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Desktop Search Activity Up 12% YOY In June, 4th Straight Month Of Double-Digit Gains [comScore]

search-globe-websites-featured Desktop search activity continues to rebound, and was up 12 percent year-over-year in June according to the latest comScore qSearch data just out today. ComScore estimates that there were 19.2 billion "core" desktop searches last month. That's down four percent from the 20 billion searches in May. But it's a 12 percent increase from June 2012. And it's also the fourth straight month that desktop search has seen a double-digit rise year-over-year. Both Google and Bing are seeing more desktop searches now than a year ago. ComScore's data suggests a 28 percent gain in core search on Bing be [...]


Bing Discovers Searches Made During July 4th Holiday Week Same As Any Other Day

bing-logo What were Bing users searching for leading up to this July 4th holiday? It appears the same as any other day. Based on Bing's search records from earlier this week, celebrities remained more popular than American historical figures and Independence Day topics. After reviewing search logs, Bing found that: More searches were performed for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's new baby girl North West and the upcoming birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's child than the birth of our nation. There were more searches for Kate Middleton, Rebecca Black, and, "...even Honey Boo Boo" [...]


New Bing Search-By-License Feature Filters Images Based On Usage Rights

bing-photos-images-featured Bing announced a new "Search by License" feature today that filters images based on usage rights. The new feature filters images with a Creative Commons license, helping users avoid the hassle of digging through image licensing details to find available photos. The "Search by License" feature has six different filters, making it possible for users to find images that will best serve their needs. The six filters include: 1. All, 2. Public domain, 3. Free to share and use, 4. Free to share and use commercially, 5. Free to modify, share and use, 6. Free to modify, share and use commercially. [...]


Bing For Schools Offers Ad-Free Search Experience, SafeSearch Filtered Content & Lesson Plans

bing-school-chalkboard-featured Bing announced Bing For Schools today, a new program designed for K-12 US schools, scheduled to launch later this year. In an effort to help schools teach digital literacy skills, Bing For Schools will offer an ad-free search experience with SafeSearch settings to filter adult content and lesson plans attached to homepage images. The Bing For Schools program will be free to any school that wishes to participate. Once a school opts-in, Bing will enable the specialized search features across all Bing.com searches from within the school's network. Bing says schools that use the program will [...]


Bing Experiments With Social Search By Adding New Bing Boards To Search Results

bing-social-featured Bing announced today that they are adding a new social element to their search results with the introduction of Bing Boards. Currently being created by, "...a small group of food and lifestyle bloggers, experts and social influencers," the Bing Boards are a collection of images, videos and links focused on a specific topic pulled together by the board creator. "It could be a hobby, a political or social issue, an area of pop culture: the topics are as varied as the people who are interested in them," claims Bing. According to the announcement, the visual boards will appear in the middle co [...]


Why You Should “Bing It On” In Your Online Marketing

Bing commercials have been running rampant on TV lately -- they have amped up their service and definitely have something to prove. Among other things, they're becoming increasingly integrated into Windows 8, possibly increasing public interest in Bing. For many people (online marketers in particular), there is a tendency to forget that Bing even exists -- after all, Google is the head honcho. But market shares are increasing for Bing, having recently risen to above 17%. Bing also has some great things to offer marketers. They currently have a lovely SEO Analyzer, for example, and have [...]


SMX Advanced: Microsoft’s Gurdeep Singh Pall Talks About Voice Search, Entities & More

bing-click-featured Day two of our SMX Advanced event is getting started with our second keynote event: a conversation with Microsoft's Gurdeep Singh Pall. He's the VP for the Information Platform & Experience team at Microsoft, and is responsible for vision, product strategy and R&D for Bing. Search Engine Land's founding editor, Danny Sullivan, is leading the conversation and we're set to get started. So feel free to follow along below. I'll use "DS" for Danny and "GSP" for Gurdeep as I type. We're going to start with a short presentation from Gurdeep before the conversation part. Bing is do [...]


Market Share: Bing Continues Gains, Yahoo “Stabilized,” Google Flat

google-bing-yahoo-logos Financial analysts are releasing May comScore search market share data to their clients, which means we're getting an early look at what the metrics firm will be generally exposing in the next 24 hours. Here are the numbers -- comparing April and May of 2013 as well as May 2012: Google: 66.7 percent (May) vs. 66.5 percent (April) vs. 66.7 percent (May 2012) Bing: 17.4 percent (May) vs. 17.3 percent (April) vs. 15.4 percent (May 2012) Yahoo: 11.9 percent (May) vs. 12 percent (April) vs. 13.4 percent (May 2012) Ask: Google: 2.7 percent (May) vs. 2.7 percent (April) vs. 3 percent ( [...]


Bing Maps Adds New Bird’s Eye Imagery, Venue Maps & A Report A Problem Feature

bing-maps Bing Maps announced a number of new additions today, including a more expansive collection of Bird's Eye Imagery locations, new Venue Maps and a Report a Problem feature. According to Bing, the search engine has published 1,452,948 sq km of Bird's Eye images from around the world with the largest collection posted today, offering users the chance to explore locations from Rome to Toledo, Ohio:    Bing Maps also boasts more than 4,700 Venue Maps in over 59 countries, allowing users detailed views of specific points of interest, like amusement parks, zoos, and sports arenas. On [...]


Apple Makes Bing The “Default Search Engine” For Siri

bing-siri-featured One of the things that you might have missed if you weren't paying really close attention to the live blogs of the Apple WWDC keynote is that when iOS 7 comes out Siri will be able to directly search Twitter, Wikipedia -- and Bing. From a search perspective that's potentially huge news. I'm speculating that you'll still be able to ask Siri to "search the web" and it will use whatever search engine you've chosen for Safari (still Google unless changed by the user). However Siri is now much more a legitimate "search engine" with Bing as the index. Integration of web search more directly in [...]


Bing Desktop Gets Inline Search, Updated Apps & Facebook Notifications

bing-logo Bing Desktop launched a number of features today, including inline search capabilities, a new weather app, updated news apps, and Facebook notifications. Bing's new inline search allows users to search directly from a webpage, word document or PDF file without having to open a Web browser. After highlighting a word or phrase, a user can click the Bing icon to receive search result previews in a separate window. [caption id="attachment_162364" align="aligncenter" width="347"] Bing's Inline Search[/caption] Bing Desktop also released a new real-time weather app, and updated their news a [...]


Bing Pushes To Build Marketshare Through “Bing It On” For Faster Airport Wifi

bing it on wifi I got a surprise recently on my trip through Orange County's John Wayne Airport. When I tapped into the free wifi there, I was offered a "premium connection speed upgrade" if I took Bing's Bing It On challenge. It turns out Bing has been doing this in several airports since March. Bing told me: Bing began rolling this out in late March and it’s currently being offered in 13 airports.  As you experienced, as an exchange for people taking a few minutes to take the challenge, they receive free, upgraded premium Wi-Fi access while at the airport. The airports you'll currently find i [...]


Bing “Re-Imagined” For Windows 8.1: More Beautiful, Comprehensive And Integrated

bing-windows8-featured Windows 8.1 is intended to "fix" many of the perceived problems of Windows 8. However, for the Bing team, the release of Windows 8.1 offered a new opportunity to more deeply integrate Bing into the OS and provide a richer experience for users. With the new release, Bing becomes something more than a "search engine." It becomes a central utility and content discovery tool that offers a "re-imagined" experience. Bing will help users discover and organize information both on the PC and on the Web. It also finds personal content in the cloud. The notion is to both simplify and deepen the [...]


Bing Ads Gets New Filter Options, Search Query Reports, Appealable Ad Visibility & Keyword Competition Values

YahooBingNetwork_h_rgb_v2 Bing Ads announced a number of updates last month, including new campaign filter options, improved search query reports, more visibility with appealable ads, and new keyword competition insights. Also, the Keyword Suggestions feature was made available to Bing advertisers in the UK. New Filter Options The new filtering options let advertisers filter and search from the Opportunities tab on the Campaigns page. Now, advertisers can view a subset of bids and keyword suggestions that meet specific campaign criteria without browsing through individual suggestions. Improved Search Query Reports [...]


Study: Delaware Least Likely State To Use Google, While Yahoo Is More Popular In Southern & Midwest States

us-map-bing-google-yahoo-featured Using data from more than 35 million search queries performed in 2012, SEO company WebpageFX  set out to determine search engine market share by state for Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to their study, Google dominates across the country, taking 70 percent or more of search engine market share in nearly all 50 states. Delaware represented the only state where Google won less than 70 percent of searches, with 69.49 percent market share. While Google won more than 80 percent of the market in many states, Hawaii, Oregon, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Colorado led in Googl [...]


Across From Google I/O, Microsoft Runs The “Bing It On” Challenge

Coming out of Google I/O at Moscone Center in San Francisco yesterday, I did a double-take. Was that Microsoft pitching its "Bing It On" challenge against Google directly across the street. Yep. "Put the science back in computer science: test your Google bias inside," read a big banner, over the entrance to the Metreon Mall, which is across from Moscone. Inside, there's a "Bing In On" kiosk: One side is just an invitation to take the challenge; you actually do the challenge on one of the other sides: The kiosk simply takes you to the Bing It On site, where you're invited to [...]


“Beam Me Up” Works To Beam You Up To Star Trek, On Bing

bing-startrek Bing is continuing to honor Star Trek (and promote tomorrow's release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the latest in the Star Trek film franchise) by boldly going where no homepage has gone before. After announcing their Klingon translator yesterday, Bing dedicated their homepage to the iconic series today, serving up numerous Star Trek facts and images when users search on secret star trek phrases. Today's Bing homepage features the planet Mercury, along with hidden links to facts about the planet, a film on space travel, and Mercury-inspired music performed by the BBC Philharmonic. B [...]


Bing Goes Star Trek With “Snapshot” Answers & Klingon Translation

bing-startrek Microsoft announced that Bing, the search engine, can now speak Klingon and gives you snapshot answers to your Star Trek questions. Search on Bing for [Who is Spock's father] and at the top right section of the page, a "Snapshot Answer" will come back telling you it is Sarek. You can technically search for many Star Trek related questions, and Bing promises to answer. Bing said they partnered with the creator of Klingon, Marc Okrand, and a few 'Trekkers' at Microsoft such as engineer Eric Andeen to 'Trekify,' as Bing calls it some of Bing’s products. Here is a picture of a snapshot [...]


Bing Adds People Autosuggest: Find Celebrities & Colleagues With Public LinkedIn Profiles

Bing People Snapshot According to Bing, people searches account for roughly 10 percent of all searches on Bing, second only to navigational queries. Today, the company announced updates to Bing Snapshot with people autosuggest which provides a thumbnail image and brief description of individuals related to people searches. The screenshot below shows suggestions on a search for Michelle Williams. The people autosuggest also works for colleagues that have public LinkedIn profiles.   Bing says that they'll be adding autosuggest enhancements for places and things to Snapshot. [...]


Yahoo Announces New Search Tools & Upgrades In Their Continued Battle To Win More Of The Search Market

yahoo-search-featured Just a day after the story broke that Yahoo wanted out of their deal with Microsoft, Yahoo's senior vice president of search Laurie Mann commented on new search tools and upgrades that are scheduled to launch over the coming months. According to an article in Bloomberg News, some of the planned upgrades are being created along with Microsoft. "We've got some really cool things in the pipeline, which we'll be announcing and rolling out over the coming months," said Mann. After playing a key role in establishing Google as the world's most popular search engine,  Marissa Mayer has been dri [...]


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