Alphabet (GOOG 0.87%) (GOOGL 0.92%) subsidiary Google and Facebook dominate the U.S. digital advertising market. Google could claim 36.2% of that market this year, according to eMarketer, as Facebook grabs 19.2%.
In search-based ads, Google rules the market with a 73.1% share, according to a recent eMarketer report, but Amazon (AMZN 4.44%) ranks second with 12.9%. The firm believes Amazon's share will rise to 15.9% by 2021 as Google's slips to 70.5%.
eMarketer also expects Amazon's search business to grow nearly 30% this year and boost its search revenue to $7.09 billion, or 2.5% of its total estimated revenue. Amazon already surpassed Microsoft as the third-largest digital ad platform in the U.S. last year.
Amazon's advertising business is growing because most U.S. internet users start their product searches on Amazon instead of Google. The Seattle-based tech giant leverages that lead, along with its e-commerce muscle, to sell more ads.
Advertisers are drawn to Amazon because they can craft better-targeted ads with its shopper data while dealing with fewer privacy concerns than Google and Facebook. In short, Amazon's advertising segment could soon become a core growth engine alongside its e-commerce and cloud businesses.