A properly executed mobile search decreases clicks to content and delivers mobile operators an indisputably potent way to generate value
Consumers find what they want; marketers gain traffic by providing relevant offers and advertising; and mobile operators and service providers capture increased revenue as a result of the increase in mobile content purchases by consumers
Mobile search also provides the capability to cross-sell and up-sell by presenting new content types side-by-side with the search results. The result is a non-intrusive, demand-driven marketing approach to new mobile content, services and applications
Search - which is already the de facto interface to content in the online space, with more than half of all users going straight for the search box when they enter a website – has also become the primary means to access and monetize the legendary Long Tail of mobile content
In summary, mobile search – like its online counterpart – is destined to be the core capability required by any company that wants to sell content or information successfully. Whoever can organize and control mobile search will own the next interactive interface to the consumer.
Google and Yahoo! are the overall leaders in mobile search
Google leads in mobile Internet search provider share followed by Yahoo!,
together accounting for 79% of the mobile Internet search market.
Top 3 Mobile Internet Search Providers for Q1 2008 by Provider Share
More about mobile Google and Yahoo! search users
At 9.0 searches per month, Google users search more frequently than users of any other mobile Internet search provider. Yahoo! is the third most frequently used provider, with Yahoo! users searching 6.7 times per month.
Search Engines: The usual suspects – and then some
“ Imagine trying to search for Web videos of ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’ by using a typical phone keypad. That’s 40 key strokes – talk about a case of thumb fatigue! Now imagine trying to find all the Web videos of the press conference he did recently, as well as movie clips, TV appearances or even satires, as opposed to just text articles. This is the kind of challenge that Veveo solves with vTap™.”
Was it good for you too?: The pivotal role of recommendation
AgentArts (Microsoft) Aggregate Knowledge
ChoiceStream Gracenote (SonyEricsson)
Motorola Xiam (Qualcomm)
Sony Network Services (Real Networks)
Xiam Recommendations on Orange World Key goals of up-selling and cross-selling more content and significantly increasing content revenues. Key goals of up-selling and cross-selling more content and significantly increasing content revenues
Xiam Recommendations deliver uplift in revenue and volumes First 12 weeks. Calculated by taking the control group average and applying it to the Orange World weekly visitor number (c1.12 million)
Mobile content discovery driven by FoneStarz retails mobile content on 25 operator portals in 20 countries. With variable connectivity and tiny screens, discovery is key – recommendation and search encourages that and adds sales Recommendation adds 12% to sales volume Search adds 6% to sales volume www.fonestarz.com wap.kazzip.com
Traditional search technology falls short on too many counts to make it part of a viable mobile search strategy
Can’t cope with the array of mobile content types
Can’t spider the content in real-time to promote the freshest content first
Can’t deliver mobile content readily adapted to the plethora of mobile device types and client applications
Prevents content providers from cashing in on the lucrative opportunities around delivering content in tune with the individual user’s context, including location, time, and profile
To complicate matters, traditional mobile search schemes are built on the false premise that a few branded portals will be able to answer all of the highly contextual queries users have. In reality, users will gravitate to the companies that have the answers—and that can be any number of destinations ranging from directory providers, to niche content providers, to news agencies.
In summary, mobile operators that merely retrofit Web search solutions for the mobile Internet short change themselves—and their users.
There is a perception that all search engines are similar in function, deliver similar results and index all available content on the Web….
However, overlap analyses conducted in April 2007 by researchers from Queensland University of Technology and the Pennsylvania State University, show each search engine's results are largely unique.
Evaluated Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live & Ask
Measured 19,332 user-entered search queries
Overlap across the first page of search results from all four of these search engines was found to be only a staggering 0.6 percent on average for a given query.
Compelling evidence that allows us to infer searchers cannot find what they are looking for with a single search engine. (Only Google--searcher misses 72.7 percent of the Web’s best first page search results. Only Yahoo! -- 69.2 percent missed)
Search result ranking also differs: Only 3.6 percent of the #1 ranked non-sponsored search results were the same across all search engines for a given query.
1) Storefront – includes all mobile downloadable content offered both on mobile operator portals and via D2C destinations. 2) Mobile Internet sites – including all WAP and made-for-mobile sites and sources 3) Internet sites – includes all the Internet brands and destinations, as well as the so-called “transcoded Web” of Internet sites that have been specially adapted for display on mobile devices 4) Vertical – includes a plethora of newcomer sites that enable users to search specifi c groups of content - including RSS feeds, blogs, and sites - for content and answers. (Examples include Vtap, a mobile video search engine; AbPhone, a French mobile search service specialized in images and mobile music; and Juice Wireless, a mobile social networking company that has introduced mobile video search allowing both members and non-members to search user-generated video content.)