There was an article in eWeek recently that hypothesized that applications would be the death of mobile search, because, like bookmarks, people would be able to access content directly and wouldn’t need to search for it. The facts of mobile search don’t support this theory.
To demonstrate that apps are not the end for search marketers, I’m going to show you 14 ways in 9 categories to increase your brand’s visibility with mobile search apps… in 12 minutes
Most of this presentation is about according to Hoyle mobile search apps, but it’s important to remember that app stores themselves are search engines for apps, and every effort should be made to increase visibility by including relevant keywords in the appropriate fields. Also, everyone’s developing an iPhone app, but as my colleague will explain, Android is on the rise, and new Android users are going to be looking for brand apps in Android Market that currently aren’t there.
I don’t know if I would define this as search, per se, but like QR codes it has a lot of the same pull marketing components as search, and it’s a clever way of making broadcast media accountable.
This applies not just to search apps, but to mobile search in general, but we know from Searchology last year that Google has a blended ranking algorithm for mobile search, and that brands need to think about building mobile user experiences for mobile content and mobile queries. No longer enough to just do desktop SEO.
Limited real estate on mobile phones, so search suggest becomes the search result before the search result. Optimize for it.
Mode of input another aspect of the mobile user experience that has no prominent desktop equivalent and could change keyword targeting. Early stages and not much research I could find that would be applicable to search marketers. However, navigational searches are prominent, so marketers might consider strategies that highlight affinities with other brands, whether partners or competitors.
When’s the last time you pulled your laptop out of your pocket and took a picture of a sign that you wanted to know more about? Makes more sense in mobile and Google is beginning to capitalize on this behavior with their version of mobile visual search: Google Goggles. Haven’t seen anyone talk about optimizing for this, but like text-based desktop search it can be optimized
Podcasts are availble in iTunes on the iPhone and iPod Touch and in Google Listen on Android. Optimize them with Listen’s popular search queries.
Like Shazam, I don’t know that QR code readers are search apps necessarily, but they do have a lot of the same pull marketing features that makes search marketing successful. Brand has to initiate that information-seeking session by making their offline properties interactive.
There are also a number of engines that are mobile-forward, touting accessibility and relevance to the mobile user. Still too early to tell if these will catch on, but they do have enthusiastic supporters and it takes no effort to be listed on the larger ones if you have mobile content.
Mobile Search App Opportunities For Marketers Smx West
Mobile Search App Opportunities for Marketers Presented by: Bryson Meunier Associate Director, Content Solutions SMX West March 2, 2010
Who is Resolution Media? <ul><li>Founded in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Joined the Omnicom Media Group in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Active in mobile search marketing since 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New York </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Francisco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Los Angeles </li></ul></ul>
Apps Not the End of Mobile Search <ul><li>Google Top Website accessed over mobile phones ( Nielsen 2009 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Mobile Search grew 5x in past two years ( Google ) </li></ul><ul><li>iPhone and Android users represent nearly 50% of Google’s smartphone traffic worldwide ( Google ). </li></ul>
App Stores are Search Engines <ul><li>Optimize apps for popular relevant queries ( Tutorial ) </li></ul><ul><li>Android Market and other non-App Store app stores represent significant opportunity for brands </li></ul>
Shazam Audio Recognition Advertising (SARA) <ul><li>Wear the Pants campaign with Dockers </li></ul><ul><li>Novel way to make broadcast media interactive and accountable </li></ul>
Google Mobile: Search Results <ul><ul><li>Blended ranking algorithm rewards mobile content , so build a mobile user experience for mobile queries </li></ul></ul>
Google Mobile: Suggest <ul><ul><li>User may never see a search result, so optimize for Google Suggest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>App development and local search optimization can help visibility in Suggest </li></ul></ul>App Contact Contact Keyword
Google Mobile: Voice Search <ul><ul><li>Navigational searches primarily ( Vlingo ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural language search queries and voice recognition typos necessitate long tail paid search execution </li></ul></ul>
Google Goggles <ul><li>Enable search history in Google Goggles. If your logo or product is not recognized, rate it to help Google return it correctly for others </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize your logos with “[Brand] Logo” and make sure they’re accessible to Image Search </li></ul>
Google Listen <ul><li>Podcast search in beta app fills iTunes void in Android </li></ul><ul><li>Create podcasts and optimize for “popular search queries” </li></ul><ul><li>Use relevant keywords in script, filename </li></ul>
Microsoft Tag/QR Code Search <ul><li>Integrate QR codes into signage and print advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Display favorite place code if eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Makes offline accountable </li></ul>
Mobile Web-Only Search <ul><li>Submit to Taptu : touch-friendly web search </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for smaller brands with mobile content </li></ul>