An all-French innovation that offers Internet users a real alternative to conventional search channels
With 82,000 merchants and 155 million products listed, the leading European online shopping guide, LeGuide.com, has become the preferred partner of QWANT, the all-French search engine that offers a new way of searching the Internet.
Qwant, a 100%-French innovation, offers Internet users a real alternative in the Internet sector.
Founded in 2011 and launched in July 2013, Qwant offers a new way of performing searches by concentrating the entire Web on a single page (search engine, news, social networks, shopping sites, etc.).
LeGuide.com, the leading European online shopping guide, established in France in 1998 and listing the sector’s broadest range of products and merchants, incorporates the Qwant shopping platform, thus endowing the search engine with the market’s richest and most independent product offering.
Olivier Sichel, CEO of the LeGuide group, commented as follows: “I welcome the partnership with QWANT. There are true innovation clusters in France and we should remember that France is a country with a high level of expertise in Internet-related areas. This partnership offers Internet users a real independent search alternative. This alternative is crucial for the sector’s economic and competitive equilibrium.”
Eric Léandri, CEO of QWANT, stated: “We are delighted to embark on this partnership with LeGuide.com. We launched QWANT in July 2013 and have been working for two years to offer Internet users a new browsing experience by incorporating all the Internet’s different tools, from search sites through social networks. The shopping platform was key. It was logical and consistent to turn to the leading European online shopping site since 1998, which is 100% French in origin. This partnership is an integral part of our strategy of offering Internet users high-quality, innovative search options.”
About the LeGuide group:
The LeGuide.com group, which operates shopping guides, price comparison services, shopping search engines and opinion platforms on the Internet, is No. 1 in Europe with 19.4 million unique visitors*. With a team of 200 employees, the group operates in 14 European countries, relying on a multi-site strategy structured around several subsidiaries, including LeGuide.com, Ciao, Dooyoo.com, Mercamania.com and Choozen.com. The group, which lists 155 million offers from 82,000 online retailers, generated 2012 revenues of €43.8 million. The LeGuide group is described as an "Innovative Enterprise" by OSEO and is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris's Alternext market (ticker ALGUI, ISIN code FR0010146092).
* Source: Comscore, June 2013
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QWANT is the first comprehensive and unique 360° search engine to bring together all aspects of the Web on a single page. Qwant, which was officially launched in July 2013 in over 200 countries, already counts more than 5.5 million unique visitors, 360 million hits (nearly 2 million hits per day), 70% "returning visitors" (visitors returning to the site after the first visit), a comparatively long visit duration of 5 min., 56 sec., and a bounce rate of just 6.8% (visitors leaving the page without performing a search). With a team of some 20 engineers based in Paris and Nice, directed by three French business leaders, Jean Manuel Rozan, Eric Leandri and Patrick Constant, Qwant aims to expand abroad, notably through the efforts of its development manager, Alberto Chalon.
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