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Visual Search: A Guide for Marketers

1. Executive Summary This report will look at the history of visual search, how different companies are using it, and explain how marketers can take advantage of visual search and other tools that make use of machine vision. It will also cover the following: The benefits of visual search in ecommerce In a commercial context, […]

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Webinar recording Feedback? We would like to hear your thoughts, please click here to take our 2-minute survey. Reports referenced and further reading SEO in 2018: Industry Experts tell Marketers what they need to know Search Engine Optimisation Best Practice Guide Ecommerce Best Practice Guide Content Strategy Best Practice Guide SEO Digital Marketing Templates Search Marketing […]

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Are Google ranking factors studies just plain dumb?

Some search experts are saying that the ranking factors studies churned out annually by SEO agencies and vendors are a waste of time.  How true is that?  And why might they be losing their relevance?

Three tools to help automate your SEO workflow

As digital marketers, we find ourselves limited on the most valuable resource: time.

I speak with a number of digital teams everyday, who wish they had one “magic” tool that would instantly help them improve their position on Google – and unfortunately that doesn’t exist.

What is the future of link building?

Link building is without doubt the most often misunderstood part of the digital marketing mix. 

Frequently you’ll hear advice that link development is dead, that you no longer need links to rank, that having great content builds links organically, Google no longer uses links, or often any combination of the above.

The future of voice search: 2020 and beyond

What does the future hold for voice search? If you search the web for these words – or a version of them – you’ll encounter no shortage of grand predictions.

“By 2020, 30% of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen.” Or, “By 2020, 50% of all searches will be conducted via voice.” (I’ll come back to that one in a second). Or, “2017 will be the year of voice search.” Oops, looks like we might have missed the boat on that last one.

The state of natural language & conversational search in 2018

As human beings, we use our voices for conversation. When we interact with voice interfaces, therefore, our natural instinct is to apply the same rules that we would to a human conversation.

We expect to be understood, but more than this, we expect the entity we’re conversing with to remember the history of our conversation and understand the context of any following remarks.

The state of mobile voice search in 2018

The voice revolution is upon us. The big tech companies are going head-to-head on voice technology, sales of voice-activated smart speakers are on the rise, and the future of search could be SERP-less.

At least, that’s what numerous think-pieces, blog posts, talks and pundits are saying about voice search – and have been saying for some time now. But does the evidence match up to the hype?

Meeting search intent: A model for measuring success

Whether it’s due to the impact of GDPR or a consequence of the move towards a voice-activated Internet, the word on the lips of leading digital marketers right now is intent. 

What’s a user’s intent? How do you identify that intent? How do you match intent with your digital activity and show the user that your business can help?

How to boost organic search traffic for large ecommerce sites (seven strategies & tactics)

I’ve been in the SEO industry for over 10 years, and in that time, I’ve encountered hundreds of clients with large ecommerce sites, many hosting millions of pages, and nearly all have had countless SEO issues.

Thankfully, a few core fixes can have a big impact on your search traffic without needing to earn new links or invest in paid ads.

Before you start investing too much of your budget in content, link building, and paid search, focus on putting a process in place that will keep your site optimized for search.

Case Studies

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Fully integrated marketing strategy wins Red7 70% more leads, 150% greater ROI

Summary To improve its brand awareness in an increasingly competitive market, Red7 worked with agency Red Hot Penny to implement a holistic marketing strategy with the goal of repositioning itself as the UK’s number one hen and stag do company. A thorough audit of Red7’s pre-existing digital marketing strategy allowed its partners to advise on […]

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From the Blog

Don’t be fooled, voice is still the future of commerce. Just not yet

12 months ago voice search was the future. Then it wasn’t. Then it was again. Now it appears it’s all hype. I’m struggling to keep up!

The latest “voice is over-hyped” claim came in the form of underwhelming stats about the number of commerce-related queries that are being performed on a voice-enabled device. A rather dismal 2% of people who own Amazon Alexa devices have used them to make a voice purchase, according to Amazon’s own data.

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How marketers can use visual search

In the last few years, images have begun to change the way we search online.

An increasing number of people are using visual search – the process of using an image as a search term (instead of keywords) to find out more information, or to discover similar images.

How weather-based bidding can help travel brands increase bookings

The effect of weather on purchasing decisions can be significant, especially in the travel sector, where travel companies see sales for overseas holidays soar when the weather here in the UK is poor.

Reacting to these changes in supply and demand in real time is key to maximising profitability and ensuring visibility in high conversion periods.

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