Why Yahoo’s Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google

Apparently Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to be the default search for Apple's Safari browser on iPhone and iPad and has been preparing to make a solid pitch. Well, we all want things we can't have -- and I'd be incredibly surprised if Yahoo got its wish here. Kara Swisher over at Re/Code has the scoop, in her Marissa Mayer’s Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search story. Be sure to read that. Here, I'm going to share the incredibly tough list of obstacle that would have to be overcome to turn this from a fantasy into reality. Yahoo Has No Search Techn [...]


States Threaten Action If Google Doesn’t Delist “Illegal Sites”

google-legal-cash-featured According to the Washington Post, 24 state attorneys general are trying to pressure Google to discontinue ads and the indexing of sites they argue teach or enable criminal activity. In particular, they continue to pressure Google to eliminate advertising connected to the sale of illegal or fake prescription drugs. The attorneys generals' complaints were initially aired in a December 2013 letter to Google General Counsel Kent Walker and then a follow-up letter sent in February 2014. The December letter lists the following complaints and concerns: These issues include: (1) Google's moneti [...]


Zuckerberg: Facebook Graph Search Is “A Five-Year Thing”

facebook-graph-search-600 It's been more than a year since Facebook introduced Graph Search to the world -- its first foray into developing a serious search product for Facebook users. If you think development of Graph Search has been moving at a snail's pace, you're probably not alone. The rollout to all U.S. Facebook users took about seven months. It was almost nine months from the launch until users could search their status updates. And more than a year later, Graph Search still isn't available on mobile. In a new interview with the New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that all of this i [...]


Microsoft’s Cortana Assistant Personalization Comes To Bing On The Web

One of the most interesting things about Microsoft's new Cortana search assistant has just gone live for those early adopters of it: integration with Bing's search results. Cortana Personalization Comes To Bing Those using Cortana will now find "personalized cards" that will appear at the bottom of the Bing home page: Personalized information cards will also be integrated into Bing's search results, when deemed relevant. For example, here's how it looks for someone who has flight information being tracked (which Cortana learns about by reading the email on your Windows Phone): Ad [...]


Search Market Share: Yahoo Hits New Low About To Slip Into Single-Digits

us-map-bing-google-yahoo-featured On the heels of Yahoo's Q1 2014 earnings in which its search business showed signs of life, comScore released new monthly search market share figures for the US market. They show Yahoo with 10.1 percent of the market -- a new low for the company. It would appear that Yahoo is continuing its long, slow, market-share decline and about to slip into single-digits for the first time. In absolute numbers, however, Yahoo search query volumes were up. So were Yahoo's rivals. By comparison, Google was flat and Bing was up 0.2 points. It appears that Bing continued to siphon off Yahoo's usage. [...]


RKG: Q1 US Paid Search Up 17 Percent, Fueled By PLAs; Smartphones Drove Just 7 Percent Of Spend

RKG Paid Search Spend US Q1 2014 RKG is out with its first quarter Digital Marketing Report today, showing US paid search spend increased 17 percent year-over-year. This echoes positive Q1 global growth trends reported by Covario (25 percent) and IgnitionOne (8 percent). Mobile devices and product listing ads (PLAs) both drove growth. Paid search spend growth slowed slightly after the holiday-fueled Q4, which saw 19 percent year-over-year growth. Clicks rose 11 percent, while CPCs were up 6 percent compared to the previous year. Google's growth trends reflect those of the overall market, with year-over-year growth slowi [...]


Google Teases April 22 AdWords News, More Than 10 Announcements Coming

google-adwords-numbers-featured On April 22, Jerry Dischler, VP of Product Management for AdWords, will unveil a slew of new features and tools that are coming out of beta during a livestream from an AdWords customer event. Google has given Search Engine Land an exclusive early look at a blog post going up later today (now live here) that gives a few more (albeit subtle) hints of what's in store. The latest tease is short on specifics other than to say Dischler will announce "10+ new AdWords products, features and research studies" developed over the past year. But, with a closer look, there are some hints of what migh [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts Lobbying To Reward Secure Sites With Better Rankings

google-ssl-logo-1319029457 Rolfe Winkler on the Wall Street Journal blog reports on "private conversations" that Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts has within Google about rewarding sites with higher rankings in the search results that have better security. This is news that has come out of SMX West, as we covered just about a month ago with our story Ranking Benefit To Making Your Site SSL? Not Yet But Google’s Cutts Would Like To Make It Happen. But apparently, Cutts has been talking about this internally even more now, likely even more so since the OpenSSL exploit, Heartbleed. Heartbleed was a huge secu [...]


Report: Google Now Master Of Lobbying, Backroom Dealing

google-legal-law-featured An article in the Washington Post asserts that Google has now become a master lobbyist and behind-the-scenes manipulator in Washington. It details the company's increase in campaign contributions and outreach efforts to influence legislators. The message of the lengthy article is that Google is now buying influence and policy outcomes that favor the company. Source: Washington Post There are numerous concrete examples cited for the idea that Google has manipulated policy outcomes or bought influence through contributions to individuals, third party groups or academic institutions. [...]


Bing Ads To Give Agencies More Functionality To Manage Client Relationships

bing-ads-600 The way agencies manage their customer accounts using their agency login in Bing Ads is soon to undergo a revamp. Currently, client account lists are housed under the Agencies tab, but Microsoft acknowledges there have been limitations to the functionality offered. The update is meant to fix these shortcomings. [caption id="attachment_189011" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Current View of the Agencies Tab in Bing Ads[/caption] Instead of a separate Agencies tab, the new update will offer a rolled up Accounts list under a simplified Accounts & Billing menu. [caption id="attachmen [...]


Report: Google Running Another Test To Map In-Store Sales To AdWords Ads

Google-Wall When Google introduced Estimated Total Conversions in AdWords last September, the company made clear it was working on ways to measure the impact of online advertising on in-store sales as it outlined the initiative to give advertisers a complete view of the effect their search advertising has on purchases. At the time of the announcement, the company rolled out Estimated Cross-Device Conversions as the first new conversion type and said phone call and in-store conversions would be coming soon. The company has since integrated call conversions, most recently giving advertisers the abili [...]


Google Analytics Adds “Smart Lists” To Automate Remarketing List Optimization

google-analytics-featured Earlier this week, the Google Analytics team announced the release of Smart Lists, a new remarketing list type that automates list creation and management in Google Analytics. Smart Lists are primarily powered by all that anonymized conversion data that comes from the millions of Google Analytics-enabled sites opted-in to share data with the company. Smart Lists make use of signals like visit duration, page depth, location, device, referrer and browser. Applying machine learning to the conversion data, the lists predict which users are most likely to convert when they come back to a site. [...]


Twitter Quietly Adds Search For Timelines & Lists

twitter-timeline-search Twitter continues to expand its collection of search filters with the recent addition of search for Timelines and Lists. I'm not aware of any announcement about this, but it's showing up as a search filter on Twitter.com and in the official Twitter apps (both iOS and Android). The option in the left-side navigation says "Timelines," and then once you've selected that search filter, there's a secondary option above the search results to switch between Timelines and Lists. For users, the new filters offer a way to find curated content sources from other Twitter users. In late Jan [...]


WSJ: Local Businesses Losing Reviews After Yelp-Yahoo Deal

yahoo-yelp-600 The recent Yelp/Yahoo partnership has angered some local business owners who say years of positive reviews are now gone from their Yahoo Local business listings. Some of their stories were told this week in the Wall Street Journal, including Colonial Hardwood Flooring of Lexington, Mass. The company says it had built up "six years of mostly positive feedback" on its Yahoo Local listing, but now it only shows one Yelp review that was posted on February 14, 2014. Colonial Hardwood's owner tells the WSJ that "it's a slap in the face that they took all those reviews down overnight." A [...]


The Aftermath: Clarifications & Expert Reactions To Google’s Move To Secure Paid Search Queries

no-keywords-not-provided-featured Yesterday, Google announced it is expanding secure search to clicks on paid ads. The change means that the search query a user typed in before clicking on an ad will be dropped from the referrer string in the URL and won't be passed to analytics or other software other than AdWords. The move is aimed at bringing parity to the treatment of search query referrer data from search ad clicks and organic clicks, which have had search query referrer data stripped from all Google secure search queries since last year. This Not A Huge Disruption As Jeremy Hull, director of bought media at iProspec [...]


Search Was Largest Digital Channel In 2013 ($18.4B), Mobile Fastest Growing ($7.1B)

internet advertising This morning, the IAB released its full year 2013 report on digital ad revenue. Last year, online advertising generated $42.8 billion, which exceeded broadcast TV for the first time, by nearly $3 billion. However, broadcast and cable TV combined were worth $74.5 billion. After TV (as a whole) the "internet" is the largest ad medium in the US. (See related Marketing Land story: IAB: $43 Billion In 2013 Digital Ad Revenue, Mobile Doubles.) Search advertising in 2013 brought in $18.4 billion, up from $16.9 billion in 2012. Last year search represented 46 percent of total digital ad reve [...]


Google Tests Video Search Results Without Thumbnail Images

google-homepage-search-600 For the longest time, videos found within Google's search results contained thumbnail images of a frame within the video. That is how Google has displayed richer search results, ever since the days of Universal Search. It seems like Google is testing making those video results a bit less rich by removing the video thumbnail image and replacing it with a small, gray, play button followed by the time of the video. Craig Gilhooly posted a screen shot of the new user interface test on Twitter. Here is a picture: Here is what it currently looks like to the average searcher: [...]


Official: Google Brings “Not Provided” To Ads, Will Withhold Search Query Data From Paid Clicks

not-provided-600 As suspected, Google is moving to secure search for clicks on paid search ads. In an announcement posted by Paul Feng, Product Management Director, AdWords on the Ads Developer Blog, the company states, "Today, we are extending our efforts to keep search secure by removing the query from the referrer on ad clicks originating from SSL searches on Google.com. Advertisers will continue to have access to useful data to optimize and improve their campaigns and landing pages.  For example, you can access detailed information in the AdWords search terms report and the Google Webmaster Tools Search [...]


Marin: If Google Applies “Not Provided” To PPC, Paid Search Management Platforms Will Still Work

no-keywords-not-provided-featured Yesterday, we reported that it seems likely Google will soon stop passing search query data on paid search clicks, as it already has for clicks on organic search results. With the news came questions -- among them whether paid search management platforms such as Marin, Acquisio and Kenshoo would be done in by such a change. In response, Matt Ackley, CMO of Marin Software has issued the following statement clarifying that its capabilities -- and those of most other paid search platforms -- would not be affected if Google does opt to keep search query referrer data from passing through on pa [...]


MapQuest Aims For Reboot With New Content, Partners, UI

mapquest-featured A few years ago, while others were investing in their mapping platforms, AOL was coasting with MapQuest. AOL's sustained neglect of the online mapping pioneer cost the site its leadership in digital maps. Now, the company hopes to claw its way back with new content and functionality in what was described to me as phase one of a new multiphase rollout. Call it a reboot. Although the site has had several false starts in trying to do that over the past couple of years (e.g., MQVibe). Despite this, MapQuest's strong brand has kept the AOL division from falling off -- dare I say it -- the map [...]


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