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amazon.co.uk was the leading UK paid search advertiser, over the past year, generating almost 35 million clicks.The second biggest advertiser in the list was booking.com.
The top 20 ranking features five travel brands, including onthebeach.co.uk, Trivago, Expedia and Airbnb, but they are joined by companies across a range of sectors. Online takeaway service Just Eat featured highly in the ranking, with 21.4 million clicks. Telecoms companies, including giffgaff and BT, and fashion retailers such as ASOS and JD Sports also feature prominently within the top 20, along with price comparison site Moneysupermarket.com. The ranking also features two advertisers from the online bookmaking sector, William Hill and Paddy Power.
Some of the top keywords in the UK during 2016 based Google.co.uk desktop text ad spend include ‘car insurance’, ‘payday loans’, ‘casinos’, ‘travel insurance’ and ‘hotels’.
Kantar Media’s findings not only reveal the top paid search advertisers in the UK but also mirror the most popular industry sectors in the UK market: retail, travel and financial services. In particular, the presence of so many travel brands at the top of the ranking highlights a particularly competitive market for companies in this sector.
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