Bing, Microsoft’s attempt to take on Google directly. When it first launched there was quite a bit of fanfare and its market share grew quickly. It didn’t exactly hack away at Mountain View’s dominance, but it certainly made a small dent. Since then, things have slowed down and other players have asserted themselves in the global search battlefield. While Baidu has been riding high for quite some time, Yandex is a relative new-comer to the leader board. And, somewhat surprisingly, has already surpassed Microsoft for global market share according to stats provided to us by comScore. Though the margin is small, the Russian company saw more searches performed through its site than Microsoft in both November and December of 2012. The difference is small enough that those positions could swap again but, where as Bing has seen its numbers plateau over the last six months, Yandex has continued to grow. Of course, neither is anywhere near challenging Google which accounts for roughly 65 percent of the search traffic according to comScore’s numbers and both only see about half the traffic of the number three competitor, Yahoo. Microsoft can still claim one victory over Yandex in the number of unique searchers, though. If you’re curious for more we’ve put the entire chart after the break.
If online retailers invest the time to develop a presence on Pinterest, the site can become a source of traffic that converts Web users into new customers at an incredible rate.
That’s according to data from Bloomreach, which helps online stores optimize for social and search.
Bloomreach put together a nice infographic on this topic that we have pasted below.
Even if online stores do not invest in their Pinterest presence, the conversion rate on traffic from Pinterest (1.02%) far outstrips traffic from Google Image Search (.54%) and Twitter (0%).
Pinterest traffic does not convert as well as regular Google search traffic. 1.62% of visits from Google search result in sales.
But, Bloomreach marketing boss Joelle Kaufman says that low conversion rate is mostly due to the fact that, so far, ecommerce sites are ignoring the potential of Pinterest.
She says that an online store putting “manual effort and investment” into Pinterest can get a 9% conversion rate on traffic coming from the site.
9% also beats the conversion rate on traffic from Facebook – 1.13%.
Kaufman says it takes a some amount of work for an online store to get the most out of Pinterest. She says one store that is a Bloomreach client has actually hired a full-time “pinner.”
The other important caveat: Pinterest – and all social sites – still send a very little amount of traffic to online stores.
If Pinterest can keep growing – it just hit 19 million users – it could turn into an incredibly valuable commerce engine, something Amazon, Facebook, or Google should buy.
Here’s the Bloomreach infographic:
Compete shows that Bing’s unique users in June 09 is bigger than Twitter, CNN, and Digg.
This is not because people are voluntarily going to Bing.com. It is because Microsoft redirected all traffic from live.com and search traffic (results pages) from msn.com to bing.com.
This is what it looks like when a site changes domain names and redirects all rtraffic from the old site. By next month Compete will show the same “X” for Live.com vs Bing.com
Already starting to see the decline of traffic from live.com which is entirely redirected to bing.com
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