The tactics that worked even a few short years ago are now obsolete. It’s getting clear, if not already, that growing leveraging mobile, social and location-based approaches which are backed-up and powered by data and insights, are required in order to survive and differentiate.
Agile marketing is now a common approach, and includes a healthy loop of building, testing, measuring, learning, refining and improving.
It seems that there are certain marketing trends that you need to follow when creating your marketing plans for this year and the years to come (hope so).
Trend #1: The need to tie marketing to results
A new survey commissioned by Adobe of 1,000 US marketers showed that marketers are most concerned about reaching customers and being able to understand whether their campaigns are working and effective. They also overwhelmingly feel that companies won’t succeed unless they have a strong digital marketing approach.
Also noted was that Social Media Marketing is projected to be the most important area to marketers over the next three years, ranking significantly ahead of other areas like digital advertising.
Trend #2: The rise of social+video
Pew Research published a report on the state of online video, and it’s a eye-opener.
"Over the past four years, the percent of American adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. That includes 18% of adult internet users who post videos they have created or recorded themselves—many of whom hope their creations go viral. The share of online adults who watch or download videos has also grown from 69% of internet users in 2009 to 78% today, and mobile phones have become a key part of the video viewing and creating experience.”
Key findings of the report also include the following:
• 78% of adult internet users watch or download online videos, up from 69% in 2009
• Online adults using video-sharing sites has grown from 33% to 72%
• Adult internet users who post videos online is growing rapidly
Trend #3: Relentless analytics
As marketing moves to a more data-driven approach, it is essential to have analytics tools in place that allow performance evaluation and measurement. There are many tools available, some already available for free (like Google Analytics, Facebook Insights).
Further, many social sites and trendy platforms already include and provide their analytics (Twitter, Pinterest etc).
Trend #4: Content curation vs. content creation
Two of the biggest social media success stories of 2013 were BuzzFeed and Upworthy. In addition to both having breakout success this year, the other thing that these two sites have in common is a focus on content curation and presentation of that curated content, versus content creation.
Trend #5: The increasing ramp of inbound marketing efforts
Inbound marketing is a highly effective way to generate awareness, convert customers and give advocates something to talk about. In a world where advertising is increasingly “tuned out,” the creation and sharing of media and publishing content is paramount to achieving business goals.
Inbound marketing focuses on online channels and their usage. By providing value in the form of information and making that information findable via search (SEO) as well as distributing it through social channels, prospective customers learn about the brand driven by their interests, rather than as a result of interruption marketing or outbound cold calls.
Between content curation and content creation efforts, inbound marketing efforts should be aligned with the channels that are most connected with your community. The mix of inbound marketing outreach activities varies by channel, but a good place to start is with a balanced approach along the lines of:
- Blog posts : 1-3 times per week, with content useful to your customers
- Social media distribution : Share content to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Medium, Reddit, Quora, StumbleUpon, Tumblr etc., based on which channels are most relevant to your prospects and customers
- Other blogs : Participate in conversations relevant to your brand and industry without being spammy
- Email newsletters : Twice a month, not too long, ONE call-to-action
- Guest posts : Write them first then offer to others
- Ebooks : Visually appealing, on-topic, with designated landing page for lead generation
- Videos: Short video (less than two minutes) almost always wins
- Others: Infographics, how-to guides, case studies, whitepapers.
Original Post was found to Social Media Today