Prediction: Voice Search Will Soon Become More Popular Than Typing Into A Search Box




A speaker at the SMX West 2016 (Search Marketing Expo and Conference) in San Jose made that bold prediction. Indeed, voice activation control of computers is becoming more and more common. Just a couple of weeks ago I solved a student’s inability to type by showing her how to type in Google Drive by her voice.

The prediction was presented in MarketingLand.com’s article – “The rise of personal assistants and the death of the search box: Columnist Eric Enge recaps the SMX West 2016 keynote by Googler Behshad Behzadi, who envisions a not-too-distant future in which voice search becomes more ubiquitous — and may even replace the search box.

The article ‘speaks to’ (pun intended) to the future of search and how it is changing quickly toward voice commanded search.

Talking to Siri on an iPhone or another voice activated device is not that different from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk communicating with his computer as shown in this YouTube video –

Not on board yet? That’s okay. You may be sooner than you ever imagined though. More and more voice activated devices are being put on the market and the prices and the abilities are improving rapidly. If you watch TV, you’ve even seen more commercials featuring them. A Super Bowl ad for Amazon Echo featured Alec Baldwin, Misty Elliott, Dan Marino, and Jason Schwartzman.

Other devices that are voice activated that you might have heard of include:


and…

  • Amazon Echo
  • Apple iPhones, Watches, etc.
  • Honeywell Smart Thermostat
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smartwatch 3
  • and many more.

 

Here is a list of 15 voice activated devices.

 

Google Knowledge Panels now offer ‘Share’ option

Have you noticed the little panel of information on the right of SOME Google search results? Example: Google Search on ‘Ukuleles’

In the example below the ‘knowledge panel’ is shown below ads.

Google Knowledge Panel

Note the ‘ > ‘ share symbol to the right of the bold word ‘Ukulele‘. When you click on that you will be shown sharing options.

Sharing options for Google Knowledge Panels

Here is an article to learn about other features – “Google Knowledge Graph Panel Adds Share Feature & More