Msg#: 4290174 posted 3:06 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
Here's a strange observation... Do you notice that whenever Google posts their cutesy logo variation to honor some obscure person or event (Robert Bunson today, inventor of the Bunson Burner) that traffic levels are very slow and poor to convert? I've been keeping track and it's quite predictable. In fact, I woke up today, checked my site traffic and sales (none) and the first thing I thought of is "oh boy, who is Google commemorating today?" Sure enough, I see this whacky Google logo. [flickr.com ]
I wonder if some people see this unintelligible mess and figure they are at the wrong site...who knows. Is this my hallucination alone or do you notice this phenomenon too?
Msg#: 4290174 posted 3:38 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
Today's "Bunsen Burner" logo is interactive and people could get distracted playing with it. I wonder if that distraction might also be a factor, even more than wondering if you are on the right page for a Google search.
Msg#: 4290174 posted 3:49 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm somewhat surprised that a significant fraction of users still use the Google home page. I have been typing search queries into a box in my browser for years. I only visit the Google home page when somebody tells me they have a nifty logo.
Msg#: 4290174 posted 5:27 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
February 8 was the Jules Verne "20,000 Leagues" logo - very interactive and distracting. I checked a couple of sites and saw no noticeable effect for that day, but any effect may be specific to the type of query involved. I'll keep digging as I get the chance.
119th anniversary of the first documents ice cream sundae and once again, poor traffic and sales. Does anyone really care about these Google Doodles? Do they really add value for what the appear to take away in traffic?