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Bing Ads Puts Insertion Order Management Online

bing-ads-600 Agencies or advertisers that have invoice billing enabled and use Bing Ads Insertion Orders can now create and approve IOs online rather than having to rely on email or fax. This has been a top request among agencies, in particular. Insertion orders can be created either by the customer or a Bing Ads account manager. Once an IO is approved via the API or the web interface, campaigns will begin to run. It's possible to create overlapping IOs so that there is never an advertising lapse between orders. Here's what the process looks like depending on who originates the insertion order: [...]


Microsoft Bing Now Added To Google Chrome New Tab Page

bing-chrome-start-page Microsoft's search engine, Bing, is now an option within Google's Chrome new tab page screens. Prior, if you changed your default search provider in Chrome, the new tab page would still show Google has the search option. It would change the search provider in the URL/omnibox area but it would not replace Google from the new tab page. Now, when you change your search provider, the change will be also available in the new tab page in your Chrome browser. To change your go to Chrome and click on preferences/settings and then and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”). [...]


Life With Cortana, Microsoft’s Predictive Search Challenger To Google Now & Siri

cortana-600px Microsoft's new predictive search agent Cortana is finally becoming available to the general public. How does it compare to longstanding champion Google Now? After months of using them both, it's no contest. Google Now easily wins, in my daily life. But Cortana does gives Microsoft an important foundation in the predictive search space and puts it well ahead of Apple's own Siri. Welcome, Cortana Microsoft announced that Cortana would be part of Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this year. Developers and others who chose to install the Windows 8.1 preview on their phones have had access to Cortan [...]


Yahoo Search Share Falls Below 10 Percent For “All-Time Low”

yahoo-featured We're on the cusp of new comScore U.S. search market share data for June. According to financial analyst notes, releasing the numbers early, desktop search declined for the fifth consecutive month after a period of growth in mid-2013. The big headline, however, is what we've been anticipating: Yahoo's share has now fallen below 10 percent. This is an "all-time low." The combined Yahoo-Bing "search alliance" share remains flat at 29 percent. Bing has grown almost entirely at Yahoo's expense. Here are the figures for June: Google: 67.6 percent Bing: 19.2 percent Yahoo: 9.8 percent [...]


Bing Ads Refines Local Targeting Features

Bing Ads Location Targeting Today, Bing Ads released new interface updates and features for location targeting. Radius targeting is now more granular and available in kilometers as well as miles. You can set radius targeting in 1 mile or 1 kilometer increments, up to 500 miles or 800 kilometers. Previously targeting was limited to 5 or 10 miles and then went up in 10 mile increments. Another change is that you can now use location targeting (a city, say) and radius targeting in the same ad group or campaign instead of having to choose one or the other. When selecting and opting-out of geographic locations, t [...]


Bing Adds School Ratings To Search Results

Bing logo large Microsoft Bing has announced they've added a new feature to the school snapshot boxes on the right hand panel -- the school's rating. They've added school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Bing Snapshot. Microsoft says this works for searching for schools from elementary to high school to higher education. Bing displays how they rank nationally, within the state and their STEM rating. They also show nearby schools in the area and how they rank compared. Here is a screen shot: [...]


Bing Opens Its Right To Be Forgotten Form

bing-600 Over six weeks after Google launched their form for Europeans who want to make their Right To Be Forgotten request, Microsoft Bing has launched theirs over here. The form does differ from Google's but both Google and Bing, as well as other search engines, have the obligation to follow the mandate and review each request submitted to them. The form gives Microsoft enough details to make a decision on if they will remove content from their search listings or leave it, based on the EU mandate established about two months ago. The form starts off with this message: If you are a European res [...]


Is Microsoft Blocking Google Search On New Lumia Phones?

microsoft-google-fight-featured According to a story appearing in The Verge yesterday, Microsoft is not allowing users to set Google as the default search engine for mobile web browsing on new Lumia 8.1 devices (630 and 930). As the article points out, the search button on the handset uses Bing and cannot be switched. I reached out to both Google and Microsoft yesterday and didn't receive a response from either. The Verge says that some of the European carriers were giving users the option to change the IE/browser search engine to Google. It's not entirely clear what the reality is. But if Microsoft is in fact not allowi [...]


Bing Ads Puts Estimated Keyword Bid Suggestions In Columns, Adds Keyword Delivery Status Alerts

bing-ads-600 Bing Ads launched a couple of relatively small but helpful features today. Both bring keyword status and bid insights into closer parity with Google AdWords. To get a better understanding of where keyword bids stand in relation to the competition, Bing Ads has added estimated bid suggestions for first page bid, mainline bid and best position bid in the web user interface. This data was available before, but in a more cumbersome format. With the addition of estimated bid suggestions along with the bid landscape tool, Bing Ads has retired the old Estimation workflow -- the dropdown from th [...]


Bing Admits They Need To Do Better With Webmaster Communication

bing-2013-logo-featured In a blog post today on the Bing Webmaster Blog, Bing's Igor Rondel, Principal Development Manager of the Index Quality team, said you can expect Bing to do more proactive communication on the Bing Webmaster Blog in the future. Igor said Bing needs "to do a better job of proactively communicating updates" and they realize that now. So going forward, you can expect the Bing Index Quality team to post on the webmaster blog every few weeks. Specifically, they said they would do regular updates on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. They also promised to (1) actively monitor and respond to your qu [...]


RKG Q2 Report: US Search Ad Spend Up 23 Percent YoY, Both Google And Bing Ad Spend Rise

Q2 2014 US Paid Search Trends - RKG After slowing down after the holiday season, U.S. paid search performance metrics are up both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter in Q2 2014 according to RKG's quarterly report. Ad spend rose 23 percent year-over-year among RKG's retail-heavy client base. Both Google and Bing saw spend increases. Non-Brand Search Trends Overall spend on Google rose 24 percent year-over-year. PLAs continued to be a key driver in Google's non-brand performance. CPCs for PLAs jumped nearly 35 percent, compared to 12 percent for non-brand text ads year-over-year. Overall CPCs rose by 29 percent compared to a [...]


Paid Search Spend Rose 21 Percent YoY In Q2, With Mobile Up 98 Percent [Covario]

Paid Search Grwoth G2 2014 Covario Global paid search investment continued its rise through the first half of 2014, according to Covario's latest quarterly analysis of search spend. Overall spend among the firm's clients rose 21 percent in the second quarter year-over-year, and 2 percent over the first quarter of 2014. Mobile search spend nearly doubled, rising 98 percent year-over-year and 6 percent quarter-over-quarter even as cost-per-click prices fell. Overall impressions dropped off 15 percent year-over-year, which Alex Funk, Covario’s director of global paid media strategy and author of the study, says is largely [...]


Bing & Cortana To Get Academic Search Integration At A Whole New Level

cortana-600px Microsoft shared details about their future plans for deeply integrating academic data/search into the Bing search engine. Starting this Fall, Microsoft said they "will be able to point the way to a wealth of information from the academic community." Microsoft explained that currently Cortana, Microsoft's version of Google Now and Apple Siri, is powered by Bing. But in the Fall Bing "will have academic data tightly integrated and prominently featured on its search pages." Adding a blow to Google, Microsoft added that "instead of treating scholarly information as a separate search engine [...]


Reassess How You Prioritize Your E-Commerce PPC Campaign Builds

ppc-paid-search-mobile-600 Over the last couple of years, the prioritization of e-commerce PPC campaign builds has shifted dramatically.With the rise of Google Shopping and with dynamic solutions now available to advertisers, standard Search Network text-ad campaign builds fall down the priority list. In today's world of e-commerce PPC, I prioritize my campaigns as follows: Google Shopping (Product Listing Ads or PLAs) Remarketing (All Types) Search Network Text Ads & Ad Extensions Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs) Google Display Network Google Shopping According to RKG's Q1 2014 Digital Marketing Report, PL [...]


Searching For Movie Showtimes? Bing Scores 100% In Test, Google Only 70%

google-bing-new-logos Looking for the next showing of "Jersey Boys"? If you're searching for movie times, chances are you'll have better luck finding them on Bing than searching for a movie on Google. After the producers for the documentary "America: Imagine the World Without Her" accused Google of keeping the film's showtimes out of Google's search results, we conducted our own test to see how accurate Google and Bing were when it came to finding movie showtimes. For movie title searches, both Google and Bing aim to display showtimes at the top of their search results, like this when searching "Tammy" on Goo [...]


Bing Ads Lays Out Plans For Coming Year: More Scale, New Ad Formats, Eventually Automation

bing-ads-600 [caption id="attachment_193329" align="alignright" width="259"] David Pann, General Manager for the Search Network, Microsoft[/caption] "As great as this past year was, I'm more excited about FY15 than I've ever been," said Microsoft's David Pann, General Manager for the Search Network, by phone this week about Bing Ads as the company starts its next fiscal year. "All the fundamentals are set," he added. Recapping the successes of this past year in a new blog post, Pann says clicks are up by 30 percent, mobile clicks rose by 133 percent from the previous year and they've seen broader adv [...]


Bing Brings The Fireworks To Its July 4th Homepage

Bing July 4th homepage To celebrate the July 4th holiday today, Bing's homepage features an image by Steve Kelly of a fireworks display over the Hudson River. The hidden links within the page offers shortcuts to a selection of American-themed searches, including: "Fourth of July" "Hoboken, New Jersey" (The first city to host the first officially recorded baseball game.) "Joey Chestnut Eats 69 Hot Dogs 2013 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest" "Red white and blue desserts" Users can share the homepage image on their Facebook and Twitter profiles from the share button in the top right corner of the ima [...]


Search Engine Marketing Helps Drive Back-to-School Sales

back-to-school-shutterstock Summer may just be starting, but advertisers that want to do well this back-to-school shopping season need to plan now to make the most of this really impressive annual consumer shopping event. In fact, at an estimated $72.5 billion in combined back-to-school and back to college spending in 2013 [1], this is the second-largest retail event of the year, after the winter holidays. What advertisers are best positioned to capitalize on this major seasonal event? Not surprisingly, 87 percent of the people we've surveyed report that school supplies are the No. 1 category. [2] Not far behind, [...]


Bing Ads Doubles Number Of Keywords Advertisers Can Review In UI To Support Larger Accounts

bing-ads-600 Bing Ads has taken another step toward supporting larger accounts. Yesterday, the ad network announced it had updated its user interface so that advertisers can now review accounts with up to 100,000 keywords in the Keyword Tab. As part of the updates, ad groups and tabs have also been configured to support the increased amount of data. This doubles the 50,000 keywords advertisers could formerly review in the Bing Ads UI after updates rolled out in May of this year. From the announcement: The Bing Ads team is continuing to scale the UI to much larger accounts and have started pilotin [...]


Bing Adds Khan Academy Courses & Book Finding Results

Bing logo large Bing has added two new search features for the school break season. (1) The ability to search for free online courses offered by the Khan Academy. (2) The ability to search for books that you can buy online, pick up at a local library and/or view fully online. Khan Academy Courses On Bing Through the Bing knowledge repository, Bing has indexed Khan Academy courses and then mapped the courses relationships with popular subjects. So now when you search for a particular school subject, such as [geometry], Bing will show you "popular online courses" that you can attend online for free. [...]


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