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Google‘s messy middle and what (ecommerce) SEOs need to know about it

Google‘s messy middle and what (ecommerce) SEOs need to know about it

31 categories, 1,000 shoppers per category, 10 purchase simulations per shopper, 310,000 data points: Google's Consumer Insights team recently conducted an extensive experiment to understand how users really arrive at a purchase decision on the Internet. What the findings of this study are and what this means for SEOs you will learn in this presentation.

Florian Elbers

September 16, 2023
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  1. Google‘s messy middle and
    what (eCommerce) SEOs need
    to know about it
    Florian Elbers
    NEOSEO
    speakerdeck.com/neoseo
    @florianelbers

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  2. Who is speaking?
    Florian Elbers (he/him)
    u Freelance SEO-Consultant
    u In SEO since 2009
    u Host of SEO Meetup Hamburg
    u [email protected]
    u linkedin.com/in/florian-elbers/
    u twitter.com/florianelbers
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  3. Who knows what it is? And from when?
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  4. The purchase funnel / conversion funnel
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    #BrightonSEO
    AWARENESS
    DESIRE
    ACTION
    INTEREST

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  5. Google‘s shopping behaviour experiment
    u 2 years long study
    u Conducted in light of the pandemic in
    2020
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  6. Result: There are no typical journeys
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO
    Purchase trigger
    Purchase

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  7. A new structure: The Messy Middle model
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  8. Search behavior evolves over time
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  9. The Paradox of Choice in eCommerce
    NEOSEO
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    #BrightonSEO

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  10. Decision making principle: Category heuristics
    @florianelbers
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    https://baymard.com/blog/macys-filtering-experience #BrightonSEO

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  11. Google helps finding category-specific filters
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  12. Decision making principle: Authority bias
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO
    https://longtailux.com/case-study/how-adore-beauty-reduce-customer-acquisition-cost-by-64-
    with-personalised-landing-pages/

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  13. Buying guides on Product Listing Page
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  14. Build more specific SEO landing pages
    u Landing pages for „[product] +
    u [Purpose]“
    u [Country of manufacture]“
    u [Without XYZ]“
    u [With XYZ]“
    u [For XYZ]“
    u [Against XYZ]“
    u [Age]“
    u [Target group]“
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    #BrightonSEO

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  15. Key action 1: Ensure brand presence
    u Be present in
    u SERPS,
    u Ads,
    u price comparison sites,
    u social media platforms,
    u etc.
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  16. Key action 2: Employ behavioural science
    u Consumers are looking for reassurance
    to strengthen their purchase decision
    during evaluation
    @florianelbers
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    #BrightonSEO

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  17. Key action 3: Close the gap between
    trigger & purchase
    u Reduce the cognitive burden
    experienced by consumers while
    exploring and evaluating
    @florianelbers
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    https://de.slideshare.net/kloeckner/behemoth-seo-search-strategy-for-huge-websites #BrightonSEO

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  18. Thank you & check the study!
    NEOSEO
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    #BrightonSEO
    https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/consumer-
    insights/consumer-journey/navigating-
    purchase-behavior-and-decision-making/

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