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The Changing Nature of Search Behavior

Search is just one part of the jigsaw puzzle of customer behavior. It needs to be considered in the context of the customer’s task.

Does Google's Panda Pounce Have Any Bite?

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Just a few weeks ago, Google rolled out its latest Panda search-algorithm update -- otherwise known as the search update that could destroy your business.

Ever since, experts in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) world have been struggling to understand the potential impact.

But it turns out that few analysts can quantify the effects of the Panda update. In reality, Panda 4.0 may just be another overhyped move by the powerful Google.

How Marketers Can Brace for Google Panda 4.0 Update

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Here's how long marketers will wait to see effects on Google's update to its search results ranking algorithm:

About zero seconds.

In other words, it's already happening.

Google's search results ranking algorithm got another update last month as the Mountain View, Calif., search giant released Panda 4.0.

Marketers should take note, especially since more than 70 percent of searches online take place in Google.

"The effects are almost immediate," Seth Besmertnik, CEO and co-founder of web presence management provider Conductor, told CMSWire. "Years ago, algorithm changes took weeks to roll out, and you would sometimes have to wait months from when you make a change to see if it ‘worked’. But now this is almost instant. Our customers are seeing changes right away."

Marketers Beware: Google Rolls Out Panda 4.0 Update

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Google's search results ranking algorithm got another update this week as Google released Panda 4.0, a Google employee announced on Twitter.

Marketers should take note, especially since more than 70 percent of searches online take place in Google.

Google's Matt Cutts broke the news last night on Twitter: 

Making Marketing Campaigns Relevant to Millennials

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What do millennials want? You know, besides things like more in-person collaboration?

It's not an easy question to answer. But millennials are the up-and-coming buying generation for marketers, of course. They are the smartphone-loving, screen-touching, head-buried-in-screens, tweeting generation. And knowing what they want could make the difference between profit and loss.

Finding the Things We Don't Search For

Search behavior is one window into the customer’s mind. But there are many others.

8 Ways to Optimize On-Site Search

Customers navigate a website in one of two ways: they browse or they search. In fact, on-site search is the second most visited area of any given website, yet it’s not always at the top of the priority list when it comes to site optimization. Given the prominence of search and the impact it has on revenue, it should be one of the key areas in your testing plan.

This post will address eight ways to optimize on-site search that will help your visitors find what they want and help your bottom line.

Too Much Fun: Things to Check This Weekend

CMS, big data and everything in between can be not only work, but also fascinating, practical in your personal life and a whole lot of fun. We’ve selected a few our favorites to share with you.

M&A Watch: Marin Software a Possible Target if Ad Tech Consolidates

Based on its valuation and growth profile, Marin Software — a provider of a cloud-based digital advertising management platform — could be an attractive buyout target for a larger player in the online marketing space.

At the recent market cap of $373 million, Marin’s forward revenue multiple of 3.9 times the 2014 consensus estimate of $95.8 million (within the company’s guidance range of $95 million to $96.6 million) is reasonable given expected growth of nearly 24 percent.

Marin is a so-called busted IPO because the shares trade below the March 2013 offering price of $14. In fact, Marin shares have been on a downward trek ever since the first trading session: they opened at $18.95 and hit a post-IPO high of $19.95 on the same day. While the stock has recovered a bit from the November low of $8.50, it’s still 18 percent short of the IPO price.

gShift Adds Twitter Trend Module to Its Marketing Arsenal

Does the marketing world need another trend-spotting tool for Twitter? Toronto-based gShift thinks so and today added a Social Keyword Research module to its web analytics platform for high-end clients.

The tool is designed to keep up with the 58 million daily posts on Twitter and help marketers create content that drives traffic by reflecting the interests of the targeted audience.

Google Exec Maps Mobile Tools Strategy

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Google's product management director laid out plans yesterday for powerful tools to blend information about its users with the goals of marketers as customers move between fixed and mobile devices.

Speaking at the Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit in San Francisco, Seth Sternberg laid out the two key challenges facing mobile marketers and some of the ways Google is addressing them through projects still in development. In some cases, the 100 marketing pros present were invited to sign up for the trials.

Google, of course, is competing with Microsoft and many others to find new ways to engage mobile users. Officials of LinkedIn,  Facebook and other networks also spoke at the conference to outline their strategies for building engagement. As more social media users move to mobile, apps are becoming increasingly important.

Making the Case for Search Training and Support

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Note to Brands: Focus on Multifaceted Digital Marketing

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If you think consumer search is a single and isolated action, you're wrong. It's actually part of a complex dance of intersecting factors, according to a new study from Toronto-based digital advertising agency DAC Group and research consultancy Kantar. The annual Kantar Consumer Search Behavior Study, highlights the complexity of search — and comes with a warning to marketers:

Brands need to create multi-faceted digital marketing campaigns plans that include highly-targeted search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), local listing management (LLM) and display strategies to support consumer online conversion," said Nasser Sahlool, vice president of Client Strategy at the DAC Group.

Just Show Me: Customers Like Google Product Listing Ads

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Google can dream all it wants about robots, smart homes and artificial intelligence. But as we explained yesterday in a story about its latest acquisition binge, Google is still basically an advertising company.

And Product Listing Ads (PLAs), which combine images and text, are one of the key tools it has in its increasingly large and sophisticated bag of tricks.

Peeking into Sitecore, Coveo and Search

With Coveo's announcement this month of its launch of Coveo for Sitecore: Advanced Search Edition, it seems like a good time to poke around the search arena — and into Sitecore.

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