During a recent keynote speech by Nicholas Fox, Business Product Management Director for Google AdWords , a new direction in search engine advertising was suggested. Speaking at the 2009 SES San Jose conference Mr Fox informed the audience that Search Engine users are getting more creative in expressing their queries making it harder for Google to match the query with the relevant ad.
Although there are currently only half a million words in the Oxford English dictionary, there are about 30 million keywords in Google’s ad database.
20% of these daily queries , haven’t been seen before in the last 3 months which suggests there is still room for improvement in the method of connecting users to the relevant products and services. “I see the keyword as an intermediary that we came up with five or ten years ago, to help advertisers target specific queries,” he said.
Google’s answer to this problem seems to be a much more integrated system where as advertisers wouldn’t plug in keywords themselves but would simply submit their ‘service’ description or a product catalog and Google will figure it out themselves automatically.
Developments in search using image recognition were being made, an area that Google will most likely continue to invest in.