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搜索引擎之外 谷歌是否再无亮点

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  本文摘要:SAN FRANCISCO — Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company’s next act.旧金山——谷歌(Google)的利润还在大幅度快速增长,但华尔街依然急迫期望着它能推陈出新。


SAN FRANCISCO — Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company’s next act.旧金山——谷歌(Google)的利润还在大幅度快速增长,但华尔街依然急迫期望着它能推陈出新。On a conference call with analysts on Thursday, after Google reported its third-quarter earnings, the questions came fast and furious: How will Google match Apple’s new payment system? Can YouTube topple television? Is Google serious about trying to challenge Amazon on same-day delivery?周四在与分析师的电话会议上,当谷歌发布了三季度财报之后,问题接踵而至:谷歌将如何与苹果(Apple)新的缴纳系统竞争?YouTube能政治宣传电视吗?谷歌否知道想在“当日递送”业务上挑战亚马逊(Amazon)?The problem was that in the earnings report, the Internet giant showed signs that its ultraprofitable business in search advertising was starting to slow.问题在于,在这份财报中,这家互联网巨头呈现了一些迹象,表明利润极为可观的搜寻广告业务早已开始上升。In almost every way, Google has become a victim of its own success. Its search engine remains dominant in desktop computers and mobile phones, and businesses like YouTube and the Google Play store are growing quickly. The company churns out billions in quarterly profit and has a $60 billion cash hoard.完全从各个层面来讲,谷歌的问题都源自自身的顺利。它的搜索引擎依然在台式电脑和手机上占到主导地位,YouTube和Google Play商店等业务也在很快快速增长。

公司的季度利润约数十亿美元,现金储备则超过600亿美元(约合3670亿元人民币)。The thing that worries investors, though, is that the company’s golden goose — its search engine — is showing signs of age. Paid clicks on advertisements increased 17 percent in the third quarter compared with the same quarter last year. But in the second quarter, paid clicks were up 25 percent from a year earlier.不过,令其投资者深感忧虑的是,公司的摇钱树——搜索引擎——于是以呈现衰败的迹象。广告的收费点击数三季度同比快速增长了17%。而在二季度,收费点击数的同比增幅则为25%。

“Google’s core search business is the best Internet business model ever created,” said Jordan Rohan, founder of Clearmeadow Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused on Internet companies. “Every other business Google is in looks pedestrian by comparison.”“谷歌的核心搜寻业务是有史以来最差的互联网商业模式,”专心于互联网公司的战略咨询企业Clearmeadow Partners的创始人乔丹·罗恩(Jordan Rohan)说道。“相比之下,谷歌的所有其他业务都变得平淡无奇。

”Another concern for analysts is the cost per click, the average price the company is paid each time a user clicks on an ad. The cost-per-click measurement has fallen for several years as people spend more time on mobile phones, which have smaller screens and are harder to place ads on.分析师的另一个忧虑是页面费用,即广告客户为用户每次页面广告缴纳的平均价格。随着人们把更好时间花上在手机上,页面费用这项指标倒数几年呈圆形上升趋势。

手机的屏幕较小,因此更为无法投入广告。In the third quarter, the cost-per-click measure again fell, down 2 percent year over year and flat from the second quarter.三季度的平均值页面费用再度下降,同比降幅为2%,与二季度持平。Google executives grow annoyed with analysts’ fixation on clicks and cost per click. Mobile advertising is still pretty new, they point out. It accounts for about 11 percent of ad spending in the United States, according to the research firm eMarketer. Even mighty Google is trying to figure it out.分析师们对页面次数和平均值页面费用的问题揪住不敲,这让谷歌的高管们有些恼怒。

他们认为,移动广告依然是很新的业务。根据研究公司eMarketer的数据,移动广告在美国的广告开支中占到了大约11%。即使是无所不能的谷歌也仍在思索之中。“I think we just need to keep innovating and experimenting here to get it right,” said Omid Kordestani, Google’s chief business officer.“我指出,我们只是必须不断创新和尝试,就能寻找准确的方法,”谷歌的首席商务官奥米德·柯德斯塔尼(Omid Kordestani)说道。

Google does not release figures for mobile ad revenue separately from desktop ad revenue, so it is hard to know exactly how Google is doing in this area.谷歌不分开发布台式电脑广告营收之外的移动广告营收,因此很难清楚获知谷歌在这方面做到得如何。Mobile is likely to be one of Mr. Kordestani’s chief business problems. During the conference call, the company announced that Mr. Kordestani, a longtime Google executive who stepped into the role after the departure of Nikesh Arora for SoftBank, will be in the job permanently.移动业务很有可能是柯德斯塔尼必须面临的主要业务问题之一。

在这次的电话会议上,谷歌宣告,柯德斯塔尼月接任首席商务官一职。柯德斯塔尼是谷歌的资深高管,在尼克什·阿罗纳(Nikesh Arora)跳跃至软银(SoftBank)之后,接任了他的工作。Despite its challenges, Google remains a fast-growing business. Third-quarter revenue increased 20 percent, to $16.5 billion.尽管面对着重重挑战,谷歌仍是一家快速增长很快的公司。

三季度营收快速增长了20%,至165亿美元。And the company is making money in many new kinds of ways. Google reported that “other revenue,” a large portion of which is Google’s Play Store, increased 50 percent from the same quarter of last year, to $1.8 billion.此外,谷歌还在通过许多新的途径构建盈利。谷歌称之为,“其他营收”——其中相当大一部分来自谷歌的Play Store——同比快速增长了50%,至18亿美元。But research-and-development costs have soared, to $2.7 billion from $1.8 billion from the same quarter a year ago.不过,公司的研发成本攀升,从去年同季度的18亿美元快速增长到了27亿美元。

“People are certainly concerned about the expenses,” said Ben Schachter, an analyst with Macquarie Securities. “Revenue growth is slowing while the company continues to hire a significant number of engineers. As long as the core business holds up, that’s fine, but if the core slows dramatically, that’s a problem.”“人们毫无疑问不会对成本深感忧虑,”麦格理证券(Macquarie Securities)的分析师本·沙克特(Ben Schachter)说道。“营收快速增长于是以大大上升,与此同时,公司仍在雇用大量工程师。

只要核心业务保持良好态势,就没问题,但如果核心急遽上升,那就有困难了。”Net income in the third quarter was $2.8 billion, down from just under $3 billion last year. But excluding the cost of stock options and the related tax benefits, Google’s profit was $6.35 a share, compared with $5.63 in the third quarter of 2013.三季度净收入为28亿美元,高于去年同期的将近30亿美元。但在去除股票期权的成本和涉及税收优惠之后,谷歌每股利润为6.35美元,相比之下,2013年三季度为5.63美元。Over all, the earnings were somewhat short of expectations. The stock closed on Thursday at $524.51, down 1 percent, and it was down about 2 percent in after-hours trading.总的来说,这份财报和人们的预期多少有点差距。




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