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Marketing Digital Report: Search - A User-Driven Revolution

Magazine article Marketing

Marketing Digital Report: Search - A User-Driven Revolution

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Search, and the technologies behind it, have utterly transformed the way we use and understand the internet as consumers, brand owners, and, of course, as marketers. True, sometimes it might feel as if the search engines are trying to shape our online existences and experiences, but in reality, it's search per se doing that.

People of all ages, from all walks of life, use search engines today with barely a second thought, happily typing (or mistyping) their search requests into the familiar box on-screen, and waiting just a second or two before setting off to find what they're looking for. It can be only a matter of time before technology and pricing models develop that let us feel equally at ease doing the same on other web-connected devices, such as mobile phones and IPTV.

Even then, we will still be scratching only the surface of search. Brand owners and advertisers are already wondering how to make sure they are found on MySpace, YouTube, Second Life and other social-networking innovations. Some believe the next big thing will be semantic search, where search engines will be able to understand and interpret the meaning and context of words in a request. There is voice-activated search, image-recognition search, even musical search; and with each additional 'flavour' comes a set of new challenges for brand owners to fashion content in a way that ensures it is found via the latest platforms.

In other words, search is here to stay. Certainly, there will be important issues to be resolved in deciding the future shape and direction of some services, in particular those concerned with personal privacy. …

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