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Google Insights for Search will allow business owners to create a better local keyword strategy to increase the visibility of their brand.   Google Insights will allow online marketing managers to refine their SEO keyword list and to be more proactive in their content writing. From a high level perspective, search engines like Google query "best matching" assets in their database of web pages, videos, images, and social media feeds when consumers type in a search phrase. When it determines what the best items to show, it creates the infamous "Google Page One" search result. (SERP) A big question has always been: "What search phrases are consumers using in my area?" The questions that should follow are:
  • What assets can I upload and tag with text that will be a good match? (SEO)
  • What am I willing to pay per click for that search phrase? (SEM)
  • How will I track if clicks from that search phrase results in a conversion or sale? (GBP )
Diversity of Best Matching Assets Increases Most recently "best matching' includes real-time Twitter tweets and Facebook posts; this is an Internet Marketing strategy game changer. I'll be posting an article on real-time search results in the automotive industry and the effect on Automotive SEO strategies shortly. So now, Google Page One Management (GPOM) and IRM strategies have to deal with social media feeds, videos, static images, press releases, ecommerce images, Google Maps and text links. Using Google Insights For Car Dealers It's a good reminder to state that localized search is a part of the equation of what search engines will serve on Page One in addition to best matching keyword assets. When a consumer types in "Nissan Sentra" from their home, the search engines have to decide how to balance local content and national content when they display a search engine results page (SERP).nissan-sf-png If you type in "Nissan dealers" from a PC in Irvine, California, Google will show you local California Nissan dealers on Google Maps. That fact that you did not type in "Irvine" or "California" does not matter since Google knows the geo-location of your IP address roughly. The same query from a PC in Preston Maryland should show a different result, as shown below. nissan-map-mdAs a side note, please make sure that your dealership's Google Maps listing is correct and that it is showing for broad searches like the ones given above. Google Maps normally pops up with a city, county or state is included in a search phrase. If your Google Maps listing is not tagged properly, you may be missing hundreds of free advertising views per month. Google Adwords Keyword Research Tool Many dealers have come to know that Google provides a free tool called the Google Adwords Keyword Tool which can show them how popular search phrases are on a monthly basis based on total USA data. The Google keyword tool can be used to help select domain names as well as keyword strategies that have a broader target. A screen shot below shows how you can track national use and global use of certain search phrases. keyword-toolA new tool that I would like to discuss is called Google Insights and this tool has a different spin on Google search data that will help car dealers with localized content development in 2010. The tool is designed to help online marketers research seasonal and regional trends in search phrases. Google Insights will also show which search phrases are picking up in volume; I like this feature the best. This insight can help car dealers decide what they should be targeting in terms of their blog posts and the wording of their press releases, tweets and online ads. Google Insights For Search in Action Automotive retailers approaching the end of the year may want to know which search phrases local consumers are typing in that are looking for an "end of year" car sale. In your area, Google Insights could tell you which phrase was on the rise; "Nissan Year End Sale" or "Nissan Clearance Sale" or some other variant. Once you have that data in hand, you could create a blog post with those search words in the title to increase your chances for a "best matching" asset in your local market. The tool can also help refine local vocabulary and terms that might be unique to a market. Some areas of the country use the word "pop" to describe a soda so regional differences that can be exposed with Google Insight. Dealers should research the top search phrases for their brand, in their local market, so they do not base their strategy on national data or worse yet, a guess. "Honda Civic" Keyword Research Below is a screen shot of research done in Google Insight for the search phrase "Honda Civic" for the State of Arizona. Notice how Google Insights gives you other phrases that are increasing in volume; see bottom right of charts. This is good data to have and it allows proactive content writing. insights1insights2 Google Insights also maps areas of search interests on your state which can also show further localized trends in your PMA and beyond. There is so much that can be done with this data, but there is a limit to what you'll read in one sitting. Google Insights is another tool that should be in your Internet Marketing toolbox for 2010. Since content and asset matching is so important for search visibility, this tool can help your hard work go even further. If you have questions, just ask. Brian Pasch http://twitter.com/automotiveseo http://facebook.com/paschconsulting 732-450-8200

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