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April 2012 – Top U.S. Online Brands and Travel Websites
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April 2012 – Top U.S. Online Brands and Travel Websites

In April 2012, 210 million Americans were active online, spending about 29 hours on average browsing the web. Google remained the top web brand by total audience in the U.S., with 171 million unique U.S. visitors, while Facebook’s visitors averaged the most time on the site per person (7 hours, 9 minutes).  Americans visited a wide variety of websites in April, 95 unique domains on average in April, and more than half  (117 million) visited Travel websites during the month.

Average U.S. Internet Usage for April 2012

Metrics Total
Sessions/Visits per Person 64
Domains Visited per Person 95
Web Page Views per Person 2703
Duration of a Web Page viewed 00:01:05
Online Time per Person 28:56:40
# of People Who Went Online 210,638,000
# of People who had Internet access 275,865,610
Read as: 210 million Americans were active online during April 2012.

Source: Nielsen

Top 10 Web Brands for April 2012 (U.S., Total)

Rank Brand Unique Audience Time per Person (hh:mm:ss)
1 Google 171,291,000 1:56:06
2 Facebook 151,411,ooo 7:09:42
3 Yahoo! 142,682,000 2:22:39
4 MSN/WindowsLive/Bing 126,142,000 1:30:56
5 YouTube 125,796,000 1:30:13
6 Microsoft 92,664,000 0:42:50
7 AOL Media Network 84,298,000 2:30:13
8 Amazon 75,101,000 0:32:38
9 Wikipedia 74,504,000 0:19:08
10 Apple 72,278,000 0:54:45
Read as: During April 2012, 171.3 million unique U.S. people visited Google websites.

Source: Nielsen

Travelers head online as Summer Vacation approaches

Whether consumers were making their plans for summer vacation or simply finding their way around town, over half of Internet users visited Travel websites in April 2012.  Google Maps was the top web brand in the category during April, with 79 million unique U.S. visitors, followed by other popular mapping sites like Mapquest (29.6 million) and Yahoo! Local (15.2 million). Visitors to Google Maps returned frequently, visiting the site about 5 times each on average, logging well over 1 billion pageviews on the site.

Looking towards Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., travellers planning trips a little further from home also headed online to make plans, visiting sites like TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Priceline Network to plan their trips (respectively 13.2 million, 12.9 million, and 12.2 million unique visitors each, respectively).  Millions more booked airfare on sites SouthwestAirlines.com and other airlines sites, as consumers searched for the best travel deals, with about half of visitors to TripAdvisor also visiting Expedia during the same month and a third also visiting Priceline sites.

Top 10 Travel Brands for April 2012 (U.S., Total)

Rank Brand Unique Audience Time per Person (hh:mm:ss)
1 Google Maps 79,374,000 0:10:52
2 MapQuest 29,590,000 0:07:26
3 Yahoo! Local 15,247,000 0:03:40
4 TripAdvisor 13,241,000 0:07:19
5 Expedia 12,933,000 0:09:08
6 Priceline Network 12,219,000 0:10:47
7 Bing Maps & Local 10,815,000 0:05:34
8 Travel Ad Network 10,792,000 0:06:54
9 Southwest Airlines 10,245,000 0:13:09
10 Orbitz Worldwide Network 8,587,000 0:06:57
Read as: During April 2012, 79 million Americans visited Google Maps using their browser.

Source: Nielsen