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At a recent conference hosted by investment bank Needham & Co., an unidentified advertising industry executive allegedly revealed just how much ad spend goes to Facebook over its social media peers. In short, the number is eye-popping.

The executive, who works for an ad agency that placed $1.4 billion in spend on social media for 2,200 brands last year, told Needham analyst Laura Martin that 85% of that amount went to Facebook alone, while only 3% went to Snap (SNAP) - Get Snap, Inc. Class A Report and 10% to Twitter (TWTR) - Get Twitter, Inc. Report . The other 2% was estimated to have been split evenly among e-commerce catalog Pinterest and professional services network LinkedIn (LNKD)  (which is now owned by Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report ).

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"From his brand client's point of view, he stated that Facebook is tough to beat for many reasons," Martin said in a note on Monday, explaining that the major reason is Facebook's global scale of 1.2 billion daily users.

Facebook, the second largest digital publisher in the world behind Alphabet's Google (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report , is expected to reel in $32.69 billion in global ad revenue this year, up 35% from 2016, according to eMarketer, an information source for how to do business in the digital age.

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Editor's Pick: Originally published May 23.