Speaker Series Recap: The New Way to Search

Insights / 07.03.2024
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AI isn’t just reshaping how we work – it's also changing the ways our consumers search for information online. From AI-driven algorithms, including Google Gemini and ChatGPT, to Google's "helpful content" update and more, SEO is playing an increasingly pivotal role in the modern marketing mix. 

At our recent Speaker Series event, Red Door's own, Angie Stuart, Manager, SEO, and Allie Franklin, Director, Client Strategy, explored the rapidly changing search landscape and how marketers can adapt to these new dynamics. If you're curious to learn more about the changes in SEO and the impact of AI on the way users search, watch the recap video below or keep reading!

The AI Era in Search 

The search landscape is changing rapidly with the advent of AI. Platforms such as TikTok, ChatGPT, and Amazon now complement traditional search engines like Google and Bing. AI-enhanced search results are becoming more adaptable, customizable, and personalized, offering deeper and more meaningful search experiences. 

Understanding New Search Behaviors 

It’s essential for marketers to understand that consumers’ search behaviors are constantly evolving. In today's digital landscape, users are not solely reliant on traditional search engines; they are increasingly turning to AI-powered platforms to obtain personalized and tailored results. As a result, marketers need to adjust their strategies by creating content that caters to the specific expectations of these searchers and offers personalized solutions for their diverse needs. By embracing these shifts in search behaviors, marketers can stay ahead of the curve and effectively connect with their intended audience. 

Responding to the New Search Landscape 

While traditional SEO practices like optimizing for Google are still crucial, marketers need to expand their thinking beyond traditional strategies to keep up with SEO industry trends. Focusing on back-end data, site structure, and content creation is still relevant, but it's also important to prioritize personalization and deeper customization. 

Content should be customized to meet the users' needs, incorporating multimedia elements such as videos, images, and infographics to boost engagement and provide better user experiences. Marketers should make use of advanced tools and SEO techniques, like Red Door’s Content Gap Analysis, to uncover opportunities and customize content for specific audience segments. 

Building Trust & Connections with Content 

Establishing genuine connections with the audience is now more critical than ever. This requires a deep understanding of the audience's desires, needs, and behaviors. 

Marketers should use social listening and customer testimonials to gather insights and build trust. Sharing real stories and leveraging testimonials from loyal customers or experts can help build trust and credibility. 

After all this work, it is crucial to ensure that websites are user-friendly, fast, and well-organized to reduce friction and enhance the user experience. 

AI-Powered Content Production 

So, how do you use AI for SEO? AI tools can help with generating ideas, creating content outlines, and structuring writing, which can make content production more efficient. Custom GPTs can be utilized to train AI using specific brand guidelines and past examples to maintain consistency in tone and style. Providing clear instructions and context to the AI can result in better content generation.   

It's important to use AI as a starting point and have human oversight to improve and perfect the content, ensuring that it is engaging, relatable, and genuinely helpful. This new approach is not about AI vs human SEO but rather about finding a balance between the two and enabling smoother content creation. 

Challenges & Adaptations 

Instead of fighting AI-driven search results, marketers should adjust their approach by developing content that aligns with these new frameworks and takes advantage of AI platforms' unique capabilities. 

Likewise, marketers should monitor how their content performs across various platforms and adjust based on engagement metrics to ensure they are meeting their audience's needs. 

Translating Insights into Action 

In today's dynamic landscape, marketers must focus on crafting tailored, compelling, and truly valuable content that resonates with users' changing preferences. Establishing trust and meaningful connections with the audience through a deep understanding of their requirements and harnessing cutting-edge tools and tactics is key to thriving in the era of AI. While AI presents exciting prospects for enhancing content creation and strategy, maintaining that human touch remains pivotal in upholding authenticity. 

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