The Google Zeitgeist 2012 has been released and reveals the top Google searches across the world throughout the past year.
The list of the top trending searches (defined as “search queries with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011″) in 2012 is heavy on people and tragedies but short on brands. In fact, just two brands or branded products made it on the top 10 list — Apple’s iPad 3 and the Diablo 3 video game.
Top 10 Trending Searches in 2012
- Whitney Houston
- Gangnam Style
- Hurricane Sandy
- iPad 3
- Diablo 3
- Kate Middleton
- Olympics 2012
- Amanda Todd
- Michael Clarke Duncan
Similarly, only two branded products made it on the list of the top 10 trending image searches in 2012 according to the 2012 Google Zeitgeist — Apple’s iPhone 5 and the Minecraft video game.
Top 10 Trending Image Searches in 2012
- One Direction
- Selena Gomez
- iPhone 5
- Megan Fox
- Justin Bieber
- Harry Styles
- Nicki Minaj
- Katy Perry
Things start to get interesting in the Google Zeitgeist 2012 list of the top trending consumer electronics searches where mobile devices dominated. Apple branded products made up three of the top 10 consumer electronics searches followed by Samsung with two of the top 10 searches in this category.
Top 10 Consumer Electronics Searches
- iPad 3
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- iPad Mini
- Nexus 7
- Galaxy Note 2
- iPad 4
- Microsoft Surface
- Kindle Fire
- Nokia Lumia 920
Google Turns Search Trends into an Emotional Branding Opportunity
Google provides perfect proof that with some creative thinking, emotions can be tied to just about any brand in any industry. Google’s television ads over the past couple of years are great examples as is the Google Zeitgeist 2012 video below. Who said search engines can’t make you feel happy, inspired, sad, hopeful, and more? Check out the video below to see for yourself.
Curious how the Google Zeitgeist has changed over the years? I wrote about what brands could learn from the Google Zeitgeist in 2009 here on Corporate Eye, and at that time, social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Hi5 dominated the top search lists. Consumers’ interests change faster than ever these days, and watching search trends provides useful insights that can help brands tailor marketing programs which are relevant and timely.
Image: Alan Levine
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