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Despite the tough economic environment and unprecedented challenges to the industry, consumers' use of digital media climbed to new heights in 2009 as the Internet continued to evolve as an integral component of Americans' personal and professional lives, according to data from comScore.

Below, findings from the comScore 2009 US Digital Year in Review, which summarizes recent digital marketing trends and discusses implications for 2010.

Search: Google and Bing Led Market Share Growth

The introduction of Bing in June 2009 enabled Microsoft to gain renewed traction in the search marketplace: During the course of the year, Microsoft Sites grew from 8.3% to 10.7% share of all search queries, with nearly all of the growth coming in the second half of 2009, subsequent to Bing's introduction.

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