CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Paid search last year accounted for nearly half of search-generated visits to retail web sites, a record 48.6%. That accounts for the 17.8% increase to $158.4 million in the collective monthly paid search spending of North American e-retailers ranked 1-1,000 by web sales, according to Internet Retailer's 2015 Search Marketing 500 executive summary report, released today. The 81-page downloadable report assesses the state of search marketing today, including the ongoing impact of Google's move to paid product listing ads (PLAs), which allow online retailers to advertise products, complete with pictures and pricing, above natural search results. Though expensive, these product-specific ads have been huge traffic and sales generators, according to the new study.
While providing detailed data on the increasingly important role of paid search marketing, the all-new 2015 Search Marketing 500 also includes rankings and data on how retailers and brands compete for visibility in natural search rankings, the science of search engine optimization. The new report contains 43 pages of tables and charts highlighting key paid and natural search metrics for the Top 1,000 e-retailers, including a ranking of the 500 web merchants spending the most on paid search and how much more they spent last year. It also includes: the top 10 paid search marketers in each of 15 merchandising categories; the 50 web merchants with the greatest keyword inventory and the top 10 retailers with the biggest keyword inventory in each of 15 merchandise categories; the 25 fastest-growing and 25 slowest-growing e-retailers in terms of search spending; the 25 merchants paying the most per click; and the e-retailers that rely most heavily on organic search traffic.
"We're very excited to release this executive summary on the current state of search engine marketing in the U.S.," says Jack Love, Internet Retailer publisher and chairman. "The Search Marketing 500 will equip retail marketers with the strategic insights, at-a-glance competitive analyses, case studies and best practices they'll need to make more informed marketing decisions," he says.
Priced at $89, the 2015 Search Marketing 500 also cites the Top 10 search engine marketing solutions providers, including their pricing, key clients and other company information.
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