As the way consumers change the way they search for and discover new brands and products, we must constantly work hard to understand what is driving these changes and how we can help our clients optimise against these new opportunities.
A lot has been written recently about the rise of voice search but we are also seeing a big trend towards more image led search. According to Jumpshot data, 27% of all US based searches are now carried out using Google images and retailers themselves are now building products to reflect these new search behaviours. ASOS has now made it possible for users to upload an image as a means of searching for product.
With a clear demand to fulfil, Google has made strides to improve its image offering and usability. The landscape of image search results has improved considerably over the last year alone and a typical image search result now includes:
Product results (price, stock availability)
Ability to filter results gifs, clip art, HD & colours
Suggested search recommendations
Recipe tags & animated GIFs
For Jack Wills for example, we are now able to show pricing and stock availability which can serve as a prompt for a user to buy.
With these advancements, we use several tools to present the best result to reach potential customers. Key areas that we are optimising for image search include:1.
In 2017 we will see more shopping platforms building image and video search into their product as it becomes second nature for consumers to seek out products in this way. It is key that brands better understand how they can optimise their assets for this new search channel as its proving a highly effective way of reaching new customers.