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Good morning, San Francisco! As the city starts to wake up, my team and I are gearing up to welcome over a thousand marketers from around the world to Google Marketing Next, our annual event where we unveil the latest

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Google I/O: What’s going on with Progressive Web Apps?

At Google’s developer jamboree, Google I/O, last week the search giant paraded a host of big name case studies and compelling stats to herald its success with two initiatives to make the mobile web better and faster: Progressive Web Apps

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Lessons from 1,000 Voice Searches (on Google Home)

It’s hardly surprising that Google Home is an extension of Google’s search ecosystem. Home is attempting to answer more and more questions, drawing those answers from search results. There’s an increasingly clear connection between Featured Snippets in search and voice

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SearchCap: Bing local bots, Yelp conversion & Google I/O recap

Barry Schwartz Barry Schwartz is Search Engine Land’s News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry can be followed on social media at

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Bing launches bots for local businesses

Bots are coming to Bing in a big way. Through its Bot Framework, Microsoft is starting to integrate chatbots into search results — to make search more interactive and transactional. In April, Matt McGee spotted the appearance of chat functionality for

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[Podcast] The Google I/O 2017 recap: Lens, Assistant & more

The Google news was fast and furious last week, with numerous announcements coming from its annual developers’ conference, Google I/O 2017. The latest episode of our Marketing Land Live podcast offers a look back at some of the bigger announcements

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How to Run a Cohort Analysis in Google Analytics

Traffic and page views are nice. But they’re limited. In a few ways. Site wide traffic looks nice on a blog post or meeting with your HiPPOs. But it’s not actionable. And it doesn’t tell you what’s going on beneath

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Study argues Yelp drives higher conversions than Google and Facebook

A new consumer survey from Nielsen, commissioned by Yelp, argues that review sites drive higher conversions than search and social media. The survey of 2,000 US adults found that 92 percent of respondents said they made a purchase after visiting Yelp, “at

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5 reasons why websites still matter to local search in 2017

Why are we still having this discussion? Because data show that a surprising number of businesses still don’t have a website. Surveys from as recently as October 2016 find that close to half of all small businesses don’t have a

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Richard Oakes Google doodle honors activist who championed rights of the American Indian

Today’s Google doodle honors American Indian rights activist Richard Oakes. The illustration spotlights Oakes among three US locations that impacted his life — the Akwesasne reservation on the Canada-New York border where Oakes grew up; Alcatraz Island where he organized

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