The internet advertisement industry might be the fastest growing industry around. We are moving into an era where businesses will be entirely dependent on online advertisement for success. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) are the two best positioned stocks to benefit from this trend. The primary concern for all internet advertisement based businesses is mobile monetization. In its recent earnings report, Facebook has revealed its mobile monetization strategy, but Google is yet to accomplish this difficult task.
Computing is shifting to handheld devices that have a different functionality as compared to conventional computing. ‘Explorer based’ browsing allows Google to publish adds on their website, as a large part of the traffic is routed through their search results. Smartphone applications minimize the usefulness of Google because users can access their destination through pre-installed applications. Therefore the market has been closely monitoring Google’s mobile monetization strategy and its ability to get the maximum out of Android. The company is facing heavy competition from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS and there is a potential threat from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows 8. The search giant is depending heavily on the following factors to drive future growth:
I. Growth from areas other than search, primarily YouTube and Enterprise.
II. Successful conversion of the mammoth potential of Android into actual revenue and profit for the company.
III. Continued expansion in international markets due to growing market share of online advertisement.
IV. Becoming the leader in cloud computing, which can place it in a dominant position in the global arena.
Despite a worsening economy and shrinking advertisement budgets, Google was able to report a solid quarter. The market was expecting Google to report an EPS of $10.56 on revenue of $15.4 billion for its 4Q2012. The company reported an EPS of $10.65 and revenue of $14.4 billion, beating the earnings and missing revenue estimates. The company saw increased growth from international markets and a slight growth slowdown in the US market. The revenue growth for the quarter was healthy at 24%, despite fiscal cliff concerns and a generally weak economy.
During the quarter revenue of approximately of $8.4 billion was driven by Google-owned sites, while $3.4 billion came from partner sites. The company is focusing on increasing monetization from its mobile platform and YouTube. The failed attempt of Apple to launch their map application has given Google an opportunity to step in with iOS 6 map application. This application has become the most downloaded application on the iOS for 2012.