People love Google for its ability to find and rank content on the web, but most people have no idea how everything works. The internet is changing as everything gets linked up and becomes ‘cross-device compatible’ and Google has to keep up. More and more searches, especially mobile searches, are for consumable media, as cord-cutters around the world ditch their cable subscriptions and physical media for on-demand access to TV, movies, games and music.
The rapid growth of all these things are forcing Google to index the world differently. They are now relying much more heavily on complex speech, language and translation APIs, as well as individual personalisation and machine learning to generate results. Where Google used to be able to index and surface web pages, now they can show results for concepts, ideas and media without websites, or tell you about these things using voice. Understanding how all these new technologies come together, will change how you think about a simple search query forever!
Cindy Krum is the CEO and founder of MobileMoxie, where she has been doing mobile marketing long before the iPhone even existed (you remember WAP browsers, right?) Known for her technical expertise, Cindy is a thought leader in the search industry and the author of Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are, which gets 4.5 stars on Amazon. When she's not traveling to conferences around the world or advising clients on mobile SEO, responsive design, mobile site migrations, and site-speed optimization, Cindy can be curled up on a couch with her cats and a good audiobook!