Google Announces $2.5B in Mobile Ad Revenues

Google announced a “blockbuster” quarter yesterday: revenues of $9.72 billion which was an increase of 33% vs a year ago. Google handily beat analyts’ revenue expectations.

There was also a blockbuster of a statement around mobile advertising. Google CEO Larry Page said that mobile had grown from an annualized run rate of $1 billion to $2.5 billion.

Here are the mobile-related comments and discussion from the earnings call:

Google CEO Larry Page: 

I’m super pleased with Google Maps, it’s a favorite with our users, especially on mobile devices. In August, we launched in 40 new countries, taking our total to 130 countries. The growth of Android is mind-boggling too. Over 190 million devices have now been activated globally. I’m super excited about the soon-to-be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich, that’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You won’t believe what we managed to get done in this release.

We’re also seeing a huge positive revenue impact from Mobile, which has grown 2.5x in the last 12 months to a run rate of over $2.5 billion.

Nikesh Arora, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer:

Larry mentioned $2.5 billion as a run rate. Our revenue growth continues to accelerate even in Mobile, driven primarily by mobile search. This growth, obviously, is driven both by the underlying expansion of Android devices and of tablets, as well as stellar performance of our sales teams who are working closely with our customers to help them craft compelling mobile advertising solutions. Many advertisers have greatly increased the size and frequency of their mobile campaigns. Mobile is becoming a must-have. This includes clients like InterContinental Hotels Group, which spans pretty much across our entire portfolio of properties, including Mobile search, Mobile GDN and AdMob. 

To repeat the nuggets:

  • 190 million Android activations globally
  • $2.5 billion annualized mobile ad run rate, which is being driven by mobile search revenue growth (of which calls are a big part).