Bing UK search engine launches new look

Bing is rolling out a number of design updates to their search engine, which are designed to make things easier for users to use and understand.

The service itself will be improved due to faster page loading times and what Bing thinks will be more relevant search engine results.

Bing is looking for a more consistent approach across all devices, so is bringing in a cleaner feel to the search engine results.

Peter Maxmin, head of Bing UK said:

“We want to make your search experience quicker and easier so you can get on with the important stuff…”

In the UK and Europe, Bing is looking for a much larger marketshare, as Google holds a massive dominance in the Search Engine market, compared to the more competitive US market.

Check out the new Bing homepage and let us know what you think of the new layout and search engine results.  Will you be making the switch from Google?

Virgin Media Reaches 1 Million with 100Mb Broadband – Who cares?

Greetings from Skyline Marketing in Exeter, Devon.  Virgin Media have announced that 1 Million of their High Speed Internet Service Users are receiving speeds of up to 100mb!

Virgin’s goal is to have the product fully rolled out by the end of June 2012, and this is a huge achievement along that road to meeting the 2012 target.  Virgins service is the fastest available Internet Service Provider, offering speeds through “cable”, whereas BT’s “infinity” product is woefully lagging behind with 40Mb.  This is still 10Mb slower than Virgins next package.

Executive Director of Virgin Media Broadband said: “When we finish the roll-out of 100Mb across our network, half the country will have access to ultrafast broadband. That’ll be six years ahead of EU targets.

How much will this awesome new service be hitting your pockets at these difficult times?  The 100Mb service retails at £35 per month, providing you sign a 12 month contract for a Virgin phone-line also at £12.99 a month (BT users can pay £10 a month line rental with their saver product).  There is also a £30 activation fee.  BT users can get the service for a flat-rate £45 per month.

There is a cheaper option of £12.50 a month plus line rental and activation for the 50Mb service.

Personally speaking, being based “out in the sticks” and South of Bristol, this means we struggle to even dream of such speeds unless we are inner-city (not my location of choice), so we have to suffice with 6-8Mb speed from BT.  Before you all get the violins out and sending us flowers by post – please don’t bother – Rob is allergic, but mainly because we have ample speed.  Every broadband user that can achieve anything from 4Mb upwards has sufficient speed.  In this day and age, there are so many communities, villages and towns that still cannot get a decent ADSL broadband speed – even certain cities where people just live in the “wrong place” and struggle for basic speeds – this is surely wrong?

Can you honestly tell the difference between 20Mb, 50Mb or 100Mb?  Just because that film you are downloading (probably illegally) will take you 5 minutes instead of 10 – is this really a justification to invest money on such new services, when the existing ones for many are so poor?  Shouldn’t Virgin, BT and others be better off spending money on improving basic services and reducing prices in a time when people are struggling (BT hiking their land-line prices again shortly by the way).  The previous Labour Government expected us to pay a “broadband” tax on our landline to achieve this of 50p a month – why are the providers not paying this money, that they clearly have in the first place to give us a fair deal across the whole UK?  The irony is, I pay more a month for a sufficient 8Mb service, then those living 10 miles down the road in Central Exeter do for twice or 5 times the speed.  Is this the fairness we keep hearing about?

HSBC to move out of London & Enterprise to Save Economy?

SEO Exeter Devon MoneyGood Afternoon from glorious sunny Exeter.  Just returned from walking the dogs, through Devon’s beautiful countryside.  Manchester United have opened the door again for London’s Arsenal to catch them again – i’m sure a certain Liverpool fan from one of our Bristol clients is very happy with that result!

Worrying news for jobs and the economy with “un-named” sources, inside HSBC saying that a move of the world-wide Banks HQ from London to Hong Kong being on the cards.  A rare joint statement from HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint and Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver dismissed the rumours, however coming so quickly after sharp criticism from Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King, and the new Bank levy hoping to raise £2.5billion, the high cost of justifying the HSBC HQ in London will naturally come under the microscope.

HSBC (who of course did not require any sort of “bail-out”), may just be firing an indirect warning shot, before the final arrangements for the Bank levy are announced and other banking reforms.

David Cameron has been saying that “Enterprise is the only hope for growth“.  It has been a very tough time for a lot of businesses, and hopes are that the next budget with be very ‘Enterprise-friendly’.  We talk to plenty of companies who are looking for innovative ways of growing their business, but are concerned about costs.

As a result, a lot of our customers are changing the way they spend their marketing budget, by moving away from traditional methods of marketing such as Yellow Pages, and looking to get value for money from Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).  Moving higher in the Search Engine rankings on a monthly basis can reduce Pay-per-click costs vastly, while bringing in more traffic to your website when your Search Engine Results rise.

It can take a bit of time, but companies with a forward thinking approach to beating the recession and having a bright future are already taking action (which will delight Mr. Cameron!)  The fear of course, is that companies will wait too long, and be playing catch-up while their competitors will be working with SEO companies, optimising their sites and developing link building methods – don’t be one of those who regret not taking that vital step forward to success.  Visit Skyline Marketing for a look at your future.

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