Posts Tagged ‘Bing’

Local Listing Setup in the New Bing Business Portal: As Told By Bing

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Earlier this month Bing announced that the Bing Local Listing Center had been transition to the Bing Business Portal.  The new system, which is in Beta, came with a new look, some new glitches, and individual comic frames as help tutorials for the process.  Below are the individual frames combined into on single comic strip in the order they appear during setup. These details give a brief insight into how to setup a business listing in the Bing Business Portal and the benefits of completing each section. Note: All comic illustrations belong to Bing.

Bing Business Portal Setup

Bing Local Listings Center is now Bing Business Portal

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

One of the most intense battles being waged by the search engines is the battle for local dominance.  As more people look to local results and search via mobile device, locally relevant content is in high demand.  Google seemed to be leading the pack with it’s variety of local products such as Places, Latitude, and HotPot (now discontinued), but it appears that Bing has upped the ante with a beta launch of Bing Business Portal.

Though in Beta, the “Bing Business Portal” has replaced the “Bing Local Listings Center” in the U.S. and includes all of the features that were available in the original listings center, but with some added bonuses.

Enhanced Listings

Enhanced listings offer up some additional details about your business in an effort to make business listings more relevant and to drive more visitors to your business.  While many of the “enhanced” features already existed, some noteworthy changes are the addition of 6 additional categories and keywords and the ability to link to your Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Deals and Offers

Coupons and promotions are nothing new to the local search space, but Bing seems to have streamlined the process in a way that makes it easy for promotions to be shared and also makes the deals prominent in their search results without making businesses pay extra for it.

With Bing Business Portal businesses can create a discount coupon, promotion or rebate.  The system’s new Deal Editor allows businesses to select a specific offer category, a type (dollar amount, dollars off, percentage off, etc.), and add information describing the offer, such as photos and expiration date or a disclaimer.  Once done, businesses can then promote the offer in Bing’s search results, on their local business listing and on their Facebook Page.  If that weren’t enough, they will also appear in the deals tab in Bing’s mobile browser.

Overall these are some nice improvements to Bing’s local services.  The inclusion of services like Twitter and Facebook will be huge for local businesses participating in the social realm, and the fact you can publish Bing Business Portal deals on your Facebook page is just icing on the cake.  In the coming months our plastic surgery internet marketing clients will begin to reap the benefits of this service as we update and enhance their Bing listings to ensure they are getting the full benefits of this new service.

Does Size Matter? Google Thinks So

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Google announced yesterday that they super sized their search box.  I haven’t personally seen the changes when I visit Google.com, but a number of blogs, colleagues, and Twitter friends have mentioned the new phenomenon.  Google’s claims that the change was, “because it symbolizes our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use”  I think they just had search box envy.  Below is a comparison of the top 3 search engines and their search box sizes as they appear now.  You’ll see that Google is in fact the longest now with Bing trailing just behind.

Google, Bing, and Yahoo Search Boxes

So does size matter?  Not really.  When you compare market share from July, the search boxes are out of order.  According to Compete, Google held 73.75% of the market share, Yahoo held 15.6% of the market share, and Bing held 6.8%.   I wonder if Yahoo is going to go in and have a search box enlargement done now that Google has.  Is this what we’ve come to?  The “my search box is bigger than your search box” game?  Cuz if that’s the case, Wolfram|Alpha has them all beat.