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As if local SERPs weren’t enough, what with Places integration and ever-expanding descriptions, Google is now rolling out City Pages. This new innovation is designed to provide a locals-eye-view of any destination. With inhabitants providing reviews on businesses within the city limits.
This is being rolled out in a few U.S. cities currently (Portland, Austin, Madison and San Diego to be exact), with information built up over a number of months and using a variety of quirky techniques. Essentially the idea is to develop a broad overview of what is actually happening locally, rather than simply relying on algorithms.
If you have seen a few extra words crop up in your Google Maps listing, you’re not hallucinating. The latest in a long series of tweaks has seen the search engine integrate descriptive keywords into the SERPs listing.
This new feature, which is simply a number of descriptive words or phrases, is designed to make a business stand out. Therefore it will look to highlight the terms that best describe an individual company, rather than the more generalised keywords you can expect to see in SERPs.
In a bold move, the FT has decided to produce an App that can be accessed easily across the proliferating number of devices and different Operating Systems [See: FT Bypasses Apple’s iTunes, Launches HTML5 Web App | TechCrunch].
IAC announce they have renewed their sponsored listings agreement with Google in a deal until 31st March 2016. The existing agreement, worth $3.5 billion expires at the end of 2012 and IAC seem to be keen to keep their pact going.
So what does this ‘agreement’ involve? Well simply enough, the deal sees Google provide IAC’s search engines (most notably Ask.com) and other partners with sponsored listings and related services. It is not exactly clear what the deal specifically involves, but in the IAC Press Release they explain the deal is ‘comparable to the previous agreement’.
A larger percentage of consumers are going on the internet to research a product before committing to a purchase.
Yahoo achieve ‘artificially’ inflated market share in the US, whilst Google extend their UK search engine market share to 91.7%.
Slight rises for Yahoo and Bing in the UK (to 2.51% and 3.02% respectively) were eclipsed by Google’s continued dominance of the search market, growing their share to a lofty 91.7%.
Latest figures show that Google has continued its search engine market dominance, Bing has made small gains and Yahoo are spiralling into search oblivion.
Google’s I/O conference gets technology and SEO folks all worked up. It might be for developers, but we’ve all got a stake in Googley goings on. Reading up about it over the weekend, it seems that Google has teased us all with visions of the future – well, the Google-centric version of the future. In Harry’s latest post (Seeing Double – How to Win the Second Screen Revolution), he talks about a future laden with self-driving hover cars and multi-function gesture controlled windows. Sounds cool huh?
Has 2012 been a year of revolution or evolution? It’s tough to pick out any one event that has turned online marketing on its head, so I’m leaning toward evolution. Maybe you disagree, maybe Yelp publicly outing fake reviews was a tipping point, maybe the Google Penguin was akin to an algo-apocalypse…?
If there were still people out there unconvinced as to how big a part Google + was going to play in the big Google shake up then the latest in a string of big updates (from Google) should finally give the biggest indication yet.
In the US market, Google and Microsoft’s Bing have seen gains, whilst Yahoo and AOL actually saw a drop in their market share. The gap between Bing and Yahoo has widened, but by how much? In the UK, Google have seen a slight drop, with all other search engines benefiting. Does this show us the potential for a more competitive market? Here’s what we found this month.