Google showing TikTok videos in featured snippets, SGE

TikTok videos have been spotted in two prominent locations in Google’s Search results – featured snippets and Search Generative Experience (SGE).

While I’m not entirely sure if this is “new,” I’ve never seen this before and this is definitely new to many people in the search community.

Why we care. Many people have been having a semantic debate over whether TikTok technically is a “search engine.” What actually matters is that people use TikTok to search. Your brand/business could potentially be losing out on ways to reach your audience – on TikTok, Google, or both. Especially now, where it seems Google is giving TikTok videos some prominent SERP real estate.

TikTok videos in featured snippets. Louise Parker, head of PR at Propellernet, shared a screenshot on LinkedIn for a search for [stroking baby’s eyebrows], where the snippet is taken directly from a TikTok video’s caption:

Stroking Babys Eyebrows Google Featured Snippet Tiktok Scaled

TikTok videos in SGE. Separately today, Carrie Rose, CEO and founder of Rise at Seven, shared a screenshot on LinkedIn of TikTok content being displayed in an SGE result:

Google Search results for [do cows eat donuts or doughtnuts] that include a TikTok video in Search Generative Experience results.

TikTok videos in SERPs. TikTok videos aren’t new to Google SERPs. In 2020, Google started showing TikTok videos in a Short videos carousel and a TikTok video carousel on mobile.

Microsoft Bing Search has also promoted TikTok video results.

Gen Z uses TikTok to Search. While people continue to debate whether TikTok is a search engine, what you need to know is consumers (especially Gen Z) are using TikTok to search, with many using it instead of Google. Dig deeper in Survey: 51% of Gen Z women prefer TikTok, not Google, for search.

Adobe also released results of a survey of 808 consumers earlier this month that found:

  • 2 in 5 Americans use TikTok as a search engine.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 Gen Zers are more likely to rely on TikTok than Google as a search engine.

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Danny Goodwin

Danny Goodwin has been Managing Editor of Search Engine Land & Search Marketing Expo – SMX since 2022. He joined Search Engine Land in 2022 as Senior Editor. In addition to reporting on the latest search marketing news, he manages Search Engine Land’s SME (Subject Matter Expert) program. He also helps program U.S. SMX events.

Goodwin has been editing and writing about the latest developments and trends in search and digital marketing since 2007. He previously was Executive Editor of Search Engine Journal (from 2017 to 2022), managing editor of Momentology (from 2014-2016) and editor of Search Engine Watch (from 2007 to 2014). He has spoken at many major search conferences and virtual events, and has been sourced for his expertise by a wide range of publications and podcasts.

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