Goodness, our last search news round-up of 2016 – where did that year go? In this month’s blog, we’re talking about Facebook Messenger, swipeable card price and image extensions on Google, and content keywords. Get all this and more below:

Facebook looks to drive the conversation

Facebook recently announced that all advertisers can now direct users from the News Feed straight to Messenger. From here, businesses can then use their chatbots to keep the conversation going and achieve objectives such as increasing sign ups or sales.

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To keep users engaged, Facebook has also taken this new feature a step further and announced that advertisers can now send sponsored messages in existing conversations. These sponsored messages can be customised to the user and the idea is that these will continue to keep people engaged.

These new features offer a great opportunity for advertisers to interact with users in new ways and achieving business objectives in non-traditional ways. Very cool.

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Google Ad Extensions

There are plenty of exciting things happening with ad extensions, so here’s a quick update.

Price extensions

Google announced that the format for price extensions has been changed to a swipeable card.

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Price extensions are a great way to promote your offerings and it gives users an idea of price without even having to visit your website. Plus, with the new swipe format, users can easily see multiple products/services.

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Image sitelink extensions

Swipeable cards seem to be a real theme at the moment. Several users have spotted image extensions appearing below and in – yep, you guessed it – a swipeable card format.

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This is something to keep an eye on because these will really enhance your text ads and differentiate you from the competition.

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Are you being compressed?

Not a common question, but one which you may find yourself answering if you are being quoted within Google Answers and related artificial technology.  The full article covered on SEO Roundtable details how:

“Google is now using ‘sentence compression algorithms’ as of this week in the desktop search results. Sentence compression algorithms is Google’s way of extracting the best answer for a query to be displayed in the featured snippets.”

Source: Google Machine Learning Sentence Compression Algorithms Powers Features Snippets.

Google says goodbye to Content Keywords

It is fairly common for Google to update Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) however, when Google removes features, the webmaster community tends to react with some discontent, largely tied to the useful nature of the functionality and features being removed.

A recent feature removal was the retirement of the Content Keywords feature. And so, the time has come to retire the Content Keywords feature in Search Console.

If you are wondering about the use of this feature (albeit too late to use it now) we covered its value for creating effective website content back in April 2015.

That’s all for now!

We’ll be sure to bring you more news and round-ups through 2017 but in the meantime, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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