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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 March 2021.

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+. 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 Cruelest Month Is March

We know that T.S. Eliot, in his poem “The Waste Land”, stated that April is cruelest month, but we beg to differ–and we aren’t the only ones. Here in the Northeastern part of the USA, winter sticks around too long and the thought of being cooped up in the house for another month is enough to make us loathe March. Last year, the lockdown started in March, so we can add to the list of bad stuff that happens in this month. Luckily, there were more things to distract us this year, like The Grammys, movie releases and NCAA basketball. Let’s take a look at what drove people to search last month. Here are the top Google Trends keywords of March 2021, as analyzed by AMP Agency.

March 13th - Wha’ Happened?

March is so cruel, Google Trends skipped a day.

For some reason, Google Trends didn’t post any information for Saturday, March 13th. There appears to have been a glitch that lasted over 24 hours. From the screenshot, you can see that March 14th was also affected. Typically, for any date, the top 20 phrases are posted in the Trending Searches module. On the 14th, only the top 5 were reported. It’s a good thing we don’t use Google Trends in place of our calendar because we would be at least a day behind while writing this article.  

Coming In Like A Lion

Along with the March 13th glitch, we had a doubled query count on the first of the month.

  • Dr. Seuss - 3/1/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries
  • Dr. Seuss - 3/1/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries

The announcement from Dr. Seuss Enterprises stating that they will stop publishing six of its books did stir users to search for more information but we’re not sure why this query had to be published twice. March is so cruel.

What Keywords Were Searched The Most in March

There were four phrases that drove over 10 million queries in March 2021. 

  • Texas - 3/2/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries
  • Meghan Markle - 3/7/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries
  • St. Patrick's Day - 3/16/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries
  • Spring season - 3/19/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries

Texas was hit with extremely cold temperatures and massive power outages in the beginning of March. The Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was quite the bombshell and people wanted to learn more about it. This interview drove a number of related phrases that will be examined in the next section. The other two phrases were driven by Google Doodles where clicks on the altered logo are registered as queries. 

About That Oprah Interview

As stated, the Oprah Interview had some lasting effects in the daily top 3 most searched keywords:

  • Meghan Markle - 3/3/2021 - 200,000+ queries
  • Piers Morgan - 3/8/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • CBS Oprah interview - 3/8/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • Piers Morgan - 3/9/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Piersmorgan - 3/10/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries

Before the interview aired, Meghan Markle was in the news because an investigation was started into her alleged bullying of two personal assistants that forced them to leave their positions. After the interview aired, the UK broadcaster Piers Morgan reacted to the story Good Morning Britain, which led to him walking off the set and quitting the show.

Other Holiday Queries

St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of Spring were the most popular dates, driven by Google Doodles. Here’s the list of the other top searched March holiday related keywords.

  • International Women's Day - 3/7/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries
  • St. Patrick's Day 2021 - 3/16/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • St. Patrick's Day - 3/16/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Leprechaun - 3/17/2021 - 200,000+ queries
  • April Fools pranks - 3/31/2021 - 500,000+ queries

International Women’s Day gained in search popularity year over year. Looking at the 5 year trend, there were more searches for the holiday in 2021 than in 2020 and 2019.

AMP Agency celebrated the day this year and you can read more about it in this post.

Entertainment

There were a few movies that were released during March 2021 that made the daily top 3. Also, the Grammys were held last month, which is unusual because they are typically held in late January or early February.

  • Raya and the Last Dragon - 3/5/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • Coming to America 2 - 3/4/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries
  • Grammys 2021 - 3/15/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries
  • Justice League Snyder Cut - 3/18/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries
  • Godzilla vs Kong - 3/31/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries

The four movies that are listed above had the highest search volumes in the month of March. We like to use the search interest in films on their opening days as an indication of how many people are going to watch, either in theaters or at home. It’s curious that Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon did not make the 2 million plus query mark. 

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards reportedly had less than half the audience tune in to watch the show live in 2021 vs. 2020.  The search volume was down year over year but not by 50%:

According to the same reports, streaming of the event was up 83%. From our search data analysis, it appears that audience interest in the awards show is down but not dramatically so.

Politics

Thankfully, with no raid on the Capitol or impeachment trial this month, there were much fewer keywords related to politics making the daily top 3 in March 2021. 

  • Kyrsten Sinema - 3/5/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • Covid relief bill - 3/10/2021 - 200,000+ queries
  • Matt Gaetz - 3/30/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries

The senior United States Senator from Arizona made headlines with her vote on the minimum wage bill last month. The H.R.1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 became law on the 11th and the announcement that Matt Gaetz is facing an inquiry from the Justice Department made headlines on the 30th.

NCAA Basketball

We guess they don’t call it March Madness for nothing. The NCAA Basketball tournament was back this year and queries related to it took up a lot of the top 3 this month. Check out the timeline of these 15 keyword phrases as the tourney progressed.

  • Michigan basketball - 3/12/2021 - 200,000+ queries
  • March Madness 2021 - 3/14/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • NCAA Tournament - 3/18/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries
  • Oral Roberts - 3/19/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Syracuse basketball - 3/19/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • Abilene Christian - 3/20/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • VCU basketball - 3/20/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • Oral Roberts - 3/21/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Illinois basketball - 3/21/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries
  • Michigan basketball - 3/22/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • Oral Roberts - 3/27/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries
  • Syracuse basketball - 3/27/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries
  • Alabama Basketball - 3/28/2021 - 500,000+ queries
  • Gonzaga basketball - 3/28/2021 - 200,000+ queries
  • UCLA basketball - 3/30/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries

The maddest thing about the tournament? The champion isn’t crowned until April. We’ll have to wait until the next article to discuss it. So cruel.

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Until next month.

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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 October 2021. 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+. 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. What Did We See In October 2021 Examining the queries we collected from last month, we see the month had an inauspicious start with a few important websites and services having outages. News about Facebook bookend the month with the Frances Haugen report released during the first week and the corporate rename happening in the last week. People searched for information about holidays and the latest cryptocurrency along with the latest movies and TV shows. Lastly, the NFL and Major League Baseball drove a lot of interest in their teams, so we’ll explore what are the most popular ones. Here’s our take on the top search activity of October 2021.   Top Queried Phrases of the Month There were three phrases that topped the upper limit of reported query volume.  Two of them were attached to Google Doodles and sadly one was attached to a tragedy on a film set. Alec Baldwin - 10/21/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Claude Cahun - 10/24/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Day of the Dead - 10/31/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries The shock of the incident on the Rust movie set involving actor Alec Baldwin drove a large number of queries on the 21st.  The updated Google logo (Doodle) created for French photographer Claude Cahun and the Day of the Dead holiday stoked clicks for queries, which made them the top searched queries of their respective days. The Doodle counting discrepancy that we covered in the September 2021 article seems to have cleared up.   The Holidays Holidays tend to be big query drivers. From shopping deals to what’s open, people need to know information about these special days. Columbus Day - 10/10/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Halloween - 10/30/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries With Columbus Day making the daily top 3, we conducted a comparison with the holiday that is taking its place. It appears that Indigenous Peoples’ Day still has some ways to go in terms of search popularity. Also, it was reported that spending on Halloween this year was record breaking.  We pulled the chart from Google Trends to see if that report translated into more query volume. According to Google Trends, keywords related to the celebration of Halloween 2021 were queried more than last year but it was not the biggest year ever. That award goes to Halloween 2006!   People Love Movies, TV Shows, and Movie Trailers Too We find that people want to know more about entertainment.  Now, it’s been widely reported that “Squid Game” is being searched for in large volumes, especially in the month of October 2021.  Curiously, it never made the daily top 3 of Google Trends.  Here are the TV shows and movies that did last month. The Many Saints of Newark - 10/1/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries The Guilty - 10/1/2021 - 200,000+ queries Halloween Kills - 10/14/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries You Season 3 - 10/15/2021 - 500,000+ queries Dune - 10/21/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries The above list all had anticipated release dates. We believe that having this element tied to your film or TV show is what gets your title into the daily top 3.  Squid Game has more of a slow burn as people learn more about it. The search interest is large but just spread out.  Anticipation certainly drives people to search for official movie trailers.  Take a look at the two that made the cut in October 2021: The Batman - 10/16/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Lightyear - 10/27/2021 - 500,000+ queries Does search interest in a film’s trailer equate to future financial success?  Possibly.   Outages and Hacks As stated in the summary above, the month started off ominously as major websites and services had their troubles. Bank of America - 10/1/2021 - 500,000+ queries WhatsApp - 10/4/2021 - 500,000+ queries Twitch - 10/6/2021 - 500,000+ queries BoA’s site had a major outage on the 1st as did WhatsApp on the 4th, along with all of Facebook’s properties.  There was a report of a hack on Twitch on the 6th that drove people to learn more about it.   The Searches For Shiba Inu Coin  Powered by rumors of a decentralized exchange and a tweet by Elon Musk, the search volume behind this cryptocurrency made the daily Top 3 twice last month. Shiba Inu coin - 10/23/2021 - 500,000+ queries Shiba Inu coin - 10/27/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries As we have learned throughout this year, meme stocks and coins drive search interest. Someday, there will be a case study on how word of these financial assets gets spread.   How Was Your October, Facebook? Sorry, we meant Meta.  Here are the two phrases that made our list last month. Facebook whistleblower - 10/4/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Meta - 10/28/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries These two keywords along with outages that happened on the 4th made for an eventful month for the social media giant.  Time will tell of the lasting effect it had on the organization.    2 Million Queries or More for Sports October, with the Major League Baseball playoffs and the NFL regular season in full swing, stirs up a lot of search volume for sports. Noting that 62% of the phrases we collected last month were related to sports, we decided to focus on the top searched phrases. Baseball team names get queried a lot.  Let’s take a look at which ones got searched the most. Yankees - 10/5/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Dodgers - 10/6/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Dodgers - 10/14/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Red Sox - 10/15/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Braves - 10/23/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries World Series - 10/26/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries World Series - 10/29/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Along with the team names, the World Series got attention this year.  Conspicuously absent from this list is the Astros.  We guess they aren’t as popular as the other playoff teams.   Moving on to the NFL, here are all the team names that also made the 2 million or more query list: Patriots - 10/3/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 10/3/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Raiders - 10/4/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Seahawks - 10/7/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Chiefs - 10/10/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Ravens - 10/11/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 10/14/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Steelers - 10/17/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Buffalo Bills - 10/18/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Browns - 10/21/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Seahawks - 10/25/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Packers - 10/27/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 10/31/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Did your favorite team make the list? The dates on which these queries occurred align with when the teams played. When there’s an event to know more about, acute surges in queries happen.  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. Until next month.

Michael Mish, President of AMP Agency, recently chatted with Adweek about the importance of DE&I and the value in creating purposeful work. " First came a DEI board of advisors headed by parent company Advantage Solutions, and then the formation of employee resource groups (ERGs) for women, working parents and others for members of the Black, Latinx, Asian and LGBTQ+ communities. The agency also developed a training program to tackle unconscious bias across all levels." (Source: Adweek)   Read the news:  https://www.adweek.com/agencies/what-will-it-take-for-agencies-to-retain-diverse-talent/

In the Era of “Finstagram”, Snapchat Remains a Haven for Authentic Social Sharing  As marketers and brand strategists, we get a lot of questions about specific channels and how best to use them. Recently, we’ve been hearing the same set of questions quite frequently: “What’s the deal with Snapchat?”  “Is Snapchat dead?” “Why are they still around – who is even using them?!”   Surprisingly, Snapchat is not dead.  Yes, you heard that right – the app is still alive and thriving.  53% of all internet users aged between 15 and 25 years still actively use Snapchat. More fascinatingly, among this population, Snapchat is their most popular app, closely followed by Instagram. The average daily active user opens the app’s camera more than 30 times a day, spending at least 30 minutes on the app.  Users turn to the app for playful and silly content with their friends. 95% of Snapchatters say the app makes them feel happy, more than any other app tested.  This begs the question: How are so many people (in a coveted target demographic) using this platform and yet, so many people keep asking if it’s dead? The Answer: The reason people think it’s dead is actually the reason people like using it. It’s relatively free from advertisements and brands, it’s harder to track people and it offers a more authentic place to be yourself with your friends.    So, Why Snap? Think about the last time you were scrolling through Instagram. You see a post from your cousin, then one from your college friend, and then an ad about the shirt you were browsing 30 minutes ago. Nowadays, it seems like scrolling through social media has become a new form of never-ending advertising.  Now, enter Snapchat. Unlike other social platforms, Snapchat allows users an escape or ability to hide from targeted media, which is attractive to a subsection of consumers and, in our opinion, is the reason Snapchat is still very relevant for Gen Z and younger Millennials.  With Snapchat, users are able to directly share videos and images with their closest friends and choose how and when to share moments to a wider friends list. (Yes, we know Instragram added the close friends function in stories but it’s somehow not the same). Unlike Instagram or Tiktok, Snapchat users don’t appear to feel the pressure to look a certain way or feel a certain way about the amount of content they receive or share. Users are more likely to express their authentic self, not constantly comparing themselves to others based on post engagements or feed aesthetics. Snapchat also eliminates the surrounding influencer persona which surfaces on other platforms and removes the constant barrage of paid media. In other words, on Snapchat you don’t feel like you’re constantly being sold something. A Refinery 29 article points out “A big part of Snapchat’s appeal is the lack of commitment it takes to enjoy it: Stories fade after 24 hours, messages disappear, and, even if you leave Snapchat, you can always connect with people via at least three other platforms”- users do not have to feel pressured by the living content aspect of other platforms.  Essentially, Snap is a “cleaner” more authentic experience free from influencers and brands and that’s exactly why people like it.    Does this mean brands should avoid Snap all together!? By no means is Snapchat an untouched platform by brands. Brands do have targeted ads on Snapchat however, these don’t interrupt the way users engage with the app. Users only see sponsored content when looking through the wider audience stories and they know that’s the only place they’ll see ads.  Brands that use Snapchat well have become skilled at hiding their ads amongst other organic stories so much so that users sometimes don’t know they’ve clicked through a paid placement. TEVA, Sam Edelman and The New York Times are all currently running promotional campaigns on Snapchat in which users would briefly tap through the ad as if the brand had its own Snap story.                                       Additionally, through its filter feature, brands have been able to promote new products or promotions, however these filters can be seen as “tired” for Snap's core consumers.    What Should a Brand Do? How Should They Think About Snapchat? Be Purposeful & Authentic - Snap requires a lot of attention, strategy and dedication to do it well. Think About One to One - Snap is all about direct interaction. Think about adjusting your brand voice to be personified - help people feel like they’re talking to the people behind the brand, not a nameless faceless logo.  Don’t Copy & Paste Other Social Strategies - If you’re thinking about getting involved with a Snapchat presence - be prepared for a slow, long road. You can’t reuse your Instagram or TikTok strategy on this platform. Get to know how it works and then act accordingly.  Community before Mass Reach: “Going Viral” isn’t so much of a thing on Snapchat so it’s less about mass appeal and more about relationship building with a passionate group of friends and fans.  When in Doubt, Don’t - If you’re on the fence about jumping into Snapchat or reigniting your Snap presence, it’s better to be smart than be fast. No one is going to fault you for not having a Snap presence but there could be negative consequences if you do Snap poorly.    A Parting Thought From an advertising standpoint, brands can capitalize on the fast FOMO opportunities that Snap creates to promote new products or campaigns. At the same time, brands should strategically think about how to speak to consumers on the platform, especially when knowing most users turn to the app for playful and silly conversations with their closest friends. As both a user and a strategist,  Snap allows me to feel free of the social pressure felt across other platforms. However, if I were to advise a client interested in Snap, I would advise to proceed with caution as authentic social sharing seems to be harder and harder to replicate as for brands these days.  Brands are always welcomed to create a presence on Snapchat, although enticing to try to reach target audiences, the level of attention, dedicated resources, content curation and focus required to authentically join that space remains high.  Brands looking to engage may need to weigh the risks vs the possible rewards before launching campaigns on the platform or face potential blowback as consumers feel their “brand neutral space” becomes invaded.