Google trounces other local search providers in uk — study
Google has the most complete and accurate local search database in the UK, according to data and analytics firm Implied Intelligence. Previously we’ve published comparable US reports by the company:
Yellow Pages Sites Beat Google In Local Data Accuracy TestBing Ties Yellow Pages Sites For Most Accurate Local Data
In these earlier US tests, yellow pages sites (i.e., Superpages) and Bing beat Google for completeness and data quality. However in the UK Google comes out on top.
To conduct the test (performed in May) the firm created a sample of 1,400 local business records. Each of these local businesses had websites. Listings were “hand checked” and verified. All the records included a name, address, telephone number and additional attributes (e.g., hours of operation). The test only included independent local businesses; franchises or chain stores were excluded.
Implied Intelligence scored each of the directory and local sites on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best) according to the following criteria:
Record coverageNumber of duplicatesPhone errorsAddress errorsCoverage re homepage URLAccuracy re homepage URLNumber of records with opening hoursNumber of records with additional information
Google was the site that offered the highest percentage of matches with the Implied Intelligence database. However it only had 58.8 percent of the 1,400 listings. Next best in coverage were 192.com and then Hotfrog. Google, Yell/hibu and Bing had the best URL coverage. The directory with the highest percentage of incorrect phone numbers was The Phone Book from BT (a carrier). And the site that had more rich content (beyond reviews or check-ins) than any other was Yelp, followed by Hotfrog.
The following is the fina ranking of UK local search sites (overall averages) based on the Implied Intelligence criteria and analysis:
Bing Ties Yellow Pages Sites For Most Accurate Local DataYellow Pages Sites Beat Google In Local Data Accuracy TestUBL And Yext Join Forces To Offer More Complete Local Data SyndicationNew comScore Study Suggests 50 Percent Of Local-Mobile Search Happening In AppsReport: 52 Pct Of Local-Mobile Search Clicks Turned Into CallsSearch Trumps Social For Local Business Information
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Sources: http://feeds.searchengineland.com/Tags: Internet, Ning, SEO