Soso: Tencent's Attempt on Search
Check out news and insights on Tencent's search engine - soso.
Wang Xiaochuan, CEO of Sogou, revealed the cooperation details in an internal email that Sogou and Tencent would form a joint department to begin cooperation on search.
The email said that Tencent would merge Soso and QQ Chinese input with Sogou, and invested USD 448 million to take 36.5% of stake in Sogou. Tencent expected to increase its stake in Sogou to 40% very soon. Tencent and Sogou would work with each other in technologies, products, traffic and data, which would start a new chapter in mobile internet field. [Read more...]
According to CNZZ, Baidu topped China search engine market share with 63.16%, followed by Qihoo’s 360 with 18.23%. Sogou ranked third with 10.35% market share. [Read more...]
China search engine Marketreached 9.28 billion yuan(1.5 billion USD) in Q2 2013, with a QoQ growth of 25.1% and a year-on-year growth of 35.3%, according to statistics released by iResearch.
China search engine market growth in Q2 was driven by three factors. First, due to seasonal factor, after the Chinese Spring Festival, search traffic was growing. Second, the number of search advertisers and ARPU increased. Third, Qihoo’s 360 search quickly commercialized. However, the sluggish macroeconomics, saturated traffic in desktops, and mobile search revenue realization was troubling the search engine market. [Read more...]
According to iResearch Q1 report, Baidu search engine market share is 80.6% (by revenue), growing steadily compared to 79.7% in last quarter. And Google shares 14.4%. [Read more...]
The number of China mobile netizen in 2008 was only a little over 73 million, taking up only 28.9% of the total netizens in China. However, it has grown at a surprising speed, reaching 419.64 million in December, 2012; that is over three quarters of the total China Internet users. It’s estimated that it will soon reach 450 million. [Read more...]
Analysis International, a China Internet research company, released search engine market data for the first quarter in 2012. Total revenue in Q1 has grown by 70.4% (YoY) to 5.53 billion yuan (USD$877 million) though it’s dropped by 4.7% compared to the previous quarter. [Read more...]
Total revenue of China search engine market last year reached 18.78 billion yuan, up 11.7% from 2010. Baidu leads search engine market with a market share of 76.1% by revenue while Google’s down to 19.8%. Sogou and Soso expanded their market share to 2.3% and 1.4% respectively.
China web search requests amounted to 77.51 billion times in Q3 2011, up 6.1% from Q2 and 16.3% from Q3 2010 according to research company iResearch. [Read more...]
Sina Weibo has announced a total of 250 million users and 86 million daily posts being published. Yes; Weibo is no doubt very popular; information on Weibo and monitoring of the content published are helpful to companies to get insights into this market.
Let me share a few ways to search for content on Weibo platforms in real time.
Search and Monitor on Weibo
On Weibo platforms like Sina Weibo, you can conduct a search on any page or go to a search page such as s.weibo.com. You can bookmark the search result page or “follow” the topic you searched for to create shortcuts. It’s nice and easy; but, you have to do it on all Weibo platforms. [Read more...]
According to Enfodesk’s data, total revenue in China search engine market reached 4.32 billion yuan (about USD 668 million) in the second quarter of 2011, up 33.2% compared to the first quarter.
Google’s market share by revenue continued its down trend to 18.9% and Baidu’s up slightly to 75.9%. [Read more...]
Baidu’s market share by search queries in Q4 2010 increased by 6.5% to 83.6% compared to the same period in 2009, according to the latest report from iResearch.
Unfortunately for Google, its search query market share dropped to 11.1%. Definitely not a good thing for China search market; we’d love to see some competitions in this market.
China’s Q1 online advertising spend in 2010 showed strong growth, with an increase of 85.4% to 6.36 billion yuan (USD 931 million) compared to Q1 spend in 2009. Baidu leads China’s online advertising market in quarter one in 2010 with total sales of 1.293 billion yuan. The next five are:
- Taobao: 590m yuan
- Google China: 563m yuan
- Sina: 380m yuan
- Sohu: 290m yuan
- Tencent: 210m yuan
Web portals and search engines are the major source of online advertising. Mobile advertising spend increased by 30% to 250 million yuan, compared to Q4 2009. [Read more...]
CNNIC has released its latest search engine report showing that by the end of June 2009, the number of Chinese search engine users has reached 235 million with an increase of 59.49 million people, annual growth rate of 34%. The number will likely reach 260 million by the end of year 2009. Here is a summary of some interesting findings in China search engine market:
- Main purpose of search engine uses: entertainment (especially music, over 39.5%)
- Urban search engine users: 180 million
- Rural search engine users: 55 million.
- Mobile Internet users: 155 million
- Mobile Search users: 40.74 million
- Male search engine users v.s. female: 52.4 v.s. 47.6
- Student search engine users: 37.1% (over 87 million)
- Over 81.7% of students use search engines
- 88.8% users search with more than one search engine
- Among those who use only one search engine: 73.2% choose Baidu, 11% choose Google
- 42.9% users’ monthly income are below 1,000 yuan; 27.3% between 1001 and 2000 yuan; 29.8% over 2000 yuan.
Search Engine Penetration Rate
- Baidu: 92.9%
- Google: 32.7%
- Sogou: 26.9%
- Yahoo: 22.0%
- SoSo: 13.0%
- Bing: 6.3%
- Yodao: 5.1%
“First Choice” Market Share
- Baidu: 77.2%
- Google: 12.7%
- SoSo: 3.1%
- Sogou: 2.4% with 41.2% increase, the highest among all search engines
- Yahoo: 1.6%
High-End Search Engine Users
CNNIC defines high-end users as those above 25 years old with college education and and income of over 3,000 yuan. 8.5% of all search engine users are high-end search engine users.
69.8% of high-end users take Baidu as first choice having increased 10% over the last year. However, only 22% choose Google as first choice.
China’s B2B media platform Toocle launched the first B2B top search list last week. The site is in four languages, Chinese, English, Korean, and Japanese. However, the top search list so far is only in Chinese.
Toocle top search list is based on data from six search engines: Baidu, Google, Yahoo, Sogou (Sohu), Tencent SoSo, Netease Youdao. To me, this top search list is not quite helpful. It only shows daily absolute number of searches on each of the six search engines and month to date percentage of market share (in terms of number of searches as shown below).
Toocle is a trading circle connecting sellers around one buyer. Being created by the buyer the seller can easily and freely join your toocle for the products you wish to sell. The platform enhances business communication and negotiation to conduct successful trading.