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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?

Can Google conquer programmatic outdoor advertising? We ask the experts

Last week came the news from WirtschaftsWoche that Google intends to make a foray into out-of-home (OOH) advertising in Germany.

Whilst programmatic OOH is nothing new (the automated buying of digital outdoor space) and allows advertisers to change their messaging according to variables such as time, date, weather and sports results, Google’s trump card is the personal data it has access to, partly through the Android smartphone operating system.

NTUC Income’s Jennifer Villalobos: The definition of brand as we know it “is completely lost”

Jennifer Villalobos is a true ‘digital diva’. After a decade of leadership roles at Google, Ms. Villalobos now heads Digital Business & Strategic Partnerships at one of Asia’s largest insurance firms: NTUC Income.

For those in the Singapore region, Ms. Villalobos will be discussing some of her experiences, offering insights about the digital landscape and even giving some career advice at our upcoming event ‘Digital Divas’ on Friday, August 17th.  Click here to find out more and request your seat!

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.

Confusion, chaos in the GDPR’s first week

The GDPR hasn’t even been the law of the land in Europe for a full week and it is already causing confusion and chaos in parts of the digital economy.

Here are the headlines you need to know about as the impact of the GDPR starts being felt.

GDPR Day 1: complaints filed against Google and Facebook

After months of anticipation and preparation, on Friday, the GDPR went into effect and privacy advocates, eager to put the law to the test, wasted no time challenging the practices of the internet’s two biggest names.

Hours after the GDPR became the law of the land, a non-profit organization called None Of Your Business (NOYB) lodged complaints against Google and Facebook, including Facebook subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp, with four different European authorities.

Five lingering questions about Google’s move to mobile-first indexing

Google’s move to mobile-first indexing is under way, but there’s still a lack of clarity in a number of areas.

Remember that with mobile-first, Google’s going to be primarily crawling and indexing the mobile version of your website, and using that to determine rankings. This is an idea that Google first mooted in 2016 but has only recently started cautiously rolling out, with plenty of testing to make sure things run smoothly. 

What is a headless CMS & how can it help improve mobile page speed?

User experience is, for many companies, about creating an experience that’s beautiful. Mobile-specific websites, responsive sites and apps are in use across the web to deliver those all-important mobile-orientated experiences.

But while it’s no secret that people expect fast mobile experiences, beauty can can come at the expense of utility.