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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.
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.
You know you are working in digital marketing when you are actually excited about visiting the Google office. Well, that was me this morning, especially as they have just moved their London office to a brand new building near High Holborn. It’s so new I can even forgive Google for not having it on Google Maps – I’m just bitter because Google maps led me to a small theatre near Covent Garden…
Theoretically, Super Savvy Me is a fantastic site for consumers to rate a wide range of products and enjoy decent discounts. However, you don’t need to scratch too far beneath the surface to expose the potentially misleading nature of the site.
I have to admit, I had never heard of it before a recent national radio advertising campaign. There again, I’m not exactly in their target market. Super Savvy Me is predominantly aimed at female Internet users. Offering, in their own (Meta) words, ‘Ideas, inspiration & wisdom to help you make the most out of life.’
Google were cleared for takeoff on Friday when the US Justice Department approved their purchase of the flight data software ITA for $700 million. However the flight path may be a turbulent one, with the US government still navigating the way.
Google’s intentions of expanding their business have been evident since the emergence of new CEO Larry Page [See: Google’s Growth Overshadowed by Management Reshuffle]. He has looked to continue Google’s expansion in key areas such as social networking and other areas of business such as the multibillion online travel market; and thanks to the US Justice Department, Google are doing exactly that.
Informing the search engines of your location is such an important element of Local Search. It sounds obvious, but this can often be totally overlooked. Companies can take it for granted that people know where they are located and therefore so will the search engines.
But life isn’t that easy and unless you tell search engines where you are you’ll be relying on external links from other sites to provide them with this information, which is fine for improving your Google Places ranking but when you want your actual site to rank locally then you need to give Google a helping hand. Read more
E-commerce activity in the UK may be boosted by Royal Mail’s decision to allow people to pick up parcels in the evenings.
Vodafone’s public relations team have cleverly used their knowledge of search engine optimisation (SEO) to garner more attention for a recent press release they put out, it has been suggested.
Our in-house SEO Copywriter, Steve Logan, recently made an excellent post that explored the importance of spelling and grammar, with particular reference to writing for the web (see ‘The Typos and Language Errors that Turn Visitors Away).