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Yahoo!/Bing Secures Biggest US Search Market Share since Before Search Alliance

IgnitionOne released a Q4 2014 report today, highlighting trends and data for digital marketing across search, programmatic display, social and mobile. During this time the Yahoo!/Bing partnership grabbed the largest share of the US paid search market since 2008 following two quarters of strong growth. Mobile devices also show strong growth in both search and display advertising.

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Key findings in the report:

  • Yahoo!/Bing shows historic growth at best share since 2008: Yahoo!/Bing continued to chip away at Google’s huge lead and now holds with 26.3% of US search spend versus Google’s 73.7% in Q4. This is the highest market share and largest growth in share over consecutive quarters since the inception of the Search Alliance and equates to a 25.8% jump. The last time growth was close to this robust was in the period of Q4 2007-to-Q1 2008 when they saw a 20% jump.
  • 2014 ends with a strong Q4 for Paid Search: Ending a robust holiday shopping season, US Paid Search saw advertising spend up 11% YoY in Q4. This is the highest rate of growth in 2014.
  • Phones and Tablets pull even in spend share growth: Spending growth YoY for tablets is up 37% while phone spend is up 78%. As marketers become more sophisticated, creating stronger mobile-specific experiences, and consumers embrace a multi-device lifestyle, mobile becomes more attractive to marketers for effective reach.
  • Mobile display growth continues – Mobile continues to see strong growth, limited only by inventory available. Most interesting is YoY growth for Android impressions far outpacing iOS, peaking on Thanksgiving Day with 57.8% of impressions.
  • Healthy growth in programmatic display: Marketers continue to move budget to programmatic display ads due to stronger, trackable results with spend up 35% YoY. Contributing factors to increased effectiveness include better use of data feeding smarter strategies, and greater message relevance based on use of consumer data.

“These numbers show significant growth of mobile across the board, so it’s becoming more important for marketers to get a clear view of the customer across devices and across interactions,” said Roger Barnette, president of IgnitionOne. “Our IgnitionOne data management platform fuels messaging across search, display, social and mobile, making reports like this possible. Pulling together first- and third-party data allows for optimization of all interactions and increased relevance of messaging served.”

This report is the latest in a series of reports from IgnitionOne, reviewing trends across the online advertising landscape. This and previous quarterly reports can be downloaded at http://www.ignitionone.com/thought-leadership/

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