Google announced Google Trips, a more consolidated view of using Google for trips, travel and vacations. Google will put hotels, flights, things to do, places to eat, weather, packages and more right in a central place.You can access it all at google.com/travel and plan your trips there. Google said these features will also be more accessible in Google Search and Google Maps. Here are also some new features:(1) You can now make edits directly to your trips timeline, and in a few weeks you’ll be able to manually add new reservations as well.(2) Recent searches, saved places and flights you’re tracking are added automatically to your trips when you’re signed into your Google Account. Plus soon you will see viewed things to do and saved and viewed hotels to your trips. (3) Google Trips will show you when you’re traveling by pointing out popular neighborhoods nearby and what they’re known for.Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Google Trips: Hotels, Flights, Weather, Things To Do & More
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With the release of the Google Trips Android and iPhone app earlier this week, I decided to plan and visit London using the latest app from the search engine giant to see what opportunities there are for local businesses and their marketing teams alike. Google Trips is a personalized tour guide in your pocket. In the past, you may have resolved this by paying for a tour guide or a tour book. Now you can save your pennies with Google’s free Trips app. You can even download your destination before you go to save on WiFi bills moving around the city. You can download the app on Android and iOS. In their press release, Google stated they wanted to solve the stress that many people face when planning their holidays. A GoodThink study found that 74% of travelers are most stressed when it comes to figuring out the details of their trip – transportation, working out what to do, an unfamiliar location, etc. Here’s How I Got on With the New App The first eye opener on the app … [Read more...] about Google Trips: What are the Opportunities for Businesses?
Will the day come that Google can successfully respond when you tell it something like, “Book me a trip to Washington, DC” — walking you through all the queries and answers needed to complete such a complex request? Will the day come when we’re using devices that only offer voice-based search? Will the day come when visual search happens continuously via the camera on Google Glass? Those are some of the search-based challenges that Google is working on, and they’re discussed in a recent interview that offers a peek at what Google thinks search will be like in the next decade. Or maybe “plans for search to be like” would be a more accurate phrase. Google Research Fellow Jeff Dean discusses these topics and more in a recent interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal. He’s been with the company since 1999 and works in the Systems Infrastructure Group, where they do things like apply machine learning to search (and pretty much all of … [Read more...] about We Want To Be Able To Respond To A Query Like “Book Me A Trip To Washington, DC”
The numbers are from our fourth annual Hashtag Bowl count of social media mentions during the Super Bowl. We only counted ads shown nationally, and only ads from after the kick-off until the game was over. Promos for shows on NBC, which carried the Super Bowl, were not included. Our scoreboard at the top of this article has the final count, but here’s the summary with percentages, based on a total of 56 national ads reviewed. The Count & Facebook’s Second Win Hashtags: 28 total, 50% of ads overall Facebook: 4 total, 7.1% of ads overall Twitter: 3 total, 5.3% of ads overall Snapchat: 1 total, 1.8% of ads overall URLs: 25 total, 44.6% of ads overall For the second year running, Facebook edged past Twitter to be the most mentioned social network. Snapchat Debuts In “Pitch Perfect 2” Ad Mentions of specific social networks were rare again — with Facebook and Twitter each slipping one mention compared to 2014. Last year, Instagram got a single mention. … [Read more...] about Super Bowl Commercials With Hashtags Slipped To 50% In 2015
Back from his trip to North Korea, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has posted a few thoughts on his visit. But far more interesting and revealing was the travelogue from his daughter Sophie, who accompanied him on the trip. Schmidt posted about his visit on his Google+ page, saying North Korean technology is limited, the internet is supervised and that North Korea will find it increasingly difficult to stay isolated, concluding: As the world becomes increasingly connected, the North Korean decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world and their economic growth. It will make it harder for them to catch up economically. We made that alternative very, very clear. Once the internet starts in any country, citizens in that country can certainly build on top of it, but the government has to do one thing: open up the Internet first. They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet, which the government of North Korea … [Read more...] about After North Korea Trip, Eric Schmidts Daughter Outshines Father With Travelogue