Google Expand Voice Services with Additional Languages

Statistics show that using speech to dictate a message can be up to 3 times faster than typing it out. That piece of information is just one of the reasons why Google have been working to expand voice typing for users. An addition 30 languages and locations have been added to the service which allows users to talk into their phone instead of typing on the onscreen keyboard. With this new update, Google’s speech recognition tools can now support 119 languages. These are available for use with Gboard on Android, Voice Search, and other voice recognition tools. As a bonus, U.S. English users can even use emojis in voice dictation!

As improvements continue to be made to Voice Search, it becomes increasingly important to consider it when developing an online marketing plan.

Voice Input Goes Global

Google is on a mission to make the internet more accessible to users all over the world. As part of their efforts, speech recognition supports a broad range of languages including several ancient languages including Georgian. The latest update also adds Swahili, Amharic and several Indian languages. This is great news for business who operate globally and are considering including voice search optimization in your online marketing plan.

To ensure the new languages are as accurate as possible, Google worked alongside native speakers of each language. Speech samples were collected, and speakers were asked to read out common words and phrases. This data was then used to train the speech recognition software to learn and understand the sounds of new languages accurately.

How to Optimize for Voice Search

With voice search capability expanding all the time, it is essential that you start thinking about how it can be incorporated into an online marketing plan. The way that consumers search is evolving and marketers need to move with the times by optimizing their content to accommodate voice search.

Statistics confirm that up to 60% of searches are now performed on a mobile device, and it is increasingly common for them to be voice searches. Mobile devices like smart phones, tablets and of course home assistants like Cortana, Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant are now common place in our daily lives. It makes sense then that every online marketing plan should take voice searches into account these days!

Here a few tips regarding how you can optimize your online marketing plan for voice search:

  • Claim Your Google My Business Listing – A significant percentage of voice searches are of a local nature, so claiming your Google My Business listing is an easy way to make sure Google has all of the relevant information about your business including address, contact details and opening hours.
  • Include Conversational Keywords – A key thing to remember when optimizing your online marketing plan for voice search is that the keywords used in voice search are ‘long-tail+.’ The plus refers to the conversational phrases that need to be added for voice search. People are going to ask questions, so consider what those questions are going to be and use them in your content.
  • Frequently Asked Questions – An excellent way to put your long-tail+ keywords to use in content used in your online marketing plan is to create a page of frequently asked questions. Choose natural queries that consumers will ask. The day is coming when an online search like ‘best waterproof camera’ is obsolete and will be replaced with a more specific question like ‘where can I buy a waterproof camera?’.

Voice search is the future. Make sure you and your online marketing plan are ready!
To Your Best Online!

Ingrid Griffin, Internet Marketing Consultant. Blue Dress® Marketing, an Internet Marketing Company headquartered in Knoxville, TN. Internet Marketing Developed, Implemented and Managed to Full Circle! Organic Internet Search Engine Guru. Turn Key Internet Optimization Programs Placing You Everywhere and Anywhere You Need to Be Online®
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