Microsoft Bing posted quarter-over-quarter gains in paid clicks and spending share, according to Efficient Frontier. Those gains appear to be coming at the expense of Google, which saw its share of search spending fall to 73.7 percent from 75.5 percent in the second quarter. Bing's paid search momentum is muted by a few factors. Google commands about 70 percent of search advertising spending and its search market share appears insurmountable.
Though recent reports of search market share imply Bing may have peaked, the
search engine posted quarter-over-quarter gains in paid clicks and
spending share, according to Efficient Frontier, which published its search
engine performance report for the third quarter on Oct. 13.
Efficient Frontier President and CEO
David Karnstedt, who worked as senior vice president of Yahoo's North American
sales, told the New York Times that Bing's share of spending grew to 5.3 percent
in the third
quarter, up from 4.3 percent in the second quarter. Bing, which boasted gains
in travel, finance, auto and retail search, saw click share rise to 4.8 percent
from 4.1 percent.
Moreover, those gains appear to be coming at the expense of Google,
saw its share of search spending fall to 73.7 percent from 75.5 percent in the
second quarter, according to Efficient Frontier.
Bing's paid search momentum is muted by a few factors. Google commands about
70 percent of search advertising spending, making Bing's numbers relatively
minor. Also, at 65 percent in the United States
and 67.5 percent worldwide (based on ComScore estimates), Google's search
market share appears as insurmountable as its search ad spending share.
Paid search experts at SearchIgnite said
while Bing's share of search marketer spending
grew 15 percent year-over-year compared with Google's 5 percent gain, Bing still
hasn't moved the needle much.
"Microsoft is headed in the right direction with Bing and attracting
more advertiser dollars," SearchIgnite President Roger Barnette said.
"That said, it's an uphill battle against Google and there's still a long
way to go before Bing garners a significant amount of the search ad revenue
Moreover, while spending on Bing-hosted ads is up, the search engine posted
its first drop in market share gains since its June launch, according to data
Without counting referrals, Bing's share
is paltry, at 3.4 percent.
The dips could hint that users are drifting back to Google or Yahoo after
sampling Bing, but the search world is anxiously awaiting search market
statistics from ComScore and Nielsen. Google will report third-quarter earnings Oct. 15,
company is expected to surpass consensus estimates.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been telling
anyone who asks that the impact of the recession seems to be fading from search
a bit. Similarly, Efficient Frontier's Karnstedt said the results from his
company's third-quarter report underline a stabilization in search marketing,
with "some encouraging signs" for the fourth quarter. These include an
increase in retail spending heading into the holidays.
Efficient Frontier found search spending was up slightly at 5 percent from the
second quarter, and said its clients, comprising large U.S.
search engine advertisers across the finance, travel, retail and automotive
sectors, will be more aggressive about search spending in the fourth quarter. Efficient
"While the company does not
expect a return to the frenzied state of past years, the efficiency gains that
resulted from lower competition and prices have left experienced search
marketers ready to capitalize on an opportunity for cost-effective sales in the
critical holiday season. The net result is a potential for double-digit
quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year growth in Q4 2009."
Efficient Frontier's complete report can be downloaded here.