Study Series

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Do Links Still Matter for SEO in 2020?

Here are the results from the fifth of our “Links as a Ranking Factor” studies. We conducted the first of these studies in May 2016 and have been tracking the same query set over time to measure any material shifts in the role of links. In this year’s study, we also expanded our examination of […]

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What Is Digital? – Part 2

In the first installment of this series, we explored the definitions of “digital” preferred by Perficient clients and other digital professionals. This episode continues our exploration into the nature of digital. We’ll look at the business benefits expected of digital, innovations associated with it, and attitudinal trends shaping investments in digital. Digital by Association In […]

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2019 Data on Featured Snippets and the Knowledge Graph

For the fifth straight year, we searched the 1.4 million search queries to measure the state of featured snippets. The goal was to look at a large number of queries that have potential to generate a featured snippet. We then looked at how many of these produced results, as well as how these results have […]

Rating the Smarts of the Personal Assistants – 2019 Edition

We are pleased to present the 2019 update to our Digital Personal Assistants accuracy study. In this latest edition of the study, we tested 4,999 queries on seven different devices: • Alexa • Echo Show • Cortana • Google Assistant on Google Home • Google Assistant on Google Home Hub • Google Assistant on a […]

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2018 Data on Featured Snippets and the Knowledge Graph

We’ve been tracking Google’s Featured Snippets in search for several years now. In this study we look at almost 1.5 million queries most likely to qualify for a Featured Snippet to see how the search feature has changed over time. Are Featured Snippet appearing in search more or less often? Are there significant differences between mobile and desktop? For the answers to these and more, click through to the study!… Read More >

Rating the Smarts of the Digital Personal Assistants in 2018

This page contains the 2018 update to our Digital Personal Assistants accuracy study. In this new edition of the study, we tested 4,942 queries on five different devices: Alexa Cortana Invoke Google Assistant on Google Home Google Assistant on a Smartphone Siri In this study, we compare the accuracy of each of these personal assistants […]