walkman - 5:42 pm on Sep 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think it's two things
1. Bing/MSN users are older (and thus probably wealthier) - they got their hotmail account way back when and still use it and even search from within it. Or they search using defaults in I.E. What's more they trust the #1 listing, if it's No. 1 it must be good and they feel comfortable buying. G users are younger and less trusting.
2. There is no Instant on Bing - which means they serve the result only after the searcher has finished telling it exactly what they want - so the match is likely to be closer to what the searcher wants than G's guess based on a couple of letters. G's algo might be fine for the correct phrase, but G interrupts the customer from typing it in. Garbage search query in, garbage result out.
I haven't setup IE in a long time, last time I remember a list of them. Remember the default option also gets the 'uneducated and poor masses.'
For #2. There's a key ingredient missing: why is Google making them permanent if they produce 'garbage results' ? Even personalization is impossible to escape, unless you waste a minute typing &pws=0 at the of each search query. Who, other than a savvy webmaster, does that to check his rankings? The Instant was with an option for a while now it's even harder than &pws=0 and it resets after each search. In other words they are essentially mandatory for all but a few users. Why? No choice is surely not better for the users.
thanks. I'll try it.