“Hey Siri, what is the cost of an iPad near me?” In today’s internet, a number of specialist search engines exist to help consumers search for and compare things within a specific niche. As well as search engines like Google and Bing which crawl the entire web, we have powerful vertical-specific search engines like Skyscanner, Moneysupermarket and Indeed that specialize in surfacing flights, insurance quotes, jobs, and more. Powerful though web search engines can be, they aren’t capable of delivering the same level of dedicated coverage within a particular industry that vertical search engines are.
Where is the biggest opportunity in marketing at the moment? According to Sophie Moule, Head of Marketing at Pi Datametrics , it’s the sheer amount of customer data that we can get from search. With 3.5 billion searches per day being carried out by Google, not to mention on vertical-specific websites like Amazon, YouTube and Pinterest, there is a huge sea of data available on customer intent which marketers should be taking advantage of
Over the past decade SEO has been growing into its position as a critical marketing channel for businesses. You might be new to this environment, or you may have new team members that need to be trained up on search engine optimization. Before you go handing over your gold coins to a training consultant, we suggest you read this article where we have outlined some of the best (and importantly, free) SEO training courses and websites to take your knowledge to the next level in 2018.
Earlier this week, Searchmetrics published its fourth annual Winners and Losers Report , which reveals how certain sites fared in organic search visibility on Google.com during 2017. Searchmetrics bases its analysis on a unique indicator known as ‘ SEO visibility’, which it uses to measure a webpage’s performance in organic search. This is not the same as organic search ranking, but aims to give an overview of how often a website shows up in search results, based on “search volume and the position of ranking keywords” (as explained in the Searchmetrics FAQ ).
Local SEO proved to one of the biggest trends throughout 2016 and 2017, and is expected to continue doing so throughout 2018. Businesses that have been able to optimize their on-page and off-page SEO strategies are already reaping the supreme benefits of local SEO.
Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned vet, determining if you should use search advertising or display advertising for your marketing campaign is tough. Use the wrong channel and you potentially ruin the maximum success of your whole campaign.