Let Your Keyboard Do The Walking

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Let Your Keyboard Do The Walking

comScore recently released its qSearch Internet Yellow Page search rankings for Q1 2007, which revealed that Yellow Book Network was the fastest growing property with an 85-percent gain in searches over Q1 2006, while Yahoo! Sites was the market leader, accounting for 22.4 percent of IYP searches.

Growth in the overall IYPU.S. search market in Q1 2007 has been driven by the total number of unique IYP searchers growing by 21 percent.  However, the total number of IYP searches conducted rose by a modest 5-percent during that time-frame, indicating that lighter searchers have entered the market.

Nonetheless, Yellow Book Network and Yellowpages Network both realized increases of at least 80 percent in the number of search queries conducted.  The surge in search volume at Yellow Book Network, posits the report, can largely be attributed to a major national TV advertising campaign, as well as strategic partnerships. 

Yellowpages Network achieved growth primarily as the result of the inclusion of Switchboard.com traffic in December 2006 and did not contribute significantly to IYP search market growth.

Top National IYP Properties (Q1 2007 vs. Q1 2006; Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations)

 

Search Queries (MM)

 

Top National IYP Properties               

Q1 2006

Q1 2007

Percent Change 

Total Internet

771.6

808.6

5%

Yahoo! Sites 

187.3

180.8

-3%

Idearc Media

174.1

158.2

-9%

Yellowpages Network

79.7

143.8

80%

Google Sites

94.8

 97.5

7%

Time Warner Network

55.9

59.7

7%

Local.com

35.0

41.4

18%

Yellow Book Network

20.8

38.5

85%

Microsoft Sites

29.2

34.2

17%

Source: comScore qSearch, June 2007

 For the fifth consecutive quarter Yahoo! has led in IYP search share, accounting for 22.4 percent of IYP searches in Q1 2007.  Idearc Media ranked second, followed by Yellowpages Network, and Google Sites. Yellowpages Network posted the biggest share gain in Q1 2007, followed by Yellow Book Network. 

Top National IYP Properties by Share of IYP Searches (Q1 2007 vs. Q1 2006 Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations)

IYP Properties               

Share of IYP Searches

                                  

Q1 2006

Q1 2007   

Point Change

Total Internet

100.0%

100.0%

0.0

Yahoo! Sites

24.3%

22.4%

-1.9

Idearc Media

22.6%

19.6%

-3.0

Yellowpages Network

10.3%

17.6%

7.3

Google Sites

12.3%

12.1%

-0.2

Time Warner Network

7.2%

7.4%

 0.2

Local.com

4.5%

5.1%

0.6

Yellow Book Network

2.7%

 4.8%

2.1

Microsoft Sites

3.8%

4.2%

0.4

 Source: comScore qSearch, June 2007

Idearc Media led the competition in IYP search engagement, as measured by both searches per searcher and result pages per searcher, driven primarily by activity on its Superpages.com site.  Yahoo! Sites ranked second in searches per searcher, followed by Yellowpages Network with.  In terms of search results pages per searcher, Yellowpages Network ranked second, while Yahoo! Sites rounded out the top three.

Top National IYP Properties by Search Engagement (Q1 2007 Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations)

 Top National IYP Properties

Searches Per Searcher

Search Result Pages Per Searcher

Total Internet

7.1

13.9

Idearc Media

5.0

9.7

Yahoo! Sites

 4.6

8.8

Yellowpages Network

4.4

9.4

Yellow Book Network

3.2 

5.7

Google Sites

2.9

4.9

Microsoft Sites

2.6

5.4

Time Warner Network

2.1

4.2

Local.com

1.7 

3.1

 Source: comScore qSearch, June 2007

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