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First Look: Yahoo Hopes to Gain #1 Mobile Search Spot With Expansion



Despite many believing mobile marketing to be a “non starter”, the search engines continue to invest heavily in mobile search. With $11.4 billion expected to be spent on mobile search advertising by 2011, Yahoo is at the top of the list of companies staking their future on the tiny web browser.

Earlier this year, Yahoo launched their mobile oneSearch technology for Yahoo Go and today the number two search engine will announce their expansion of oneSearch. For those of you needing a primer, oneSearch is designed to make searching for and finding information as quick as possible for consumers by providing relevant results right on the page such as news headlines, images, business listings and more as well as easy navigation to other web sites. Effectively, oneSearch anticipates the type of information you are looking for, and does away with the arduous task of navigating ten blue links in a mobile browser (see the “pizza” example, right).

The expansion of oneSearch involves making the service available on more than 85% of cell phones – doing away with the need for your phone to support Java downloads – and helping Yahoo make a stronger challenge for the title of top mobile search provider.

Speaking with Yahoo’s Director of Mobile Web, Lee Ott, it’s clear the company is hoping 2007 is the year that it takes the mobile crown away from Google. “Yahoo intends to be #1 in mobile search,” says Ott – mobile research firm M:Metrics has Yahoo in the number two slot for mobile search, behind Google, for December 2006. In fact, Ott believes “2007 will be the tipping point for mobile search.” A bold claim, which I’m sure we’ve heard every year for the past three years.

With such confidence in the prospects for mobile search in 2007, it’s no wonder Yahoo is building search advertising and display advertising into oneSearch. “oneSearch has monetization built-in from inception,” confirms Ott, adding that the service will be Yahoo’s “monetization engine for the mobile web.”

Yahoo oneSearch for the Mobile Web rolls out today for the U.S. and additional country and language versions over the coming months. For more details, visit http://mobile.yahoo.com/mobileweb/onesearch

  • http://www.camaban.co.uk Adrian Lee

    When Opera switched the built-in search in Opera Mini to Yahoo OneSearch from Google recently, a lot of people seemed a bit pissed off.

    Seems they weren’t too impressed with what Yahoo! had done….

  • Mack

    What’s more. It’s not a “search engine” per se but a navigating engine, instead. You’re navigating to a site where you want to go because you know what you are looking for rather than have multiple options to choose from. Something like qode (www.qode.com) would do. Linking should be a one click process and not thumbing the keys multiple of times to get what you want. Who wants to do that on their cell phone?