Location, location, location!

Location, location, location!

When it comes to building contextually relevant applications, it’s all about location. By enabling functionality tied to location, an application can move from being just a convenience to a necessity! The Bing Maps team has been hard at work releasing three new REST APIs that bring the power of location-based search to maps scenarios. 
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Do good and get mapping with Missing Maps

Do good and get mapping with Missing Maps

When disaster hits, be it a natural disaster, epidemic, poverty or other crisis, first responders rely on GIS data to access the areas impacted. Missing Maps is an open-source collaborative effort founded by the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Medicine Sans Frontiers, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team where volunteers help map areas in an effort to ensure that many of the places previously missing from maps can be located and reached.
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Bing Maps APIs help find you at a crossroads!

Bing Maps APIs help find you at a crossroads!

Frequently we refer to locations based on the intersection of two or more roads. It’s an easy way to pinpoint a specific location. Common scenarios include sharing a meetup spot and finding other nearby locations as a point in relation. Well now, Locations by Point (REST Locations API) and Autosuggest APIs both support intersections as part of their responses.
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Intelligent Product Search and Recommendations for Fashion Retail

Intelligent Product Search and Recommendations for Fashion Retail

The ranking techniques used in Bing Ads can help fashion retailers display beautiful product ads in a cost-effective way which may also be more relevant for shoppers. By working with a prominent fashion retail partner, these techniques provided a 5.9% increase in the partner's click through rates (number of times a product is clicked over the number of times it is shown) These techniques can be extended beyond basic ad serving into other...
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Bing Maps Local Insights API Now Available

Bing Maps Local Insights API Now Available

The Bing Maps team is happy to announce Bing Maps Local Insights API.  With the release of Bing Maps Local Search API earlier this month, we are excited to include another API to the collection.
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Know what businesses are nearby - Bing Maps Local Search API

Know what businesses are nearby - Bing Maps Local Search API

The Bing Maps Locations REST APIs help developers build rich location aware applications. Today we are pleased to announce a new addition to our Locations API – the Bing Maps Local Search API. Bing Local Search API is a simple-to-use REST API that allows you to query for businesses by name, category or free text.
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Introducing Clarity, a product to visualize user interactions at scale to optimize conversion, engagement and retention

Today, we are excited to announce the release of Clarity, an analytics product that empowers webmasters to visualize user behavior at scale to make data driven decisions on what exactly they should change and improve on their sites to optimize conversion, engagement and retention.  For this purpose, Clarity supports playback of how users interacted and used their websites. Clarity also has other typical functionalities such as heatmap and...
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bingbot Series: Getting most of Bingbot via Bing Webmaster Tools

There are multiple features in Bing Webmaster Tools that allows webmasters to check Bingbot’s performance and issues on their site, provide input to Bingbot crawl schedules and check if that random bot hitting the pages frequently is actually Bingbot or not. In part 4 of our Bingbot series, Nikunj Daga, Program Manager for Bing Webmaster Tools, revisits some of those tools and features that assists webmasters in troubleshooting and...
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