100 fastest-growing tech companies of 2006. One trend that has emerged is that online advertising has replaced retailing as the Web sector that is most in demand. While in 2005 eBay was ranked 14 and there were two other retail companies in the top 20, this year eBay is ranked 92 and its the only retail company in the entire top 100.The June 2006 edition of Business 2.0 magazine lists the
On the other hand there are now two online advertising companies in the top 10 in the 2006 list - ValueClick (#5) and aQuantive (#7). Digitas comes in at #54 and two Chinese online advertising companies - Sohu.com (#32) and Sina (#52) - are in the top 100.
BusinessWeek notes that the Internet ad market grew to $12.5 billion last year, a 30 percent increase from 2004. All other reports I've been reading indicate that there is much more growth to come.
Digitas is currently the market leader in online advertising. It creates online ad campaigns for big clients like American Express and GM, "which together accounted for nearly half of '05 sales". The second biggest player in this market is aQuantive.
The Chinese market is obviously one to watch - "Web advertising is growing three times faster in China than in the States; Sohu is the top seller, with rights to represent the '08 Olympics in Beijing."