2024

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Google Chrome IP masking could radically impact search advertising

Search Engine Land

Google is developing a two-hop proxy to enhance privacy for Chrome users, which has three big implications for advertisers: For ad location targeting, you’ll only have the option to target regions designated by Google, which won’t be accurate. Because Google Chrome will use a proxy to connect to websites, it will mask users’ identities, meaning advertisers cannot distinguish between genuine and bot traffic.

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What Is a Serviceblazer? Here’s What Community Members Told Us

Salesforce

When you’re a Serviceblazer, staying ahead of the curve isn’t just an advantage — it’s an absolute necessity. You understand the pivotal role technology plays in shaping the future of customer service. And you love building community with others who know what it’s like to walk in your shoes. If you’re looking for new ways to connect with your peers, the Salesforce Serviceblazer Community is a great place to start.

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Why B2B marketing needs brand building more than lead gen

Martech

B2B marketing has become overly focused on measurement and attribution, appearing and claiming to be more science than art. Everyone wants to believe it’s a science. Investors, boards and leadership expect marketing growth to be measurable, predictable and projectable. But the truth is that marketing is not a hard science. Experiments are not repeatable and playbooks are not fully transferable between companies.

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Venture Backed or Bootstrapped? There’s a Third Way. Just Raise One Round.

SaaStr

There’s so much debate on social media and elsewhere on bootstrapped vs VC. Bootstrapped you maintain control, and the unit economics. But many see it as so much harder. And it’s almost always longer. VC can let you go faster, but it can become an addiction. And the dilution all-in generally ends up being 60%-70% by the time you approach an IPO.

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How to Improve Email Deliverability and Optimize Each Send

Learn how to optimize email deliverability and drive greater email ROI. What lands your email in the customer’s inbox? Understanding those factors, otherwise known as email deliverability, is critical to getting the most return on your campaign investments. But the “rules” around which factors land you in the spam folder aren’t always easy to keep up with.

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Why the Deprecation of Third-Party Cookies is Inconsequential for G2 Buyer Intent Users

G2

The depreciation of third-party cookies will impact the different tools and channels that are part of the typical B2B marketing mix. Because G2 does not use third-party cookies to track buyer Intent activity, customers using this solution will not be affected.

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7 Habits of Highly Successful Prospectors, According to Sales Leaders

Hubspot

Thoughtfully calculated, well-executed prospecting is central to virtually every successful sales engagement. It sets a tone — giving you the momentum and perspective you need to lock in on viable sales opportunities and ensure the rest of your sales process goes as smoothly as possible. But as with any other skill, some salespeople have a better grip on prospecting than others — and we, here at the HubSpot Sales Blog, want to do our part to make sure you prospect as effectively as possible.

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Google March 2024 spam update done rolling out

Search Engine Land

Google’s March 2024 spam update rollout is now complete. The spam update started March 5, about 15 days ago. The March 2024 core update is still rolling out and will likely continue to roll out for the next couple of weeks. The spam update took 14 days and 21 hours to roll out, starting on March 5, and ending on March 20. Google wrote this morning, “The rollout was complete as of March 20, 2024.” March 2024 spam update.

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Google and world’s largest ad group announce landmark AI collaboration

Search Engine Land

The world’s biggest advertising group announced a major collaboration with Google that will see it utilize Gemini AI to help produce its ads, including: Ad narration. Voiceover script generation. Product image creation. The landmark partnership with WPP means that Google’s robots could potentially end up creating ads for some of the biggest brands in the world, such as the Coca-Cola Company, L’Oréal and Nestlé.

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Google releasing massive search quality enhancements in March 2024 core update and multiple spam updates

Search Engine Land

Google is unleashing multiple measures aimed at improving the quality of its search results beginning today. Google is releasing the March 2024 core update and a number of spam updates (aka March 2024 spam update). Also, Google’s helpful content system has been incorporated into its overall core ranking system. In addition, Google announced several new and updated spam policies that it will begin enforcing through automated algorithms and manual actions.

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Google promotes Liz Reid to head of Search

Search Engine Land

Google is making a number of changes to its executive team running Google Search: Liz Reid , who was leading up core search experiences, will now be the Head of Search at Google. Cheenu Venkatachary will be the new lead of Search quality and ranking. With these changes, Pandu Nayak is stepping down as lead of search quality and ranking and will become Chief Scientist of Search.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Article complaining about being outranked on Google being outranked by Reddit

Search Engine Land

How Google is killing independent sites like ours from HouseFresh talks about an ongoing complaint from smaller publishers and site owners about how they are constantly being outranked by larger publishers and site owners in Google Search. The irony here is that story is currently being outranked by Reddit – no joke. Google ranking Reddit above HouseFresh.

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Google Search officially retires cache link

Search Engine Land

Google officially removed the cache link from the Google Search results snippets last week and Google confirmed that it will remove the cache functionality completely in the near future. Danny Sullivan, Google’s Search Liaison told us that Google has “decided to retire it” and removed it from the Google Search result pages and will soon remove the cache completely.

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Humans prefer AI-generated copy, survey finds

Search Engine Land

Humans are more likely to prefer content generated by AI than written by a human, according to a surprising new survey. Why we care. While AI can’t entirely replace humans in content creation, clearly generative AI can create content that resonates with consumers. Generative AI 6, humans 0. In six AI- vs. human-generated content battles, the generative AI version “won” each.

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Google says it took down 45% more fake reviews in 2023 thanks to new algorithm

Search Engine Land

Google has a new review algorithm that the search company says it better anf faster at taking down fake reviews from local listings in Google Search and Google Maps. “In 2023, this new algorithm helped us take down 45% more fake reviews than the year before ,” Google announced. Google receives a lot of contributions to its Google Maps and local listings, this includes reviews, photos, updates to listings and more.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Google updates its page experience docs to clarify ranking signals

Search Engine Land

Google updated its page experience help documentation to clarify how Core Web Vitals metrics are used as a ranking signal. Google also clarified that other page experience signals are not directly used for ranking purposes in Google Search. What Google wrote. The updated documentation is in the ranking section of the document and it now reads: Core Web Vitals are used by our ranking systems.

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New Google structured data carousels (beta)

Search Engine Land

Google has added new search developer documentation for structured data carousels (beta). The new documentation can be found here and is under the “early adopters program.” This structured data is for a new carousel rich result that’s in beta, “which is a list-like rich result that people can scroll horizontally to see more entities from a given site (also known as a host carousel),” Google wrote.

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Google issues search ranking penalties through manual actions

Search Engine Land

The day after Google released its new search spam policies , including the March 2024 spam and core updates, Google began penalizing websites that the search company felt violated those spam policies. The result of these search penalties was that some sites were completely or partially de-listed from Google’s search results, and all or part of their search traffic was wiped out.

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Why the shift from ‘conversions’ to ‘key events’ in GA4 is a game-changer

Search Engine Land

The recent shift from “conversions” to “key events” in (GA4) represents a significant change that digital marketers, especially SEO professionals, need to understand and act on. This article explores the implications of this change and insights on how to leverage it to elevate your marketing reporting. Understanding key events in GA4 On March 21, I got an email from a former student who said he’d logged into Google Analytics 4 (GA4) that morning and saw, “Analytics conver

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1st, 2nd, and 3rd Party Intent Data: Which Is Right for You?

How do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party intent data compare? 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party data each have specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to four factors: accuracy, cost, control and quantity. This infographic explains the pros and cons of each and helps you understand which one is best for meeting your business objectives. Intent data can be a great way to fill your pipeline and close more deals.

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Google to replace perspectives filter with forums filter

Search Engine Land

Google is rolling out a change to the perspectives filter, renaming it from perspectives to forums. A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land the word “forums” is a more intuitive name when seeking out that content. Google also told us that searchers can use this filter to hone in on results from hundreds of forums from across the web.

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94% of Google SGE links are different from organic search results, study finds

Search Engine Land

The AI-generated answers in Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) do not match any links from the top 10 Google organic search results 93.8% of the time. That’s according to a new Authoritas analysis, which focused primarily on commercial keywords. Why we care. Google SGE is expected to reduce organic traffic significantly to websites for many keywords because searchers will be able to get the answer directly in Google’s AI-generated answer.

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Meta advertisers claim sales are down and costs are up due to glitchy automated system

Search Engine Land

Meta advertisers claim the cost of running campaigns across it platforms has surged due to ongoing issues with its algorithm. Brands report that sales and return-on-ad-spend have both plummeted, while cost-per-click and cost per 1,000 impressions are up by a factor of three in recent months – with no explanation from Meta as to why. Why we care. If the reported ongoing algorithm issues continue to impact ad performance, marketers will need to take action to reduce costs by exploring rival platfo

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Google is shutting down websites made with Business Profiles

Search Engine Land

Websites made with Google Business Profiles will be turned off in March. Customers attempting to visit your website will then be automatically redirected to your Business Profile until June 10. Beyond this date, visitors will encounter a “page not found” error, Google announced. Why we care. Businesses wanting to maintain their own website must create a new site using alternative tools, then update their Business Profile with the new site address before the deadline to ensure a smoot

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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How one Google featured snippet is killing commercial list-based content

Search Engine Land

Recent Google scandals have raised concerns about search result fairness , accuracy , transparency and the ethics of big brands’ dominance. This article explores how these factors collide by examining Google’s use of search engine results page (SERP) list-based features to further their monetary gains while going against their own content guidelines and advice.

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Pinterest announces major ad partnership with Google

Search Engine Land

Pinterest announced a new ad partnership with Google designed to boost its ad revenue. This marks Google as the second third-party ad partner for Pinterest, following its multi-year collaboration with Amazon that was unveiled last year. Why we care. This collaboration provides an opportunity for brands running campaigns with Google Ads to not only broaden their reach but also engage with an active, high-value consumer base.

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Google Search Console security update improves management of ownership tokens

Search Engine Land

Google Search Console has released a security update around user permissions and controls management where you can better manage the ownership tokens. Ownership tokens are used for when people verify your site in Search Console, Merchant Center and other Google products and sometimes people who had access in the past to your profiles no longer should.

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Google Ads support is at an ‘all-time low’ – we asked Google why

Search Engine Land

Google Ads customer service has plummeted to an unacceptable all-time low, according to search marketers. From incorrect account suspensions to uncomfortable sales calls “aggressively” pushing automation to confusion over the platform’s own products, advertisers have told Search Engine Land that they are exasperated by the lack of help offered by their reps.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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Google: Ad Strength not used in Ad Rank

Search Engine Land

Ad Strength is not a “major factor” that stops a keyword from going to auction, despite what some advertisers may believe. That’s according to Google Ads Liaison Ginny Marvin. Ad Strength. Responding to a post on X from an advertiser who said “Ad Strength is a major factor in stopping a keyword from going to auction due to Ad Rank,” Marvin wrote : “Ad Strength is not used in Ad Rank and is *not* a ‘factor in stopping a keyword from going to auction due to Ad

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Will traffic from search engines fall 25% by 2026?

Search Engine Land

Will traffic from search engines to your website drop 25% by 2026 as a result of the rise of generative AI answer engines? That’s what Gartner, a technological research and consulting firm, is predicting. Why we care. SEO and PPC are incredibly valuable. Search traffic is what can lead to revenue and profit (whether via converting that traffic to leads, sales, or whatever type of conversion matters to your brand).

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Enhancing Patient Care: 4 Strategies for Life Sciences Companies

Salesforce

For many people, a sudden tingling in the leg or a feeling of numbness in the arm isn’t too much cause for alarm. The tingling or the numbness goes away after a little while, and they go on with their lives. But for Brooke Eby, an abrupt limp on her way to a conference one day ultimately led to a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 33.

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Google has started phasing out third-party cookies

Search Engine Land

Google has officially started to phase out third-party cookies. A new feature called Tracking Protection, which restricts third-party cookies by default, began rolling out to 1% of Chrome users globally on January 4, 2024. If you have been affected, you will will receive a notification when you open Chrome on either desktop or Android devices. Why we care.

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The Next Level of Sales Enablement: Sales Content Management

Speaker: Deniz Olcay, Senior Director of Product Marketing, and Jake Miller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

Modern Sales Content Management (SCM) platforms have become table stakes in the world of sales enablement. Sellers need one-stop access where all of their sales content is stored, organized, deployed, and measured. Today’s modern SCM platforms achieve just that. However, these various platforms also have key differences. In this value-packed webinar, Deniz Olcay and Jake Miller will unravel and debunk the top three SCM myths and explain how to get the most from your SCM solution.