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DuckDuckGo Receives $10M Financing to Expand Global Impact by @MattGSouthern

DuckDuckGo is receiving a US$ 10-million investment through a partnership with OMERS to help the search engine continue expanding its privacy protection worldwide. OMERS, which stands for Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, is one of Canada’s largest pension funds. Chief Executive of OMERS Ventures, John Ruffalo, tells the The Global and Mail (subscription required) that […]

Google Search Console Notifying Users About HTTPS Migration Errors by @MattGSouthern

Google Search Console is sending notifications to site owners about errors identified in recent HTTP to HTTPS migrations. Specifically, the notification alerts site owners about pages that are no longer showing up in Google search because they cannot be found. The Search Console notification reads: “Google systems identified that you recently migrated your site from […]

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Google Rolls Out New Featured Snippets With Expandable Subtopics by @MattGSouthern

Google has introduced a new type of featured snippet dedicated to displaying more in-depth information about a topic. Similar to how Google displays featured snippets for individual topics, Google can now display a featured snippet that details the differences and/or similarities between two things. Within the featured snippet, searchers can use drop-down tabs to further […]

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Twitter Kills Off Third-Party App Features by @MattGSouthern

Twitter has restricted access to APIs, which effectively kills off certain key features in popular third-party apps. Most notably, third-party apps have lost the ability to deliver push notifications and refresh the timeline automatically. Unofficial Twitter apps can still send notifications to users, but they will now be delayed. In addition, refreshing the timeline to […]

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12th Annual SEMPO State of Search Results Released by @MattGSouthern

SEMPO has released the results of its 12th annual State of Search marketing survey, with industry insights for both marketers and agencies. Findings from the survey reveal that marketers appear to be moving more in-house; particularly with organic search and organic social channels. Agencies, on the other hand, are shifting more to paid search and […]

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Google Ads Report Editor Now Supports Time Period Comparison by @MattGSouthern

Google Ads’ Report Editor tool has rolled out the ability to compare performance for two different time periods. With support for time comparison, advertisers can better visualize their date over one period of time versus another. Advertisers can compare this week’s clicks compared to last weeks. They can visualize month over month data, year over […]

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Google’s New ‘Cameos’ App Lets Celebs Answer Questions from Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Google has launched a new app for celebrities and public figures that allows them to record video responses to questions that are frequently asked in Google’s search results. The new app, called Cameos, is designed to help celebs and public figures ensure people are getting accurate information about them from Google search. “Cameos on Google […]

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Google Analytics Introduces Cross Device Capabilities With ‘Google Signals’ by @MattGSouthern

Google Analytics has started beta testing a new feature called Google Signals, which offers cross-device reporting and remarketing capabilities. Users who choose to activate Google Signals can take advantage of new advertising features that are being enhanced to better understand customers across devices. Google Signals upgrades existing advertising features to enable the following: Remarketing with […]