August 29, 2013 07:28 ET

Online Gambling Takes Its Biggest Tumble yet, on the Search Front

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2013) - Brits spend £2.3 billion annually on online gambling according to research from Deloitte, commissioned by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). However, a new report from leading independent digital marketing agency, Greenlight, shows consumer online search volumes pertaining to sports betting, poker, bingo and casino, have suffered their sharpest drop yet.

Greenlight's findings follow hot on the heels of the government's announcement of a 15% tax imposition on operators in the remote gambling market - depending on the type of gambling offered, and warnings from bookies on losses to come from the planned tax reform set to kick in next year.

The agency's "Gaming Sector Report - Issue 11" profiled consumer search habits when they went to Google UK in July to make gaming-related queries. The report reveals the most popular search terms, total search volumes and the most visible sites to searchers.

The report's 12 month retrospective shows gaming-related consumer searches which totaled 995,830 in July, suffered a sharp 34% decline on June's volume of 1.5 million, the steepest drop yet since August 2012.

Casino made up the majority of July's queries, accounting for a 35% share, followed by sports betting (31%), Bingo (18%) then Poker (16%).

According to Greenlight, the ten most popular terms used by consumers to find gaming sites across the board were:

'bingo' (60,500 searches)
'online casino' (60,500 searches)
'casino' (49,500 searches)
'poker' (33,100 searches)
'no deposit casino' (33,100 searches)
'bet' (33,100 searches)
'poker hands' (22,200 searches)
'bingo sites' (22,200 searches)
'betting calculator' (18,100 searches)
'free bingo' (18,100 searches)

Overall, the most visible site to searchers in the organic* listings was which achieved a 44% share of voice. In the paid listings** however, was the most visible advertiser, securing a 75% share of visibility.

On Social Media, had the highest number of YouTube views whilst had the highest number of subscribers to its channel. However,, the free web-based multi-lingual encyclopedia, a non-gaming site, topped Greenlight's Social Media analysis.

Notes to Editors:

*Natural/organic Search - Listings in search engine results pages that appear because of their relevance to the search terms

**Paid Media - an Internet advertising model used on websites, in which advertisers pay their host only when their ad is clicked. With search engines, advertisers typically bid on keyword phrases relevant to their target market.

Greenlight's "Gaming Sector Report - Issue 11" profiles consumer search behaviour in this sector. It assesses which brands, websites and advertisers are the most visible in natural, paid media results, and Social Media and hence have the greatest share of consideration when consumers go to Google UK to search for Bingo, Casino, Poker and Sports Betting.

Greenlight's research covers the following industries and sectors:

HOME GOODS- Home & Garden
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES- Fashion Retail / Sports Retail
CONSUMER SERVICES- Online Dating / Entertainment
GAMING & GAMBLING- Online Gambling
FINANCE- Personal General Insurance / Life Insurance / Retail Banking
TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY- Holidays / Hotels / Flights / Car Hire / Cruises
REAL ESTATE- Property (Residential)
TELECOMS- Telecoms

About Greenlight:

Greenlight is a leading independent digital marketing agency. With over 100 blue-chip clients including Santander, Sky and ghd, Greenlight is a leader in the digital marketing space, and is recognized worldwide for its commitment to delivering record ROI for its clients and investing in the future.

Greenlight is considered the premier thought leader in the sector publishing widely read industry reports, original research and speaking at trade events. Founded in 2001, Greenlight is headquartered in London, with offices in New York.

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