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Understanding voice search: What are the implications for marketers?

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Last week, Amazon added their voice search product “Alexa” to their iPhone app. This is yet another signal in the continuing avalanche of signals that voice search is a major part of every major tech company’s strategy. One report by VoiceLabs predicts that voice device growth will quadruple this year. …

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Can Google get users on board with “shortcuts in search”?

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Google announced yesterday the launch of “shortcuts in search”, which will allow Android users (only in the US, for now) to access quick answers on a range of topics with the touch of a button. Fittingly, Google has termed these “tappable shortcuts” and they will lead searchers to instantaneous information …

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Test-driving Pinterest Lens: How does Pinterest’s new visual search tool stack up?

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Pinterest has released its visual discovery tool, Lens, to all Android and iPhone users in the US. As part of Pinterest’s strategy to capture some of the lucrative search market by mastering visual search, this is a significant move and is one that will undoubtedly extend beyond the US soon. …

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An update on Google's feature-phone crawling & indexing

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Limited mobile devices, “feature-phones“, require a special form of markup or a transcoder for web content. Most websites don’t provide feature-phone-compatible content in WAP/WML any more. Given these developments, we’ve made changes in how we crawl feature-phone content (note: these changes don’t affect smartphone content): 1. We’ve retired the feature-phone …

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How to get started with 360-degree content for VR

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Once a time and resource-heavy exercise, creating and embedding 360 degree imagery has become much cheaper and easier over the past couple of years. The advent of mobile apps that can take 360-degree photographs, or ‘photo spheres’, has made creating 360-degree images accessible to those without specialized equipment. At the same time, …

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What we can learn from the latest trends in voice search

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Voice search is currently experiencing exponential growth, and some interesting trends are emerging with regard to how people are using it. Voice search is already a fast-growing movement in the search industry, and the latest figures indicate that it’s starting to win ground in daily use. Digital marketing agency Stonetemple has recently published …

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What’s been going on with Google’s mobile indexing?

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Back in October, Google announced the impending rollout of a mobile-first search index, a sure to be massive overhaul of the way Google indexes its search results which has had SEOs scrambling to prepare their businesses. In fairly typical Google fashion, a few months on from the announcement, we’re still no …

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