Posted on 05/06/2024 by Melanie Comerford

Loop Digital May Digital Marketing Industry Update

Welcome to the Loop Digital May 2024 Digital Marketing Industry Update! This month, we explore the latest trends and innovations transforming the digital marketing landscape, including breakthroughs in SEO, PPC, social media, and web technologies. May has brought significant industry developments, from major personnel changes to cutting-edge technological advancements and impactful regulatory updates. Stay tuned as we break down the most critical updates shaping the future of digital marketing.

SEO Highlights:

SEO Highlights

Google hints at improving site rankings for high-quality content sites

In a reassuring move for content creators, Google’s John Mueller has revealed that the Search team is “explicitly evaluating” how to better reward sites producing helpful, high-quality content in the next core update. This emphasis underscores Google’s commitment to prioritising valuable, user-centric content.

He added “I can’t make any promises, but the team working on this is explicitly evaluating how sites can / will improve in Search for the next update. It would be great to show more users the content that folks have worked hard on, and where sites have taken helpfulness to heart.”

Google AI Overviews: More searches, less satisfaction? 

While Google reports an increase in search usage with the introduction of AI Overviews, user satisfaction seems to be on the decline. This trend highlights the need for a balanced approach that combines AI-generated content with seamless user experiences and relevant, high-quality information.

Google introduces a ‘Web’ filter for simplified, text-only search results 

Catering to users seeking a more minimalistic approach, Google has rolled out a new ‘Web’ filter that displays only text-based webpage links in search results. This update harkens back to the early days of search, providing a nostalgic experience for those preferring a stripped-down, simplistic search interface.

Google adds new Googlebot crawlers for improved image and video indexing

To enhance its crawling capabilities, Google has introduced two new Googlebot crawlers: GoogleOther-Image and GoogleOther-Video. These specialised crawlers are designed to improve the indexing and ranking of image and video content, ensuring a more comprehensive and visually engaging search experience.

Google AI overviews spark controversy over inaccurate answers

Google’s AI-powered overviews have faced intense controversy in recent weeks, with numerous examples surfacing of the feature providing incorrect, misleading, and even dangerous information in response to certain queries. This issue has garnered significant negative media attention, raising concerns about the reliability and trustworthiness of Google’s AI systems.

While Google maintains that such instances are “extremely rare” and not representative of most users’ experiences, the examples have fueled a broader discussion around the limitations and potential risks of generative AI in search. Critics argue that, despite Google’s assurances, these incidents undermine trust in the company’s search products and could have real-world consequences if users inadvertently follow the flawed advice. 

In response, Google has reiterated its commitment to continuously refining its AI systems and improving the quality of information provided.

Digital Marketing Highlights:

Netflix ads tier hits 40 million subscribers 

Netflix’s ad-supported tier has gained significant traction, attracting 40 million subscribers since its launch. This milestone underscores the growing acceptance of ad-supported models in the streaming industry and presents new opportunities for advertisers to reach engaged audiences. Additionally, Just six months after surpassing 5 million ad-supported subscribers post-launch in late 2022, that number has now skyrocketed to 40 million.

In regions where the ad tier is available, over 40% of new Netflix sign-ups are opting for the more affordable ad-supported plan. The service now has a total of 270 million subscribers across all its pricing tiers. Netflix is strengthening its commitment to the ad business by bringing its ad tech in-house. 

Moreover, Netflix is launching its own advertising platform to power the advertisement plan with the same level of excellence, as its streaming service. While initially partnering solely with Microsoft, Netflix is now also tapping Google, The Trade Desk, and Magnite for its ad sales and technology.

This movie will enable the company to measure the impact of ads more effectively but also, secure a larger share of the revenue generated from them. As mentioned by Yahoo tech, Netflix users are reportedly “around twice as likely to respond to an ad compared to other streaming platforms.”

CMOs enter ‘era of less’ as budgets plunge below pre-pandemic levels

According to a recent Gartner survey, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) are facing tightening budgets, with spending levels dropping below pre-pandemic levels. This “era of less” necessitates strategic resource allocation and a renewed focus on efficiency and impact within marketing efforts, potentially driving the adoption of cost-effective solutions like generative AI.

PPC Highlights:

PPC Highlights

Reddit hires Ex-Google Ads Product Leader as Its First VP of Ads 

Reddit has made a significant move by appointing Jyoti Vaidee, a former Google Ads product leader, as its first Vice President of Ads. This strategic hire underscores Reddit’s commitment to bolstering its advertising capabilities and positioning itself as a formidable player in the digital advertising landscape.

Google limits the functionality of suspended ad accounts 

In an effort to maintain ad integrity and user trust, Google has implemented measures to limit the functionality of suspended ads accounts. These accounts will have limited access to billing, appeals, security settings, and account navigation, ensuring a more controlled and secure advertising ecosystem.

Google launches Ad format preferences for Google Demand Gen campaigns

Google has introduced Ad format preferences for Google Demand Gen campaigns, giving advertisers the choice to place their video assets across YouTube’s in-stream, in-feed, and Short ad placements. This new feature empowers advertisers to tailor their ad formats to specific campaign objectives and target audiences.

Search ad costs rise, and conversion rates decline again in 2024

According to industry benchmarks, search ad costs have continued to rise, while conversion rates have experienced a decline in 2024. This trend underscores the importance of optimising ad campaigns, leveraging data-driven insights, and exploring new strategies to maximise return on investment in the face of increasing competition and evolving consumer behaviour.

Social Media Highlights:

Social Media Highlights

TikTok tests 60-minute video uploads

TikTok is exploring the possibility of allowing users to upload videos up to 60 minutes in length, a significant departure from its current short-form video format. This move could open up new opportunities for creators and brands on the platform, potentially leading to increased advertising options.

Reddit establishes a partnership with OpenAI

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Reddit has entered into a partnership with OpenAI, the prominent artificial intelligence research company. This strategic alliance could pave the way for innovative applications of AI technology within Reddit’s platform, potentially reshaping the user experience and content generation capabilities.

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Mel is our Partner Strategy & Delivery Manager and also a CIM Chartered Marketer, a testament to her commitment to excellence in the field. But Mel’s contributions don’t stop at the office door. Beyond her professional endeavours, she leads an active life as a qualified run leader and dedicated volunteer. Her experience in these roles has streamlined her leadership and teamwork skills, making her an invaluable asset when it comes to collaborating on projects and ensuring their success. Her sharp insights, strategic thinking, and knowledge have made her a backbone in our team’s ability to drive results for clients in this industry. Mel will make sure that we can approach marketing challenges from all angles and deliver outstanding results for our clients.

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