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Social media revenue is forecast to reach US$16.9 billion in 2012, up 43.1 percent from 2011 revenue of $11.8 billion, according to Gartner. Advertising is, and will continue to be, the largest contributor to overall social media revenue and is projected to total $8.8 billion in 2012. Social gaming revenue more than doubled between 2010 and 2011 and is expected to reach $6.2 billion in 2012, while revenue from subscriptions is expected to total $278 million.

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"Usage of online social media has matured and more than one billion people will use social networks this year," says Neha Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner. "Although the number of social media users is large and mature in their usage patterns, the market is still in its early stages from a revenue perspective."


Gartner expects the number of social media users will continue to increase at a moderate pace. New forms of media and entertainment will keep users engaged on social media sites and attract new ones. Rising competition among social media players, each vying for consumers' leisure time and attention, will lead to the rise of new forms of social media (Web based and mobile).

Marketers are allocating a higher percentage of their advertising budget to social networking sites. This is mainly driven by the fact these sites offer a large pool of engaged users who spend considerable time on these sites — this increases the potential click-through rates (CTRs). Social media sites enable marketers to target ads to discrete consumer segments by unlocking the interconnected data structures of users that include lists of friends, their comments and messages, photos and all their social connections, contact information and associated media.

"Social media sites are becoming more innovative in their ad products to attract marketers," says  Gupta. "Social networking sites should deploy data analytic technologies that interrogate social networks to give marketers a more accurate picture of trends in accordance with consumers' needs and preferences." Social media sites will continue to incorporate gaming techniques on their networks, driven by the monetization opportunities that it presents. The sale of virtual goods will remain the primary source of revenue.

Major console gaming publishers have recently entered the social gaming arena and are adding momentum to the social gaming industry by utilizing their intellectual properties. Gartner expects this trend to have a favorable impact on social gaming revenue as consumers are likely to be attracted to familiar gaming titles. The growth in users paying for professional networking accounts will continue to grow. However, social sites are moving toward lower subscription fees and shifting focus to other sources of revenue, such as advertisement-based sales.

This is corroborated by the fact that many of the professional sites (including LinkedIn and Xing) that charge for premium services observed a decline in the subscriptions revenue ratio. Apart from a few exceptions, Gartner continues to see limited success with the premium subscription models. The sale of virtual goods outside of social gaming is the largest revenue earner in the "other" category.

 

The trend to sell high-value advisory services — such as public relations and reputation management) to brands so that they can better manage their presence on social networks is on the rise and is expected to continue. Payments on social media sites will increase, providing increased revenue opportunities to social media sites to serve as a payment platform for transactions of digital content (to pay for applications, such as part of Facebook), or to make a person-to-person (P2P) payment to another user of the network site. New revenue opportunities for social media will also arise as mobile and TV platforms integrate with social networking as a core service.

"New revenue opportunities will exist in social media, but no new services will be able to bring significant fresh revenue to social media by 2016," adds Gupta. "The biggest impact of growth in social media is on the advertisers. In the short and medium terms, social media sites should deploy data analytic techniques that interrogate social networks to give marketers an accurate picture of trends about consumers on a customized basis. In the meantime, however, they should also continue to exploit other channels of revenue like mobile advertising and social commerce."


----Gartner

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