the idea of the “Awesome” button. Zuckerberg, however, wasn’t as thrilled. They eventually settled on the “Like” option.

3. Because of Facebook, people have started using the word “friend” as a verb.

(Source: CNN)

Well, Shakespeare did turn “elbow” into a verb, so what’s stopping Facebook? Because of the social platform, we’re also using words such as “unfriend” and “like” as a noun. 

4. Al Pacino was featured on the original Facebook home page.

(Source: Mashable)

Before it underwent a huge redesign back in 2007, Facebook’s home page featured a man’s face. It was partly hidden by a binary code, so his identity was hard to discover. David Kirkpatrick’s book, The Facebook Effect, solved the mystery for us. It turned out to be the face of Al Pacino.

5. The most popular Facebook fan page is Cristiano Ronaldo’s.

(Source: Statista)

It used to be Shakira’s, but now the throne belongs to the Portuguese footballer. As of April 2019, he has 122,331,517 followers. And I can hardly keep up with my 5 friends.

Hopefully, you found those Facebook ad revenue statistics interesting and informative! Till next time!

Resources:
  1. Facebook
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  3. Hootsuite
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  5. Hootsuite
  6. DataReportal
  7. Statista
  8. Martech
  9. The Conversation
  10. Invesp
  11. Hootsuite
  12. Hootsuite
  13. Hootsuite
  14. dojolab
  15. dojolab
  16. AdEspresso
  17. dojolab

Fun Facts:

  1. OhFact!
  2. WordStream
  3. CNN
  4. Mashable
  5. Statista

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