The Best Digital Advertising Platforms

by Fahad Muhammad in Advertising

We surveyed 1,440 marketers to discover what’s trending in digital advertising.
During the survey, we asked marketers to share what types of advertising platforms they currently use, what platforms they plan to try, and what platforms perform best in terms of return on ad spend (ROAS).

Here’s what they said.

Google and Facebook are the superior digital advertising platforms

Surveyed marketers named Google and Facebook as their top digital advertising platforms in terms of both usage and performance. A whopping 87% of respondents use Google, and the same percentage use Facebook. 44% of marketers identified Google as their top-performing digital advertising platform, saying it delivers a higher return on ad spend than any other platform. Facebook came in second, with 25% of marketers saying it drives the highest ROAS. Unsurprisingly, both platforms are pivotal to marketers’ success.

Advertising platform return on ad spend

What makes Facebook and Google so special? Both advertising platforms are contextual, empowering advertisers to reach potential customers during high-intent moments. To keep users engaged, they prioritize highly relevant content that ensures an excellent user experience. For these reasons, they’re well-positioned to remain in top spots.

Instagram continues growing in importance

Instagram followed closely on the heels of Google and Facebook both platform usage and performance. 80% of respondents use Instagram, and 9% say it’s their top-performing advertising platform.

With the same targeting abilities as Facebook, it makes sense that Instagram would be nearly as popular—and effective.

TikTok is here to stay

When asked which digital advertising channels they planned to start using, 25% of respondents said TikTok, demonstrating that online video is here to stay for advertisers. In an open-ended question, 116 marketers also identified TikTok as the “next big thing in digital advertising.”

Top digital advertising platforms

What’s TikTok’s secret sauce? “TikTok is more machine than man,” wrote John Herrman of the New York Times. “It is constantly learning from you and, over time, builds a presumably complex but opaque model of what you tend to watch, and shows you more of that.”

In other words, the platform keeps users engaged by curating a personalized video feed. Where other social media platforms have tried and failed to implement this strategy, TikTok has succeeded. The advanced machine learning system behind TikTok allows advertisers to reach the platform’s billion monthly users with content that truly resonates.

Choose the digital advertising platform that gives you the most ROAS

Now more than ever before, it’s vital that you stay ahead of the curve. To excel at digital advertising, you need to remain agile and adapt quickly to anything that comes your way.

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Fahad Muhammad

by Fahad Muhammad

Fahad is a Content Writer at Instapage. He has been writing about landing pages, advertising trends, and personalization for 10+ years. His expertise spans advertising platforms, industry trends, optimization best practices, marketing psychology, and SEO.

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