SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 14, 2011

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google Voice Search & Search By Image Comes To Desktops

    Mobile innovation is fueling Google’s search offerings for the desktop, as the company today announced two new search interfaces — Voice and Image — inspired by mobile Voice Search and Google Goggles, respectively. With Voice Search for the desktop, which is a feature of the Chrome browser, users click a microphone icon in the search [...]

  • New Google Mobile Features: Shortcut Local Icons, Query Builder

    At today’s Google Inside Search event in San Francisco, a number of new features were unveiled for both mobile and desktop search, which we’ll cover in detail across Search Engine Land. For mobile search, these changes are launching immediately for Android (version 2.2+) and iOS (version 4.0+) in 40 languages worldwide, including: Local icons on mobile [...]

  • Google Instant Pages: An Impressive & Speedy Addition To Google Search

    Google’s company-wide focus on speed has manifested itself today with another feature that makes the search experience faster. It’s called Instant Pages, and from watching the demo today, it’s an impressive addition to the Google search experience. Instant Pages is one of the many announcements that came from Google’s “Inside Search” event. How Google Instant [...]

  • SearchWeek: June 13, 2011

    Search Week is an exclusive weekly newsletter for Search Engine Land premium members that recaps stories covered on Search Engine Land over the past week. Below are top stories organized by topic that happened over the past week. Each topic (or Search Engine Land column) is also a link, where you can click through and [...]

  • SearchWeek: June 6, 2011

    Search Week is an exclusive weekly newsletter for Search Engine Land premium members that recaps stories covered on Search Engine Land over the past week. Below are top stories organized by topic that happened over the past week. Each topic (or Search Engine Land column) is also a link, where you can click through and [...]

  • 15 Tips For A Successful Facebook Ads Program

    If you’re a marketing or advertising professional, then lately you’ve probably been running ads on Facebook or have heard the phrase ‘paid social’ or ‘Facebook ads’. That’s because according to eMarketer, social media is the fastest growing digital media channel. As impressive as that is, it doesn’t tell the whole story. First, let’s consider some [...]

  • Wanted: Session Ideas For SMX East

    Do you have a topic you’d like to see covered in a session at SMX East on September 13-15, 2011? Something you’d like to see covered in depth, or a discussion of advanced strategies and tactics for getting the most out your search marketing campaigns? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Anyone can [...]

  • Live Blog: Google Unveils Voice Search & Search By Image For Desktop, “Google Instant Pages”

    Everyone ready? Because the big day has arrived! Google’s “Inside Search” event begins today at 9:30am Pacific Time. OK, reset your expectations. It might not be that big. But I’ll be live blogging it, so stay tuned. The event was only announced a few days ago, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s happening. I’m [...]

  • Irish Hotel Sues Google For Defamation Over Autocomplete Suggestion

    A popular Irish hotel has sued Google for defamation because Google’s autocomplete feature suggests to searchers that the hotel is in receivership. Searchers looking for the Ballymascanlon Hotel — a four-star property that’s reportedly one of the most popular wedding venues in northeast Ireland and is not in financial trouble — see “ballymascanlon hotel receivership” [...]

  • Google City Sites May Compete With Yelp, Online Yellow Pages

    Yesterday David Mihm was pointing out on Twitter that Google had created a number of new city sites or portals. They appear to be the phoenix rising out of the ashes of Hotpot. As I wrote yesterday on my own blog, this is Google’s effort to bring a number of initiatives together in a single [...]

  • Google Adds Business Characteristics To Maps Listings

    Searchers looking for local businesses on Google Maps can now see brief, descriptive characteristics as part of the primary business listing. And they’ll be seeing the same things soon on Google.com, Places search and Google Maps for mobile, too. Google’s announcement explains that the terms come from “sources all across the web, such as reviews, [...]

  • 10 Language Barrier Busting Strategies For International Search Marketers

    How do you get around the fact that you don’t speak the language but are still responsible for achieving your goals in a particular target market? Are there strategies you can adopt to help — or pitfalls to watch out for?

  • How To Find The Websites Likely To Link To You

    In my column two months ago for Link Week, I described ways we can use what we know about pages that rarely link to us to our advantage when link building. Certain page-level characteristics are immediately identifiable as being a standard characteristic of sites that won’t link to us. This is most frequently big businesses, and sometimes [...]

  • Google “Offer Ads” — Not Google Offers — In The Wild

    I innocently searched on “webhosting” this afternoon and saw this result, with an ad unit I’d never seen before: a coupon embedded in the ad copy. I knew that Google was testing “Offer Ads,” not to be confused with Google Offers, but I’d never seen one myself. If you click “view offer” you get the [...]

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