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Search Spending Down 8% in Q4; Will Google’s Earnings Report Reflect the Same?

Google has never been one to conform to market predictions about its quarterly earnings–something to keep in mind when reading Efficient Frontier’s gloomy prediction for 2008′s fourth quarter.

U.S. search advertising spending fell 8% in the fourth quarter of 2008 from the same period in 2007, according to a new study from search advertising firm Efficient Frontier, which had been tracking mostly flat growth for 2008. The study — which covers an undisclosed portion the $750 million in annual spending the company manages globally — marks the first quarter of negative annual growth in the several years Efficient Frontier has been gathering such data, says James Beriker, president and CEO of the firm.

Wall Street analysts are still betting on a double-digit increase when Google announces its Q4 earnings on Thursday–and I tend to agree with that prediction.

I suspect that Google did see a slow down in Q4, but should manage to "massage" the numbers to show double digit–or close to it–growth. However, I’m a little more pessimistic for 2009′s outlook. With Google shutting down more non-core products, laying off employees, and closing offices, I suspect the company is already seeing a decline in business and is bracing for the impact of the recession.

What are your expectations for Google’s Q4 numbers? Increase, decrease, or remain flat?

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  • http://www.newhomessection.com Jayson

    I’d say their revenue dips a little but that their market share stayed the same or increased.

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  • http://financialbreakthrough101.com/workfromhomeblog/ Kenney and Kim

    We know this is going to effect Google big, but I wonder how much more will it hurt them than Yahoo,… because Yahoo makes a lot of money through other forms of advertising such as media buys (banners) and such. Although online advertising spending is down too.

  • http://www.nuuvoo.com Sai

    I think Google will see a slowdown like everyone else. I spend money on Google paid search for my website http://www.nuuvoo.com. The keyword bid amounts have been dropping and I am consistently seeing my ad budget hitting its daily limit which was not the case before. My guess is that many of my competitors are reducing their budgets and bid amounts causing my bid amounts to be competitive. We will know in 24 hours.