Every day we have hundreds of thousands of conversations with Google. We literally treat it like a trusted friend, asking it questions, like:
I’ll bet you’ve spoken to Google in that human way at some point this past week, too. You might even have asked it something more personal to you; something you wouldn’t shout about on social media but are happy to type into Google’s anonymous white box, or to ask your phone or smart speaker. Something like ‘how do you ask a girl out?’ or ‘am I depressed?’.
That’s why ‘search listening’ is just as valuable a research method as ‘social listening’ or any other method when it comes to content marketing.
There’s so much soul-baring data available to explore and it tells us marketers so much about the people we’re trying to reach; their hopes, dreams, fears and needs. Understanding search behaviour is useful way beyond SEO – but, for me, not enough marketers know that.
AnswerThePublic's Hannah Harris chats to Eric deLima Rubb from Buzzsumo and Brandwatch, and Search Listening's Sophie Coley about how observing people’s behaviour online will help to supercharge your content.