Amazon Quarterly Results Q2 2023

On August 3, 2023, Amazon released its results for the second quarter of 2023. The positive results underscore the impressive growth of Amazon's online advertising.

In a nutshell:

  • Amazon achieved a total revenue of $134.4 billion in Q2
  • Advertising revenue increased by an impressive 22% YoY to $10.7 billion
  • Amazon's online advertising business continues to experience strong growth and is increasingly establishing a competitive position against companies like Google and Meta

Amazon's Advertising Revenue Soars 22% YoY in Q2 2023

In the second quarter of 2023, Amazon achieved a total revenue of $134.4 billion. This remarkable figure highlights the company's ongoing growth and its ability to engage customers worldwide while offering tailored solutions. However, the truly notable performance was observed in advertising revenue, which surged by an impressive 22% compared to the previous year, reaching $10.7 billion. This robust growth in the advertising sector underscores the continuous evolution of Amazon's online advertising business.



A Glimpse at the Competition: Google and Meta

Comparing Amazon's advertising revenue with that of Google (Alphabet) and Meta (formerly Facebook) underscores Amazon's dominant position in the market. While Amazon recorded an impressive growth rate of 22%, Google only saw a 3.29% increase, and Meta experienced an 11.87% rise in advertising revenue during the second quarter. These figures demonstrate that Amazon not only achieves successful growth but also boasts a superior performance compared to established rivals.

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A Closer Look at Performance: Amazon Advertising in the US

In the dynamic realm of digital advertising, it is crucial to consistently monitor performance metrics to remain competitive. By comparing the performance of Amazon Advertising in the United States in the second quarter of 2023 with the previous year, we gain valuable insights into trends and projections.

The performance of Amazon Advertising in the US demonstrates impressive growth and significant changes compared to the previous year. The Advertising Cost of Sale (ACOS) decreased by 11.55%. However, the average basket value witnessed a noteworthy decline of 10.53%, possibly attributable to shifts in consumer behavior or changes in product offerings. The Click-Through Rate (CTR) experienced a remarkable increase of 34.34%, suggesting a more intensive engagement with advertising content. The Conversion Rate (CR) saw a decrease of 11.70%.

Cost-related metrics also revealed intriguing developments. The Cost per Click (CPC) decreased by 30.12%, possibly due to improved ad targeting strategies. The Cost per Mille (CPM) decreased by 6.13%. The Cost per Order (CPO) decreased by 20.87%, pointing towards enhanced conversion optimization.

On the revenue side, Revenue per Mille (RPM) experienced an incline of 6.13%. The Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS) increased by 13.06%, reflecting the evolving landscape of advertising competition and consumer behavior.


Forecast for Q3 2023 and the Entire Year 2023 

A glimpse into the future indicates that projections for the third quarter of 2023 suggest relatively stable performance. The expected Advertising Cost of Sale (ACOS) stands at 18.68%, the Cost per Click (CPC) at $0.68, and the Revenue per Mille (RPM) at $14.41.

For the entire year 2023, stability is anticipated. The projected Advertising Cost of Sale (ACOS) is 18.71%. The average basket value is expected to remain stable, with forecasts of $33.79. Both the CTR and CR are expected to develop relatively consistently, reflecting continuous engagement and conversion rates.


Conclusion: Amazon Asserts Its Position as an Advertising Powerhouse

The Q2 2023 quarterly figures reaffirm that Amazon is not merely an e-commerce giant but also a significant player in the realm of online advertising. The impressive growth in advertising revenue and total revenue attests to the company's strength and versatility. Amazon continues to lead in leveraging technology to offer personalized advertising solutions, setting benchmarks in the digital advertising landscape.