Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Bing Reveal Top Searches of 2014

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Year-end lists of the top searches provide a snapshot of what people look for on the internet and how they use search engines. Such lists also provide an overview of the topics, events, issues and people that were most culturally relevant that year. For marketers, the top searches don’t necessarily represent keywords to be focused on; instead, they help keep SEOs informed about search trends, audience tendencies and where – or where not – to be focusing their efforts.

Year-end lists have been released by Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Bing. While these sites vary in traffic, they’re all still in the Alexa top 25.
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Email Marketing Will Be Important in 2015, But the Tools May Change

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The online marketing landscape in 2015 will look very different than it did even three or four years ago. Mobile marketing, social media and content marketing will likely continue to be some of the most important elements of a marketing campaign. A term like “email marketing,” however, already sounds like an outdated technique.

Of course, experienced online marketers know that this definitely isn’t the case. As marketing approaches become stretched across many different platforms and tons of content continues to be produced, email marketing will remain one of the most powerful strategies.
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Bing Outlines How Content Quality Affects Rankings

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According to the latest comScore numbers, Microsoft sites got around 3.7 billion searches in October. While that’s only 19.5 percent of the search market share, the numbers are high enough to suggest that Bing should not be ignored – especially if your site targets an older or wealthier audience.

It’s important to remember that optimizing for Bing is similar to optimizing for Google in many ways. Rule number one for both search engines seems to be high-quality content. A new post on the Bing blog details exactly what they’re looking for.
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Google Says the Majority of Online Ads Are Never Viewed

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The number of ads that Google runs on a daily basis is staggering. According to some sources, ad impressions from Google’s display network end up totaling an unfathomable 24.17 billion per day, while impressions from Google Search total around 5.57 billion. This means that Google runs almost 30 billion ads every day.

Unfortunately, according to new Google research, over half of all these ads are never viewed by anyone. Some fundamental changes to the system may be needed before advertisers can be sure they’re spending money on something that actually has a chance of being seen.
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Video Content Will Be a Must in 2015

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Marketers have known for years that video content is effective at driving traffic, links and sales. Check out this now vintage-seeming case study from 2006 (less than two years after YouTube debuted), in which it’s shown that short video clips can generate thousands of impressions at a fraction of the cost of PPC advertising.

Content marketing has changed a lot since 2006, but the impact of video has only increased. A recent report from online video firm Brightcove highlights just how important video content will continue to be in the future.
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