Andy Atkins-Kruger

Higher levels of local search in Germany than the UK or France

Volker Gläser, search director for Yahoo Deutschland, says that local search is more significant in Germany than the UK or France sometimes reaching levels as high as 30% of all searches. He puts this down largely to the division of the country into “Länder”.

In February, Yahoo launched in beta a local search facility across Germany in partnership with local directory ‘Das Örliche’ to provide locally oriented searches using two search boxes – one for the query, one for the location.

The system is needed to integrate with pay per click provider Overture’s local advertising system which already represents 15% of Overture’s turnover in the US, according to Isabell Wagner of Overture in Germany.

The Overture local advertising system is due to go live some time during 2005, said Frau Wagner at the search engine strategies conference in Munich. It had been expected earlier.

Andy Atkins-Kruger
Andy is the CEO of Webcertain. He is a trained linguist with 20 years experience in international marketing, having helped major brand leaders with their advertising and public relations projects on five continents. Webcertain has been operating multilingual search marketing campaigns for over 15 years and is one of few agencies which only deal with international campaigns; the company doesn't deal in single market projects. Andy speaks regularly at conferences around the world, writes for the Multinational Search column of SearchEngineLand.com and is the Managing Editor of the Multilingual Search blog.

One Response to Higher levels of local search in Germany than the UK or France

  1. Sutithi says:

    Whats the status of Local Search now in 2006? Is Germany still ahead?

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