Alphabet Inc's Comment on Competitors and Industry Peers
Our business is characterized by rapid change and converging, as well as new and
disruptive, technologies. We face formidable competition in every aspect of our
business, particularly from companies that seek to connect people with information
on the web and provide them with relevant advertising. We face competition from:
General purpose search engines, such as Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing.
Vertical search engines and e-commerce websites, such as Kayak (travel queries),
Monster.com (job queries), WebMD (health queries), and Amazon.com and eBay (e-commerce).
Some users will navigate directly to such websites rather than go through Google.
Social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Some users are relying more on
social networks for product or service referrals, rather than seeking information
through general purpose search engines.
Other forms of advertising, such as television, radio, newspapers, magazines,
billboards, and yellow pages, for ad dollars. Our advertisers typically advertise
in multiple media, both online and offline.
Mobile applications on iPhone and Android devices, which allow users to access
information directly from a publisher without using search engines.
Providers of online products and services. A number of our online products and
services, including Gmail, YouTube, and Google Docs, compete directly with new
and established companies, which offer communication, information, and entertainment
services integrated into their products or media properties.
We compete to attract and retain users, for whom other products and services
are literally one click away, primarily on the basis of the relevance and usefulness
of our search results and the features, availability, and ease of use of our
products and services.
We also compete to attract and retain content providers (Google Network Members,
as well as other content providers for whom we distribute or license content),
primarily based on the size and quality of our advertiser base, our ability
to help these partners generate revenues from advertising, and the terms of
our agreements with them.
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