Search Engine Land: Bing launches bots for local businesses

Oooh, very nice, Bing. From Search Engine Land: Bing launches bots for local businesses. “In April, Matt McGee spotted the appearance of chat functionality for selected Seattle-area restaurants. That is now rolling out officially (still only to restaurants) through Bing Places and the newly launched Business Bot program. Microsoft will automatically create a bot from the data in Bing Places.”

Neowin: Microsoft announces new Bing features following Build 2017

Neowin: Microsoft announces new Bing features following Build 2017. “Following Microsoft’s annual Build event last week, which was thoroughly covered by Neowin, the company has now announced some new features arriving to Bing. The search engine will now support bots, eSports coverage and search for hiking and camping places.”

Bing Launches Its Own Custom Search Engine Product

Oooooh. Bing has released its own custom search solution. “Bing has introduced a new, commercial-grade site search tool called Bing Custom Search. The announcement and subsequent rollout occurred during Microsoft’s Build conference on Wednesday. Bing Custom Search allows you to build your own search engine around a specific topic. After selecting a topic, the tool will identify on-topic sites to crawl, apply Bing’s ranking algorithm, and deliver a relevant set of search results.”

The Verge: Microsoft’s Bing bots will let you chat with your search results

What an interesting idea. From The Verge: Microsoft’s Bing bots will let you chat with your search results. “Microsoft is planning to allow developers to add bots to the company’s Bing search results. The software giant has been testing this functionality for at least a month, and previous reports revealed the testing was mainly limited to Seattle. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge the company is ready to expand this further at its Build developer event next week.”

Search Engine Land:The value of search across the modern consumer decision journey

Search Engine Land: The value of search across the modern consumer decision journey. “As disruptive technologies reshape the digital marketing landscape, advertisers are scrambling to stay relevant and top of mind with consumers. In this shifting landscape, paid search continues to evolve outside of the traditional search format as an omnipresent influencer throughout the entire consumer decision journey.”

Search Engine Land: Bing UK now displaying National Health Service data for GP & hospital search queries

Search Engine Land: Bing UK now displaying National Health Service data for GP & hospital search queries. “According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), the publicly-funded national healthcare system has been working with Bing UK during the last year to improve search results for general practitioner and hospital queries.”