Microsoft and Bing Ads
If you’re a marketer or a small business trying to be found online, then there’s a good chance that you will currently spend a fair amount of time performing SEO and probably setting up PPC campaigns.
SEO is ‘search engine optimization’ and is the process of building up your links and your site content in order to make your site more discover-able through Google. This can help more potential customers find your site, which will lead to more people buying from you (at least that’s the plan!).
PPC meanwhile is ‘Pay Per Click’ and is a method of advertising where you only pay for adverts that actually get clicked. Often this will mean paying for adverts that will appear on Google searches, which you do by using the Google Ad Words advertising network.
But why should you only focus on Google?
Because actually, there are a lot of reasons to wake up to Bing and Microsoft. Here’s why…
The Current Lay of the Land
The reason that most people will focus the majority of their efforts on Google is that they know Google has by far the largest share of search traffic. This is indeed true but it’s not as much of a majority as you might think.
Because actually, Bing owns 20% of search traffic while Yahoo (which is powered by Bing) earns 10%. If you aren’t paying any attention to Bing then, that means that you’re walking away from a whopping 30% of your visitors. This is something that you would never do in any other area of business, so why do it now?
What’s more, is that Bing is actually less competitive than Google for advertising. Seeing as PPC works on a ‘bidding system’ (whereby you set a maximum amount you’re willing to pay for each click and never pay more than that), this means you’ll end up paying less for the same amount of clicks on Bing.
How much less? 33.5%. That means with the same budget, you can afford 33.5% more visitors! That makes a big difference to your business.
The Future of Microsoft
But more importantly, you shouldn’t be putting all your eggs in one basket and entirely ignoring the possibility that someday this might all change. And there is a lot of reason to suspect that Microsoft might some day have a bigger stake in search. After all, its market share is currently growing and that’s without considering all the steps it’s making in the right direction.
For instance, Microsoft now makes a lot of hardware. The Surface line of computers is very popular and rumors about a ‘Surface Phone’ are also very interesting. Then you have the Xbox One and even things like the Microsoft Band.
All of these use Bing as the default search option and all of them use Cortana. What does Cortana do if it can’t answer a question? It loads a Bing search and puts you on that page!
Microsoft and Bing are continuing to grow, so why not try and get a head start there now?