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The freshest Google Partner intelligence hot off the press – May 2023 edition – is buzzing with data-driven insights that light the way for your digital marketing game plan. Here’s a quick highlight reel of points hitting home for Australian businesses and how AI fits into the big picture.
Customers today are embarking on their purchases with clear intent, often seeking out digital tools before they swing that proverbial “sold” sign. This shift demands omnipresent marketing that puts you, your message, and your brand right at their fingertips, no matter the platform or time. This is something we’ve been saying for at least the last 5 years, and is just another good reason to focus on creating content for buyers and not readers.
15% of daily Google search queries are first-timers – a sign that online channels are high on shoppers’ radar when making up their mind. A top-notch, unambiguous digital front is thus non-negotiable, especially for the thriving SMB and e-commerce scenes. However, while Google might be celebrating this, just a few years ago it was as high as 20% and is perhaps a sign that Google’s growth is starting to slow.
A staggering 75% of consumers say a deep dive into all relevant data is a purchase prerequisite. Apparently, it applies to well, everything – 76% are on board even for inexpensive buys. The takeaway? Buttering up your online content with ample product or service details is good for business.
Google as “The Truth-teller”: Reputations and new releases now meet the Google truth test, likely a nod to the platform’s perceived authenticity. Hence, crafting a solid online footing, Google included, matters more than ever.
But, a missing piece in this newsletter is Google’s underemphasis on the inevitable rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on online search and consumer behaviour.
AI packs a punch with the potential to turn purchasing decisions on their head – think laser-focused search results, paying heed to the smallest consumer likes, and stepping up the predictive shopping realm. Instead of consumers plowing through multiple searches to land their ideal product or service, AI could get smart enough to predict and propose aces based on consumer history, preferences, and patterns.
But, beware the AI paradox. An overreliance on AI-drawn data could see fewer fresh searches, threatening visibility for brands and SMBs that bank on novel search queries.
Given these forecasts, businesses – looking at you, e-commerce sector – need a digital marketing pivot towards embracing AI benefits, but with an eye on potential hurdles.
The age of AI ruling the consumer roost isn’t in full swing yet, but it’s closer than we might think. As Google refines Search, businesses should race to keep pace, adjusting to evolving search habits, marketing tricks, and shape-shifting consumer behaviour.
To wrap up, leveraging Google Partner insights to fine-tune your marketing strategy is a solid bet, but it’s only half-time. Prepping for an AI-led overhaul in the e-commerce playbook bears equal weight.
Keep your eyes peeled for more nuggets of insight and solutions to help you master the digital transformation game!
Recap? In the digital realm, change is the reigning champ. So, let’s champion it together.
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