• Sweet 16 March Madness Searches
    For the layperson like me when it comes to basketball, Sweet Sixteen refers to the last sixteen teams remaining in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament when speaking about the NCAA. Google, which lists the scores and schedules in search engine query results, released data on search trends tied to the tournament. The data lists the top-searched Sweet 16 Teams, Mascots, Players, Coaches, Team Swag, and Marching Bands. Here goes.
  • Google Puts Hometown U.S.A. Businesses On The Map
    Google has been pushing local businesses for years to ensure that their Web site, hours and address serve up in local search results. The company on Wednesday introduced a program it calls "Let's Put Our Cities on the Map" to help businesses do just that. The portal offers resources to business owners to help them get online or correct and complete their presence online.
  • Mozilla Firefox Replaces Google In Turkey
    Mozilla reported Wednesday that it is replacing Google with Yandex as the default search engine for Firefox in Turkey. The company will release the new Firefox version March 30. It may not sound like an important loss for Google, but this is the second time that Mozilla has chosen another search engine to replace Google. Yahoo became the default search engine for Mozilla in the United States last November.
  • Health Care Marketers Missing Local Search Ad Opportunities
    Health care marketers are missing an opportunity to connect through search engines--Bing, Google and Yahoo--with local residents and visitors looking for services. Industry marketers will spend more than $10.7 billion on local advertising in 2015, representing 7.8% of the $137.9 billion total local advertising market -- but only a small portion goes to local search ads.
  • Saving Money, Protecting Assets, And Click-To-Call Mobile Ads
    BIA/Kelsey estimates mobile searches lead to 72 billion annual calls via mobile devices. The age groups--Millennials and Generation X--tend to trend higher. Two services--financial and insurance--rely heavily on inbound phone leads. Analysis from a recent study examining more than one million calls from mobile search and display advertisements on these two service sectors bring to light click-to-call monetization tactics marketers should consider, but they also could be used in other sectors.
  • Finding Your Mobile Key Performance Indicators
    Load time, lifetime value, average revenue per user, retention rate, and session length are among the most important key performance indicators (KPIs) for a mobile Web site. Measuring the search visibility and performance of mobile Web sites remains just as important as measuring desktop Web sites. Some KPIs, more than others, will become invaluable.
  • Bing's Top 20 Most Expensive Keywords
    Keywords related to services -- rather than physical items -- rank at the top of the most expensive keywords on Bing, per an analysis released Thursday. The word "mobile" sits at the bottom of the list, but the majority -- even those at the bottom in the top 20, like repair, plumber and podiatry -- focus on service businesses.
  • Google X Projects Built On Failures
    Astro Teller, Google X scientist and Moonshots captain, told the audience at South By Southwest Tuesday that each day the team looks for the next negative example they can learn from regarding one of the projects. Running experiments that gather as many negative examples as possible has made it possible to spin out more than 10 projects in the past five years. He said Google X has made engineering mistakes, product mistakes, and cultural mistakes -- but all these lead to learning and discovery.
  • Finding Unusual Search Entry Points Into Advertising Campaigns
    Alternative perspectives spark creativity. Start thinking about better ways to use search engine marketing in ways other than simply directing people to the landing page, through the mobile app, and into retail store. What happens between the searches and why do they occur?
  • Facebook's Mobile Focus Capitalizing On Acquisition Of Ecommerce Engine TheFind
    Facebook, a mobile-first company, has bought the shopping search engine TheFind, with plans to capitalize on the technology and close it down. Some members of the team will join the social site to integrate its technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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