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Google Congratulates America’s eCities: Google eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state

Friday, August 23, 2013

New York — The Google eCity Award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state. Google and independent research firm Ipsos MORI analyzed the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all fifty states. The city with the highest scores in each state was designated a 2013 Google eCity.

2013 Winners

AL - Madison

AK - Homer

AZ - Scottsdale

AR - Bella Vista

CA - Carlsbad

CO - Boulder

CT - Glastonbury

DE - Bear

FL - Santa Rosa Beach

GA - Atlanta

HI - Kailua Kona

ID - Sandpoint

IL - Oak Brook

IN - Zionsville

IA - West Des Moines

KS - Lenexa

KY - Lexington

LA - Mandeville

ME - Scarborough

MD - Ocean City

MA - Westborough

MI - Walled Lake

MN - Minnetonka

MS - Ridgeland

MO - Maryland Heights

MT - Whitefish

NE - Lincoln

NV - Carson City

NH - Amherst

NJ - Princeton

NM - Albuquerque

NY - New York

NC - Cary

ND - Fargo

OH - Solon

OK - Edmond

OR - Ashland

PA - Exton

RI - Middletown

SC - N. Myrtle Beach

SD - Sioux Falls

TN - Hendersonville

TX - Austin

UT - Park City

VT - South Burlington

VA - Chantilly

WA - Bainbridge Island

WV - Charleston

WI - Pewaukee

WY - Casper


STAGE 1 – eCities Shortlist

To develop the eCities shortlist, Ipsos assembled a list of all US cities, broken down by population size. Google then added the AdWords data for each city to calculate the top five cities in each of the 50 states with the highest AdWords penetration relative to population size.

1. A list of all valid zip code areas and city names was created for each state with population data for each zip code area and city. Ipsos aggregated these zip codes to a city level to include both large and small populations within each city and also to prevent neighborhoods within the same city from dominating the list in each state.

2. Google created an AdWords penetration figure for each city, by dividing the total population of each city by the number of AdWords customers in that city.

3. If a city appeared in duplicate states the population and AdWords was aggregated and the city assigned to the state where its population was the largest.

4. Ipsos was then asked to conduct desk research in each of the top five AdWords penetration cities in each of the 50 states.

STAGE 2 – Business Scoring

5. Ipsos identified a random sample of 51 small and medium businesses (employing between 1 and 50 people) in each of the top 5 AdWords penetration cities from each state.

6. The 51 businesses were divided according to company size Self-employed

(1 employee) (n=17)

2 to 10 employees (n=17)

11 to 50 employees (n=17)

7. The profile of small businesses in each city was quota'd according to employee band to ensure an even distribution of each.

8. Each of the randomly selected businesses were then marked according to the following criteria:

  • Was it listed in an online directory (such as Yellowpages.com, manta.com and findthecompany.com)? (YES / NO)
  • Did it have its own website? (YES / NO)
  • Did it have a social network presence? (YES / NO)
  • Did its website allow eCommerce? (YES / NO) [Directly within the site, there must be a section to purchase product / service offered]
  • Did it have a blog? [This can be a page within the company's website OR a page on a blogging site e.g. Tumblr / blogspot]
  • How did the website (if it has one) score on www.howtogomo.com?
  • Overall score and Speed.

10. Each answer was given a score and the scores from each business were aggregated to provide the city with a total score. The city with the highest score in each region was then awarded eCity status.

11. Scores were calculated as below:

  • Was it listed in an online directory? (YES / NO) [If Yes=1, if No=0]
  • Did it have its own website? (YES / NO) [If Yes=10, if No=0]
  • Did it have a social network presence? (YES / NO) [If Yes=5, if No=0]
  • Does its website allow eCommerce? (YES / NO) [If Yes=7, if No=0]
  • Did it have a blog? (YES / NO) [If Yes=3, if No=0]
  • How did the website (if it has one) score on www.howtogomo.com
  • Overall score and speed.

i Score = the score

ii Speed – If >0 and <=5 =3, if 0 or >5 = 0.

The total score was calculated by the sum of all yes/no scores +the average of the two scores from www. howtogomo.com.

For more information on this news release, please contact:


Jared Mack
Director, Ipsos MediaCT

Jon Greenwood
President, Ipsos MediaCT


Samantha Smith
Manager, Global Communications & Public Affairs, Google Washington

About Ipsos

Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. In October 2011 Ipsos completed the acquisition of Synovate. The combination forms the world’s third largest market research company.

With offices in 85 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across six research specializations: advertising, customer loyalty, marketing, media, public affairs research, and survey management.

Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe.

Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,789 billion (2.300 billion USD) in 2012.

Visit www.ipsos.com to learn more about Ipsos’ offerings and capabilities.

Google Congratulates America’s eCities:
Google eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state

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JonGreenwood Jon Greenwood
Ipsos MediaCT

JaredMack Jared Mack
Vice President
Ipsos MediaCT