Friday, July 27, 2018

"Amazon ad sales top $2 billion, its fastest-growing segment" (AMZN)

This is becoming a nice little business in its own right.
From AdAge:
Amazon's advertising business continued its ascent last quarter, hitting $2.2 billion in revenue, a growth rate outpacing even optimistic forecasts for the company.

On Thursday, Amazon reported second-quarter results and advertising was again the brightest spot for the e-retailer, growing at 132 percent, its fastest-growing segment by far. Amazon's total sales hit $52.9 billion, an increase of 39 percent year over year.

Meanwhile, profits were $2.5 billion, which was up from $200 million at the same time a year ago. Advertising is helping Amazon hit the new levels of profitability.

In the first quarter, Amazon ad sales topped $2 billion for the first time. In the second quarter 2017, ad sales were $945 million.

According to eMarketer's latest forecast, Amazon was expected to only do $3.8 billion in digital ad sales this year. However, the earnings report suggests Amazon is on pace to do between $4 billion and $5 billion in ad sales for the full year, overshooting even that rosy projection.

Brian Olsavsky, Amazon's chief financial officer, expanded on the company's advertising fortunes during a conference call with analysts....MUCH MORE
The stock is changing hands at $1,820.09 up 12.09 (+0.67%).
July 16 
"Jeff Bezos and Amazon have the advertising industry looking over its shoulder" (AMZN)
January 2018 
Platforms: Amazon Could Make Billions From the Ad Business (AMZN)
April 2017
Media: Google and Facebook's ‘Digital Duopoly’ and What Role Advertising Plays in All of It (plus Jeff Bezos and Izabella Kaminska stop by) GOOG; FB; AMZN
November 2016 
Google, Facebook And a Deep Dive Into The Future of the Future (GOOG; FB)
October 2012 
Amazon’s Next Big Business Is Selling You (and your data) AMZN

And many more.