NEW YORK--()--The presence of organic listings on a search engine positively impacts the click-through rates of paid search advertisements, and vice-versa, according to a new study by NYU Stern Professors Anindya Ghose and Sha Yang. This is the first empirical study to assess the impact of search engine advertising on all three entities involved in the process – consumers, advertisers and search engines – in the presence of both organic listings and paid advertisements.
“These findings have important implications for the incentives of search engines to strategically modify the rankings of their organic search listings in order to boost their revenues from paid search advertisements”
Using a unique panel dataset of consumer responses to keyword ads on Google, Professors Ghose and Yang found:
“These findings have important implications for the incentives of search engines to strategically modify the rankings of their organic search listings in order to boost their revenues from paid search advertisements,” explained Professor Ghose.
The paper, “Analyzing the Relationship between Organic and Sponsored Search Advertising: Positive, Negative or Zero Interdependence?” is forthcoming in Marketing Science and is available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1491315.
Professor Ghose is an expert in Web 2.0, user-generated content, online advertising and e-commerce, and Professor Yang’s research focuses on understanding household purchase behavior and market competition.
To speak with Professor Ghose, contact him directly at 212-998-0807, firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail is best); or contact Jenny Owen in NYU Stern’s Office of Public Affairs at 212-998-0561, email@example.com.