But What Does It All Mean?

So I found this interesting site called StateStats that shows you how popular a Google search query is in each U.S. state and decided to play around with it for a bit.  I was a little surprised at the results.

First off, there is no data for a Google search of “Erik Sheppard” so obviously the thing is majorly flawed, but I digress.  Searching for the next most popular terms in the industry I put in “voiceover” (all one word) and the top 5 states came back in descending order as New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut and Georgia.  Nothing too surprising there.  A search for “voice over” as two words1 resulted in California, New York, Georgia, Florida and Illinois.  How are more people in freaking Georgia of all places searching for voice over on Google than Illinois?

Weird, right?

This is even weirder: a search for “voice talent” results in Georgia being number one(!) followed by Colorado(!!), Minnesota(!?!), Florida and Washington.  Aside from the well deserved popularity of Atlanta superstar September Day Leach, I am totally at a loss here.  By the way, New York and Cali came in 6th and 7th.  Go figure.

So what does it all mean?  Government conspiracy?  Foofaraw?  Hokum?  Flimmery?2 Maybe this doesn’t take into account individual state population.  Feel free to conjecture amongst yourselves and let me know what you come up with or click on the link above to play around.  I’m out.

1. One or two words? Can we have a meeting and come to some consensus on this please?
2. Alright, I made that last one up.

8 Comments to “But What Does It All Mean?”

  1. LindZ Reiss says:

    How weird is THAT? And even weirder that Texas didn’t come up on the list?

  2. Hey – there is a ton of talent in GA with websites – as well as several agencies. But it may be due to the fact that Donna Summers at VoiceCasting has been around a long time doing online casting. She is one of the first.

  3. Kim White says:

    Erik,
    Likely, because Scott P and ‘Ember like to look themselves up on the net. ;)

  4. Cira says:

    Hey, Erik,

    To reiterate what Connie said: Having lived in Georgia from 1992 – 1996, Donna Summers was one of THE biggest agencies in Atlanta. Also, if you’re union, GA is a right-to-work State.

  5. Alright, my apologies to the talent in the great state of Georgia. I do hear big things about the place from the folks who work there but I still think it’s odd that it would rank higher than NY or CA for some search terms.

    I guess I know where to market myself more now this year!

    I have heard good things about Donna Summers as well and I agree: “Last Dance” and “She Works Hard For The Money” were pretty darn good.

    I think Kim solved the mystery anyway. I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids.

  6. Diane Havens says:

    And here in Jersey, we don’t need no stinkin’ google searches to find talent — we got friends, ya know what I’m sayin’?

  7. Cira says:

    And lest we forget, her ever-popular, “On the Radio.”

    Diane is right. As my Jersey born-and-bred husband would say: “Stop bein’ a jerkoff, ya half-a-sissy, before I slap ya. And quit breakin’ my balls.” (Erik, I kid).
    ;o)

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