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 April 2020. 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. Yes, Banana Bread Did Have Its Moment There are moments in time that you will always remember. For me, I will never forget how in April 2020, “banana bread” peaked in its search interest. Although it never made the top three queries in the month of April, it did have an impressive jump in query volume in the month of April. I’m not sure it will reach these heights again, but may we always take with us the knowledge that there is a use for that browning bunch of bananas sitting on the countertop. The Top Trending Keywords Beyond the search increase of fruit-based bread, here are the top queries we collected in April: IRS stimulus check portal- April 15th - 10,000,000+ queries Coronavirus tips - April 19th - 10,000,000+ queries NFL Draft - April 23rd - 10,000,000+ queries Coronavirus tips - April 23rd - 10,000,000+ queries Kim Jong Un - April 25th - 10,000,000+ queries Popular Google Doodle games! - April 26th - 10,000,000+ queries Google Doodles make up half of the list, the “Coronavirus tips” query was triggered on two days in April along with the Doodle and announcement that “Popular Google Doodle games!” were going to be re-released to help with everyone’s boredom on the 26th. The IRS stimulus check portal received top queries on what is normally tax day and the nation’s need for sports was sort of fulfilled with the virtual NFL Draft that began on the 23rd. Lastly, queries about Kim Jong Un reached its peak on the 25th as there were multiple reports about his whereabouts and health condition. Where’s My Stimulus Check? People were also trying to figure out the whereabouts of their Stimulus check in April. Of the 90 phrases we recorded in April, phrases related to Stimulus checks made up 10% of them, including the one that made our 10 million club above. Here are the rest of the keywords in the order of the date they were searched: Stimulus check IRS - April 2nd - 200,000+ queries Stimulus checks deposit date - April 5th - 1,000,000+ queries IRS stimulus portal - April 9th - 500,000+ queries Stimulus check 2020 direct deposit - April 10th - 200,000+ queries Stimulus Checks - April 13th - 5,000,000+ queries Stimulus Check Calculator - April 14th - 500,000+ queries IRS stimulus check 2020 - April 17th - 500,000+ queries IRS stimulus payments - April 21st - 500,000+ queries It certainly makes sense that this topic had multiple entries into the top three queries throughout the month and how much the phrases varied from day to day.. It’s a reminder of how needed the financial assistance is and that having thorough online resources available for people who are seeking information is crucial. What Takes The Place Of Live Sports? If you have followed this series of posts, sports is the most popular category of the top queried phrases in past months.. If there aren’t any sports to watch, what do people search for? Thank goodness for documentaries and NFL players coming out for retirement: The Last Dance - April 19th - 5,000,000+ queries Rob Gronkowski - April 21st - 2,000,000+ queries Dennis Rodman - April 26th - 2,000,000+ queries If TV ad buyers are looking for alternatives to live sports, documentaries are getting a good amount of search interest. Singing Songs On TV The top keywords in Entertainment were related to singers on television. Andrea Bocelli - April 12th - 1,000,000+ queries Disney Singalong - April 16th - 200,000+ queries One World: Together At Home - April 17th - 500,000+ queries Eddie Vedder - April 18th - 2,000,000+ queries Stevie Wonder - April 18th - 200,000+ queries As we try to get through this together, the power of song is noticeable in our search queries. Live event TV that is geared toward family viewing appears to be driving search interest. Holidays One of the things that we picked up throughout the course of this project is the popularity of non-traditional holidays. For instance, Easter is an established holiday but did you know that National Siblings Day happens every April 10th and it’s a top searched keyword for two years running? In 2019, we recorded the phrase “national siblings day” as having driven over 1 million queries – just as it did in 2020. The Google Trends chart for this phrase shows that it was slightly more popular this year: Earth Day is a more established holiday, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Let’s take a look at how popular “national siblings day” is compared to “earth day”: Although we can’t tell with absolute numbers how many more queries Earth Day (April 22nd - 2,000,000+ queries) had over National Siblings Day, we can tell directionally that it still has a while to go until it’s as popular. Both holidays have a nice year over year trend, so brand marketers should consider them for their April 2021 plan if there is an appropriate tie-in with either holiday. Thanks for reading - Until next month.
Marketing Land recently released an article discussing a recent survey by Conductor. The survey argued the importance of SEO during an economic downturn and had respondents from a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare and travel. Check out some of the key findings from the article below. Key Findings Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, marketing budgets are being impacted with 65% of survey respondents reporting that their budgets will most likely be decreasing. 45% reported that their budgets would only decrease slightly while 20% noted that their budget would decrease greatly. Despite a decrease in budgets, 32% said their goals would remain the same while 36% said their goals would actually increase. So how do you meet these goals with a reduction in budget? The majority of survey respondents agreed that SEO would gain in importance either slightly (34%) or steeply (29%) during this time. Organic search was seen by 66% of respondents as the top performing channel last year. When asked how a global recession would impact your marketing strategy, the top response was to lower the marketing budget. The second top response was to specifically invest in lower cost channels like SEO. So why does all this matter? As consumers’ behaviors shift to focus on seeking information and answers, brands should rise to meet the demands of their audiences. With a reduction of budgets from other marketing channels, it makes sense that content creation and organic search optimization are now more important than ever to meet goals and reach/retain customers. Learn how AMP Agency can manage your organic search strategy during these challenging times and after them.
John Krochune, VP of SEO April 23, 2020 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 2020. 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. Unprecedented Times This month, we are reporting this data set a little bit differently. Knowing that this pandemic has been on everyone’s minds in March, we are presenting different data points from not only Google Trends, but two additional tools that showcase changes in search behavior during these uncertain times: Pinterest Trends and Exploding Topics. The query volume related to the virus is some of the largest ever recorded by Google Trends. The 2 most searched branded keywords in the USA over the past few years are “Facebook” and “YouTube” (source: Ahrefs). A couple of the most queried non-branded phrases are “weather” and “maps”. Take a look at how those keywords compare with the volume of searches behind “coronavirus”: Here’s the view of the past 12 months: 5 year view: Since 2004 view: Even in this “Since 2004” view, Google Trends is reporting that “coronavirus” has more search volume than “Facebook” did in 2010. While this data may not be shocking, it does illustrate how truly life changing this outbreak has been. Looking specifically at Google Trends’ top queries as reported in March 2020, over half of the queries were related to the virus.To help inform you about how people were searching, we categorized the queries based on their different intents. General Queries Coronavirus tips - March 14th - 10,000,000+ queries Coronavirus Symptoms - March 11th - 5,000,000+ queries Coronavirus COVID-19 - March 20th - 1,000,000+ queries COVID-19 - March 27th - 500,000+ queries Financial Related Queries Mortgage rates - March 15th - 2,000,000+ queries Dow Jones - March 9th - 2,000,000+ queries Stimulus - March 23rd - 1,000,000+ queries Coronavirus stimulus package - March 25th - 1,000,000+ queries Oil Prices - March 8th - 500,000+ queries Stimulus checks - March 28th - 500,000+ queries Furlough - March 23rd - 500,000+ queries Dow Jones - March 1st - 500,000+ queries Mortgage rates - March 3rd - 500,000+ queries Stimulus package - March 23rd - 500,000+ queries Places Ohio stay-at-home order - March 22nd - 5,000,000+ queries San Francisco - March 15th - 2,000,000+ queries New Rochelle - March 10th - 500,000+ queries New York - March 20th - 500,000+ queries Coronavirus Michigan - March 10th - 500,000+ queries Famous People Affected By The Virus Tom Hanks - March 11th - 10,000,000+ queries Joe Diffie - March 29th - 5,000,000+ queries Idris Alba - March 16th - 2,000,000+ queries Mark Blum - March 26th - 1,000,000+ queries John Prine - March 29th - 1,000,000+ queries Prince Charles - March 25th - 1,000,000+ queries Rand Paul - March 22nd - 1,000,000+ queries Justin Trudeau - March 12th - 500,000+ queries Boris Johnson - March 27th - 500,000+ queries Government Related Phrases Trump - March 12th - 5,000,000+ queries Defense Production Act - March 18th - 5,000,000+ queries Stafford Act - March 15th - 1,000,000+ queries CDC - March 16th - 1,000,000+ queries CARES Act - March 30th - 500,000+ queries Sports & Technology NBA - March 11th - 10,000,000+ queries Zoom - March 23rd - 2,000,000+ queries MLB - March 12th - 500,000+ queries Grouping these queries into categories helps us understand what specific aspects of this pandemic drove people to search. For instance, it’s clear that if there was a geographic location being affected by the virus, people wanted to know more about it. It’s also clear the people are seeking information and brands should create content that is useful for their consumer, may it be COVID-19 specific or not. Lastly, looking at the list as a whole, there isn’t much insight into how the effects of the pandemic are driving other non-virus-specific keywords. So, this month, we looked at other sources to get a wider perspective. Pinterest Trends Since late last year, Pinterest has been publishing their own trends of user behavior on their platform. We found this month’s report very insightful into how consumer interests have shifted now that we are social distancing. Here are the highlights: Home Wellness home bodyweight workouts (+205%) home workouts, no equipment (+329%) self care at home (+332%) meditation tips for beginners (+108%) Kids At Home work from home with kids (+1,657%) nature walk activities kids (+407%) home games for kids (+331%) Food yeastless bread recipes (+4,400%) bread in crockpot (+3,191%) sweet amish bread (+1,499%) Home Beauty home hair cuts (+417%) homemade eyebrow wax recipes (+321%) DIY manicure at home tutorials (+159%) These phrases give us a picture of how people are adjusting to their new stay-at-home reality. There is such value in knowing the specific terms that are increasing during these and any times. Brands can focus on how their consumers’ livelihood has changed and create content or offers to suit their current situation. Exploding Topics Another tool we have been using to find trending keyword phrases is Exploding Topics. The tool is built off of Google Trends data, but curated into categories like “business” or “technology” so you can get a look into the biggest trending topics of certain subjects or industries. The site also has a newsletter that provides some of the most relevant trending topics. Here are a couple that provide insights into changing consumer behavior: Elderberry Gummies Elderberry is reported to have immune-boosting qualities. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the search interest of this product increased dramatically. Virtual Tours Search interest in virtual tours has also increased dramatically. This term is most likely driven by museums and amusement parks providing these kinds of online tours so that we can “visit” these places from the safety of our homes. We wonder if this topic will continue to be popular in the future as people get more accustomed to viewing places virtually. Should this be the case, the topic of virtual tours could be a big area of opportunity for the real estate market. When I started this project last year, I never imagined a month like this one. Even though it’s interesting to see how this pandemic has changed the way people search, there are lives at stake and I don’t take that lightly. I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe, taking the proper precautions to keep yourselves and others healthy, and that we all pull through this thing together. Until next month.