Good morning, Marketers, what is the obsession that many search marketers have with new search user interfaces and features.

If you follow me on Twitter (it’s @rustybrick) you’d notice I respond to a lot of questions from search marketers on the topic of “is it new?” Google is always testing — not just new ranking algorithms, but new user interfaces and features in the search results. And search marketers want to know if an interface or feature they are seeing is new, so many tend to ask me because I follow these changes closely.

Why do search marketers care if it is new? Because a new user interface or feature may be a new opportunity for search marketers to capitalize on. If they can get a video at the top of the search results or a news story to be more prominently featured in the Top stories carousel, search marketers want to know about it, and figure out how to be featured in that spot.

So, whether something is new does matter.

Barry Schwartz,
Product feature explorer

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