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Optimizing for voice assistants: Why actions speak louder than words

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“Hey Siri, remind me to invent you in 30 years” In 1987, Apple came up with the idea of a “Knowledge Navigator”. You can see the full video here, but it’s a concept that’s remarkably – and perhaps, not coincidentally – similar to our modern smart device assistants, Siri among …

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What does voice search mean for your local SEO strategy?

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The ubiquity of virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana and Alexa, together with improvements in technology, has led to an uptick in voice search queries. For businesses that rely on local search traffic, this has important ramifications for their strategy. So how can businesses ensure they aren’t left behind when it comes …

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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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The psychology of search intent: Converting moments that matter

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Nineteen years ago, the company that is now called Alphabet Inc. launched Google Web Search, which would quickly become the most widely used internet search engine in the world. That search engine, which at first relied primarily on text data and backlinks to determine search priority ranking, has become increasingly sophisticated …

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Nine mobile trends to help you stand out in 2017 and beyond

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The way we ask for information is changing. The way we optimise must change too. Mobile use overtook desktop use in 2010. Mobile search on Google overtook desktop search only 18 months ago, in May 2015. How can we keep up with this fast paced device to stay ahead of …

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