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SearchCap: Apple search ads, Google’s newest search features & latest carousel test

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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Google AdWords Matches New Organic Sitelinks Design With Carousel Buttons

Google AdWords announced they have launched a new design for the AdWords sitelinks. This new design matches the mobile design for organic sitelinks that Google pushed out a few weeks ago. It is a carousel that you can swipe left and right and tap on the buttons…


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Google Lists Top Websites In Carousel User Interface

Last week we reported on a new user interface rollout by Google showing a top carousel filter to help you expand or diversify your search query.

Well…


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SearchCap: Google voting, Google Shopping carousel & Samsung assistant

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Google Search Live Coverage Carousel Pilot; Is This The Real Time Index?

Aaron Bradley spotted and posted on Google+ that Google has opened up a pilot for the search live coverage carousel…


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SearchCap: Google Carousel Expands, Yahoo Java Deal & Markup Spam

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Facebook launches multiple image carousel ads

Facebook Multi AdFacebook just released a brand new ad unit that is nothing I’ve ever seen before (but maybe I simply haven’t been paying attention?) The ad contains a side scrolling carousel with three product images. In this screengrab, you can just see the second image coming in on the right. You can see it in action on the Facebook for Business blog.

I’m not a fan of ads that slide, jump, jitter or repeat but I’m digging this Multi-product ad. The scrolling movement is slow, giving you enough time to look at each image as it travels by. I wish that when it got to the end it would continue on like a solid loop. Instead it jumps back to the start like a Vine video. Smooth would be better but I can let that go. (Now that I’ve made my thoughts known.)

Each product has it’s own description and click target so you have three chances to catch a consumer’s eye. It works on both the mobile app and the desktop.

I think this is a nice way to feature new items or suggest related items, like a purse and shoes to go with that dress.

NoMoreRack tested the new ad unit, sending it out to a custom audience of people who visited their store but didn’t buy. Facebook says this resulted in a 42% increase in click-throughs and a significant drop in cost per acquisition.

Custom Audience Improvements

Facebook is also making some improvements to their custom audience tool. Going forward, you’ll be able to target people who haven’t visited within a particular time period or people who have visited certain pages. They also added targeting for specific product types.

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If you have the time to make the tweaks, this could be a very powerful combo. Locate the people who previously bought shoes from your site then show them a multi-image ad with three new shoe styles. Target consumers who bought a tent with a multi-ad full of camping gear. It’s automated personalization! How can it not pay off?

One last note, Facebook also made changes to the Page Manager App for both iOS and Android. It’s a cleaner interface with more intuitive navigation. They’ve also made it easier to write a post or add a photo. You can get all the details on that upgrade right here.

 

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New Local Carousel

Google announced they rolled out their local carousel results on desktops in categories like hotels, dining & nightlife for US English search queries. The ranking factors driving local rank are aligned with the same ones that were driving the old 7 pack result set.

The layout seems to be triggered when there are 5 or more listings. One upside to the new layout is that clicks within the carousel might not fall off quite as quickly as they do with vertical listings, so if you don’t rank #1 you might still get plenty of traffic.

The default amount of useful information offered by the new layout is less than the old layout provided, while requiring user interaction with the result set to get the information they want. You get a picture, but the only way the phone number is in the result set is if you click into that result set or conduct a branded query from the start.

If you search for a general query (say “Indian restaurants”) and want the phone number of a specific restaurant, you will likely need to click on that restaurant’s picture in order to shift the search to that restaurant’s branded search result set to pull their phone number & other information into the page. In that way Google is able to better track user engagement & enhance personalization on local search. When people repeatedly click into the same paths from logged in Google user accounts then Google can put weight on the end user behavior.

This multi-click process not only gives Google usage data to refine rankings with, but it also will push advertisers into buying branded AdWords ads.

Where this new result set is a bit of a train wreck for navigational searches is when a brand is fairly generic & aligned with a location as part of the business name. For instance, in Oakland there is a place named San Francisco Pizza. Even if you do that branded search, you still get the carousel & there might also be three AdWords ads above the organic search results.

If that company isn’t buying branded AdWords ads, they best hope that their customers have large monitors, don’t use Google, or are better than the average searcher at distinguishing between AdWords & organic results.

Some of Google’s other verticals may appear above the organic result set too. When searching for downtown Oakland hotels they offer listings of hotels in San Francisco & Berkeley inside the hotel onebox.

Perhaps Google can patch together some new local ad units that work with the carousel to offer local businesses a flat-rate monthly ad product. A lot of advertisers would be interested in testing a subscription product that enabled them to highlight selected user reviews and include other options like ratings & coupons & advertiser control of the image. As the search result set becomes the destination some of Google’s ad products can become much more like Yelp’s.

In the short term the new layout is likely a boon for Yelp & some other local directory plays. Whatever segment of the search audience that dislike’s the new carousel will likely be shunted into many of these other local directories.

In the longrun some of these local directories will be the equivalent of MapQuest. As Google gains confidence they will make their listings richer & have more confidence in entirely displacing the result set. The following search isn’t a local one, but is a good example of where we may be headed. Even though the search is set to “web” results (rather than “video” results) the first 9 listings are from YouTube.

Update: In addition to the alarming rise of further result displacement, the 2-step clickthrough process means that local businesses will lose even more keyword referral data, as many of the generic queries are replaced by their branded keywords in analytics data.

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