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What if 2017 was the year of voice search?
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What if 2017 was the year of voice search?

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Voice search was undeniably one of the phenomena of 2016. In November, we already talked about it in an article , in particular giving some advice to SEO professionals , natural or paid, to position themselves on voice queries. In this new year, it is therefore normal to wonder if this trend will not be completely democratized in 2017, to the point of becoming a real norm.  


Last summer, we learned that more than 20% of searches made on Google via mobile were vocalized. On Bing, Microsoft's search engine, this proportion even reached 25%.

The emergence of this feature has given rise to a new way of searching for content on the web: conversational search. According to a recent study,  60% of voice search users would even like to get the information they are looking for without having to go to an external site or application .

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Does this portend the end of SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages), those search engine results pages that display a list of links? No. Or at least not in the near future, because good old habits die hard. However, it is impossible not to anticipate major changes in this sector in the years to come.


According to this same survey, 80% of smartphone users admit to having kept the reflex of opening an internet browser, or a dedicated application (Microsoft, Google) to do a search.

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Also, the latest figures show that users are certainly ready to vocalize their searches, but they are nonetheless subject to the rules of politeness and propriety, even a certain shyness. Indeed, we see that  most mobile users are often hesitant to use voice search in a public place or in the presence of strangers  : they use it most of the time at home, when they are alone (65% cases) or with friends (55%).

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At the end of last year, we witnessed the commercialization of many domestic personal assistants. These are voice search tools no longer embedded in your phone but in an electronic box, intended to adorn your living room or your kitchen. New to the search vocalization market,  Amazon has launched Echo, a wireless speaker that can be controlled by voice.  Thanks to Alexa, the personal assistant it has on board, it allows you to play your favorite songs from Amazon Music or Spotify, but also to answer your questions about the weather outside, opening hours of a store or the score of the last game of the Montreal Canadiens.

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A few weeks later, Google responded and also launched its voice assistant for the home: Google Home.

This transposition of voice search from smartphones to connected objects for domestic use is a real underlying trend, and Google and Amazon are not the only ones to be interested in it. At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Mattel, the toy manufacturer, presented Aristotle, a speaker that incorporates two artificial intelligences: one for children (it can read stories, play with them by making them guess, for example , the sound of the horse) and the other aimed at parents, allowing them to order diapers and milk online.    

These new gadgets could therefore  accelerate the adoption of voice search  by the general public because they are inexpensive: they cost less than 200 USD, which is still more than half the price of an iPhone with Siri on board.

Voice assistants are therefore no longer the preserve of smartphones and can be embedded in any electronic product.  It remains to be seen how brands will monetize this new research. Recently, Amazon recently admitted to thinking  about selling advertising on its Alexa voice assistant .

To be continued…