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The UK’s search marketing sector grew by 10 per cent over the last 12 months, however, cost-per-click (CPC) rates are still significantly reduced from the same period last year. These are the findings of the leading global performance marketing company, Efficient Frontier, which releases its Q2 Quarterly Search Report today.

Cost per click (CPC) rates are down on the same period last year by up to 20 per cent. However, for the first time in five quarters, all the major search engines saw a slight increase in CPC rates in the second quarter of the year over the first (between three and eight percent). Overall, search spend was flat in Q2 over Q1.

This indicates that the market is through the worst, according to Efficient Frontier’s Clients Services Director for Europe, Jonathan Beeston: “Annual grown in search advertising spend has been driven by an increase in consumers’ use of search. CPC rates saw a fairly dramatic drop last year, but the slight increase in the last three months indicates that the market is turning a corner. Search is faring well, despite this week’s Bellwether report, which showed a cut in overall marketing budgets during the second quarter of 2010.”

The rise in CPC costs could indicate that an increase in search advertising spend is imminent in Q3 this year, if the UK follows the pattern set by the US over the last six months. The US saw consumer demand rise, followed by advertiser demand, which pushed up CPC costs and search spend in Q2 this year.

Beeston says that Efficient Frontier expects annual growth to be between 10 and 15 per cent in 2010, but remains cautious about the outlook: “Economic conditions are still fragile in the UK and across Europe, and it remains to be seen what impact this will have on marketing spend. We are predicting a cautious 10 to 15 per cent growth again this year in spend. It is likely that while CPC rates will rise slightly they will still be subdued.”

To see Efficient Frontier’s Q2 Quarterly Search Report in full, please visit

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About Efficient Frontier

Efficient Frontier is a worldwide leader in performance marketing solutions for both advertisers and agencies. Founded in 2002, Efficient Frontier pioneered the application of modern portfolio theory to SEM and today combines its core predictive modelling algorithms and bidding technology with comprehensive strategic and tactical value-added services to manage more than $1 billion in annual search spend globally.

The largest and most sophisticated advertisers and agencies partner with Efficient Frontier to achieve and sustain optimal campaign performance and growth in highly complex and competitive search marketplaces. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices in New York, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and India, and technology licensing partnerships in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Efficient Frontier is a privately held company with funding from Redpoint Ventures and Cambrian Ventures.

More information can be found at and Efficient Frontier blog. You can follow Efficient Frontier on Twitter or FaceBook.

For more information please contact:

Merinda Peppard
Efficient Frontier
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7166 5220

Kate Hartley
Carrot Communications Ltd
Tel: + 44 (0)771 406 5233

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