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Bing make up some ground in the US, whilst Google achieve near domination of UK search volume, reaching 90%in the latest search engine market share statistics.
Apple did it, Google got on board, and now Facebook are believed to bringing out their own range of smartphones. As the world begins to go mobile, we take a look at what this means for the world of Digital Marketing.
It appears that the online advertising industry has bucked the trend amongst many other sectors in the UK. Despite a gloomy outlook with the current UK economy, advertising on the Internet appears to be thriving.
Have you ever wondered just how valuable content is? If you stop to consider the sheer volume of content that is produced on quality blogs and online publications and the revenues this generates, its true worth becomes immediately apparent.
For users, this can be the quality of the content that’s produced, so much so it keeps them coming back day after day. For businesses, it’s the volume of hits these websites receive. As a result they are prepared to pay big bucks – which can be seen in the recent buyouts of blogs and online magazines.
2012 looks set to be a big year for the search engine Bing. The year couldn’t have started better for them, with news that they managed to maintain second place in terms of total market share generated for search in both the UK and US during February [See: Search Engine Market Share Statistics – February 2012].
As they look towards building on this success, news has emerged they have started to test how their local search results are displayed online. As local search because a more prominent focus this year, this could be a shrewd move by Microsoft’s search engine.
Now that we are into the second month of 2012, how has the market share for the search engines changed in both the UK and the US? Heading into the new-year, we previously mentioned that Bing started off well in the US, and Yahoo had not done so well, partly due to Bing overtaking them earlier on. This position has been maintained by Bing for February 2012.
In relation to the UK market, Bing’s share has dropped slightly, however they are still placed above Yahoo overall. All in all, Google, Yahoo and ‘Other’ sites saw a slight increase, whilst Ask and Bing saw the opposite, with a small decrease.
You’ve no doubt looked up and down your high street recently, only to discover closing down sales, boarded up shops and empty premises. This has been a continued trend of late, with a large number of well known brands either falling into administration or having to shut their doors.
From Our Price to Rumbelows and now Barratts to La Senza, history has not been kind on the high street. The modern retail landscape demands an online presence, at the very least. For those retailers who are making a success of it, the business strategy of bricks and clicks seems to be the answer.
Yesterday was Mega Monday, the biggest Internet shopping day in the calendar this year, when people all over the UK headed online to spend their money on Christmas presents and gifts in time for the 25th of December. Knowing that there was going to be a major spend for online consumers, not just in the UK but also in America, where it is known as Cyber Monday, Google updated their Product Search page to include more relevant information for those shopping and searching for the best deals.
On ‘Black Friday’ I saw a mass of hype on the Black Friday Sales and Cyber Monday deals across the web. It wasn’t just from the US blogs and news websites, but from the leading UK ones too. So what’s wrong with that? Well if you try to actually find the deals it becomes apparent that the majority of them are not that visible and do not live up to the hype.
Internet advertising in the UK increased by 13.5% in the first half of 2011 according to a survey conducted by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), which puts spend for the first half of the year at £2.26 billion. When this is compared to overall UK advertising spend, the rise is particularly significant; there was a year-on-year growth of 1.4% to £8.27 billion between January and June 2011.
Google have once again updated their SERPs, this time to expand the number of sitelinks and adjusting how they are shown within their search results, but with the greatest benefit coming for big brands.
This is a significant change for brands and manufacturers, because they now take up so much of the first results page. Whilst it’s great news for them, it isn’t so for smaller businesses and resellers within the market. So what are the exact changes? Let’s take a look…