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Google Trends Search Insights October 2022

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 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. Harvesting Search Queries in October 2022 Autumn 2022 is in full effect across the USA last month and we followed along, recording the top queried keyword phrases each day. Looking at our collection, we see interest in Halloween entertainment options, dreams of big lottery wins, and concerns about tech companies.  With the MLB playoffs, College and Pro Football games, and the NBA season starting up again, we collected a large number of keyword phrases related to sports. Lastly, the two events that best captured the moment in time that was October 2022: McDonalds introduced Happy Meals for adults and a gamer revealed his face. People showed their quest for knowledge of both these things via Google search and the AMP Agency team was there to witness it. The Day of The Dead Doodle We almost got through the whole month without seeing a keyword phrase queried more than 10 million times within a day.  On the last day of October, Google changed its logo and we got our top phrase of the month by query volume: Day of the Dead - 10/31/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries Clicks on the logo sent people to the results page for “Day of the Dead” as a celebration of a holiday  widely observed in Mexico. October 2022 Entertainment Options Thursday the 13th was the day to learn more about the films and TV shows that were made for frights. Halloween Ends - 10/13/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries The Watcher - 10/13/2022 - 500,000+ queries Michael Myers is back for another installment of the Halloween movie series and home ownership is made scarier when letters arrive in the mail in the Netflix show, The Watcher. Yes, even scarier than the utility bills. Swifties were excited about a new album and Heidi Klum dressed as a worm. Taylor Swift - 10/20/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Heidi Klum - 10/31/2022 - 500,000+ queries Taylor Swift’s Midnights album was released on the 21st and Heidi Klum hosted her first Halloween party since 2019 and was dressed extremely realistically as a human-sized worm. It’s another great sign that things are getting back to a post-pandemic reality.  Powerball Fever In October, they kept drawing numbers and they kept finding no winners. With no winners, the jackpot kept getting larger and so did the search interest. Powerball - 10/25/2022 - 500,000+ queries Powerball - 10/27/2022 - 500,000+ queries Powerball - 10/29/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries There’s definitely a correlation to the size of the jackpot and the number of queries.  When there is a chance to win a billion dollars (or close to it, after taxes), “Powerball” makes the daily top 3 in Google Trends. Two Big Reveals The gaming YouTuber Dream decided to reveal his face after years of concealing it and McDonalds released a Happy Meal made for adults that feature collectables from the streetwear brand, Cactus Plant Flea Market: Dream face - 10/1/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Cactus Plant Flea Market - 10/3/2022 - 1,000,00+ queries Dream’s face reveal was a big deal.  According to People.com, the video where he showed his face for the first time on YouTube generated over 21.9 million views and 2.5 million likes in less than a day.  Happy Meals for Adults launched with figurines designed in collaboration with CPFM and clearly people were excited to learn more about them. Politics Here and Across The Pond In the US, debates between candidates running for Senate seats drove people to search. Warnock, Walker debate - 10/14/2022 - 200,000+ queries Fetterman - 10/25/2022 - 500,000+ queries We safely predict we’ll see more query volume for keyword phrases related to the midterm elections next month. Stay tuned. Search interest in UK politics continued in October with the appointment of a new Prime Minister. U.K. Prime Minister - 10/19/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Rishi Sunak - 10/23/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries After Liz Truss stepped down from the post, Rishi Sunak officially became the incumbent Prime Minister on October 25th, 2022. October 2022 Tech News There were three notable queries related to tech companies from our collection last month: Amazon Prime Day - 10/10/2022 - 200,000+ queries Meta stock - 10/26/2022 - 500,000+ queries Elon Musk - 10/26/2022 - 500,000+ queries There was another Amazon Prime Day in October 2022 although the search interest related to this one wasn’t as large as the one that occurred during the summer: Maybe one Prime Day per year is enough?   The other two tech-related keyword phrases were a bit more gloomy as Meta released its third quarter earnings on the 26th, which caused the stock of Facebook’s parent company to fall sharply. On the same day, Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter. What will the future hold for either of these properties?  Whatever happens, people will be searching for answers. The Collegiate Gridiron Roundup Sports-related queries took up the majority of our collection from October 2022.  Here are the top college football keyword phrases: Georgia football - 10/1/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Alabama football - 10/8/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Tennessee football - 10/8/2022 - 200,000+ queries Texas Longhorns football - 10/8/2022 - 200,000+ queries Alabama football - 10/15/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Clemson football - 10/22/2022 - 500,000+ queries Since these keyword phrases were all queried on Saturdays, the intent behind them is most definitely game related.  Just The Top NFL Queries If Saturdays are for college football, then Sundays are for the NFL.  And Mondays.  And Thursdays. Dallas Cowboys - 10/2/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Chiefs - 10/2/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Vikings - 10/2/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries 49ers - 10/3/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Tom Brady - 10/4/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Broncos - 10/6/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Packers - 10/9/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Bengals - 10/9/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Bears - 10/13/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Cowboys - 10/16/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Broncos - 10/17/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Christian McCaffrey - 10/20/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Saints - 10/20/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 10/23/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Steelers - 10/23/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Patriots - 10/24/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 10/27/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Tom Brady - 10/27/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Buffalo Bills - 10/30/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Eagles - 10/30/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Vikings - 10/30/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries There were more NFL related queries collected last month but we’re only publishing the phrases that were queried more than a million times during a 24 hour period.  This list is long enough! Major League Baseball Is Still Interesting The MLB playoff got a lot of attention from what was reported in Google Trends Aaron Judge - 10/4/2022 - 500,000+ queries Mets - 10/7/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Phillies - 10/7/2022 - 500,000+ queries Astros - 10/11/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Dodgers - 10/11/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Phillies - 10/14/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Yankees - 10/15/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Yankees - 10/16/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Phillies - 10/18/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Padres vs Phillies - 10/21/2022 - 500,000+ queries World Series - 10/28/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Astros - 10/31/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries The eventual winner of the World Series will be revealed in our next report - no spoilers! A New NBA Season The 2022-23 season kicked off in October. Before the games started, Draymond Green made headlines for getting into a fight with one of his teammates: Draymond Green - 10/5/2022 - 500,000+ queries Draymond Green - 10/7/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries The rest of the NBA-related queries had more to do with games than individual players. NBA - 10/18/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Lakers - 10/18/2022 - 500,000+ queries Suns - 10/19/2022 - 200,000+ queries Lakers - 10/21/2022 - 500,000+ queries The volume of NBA queries will pick up in March 2023 and will continue increasing in interest until the Finals in June. Is European Soccer’s Popularity Apparent To You? Finally, Keywords related to European football matches continue to appear in the top 3 of Google’s daily trends.  Here’s the full list of phrases. Man City vs Man United - 10/1/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Man City vs Copenhagen - 10/5/2022 - 200,000+ queries Chelsea vs Milan - 10/5/2022 - 200,000+ queries Arsenal vs Liverpool - 10/9/2022 - 500,000+ queries Barcelona vs Inter - 10/12/2022 - 500,000+ queries Rangers vs Liverpool - 10/12/2022 - 200,000+ queries Real Madrid vs Barcelona - 10/15/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Manchester United - 10/19/2022 - 200,000+ queries Chelsea vs Man United - 10/22/2022 - 500,000+ queries The popularity of this non-American sport is quite apparent in search trends. The team at AMP Agency wonders when there will be more domestic coverage of these games.  Perhaps soon is likely the answer. 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.

AMP Anywhere: The Future Of Work

One of our mantras here at AMP is “Question Everything” - we’re practiced at examining our deeply held assumptions and asking - is there a better way? Still, in 2019, even with a relatively flexible work environment, we assumed that “work” meant the 9-5 in-office grind. We never stopped to ask ourselves… “why? And is this really the best model?” Then 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and out of necessity we realized there could be a different way to work. Sometimes it takes this level of disruption to jolt us out of our most deeply held assumptions.  But the jolt was effective. As other companies assumed a “return to normal” and continuously planned and pushed back office re-opening dates, AMP exited our four national office location leases. Instead of rushing back to “normal” we wanted to ask ourselves: was the old normal actually working for us anyway? And - what could a better way look like?  For us it was a design question, and the brief was to redesign the way we work. Like any design question, there were a wealth of exciting possibilities and major challenges to overcome. And we needed to start with the humans at the center. What did our clients need from us, and what did our employees need to deliver their best work to them?  The answer was not the status quo. Our people told us loud and clear that they did not want to head back into the office full time. Our employees, our clients, and loads of new research were telling us the benefits of the flexibility of remote work (No commuting! Better work/life integration! Higher productivity!). And as our pandemic-induced remote state chugged along, we also discovered some more surprising insights:   Virtual environments can make collaboration better Before 2020, workers were wasting an average of  9 minutes per meeting just setting up tech - that’s 30% of a half hour meeting, wasted. 40% of workers were wasting up to 30 minutes just searching for an open conference room. Conference calls with a mix of remote and in-person attendees left the people dialing in outside of the office at a disadvantage. At AMP, we were facing these types of pain points all the time, collaborating across four offices with clients all over the country. In this model, the tools meant to help us communicate like we were in person were actually making us feel farther away.  But something interesting happened when suddenly everyone was remote. Conference calls died out in favor of video, and these remote meetings acted as a great equalizer. We could all clearly see each other’s faces, no matter where we were zooming in from. Disembodied voices we’d been working across offices with for years became - perhaps paradoxically - more tangible humans. We met their kids, their pets, their roommates. Clients who we previously talked to on the phone and saw in person every few months became regular face-to-face virtual collaborators.  This new type of collaboration unlocked huge benefits. Employees felt more connected to their coworkers in other locations, and the work was thriving. Our client satisfaction metrics went up year over year. We took on global clients and expanded our teams outside of the US. Our business saw growth amidst a period of economic uncertainty. We saw that elements of remote work would be good for our people, our clients, and our business.     Virtual environments have higher intensity Our creativity and collaboration had been unlocked, but we also found the zoom fatigue was real. In the pre-pandemic days, we assumed burnout was directly related to long hours. But a look at our employee’s time-tracking told us that may no longer be the case - even employees not working overtime were feeling the fatigue. It turns out that without those built-in breaks chatting while troubleshooting tech and making coffee in the office kitchen, people’s days working remotely aren’t just more productive, they’re more intensive. With all remote all the time, a 40 hour workweek can start to feel like 50.  If the future of work had remote elements, our new model would need mechanisms in place to prevent burnout.    Career and life phase inform employee needs When the pandemic abated and parents were better able to get reliable school and childcare, AMP parents often preferred remote work. They could have breakfast with their kids without fear of missing the commuter rail. They could pop out to pick up a sick kid without sacrificing hours of their work day. Many, in the middle of their careers, had already built the skills and confidence that could transfer to a new environment. They were thriving in the remote workplace.  But employees at the beginning of their careers were disoriented. They were missing out on the mentorship and guidance you get from observing and interacting with more seasoned co-workers day-to-day, not to mention the camaraderie that comes from early office friendships.  We discovered that people were living in a multitude of personal situations that demanded different work environments in order to thrive.  We needed a model that could provide options for multiple ways of working depending on what employees needed to grow and do their best work.   Our Innovative Approach to Work: AMP Anywhere With these insights, we set out to design a new model based on radical flexibility. We concepted and pressure tested multiple models. And here’s what we’ve launched: a working model we call AMP Anywhere with three core tenets: You can work from anywhere, including from home or in an office – whatever works best for you. Compensation does not depend on or change based on where you live. Even if you’re not near an office location, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate in person on an ongoing basis. Two years after we exited our office leases, our workforce spans across 30+ markets internationally, and we’re reopening smaller flexible spaces in places with high employee concentration -  Boston and New York. This month we rolled out extensive guidelines for communication norms, travel policies, and collaboration opportunities built for a positive, equitable employee experience no matter how you work best, including deep-work focused “Flex Fridays” and events for AMPers to connect in-person with their co-workers across the globe.  Up next: Prototype. Test. Iterate.  We’re not done. We believe this is what the future of work looks like. But we also know that there will be a whole new set of assumptions we develop that we’ll need to break down. Unlike our old working model, the future of work is not static. It’s pliable. It’s evolving. As AMPers, we have a commitment to Question Everything. That means a commitment to continually innovate and improve around the ways we work to make our lives and work truly sing.    Welcome to the future of work. This is our first prototype.  – Greer Pearce, SVP, Brand & Innovation

Google Site Name Update: What To Know

What is Google’s new update? Google has rolled a new change in the way they present their search results on mobile devices for brand keyword queries. The engine is now prioritizing the site name for brand name queries of a company instead of the contents of the home page’s title tag. For example, before this change, a query of the company name, “rover”, would show the contents of home page’s title tag in Google’s mobile search results: With this change, a query of “rover” on mobile now presents a result with the site name in search results along with the favicon and URL: Currently, site names are available for mobile Google Search results in English, French, Japanese, and German, with more languages to follow in the coming months.   Why is Google using only site names?  Google strives to make it easier for users to find the specific website that is associated with the brand name they are searching for. By using only site names in search results, Google believes it becomes a lot easier to find the specific brand being searched.  These types of keywords are seen as being navigational in nature; that is, a keyword that has the intent of getting a person to the brand’s home page.  This update does not affect results for non-branded or expanded branded keyword queries.  Keeping the company Rover as our example, If one were to search “dog walking” or “rover dog walking”, the title tag’s content will appear as the link text for the home page: How Can You Optimize Your Home Page? Because of this change, AMP Agency recommends brands to add their desired website name using structured data on their site’s home page so it appears properly in Google mobile search results. Specifically, we recommend the use of WebSite schema markup on the home page as depicted in the example below: This implementation allows Google to recognize the “name” property as the site name of the website and provide accurate results on result pages.    The use of structured data is also beneficial for websites with alternate names, like acronyms and shortened names. The Website schema markup allows for these variations to be added to the home page as well.   How can Google understand your site name? Beyond Website schema markup, Google Search does use a number of other sources to determine the site name for a search result including on-page, off-page, and meta data information.   With the addition of schema markup, brands should ensure the headings (H1, H2, etc.), Title Tag, and Open Graph Protocol meta data (og:site_name) are optimized for the same site name.  Keeping up with Google changes are just a part of our SEO Services. Contact us for more information about how we can best position your site for search.

Summer 2022 Trends Prediction Results

Back in May of 2022, AMP Agency put out a report that predicted what the top trends of Summer 2022 were going to be based on historical search query data. Now that summer is over, we are looking back at a few of those predictions and seeing what we got right.   If you missed it, the Summer Trends report explored 8 relevant categories to the summer season.  Food & Drink Beauty Fashion Entertainment Activities Purchases Weddings Travel In each category, we gathered data on 5 topics.  With 40 topics total, we must have predicted a few correctly, right? In this post, we are recapping the search query volume associated with some of the topics to see how we fared. For each topic, we are posting the search volume charts that we used to fuel our predictions. The original charts presented data from May 2018 through April 2022. We have updated those charts to show the search volume for the last 4 months (May - September 2022). Each chart is marked with an orange vertical line to delineate what data we used for our prediction and the actual data from the Summer of 2022.   Read on to see if our guesses for this summer panned out the way we thought they would.   Food & Beverage Canned Cocktails Pre-mixed cocktails including spirit-based Ready To Drink (RTDs) beverages is the fastest growing format in the category according to this report.  Querying Google Trends on the phrase, “canned cocktails” in both the summer of 2020 and 2021, we found growth in search queries too. We felt we could boldly predict that the summer of 2022 would show higher demand for this beverage type. Pulling the search volume data from Google’s Keyword Planner, we don’t necessarily see a higher spike in queries but more of a prolonged interest. For the months of May-August 2022, the search volume on the phrase “canned cocktails” matched the peak in the summer of 2021 (8,800 a month) based on Keyword Planner data.  This four-month period shows that search interest for this type of drink extended longer than in other summers.  We’ll see if the sales data matches the search data but it certainly seems that popularity for canned cocktails was high this past summer. Burrata If you thought a soft cheese of Italian origin with a rich flavor would become a popular post-pandemic food, well, you would be right. The interest in burrata has really multiplied over the past two years. Seeing the spike in query volume in July 2021 made us think we would see a bigger jump this year. This cheese was a hot trend in the summer of 2022. Comparing the query volume reported by Keyword Planner for the months of July 2021 vs. July 2022, the interest for “burrata” increased by 26%. The AMP team hopes you enjoy it on salads, combined with some fresh tomatoes and olive oil, or mixed in with some pasta.   Beauty Color Wow Dream Coat With the endorsement of Kim Kardashian and her hair stylist, Chris Appleton, search volume skyrocketed for the Color Wow Dream Coat hair product. Seeing this spike in volume we thought this would only continue to increase due to the summer heat that brings a desire for a product that helps combat frizz due to summer humidity and saves your hairstyle.   In April, when we made our predictions, the search volume was 22,200. The search volume increased by 49% in comparison to May, however, it did not keep this upward trend throughout the summer, and search volume ended up decreasing by 45% instead after May. Perhaps everyone already stocked up on their Color Wow Dream Coat product before the summer began!   Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen Considering the “clean girl” makeup look and skincare makeup products are currently trendy, search volume skyrocketed for the Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen, especially after Hailey Bieber revealed this was her favorite face product. With summer bringing higher UV rays, we figured this product would hit a new all-time high in search volume, especially with the need for products with sun-protecting qualities during the summer. Unfortunately, we saw the opposite happen as search volume decreased by 45% in May compared to our predictions in April where the search volume was at its highest at 90,500. The Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen had its’ moment pre-summer 2022 but maybe next summer we will see it reach a new all-time high.   Fashion Lululemon Crossbody Everyone loves a way to keep their hands free but a convenient place to store their belongings, so in comes the crossbody. The Lululemon crossbody offers a sleek and stylish look with a variety of colors available. Lugging a purse around in the summer heat can be annoying, so we figured the Lululemon crossbody search interest would only increase as the summer went on. And we were right! After our predictions were made in April, we saw a 123% increase in search volume, resulting in a new all-time high in search volume for the Lululemon crossbody. Did you snag one for yourself this summer?   Nike Air Monarch Men’s Shoes The resurgence of 90s fashion has brought along the ultimate “dad shoe”, aka the Nike Air Monarch. With the summer bringing lots of outdoor activities, we figured this keyword would only increase in search volume as the need for a stylish but comfy shoe for the summer increased. And we were semi-correct! Even though we did not end up seeing a decrease in search volume, we didn’t see an increase either. The search volume for Nike Air Monarchs flat-lined at 33,100 in search volume from April until August, it did not increase nor decrease once during this time period.   Entertainment Thor: Love and Thunder Thor: Love and Thunder released in May 2022 with high expectations to carry forward the future of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). We compared increases in search volume for each movie scheduled to be released in the summer and found that Thor had the highest percentage increase in searches in the month that the trailer was released, while also having the highest amount of views in the first 24 hours on YouTube. Based on this, we predicted that Thor: Love and Thunder would be the biggest box office hit of Summer 2022, beating Top Gun: Maverick for the top spot. At its peak, searches for Thor: Love and Thunder had over 2 times the amount of searches that Top Gun: Maverick had. This led to Thor Love and Thunder having a bigger opening weekend domestically than Top Gun Maverick. However, the continued success of Top Gun: Maverick was likely due to word of mouth. Thor came out to mixed reviews, while Top Gun: Maverick surprised critics and led to universally positive reviews. This goes to show that word of mouth doesn’t necessarily translate to Google search volume. If nothing else, Top Gun: Maverick set the bar pretty high for the next classic film from the 80s that inevitably gets a sequel.   Justin Bieber Concert Justin Bieber announced in early 2022 that he would be back to touring after his tour was originally canceled due to the pandemic. Fans were naturally excited as it had been over 2 years since Justin had performed live. The query “justin bieber concert” saw search volume increase 6x from January 2022 to March 2022. Unfortunately in June 2022, Justin Bieber announced he had been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which left him temporarily unable to perform. Search volume for “justin bieber concert” instantly decreased, as fans were more concerned for Justin’s health and well-being.  The query “ramsay hunt syndrome” saw an increase in searches from 22,000 in May 2022 to over 5,000,000 in June 2022.   Activities Pickleball We originally predicted that pickleball would be one of the top backyard games that would remain popular in the post-covid world. This turned out to be correct, as search interest for pickleball skyrocketed in the summer of 2021. According to a report, pickleball was the fastest growing sport in the US in 2020 and 2021. Because of this and the growing search volume, we predicted this trend would continue in the summer of 2022. Once again we predicted the trend, as searches for “pickleball” more than doubled from February 2022 to July 2022, and hit the 1,000,000 searches per month mark in May 2022. Pickleball is easy to learn and fun for all ages, so it’s no wonder why the sport is becoming so popular.  The next step in pickleball’s evolution would be to gain popularity internationally. If that happens, maybe we’ll see pickleball in the 2032 Olympics.   Glamping Glamping was another outdoor activity that saw an increase in search interest during the Pandemic, and kept that level of interest into 2021 and beyond. Glamping, or glamorous camping, is a way to enjoy the outdoors without roughing it in the wilderness. We predicted that this trend would continue into 2022, as more music festivals and general interest in outdoor activities continued to rise. We correctly predicted the trend as search volume for the query “glamping” saw an all time high in June 2022 at over 200,000 searches. There is even a website called glamping.com that you can search for any glamping destination around the world based on glamping type. Will you be glamping next summer?   Travel Family Travel As a lingering effect of all the travel restrictions slowly being lifted after the pandemic, we expected that people all over the US would be traveling a lot more this summer and with more people. People began searching for terms related to family travel early in the year, indicating a popular summer to travel with company. This summer, as predicted, was extremely popular for family travel. There was a significant increase in search queries for phrases related to family vacations, which lasted until August. This summer, there were more than 100% more searches for this term than in June and July of last year. Pet Friendly We predicted an increase in dog-friendly hotels this summer, more than ever before, as people sought alternatives to leaving their furry friends at home. With an increase in overall travel predicted this summer, it only indicated an increase in traveling with pets and finding the best dog-friendly hotel to stay in. As the summer came to an end, our predictions proved to be accurate. From May to August, search queries for pet-friendly boarding, how to travel with a pet, and which airlines are easiest to fly with your dog or cat were nearly 70% higher than during the same period last year. This summer saw the highest number of searches in history!   Weddings Reception Dress As expected, Summer 2022 was undoubtedly the Summer of the Wedding. We predicted a high volume of wedding-related searches as a result of the backlog of couples who wanted to be wed during the pandemic. Early in the summer, we could already see a dramatic spike in searches for reception dresses as people began getting ready for their weddings, leading us to predict a peak this summer. As the season came to an end, the search for reception dresses only kept rising. During the summer months, our predictions were proved to be correct. Search queries reached almost 30,000 towards the end of the summer, over 3,000 queries more than this time last summer, confirming our expected results! Green Wedding Dress This summer wedding season, we expected a lot of color to fill venues. This includes the bride herself as search queries for non-traditional wedding dresses increased steadily. In particular, green dress-related searches saw an uprise in popularity in the previous months, leading us to expect a summer filled with colorful wedding dresses. And we were right! Green Wedding Dresses were confirmed to be the craze this past summer wedding season. There was a rise in search for a variation of different tonalities of green wedding dresses. As predicted, Dresses that are not white did in fact see a peak and reached the same search volume as last year as they are rapidly becoming more accepted and encouraged than ever before.   Purchases Shibumi Shade This beach season, we predicted a rise in popularity of one outdoor product in particular: the Shibumi Shade. This “wind-powered” beach canopy was gaining interest in 2020 and 2021 and went viral on TikTok last summer as videos of North Carolina beaches showed dozens of the canopies dotting (or crowding!) the beach. With the ease of pandemic restrictions, we predicted Americans would be more interested than ever in hitting the beach - locally or on vacation. As predicted the Shibumi Shade took off in popularity in 2022, hitting a peak in June with 165,000 searches - a whopping 811% increase over June 2021. Comparing the peak month of each summer (July 2021 vs June 2022), Shibumi Shade still had a 172% increase in searches. If you didn’t get yours don’t worry, we won’t be surprised to see them again next year! In conclusion, we feel like our batting average is pretty high on our predictions. Of course, we’re still using search volume as a proxy to interest and/or sales, but the connection of what people search and what they buy is strong.  We look forward to checking on our predictions for the Fall.

September 2022 Google Search Trends

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 September 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. Three Main Topics - September 2022 If we had to boil the month of search topics down to three (not that anyone is asking us to do that), we’d say: Hurricane Ian, The Queen, and Adam Levine. Beyond that trio, we had a couple of Google Doodles that drove queries.  We got a good sense of what people were watching on big and small screens.  Apple released a new phone, we celebrated coffee, and wanted to know how big the interest rate increase was.  We are still wondering if the Artemis rocket will launch and we love football on the professional and collegiate level.  Let’s examine the details. Top Queries of the Month There were four keyword phrases that were queried over 10 million times in a 24 hour period, according to Google Trends.  A couple were driven by Google Doodles: Labor Day - 9/4/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries How do i register to vote - 9/19/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries Google Doodles are modifications to the Google logo where, when clicked, direct people to a results page.  The query that is attached to the result page gets recorded by Google Trends’ Daily Trend report.  We had some clicks on a Labor Day Doodle along with a call to register to vote. Before you started reading this post, you probably knew that the biggest news story of the month was the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  Here’s the timeline of keywords throughout the month: Queen Elizabeth - 9/6/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries Two days before her death, the queen met with the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss and there was a photo taken at the meeting. This event led to lots of searches in Google. Queen - 9/8/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries Prince Charles - 9/8/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Princess Diana - 9/8/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries On the day of her death, the top three most queried keywords were of the Queen, her son, and Princess Diana. Queen Elizabeth funeral - 9/18/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries People search for information about her funeral on the 18th.   Top Viewing Choices Do you ever wonder what films or TV shows people are the most excited to see?  Search query volume is a good indicator of excitement levels.  Here’s the list of the most searched, video-based entertainment in September 2022: Don't Worry Darling - 9/5/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Ana de Armas - 9/28/2022 - 500,000+ queries Hocus Pocus 2 - 9/30/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries The opening weekend of Olivia Wilde’s film Don’t Worry Darling was certainly buzzworthy with two million queries behind it.  Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in the movie, Blonde, and it was released on Netflix on the 28th.  Finally, the sequel to the 1993 film Hocus Pocus made its debut on the 30th. Cobra Kai - 9/9/2022 - 500,000+ queries Emmy winners 2022 - 9/12/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Andor - 9/20/2022 - 200,000+ queries Dahmer Netflix - 9/21/2022 - 500,000+ queries For TV shows, Cobra Kai launched its 5th season on the 9th while Emmy winners were looked up on the 12th.  On the 20th, people were excited to see the Star Wars series Andor start streaming on Disney+ the next day and the release biographical series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story drove people to search on the 21st. Oh My - Adam Levine We typically don’t include celebrity scandal news in these reports unless it just can’t be ignored. This timeline of queries over the course of four days made it difficult not to examine it. Adam Levine - 9/19/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Adam Levine cheated on wife - 9/20/2022 - 200,000+ queries Adam Levine messages - 9/22/2022 - 200,000+ queries The AMP team thinks it’s fairly amazing that this story had such stay power. Furthermore, the list of keywords goes from a general query of the singer’s name to the specific messages he sent.  It’s like a real world example of a search keyword consideration funnel! Celebrate Coffee We do love our coffee in the USA and there is a day to celebrate it every year.   National Coffee Day 2022 - 9/29/2022 - 200,000+ queries We predicted that interest in this special day would be high this Autumn.  Let’s see what the Google Trends chart shows on the search term “national coffee day” over the last 5 years. From this chart, you can see the interest (query volume) was larger last year. Not satisfied with these results, we looked at different queries, used the Google Trends topic “International Coffee Day to generate the data in the chart, and adjusted the category to Food & Drink and didn’t see anything that indicated the holiday was more popular this year.  Still, these national food and drink holidays can be a day on the calendar for brands to plan campaigns around. A Brand To Save The World Sometimes brand names make the daily trend top 3.  In September 2022, one of those brands was Patagonia. Patagonia - 9/14/2022 - 500,000+ queries On the 14th, the founder, Yvon Chouinard, announced that he was transferring ownership to a trust created to protect the firm’s values, as well as a nonprofit organization giving away all profits to protect the planet. AMP Agency had the pleasure of working with Patagonia and the details of our engagement are in this case study. The Annual Apple Update Another brand driving search queries last month was Apple. l  Apple event - 9/6/2022 - 500,000+ queries iPhone 14 - 9/7/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Google Maps - 9/12/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries At their event, they announced their latest iPhone.  Later on in the month, Google announced new features of their Maps app for iOS.  These changes enticed people to learn more via search. Interest Rates Keep Rising… To counter inflation, the Federal Reserve announced an increase to interest rates in September. Fed rate hike - 9/21/2022 - 200,000+ queries Queries related to the economy have been gaining popularity over recent months.  We’ll keep monitoring these phrases and will discuss them in these monthly posts. …But The Rockets Stays Grounded We thought for sure that the Artemis rocket was going to launch last month after the mission was delayed in August. Well, no, that didn’t happen. Artemis launch - 9/2/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries NASA - 9/26/2022 - 500,000+ queries The NASA query was driven by the news the organization was postponing the launch again due to Hurricane Ian.  Hurricane Ian’s Path Over the span of six days, people searched for more information about this destructive and deadly Category 4 hurricane.    Hurricane Tracker - 9/23/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Hurricane Ian - 9/24/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Hurricane Ian - 9/24/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Ian path - 9/25/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Hurricane Ian tracker - 9/26/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries Florida Hurricane - 9/26/2022 - 500,000+ queries Ian - 9/28/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries The timeline of keyword phrases shows how the topic developed over time, how many queries there were about the topic (noting that it caused a glitch in Google Trends reporting as it listed the same phrase twice on the 24th, and the importance of search in times of crisis. It’s clear the Google is trying to understand the motivation behind these keywords related to emergency situations as we can see from this Opinion Rewards question: College Football Teams With the calendar change, people’s attention turns to the gridiron. Take a look at the list of College Football queries last month: Ohio State football - 9/3/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries LSU football - 9/3/2022 - 500,000+ queries LSU football - 9/4/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Clemson football - 9/5/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Texas A&M football - 9/10/2022 - 500,000+ queries Ohio State football - 9/10/2022 - 500,000+ queries Florida State football - 9/16/2022 - 200,000+ queries App State football - 9/17/2022 - 500,000+ queries Nebraska football - 9/17/2022 - 200,000+ queries Syracuse football - 9/17/2022 - 100,000+ queries Clemson football - 9/24/2022 - 500,000+ queries Did your favorite team make the list?  If not, did your favorite NFL team make this list? Another NFL Season Dallas Cowboys - 9/11/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries NFL - 9/11/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Steelers - 9/11/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Chiefs - 9/15/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Packers - 9/18/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Eagles - 9/19/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Steelers - 9/22/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Packers - 9/25/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Buffalo Bills - 9/25/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Teams weren’t the only part of the NFL that drove queries.  Unfortunately, injuries to starting quarterbacks did as well. Justin Herbert Injury - 9/15/2022 - 500,000+ queries Trey Lance - 9/18/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Tua Tagovailoa - 9/29/2022 - 5,000,000+ queries More NFL queries will fill our reports until February.  That’s a prediction you can bet on. 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.

CCPA Compliance Tips For Brands

Recently the Attorney General of California (Rob Bonta) announced that Sephora had reached a settlement with the state for continued violation of tenets of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). According to the settlement, Sephora had been notified of their violations and were unable to address and/or correct them within 30 days of notice which forced the state to sanction the brand via financial penalties in the amount of $1.2M dollars.    Brands have been struggling to bring marketing and information technology stacks into compliance with modern data and privacy regulations that are being issued by various world governments (e.g. CCPA, GDPR) hoping that regulatory auditors would be lenient and/or forgiving. California has clearly stated that they are no longer taking the issue lightly and have given fair notice to businesses and data processors to comply. The South Korean Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) has also started cracking down on brands and recently issued over $71M dollars in fines to Google and Meta (Facebook) for using improperly gathered data to personalize advertisements. The European Union GDPR authorities also continue to hand out very sizable fines to businesses misusing user data and user consent.   While it can be a very challenging task to contend with strict and ever changing regulations; the problem can be broken down into workable units  (especially while partnering with consultants such as AMP Agency). Where possible it’s easiest to adhere to the most limiting regulation your brand is subject to so that there is no need to maintain or defend multiple workflows based on customer residence or other criteria.    Some helpful guidelines regarding the gathering and maintenance of consumer marketing consent: ​​Leave nothing to chance, spell out exactly what you are doing with the data Consent language must be clear and easily understood Consent must be freely given, no deception or coercion Consent is a one-time non-editable event You cannot change consent without asking You cannot change refusal of consent You can ask for new consent or different consent Consent must be a positive action Must be a click or checkbox …. “Yes, I agree” or an actual signature Absence of action is not consent You are generally allowed to send non-consensual communications when they are specific to: A transaction that requires confirmation or notice such as an eCommerce order notification A communication that is required as means to complete a contractual obligation on part of the user or organization A communication that is required by a specific membership or operational model where said model is clearly stated in a terms of service (e.g. operational emails to a franchise owner, delivery of a digital magazine subscription) As part of a Marketing Organization you need to be able to answer these questions: Is the organization capturing personally identifiable information such as name, address, birthday, gender, photographs, phone numbers, email addresses, IP addresses (this list is not exhaustive)? Is the organization capturing financial data, biometric data, genetic data, or any data regarding a user’s physical health? What kinds of data processing or models are already being performed? What are the current and anticipated use cases for processing user data? How long do you intend to hold the data? Do you have existing consents for user data? Can you provide a record of active consents? How was user consent to capture and process data collected? How does the organization flag and handle a user’s withdrawal of consent?   A simplified action plan/checklist you can use to plan your adherence to regulatory guidelines: Audit your existing data and vendors - Look across all systems and integrations - Your vendors’ liabilities are your liabilities! Document how the data is being used - How, where, when, and why Update your policies and procedures - Make sure the data is secure and exposed only on a “need to know” basis - Make sure there is a data breach policy - Make sure there is a listed contact in data policies such as a Chief Data Officer, including various methods of contact. Build mechanisms to capture clear consent - Where possible turn on Double Opt-In policies - Update the Terms of Service where applicable - Deploy Web Forms with clear notices and positive consent action items (e.g. user checks checkbox) - Build a subscription preferences page and make sure communications adhere to it - Add cookie/tracking pixel disclaimers where applicable Regather user consent whenever the data is unclear Respect consent and preferences - Use Opt-out and exclusion lists - Make sure segments contain proper audiences Provide a means to update and/or revoke consent - Provide useful content options in a preferences center - Send unsubscribe confirmations Make sure consent is always a positive action - Click, checkbox, signature Make sure you have policies to handle customer data requests- Right to be forgotten (deleted from all systems) - Right to full disclosure (data record report from across all systems) Remove anything broken or out of compliance Implement all of your new best practices into all your future campaigns - Always remember consent is key! - Always remember consent is revocable!

Brands In Cultural Crises: A Comprehensive Study

                                          When The Dust Finally Settles  A Comprehensive Study Of The Actual Effects For Brands That Experience High-Profile Cultural Crises    More than ever, people are pressuring brands to improve society. And it’s not just about cleaning up their own act, it’s pressure to affect change on a wider scale. This leads to drama – sometimes high profile – when people think companies have misstepped. It results in bad press, boycotts, and more. We decided to tackle the topic from multiple angles with our own research. We selected a range of brands from diverse industries who have found themselves in hot water, and we did an in-depth analysis. The result of our research is significant. AMP Agency is now able to report how customer behavior actually changes after high profile incidents – from search and social media behavior to sales. For brands seeking to thrive in this new CSR environment – an endeavor that has lately felt like guesswork – we bring comprehensive, data-fueled guidance.   Download the full report here. 

Google Trends Search Insights August 2022

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 August 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. August 2022 - A Summary Looking through the top queried phrases by day last month, there were a few topics that surfaced as macro trends. As primary elections happened across different states, candidates and ballot questions landed in the top 3 daily queries.  The NFL preseason stoked interest in fans as they searched for their favorite team in Google results. The other big sports topic was Champions League soccer and we’ll present the sheer number of queries related to that European-centric subject. Lastly, there were TV and films that people wanted to learn more about and we’ll examine which ones were the most popular.   A Doodle and a Travolta Curiosity These two phrases were the only two that made the elusive 10 million plus club last month. Anna Mani - 8/22/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries Google changed their logo on August 23rd to celebrate “the 104th birthday of Indian physicist and meteorologist Anna Mani, one of the country’s first female scientists.”  You can read more about her on their post. We tend to see interesting Doodles get top query status as the logo is hyperlinked to a result page tied to a keyword - in this case, “Anna Mani”.  The second phrase is a bit of a head scratcher but it’s not unprecedented.  John Travolta - 8/8/2022 - 10,000,000+ queries On August 8th, Olivia Newton-John passed away and the news sent people to Google to search. When we first looked at Google's Daily Search Trends, it was her name that was the top query. From our experience, it takes 24 hours for the report to finalize.  We have seen queries shift or change completely when we revisit the report after that 24 hour period. When we looked back at the daily top 3 for August 8th on August 10th, the phrase above replaced the Olivia Newton-John query and it was the top queried phrase of the day.  The other surprising thing was there were no Olivia Newton-John related phrases in the top 3 at all.   SInce we have been collecting this data for years now, we recalled this same sort of phenomena happening when Kelly Preston, John Travolta's wife, died in 2020.  Here’s the top phrase from July 12th of that year: John Travolta - 7/12/2020 - 10,000,000+ queries Again, there are no queries related to Kelly Preston in the daily top three of that day.  The phrase that was reported was John Travolta’s name.  The AMP team is not sure what to make of this reporting shift. It doesn’t make sense that his name would be a higher queried phrase than either Olivia’s or Kelly’s.  It does make us wonder what kind of query consolidation is happening as the Daily Search Trends report gets finalized.  Is there a knowledge graph consideration? Does the weight of the John Travolta entity make the report combine related terms underneath it?  It’s odd, for sure, and for it to happen twice in the last two years is odder.  Pet Holidays Did you know that August has two days that celebrate two of the most popular household pets?  We didn’t either. CAT - 8/7/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries National Dog Day - 8/26/2022 - 200,000+ queries On International Cat Day, Google implemented a search result “Easter Egg” where the result page for the query “cat”  was altered with animation.   Although dogs are certainly more popular than cats nationwide, the enhanced result page helped to drive more search queries for cats on their special day this year.   Martin vs. Tolkien and Other Entertainment Every month, TV show and movie queries make the daily top 3.  AMP likes looking for these phrases to figure out how large the audience is for each.  Here are the top movie related keywords from August 2022: Batgirl - 8/2/2022 - 200,000+ queries Prey - 8/3/2022 - 200,000+ queries Prey - 8/5/2022 - 500,000+ queries Orphan: First Kill - 8/18/2022 - 200,000+ queries So, the Batgirl query is a bit of an anomaly since the volume behind it is related to the decision to never release this movie by Warner Bros. People really wanted to know where they could see the latest installment of the Predator franchise, Prey (Hint: Hulu & Disney+) Lastly, the horror film, Orphan: First Kill also received a top 3 query phrase placement on the 18th a day before its release date. A couple of non-epic fantasy TV shows made our collection. They include a new series about an established character and an awards show:   Wednesday Netflix - 8/17/2022 - 100,000+ queries VMAs 2022 - 8/28/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Netflix is producing a TV series about Wednesday Addams, a character from the fictional Addams Family.  A trailer for the show was released on the 17th.  Also, The MTV Video Music Awards still stir a buzz and search interest in this year’s show drove more than a million queries on the day it aired. As we alluded to in the previous section, the biggest news for the TV audience was the release of 2 anticipated fantasy shows last month: House of Dragon - 8/21/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Rings of Power - 8/31/2022 - 200,000+ queries From the query volume, it appears that the Game of Thrones prequel series is more popular than the Lord of the Rings prequel series. We’ll keep monitoring to see which show’s season finale makes the daily top 3.  Elections and Federal Acts With the first wave of elections this year, we saw some queries related to US politics with high volumes last month, if only for a day.  Liz Cheney - 8/15/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Harriet Hageman - 8/16/2022 - 500,000+ queries Alaska primary 2022 Results - 8/16/2022 - 200,000+ queries Mary Peltola - 8/31/2022 - 500,000+ queries On the 16th, U.S. representative for Wyoming Liz Cheney lost in the Republican primary to Harriet Hageman.The Alaska primary results were also popular as it led to Sarah Palin loss to Mary Petola in the special election to replace the late Rep. Don Young.  The other topics in this category were related to the Kansas special election and two measures moving forward in the Federal government. Kansas abortion amendment - 8/2/2022 - 500,000+ queries Inflation Reduction Act - 8/7/2022 - 200,000+ queries Student loans - 8/23/2022 - 2,000,000+ queries Voters in Kansas decided to keep abortion legal in the state.  The Inflation Reduction Act getting voted into law and details of the student loan forgiveness program drove people to search.    August 2022’s Sports-Related Queries Do you know what gets keywords related to the NFL back into Google’s daily search trends?  The preseason. Raiders - 8/4/2022 - 500,000+ queries NFL - 8/4/2022 - 500,000+ queries Patriots - 8/11/2022 - 200,000+ queries 49ers - 8/12/2022 - 500,000+ queries Zach Wilson - 8/12/2022 - 500,000+ queries Steelers - 8/13/2022 - 500,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 8/13/2022 - 500,000+ queries Patriots - 8/19/2022 - 200,000+ queries 49ers - 8/20/2022 - 200,000+ queries 49ers - 8/25/2022 - 200,000+ queries Packers - 8/25/2022 - 200,000+ queries Dallas Cowboys - 8/26/2022 - 200,000+ queries Chicago Bears - 8/27/2022 - 200,000+ queries Steelers - 8/28/2022 - 500,000+ queries Did your favorite team make the list?  If so, you’re in good (large) company.  Major League Baseball’s season is still going on and a couple of phrases were  Juan Soto - 8/1/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Field of Dreams Game 2022 - 8/11/2022 - 500,000+ queries Juan Soto was included in a major trade between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.  The new featured game that takes place near a corn field also drove people to search for more information about it. If you didn’t think European soccer was popular in the USA, think again. Fulham vs Liverpool - 8/6/2022 - 200,000+ queries Everton vs Chelsea - 8/6/2022 - 200,000+ queries West Ham vs Man City - 8/7/2022 - 200,000+ queries Real Madrid - 8/9/2022 - 500,000+ queries Real Madrid - 8/13/2022 - 500,000+ queries Chelsea vs Tottenham - 8/14/2022 - 500,000+ queries Liverpool vs Crystal Palace - 8/15/2022 - 200,000+ queries Leeds United vs. Chelsea - 8/21/2022 - 200,000+ queries Man United vs Liverpool - 8/22/2022 - 500,000+ queries Champions League draw - 8/24/2022 - 500,000+ queries Liverpool vs Bournemouth - 8/27/2022 - 500,000+ queries Some members of the AMP team have a theory that online sports betting has increased the visibility of the Champions League in this country.  Looking at the phrases that are match-related where both teams are included, the checking of scores may be a reason for this query volume. Finally, Serena Williams’s progress in her last U.S. Open drove people to learn more.  She announced her retirement earlier last month.  Serena Williams - 8/29/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Other Topics Worthy of Mention Working with CPG brands, we monitor search queries for them to keep check on negative sentiment.  You hate to see it, but recalls can wreak havoc for a brand.  August 2022 was not a good month for Capri Sun Group Holding: Capri Sun recall - 8/15/2022 - 200,000+ queries People were looking to the skies with the full moon and the Aurora Borealis on their minds last month: Full moon August 2022 - 8/9/2022 - 200,000+ queries Northern Lights - 8/17/2022 - 200,000+ queries They kept thinking about those skies in anticipation of our continuing mission to the moon Artemis launch - 8/28/2022 - 1,000,000+ queries Maybe someday that rocket will blast off. 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.

AMP Agency Predicts Top Fall Trends of 2022

AMP Agency’s Top Trends of Fall 2022 Predictions Report   AMP Agency has published another report as a part of their Search Insights service. This report is available for download and provides consumer and audience insights to help inform your marketing and business decisions for the Autumn season. AMP Agency’s SEO Supervisor Kevin Davis dug deep into search query data to gather useful insights for this report. “We learned a lot from producing the Summer Trends report.  Using the tools available to us, we were able to not only find products, events, and activities relevant to this time of year but also predict the ones that will be very popular this year. Looking back at query data for the past 4 years, you can see increases in volume that we feel is a good indicator of interest in the future.  I am excited to share our findings in this report.”  The Top Trends of Fall 2022 report has insights on 40 topics across 8 different categories including holidays, home decor, and food & drink.  The data presented in the report is pulled straight from Google’s Keyword Planner (US only) and is paired with our analysis of why we think the topic will increase in popularity this Autumn. Download our 2022 Fall Trends report and learn more about our seasonable predictions for this coming season.

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Creator Economy: How Brands Can Evolve With It

The ‘influencer’ title is quickly becoming a term of the past, but that doesn’t mean influencer marketing is slowing down any time soon. In the last 2+ years we have seen massive changes facing the influencer marketing industry due to the impacts of the global pandemic and great resignation, both of which have been catalysts for the creator economy boom. For people who were stuck working from home in the early stages of the pandemic, their consumption of online content increased by unimaginable levels, creating a need for more production. Additionally, while working from home and re-evaluating their careers, many of these individuals saw opportunities to work outside of their typical 9-5 jobs and generate more streams of income to keep up with rising costs of living. According to a pre-pandemic 2019 survey from Morning Consult,  Americans were already hot on this trail.   Eighty-six percent reported that they would post sponsored content for money, and 54% would become an influencer given the opportunity. With the lure of a potential six-figure income, more and more people have considered or are considering joining the creator economy.   Brands and social media giants have taken notice as investments in the creator space totaled $5 billion last year alone. Even in the wake of a recession, brands are not slowing down their investments in and focus on this space as consumers continue to rely on influencer recommendations over “clickable and shoppable” ads when it comes to product purchase. Additionally, the competitive nature between social media platforms has added even more fuel to the fire as they attempt to gain users and market share. TikTok was a leader among competitors with the development of their Creator Marketplace and Creator Fund, but even now they are continuing to increase creators’ ability to monetize with the announcement of their ad revenue sharing program TikTok Pulse. YouTube launched their creator solution BrandConnect in 2020 and more recently have been pushing creators towards YouTube Shorts, after seeing an increase in the percent of users favoring videos running under 1 minute. In response, Meta has focused efforts on rolling out new monetization tools for creators including the launch of their own  Creator Marketplace, a hub designed to help brands discover and reach out to creators and to manage partnerships. As these platforms continue to evolve to support the creator economy, marketing agencies and brands will need to adapt as well to keep up with creator expectations. This means keeping a pulse on constant social platform changes, rethinking influencer management processes and payment models, to continue building strong relationships with influencers as partners promoting their products. With this rapid evolution, there has been backlash by both creators and content consumers alike as social media platforms themselves are changing, too. As the number of TikTok users continues to increase, Instagram has started to replicate popular platform features to compete, including video-first content with the focus on Reels and adjustments to the algorithm to prioritize content over people. This has caused frustration among users who expect to see updates from their friends and family on Meta platforms. Additionally, content creators are dealing with burnout from the high demand for more social content. Content creators know they must produce content daily and source frequent audience input to make sure they have engaged viewers who can help support their ability to monetize on social platforms. The relationship between creator and audience has become more co-dependent, and younger creators are experiencing negative impacts on their mental health. English professor Barrett Swanson published an article “The Anxiety of Influencers” after spending time with college-aged TikTok creators. His takeaway, “TikTokers know that their fame will likely fade unless they work very, very hard to cultivate themselves into something solidly monetizable. They seamlessly toggle between their two identities — the real person and the online persona — and speak with a kind of cynicism about tying their livelihoods to a platform that could disappear in an instant. It all feels like stuff they shouldn’t have to think about, not yet.” So, with the rapid change and the rise of the creator economy, how can brands and marketing professionals properly prepare themselves? The solution comes in two-fold: equipping ourselves to be adaptable as influencer marketers and supporting creators along the way. Following are three tips to help you get there: Stay informed. With TikTok and Meta driving the creator economy forward, do your part to stay up-to-date on platform announcements and Creator Marketplace innovation to better understand what creators expect so your programs can compete. Community Management is key. If the traditional influencer is changing, that means the way you source your brand partners should be changing as well. Lean into social listening to see who is authentically talking about your brand or industry to create organic relationships and increase your pool of content creators. Lead with empathy. Content creators are struggling with this transition as well. Focus on creating long-lasting, meaningful relationships with creators and seek mutually beneficial opportunities. Be more understanding when your creators need flexibility in their schedules or adjustments to their rates. The stronger the relationships you create with your partners will allow for messaging to feel more authentic and increase opportunities for future collaborations.

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