JupiterResearch has release their “US SEM Executive Survey 2006” reporting that 40 percent of search marketers spent at least $500,000 on search in 2005, compared to 12 percent in 2004. A significant number of those companies are using search marketing to satisfy their online branding objectives.
The JupiterResearch survey also found that, while search marketing has traditionally been used for direct marketing purposes, more marketers are seeing the value of search for branding.
While generating immediate sales of online products is the goal of 37 percent of sophisticated search advertisers, 31 percent say building brand awareness is their main objective.
Via DM News