If you loved your View-Master as a kid, you are going to love Google Cardboard. Cardboard is an app for your phone that you use with a cardboard viewing device to see images in 3D. Google announced a new version of Cardboard on Thursday at its I/O developer conference.
Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, is on again, and the tech world is abuzz with the various announcements, upgrades and projects announced. Here's a run down of the major announcements from day one of the event.
Google meets Amazon; an interesting concept in theory which may become stark reality in practice soon enough. In a much anticipated move, Google is apparently preparing to incorporate buy buttons within some of its sponsored search ads on mobile devices. First reported by Alistair Barr and Rolfe Winkler in a recent Wall Street Journal article , many are reading the move as a proactive attempt to stop the steady bleed of users turning away from its heretofore desktop friendly search platform in favor of more mobile-focused ecommerce apps like Amazon and eBay.
On April 21st Google began to roll out the Mobile Friendly Algorithm update. This update is designed to reward sites that have a good user experience on mobile devices and penalize ones that don’t. Mobile traffic could be affected in two ways.
The key to organic SEO success is conceptually simple – you have to please Google AND your intended audience. But getting all the necessary ingredients in place to satisfy both can sometimes, often times, be a real challenge.
Yesterday the mysteries of the big Google AdWords announcment we've been hearing about for weeks were finally revealed by Google’s Jerry Dischler , VP of AdWords Product Management, and I happened to have a front row seat! The theme of the talk? Addressing “moments that matter” through better mobile experiences, more automation tools, and enhanced measurement features. It was all about helping marketers “win the moment” or, er, the micro-moment.
It was dubbed ‘Mobilegeddon’ by many journalists and media commentators; and, while Google’s mobile search algorithm change on 21st April hasn’t resulted in any Millennium Bug-esque instances of panic, the true impact will only start to become apparent over the coming weeks and months. If you missed it, Google has changed the way it ranks web pages on its search engine; and, rather than relying purely on businesses reacting to its search ranking rules via SEO, as a way of ranking relevancy, Google will now prioritise websites that have been optimised for mobile devices, meaning consumers will see those sites before any others when conducting a search online.
Last week, we were sitting in a client meeting at the BuzzPlant office when the conversation turned to Google. If you don’t live and breathe SEO and website creation, then Google can be a daunting, mystifying force standing between you and your business. In our client meeting, we were discussing Google’s quirks and oddities when Jason, one of our jack-of-all-trades SEO consultants, threw out this statement: “Google is like a hyperactive teenager. You have to hold their hand, make it easy, and don’t make them look at too much at once.”
The Google Consumer Surveys tool allows your company to make decisions based on the real-time data, and ultimately, this means that you do not have to wait to make a big decision for a new product or service. It also means that you can know when it is time to go back to the drawing board with an idea, or consider a marketing concept in a new light based on popular feedback that you were note expecting to get. The ability to set user specific demographics to further target the kind of responses that you get means that you can get even more detailed information from your audience. This is especially unique to Google Customer Surveys, and because of Google’s publishing networks, you know that you are getting access to the biggest pool of respondents possible.
Google’s mobile algorithm update is rolling out! Webmasters must have their sites up to par with accepted mobile optimization standards. Since this announcement from Google came out in February 2015, professionals that use the internet have been trying to figure out exactly how much of a change we’re likely to see here. Whilst the regular desktop users won’t notice any difference in the way they see the world, this mobile update makes it easier for mobile users to access content on the internet and read it comfortably in miniature screens.