1. Artificial Intelligence Moves Into the Mainstream
Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the world we live in
AI can do wonders for your productivity, alleviating the impact of a wide range of historically
- Choose your target audience
- Select the products to advertise
- Define your daily budget.
After launch, the AI platform learns what ad placements are generating more sales (or whatever positive outcome you’ve defined as success) and bids accordingly. And your hands are free to get back to the business of, well, growing your business.
Not only can tools like these have a powerful impact on your business, but they’re also simpler to work with than you might think. Automated ads software is designed to work seamlessly alongside your current system, so you can get right to work with
2. Voice Search Grows in Popularity
Voice search has seen significant growth in recent years with no sign of stopping any time soon. In fact, Comscore predicts that by 2020, 50% of all web searches will be conducted by voice. But what you might not realize is that it’s our old friend AI that’s making this search phenomenon possible.
Voice search struggled for a long time due primarily to the fact that devices failed to recognize speech correctly (pretty
Today, voice search users are even using their devices for online shopping (you can tell where this is going). Check out this research from Google:
As voice search technology continues to advance, it will become more and more necessary to optimize your website for voice search queries, which can be different from typed queries.
Here are the top things to consider when optimizing for voice search:
- Get listed online (if you’re a local business)
- Create content optimized for
- Use natural language on your website over technical words
- Use structured data markup on Schema.org
For more information on optimizing your website for voice search, check out this article by Single Grain.
Conventional wisdom says that you should work with content specialists with experience writing and creating content for voice search queries. But, as voice search becomes more advanced, it actually puts the onus on companies to create the best possible content.
3. CRO Becomes More Important to SEO
User behavior — which is typically a good indicator of the strength of a website based on link and content interaction — is something that’s been historically absent from Google’s search algorithms. However, an article recently published by Google revealed that the search giant is now using user behavior more directly to place sites in rankings.
Apparently, Google has been testing where sites should be ranked by placing some higher in the rankings and then monitoring how users behave once on the site.
It makes complete sense, says Justin Aldridge, Technical Director at SEO firm Artemis Marketing. Say the actual result for a search serves up a website in position four, it may actually be the most relevant result for the query, but the website isn’t necessarily the strongest, meaning that it doesn’t rank higher.
This means that not only how your website is structured, but how it performs will play a large part in where it ultimately ranks within the search results. This puts a new emphasis on investing in conversion rate optimization (CRO) and great content to improve the user experience on your website.
4. Demand for Alternative Customer Service Channels
Customer service has become an important part of successful
These two channels have become increasingly expected as part of the baseline customer service experience. Strongly consider investing in one or both of these customer service opportunities to remain
If you’re not sure which channels to invest in first, ask your current customers to get an understanding of what they feel would be most beneficial.
5. More Abandoned Carts
Abandoned carts are one of the biggest challenges — and opportunities — facing
6. Increased Buying on Mobile Sites
Despite increased traffic from mobile searches, most
All that to say, it’s super important that your business not neglect to optimize for mobile. As you develop your store, make sure you create a shopping experience that translates just as well to mobile as it does to desktop.
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