Understanding Page One Results

It wasn’t that long ago that the concept of searching the web gave a visualization of finding the desired information in a like-minded format with our ‘search term’ at the top of the page and results listed out in a pretty basic format. Every business wants the sacred ‘1st page result’ on search engines (hopefully earning the fabled revenue that comes with it.)

The search engine struggle also became like a big game of poker: some businesses risked everything on the wrong hand only to have search giants such as Google ‘change the game’ on them. This made progress and expertise in winning the game a difficult proposition (when the house knows the players are winning, it wants to change the rules…)

As search engines like Google began indexing more and more information, the format and availability of non-text information became available. The influx of different types of information give search engines a continual excuse to change the game. It leads to a constant shift of how page one results appear; having visual elements inserted into the mix, along with information that was ‘related’ to the search.

Understanding the game

If we take this basic concept and then visualize the fact that people are simply creating millions of pieces of data every single day, search engines have an infinite playground to test different formats and functionality.

The shift of different formats affects the functionality that businesses rely on for promotional and brand exposure. Every shift creates a gap in learning and opportunity. Depending on the nature of your service and profession, how search engines present your information alongside of competitors and related businesses can drastically alter the way you need to coordinate your online presence. Read more

Media Influence, the Elements of Media

The Elements of Media

Once we think about traditional, digital and mobile segments, we then have to think about the elements that are causing these segments to evolve and find adoption. The first three types of media (land, sea, and air), combine with the affects of social and hyper media (weather and time.)

Within the concept of “weather and time” , we have unique experiences that often present themselves as incredibly complex.

Yet as complex as this all sounds, keep in mind how simple humans really are when it comes to making our choices:

  • We look for a simple way to get things done.
  • We often push buttons out of curiosity.
  • We seek constant encouragement and motivation.
  • We usually select things based on want, not need.
  • We hunt for areas of personal reward.
  • We try to help the people we know. Read more

Different Media Types, creating a guide and map

In presenting this topic with many groups and having many conversations with leading industry peers, I have detailed hundreds of different shifts in how we communicate. We are now in the age of instant information gratification where we search for information within our personal and professional networks, seeking to find the singular source of credible and sound business advice. Simply said: we want better and more accurate information faster.

The unfortunate and sad thing is that social media adoption and user generated content has broken our previous utilization of media (if not the way we communicate as both individuals and groups entirely), we are simply finding our traditional models of communication suffering from an insane amount of irregular and unsupported information that creates digital noise.

Our biggest challenge is that few of us know how to sift through this noise.

Ultimately our lives have come to a crisis point: we strive to learn in a classroom that looks more like a playground for toddlers: everyone is talking, too many people vying for attention but having nothing to say, and the one conversation we are interested in learning from is muffled by the roar of commotion.

As we connect this crisis with our understanding of how media and communication historically worked, we have to redefine how we choose to relay our messages today. Read more