We’re two months into 2017 and there’s no better time than now to look at what the future holds for digital marketers. One of the new areas that we’re researching is how voice search will affect the way we traditionally find information on serps, or search engine results pages.
What is voice search?
Voice search is what happens when you speak into your personal devices in order to receive information. Most smart phones have personal assistants that you can activate by using your voice. This eases our accessibility to information and as a result, we’re seeing an increase in popularity of voice searches.
Different ways to search
The first thing to notice is how our behavior changed when we use voice search. When we use search engines to find information, our calling lists search terms tend to be short, but specific. For example, if I wanted to find a hilarious valentine’s day joke to tell my sweetheart, I would type ‘valentine’s day jokes’ in the search engine. However, if I were to use one of the new voice search portals like google home or amazon alexa, our search terms would change considerably. We would use phrases like, ‘alexa, what’s a good a valentine’s day joke.
It’s hard for marketers to know if a consumer is in market for a product or service
When they use the traditional, short and specific search term structure that comes with traditional searches. For example, with a traditional search of ‘flowers’, I could be looking to clarify what type of flowers are in my backyard, or I could even India Lead only need an image search to find a picture of a rose for my blog.
A way to remedy this problem is the way our search terms change when we use voice search. When I voice search for ‘where’s the closest flower shop near me?’ marketers get clarification that I’m looking to go and buy flowers. Those extra keywords differentiate that the consumer is in market for flowers, not just looking to find images of them.
What are the next steps
Marketers can help themselves by starting to get prepared for some of the questions they’re likely to receive from clients during the rise of voice search. There should be a focus on long-tailed keywords and to keep testing new ideas.