SEO in the Age of Apps | Search Engine Strategies NYC 2013

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SEO in the Age of Apps How has the evolution of the mobile apps changed search? Niche mobile search apps are supplying consumers with options to find what they're looking for faster and more efficiently than ever before and to make the most of this opportunity, marketers needs to rethink their approach and expand their efforts beyond the mobile browser.

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  • SEO in the Age of Apps Mobile search visibility: o-the-desktop Rachel Pasqua New York | March 2528 #SESNY
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY Search is the #1 mobile browser acFvity Web-based search is a fundamental acFvity and discovery channel for smartphone consumers. Food/Cooking Fps 11.3% Business directories 12.2% US Smartphone Browser AcFviFes Online retail 14.0% Classieds 15.1% comScore MobiLens, April 2012 Restaurant informaFon 15.9% Maps 16.9% Bank accounts 17.0% Stock/Financial news 17.2% Movie informaFon 17.5% Photo/video sharing service 18.7% Entertainment News 25.8% News 33.0% Social networking 34.2% Search 47.7%
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY But overall, mobile users prefer apps App interfaces tend to be cleaner, faster, more user-centric, more navigable than mobile web interfacesso much so that app design techniques are beginning to bleed over to the mobile web. More convenient 55% Faster 48% 85% of people surveyed by Compuware CorporaJon in Easier to browse 40% March 2013 said they prefer mobile apps over Be_er UX 28% mobile sites, according to a consumer survey of 3,500. Easier to check account 27% Easier to shop 26% 3% 11% 1%
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY The most popular mobile apps are search-centric Top ten mobile apps among US smartphone users, December 2012 (% reach) 1. Facebook 76% 2. Google Maps 66% 3. Google Play 54% 4. Google Search 54% 5. Gmail 48% 6. YouTube 46% 7. Pandora 42% 8. iTunes 41% 9. Cooliris 38% Source: comScore Inc. , 2013 Mobile Future in 10. Yahoo Messenger 32% Focus, February 25, 2013
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY Why these trends ma_er As users gravitate towards apps for search purposes, content result types diversifyits not just about the browser anymore. Search desFnaFons diversify as wellmost brands must focus on the major search engines plus a variety of niche search apps. The old SEO rules sFll apply but, new SEO best prac;ces are evolving that will govern the app search ecosystem.
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY In order to succeed brands need to understand the new rules of the mobile search game, including: The most relevant mobile search applicaFons on the market Each apps unique value proposiFon How to get indexed How to build rank and ndability
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY Big Engine Mobile Search Apps
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY The Google Search Appweb results Much like the desktop, Google sFll rules the roost. Yet most searches performed with the Google Mobile App lead to browser content. The stats EsFmated 95.8% of the worlds mobile search market.1 57% of the mobile ad revenue in the US.2 4 out of 5 most popular US apps belong to Google.3 GeUng found Sources results from the main Google index. A well-opFmized mobile site should result in good Google mobile app visibility as well. Prominent links to Goggles, Voice, and Apps create divergent pathways away from the browser. As use of app search increases, so will importance of non-tradi;onal content channels. | 1 StatCounter, 12.2012 | 2 eMarketer, 12.2012 | 3 comScore, 02.2013|r
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY Mobile SEO: basics for the browser Most big engine mobile apps source results from their web indexhence, applying mobile SEO best pracFces is essenFal to visibility in both web and apps. Crawler Access Allow access for all crawlers to both desktop and mobile websites to fully understand page structure, importance, and consolidate signals. Page Load Speed Ensure quick page load speeds, as mobile users are typically on slower connecFons. User Experience Ensure visitors can nd the informaFon they are looking for and interact with the website suitably. Content OpJmizaJon OpFmize important page elements and content to idenFed keywords. Crawlability Obstacles Code the website free from Obstacles, such as Flash and excessive or obtrusive JavaScript.
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY The Google Search App: Apps results The Google Search App homepage routes users away from general, mobile web-based results with a strong prompt to other Google Apps.
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY Google Voice Likewise, the Google Search App oers a prominent link to voice search vs. browser results. As user uptake increases, SEOs may feel more pressure to opFmize for natural language queries vs. keywords. *SFll not quite semaFc Google Voice uFlizes speech-to-text and text- to-speech. **Available in the Google Search App and Google Apps Browser App
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY Google Goggles The Google Search Apps also present a prominent prompt to engage in visual search via Google Goggles. As image recogniFon becomes more rened, users are bound to become more reliant on visual search via mobile camera. *SEOs should pay specic a_enFon to image tagging with specic keywords and geo-spaFal informaFon. **Available in the Google Search App and as a separate Google Goggles App
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY The Google+ Local App Smartphone search is heavily oriented towards acFon-oriented, real-world acFvityGoogle+ Local is a key discovery pathway. The stats Approx. 74% of local search volume is mobile.1 Mobile local search volume will outpace desktop by 2015.2 GeUng found Google Places is the thing of the pastmany lisFngs carried over to Google+ but many did not. Google+ Local App sources results from Google+ Local webopFmizaFon carries over. Business detailse.g. phone number, store hours, payment opFonsand video are are especially relevant to mobile users. As overall Google+ uptake increases, the Google+ Local app will become a signicant local trac source. | 1 Chitika 10.2012 | 2 BIA/Kelsey 04.2012 |
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY The Google Maps Google Maps is the acknowledged leader in the mobile maps and GPS space. For businesses with physical locaFons, its a vital mobile search channel. The stats 94% of smartphone owners look for local info.1 90% take acFon as a result.2 59% visited a local business as a result of a mobile search.3 GeUng found Maps info is fed by Google+ Local lisFngsstrive for a complete lisFng with special emphasis on hours, photos, videos, and other locally relevant content. CitaFons from 3rd party apps like Yelp boost rank. Des;na;on search frequently startsand almost always endswith the maps app. Visibility for brick and mortar businesses is indispensible. | 1-3 Google and Ipsos OTX Media CT 05.2012 |
  • New York| March 2528, 2013 | #SESNY Apple Maps Despite a shaky start, Apple Maps is sFll naFve to iOS6 which accounts for over 60% of iOS, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The stats While Android devices outnumber iOS in circulaFon and shipment, iOS users conFnue to be the most avid consumers of mobile web and app data. GeUng found Sources results from a proprietary Apple database core data provider is Localeze. If your lisFng isnt appearing in Apple Maps, be sure to create a free lisFng with Localeze. Note that Localeze also oers a premium opFon which speeds submission for $297 per year. Reviews and addiFonal content syndicated from Yelp, hence Yelp opFmizaFon boosts Apple Maps visibility. Apple is commiKed to improving the Map...