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Google Trends Improves Results

Google Trends has always been interesting and fun but it can be easy to question the results and their accuracy.

Google has taken steps to make the product better and more discerning. A post on the Inside Search blog from Google explains

You may have noticed it’s easy to get tripped up measuring the wrong thing using Google Trends. When you look up “rice,” are you measuring search interest in Rice University or the rice you eat? When you look up “Gwyneth Paltrow” how can you be sure you’re counting all the common misspellings? Starting today, you’ll find new topic reports to help you more easily measure search interest in the people, places and things you care about.

The example Google shows is interesting as they compare the terms Harvard and rice. As you might guess most people are not searching for rice the food if they are looking at comparing colleges. Rice University is a great school academically but it doesn’t get the same attention as Harvard. Rice the food however gets plenty of attention and an old result may look like this in Trends

rice v harvard strings

What? More folks search for Rice University than Harvard? Not really. The post continues

Study: Marketers Woefully Out of Touch With What Consumers Respond To

If you are a marketer of any kind you may not want to read on. Why? Well, some research that was done by x+1 and Research Now reveals that what goes on in the marketing echo chamber may be further from reality than you imagined.

The research as reported by eMarketer shows that what marketers feel is important to consumers often isn’t even close to what the consumers themselves want. If you are ready, look for yourself.

Marketers v Consumers

Is it possible that that marketers are really that disconnected from the consumer? Based on the amount of hype and sheer junk that often passes for analysis and advice in the Internet marketing space alone the answer is yes. For years the Internet marketing industry has run miles ahead of reality and it continues to do so today.

What’s Bigger? Magazine Industry, Newspaper Industry or Google

The headline reads correctly. The comparison that was made by The Business Insider was to compare one company’s size, that company being Google, against the magazine and newspaper industries separately.

And the winner? Duh, would this be a post if it were anything other tan Google? Of course not. Check out the numbers.

chart-of-the-day-google-media

This is almost like adding insult to industry. Basically Google helped destroy these once venerable industries and they are not looking back.

One company is bigger than two separate industries? Why not? It’s the Internet Age and all bets are off. What’s your reaction to this?

Digital Marketing Talent Falls Far Short of Needs for Many

A recent study called “The State of Digital Marketing Talent” shows that while the importance of digital marketing and its various elements is important the trouble is that the confidence in those delivering it is not exactly soaring.

The study done ClickZ and Kelly Services for the Online Marketing Institute (download report here) shows that very fact with this chart.

The Digital Marketing Talent Gap. (Click the image to enlarge).

If you are in the digital marketing space there are two ways to look at this. The first is the ‘glass half empty’ approach.

Twitter and Bing Renew Relationship

For years now Bing has literally been able to kick Google’s butt in social search due to arrangements with Facebook (there was that little $250 million investment way back when after all) and Twitter (which was last renewed in 2011).

The problem that always faces Bing though is that no matter how hard they try and, more often than we give them credit for, succeed in providing better experience in some areas of search than Google, they just can’t break the 30% of search market share barrier.

Well, at least one part of the above will continue. Bing and Twitter have announced they will continue to work together. Details are a bit murky since the post that many other media outlets have referred to on the Bing site is no longer in existence. Regardless of that, if you want to search social using Bing and look for Tweets in particular you still can. Your results look something like this.

Red Sox parade search bing

So why doesn’t something this potentially powerful really help Bing?

Jon Stewart Floats Some Thoughts on Google

Study Reveals Reasons for Executives Delaying Digital

It’s 2013 so nobody still has issues with getting involved in the digital space, right?

Well, according to a study conducted by the MIT Sloan Management Review and Capgemini Consulting and reported by eMarketer it appears that there are still barriers.

Corporate Cultural Barriers for Digital

We don’t have time for this right now? Really?

We don’t know how to that? Then learn it.

This is the way we’ve always done it. So what?

The rest of the questions / concerns get progressively worse.

What will it take to make folks like this see the light? Maybe it’s just waiting until they age out? That seems to be the most likely since not everyone is going to get onboard. They just aren’t. Time to move on, right?