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WebProNews, courtesy of statistics provided by Statcounter, today announced that Microsoft Bing has leapfrogged Yahoo as the number two search engine.
As reported earlier in the week in ‘The Birth of the ‘Decision Engine’: Microsoft Bing Goes Live’, Bing isn’t a Google-killer, not yet at any rate. The primary objective was instead to oust the current incumbents of the second most popular search engine spot; something they appear to have done with remarkable ease and swiftness.
Of course, it’s far too early to judge how this will pan out long-term but it’s certainly a very encouraging start for the new platform. New innovations such as Bing Travel (currently only available in the United States), which is the integration of the Microsoft owned Farecast within the search options, show that Bing is very much developing at apace.
Google has been the clear front-runner for so long that it is unimaginable that it could be toppled, certainly not in the near future. But at least Bing proves that there is still innovation out there and that complacency will ultimately be detrimental to success.
Yahoo may well bounce back once Bing’s initial buzz dies down, but this will undoubtedly serve as an unwelcome wake-up call for them; hopefully one that will spawn some productive results from all parties.
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.