SearchCap: The Day In Search, September 19, 2013

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From Search Engine Land:

  • Official: Google Rolling Out App Launcher, Flat Logo The testing is over. Google has confirmed its plans to add a new app launcher to the main Google navigation bar that will give users quicker access to other Google products. It’s the same grid-style app launcher that many users will already recognize from Android devices and Chromebook computers. Google has been testing this nav […]
  • Bing Ads Introduces Performance Comparison Graphs The Bing Ads UI has long been plagued by obfuscation. Yes, there have been improvements such as the addition of performance trends and change history visualization, but there hasn’t be a way to compare performance data without downloading, formatting and analyzing reports on your own. Finally, Bing Ads is working on a solution. Today the […]
  • Live @ SMX East: In-House SEO & Social Media – How To Work Together Many in-house search marketers regard social media as an interesting, amusing, and possibly even useful channel. But quite often they regard their social media peers as younger, inexperienced siblings, who lack the sophisticated approaches and tools that they use to maximize the organization’s search visibility. But that’s a mistake. Social media can be equally powerful […]
  • Study: Google Reviews Determine Local Carousel Rankings Since the launch of the Google “Local Carousel” in June, SEOs and marketers have been trying to reverse engineer the ranking variables that elevate listings into that hallowed ground. Mike Blumenthal offered a good early roundup of stories and analysis. Now Digital Marketing Works (DMW) has conducted an extensive study of what might be called “Carousel […]
  • Paid Search Drives Store Revenue… But How Much? RKG has long been interested in the question of online to offline spillover. We’ve also long been critical of the sloppy, ill-conceived tests that have misled many advertisers on this spillover in the past. We’ve recently participated with a few of our retail-chain clients on more carefully designed studies to get a more responsible answer […]
  • The End Of One-Size-Fits-All SEO Reporting If your organization is like most, the process of establishing KPIs to track natural search probably looks something like this: “Put together high-level KPIs such as X and Y, and run it by a few key stakeholders.” At first glance, that process likely seems to have worked pretty well — after all, few stakeholders make […]
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  • MPAA: 82 Percent Of Searches Leading To Pirated Content Come From Google The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) today accused Google and other search engines of playing “a significant role” in directing consumers to pirated movies and TV shows, with a special callout for the amount of Google searches that lead to infringing material. It’s the latest volley in a long-running battle between Hollywood and the […]
  • With iOS 7, Siri Drops Google For Bing, Also Gains Twitter Search Apple’s new iOS 7 mobile operating system officially rolled out today, and with it, the Siri assistant is finally out of beta. The most significant change to Siri is arguably that it no longer taps into Google for searches. As expected, a deal with Microsoft now makes Bing the default in Siri. Twitter also gets a […]

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About The Author: is Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land. His news career includes time spent in TV, radio, and print journalism. His web career continues to include a small number of SEO and social media consulting clients, as well as regular speaking engagements at marketing events around the U.S. He recently launched a site dedicated to Google Glass called Glass Almanac and also blogs at Small Business Search Marketing. Matt can be found on Twitter at @MattMcGee and/or on Google Plus. You can read Matt's disclosures on his personal blog.

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