Search market share Archives

Hitwise Search Shares: G Down, Y! Up, M Down

Tweet Here’s the data (click to enlarge): Danny Sullivan does a longish analysis of this data and trends (together with the important caveats about drawing conclusions from one month of data). What’s interesting to me is that ACSI data, showing Yahoo! beating Google and Ask way up is supposed to be predictive of future consumer […]

Brand Power and Search

Tweet I and others have argued that Google’s brand (and related branded user experience) is now substantially carrying the company’s market share leadership. This Penn State study, released and widely written about a couple days ago, appears to confirm that thesis: Researchers in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) copied Google results […]

FTC Begins Google Anti-Trust Investigation

Tweet Here’s the story from the NY Times: The Federal Trade Commission has opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google’s planned $3.1 billion purchase of the online advertising company DoubleClick, an industry executive briefed on the agency’s plans said yesterday. The inquiry began at the end of last week, after it was decided that the […]

Google at Its Apex?

Tweet Here’s new search market share data from comScore showing Google gains vs. others: This should be taken in the larger context of longer-term trends and compared with data from other firms. But it shows continued Google momentum. This is also at a time when Google is “politically” vulnerable to the charge that it’s now […]

WSJ: MicroHoo! Talks Off

Tweet The WSJ (sub req’d) is now reporting that the possible merger or acquisition talks are off: Microsoft and Yahoo discussed a possible merger or other matchup that would pair their respective strengths, say people familiar with the situation. The merger discussions are no longer active, these people say, but that doesn’t preclude the two […]

WSJ: MSFT to Buy Yahoo! — Again

Tweet The Wall Street Journal (sub req’d) is reporting that Microsoft is in talks (again) to acquire Yahoo! In what appear to be early-stage discussions, executives at Microsoft and Yahoo are taking a fresh look at a merger of the two companies or some kind of match-up that would pair their companies’ respective strengths, say […]

Ask's New Ad Campaign: Will It Be Effective?

Tweet I continue to be fascinated by Ask and its mix of innovative ideas (Ask X, Ask City) and guts (the “information underground“). I have often put myself in CEO Jim Lanzone’s position and tried to think how one might get consumers’ attention and grow usage. It’s a very challenging problem and I don’t envy […]

Google Search Personalization and Local

Tweet I’ve written a very very long post at Search Engine Land about my day at Google yesterday with a group of reporters who cover the Internet for most of the major national and SF Bay Area news publications: WSJ, NY Times, Times, USAToday, AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, SF Chronicle, San Jose Mercury, among several […]

Google Most Valuable Global Brand

Tweet Search Engine Land (via Gary Price) covers a relatively new brand ranking scheme from Millward Brown (.pdf) based on a calculation of dollar value. The SEL post has the full rankings. Google is number one, followed by GE, MSFT, Coke and so on. Earlier Brand Channel found Google was the top global brand (based […]

iProspect 'Social Networking' Survey Findings

Tweet Interesting stuff; the high level findings are here. Here’s a chart that “visualizes” them: (Click to enlarge.)