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The Test Continues: Which Shopping Search Engine Finds The Best Price For A Blu-Ray?

shopping-search-online-featured It's time for our second test of how well Google Shopping and other shopping search engines find the best prices on products. For this installment, what's the lowest price from a major retailer for a copy of "Red 2" in the Blu-ray, DVD and digital download combo pack? Is The Featured Price The Lowest Price? In this test, as with our last one, we're trying to see if the "featured price" is better than the low price that can be found on each service, plus who finds the lowest price overall. Here's the summary chart of our findings, where PriceGrabber did best, with Google just barely behind by [...]

The Test Begins: Do Google Shopping & Other Shopping Search Engines Give You The Best Deals?

google-shopping-products-featured It sounds pretty damning. Two recent surveys suggest that Google Shopping isn't leading searchers to the best prices on products. But the surveys weren't well documented, nor did they include competitors like Bing, Shopzilla, PriceGrabber and Nextag, which have similar issues. So, Search Engine Land will be running its own fully documented tests. Every few days, we'll search for an item and show what we found, starting with today's test, a search for a toaster. Testing For The Low Price Vs. Featured Price This is a long story. It's designed to be that way so that people can understand ex [...]

The Searcher’s Guide To Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Holiday Shopping

shopping-sale-240px This year, U.S. shoppers now have more opportunities than ever to join the throngs scrambling to secure holiday bargains, thanks to many brick and mortar stores opening ever earlier and staying open ever longer. Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving sales lollapalooza, has become a 24-hour slog for many retailers. And some retailers, impatient to lure shoppers, have now succumbed to selling on "gray Thursday," opening their stores on Thanksgiving day itself. With good reason: sales rung up over the Thanksgiving day holiday account for as much as 5% of annual revenues for many retail [...]

Bing Officially Shuts Down Bing Shopping

bing-shopping-featured In August, Microsoft announced they will close Bing shopping. Bing replaced it with Product Search, which simply integrates product results within Bing search results rather than in a separate destination. Today, if you try to go to the Bing Shopping destination, i.e., -- you are redirected to Bing's home page. Bing is using a 301 redirect, so this is a very permanent change. Merchants who want to be included in Bing Product Search can do so both with paid an organic, non-paid, ways. For more details, see our story from August. [...]

Bing Says Goodbye To Bing Shopping, Hello Product Search With Rich Captions & Product Ads

bing-shopping-featured Today, Bing announced that Bing Shopping is being replaced by Product Search, which simply integrates product results within Bing search results rather than in a separate destination. Unlike Google, Bing also continues to offer both paid and free ways for merchants to have product listings. Shopping Results Integrated Here's an example of how the new integrated experience will look, where shopping results appear above and to the side of the regular listings: Product Ads: Paying To Be Included Product Ads, which are in closed beta through the holidays, will be incorporated into Bing's [...]

Newly Launched Bing Offers Pulls Deals From Across The Web

bing-logo Bing is appealing to fans of daily deal sites with the launch of Bing Offers, a one-stop shop for online deals and coupons. Boasting one of the largest collections of local deals on the web, Bing Offers pulls deals from various partner sites. Users can search by business name, category or keyword to locate specific deals, or filter results by location or category to see offers for various products and services, including food, activity, health and fitness, beauty, travel and retail deals. While the announcement on the Bing Search Blog does not name specific deal providers, it does of [...]

Microsoft Says Goodbye To “Scroogled” Ad Campaign

Scroogled petition Microsoft's "Scroogled" ad campaign, which attacked Google over paid inclusion in shopping and Gmail over privacy, is coming to an end. KQED reports that Microsoft will stop TV, newspaper and social media ads promoting the Scroogled message: "That part is about finished," Stefan Weitz, Microsoft senior director of online services, said on Thursday. Microsoft launched the Scroogled campaign last November to attack Google's all-paid-inclusion shopping search results. Our stories below cover more about this: Bing Attacks Google Shopping With “Scroogled” Campaign, Forgets It’s Guilt [...]

Bing Shopping As A Poster Child For Consumer Confusion About Ads

bing-shopping-featured Bing has been escalating its attacks against Google Shopping over consumer transparency since launching its "Scroogled" campaign just over a week ago. Well, consumer confusion is a serious issue. Indeed, Bing itself can be used to illustrate some of the problems consumers face at both Bing and Google. The day after Bing's campaign launched, I found the full-page ad to the right in my copy of the Wall Street Journal. A similar ad apparently ran in the New York Times. Meanwhile, at least one blogger has gotten a "Scroogled" t-shirt, and the official Bing blog has done two further anti-Goo [...]

Bing Attacks Google Shopping With “Scroogled” Campaign, Forgets It’s Guilty Of Same Problems

bing-scroogled-featured Bing is attacking Google over its shift to a pay-for-play shopping search engine through a new "Scroogled" site, pledging that Bing has "honest search." Great campaign, if it were true. It's not. Bing itself does the same things it accuses Google of. It's also another indictment of how little the FTC is doing to protect consumers from "search results" they might not realize are ads. Google Shopping Goes All-Ads Earlier this year, Google changed to a "paid inclusion" or pay-to-play model of accepting listings for its Google Shopping site. Phased in over the summer, as of October 17, only merc [...]

The Big Roundup: Finding Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals & Specials

shopping-featured We're already well into Black Friday. In many US stores the frenzy began last night at 10 pm or midnight (as opposed to the normal 4 am door-busting start time). People barely had time to overcome the sleep-inducing effects of L-tryptophan before getting out into the melee. And the word "melee" aptly describes the scene in a Southern California Wal-Mart store as one woman unleashed pepper spray on her fellow shoppers to prevent them from getting in her way. Today and for the next few days people will be using a wide range of tools and resources -- hopefully not pepper spray -- to help them [...]

Bing Makes Bid To Become Top Deals Destination

bing-shopping-deals-featured When Bing launched deals several months ago its partner was deal aggregator The Dealmap, which was subsequently acquired by Google. That forced Microsoft to turn elsewhere for deals and today, as a result, we're seeing the launch of a new deals experience on mobile and the PC that pulls in content from a wide range of sources. The mobile deals experience hasn't really changed; you can see daily deals in  your selected area, as well as deals "nearby" and also browse deals by category. It's available via the HTML5 site and Bing apps. There's a new more comprehensive online [...]

Bing Shopping Adds Faster Refinements, Sales & List Sharing

bing-shopping-featured Bing announced new features for their Shopping Search features. The features inluce: Refine Your Searches Faster Find Sale Prices Share Your Shopping Lists on Facebook Bing Shopping has added a form of Google Instant results for shopping refinements. Here is an example: You can also just filter by sales, see the screen shot below showing sales prices in red: Finally, you can build your shopping lists and share them on Facebook. Here is a video demo of how it works: Video: Bing Shopping: More Selection, Fewer Steps [...]

Bing Ups Ante In Social Search, Adds More Facebook “Likes” To Search Results

bing-facebook-likes-featured Bing is taking the next step in its self-conscious evolution from "search engine" to "decision engine." Perhaps we could equally use the term "conversation engine," as Bing begins to emphasize social content and even tries to enable connections between people through the deeper integration of Facebook and "Likes" data. It isn't news that Bing is integrating the Facebook data; that was originally announced in October last year. Rather the news today is that Bing is entering a kind of "phase II" of the process, doing some more interesting and potentially useful things with Likes. According [...]

Bing Shopping Incorporates Natural Language Search

If you search for "cashmere sweaters under $100" on Bing or Bing Shopping, the search engine now understands what you mean, returning results for products in the category under the price point specified. Microsoft announced the ability to recognize price constraints today, describing the innovation as "a small step in our journey to make search friendlier to natural language queries." Similar searches on Google Product Search don't return appropriate results. So far, the change will only apply to prices, and only to U.S.-based searches. However, it does work for mobile searches. Mobile s [...]

Bing Shopping Adds List Sharing Through Facebook

One of the things that people do with their smartphones in stores is take pictures of products and send them to friends and family for feedback and advice. A version of that process has been developing in parallel online through the numerous "social shopping" sites and has existed forever in good old-fashioned email. Now Bing has added a "shopping list" module to Bing Shopping to enable one or more products to be captured and shared through Facebook. You can create the shopping list by checking a box next to each product you want to capture and share: Products will then appear in the [...]

Search Tips For Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Ladies and gentlemen open your wallets -- and start your smartphones. The holiday shopping season is upon is. This year more than ever there are scores of sites, apps and online tools to direct you to the right product at the best price. It can all be a bit overwhelming in fact. Below I've tried to highlight some resources that may be helpful as you search for gifts over the long weekend and beyond. But before we get started let me first ask the naming gods to next year revisit and banish "Cyber Monday" from the tech lexicon -- or dare I say "texicon." And maybe we need yet a third day (or [...]

Bing Shopping Now Free To Merchants

Brian Smith reports that Bing Shopping is now free for merchants to submit their product feeds and obtain traffic from Bing. I tried to find information from Bing on this, but I guess it is not published yet. We know Microsoft officially dropped the Cashback as of July 30, 2010. Brian said dropping Cashback and going free on August 1st is Microsoft's plan to compete closer to Google's free product search. Microsoft does have some advertising information on Bing Shopping over here and merchants can submit a form to be included. In addition, if you download the PDF from Microsoft, it d [...]

Bing Cashback: Don’t Leave Your Piggybank On The Table

As early as Fall 2008, Microsoft set off on a crusade to openly evangelize what would become "Bing Cashback" with strategic agency partners and retail advertisers alike. The consumer rewards program was built to incent online shoppers with the purpose of influencing search behavior to gain repeat visitors and generate loyalty. Microsoft's goal would ultimately be to drive increased search revenue and market share. As an extension to adCenter search and Shopping listings, Bing Cashback held far-reaching promises of increased scale and brand enhancement for advertisers. It provided a unique l [...]

Bing Drops Cashback Program

Microsoft announced they are retiring the Bing Cashback program as of July 30, 2010. Cashback launched on May 21, 2008 as an attempt to increase market share for their search engine, back then named Over the years, Microsoft claimed Cashback was successful in gaining momentum for the search engine. They even used TV commercials highlighting Cashback to drive even more awareness for the program. But, as Microsoft now admits, they "did not see the broad adoption that they had hoped for." So they are discontinuing the program, the last time a searcher can use it is up until [...]

Bing Shopping Redesign

The Bing Search Blog announced that Microsoft has redesigned parts of Bing Shopping. The changes include: Product categories listed on left side Product summaries all on one page include where to buy, user reviews, cashback percentage, product specifications. Reviews can be narrow down by filtering on star ratings or use the "opinion scorecard" Here is a video demo of the changes: [...]

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