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Search Engine Marketing in a Google Glass world

In a recent article on Search Engine Watch Jason DeMers wondered how Google Glass will change Search Engine Marketing.

Could it be that for all our gadget drool, we’re overlooking what could be the biggest Internet marketing explosion of the decade? Or will Google Glass even make a ripple in online marketing?

It’s a good question and, with the release date of this latest must have gadget getting closer, it’s a question that high-priced search engine marketing agencies should be thinking about now. ūüôā

Of course, savvy online and offline marketers, such as ourselves, can also be well positioned for a slice of the advertising dollar pie when Google Glass released in just a few months’ time.

Here’s how‚Ķ

Google has stated that there are no immediate plans to advertise on their spectacles-shaped Google Glass platform. This is probably because they (a) want to bed the technology into the public consciousness before turning on its Trojan Horse advertising abilities; and (b) they may not have a clear idea of the best way to deliver ads, yet.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure Google knows (and has tested) the form a Google Glass advert will take – it has to be, by the very nature of the device, a notification placed in the wearer’s field of view:

“Peter Garety just launched his latest plug-in. Do you want to purchase it?”

It’s just that I believe delivering ads in this way will be a very delicate task, and one that requires a lot of real world testing. After all, the Google Glass wearer is by definition a person on the move; you don’t want to slam a distracting ad in their face when driving, for example. (You can imagine the law suits around that one!)

Woman wearing Google Glass

Google Glass: The vision of tomorrow.

So, how will Google Glass alter our search engine marketing strategies? What should we doing today to prepare for tomorrow?

Search Engine Marketing for Page One is gone!

From what we’ve seen of the Google Glass interface, we can throw all of our current search engine marketing tools out of the window. The wearer will not be presented with the top ten results (“Page One”) for a Google keyword search. The Search Engine Results Page (SERP) is gone, baby!

Instead, the Google Glass wearer will be shown only the most authoritative search result. And, for now, that means not even the most expensive Adwords ads will make it on to the hallowed field of view.

Another way of putting this: If you’re not the #1 ranked link on Page One of the Google SERP, you won’t feature.

Google Glass: Search Engine Marketing Basics

Jason DeMers had a few thoughts on the basics of marketing in the ‘Glass world’. He began his analysis by asking us to consider the Google Glass interface from the user’s point of view, based on what we know has been demonstrated with the device:

You’re wearing your Google Glasses, riding the subway downtown with friends. You say the words ” hungry” and “dinner,” and your Google Glasses inform you that Molinari Delicatessen is a few minutes away at the Broadway & Grant Avenue station. Plus you get a free drink for just checking in on Foursquare.

Here, Google Glass offers interaction with local businesses (Google Places), local search and social media.

Those marketers will offline clients will need to ensure they have their clients plugged well into the Google Universe, specifically Google Places, Google rich snippets, and (oh yeah) Google+:

Keep your Google+ profile robust and active. One obvious trend that will impact all things search related is Google+, along with authorship and Author Rank.

If you ask me, this is the most important bit of advice in preparing for a Google Glass world. Sticking a pin on a Google Map for your offline client is easy. Building your client’s authority, that’s the bit you need to sweat over.

Authority is the new Backlink Count (for Everything!)

You may have noticed that Google has made a lot of changes to its search algorithms lately – so much so that the entire search engine marketing definition has changed from a focus on inbound link building and on-page¬†optimization¬† to the new era of ‘context, authority and social proof’.

The latest search engine marketing tips do not include lists of back-link building and text spinning services, but focus on authorship, quality content and community building on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others.

It’s the Authorship bit I want to focus on here. Thinking about it, and if Google manage to pull off stellar sales for Google Glass products, your Google Plus profile will become your most important asset.

Why? Because it, above all else, will tell Google who you are. (Or, to be more specific, what you create online).

Google+ is at the hub of Google’s identity-checking universe. By stamping your blog posts with author tags, linking your YouTube, Skype, Google Play and Gmail accounts, and adding in any other email addresses you own, Google is able to¬†positively¬†identify the body of the work you create. (Yes, I know Facebook and Twitter are missing from your G+ profile but, hey, they are the evil¬†competition¬† Beside, Google will find you by scrapping these sites and matching the info you’ve provided. True for LinkedIn too).

With Google Glass, my guess is that Google will use your Google+ account as a major measure to gauge your relative authority on a topic (depending on how much quality, shared content you create).

So, I¬†completely¬†agree with Jason:¬†Keep your Google+ profile robust and active. It’ll be more critical than you realize.

What about Content size for Google Glass?

Without wanting to put a whole lot of search engine marketing jobs at risk by removing the lucrative trade of on-page optimization, my view is that¬†content ‘snippets’ are the new SEO. Think about it. The¬†amount¬†of screen¬†real¬†estate available for the Google Glass wearer is tiny. You’re¬†going¬†to need to convey nuggets of content in a bite-sized chunks. I don’t know how Google plan to do this for a majority of websites. They could try to use algorithms that can create a precis long page of text down to it “essence”. Or they could place a greater reliance on Rich Snippets (“Structured Data”).

I would get your Rich Snippet house in order.

I can’t wait to see what happens through the lens of Google Glass – the new window on our digital world.

(By the way, I do recommend subscribing to Search Engine Watch as a source of high quality and timely search engine marketing articles. I’m sure their content is going to be repackaged into an eyeball-sized presentation in just a few months from now.)