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In our continuing series of examining Google Search Trends to gain insights into the top keywords queried in the USA, we present our findings for July 2022.

Every day, we capture the top three keyword phrases in terms of search volume as reported by Google Trends (US Only). Each term has an estimated query volume attached to it, which we also record. The number scale tops out at 10,000,000+ with a lower limit of 200,000+ (sometimes 100,000+). After the conclusion of the month, we look at the phrases we collected along with their volumes to get an understanding of what drove queries for the month.

July 2022 - Hawt Weather & Hawt Queries

Not sure that’s how you spell the word hot, but last month was full of query curiosities. There were three keywords related to food in our recorded list. Dreams of large jackpots drove people to search about the Mega Millions drawings and other lottery games. Our pick for the biggest movie of the summer made the daily top 3 not just once but twice along with other shows and films. Other topics people queried were Amazon Prime Day and keywords related to the economy.  In Sports, the MLB All Star game was a hot topic along with UFC events.  Lastly, the name of a face recognition disorder made our list (Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is soooo June 2022), but let’s kick off with some deep looks into our universe.

Photos From Space

In July 2022, one of the top queries by volume as reported by Google’s Daily Search Trends was driven by the Doodle for the new James Webb telescope that went online during the month. Before that Google Doodle was posted, people were already very excited about the views from outer space we were about to see.

  • James Webb telescope - 7/11/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • James Webb Space Telescope - 7/12/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries

It’s good to see that a topic related to science made the daily top 3 for two days in a row, even if some of us were duped into thinking a slice of chorizo was a faraway star

Next, it’s a topic of more Earthly pursuits. 

Let’s Get Rich Quick

Every so often, the Mega Millions jackpot gets really big - over a billion dollars big.  When it does, it captivates the Google search audience.  Take a look at the progression through the month of July.  

  • Mega Millions - 7/19/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Mega Millions - 7/26/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries
  • Mega Millions - 7/29/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries

On the 19th, the total prize was just over a half billion dollars. We believe that once the word ‘billion’ starts getting used when describing Mega Millions, then the search volume starts to spike. 

After the announcement that there was a winner from the July 29th drawing, it appears there was a hangover effect and people wanted to learn more about the Powerball game.

  • Powerball - 7/30/2022 - 500,000+ queries

It was “only” a $170 million jackpot, so it seems the amount wasn’t the driving force behind the query and just the habit of querying for quick riches.

Economic Factors

From these two queries, maybe the current trouble with the economy had people thinking about ways to supplement their income.

  • Inflation - 7/13/2022 - 200,000+ queries
  • Fed rate hike - 7/27/2022 - 200,000+ queries

Although lower in query volume than the lottery-related phrases in the last section, concerns over inflation and rising interest rates are clearly on people’s minds.

Amazon Prime Day

Hyped as the biggest shopping day of the year next to Black Friday, Amazon Prime Day returned to its typical July occurrence after the pandemic shifted it a bit for a couple of years.  Here are the phrases we captured last month.

  • Amazon Prime Day - 7/11/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Amazon Prime Day 2022 - 7/11/2022 - 500,000+ queries
  • Amazon Prime Day - 7/12/2022 - 500,000+ queries

We grabbed a chart to see the deals day’s popularity over the past 5 years.  You can see that the pandemic did have an effect on the search volume in 2022 and 2021, but the downtrend started in 2019.

It’s safe to state that even with less query volume on the actual phrase “amazon prime day” that the summer shopping event is still quite popular with Prime members.

Summer Eats

We’re so happy to see food-related queries in our data.  Here are the three top keywords from July 2022.

  • Nathan's hotdogs Contest 2022 - 7/4/2022 - 200,000+ queries
  • National Ice Cream Day - 7/17/2022 - 200,000+ queries
  • Choco Taco - 7/25/2022 - 200,000+ queries

The hot dog eating contest always brings out the searches. In past years, Joey Chestnut has been top term related to the contest but he had a non-record breaking performance in 2022.

It’s nice to see National Ice Cream Day make the daily top 3. We wish that it had a bigger response last year when we predicted it was going to be huge and it wasn’t.  We pulled the chart to see what’s up:

Based on this chart, you can see the search interest spiked in 2019 and then trailed off.  It was more popular in 2022 vs. 2021 so that’s something.  Looking back at those previous articles, it’s clear that the improvement applied to their data collection system on January 1, 2022 changed the data on this topic. No matter - ice cream should be celebrated even when novelties are being discontinued like the choco taco. Clearly, it will be missed.

Streaming, Taking In a Flick, and a New Album

The conclusion of Stranger Things Season Four had people querying in Google.

  • Stranger Things - 7/1/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Noah Schnapp - 7/7/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries

One of the actors from the show, Noah Schnapp, received some extra attention when he shared private messages from the pop star Doja Cat.  Any publicity is good publicity?

Our pick for the biggest movie of the summer had a good showing in the daily trends report:

  • Thor: Love and Thunder - 7/5/2022 - 500,000+ queries
  • Thor: Love and Thunder - 7/7/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries

Does high search volume equal box office success?  We will examine that question in a follow up to our 2022 Summer Trends report.

Marvel continued to drive search interest with the release of the new Black Panther movie trailer and details of its Phase 5 film plans.

  • Black Panther 2 - 7/23/2022 - 500,000+ queries
  • Marvel Phase 5 - 7/23/2022 - 500,000+ queries

Again, the fan interest is strong for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Search query data is a great indication of the fan’s devotion.

We tend to see award shows drive search queries.  Here’s the interest for the Emmys:

  • Emmy nominations 2022 - 7/12/2022 - 500,000+ queries

We’ll report in September if people are interested in the show.  Fans of Disney Channel movies were pleased to see that the latest installment of the Zombies film series was released on the 15th.

  • Zombies 3 - 7/15/2022 - 200,000+ queries

This film can be streamed on Disney+ and a fourth film has not been confirmed or denied at the time of this writing. Lastly, Queen Bey released an album in July 2022.

  • Beyonce - 7/28/2022 - 500,000+ queries

According to Variety.com, Renaissance is the second best album debut of the year behind Harry Styles’ Harry’s House 

All Star Activities and Other Sports

Near the middle of the month, Major League’s Baseball’s All-Star Game.  People seem to love the long ball. 

  • Home Run Derby 2022 - 7/17/2022 - 500,000+ queries
  • Home Run Derby - 7/18/2022 - 500,000+ queries
  • Albert Pujols - 7/18/2022 - 200,000+ queries
  • All-Star game 2022 - 7/19/2022 - 500,000+ queries

Albert Pujols played in his final All-Star game as he is retiring at the end of this season. Since the other major sports leagues are not in season, we thought we’d look at other sports-related keywords that were queried last month. They include Formula One racing, Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Professional Wrestling:

  • F1 - 7/3/2022 - 200,000+ queries
  • UFC 272 - 7/2/2022 - 500,000+ queries
  • UFC - 7/16/2022 - 200,000+ queries
  • UFC - 7/31/2022 - 500,000+ queries
  • Money in the Bank 2022 - 7/2/2022 - 100,000+ queries
  • SummerSlam 2022 - 7/29/2022 - 200,000+ queries

UFC and Wrestling event keywords are mainstays in our data collection but Formula One racing is increasing in popularity. 

We’ll keep an eye on this auto racing keyword as the months go on.  

 

Cat Games, Face Blindness, and Concern With CERN

In our final section, here’s a collection of keyword phrases that fit uniquely into their own categories so we packed them all together here.

Did you know that cat video games were a thing?

  • Stray - 7/18/2022 - 200,000+ queries

The long awaited game Stray (for those who wait for cat video games) was released on July 19th but people were searching for information the day before.  Also, did you know that prosopagnosia is the medical term for face blindness?

  • Prosopagnosia - 7/6/2022 - 100,000+ queries

It was reported that Brad Pitt suffers from prosopagnosia so people looked it up on the 6th. For what it’s worth, more people wanted to know what the affliction that affected Justin Bieber was last month. 

Lastly, the organization that operates everybody’s favorite Large Hadron Collider made headlines last month.

  • CERN - 7/5/2022 - 500,000+ queries

No, they didn’t create a black hole to swallow the planet but they are trying to collect data on dark matter. We really hope they don’t create a black hole, though.

Thanks for reading. If you liked this article, we utilize search trends data for all of our clients and we invite you to learn more about our SEO services.

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In our continuing series of examining Google Search Trends to gain insights into the top keywords queried in the USA, we present our findings for December 2022. Every day, we capture the top three keyword phrases in terms of search volume as reported by Google Trends (US Only). Each term has an estimated query volume attached to it, which we also record. The number scale tops out at 10,000,000+ with a lower limit of 200,000+ (sometimes 100,000+). After the conclusion of the month, we look at the phrases we collected along with their volumes to get an understanding of what drove queries for the month.   The Final Report For 2022 When the calendar flips to the month of December, there’s a feeling of reflection that we, as writers of this blog series, feel we must express.  Capturing the top 3 queries from Google’s Daily Trends reporting module is a manual effort and because this effort takes time, our minds need to be focused on these phrases. We can’t escape the pondering of why these keywords were queried in Google.  At the end of the year, our thoughts drift to the wonder of what we learned. Have we learned anything from examining these top keywords? Looking back at the year, we observed behavior that’s similar to past years with little nuances that were unique to 2022.  For instance, people really like searching about sports but this year, the World Cup captivated Google searchers. You’ll learn more about World Cup queries in this report. When famous people die, their name typically becomes a top query of the day. Predictably, queries related to Queen Elizabeth II’s death were on another level in terms of volume. Lastly, the biggest takeaway was the searches for medical conditions.  If there was an announcement of a famous person having a condition, it drove people to search.  For example, when the family of Bruce Willis stated he was stepping back from acting on March 30th, 2022 because of his aphasia diagnosis, it was queried over 10 million times.  Last month, we had another query that fit this particular category, which we’ll examine later on in this post.    Top Phrases of 2022 12th Month The top queries of December 2022 are as follows: Kirstie Alley - 12/5/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries tWitch - 12/14/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries Argentina vs France - 12/17/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries Sadly, the first two are associated with deaths.  Kirstie Alley died on December 5th and the DJ Stephen "tWitch" Boss died on the 13th. The championship match for the World Cup occurred on the 17th and many people were engaged with the game on Google Search. December is for Holidays December is the month for holidays.  Let’s see which ones were searched for the most. Pearl Harbor Day - 12/7/2022 - 500,000+ queries Merry Christmas - 12/24/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Boxing Day - 12/25/2022 - 200,000+ queries Happy New Year 2023 - 12/30/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Pearl Harbor Day has been gaining search query popularity over the past two years. We were not surprised to see the query make the daily top 3 last year since it was the 80 year anniversary of the attack.  This year, the query volume for the phrase wasn’t as high as it was in 2021 but it was still enough to make our collection.  The new holiday query for this year was Boxing Day.  In our 4 year records, we never saw this holiday make the list.  2022 changed that. Let’s look at all the available data for this term.     The highest peak occurred in 2019 but slid a bit in 2020. Since then, search interest has been on the rise. Will we see a larger peak for this day after Christmas celebration in the USA in 2023? We will have to see!  Medical Condition Queries As it was stated in the look back at 2022, medical conditions of famous people drive search queries. Stiff person syndrome - 12/8/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries When Celine Dion revealed she was postponing her tour because she had Stiff-Person Syndrome (SPS), the need to know more was satisfied with Google Search. It’s important to know that when it comes to health information, Google is still the place to research. Popular Movies & Shows December 2022 had a few entertainment options that were worth noting: White Lotus - 12/11/2022 - 500,000+ queries Black Adam - 12/16/2022 - 200,000+ queries Emily in Paris - 12/21/2022 - 200,000+ queries Glass Onion - 12/23/2022 - 500,000+ queries The season 2 finale of the HBO TV show, “The White Lotus” aired on December 11th and people wanted to know more.  The Black Adam film was available for streaming on the 16th.  The third season of “Emily in Paris” became available on the 21st and on the 23rd, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was released on Netflix. In addition to these queries, Amazon announced that it secured the rights to the intellectual property of the Warhammer 40,000 game.  Warhammer - 12/16/2022 - 100,000+ queries Henry Cavill is set to star and serve as an executive producer in future shows and films. Special Elections and Other News The final election of the 2022 midterms was held on the 6th of December.   Georgia Senate Race - 12/6/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Brittney Griner was released from Russian custody on the 8th after being detained for months. Brittney Griner - 12/8/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Sorry if you were traveling last month on Southwest Airlines, but you probably know better than most that their canceled flights were a hot topic. Southwest Airlines - 12/26/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries The former pope passed away on the 31st, almost 10 years after resigning from the papacy in 2013. Pope Benedict - 12/31/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Greta Owned Twitter and Search We’re not sure if you follow the trends on Twitter. We don’t follow them as closely as we do for Google.  Last month, Greta Thunberg traded barbs with the former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate.  The viral exchange eventually led to Tate’s arrest in Romania.  Greta Thunberg - 12/27/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Greta Thunberg - 12/28/2022 - 500,000+ queries Greta Thunberg - 12/29/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries For three days straight, Greta not only owned Andrew Tate but also Google Search. NFL As usual, sports-related queries made up most of our collection from last month.  We broke up the list into 3 sections; NFL, NBA, and World Cup.  Here is the timeline for teams in December 2022:  Packers - 12/4/2022 - 500,000+ queries Detroit Lions - 12/4/2022 - 500,000+ queries Rams - 12/7/2022 - 500,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 12/11/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Buccaneers - 12/11/2022 - 500,000+ queries Patriots - 12/12/2022 - 500,000+ queries 49ers - 12/15/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Seahawks - 12/15/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries NFL - 12/17/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Patriots - 12/18/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Jacksonville Jaguars - 12/18/2022 - 500,000+ queries Jets - 12/22/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 12/23/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Green Bay Packers - 12/24/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Raiders - 12/24/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Chargers - 12/26/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 12/28/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Were people searching because their team won or lost in dramatic fashion?  The answer is both.  Here’s a list of NFL player names that made the list: Deion Sanders - 12/2/2022 - 500,000+ queries Jimmy Garoppolo - 12/4/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Kyler Murray - 12/12/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Russell Wilson - 12/25/2022 - 500,000+ queries J.J. Watt - 12/25/2022 - 200,000+ queries J.J. Watt - 12/27/2022 - 500,000+ queries Derek Carr - 12/28/2022 - 500,000+ queries An ex-player took another job (Sanders), a few players got hurt (Garoppolo, Murray), a couple of players didn’t play well (Wilson, Carr), and one player is retiring (Watt). NBA When it comes to American professional sports, the NBA is the second most popular in search interest (next to the NFL).  Did your favorite team/player make the list? Celtics - 12/10/2022 - 200,000+ queries Warriors - 12/14/2022 - 200,000+ queries Knicks - 12/20/2022 - 100,000+ queries Nets - 12/21/2022 - 200,000+ queries Luka Doncic - 12/27/2022 - 500,000+ queries The lone player name (Doncic) scored 60 points on the 27th. World Cup Finally, the World Cup was still the most popular subject this month as it was in November 2022.  Take a look at this timeline!  Can you follow the teams through the matches?   Cameroon vs Brazil - 12/1/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries South Korea vs Portugal - 12/1/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Costa Rica vs Germany - 12/1/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Netherlands vs USA - 12/2/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Argentina vs Australia - 12/2/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries England vs Senegal - 12/3/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries France vs Poland - 12/3/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries England vs Senegal - 12/3/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Portugal vs Switzerland - 12/5/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Brazil vs South Korea - 12/5/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Croatia vs Brazil - 12/8/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Netherlands vs Argentina - 12/9/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Morocco vs Portugal - 12/9/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries England vs France - 12/9/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries France vs Morocco - 12/10/2022 - 200,000+ queries Argentina vs Croatia - 12/12/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries France vs Morocco - 12/13/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Francia vs Marruecos - 12/13/2022 - 200,000+ queries Messi - 12/13/2022 - 200,000+ queries Argentina vs France - 12/14/2022 - 500,000+ queries Croatia vs Morocco - 12/17/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries The championship query is listed in the first section of this report and it received over 10 million queries on the 17th.  Interesting to note that the Spanish version of the France vs Morocco query also made the top 3 of the Daily Trends on the 13th. After the past two months, we have a better understanding of the USA’s interest in the World Cup and the diversity of the audience with a Spanish query making the report. Thanks for reading. If you liked this article, we utilize search trends data for all of our clients and we invite you to learn more about our SEO services.

Social media is, as 2022 has proved, an ever-changing landscape. Based on trends, consumer insights and cultural shifts, a lot can change very quickly. While social media can be a moving target, and there will be much more to track in the months to come, these are our new year predictions for social media in 2023. Let’s see which ones we’ll still be talking about in December… Twitter & Emerging Platforms It wouldn’t be a 2023 social media forecast if we didn’t start off by mentioning 2022’s Twitter madness. One of the biggest takeaways from the Twitter exodus are the various emerging platforms that have come to life. Mastodon Social, Twitter’s “alternative” has been around for 6+ years which uses servers and allows users to follow topics and other users, similar to Twitter and Reddit. Hive Social is an emerging platform that focuses on the “simplicity” of social media, it's a mix of MySpace (music on your page anyone?!) Instagram (chronological photo posts) and Twitter, ultimately allowing you to express yourself without the pressure associated with social media.  Tumblr has made a big comeback with some users jumping from Twitter to the “microblogging” network.We’ve also seen a reemergence of personal newsletters and blogs/websites. Short Form Video Maintains Power Though we can’t say if Vine will make a comeback, we know that TikTok is not going anywhere. It’s no coincidence that Instagram has leaned heavily into Reels and short form video content in 2022. US adults spend on average 38 minutes watching video on social networks per day in 2022.  There's a few reasons why short form video content has such a grasp on audiences: The versatility (have you seen those clips that stop you in central park and ask what you’re wearing?) Viral audio options (fun opportunities to remix or duet with trending sounds) Gen-Z’s shortened attention span (Gen Z is most likely demographic to skip content—including ads—that doesn’t interest or entertain them) Auto play lowers the barrier of entry for engagement, and makes grabbing the attention of your audience easier. Shoppable Social Closely related to short-form video is social shopping, which will boom in 2023 with almost half of the US population expected to order something they saw on social media in the new year. There are major opportunities in the new year for advertising to get creative and gain the attention of Gen-Z (the generation most likely to shop on social). We’ve seen social media platforms rise to the occasion with Facebook Shop, Facebook Messenger for customer service and purchasing, TikTok adding  more shoppable solutions with new ad units, shopping tab to profiles, and exploring live shopping. Instagram building out their Shop Tab, and the seamless integration of card and shipping information. User reviews and hauls are also leading the movement of social shopping. Live shopping is going to become increasingly popular in 2023, with brands working directly with influencers and creators to produce live unboxings and hauls. A brands’ best bet to strengthen e-commerce on social? Build trust among consumers, focus on customer service and accessibility. What items, if anything, have you purchased on social media in the past year?   User-Facing Content Between the BeReal boom and shoppable social, consumers want products and experiences that are authentic and relatable now more than ever. The era of user-generated content (UGC) is here: Reviews, unboxings, tutorials and product reviews posted on social media have placed consumers in the influencer role. 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What are you most looking forward to seeing on social media in 2023?

Taking a closer look at marketing’s favorite buzzword “Disruption”. “Zeitgeist”. “Thumb-Stopping”. We all have buzzwords that we wish we could tune out. Mine is “authentic” - a word that I’ve described as the corporate equivalent of “moist”. Yet it’s a difficult one to avoid. It seems that every organization, publication, and thought leader can’t get enough of the adjective. Businesses and brands are regularly tasked with the impossible mission of looking, sounding, or just being authentic. And with the new year comes new projects and briefs to chase this intangible goal. Here’s the problem: brands are corporate entities, not people, and have no business trying to be authentic. In fact, most attempts to crack the elusive code of authenticity and “be relatable” often hurt more than help (see: the endless stream of cringey TikToks from tone-deaf brands). I know what you’re thinking. “But look at the legacy of the Dove Real Beauty campaign! The rise of BeReal! Whatever DuoLingo is doing on TikTok!” There is a method to the madness, but it requires a closer look at larger trends.   Chasing an “authentic” human face Ever notice how the term “sellout” doesn’t get thrown around the same way it used to? That’s because the term has shifted from a pejorative to an ideal: 86% of young Americans want to be influencers, a role that comes not only with clout and followers but brand deals and sponsorships. Being chosen as a guest at a corporate event or becoming a brand ambassador has become the ultimate status symbol. Practically, the choice makes sense for both parties. Influencers can monetize their content, while brands gain a human face, an attentive audience, and relatable examples of how their products can be used.  Aside from speaking through influencers, many brands now use their community managers and other employees as human faces for consumers to connect to. A scroll through TikTok shows many branded accounts not speaking about their products or participating in trends, but bemoaning restraints from their legal teams or their constant need to post content. Again, these are people who act as stand-ins for a business. But what if businesses were simply transparent about what they were? In an age where every brand is trying to appear authentic by using internet speak and filming their mascots doing dances, the most radical thing might be to honestly share what your brand stands for or is up to on a day-to-day basis.   It’s okay to not be authentic If you’re reading this, I assume you’re one of Beyoncé’s 278 million Instagram followers, but just in case I can briefly describe her profile. Her grid is populated with stylized glamor shots, usually featuring only herself in designer outfits on sets, in mansions, and on yachts. Her photos rarely have captions and she follows no one. This behavior is a far cry from the mundane “authentic” mirror selfies and pleasant vacation photos posted by our friends. Yet it makes complete sense because Beyoncé is a multimillionaire and the most awarded singer in Grammy history.   Just as Beyoncé’s over-the-top social posts fit with her personal brand and lifestyle, so too can brands craft a presence that tells a story about who they truly are, all while being honest, distinct, and engaging.    Instead of “being authentic”, why not try… Being transparent Give people a look behind the curtain about how things work or the decisions your team is making. Better yet, give them a say in the decision-making process. Being helpful Answer questions or clean up confusion around your products, or teach your audience something genuinely useful to their day-to-day lives.  Being understanding Understand the tensions in your audience’s lives and how you can solve them. Keep a pulse on what’s relevant and valuable to them.