Amazon in Q2 2018 overtook Google in product search with about 54 percent of product searches beginning on Amazon, up from 46 percent in 2015, according to Jumpshot, a research firm that collects data from 100 million devices.

Almost 90 percent of all product views on Amazon result from Amazon’s product search and not merchandising, ads or product aggregators

Amazon search result placement is vital for product views

  • The 4th ranked product spot generates more views (7 percent of all clicks) than the 2nd and 3rd ranked spots (5.7 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively)
  • More than 2/3 of all product clicks come from the first page of Amazon results, and 1/3 from the first two rows alone

Time to purchase from Amazon search is longer than from Google search

  • 35 percent of Google searches, and less than 20 percent of Amazon searches led to a transaction within 5 days
  • Across all categories, Amazon search averages 25.9 days from search to purchase. Google search averages just 19.6 days

Amazon is increasing focus on sponsored ads

  • Sponsored listings only make up about 6 percent of all product views from Amazon’s search results page
  • Clicks from sponsored placements on Amazon have increased 17 percent since the beginning of 2018

Categories

  • Home Improvement: Walmart and Home Depot are growing up to 16 percent in market share, while Amazon is declining
  • Furniture: Wayfair has a good market hold and continues to grow at 21 percent, outshone in YoY growth by Ikea at 57 percent
  • Food: Specialized food delivery brands are losing share while big box retailers like Walmart and Kroger grow 52 percent and 20 percent YoY, respectively
  • Beauty: Specialist retailer Sephora declines 53 percent online, superstores Walmart and Target steal market share
  • Women’s Clothing: All top marketplaces are growing share except Amazon; H&M grew the highest at 77 percent YoY

Amazon said the number of Alexa “skills,” the voice-powered apps created for Amazon’s virtual assistant, topped 80,000 worldwide in early 2019.

The number of Alexa skills in the United States more than doubled to 56,750 in January 2019 from 25,784 a year earlier, according to Voicebot.ai.  Alexa skill growth in the U.K. rose 233% to 29,910, while Germany’s skill count rose 152% to 7,869.

Number of Alexa Skills by Country, January 2019

US 56750
UK 29910
Canada 22873
Australia 22398
Germany 7869
Japan 2364
France 981

Source: Voicebot.ai

Google Assistant has “actions” as the apps that expand its capabilities beyond search.

Number of Google Assistant Actions in United States

January 2019 4253
January 2018 1719
October 2017 724
August 468
July 378
June 304
May 232
April 165

Source: Voicebot.ai

Google Assistant Apps by Category – January 2019

Category %
Education and reference 15.07
Games and fun 11.07
Kids and family 9.29
News and magazines 7.69
Home Control 6.91
Travel and transportation 5.60
Shopping 5.58
Business and finance 5.41
Arts and lifestyle 4.73
Health and fitness 4.25
Social and communication 4.03
Music and audio 3.83
Food and drink 3.50
Productivity 3.41
Sports 2.92
Music, photos and TV 2.76
Local 2.62
Weather 1.32

Source: Voicebot.ai

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Mike Bloomberg: Amazon Deal Is Great for NYC

Amazon Is Getting at Least $1.7 Billion to Come to Queens. Now Comes the Fight Over Whether It’s Worth It.

Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, praised the deal.

“Amazon’s decision to locate to Long Island City is an affirmation not only of N.Y.C.’s growing tech talent,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote on Twitter, “but also of all the investments — in housing, schools, parks, transportation and culture” made in Long Island City.

Mike Bloomberg Statement on Long Island City Chosen as Amazon’s Second HQ Location
NOV. 13, 2018

Following the Great Recession, we set out to make New York City the technology capital of the world. Today’s decision by Amazon to bring thousands of new jobs to Queens is the latest big step toward that goal. We always believed that the Applied Science competition would help catalyze the city’s tech industry, and that the birth of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island would help make Long Island City a magnet for start-ups and big companies alike. Amazon’s decision to locate there is an affirmation not only of the city’s growing tech talent, but also of all the investments – in housing, schools, parks, transportation, and culture – that have turned Long Island City into such a thriving neighborhood. Congratulations to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and everyone in our administration and beyond who helped make this progress possible.

Mike Bloomberg: Amazon Deal Isn’t Great for NYC….um, someone help me make up my elitist…er, populist mind?

Bloomberg vs. Bezos: Ex-NY mayor knocks subsidies for Amazon

Bloomberg on Tuesday took issue with the $3 billion in incentives the city and state are providing the e-commerce giant, while celebrating Amazon’s decision to open a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

“You read in the paper Amazon opened one of their new two headquarters, or are in the process of doing it, very close to here. It’s just right across the river,” Bloomberg said during a 15-minute address on higher education inside his financial news service’s Manhattan headquarters. “But the reason they came here was not the tax breaks they got, which I didn’t think they needed.”