New report says video ads are soaring — but only 5% are on mobile

New ad industry figures claim the number of online video ads shown in the last quarter of 2012 grew an eye-popping 52 percent compared to the previous three months. This stat shows that TV dollars may be shifting to the web in force; this could also come as good news for publishers who are counting on high-value video ads to prop up their bottom line.

The figure was supplied by Videology, a provider of ad tools to agencies and marketers, and comes with a nifty graphic (via VideoNuze) that shows a snapshot of the industry. Highlights include a growing range of sectors that are buying video ads and increased use of behavioral data to target ads.

The other significant part of the report is that the vast majority of video ads ares still served on the desktop:

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Videology said in an email that the mobile’s share of overall video ads  grew one percent in the previous quarter and that the overall growth in video means mobile is expanding rapidly. Unlike Google(s goog), Videology continues to consider tablets like the iPad(s aapl) as a mobile, not desktop, device for ad purposes.

The third category — “Connected TV” — refers to pre-roll video ads served on devices like Roku, Apple TV and Xbox. The 3 percent figure is up from 1 percent the quarter before.

These numbers shouldn’t be treated as gospel, of coure, as Videology has a stake in the video ad industry. But the company’s broad connections to marketers, publishers and agencies do give it a good big-picture view.

Going forward, it will be interesting to watch how quickly the above desktop-to-video ratio changes to reflect a world in which half of all internet viewing is expected to take place on mobile devices. At the same time, publishers will be watching closely to see if video ads can hold their high value as more inventory comes on the market.

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