Google's paid search share rose 2 percent for the third quarter, thanks to hiccups in Bing and Yahoo's paid search integration, Efficient Frontier said.
Google is reaping the early rewards of Yahoo's search integration with
Microsoft, as the search engine saw its share of paid search spend rise 2
percent for the third quarter.
Web marketer Efficient Frontier said
Google's share of paid search rose from 75.8 percent in the
second quarter of 2010 to 77.9 percent in Q3. Paid search spend was up 21
percent from the prior year.
Google, which reports Q3 earnings Oct. 14, enjoyed paid click growth up 9
percent from the year-ago period. Google's cost-per-click and ad impressions
are up 14 percent and 6 percent, respectively, from Q3 2009.
Microsoft Bing began powering
search property in late August as part of a 10-year deal
aimed at helping Bing chip away at Google's 65 percent U.S.
search market share by powering Yahoo. Together, Yahoo and Bing command almost
30 percent of the U.S.
As a result of the integration, Yahoo's paid search spend share dropped to
14.8 percent from its 17.5 percent plot in Q2, with Bing taking up the slack,
growing from 6.8 percent to 7.3 percent.
However, while Bing is picking up clicks and spend at a strong rate,
Efficient Frontier said Google could gain even more paid search share in Q4 as
a result of the continued Microsoft-Yahoo integration.
"Google will likely see relatively significant gains in the fourth
quarter as both seasonality and the Bing-Yahoo integration skew spend in their
favor," according to the report, which added that the retail focus of Q4
typically favors Google in spend.
Official details about Google's paid clicks and other metrics should come
during the company's Q3 earnings announcement Thursday.
Financial analysts expect Google to report revenue of $5.26 billion in the
third quarter. That's up 3.3 percent from Q2 and up almost 20 percent from a