Facebook and Google’s dominance in online ads is beginning to show some cracks

Facebook and Google’s long-held dominance within the digital ad market is showing some more cracks after a robust report from Pinterest Thursday.


Pinterest reported a humongous 62% year over year revenue growth in its second quarter earnings release Thursday, edging into the duopoly’s turf. The dominance of the digital ad giants was already showing some weakness on the heels of sturdy ad revenue reports last week from Snap, Amazon and Twitter.


While ad revenue at Facebook and Google still dwarfs that of its peers, coming in at $16.62 billion and $32.6 billion within the second quarter, respectively, smaller players are showing they can still gain market share. Digital media analytics firm eMarketer predicted the pair would lose their combined advertising market share in 2019 as global digital ad spends is anticipated to rise to $333.25 billion.


Strong reports from smaller advertising players shows there’s still a craving from marketers to diversify their ad spend across platforms. New advertising offerings could even be luring in businesses. Snap introduced non-skip commercials in its shows through its new “Snap Select” program, for instance.


Amazon and Twitter executives both told analysts on their earnings calls that new and improved product offerings overall are giving advertisers more of a reason to advertise with them.


Following simply behind Pinterest’s rate of growth was Snap, which reported a 48% increase in total revenue from the prior year, coming in at $388 million. Amazon reported 37% year over year growth in its “other” revenue class, which primarily reflects advertising. Revenue for the segment was $3 billion in the second quarter, Amazon reported. And Twitter said it grew 21% year over year, reporting second-quarter advertising revenue of $727 million.


Meanwhile, Facebook grew its ad revenue 28 % compared to the previous year’s quarter and Google grew 16%. Google’s ad revenue growth had been a concern for investors within the first quarter, once it reported only 15% growth compared to 24% during the same period in 2018.


At the time, Google Chief financial officer Ruth Porat partially blamed product changes in YouTube for the holdup, however said within the second quarter that the video platform had been a giant growth driver in recent months.