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As we announced yesterday in our Search Engine Market Share statistics for August 2011, Google maintained the lion’s share of the market on both sides of the Atlantic [See: Search Engine Market Share Statistics – August 11]. However figures from Experian HitWise have revealed that whilst this is the case, their ‘success rate’ for July was one of the worst out of all the big players.
Search effectiveness is measured as a percentage of search queries which result in a visit to a website. Using data from the US search engine market statistics for July 2011, they’ve revealed that Google had a 67.56% success rate, compared to Bing’s and Yahoo’s impressive success rate of 80.04% and 81.36% respectively.
This is fantastic news for Bing or more specifically YaBing, where Bing have been powering Yahoo’s search results for some time now in the US; and the deal very recently came to Europe as announced earlier this month [See: Yahoo to Finally Integrate Bing Search in Europe].
So with YaBing taking up both top spots, does this mean that Bing is more effective search engine than Google? Well it certainly means that for every search made, Yahoo’s and Bing’s search results yielded more visits to a website, but this needs to be placed into context.
Google’s market share in the US stands at 65.10% as of July 2011 and in the UK it’s an overwhelming 90.66%. This means a higher volume of searches are being performed which will somewhat dilute the results. With a higher volume of searches, not everyone will find exactly what they want, especially if the search term is particularly niche.
Microsoft will no doubt use these statistics to convince search engine marketers that keywords purchased through their sites will have a better CTR. Again Google has come under some criticism for its reduced CTR in a recent study by Slingshot SEO [See: What is the Value of the Top Position in Google].
Bing are gaining ground, that much is true, and with more effective search results, this is a great way of persuading users and marketers to utilise their sites, after all they are the ‘Decision Engine’. It will take some doing to topple Google though, their market share is far superior and with quarterly revenues of $2.5 billion, despite spending big on investments and developing new platforms such as the new Google +, they can easily invest in improving their search effectiveness.
This does however show there’s room for improvement for Google’s search effectiveness. Something we will be keeping a close eye on in the near future.
Last month, we tuned in to listen to our very own Samantha Noble become a radio star. As a guest on Xan Phillips’ The Business on Voice FM, a programme dedicated to promoting the good news stories about business from the Southampton area and beyond, Sam shared her insights into paid media.
The Drum Network has launched a new initiative called ‘Create Britain’ which aims to show the world that Great Britain is still an awesomely creative marketplace, despite Brexit.
Create Britain is an online interactive map that invites businesses from the creative industry to contribute a short video to claim their own pin on the map that links to their video clip. The video clips need to answer one question: ‘What makes British creativity so great?’.