Overseas markets bring in more advertising revenue than the United States for Facebook Inc Lionel Messi Argentina Jersey , amounting to 51 percent of global ad sales in the first quarter, with growth in Asia the fastest in the world at 57 percent, company executives told Reuters.
While Facebook has reported regional growth in percentage terms, this is the first time it has detailed ad sales outside the United States and Canada as a percent of worldwide sales.
Like the advertisers it courts, the world's largest social media platform looks at international markets for growth.
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Total advertising revenue for the quarter increased 46 percent to $3.3 billion, the vast majority of Facebook's $3.5 billion in quarterly revenue. Fifty-one percent of total ad revenue would be about $1.7 billion for international markets. International advertising revenue rose 36 percent from a year earlier, Facebook said.
By comparison, Google said that 57 percent of its revenue was from international markets in the first quarter, although it did not break out ad revenue specifically.
Mobile advertising represents more than 70 percent of Facebook's total ad revenue, and mobile is particularly strong and attractive to advertisers in emerging markets, Everson said.
Facebook is benefiting from exporters in China trying to reach people outside its country and from an influx of venture capital funding into India Giovani Lo Celso Argentina Jersey , giving start-ups funds for advertising.
Chinese businesses are getting more sophisticated about promoting their brands, said Dan Neary, vice president of Facebook's Asia Pacific region. "Increasingly manufactures are becoming savvy marketers in their own right," he said.
While Facebook has offices in Hong Kong, Everson said there is "no news to share" on further expansion in China.
In India German Pezzella Argentina Jersey , e-commerce startups are exploding and many are using Facebook's advertising platform to reach new consumers, Neary said.
The company has also initiated specific methods tailored to the country including optimizing video and pictures for slower connections in India, where an ad product called "missed call" also helps customers avoid phone call charges.
Many people in India dial a friend and hang up to send a signal without incurring charges.