Cadburys vs Phil Collins, Apple vs Microsoft. Or: it seems people in the UK are more interested in Apple now, than in Microsoft, for possibly the first time ever. What a long title that is for a blog post.

I’ve been playing around with Google Trends, a-la-Micropersuasion. Some of it I do get, and some of it I don’t. But one thing I have discovered: people in the UK seem to be looking for Apple more than Microsoft, at the tail-end of a trend that seems pretty constant over the past three years.

My Google Trend-o-mania started today when someone was watching the Cadburys Gorilla ad. Seems everyone loves it. They don’t know why, they just do (perhaps that’s the point?). But could people also start loving Phil Collins again, given its prominence in the ad, I wondered? According to Google Trends, yes. There’s a definite upward slope for both since the ad launched. Good news for Phil Collins fans, not so great for music lovers.

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Let’s look at some more: did people bother about the Al-Fayeds as much as Diana? No. Has Gordon Brown supplanted Tony Blair yet? Yes.

How about looking within the UK at coverage of football vs rugby. Is rugby up? Yes – and so is football, but rugby more so. However it seems that, while people are looking for rugby news more (the top chart), the amount of news picked up by Google News is fairly constant (bottom chart).

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But notice a strange thing: if you click the links given, on the Gordon Brown/Tony Blair trends, to the right it says ‘No news articles were found.’ What-what-what-what-what? I don’t understand. I can understand a US-centricity to results but that’s riddliculous. Then again, look at the news articles listed to the right of the Diana search. One of them is CheshireOnline. CheshireOnline? I grew up in Cheshire and I can tell you, it’s great for cats and cheese but is not a particular centre of Diana-worship.

Two more searches: how, comparatively, are Microsoft and Apple doing? In all regions, Apple is definitely closing the gap. Moldova.org is singled out as a particular authority on this issue. I know, let’s forget Moldova. Let’s just look at the UK – and it would seem that, within the UK, Apple really has just overtaken Microsoft in search volume. In other words, people are looking for Apple more than they are Microsoft. I guess you could point at the iPhone for this but I would say this merely continues a trend you can see developing over the past three years.

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So what does this tell us?

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2 thoughts on “Cadburys vs Phil Collins, Apple vs Microsoft. Or: it seems people in the UK are more interested in Apple now, than in Microsoft, for possibly the first time ever. What a long title that is for a blog post.

  1. Pingback: For the first time ever people think Apple more than Microsoft « The Friendly Ghost - A copywriter in tech PR

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