Originally published May 2012

As public offering approaches, Facebook's ad model takes center stage.

As Facebook prepares for its public offering, due May 18 with opening share prices estimated by analysts at a range of $28 to $40, investors are focusing on the company's growth potential from advertising and marketing budgets. Some analysts have mistakenly focused on Facebook's historic dependence on traditional online display advertising, which has served as its core revenue center to date. However, Facebook is uniquely positioned to tap into multiple budgets that represent the fastest growing sectors of the marketing business. These include social marketing, social commerce, digital couponing, e-mail, social TV, word-of-mouth and conversational marketing, online video, mobile, social and promotional sponsorships, search marketing, social gaming, point-of-influence/GPS-based marketing, and interactive television. By 2020, Facebook will be positioned to capture a significant share of a $150 billion to $200 billion digital and social advertising and communications marketplace just in the U.S. Social marketing budgets alone are forecast to increase from $2.7 billion this year to $25.5 billion in 2020.

Our forecasts project online display advertising growth of only 7.3% average annually for from 2013 to 2015, and average annual declines of 1.4% from 2016 to 2020. Analysts focusing exclusively on these numbers would rightfully be concerned about Facebook's growth potential. The expanded marketing budgets that Facebook will be uniquely positioned to tap into are growing at exponentially faster rates.

An exclusive analysis by Jack Myers Media Business Report of the growth forecasts for these combined categories provides compelling and convincing data that Facebook will experience explosive revenue growth driving exponential increases in shareholder value. In addition to the categories identified below, it's not unreasonable to expect Facebook to invest in original Facebook digital audio and video content as those markets evolve and become more economically viable, tapping into television and radio budgets. Myers' full 2009-2020 Marketing & Advertising Investment Data and Forecast, with details on 56 media and marketing categories is available to subscribers at www.jackmyers.com.

  Jack Myers Media Business Report Economic Data        
  Digital Media Marketing/Advertising U.S. Spending 2012-2020      
  Exclusive 2012-2020 Myers Marketing & Advertising Investment Data & Forecast    
  ($=000,000).    Average Annual Spending Growth  
    2012 $ 2013-2015 2016-2020 2020 $  
  Search Marketing (Online/Mobile) $16,377 9.2% 4.5% $26,522  
  Media Directed Social/Promotional Sponsorship $13,109 8.8% 6.6% $23,220  
  Online Originated Display Advertising $7,233 7.3% -1.4% $8,297  
  E-Mail $3,602 9.3% 0.8% $4,882  
  Digital Sales Promotion/Couponing $3,541 38.3% 22.0% $25,234  
  Social Marketing/WOM/Conversational $2,688 46.7% 25.0% $25,519  
  Videogame/Social Gaming $1,813 21.3% 9.6% $5,102  
  Mobile & Apps Advertising $1,689 31.0% 17.1% $8,290  
  Online Originated Video Content Adv. $1,181 60.0% 31.0% $18,299  
  Point-of-Influence/GPS-Based Mktg. $838 8.6% 11.0% $1,798  
  Interactive, VOD and Addressable TV $119 110.0% 56.0% $9,652  
  TOTAL Marketing Budgets $52,190 (2015 = $ 83,609)  $156,815  
  SOURCE: Jack Myers Media Business Report