Amazon's New Ad Network May Already Be Making $500 Million In Sales

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

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Amazon's margins on its new ad network are four or five times greater than the margin on its regular retail business, according to a long take on the company by Reuters' Alistair Barr and Jennifer Saba. It might also be generating $500 million a year in revenue, the pair report.

Their story is a must-read for anyone interested in the sleeping giant's most interesting new business. (We first told you about Amazon's ad exchange back in 2012.)

Here are a few startling quotes from the article:

  • "Online advertising has 20 to 30 percent profit margins versus less than 5 percent for Amazon's retail business, according to Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie."
  • "David Selinger, a former Amazon executive who runs e-commerce personalization firm RichRelevance, recently predicted that Amazon's ad business will hit $1 billion in sales this year." (Amazon's annual revenue is $75 billion.)
  • Even the name of the ad network has been a mystery until recently: "This part of its business remained un-named until about the middle of last year, when the company formally christened it the Amazon Advertising Platform."
  • "Could it rival something like Yahoo, Facebook or AOL's ad businesses?" said Macquarie's Schachter. "Sure."
  • Here's why Amazon has the advantage over Google and Facebook: "Google knows what people are searching for. Facebook knows what people like and who their friends are. Amazon knows you searched last week for running shoes, but also that you bought a pair a year ago. That kind of information has advertisers salivating."

Read the full article here.



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