Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Tech & Digital Marketing Predictions

The digital marketing field is a great place to be these past few years (if you like change & innovation!). It seems every few months, there's a new gamechanger, or new consumer behavior that's changing the way things work, and it's almost always for the better.

My top five predictions for 2015 include the following:
  1. Personalization in marketing content  
    1. Consumers have spoken and it has become imperative for businesses to stop shouting at customers via social media or advertising or print and start working on personalization. They're willing to pay attention to your ads if and when you've learned their likes & dislikes, and cater to them. Remarketing ads have begun popping up like wildfire left and right from many big businesses, and while they're starting to get the right idea (Yes, I was staring at this pair of shoes while on your site, but no I don't actually want them unless you sweeten the deal) the amount of information collected can be put to much better use.
  2. Rise in wearables
    1. The rise in all the fitness-oriented smart watches has really taken off in the past few months. The reason? The approachable price of many. Before, only serious fanatics had some options, and they were mighty pricy. For those who don't want to commit to an expensive fitness tracker, newer devices have come on the scene that fit any type of lifestyle and provide a more approachable device than the expensive brands that previously catered to serious athletes. 
  3. Rise in virtual homes
    1. Devices like nest & kevo have really stepped onto the scene & picked up their advertising and word of mouth. With the announcements and success of Apple Pay in 2014, it seems people are more interested in being 100% connected all the time, and in the dream of owning a "smart home". The ease and ability to check on your home via smartphone may change the game for other industries such as travel (iPhones opening doors becomes standard, anyone?). 
  4. Pay-to-play from social media channels
    1.  Gone are the days of reaching 100% of your audience on Facebook organically. It's probably for the best, because for every 1 person out there effectively marketing their business to consumers, there's probably 3 people out there about to be unliked for their terrible usage of social. For those who've jumped on the social media bandwagon, it's not time to start diverting a small portion of your online advertising budget to continuing to grow and nurture your social channels. It's not just free anymore, and if you want to be effective, you're going to have to look into social media advertising options.
  5. Mobile is a must
    1. I've said it before but this year I really mean it. If you aren't looking into mobile advertising or optimizing your site for mobile & tablets, you are missing out on A TON! 
What do you think will be the biggest shift in digital & social this year? 

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