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Bing continues to confound its critics and rivals with impressive statistical data just a couple of weeks after it was first launched. In the latest statistics provided by comScore, it has seen a 3% rise in both searcher penetration and share of search result pages, to leave it at 16.7% and 12.1% respectively for the week ending 12/06/2009.
It will certainly be interesting to keep an eye on the rise of Bing and where it eventually levels off. Google of course remain well out in front, but rivals like Yahoo and Ask may well be looking like also-rans if they’re unable to gain back some momentum from the marauding Microsoft Bing.
After the non-entity that was Live Search, Bing has certainly come as a far more refreshing and user-orientated evolutionary step. The search results are very good, as indicated in my BlindSearch experiment – documented in the Redefining Search Engine Preference with BlindSearch blog post – whilst the aesthetics and multimedia results presentation are second to none.
With the kind of steady growth that it’s currently showing Microsoft will be hoping to consolidate a second place ranking, whilst also trying to bite into Google’s lead a little more. But while the furore surrounding its release has died down, this does at least show that some people have been converted and are in fact continuing to be converted over to Bing.
In today’s multichannel world, there are mountains of data which provide insights into how users have interacted with your business and their path to conversion (or non-conversion). It is important to understand performance with multichannel marketing, which can be achieved through attribution modelling. Attribution refers to assigning credit to something (a channel, touchpoint, etc.) for the role it played in the final conversion. An attribution model is a rule, or set of rules, that assigns this credit correctly to the right channel or touchpoint.
For a long time, Bing, the UK’s second-largest search engine, has been underappreciated and, in some instances, even ignored. Often regarded as the inferior search engine to market leader Google, Bing has historically struggled to appeal to many in the digital world. Most PPC analysts would give justified reasons for neglecting Bing for so long; these include the volume of traffic and the user experience just not matching up to Google. However, the validity of these assessments is now diminishing. Bing has grown and improved rapidly in the last couple of years; if you are not integrating it into your comprehensive digital marketing plan, you run the risk of missing out on a large portion of your chosen market and significant revenue.