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U.S. paid search: Kayak led travel category in 2012

Excerpt from Adgooroo

May 24, 2013 11:44 am

Skift Take

There’s a tendency to think of Priceline/ as the big spender in paid search. While that is likely true globally, surprisingly Kayak set the pace in the U.S. in 2012. Another tidbit, the keyword vrbo (vacation rental by owner) soared in popularity, rising from 78 in 2012 to 51 in 2013, reflecting changing lodging considerations.

— Dennis Schaal

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Paid search spend in the travel category on U.S. AdWords is down in 2013. At $238 million for January through April, it’s actually down 19% from 2012’s $295 million during the same period, which was down 17% from 2011.

>Meanwhile, the category of PPC-generated impressions is led by, a company that just a few short years ago seemed to occupy the status of ‘best kept secret’ among those in the know on travel deals. Also of note, the better known brands (Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia) are competing not just with each other, but with lesser known sites such as and Perhaps in a few years these brands will occupy a similar position to today?

From Adgooroo, here are the leaders in PPC-generated impressions in U.S. travel in 2012:

1. 883 million
2. 699 million
3. 670 million
4. 663 million
5. 629 million
6. 595 million
7. 538 million
8. 469 million
9. 353 million
10. 349 million

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