Bing brings visual search to product ads

Bing has added new visual search features to its sponsored Shopping results, the company announced Thursday. Users can click on the visual search icon in the Shopping search bar or in a product result to search for visually similar items. This feature has launched for clothing and shoes, with an expansion into home decor planned…

Google to shutter CallJoy, virtual agent for SMBs, on July 22

Just as I was promoting CallJoy as a model for fee-based services for the small business market during my SMX Next session this morning, I learned that Google was shutting it down. The service will end on July 22. Another Area 120 ‘experiment.’ A Google spokesperson provided the following statement: “Like all projects from Area…

The Google Assistant may start calling businesses to confirm in-stock inventory

The Google Assistant/Duplex may soon be calling local businesses to check for inventory availability. This notification appears on a support page mostly about appointment booking through Duplex: “Google Assistant will only call you when a customer wants to book an appointment or when it needs to check your business hours or the status of in-demand…

Google Search Ranking Algorithm Updates Thursday, June 18th

Over the past couple of days, starting as early as Wednesday, but most on Thursday, June 18th, I am seeing some signs of a Google search ranking algorithm update. It is not a massive one but there was an increase in SEO community chatter along with some tools showing signs of changes in the Google…