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5 Digital Marketing Trends For 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by

Digital Marketing Trends for 2016

The digital marketing space is very volatile. Every single year we see new technology updates that completely shake up the space. It’s important to keep an eye out for upcoming trends in the marketplace. By becoming a first adopter to a new technology, or new trend, you get a leg up on your competition and can be seen as an authority in the space rather quickly.

Below we dive into five different digital marketing trends that are starting to take off this year.

1. Marketing Automation

Marketing can be an incredibly time consuming process, especially as the number of platforms you need to be active on continue to grow. Thus the rise of marketing automation.

One of the simplest forms of marketing automation is sending out an email autoresponder. Chances are, most of your reading this are already familiar with this tool. Now marketing automation is expanding out into social media posting, content management and scheduling, and customer tracking.

By automating these aspects of the marketing process you free up time to focus on other high-value activities, like deepening client relationships with those that matter and focusing on long-term business growth strategies.

2. Video Advertising Is Set To Expand

Video ads have seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. Platforms like YouTube and Facebook already offer advertisers plenty of options for video advertising. However, Google is finally enabling the use of video advertising within the search results.

This suggests that video advertising is only going to become more prevalent. If you haven’t hopped on board yet, you should; you can bet that a few of your competitors are going to utilize this trend.

3. Mobile Continues To Grow As A Force

Mobile isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s only growing. A recent announcement from Google stated that mobile traffic was larger than desktop traffic in ten different countries. Of course, this hasn’t spread worldwide yet, but you can bet that it’s heading in that direction.

Google’s latest algorithm update also punished sites that weren’t mobile friendly, or didn’t have a mobile version of their website. It’s easy to see that Google has all their force behind a mobile-first future. It’s a smart choice to hop on board.

4. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is going to play a huge role into the future. The Oculus Rift has already been introduced to a very positive response. Now, and into the future, virtual reality will influence how marketers reach their customers and how they tell stories.

Virtual reality enables immersive storytelling at a level we’ve never seen before. It’s a good idea to hop on the VR train sooner, rather than later. Now is a good time to get a first look of what it’s like to use this new platform, and be part of its inclusion in your brand’s eventual strategy.

5. The Internet of Things

Wearable technology is only going to grow. With this growth we’ll see an increase in the amount of data this gives people to work with. This smart data that’s collected throughout the day-to-day lives of potential customers will allow for even more targeted and behavior-based marketing.

Wearable devices, such as the Apple Watch, will continue to blur the line between the online world and the real world. Expect more devices like this to continue to be introduced in the future.

As a business owner or marketer, it’s important to be able to recognize trends as they’re forming, so you can position your company to take advantage. You can expect the trends we highlighted above to only increase in relevance and importance into the future.

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One Comment
  • Maria Wachal
    20 July 2016 at 11:34 am

    Hi Kevin!

    Great post, these trends are absolutely essential to embrace.
    Especially Marketing Automation, as it helps marketers to create customer centric experiences with something as simple as email autoresponder :)

    Some time ago we’ve made an infographic that shows some of the many possibilities of autoresponders: http://bit.ly/29NB210M

    Hope it will be helpful in triggering content ideas for email communication and implementing marketing automation trend!

    Cheers,
    Maria