By now you’ve no doubt heard the news that’s been shaking up the internet since late last week. But in case you just came back online after a week-long internet blackout, here’s what’s happening: on Thursday 11 th January, Facebook announced a major change to the way posts are ranked in News Feed. In order to promote more “meaningful” interaction with friends and family, Facebook said that it would “prioritize posts from friends and family over public content … including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses”.
With multinational technological companies Google and Facebook conquering the field of online advertising revenue , many smaller companies and indie publishers are left wondering where they’ll end up in the digital world – if they’ll end up anywhere at all. According to data recently released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau , digital advertising revenue in the U.S. increased by 20% in the past year.
Google remains the dominant player in search marketing, but the industry is changing very rapidly and the old certainties may erode. Does voice search provide a platform for Microsoft to compete? A study earlier this year revealed that Microsoft’s speech recognition technology demonstrated only a 5.1 percent word error rate in Switchboard, a conversational speech recognition task
With the upcoming launch of Google’s mobile-first index, digital marketers are preparing for a proliferation of “ micro-moments ”. There has been a lot of noise around this seemingly seismic shift, but this trend was set in motion years ago and we have plenty of data to hand on what makes or breaks a mobile SEO campaign.