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What Words ‘Do I’ Need for SEO?

Google knows us so well, maybe too well. Google knows us by our searches, and it has an impact on marketers of all kinds.

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According to a “Think with Google” thought-starter, mobile searches with the phrase “do I need” have grown by more than 65%. Think of questions like “How much retirement money do I need? or “How much mulch do I need to plant my tree?”

Google states that it is seeing more “conversational search queries,” which means more personal and specific questions. Queries are becoming more personal with “for me” and the use of ‘I” in searches.

Google suggests that this personal approach to queries is because consumers “are growing more and more at ease with technology.” We should all begin to think beyond typical search keywords and begin to think of the “conversational phrases” people are using to search.

In other keywords news: Buzzsumo reports that the No. 1 B2B headlines on LinkedIn continue to be “how to” phrases by a 3-to-1 ratio.

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Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle. After 12 years at KWWL, Mark became a business owner as a co-founder of ME&V — rebranded as AMPERAGE in 2015. After 25 years of leading creative teams in video production, graphic design, PR, writing and web development, Mark transitioned out of ownership in 2021. Today he serves in an employee role as special projects consultant. He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.” Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.” One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board. Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.