• My Media Group lance le 1er baromètre de la “Google Dependence”

My Media Group lance le 1er baromètre de la “Google Dependence”

  • Based on a representative analysis of online traffic, the Search Dependence Index® by My Media Group evaluates the search engine dependence of the top 100 French websites identified by Médiamétrie/Netratings.
  •  fr, Showroom-prive.com, Blablacar.fr, Leboncoin.fr and SFR.fr are amongst the top performing brands.

Levallois-Perret, the 20th of March 2018 – My Media Group, leading independent media agency in France and  in SEO consultancy, announced today the launch of their Search Dependence Index (S.D.I.), an indicator that measures brand dependency on search engines, particularly Google that represents 94% of French web searches.

This barometer of « Google Dependence » classifies a selection of 100 websites monitored by Médiamétrie/Netratings.  The lower the score is, the less the website is dependent on Google searches: the grade 1 means that the website is close to complete autonomy whereas the grade 100 indicates a total Google dependency in terms of web traffic acquisition. The grades attributed by this 1st barometer are based on the analysis of online traffic in January 2018*

François Lienart, Studies director for MyMedia Group explains: « An old saying tells us that all Roads lead to Rome. The world has changed, and we are forced to recognize that, now, all roads pass through search engines, particularly Google! Indeed, even when a surfer knows the brand’s name, very often they type the website name into the search bar. Yet, in France, 90% of the time, this search engine is called Google. Consequently, any website that wants to drive a minimum of online traffic and potential clients needs to be “Google-compliant”. But due to the fact that Google changes regularly the rules, brands and content producers are pushed into a “Google-dependence”.


Main Conclusions:

Amongst the least dependent brands. The websites Lidl.fr, Blablacar.fr, Labanquepostale.fr, Leboncoin.fr, Societegenerale.fr, Showroomprive.com stand out with an S.D.I. score between 0 and 3 whereas the average score of the 100 most visited websites in France is 34.

Top 10 S.D.I All brands

Bottom 10 S.D.I All brands

  • Press. Digital press has contrasted results. The daily national press obtained an average score of 35 ; News Magazines a score of 50 ; Daily regional press got the best score of the media field with an average S.D.I. of 20; finally, radio and television websites obtained an average score of 31 when pure player media got 41.One of the revelations of this barometer is the position occupied by daily regional press. With a particularly low score, daily regional press translates the traditionally close relationship they have with their readers. The strong inclination of readers to privilege digital press is reinforced by the strong presence on social media, which contributes to customer loyalty.

Daily national press ranking

Daily regional press ranking

Magazine ranking

Pure player media ranking

  • Banks. The bank market shows homogeneous results and the best score of all fields with an average of 7. Traditional customer loyalty to their banks is confirmed by their digital variants and the usage of these websites is clear (consulting bank accounts).

  • Retail. Retail brands obtained an average S.D.I. of 21. However, there is a large gap between brands that are clearly established as leaders and those facing agressive competition. First of all, Online purchasing Pure players (Aliexpress.com, Showroomprive.com, Wish.com, venteprive.com) show an excellent search engine independence score ahead of traditional actors (Carrefour.fr, Auchan.fr, Boulanger.com, Decathlon.fr) and travel agency websites. Secondly, DIY sites obtained an average S.D.I. of 29, we must note that the American giant Amazon.fr showed an S.D.I of 18. Retail brands illustrate the S.D.I.’s general tendency.
    The more generalist the business and the tougher the competition, the less potentially dependent the business is.
    This way, the food retail brands, perfectly identified in their market and up until now, not threatened by  new digital competition, obtain an under average S.D.I. (Ex: Carrefour=11). The generalists (darty and Fnac at 34) follow a different and more complex scenario being much more challenged by new competition. The biggest surprise comes from this new competition with large gaps between generalists (ex Cdiscount with 30) and the hyper specialized businesses (Showroomprivé with 3).

Retail ranking

Travel  agency ranking


David Ringrave, My Media group General Director adds: “Google Dependence is an established fact that is going to accentuate over the coming years along with numerous new digital uses such as voice recognition, where the only response will be through search. The neo-consumer is used to a transversal approach and puts less and less blind trust in a brand, a name. The strongest brands in a digital environment are those that are capable to pair global awareness and a vertical market segment, clearly identified, by lifting themselves to N°1 or N°2 in their field. This is how “We are going on Leboncoin”, how “We are taking an Uber”, how “We are booking an Airbnb” and that “We are Blablacar”. Facing Google dependence, brands have to acquire their independence until they gain lexicalization. Just a century ago, General Motors registered the trademark Fridgidaire, which has become a common term”

Search Dependence Index by My Media Group methodology

Based on a representative analysis of a website’s online traffic, the S.D.I. indicator evaluates the contribution of traffic coming through “search” channels (all search engines) by distinguishing SEO/SEA levers. The measurements also take into account the brand notoriety that influence the nature of the searches (Brand/non brand) and therefore the search engine dependency of their global audience. Independently of the grade itself, it is also a useful indicator to compare the efficiency of web marketing campaigns in a given market. The evolution of the indicator in time should reveal the capability of a brand to progressively detach itself of Google to secure its online traffic.

The goal of the Search Dependence Index is to establish a digital marketing performance standard. The methodology allows a monthly general and by field barometer, whilst identifying progress and therefore the pertinence of investments, communication actions and referencing.

For each market, the Search Dependence Index allows to identify tendencies used to make recommendations, some of which to improve web site referencing, others that might  suggest the necessity to change a strictly SEO approach to get out of the search engine dependency, mainly via a global media strategy allowing to improve website and brand awareness. 

*The numbers used by the Search Dependence Index are mainly based on data produced by SimilarWeb, Elexa and Semrush (Big data references for ranking web/mobile sites and data mining).

About My Media Group 

Leading independent media agency in France and leader in SEO consultancy, My media Group was created in 2005 by Anthony Ravau and David Ringrave.

After 13 years of existence, the company has acquired a unique know how in multiple fields of expertise, thanks to its integrated network of media agencies (My Media, ROIK, Geovista), Creative agency (Eggs) and SEO (Search Foresight), all  leaders in their respective fields.

With 130 collaborators and over 200 clients, My Media Group is the leader in e-commerce consulting, which has allowed the agency to reach a Gross margin of 20 million Euros in 2017 which represents 18% growth compared to 2016.

About Search Foresight 

Search Foresight, created in 2012, has become an SEO reference in France. The agency is specialized in strategic brand support, pure players, e-commerce and implementing inbound marketing actions, content marketing and optimizing for innovative and efficient search engines.

Contacts :

My Média Group
François Lienart, Director of Studies
Tél. : 01 70 98 98 43

Search Foresight
Philippe Yonnet, chief executive
Tél. :  01 74 18 29 40

Ulysse Communication – Media relations
Bruno Arabian
Tél. : 01 81 70 96 30 / 06 87 88 47 26