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Matt Cutts from Google, Harry Shum from Bing, and Rich Skrenta from Blekko spoke on a panel today at the Farsight Summit. Much of the conversation was around the Bing/Google results copying ordeal, but part of the conversation was about search quality in general, and the impact content farms are having on it.
eBay lost an important employee last week (the VP of product development at PayPal jumped to Google) but things are now looking up on the personnel front. The company’s managed to poach one staff member each from Bing and Facebook, and both men have rather impressive resumes.
It looks like Microsoft isn’t going to defy Google and Baidu and achieve a great victory in China anytime soon. Three and a half months after it began, a partnership involving Bing and a search engine owned by Alibaba has already ended.
To be fair, little is known about the situation, and it could have been someone at Microsoft who pulled the plug. The comments of one Microsoft representative hint that a corporate memo didn’t exactly go around, however.
The top three paid positions on Google attract more visual attention than the top three links on Bing, according to a new report from research firm User Centric.
Study outcomes showed a comparable number of participants viewing top sponsored links (~90 percent) across both search engines. However, these participants spent 22 percent more time looking at Google’s top sponsored links than Bing’s. For right sponsored links, Bing and Google didn’t significantly differ in the amount of attention.
"Principal scientist" is an important-sounding title, and it’s hard to imagine any person holding it wouldn’t contribute a lot to his or her company. Unfortunately for Microsoft, it looks like Bing’s principal scientist was lured away by Twitter.
President Obama appointed General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt as chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Having worked with Immelt in the past, Ballmer apparently wanted the world to know where he stands. He released the following statement on the Official Microsoft blog:
BlackBerry users who feel ignored every time a report on the mobile industry stops after comparing Android devices and the iPhone have reason to be grateful to Bing. Today, Bing for Mobile updates were announced that will bring the app to more BlackBerry users, add new features, and improve the overall experience to boot.
Updated – See below.
AdAge published an article that sent ripples throughout the blogosphere with some questionable information. While not the basis of the article (that was mainly about how Facebook has become a dominant force in advertising), the article suggested that "the third-biggest advertiser [on Facebook] was a completely unknown brand called Make-My-Baby.com, citing "ComScore’s third-quarter analysis."
Article updated. See below. I have also posted a new piece based on new information that has come to light.
Facebook took in an estimated $1.86 billion in advertising revenue last year, according to eMarketer, and AdvertisingAge says that the top two advertisers were AT&T and Match.com. Google was number five.
U.S. paid search made solid gains in 2010 with 18.5 percent growth year-over-year, according to a new report from SearchIgnite.
The fourth quarter (Q4) showed strong growth, increasing 35.5 percent YoY with December leading the quarter at 44.8 percent YoY growth. The Q4 holiday season indicated improved consumer sentiment, with the average order value (AOV) up 31.3 percent YoY compared to a 13 percent decrease in 2009.
Bing announced some special features for the Golden Globes, for those who are unable to watch the ceremony this evening. One feature is called Golden Globe Instant Answer, and is essentially what its name implies.
You can search Bing for "Golden Globes" and get an instant answer at the top of the results, showing relevant content. Here you can see nominees, past winners, etc.
New stats from comScore are out, and as seen by the research firm, it seems the December search market was an eventful place. Google and Bing both managed to increase their market shares, while Yahoo saw a somewhat substantial drop occur.
Let’s start at the top. According to comScore, Google’s market share rose to 66.6 percent, putting it a rounded decimal point away from being the search engine used by two-thirds of Americans (if you figure that 66 and two-thirds would round up to 66.7).
Australia, Brazil, and Mexico have populations of 22.5 million, 190.7 million, and 112.3 million people, respectively. Which adds up to 325.5 million potential users, all in all. It’s a big deal, then, that the Bing-Yahoo search transition progressed in these three countries today.
Last month, Bing employees got a present of sorts, only this wasn’t the type of thing a person can stuff under a tree or into an envelope. New data from Experian Hitwise instead indicates that Bing’s share of the search market rose by five percent between November and December.
That’s significant on its own, considering how well and how long Google’s dominated the field. As an added bonus: Yahoo’s share of the search market stayed rock-steady, meaning the Bing-Yahoo team increased its standing as a whole.
Bing has added a new feature to its search results in enhanced auto results, which show information about automobiles right on the search results pages. The Bing Team writes:
Now you can search for your favorite car and Bing will assemble all of the important information (price, Fuel Economy, user rating, listings in your area) as well as quick links to additional information right within the search result.
Every evening, tens of millions of people enter their homes, set down their keys, and waste little time in turning on the TV. Bing’s taken a good shot at becoming part of their lives, then, by integrating local TV listings into its regular search results.
To be clear: this is not Bing’s answer to Google TV. Then again, given how Google TV has failed to find a lot of fans, that’s probably a good thing.
Ford’s SYNC, an advanced in-car "connectivity system" that allows users to play music, get directions, and make phone calls, has earned rave reviews for years. Now, Toyota’s announced its own take on the concept – dubbed Entune – and it looks like Bing will play a key role.
The deadline for Yahoo Search Marketing advertisers to transition their campaigns to Microsoft’s adCenter is approaching. You’ve had ample time to do, but there are no doubt some procrastinators out there.
Bing has launched “Destination Pages” for city searches. If you go to a city’s page, you will find information about events, weather, flights, news, etc. related to that city. You can find them by simply searching on Bing for a city and clicking the "Destinations" tab.
It can be a bit of a balancing act when reports concerning the search market come out; if comScore, Experian Hitwise, and Nielsen all say different things, it’s embarrassing to have three contradictory headlines. New numbers from Experian Hitwise tend to agree with yesterday’s comScore stats in asserting that November was a good month for Bing, however.
comScore said Google’s market share went down, Yahoo’s went down, and Bing’s went up. Experian Hitwise found that Google’s share went down, Yahoo’s went up, and Bing’s also increased a bit.
Microsoft employees should know that setting off fireworks would be neither seasonally appropriate nor entirely in proportion to the small search gains Bing may have seen last month. But a new comScore report indicates that Bing did indeed see its share of the search market increase in November, and that’s all the more significant since Google and Yahoo saw their shares go down.
Bing has made added some enhancements to Bing Shopping with the goal of making it easier for people to browse merchandise by category and sub-category, or as Bing describes it, by "browsing visual aisles like you would in the real-world".
Conduit – an organization that powers apps for more than 260,000 Web publishers – has been a partner of Google’s for four of the six years the smaller company’s existed. Big changes are underway, however, as Conduit has picked Bing to act as a partner going forward.
Microsoft has released new "artist pages" for Bing. When you search for a musician or band, it should bring up one of these pages directly on Bing, including things like an artist bio, genre information, a list of playable song samples, discography, videos, news, tour dates, web results, etc.
A man who fostered a great reputation in the geospatial community by founding OpenStreetMap, "a free editable map of the whole world," has started working for Microsoft. The company announced today that Steve Coast will assume the impressive title "Principal Architect of Bing Mobile."
U.S. paid search spend from retailers has increased nearly 37 percent ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, compared to last year, according to a new report from SearchIgnite.
The increase in retailers’ online PPC spend appears to be paying off as the economy bounces back from the recession; the rate at which consumers converted after clicking on a paid search advertisement was up 28.7% and their Average Order Values from online shopping were up 20.7% YoY.
Google has launched a Google Search app for Windows Phone 7. The first Windows Phone 7 devices in the U.S. became available today.
While, we will no doubt see a flood of apps for the platform rush in, it is smart for Google to get theirs out there immediately, as Windows Phone 7 devices come with Bing as the default search option (via a hard key).
Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President, Online Business, Microsoft says they are grateful for the Facebook partnership. We are going to show how search gets better because of your friends.
Editor’s note. This article was live blogged.
Qi Liu, President, Online Services Division Microsoft, talks about partnership between Facebook and Bing and taking search to the next level. We will harness potential of social, take it to the next level.
Unfolding a new era of search. Create search capabilities that were not available.
Google captured 72.15 percent of all U.S. searches in September and gained one percent in search share month-over-month, according to a new report from Hitwise.
Bing powered search received 23.64 percent of searches for the month with Yahoo Search and Bing receiving 13.54 percent and 10.10 percent, respectively. The remaining 65 search engines1 in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis report accounted for 4.22 percent of U.S. searches.
The last step of transitioning Yahoo Search Marketing accounts to the Microsoft Advertising adCenter platform will begin (much) sooner rather than later. Yahoo announced late yesterday that the process could in fact start on Monday, and the deadline for completion is the last week of this month.
That means things are continuing to run on – or even ahead of – Yahoo and Microsoft’s original schedule, which is good news for both companies. They should begin to realize the predicted cost savings in short order as a result.
Most modern software offers users dozens of ways in which they can customize and optimize everything. The average person probably does little more than pick a pretty background photo or font before abandoning the options menus forever, though. So it’s potentially quite important that Bing will be included as a standard search option in Firefox 4.
Many people laughed when Microsoft chose to call Bing a "decision engine," but the logic behind that name was apparent today when Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi spoke at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Mehdi indicated that he thinks Google Instant represents a step in the wrong direction.
Last week, Eric Schmidt stated in an interview that Bing, not Apple or Facebook, is Google’s biggest competitor. Now Steve Ballmer has responded, essentially agreeing and indicating that Bing will continue to innovate and pose a threat.
Microsoft’s CEO told Sharon Pian Chan with respect to Schmidt’s comment, "He’s right! . . . We’re his best competitor, and we’re a very good competitor and we’re going to do a very good job."
"Bing Maps just got more useful for developers, bus and train commuters and education advocates everywhere," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews. She is referring to a series of announcements Microsoft made today regarding Bing Maps.
The company released two new Bing mapping apps, made additions to the Bing Transit Map, and released the final Windows Phone 7 SDK which features Bing and Microsoft Advertising.
Facebook and Microsoft are reportedly talking about expanding their search partnership. Currently, Bing supplies web results for Facebook’s own search feature. These talks could lead to Bing getting Facebook "like" data for use in its own search engine.
"Whether you prefer to tweet, post a question in our forums or pick up the phone and speak to a real person, you’ve got several options for getting help with all things adCenter," says Microsoft’s Tina Kelleher.
Nielsen shared some new search market findings, indicating that Bing has overtaken Yahoo as the number two search engine in the U.S. for the first time. That’s MSN/Windows Live/Bing, to be more precise, which holds 13.9% of the market (as of August), according to the firm.
Yahoo holds a 13.1% share, a decline from 14.6% in July. Google saw little change, but accounted for 65% of all U.S. searches.
New Experian Hitwise stats regarding the search market in August have arrived, and truth be told, they’re not that exciting; very little changed compared to July. However, August did act as a sort of baseline for the Bing-Yahoo combo.
Experian Hitwise noted in an official statement, "The percentage of U.S. searches for the one-week ending Aug. 28, 2010 for the Bing combined powered search accounted for 24.56 percent, as Yahoo! Search and Bing received 14.32 percent and 10.24 percent, respectively."
Microsoft has announced the launch of its first Bing for Mobile Android app for Verizon customers. The app is available for download in the Android Marketplace on Verizon Android devices.
The app homepage will look somewhat familiar to Bing users, as it will include the Bing image of the day with the clickable hotspots, much like the desktop version. You can swipe through past images.
The endless scrolling of the image search also makes the transition to the app. In fact, endless scrolling is functional with any search result.
Nielsen released its version of the U.S. search market rankings for July this week. Google is of course on top with 3 out of 5 searches (64.2%). Yahoo came in second with 14.3%, leaving Microsoft in third at 13.6%.
Yahoo and Microsoft both gained in month-over-month share (2% and 4%, respectively). This is all good for Microsoft, as Bing has now completely overtaken Yahoo’s organic results in the U.S. and Canada. We’ll see our first glimpse of how this is working out next month.
Like most studies, surveys, and stat counts related to Internet user behavior, search market stats should generally be taken with a grain of salt. While they can give us a general idea of which search engines users flock to, there are too many variables to paint a completely accurate picture.
What’s your search engine of choice? Why? Let us know.
Microsoft has launched some new Bing Maps integration with Hotmail. When Hotmail users create a new email message, they can insert Bing Maps data.
When a user selects "Maps and Places", a task pane opens, which lets you add new locations or interact with previously defined locations. It will default to the address you have in your Windows live profile. If you add a new place, you can store it in a Bing Maps collection and pick it from a list later.
Last week, Yahoo announced that it had begun transitioning Bing results into Yahoo results – a product of the Search Alliance between Yahoo and Microsoft. Now, the companies have announced that the transition of organic results in the U.S. and Canada is complete.
This applies to web, image, and video search on Yahoo for both the desktop and mobile experiences of Yahoo Search.
I’ve written several times about Bing’s chances of increasing search market share through various avenues. While nobody expects Bing to overthrow King Google anytime soon, those chances are pretty good.
One of the keys I’ve repeatedly referred to, is the launch of Windows Phone 7, which will make Bing the default search option. If these devices take off, they could help push Bing’s share tremendously (not to mention the company’s deals with Yahoo and Facebook).
A teaser page for G2 from T-Mobile was discovered. It says, "The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."
The G1 was of course the first Android phone, which launched 2 years ago.
Chitika revealed its July search stats today, which have Bing at #2 in the search market, over partner Yahoo.
"July is over, and we have stats: in looking at the full month’s traffic, Google remains unassailable in its #1 spot, and Bing beats out Yahoo! by a few percentage points for the #2 spot," the firm says. "AOL and [Ask] continue to jockey for 4th place."
Microsoft announced that that it is phasing out version 1.1 of the Bing Search API. This comes as no surprise, as version 2.0 was launched over a year ago.
Version 1.1 will no longer be supported as of November 1, 2010. Webmasters and developers still using the version 1.1 API will need to migrate over to version 2.0 by then. "In addition to the improved features, a single Bing Search API means streamlined maintenance, updates and support," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.
Yahoo and Microsoft have provided an update on advertisers’ transition to adCenter as the Search Alliance gets underway.
Yahoo advertisers will soon either have to create a new adCenter account or link their Yahoo account to an existing adCenter account. Later this month, Yahoo advertisers will see an "adCenter" tab in their Yahoo Search Marketing account. This will take advertisers to the beginning of the account transition process where they’ll be walked through the steps.
A well-respected line of hotels is entrusting at least part of its customers’ experience to Microsoft. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts announced today that a new online destination, dubbed the "Sheraton Guest Portal," will be powered by Bing.
This arrangement is supposed to go well beyond putting the Sheraton logo somewhere on a modified version of the Bing homepage. It isn’t meant to result in some one-size-fits-all site for all of the Sheratons around the world, either.
Chitika has provided some very interesting search market-related findings. According to the firm, Firefox is responsible for a significant amount of Google’s share. In fact, based on the sample looked at, there were more Firefox-based Google searches than total searches from Bing or Yahoo.
It’s important to note that this isn’t representative of the entire search market, but it’s an interesting finding that may indeed have bigger implications in that market.
While this development isn’t likely to amuse everyone behind the BlackBerry Torch’s launch, Apple fans may be glad to know that Microsoft acknowledged the iPhone’s importance in a small way today, discussing the new Bing for Mobile iPhone app as it relates to shopping.
Microsoft has launched an update to the Bing Maps interface today aimed at improving readability and aesthetics.
The new interface uses cool colors, which Bing says creates a more visually appealing backdrop, helping content "pop" on the map, and provides clear differentiation for pushpins, labels, and traffic overlays.
There are new labels with larger fonts for major streets. This eliminates the need for bolding, and less attractive glows while allowing users to quickly find locations in a relevant format, Bing says.
Update: Microsoft announced that the "King of Bing Maps" contest is now closed. They will determine the winner soon.
Original Article: Bing has announced that it’s searching for "someone to worship." By this, they mean lead the way in Bing Map App development. So naturally, they’ve launched a contest.
Microsoft is pissed that Yahoo Japan is going with Google rather than Bing. In fact, the company is reportedly moving to block the deal from going through.
Bing may have been launched as a "decision engine," but Microsoft’s now trying to make sure it’s a site where people will spend a fair amount of time. And to that end, Microsoft added seven new games to what it called the "Bing entertainment browser" this afternoon.
The seven games are of the casual variety. Think checkers (or FarmVille), not chess (or Starcraft II), in other words, meaning they’ll be accessible to all sorts of individuals.
Yahoo Japan is turning to Google to power its paid and organic search engine listings. This comes as something of a surprise as Yahoo has a huge deal in place with Bing that is just getting started, but Yahoo doesn’t actually own the majority of Yahoo Japan, so that version of Yahoo gets to do its own thing.
If you have been paying attention to what Google has been doing as of late to improve its user experience, you might be noticing something strange. It seems that almost every time that Google makes an improvement in its aesthetic appeal, it looks more and more like Bing. Remember the short-lived attempt to customize the Google home page recently which has since been removed?
In case you’ve ever wanted to browse an archive of Bing’s homepage images, you can now do so. Microsoft has launched the Bing Homepage Visual Search Gallery.
Whereas with the arrows on the homepage itself, you can view a week’s worth of Bing photos, you can access any of them from this gallery.
Consumers shouldn’t expect to be overwhelmed with search options if they decide to buy Windows Phone 7 devices. A high-ranking Microsoft employee has revealed that there will be only one default search engine: Bing.
Microsoft may have found a way to convince many more parents, grandparents, and teachers to use its search engine. Starting today, individuals who make Bing their default search provider will get the chance to donate $3 of Microsoft’s money to a school-related project of their choice.
Bing had the most search growth for the month of June, growing 7 percent month- over-month to capture 9.85 percent of the U.S. search market, according to the latest figures released by Hitwise.
Google accounted for 71.65 percent of the search market, but saw a one percent drop in growth month-over-month. Yahoo’s search growth was flat, accounting for 14.37 percent of the market and Ask captured 2.19 percent of the search market, with 2 percent growth month-over-month.
The U.S. General Services Administration has launched a newly redesigned USA.gov featuring new mobile applications and better search functionality.
"Revamped with direct input from the public, USA.gov leverages cutting-edge technology to provide faster, easier, more innovative government services directly to the American people," said Dave McClure, GSA Associate Administrator of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.
Microsoft has announced that it will be bringing the Bing web crawler out of beta on October 1st. It will be rebranded as "the Bingbot" and replace the existing msnbot. "It will still honor robots.txt directives written for msnbot, so no change is required to robots.txt file(s)," a Bing representative tells WebProNews.
"Improvements to the bot enable more efficient crawling, and increase the ability to crawl content on sites not optimized for search," he says.
As we talked about in a recent WPN article, it’s time to start taking your Bing optimization seriously if you haven’t been already. For one, Bing will soon power Yahoo search. For two, Bing deliver’s Facebook’s web search results, while Facebook is giving people more reasons to search with them.
Along with many other features Bing has launched this week, it has revamped Bing News, which now includes some new features.
For one, you can set your local hometown to get headlines from. Google has let you do this for quite some time, but Bing hasn’t, and now it does. Although you can include multiple locations in your Google News mix if you wish.
Microsoft announced that Bing has upgraded the mobile version of its search engine for high-end smartphones. Supported devices include: Windows phones, iPhones, Android, Palm, Kin, and Zune HD devices.
We’re talking about the site at m.bing.com – not Bing’s mobile apps, just to be clear. New features include:
• The Home page now features the Bing image of the day