Google and Facebook Share Another Challenge

As both Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) depend on advertising for most of their revenue, they also share several challenges.

Ruchi Gupta - Author

Oct. 28 2019, Published 3:24 p.m. ET

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As both Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) depend on advertising for most of their revenue, they also share several challenges. And both companies are worried about Amazon’s (AMZN) gains in the advertising market.

Together, Google and Facebook controlled 60% of the US digital ad market last year, according to eMarketer. However, eMarketer expects that share to drop to 59.3% this year, and Amazon’s share to increase from 6.8% in 2018 to 8.8% in 2019. TikTok is also becoming a headache for Google and Facebook in the ad market.

The search and social media giants also share regulatory headaches. Both are the subject of antitrust investigations by federal and state entities.

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Google and Facebook struggling with staff mistrust

Yet another common challenge for Google and Facebook is staff mistrust. CNET reports that, at an internal meeting, Google CEO Sundar Pichai confessed management and staff have been reading from different scripts on several issues lately.

Facebook’s employee trust problem also became evident after a video leaked of CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussing the company’s internal affairs. Former Facebook employees told CNBC that morale had decreased among the company’s staff. As we discussed previously, Facebook is also losing staff to rival TikTok, and is struggling to attract talent from American universities. Top US graduates have been shunning job offers from the company after its privacy scandals.

Both rely on innovation to stay competitive

Google and Facebook rely on innovation to stay competitive, and they rely on their staff to innovate. Therefore, the companies’ staff mistrust issues could impact their efforts to counter competition. Furthermore, the challenge couldn’t come at a worse time for Google and Facebook, which are facing growing competition in the ad market. To defend their advertising turf, the companies have been diversifying their revenue by venturing into making hardware products and launching subscription services.


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