Online Retail Is Ridiculously Strong This Year

Online spending in the U.S. reached an incredible new high on Cyber Monday, hitting $1.46 Billion for the day, according to comScore. This is the heaviest day of online spending in U.S. history, and follows a record Black Friday for…

US Search Market: Google Down, Bing and Yahoo Up

Experian Hitwise released its search market share numbers for the four weeks ending August 27. Key findings are as follows: Google accounted for 65.09% of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending August 27, 2011. Bing-powered search comprised…

Mashable Affected By Google’s Panda Update? Not Likely.

Hitwise released some new data (we looked at the bigger picture here) obtained by Forbes, related to Google’s Panda Update. It has a list of sites that have experienced drastic changes in Google traffic since before the initial launch of…

Google Panda Update – A Broader View of U.S. Traffic Patterns

Experian Hitwise has released some new Panda-related data (obtained by Forbes), casting a broader view of what some of the update’s victims’ search traffic is looking like since early in the year – before Panda’s first wave. There are some…

Concerning Bing’s More-Accurate-Than-Google Search Results

It’s pretty clear that Experian Hitwise has a comfortable familiarity with Tom Smykowski’s “Jump to Conclusions” mat, at least in regards to comparing search result accuracy with Google and Bing.  It’s either that or perhaps the “online competitive intelligence service” needs another lesson in correlation and causation.

Matt Cutts Responds To Hitwise

Whether or not Bing’s search results are more accurate than Google’s isn’t up for discussion here.  Aside from the inherent sampling errors when comparing the actions of either group — a 65 percent market share and a 27 percent market share are not equal sample sizes, leading to large amounts of variability — Hitwise’s conclusion seemed more like wishful thinking.

Quora Visits Tripled Last Month

According to the latest post on the Hitwise blog, the volume of visits to Quora nearly tripled in January due to considerable coverage from technology news websites. Below are highlights from the post:

Hitwise: LivingSocial Gaining Ground On Groupon

A single high-profile deal has done wonders for LivingSocial’s popularity, according to a new Hitwise report.  The site, which trailed Groupon in terms of visits by a huge margin, closed the gap by a significant amount after offering $20 Amazon gift certificates for $10 last week.

Hitwise Finds Visits To Social Networks Surging

Out of a desire to say "hi" to old friends, reconnect with family members, or perhaps get a moment away from visiting relatives, it looks like lots of people are signing into social networks this month.  Indeed, Hitwise relayed some UK-specific stats today, and the increase has been sharp enough that Facebook might top Google in traffic on Christmas.

Hitwise Supplies Info On Google-Facebook Email Clash

Many analysts believe that Facebook will essentially declare war on Google later today, launching an email product that will compete with – and perhaps overthrow – Gmail.  So this morning, Experian Hitwise Research Director Robin Goad weighed in with some stats pertaining to the possible conflict.