Survey Findings: Local Search Near Universal Among Smartphone Users
These findings and more like them are important for the public library community to know about and if needed, react to since many libraries are working very hard to become community info hubs.
US consumers love local search, at least according to January 2014 polling by Google conducted in partnership with Ipsos MediaCT and Purchased. The study, which looked at US smartphone users ages 18 and older who conducted searches via their phones at least a few times per week, determined that four in five respondents used search engines on their smartphones or computers/tablets to find local information.
Though local information is known to be useful on the move, smartphone searchers were slightly more likely to use their phones to look for local information at home than when they were on the go.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.