Google Introduces Multisearch: A New Way To Ask Questions To Google Using Text & Images

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With the aim of making our lives easier, Google is introducing a new way to search the web using a combination of text and images at the same time. 

Sometimes, it can be tricky to express yourself to Google, right? And sometimes, words are not enough. That’s why Google is going a step further in our direction to do research. The company just announced the Multisearch feature.

This means that, from now on, instead of typing into the search box, you can combine text and images to show the Google search engine exactly what you’re looking for.

Phone screen shows the ability to search for a green version of an orange dress, using text and images at the same time.
Source: Google

Let’s take a look on how this new feature works and how marketers can take advantage of it.

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How will Multisearch work?

For example, if you’re looking for a specific dress but with different colors, prices or sizes, now you can use a screenshot or photo of this dress directly from your gallery, and include some additional text. Much easier, right?

And you can also take pictures of things that you come across while walking down the street, and ask Google to find more information about them for you. A wall painting, a flower, a dress: anything that shines in your eyes. 

And if you’re still not sure about the wonder of this new search feature, Google went a little deeper to blow your mind: you can send a picture of a table, for example, and ask Google to find the perfect chairs suggestions for it. Yes, you read that right: you’ll be able to have design tips just a click (or a photo) away!

What can you – as a marketer – expect from this new search feature? 

For now, Multisearch is only available as a beta feature in the United States, with the best results for shopping searches. But this is something that we can expect to hear more often from now on. According to the Google Director of Search, Lou Wang, “Multisearch takes after the way we ask questions about things we’re looking at and is an important part of how Google views the future of research”. 

And if Google sees Multisearch as the future of research, so do we. But as this feature is still in beta tests, at this first moment, we are not able to measure the impact of this new search feature on our digital and SEO strategy – although the Rock Content team is crazy to get their hands on it! But for sure, we’ll have a lot of opportunities to explore moving forward! 

And how can you be prepared? 

We’ll have a lot to learn from Multisearch when the feature is available worldwide. While we don’t have any more news from Google regarding this, we can get some insights and start working on our mindset.

One of them is obviously: SEO tactics have historically been about keywords. We are talking about finding the way people type questions and produce content to answer them.

Of course, things have been changing. Some years ago, we started discussing a lot about voice searches on Google, for example. The way people talk is different from writing.

Google has had its image search for a long time. But, now, it seems vastly improved. You are not just doing a reverse search to find the original source of a photo, for example.

You are putting together images, keywords and (why not?) voice searches. It’s a far more natural human-machine relationship. So, expect that some of the old SEO success tactics will soon no longer work.

Making a deeper analysis, we can see some customer-centricity in this approach. At the end of the day, Google wants users to find exactly what they’re looking for, without tricky questions or links. So the main goal of this improvement is to guarantee a more natural, assertive, and intuitive user experience. 

And for now, I think this is the best tip that Google leaves with us. Regardless of how your digital strategy is built, it must be done by thinking about delivering real value to your customers. With that in mind, Multisearch will be a bonus in your strategy!


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