Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google Posts adds ‘call now’ button
    Jul 12, 2018 by Barry Schwartz
    The new option within Google My Business lets you include your phone number as a call to action.
  • Google brings Hotel Ads into the Google Ads platform, updates feed management hub
    Jul 12, 2018 by Ginny Marvin
    A new Hotel Ads campaign type is currently in beta.
  • Google shows ‘People also search for’ suggestions in ad results, too
    Jul 12, 2018 by Ginny Marvin
    The feature has been showing in paid search results for several months.
  • Do Google reviews impact local ranking?
    Jul 12, 2018 by Joy Hawkins
    Based on her research, contributor Joy Hawkins thinks reviews may play some part in how a local page ranks. Here is a case study that shows her findings.
  • Ex-Googler John Giannandrea takes charge of Siri
    Jul 12, 2018 by Greg Sterling
    Apple has merged Siri and its machine learning groups under Giannandrea’s leadership.
  • Bing is testing an ‘open in new window’ icon in the search results
    Jul 12, 2018 by Barry Schwartz
    While you can set your search settings to open all search results in a new window, Bing is testing an icon that lets you do that for each individual search result.

Recent Headlines From Marketing Land, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Internet Marketing:

  • You’ll love what the MarTech agenda has to offer
    Jul 12, 2018 by Marketing Land
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  • Twitter testing Promoted Trend Spotlight ads that give brands space atop the Explore tab
    Jul 12, 2018 by Amy Gesenhues
    Disney is the first advertiser to launch a campaign using the new ad unit.
  • Where will Facebook’s growth come from? Instagram
    Jul 12, 2018 by Brian Handly
    Contributor Brian Handly shares research that reveals the surprising sophistication SMBs are employing in their advertising on Instagram.
  • YouTube’s Copyright Match Tool finds videos uploaded without the creator’s permission
    Jul 12, 2018 by Amy Gesenhues
    The first batch of creators to get access to the new tool will be limited to channels with more than 100,000 subscribers.
  • IBM, Mediaocean announce blockchain consortium to tackle what’s wrong with ad tech
    Jul 12, 2018 by Barry Levine
    The effort, expected to launch by the end of this year, will track transactions on real-time programmatic platforms.
  • Facebook receives $664,000 UK privacy fine, which could have been $1.9B under GDPR
    Jul 12, 2018 by Greg Sterling
    A US FTC investigation could also bring billions more in potential penalties.
  • Twitter is removing locked accounts from follower counts
    Jul 11, 2018 by Amy Gesenhues
    The company says most users will see a slight change in follower numbers, but users with a large number of followers may see a more significant drop.
  • SMX Advanced 2018 Session Recap: Maximizing the Impact of Online Video Ads
    Jul 11, 2018 by Joe Martinez
    Thinking about adding video advertising to your marketing mix? Contributor Joe Martinez shares the video marketing tips he picked up from the Online Video Ads session at SMX Advanced.
  • Facebook to begin testing new ‘Highlights’ feature that lets users save Stories
    Jul 11, 2018 by Amy Gesenhues
    Facebook’s Stories Highlights will display as a horizontal scroll bar on a user’s profile.

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About The Author

Debra Mastaler is Features Editor at Search Engine Land. She is an internationally recognized authority on link building and is an OMCP Certified Link Building Trainer. Based in Washington DC, Debra is also a columnist for Search Engine Land, has written for or been featured in numerous tech publications and is active on the search marketing conference circuit as a speaker and trainer. Debra serves as a judge for the Landy Awards and is the President of Alliance-Link.com. Connect with Debra on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay in touch.