Posts in Search Marketing

10 of the best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

We’ve got a real mix of stats for you this week, including reference to everyone’s favourite January topic – the weather. 

So, settle in why don’t you? There’s also news about voice search, online ads, GDPR, and lots more to enjoy. 

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What Google's memory loss means for content and SEO strategy

Does Google have memory loss?

According to Tim Bray, a former Googler and one of the authors of the original XML specification, the answer is yes.

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How will voice technology change consumer behaviour?

Black Mirror might be intent on warning us about the dangers, but artificial intelligence does indeed appear to be taking over our lives. 

Most of us seem pretty happy about it though, with voice technology increasingly growing in popularity. According to Kantar Worldpanel, 2.7m households in the UK currently own an Amazon Echo or Google Home device. Across the pond, usage is also on the up, with 55% of US households predicted to own one of these devices by 2020.

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What’s next for WeChat in 2018?

WeChat is commonly referred to as China’s ‘app for everything’. 

Combining instant messaging, social networking, online shopping, mobile payments and more – there’s a reason why 902m people are logged in on a daily basis. 

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Facebook updates News Feed again: The detail

After a year in which Facebook found itself under growing scrutiny over how it determines what content is displayed to users, Mark Zuckerberg made a simple resolution for 2018: fix Facebook.

It would appear that the Facebook CEO is serious as not two weeks into the new year, the company has announced an update to its News Feed that will impact brands active on the world's largest social network.

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Remove the waffle from your content or risk failure in voice search

At the end of 2017 Google published some specific instructions relating to 'eyes-free' technology (such as voice assistants) in its Search Quality Rating Guidelines.

You can read the guidelines and Google's accompanying blog post, but what I took from it was pretty simple:

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Seven quick steps to prepare for Google's mobile-first index

Even before its official announcement back in Nov 2016, Google has been planning a release of a mobile-first iteration for its search engine’s index of webpages.

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If PPC is a line item on your media plan, you're not very good at it

Biddable media is not the same as traditional media. You do not do deals, buy it upfront and report on the results later.

In AdWords, for example, you bid on trillions of different data points in a live auction.

So why do I keep seeing PPC as a line on the media plan? It’s a nonsense that weeds out the amateurs.

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SEO trends in 2018: What do the experts predict?

What can 2018 throw at us that can top the un-ending dystopian nightmare of 2017?

Thankfully, in this article we're concentrating solely on SEO (..and breathe). We've already looked at the big trends from this year, now let's look into the crystal ball with the help of some search experts.

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What were the biggest SEO trends of 2017?

Well, folks, 2017 is on its last legs (though it's felt that way since January), and that means it's time to look at what happened this year in digital marketing.

Let's start with the big daddy, SEO. What do the experts think was particularly pertinent in 2017?

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Eight steps to landing page success

A well-designed landing page can make or break a campaign. 

Sure, your ads or emails might be perfectly optimised, but that certainly does not mean guaranteed conversion once visitors arrive on your site. So what makes an effective landing page?

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What do voice user interfaces mean for marketers & brands?

I recently attended an interesting WARC mini-conference on voice tech and machine learning. The stand out part was a joint session from Mindshare and JWT, highlighting their research in this area.

Here are some observations from this session regarding voice tech, beginning with some background before looking specifically at the commercial challenges and opportunities for brands. (Please also see my recent article, Why brands should be bothered about voice bots).

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