As the year winds down it is time to start thinking about 2014 and what it might bring in the shape of marketing trends and developments. The team at Responsys decided to tap some of the smartest minds in the industry to get a feel for what digital marketing will look like in the year ahead.
In this SlideShare deck, you’ll find insights from David Edelman, Partner, Marketing & Sales Practice at McKinsey; Charlene Li, Partner and Founder at Altimeter Group; Greg Stuart, CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association; Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs and many more.
Interestingly, you’ll find that everyone is reasonably well aligned about where marketing is headed: in order to succeed, marketers must provide individual experiences for their customers. And to do this well and at scale, marketers must orchestrate their communications based on customer data like preferences, behavior and profile information.
Most of the experts agree that marketing functions can’t continue to operate in silos and a more integrated and holistic approach needs to adopted. This is something my team and I at Sticky have advocated for years.
What are you planning to do in 2014 to make the most of your digital marketing opportunities?
In years gone by marketing was fairly simple; just interrupt a large audience with advertising. If it was creative and resulted in extra buzz it was a bonus. If was just your typical hard sell and got enough attention it could increase sales.
But then the digital age arrived, and with it came a tidal wave of entertainment and communication options. Suddenly that large audience was fragmented, niched and massively distracted. Suddenly that large audience had options and could bypass your advertising.
Suddenly your potential customer was being exposed to more marketing messages on more media that at any time in history. Welcome to the age of the distracted consumer.
A new infographic from Responsys shows just how distracted today’s consumer is. Today brands need to design campaigns to cut through the noise and capture the attention of their target audience – or risk their messages being missed.
To me, the following statistics demonstrate both the challenge and the opportunity for marketers. Yes, consumers are being inundated with marketing messages, but they are also highly receptive to well crafted messages from brands they have opted to follow or engage with. Its what inbound marketing is built upon.
The question is….what are you doing to cut through the marketing noise?
I just came across this fascinating post full of stats about social media usage. It was written by Belle Beth Cooper and published on Buffer.
If you’re managing social media for your business, you will be interested to know about some of the most surprising social media statistics this year.
You can read the full post here, but I thought there was too much great info that I needed to share with you. Here are ten that might make you rethink the way you’re approaching social media:
There has been a lot of talk about the death of SEO in the last 12 months. The “Panda” and “Penguin” updates by Google have certainly stirred up the online marketing community, with many suggesting that “Penguin penalties” mean that search engine optimisation no longer works or is not a viable tactic. I disagree wholeheartedly.
SEO is still the most effective means of delivering high quality, qualified traffic to a website. In fact, after 8 years of studying and optimising websites, I believe good SEO is more effective than ever.
Notice how I said “good SEO”?!
The Google Panda and Penguin updates punish BAD SEO. You know, the spammy link building, keyword stuffing, really blatant reader-unfriendly stuff. And so it should. Its crappy.
All Google has been trying to do is eliminate the rubbish so that they can serve up higher quality content to their users. If you are doing the right thing you should have nothing to worry about. In fact, my experience has been that every major Google algorithm update has actually benefited my clients.
Last week my team and I met up with a major client for an annual review. We have spent the last year working hard with them on a great website full of excellent content. We did an enormous amount of SEO work for them during this time. Here are some of their year-on-year stats:
- Overall traffic grew 223%
- Traffic from organic search grew 652%
- Non-brand related search traffic grew 1112%
- Conversions grew 196%
Try telling this customer that SEO doesn’t work. Done properly, search engine optimisation works amazingly well and will continue to do so for quite some time.
Nonetheless, the rules have changed and this has caught a lot of bad operators out. This infographic from DCI neatly explains the changes to SEO since Penguin.
Its not easy being a brand storyteller in a transmedia world. Between constantly changing technology, tight budgets, and interaction from consumers in new and unprecedented ways; brand storytellers are being forced to create new transmedia experiences by integrating dynamic content, often co-created through audience participation.
According to Getty Image’s latest infographic, effective transmedia storytelling offers consumers: more new experiences; longer extendable campaign lives; stronger emotional connections to brands; and, the ability for businesses to engage with new or jaded audiences to send brand loyalty soaring via this new media experience. For this reason, becoming effective storytellers in the transmedia marketplace is something that should be top of mind for marketers, advertisers and business decision makers.
The good news is you don’t need to analyse the science behind effective brand storytelling as this new transmedia storytelling infographic has done it for you in five easy steps.
Facebook have made many changes in the last few years. It appears their aim is to bridge the gap between companies and consumers to drive commerce, and, of course, attempt to take online advertising market share from away from Google. To do that, they have been improving their search capabilities, leading to Graph Search.
With more consumers beginning to use Facebook for searches, it’s important that your business is in a position to benefit.
In this infographic, Right On – No Bull Marketing shows you how to optimise your company’s Facebook page for Graph Search. It includes most things you need to get high Graph Search rankings to drive customer traffic to your local business.
Did you know that 72% of B2C marketers have acquired a customer through Facebook? Or that B2B marketers have found LinkedIn 277% more effective than Facebook or Twitter for acquiring new customers?
Did you know that SEO is still almost 3 times more effective than Social Media or Pay Per Click for generating leads? It’s true.
This nice infographic from the team at Wishpond spells it all out.
The use of social media platforms is growing at an exponential rate. In fact, in the past 7 seven years the use of social media has grown 365 percent. With most of us now spending a considerable amount of time online and in social networks, it is inevitable that many companies are focusing their attention on social commerce.
With this in mind the team at Fedeltapos in Australia have compiled this great infographic about the effect of social media on commerce.
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Did you know that small and medium-sized businesses now spend the biggest share of their marketing budgets on email campaigns – 15 percent on average according to an iContact study.
And it’s no wonder when you consider how valuable a good email database can be for your business. Its an important part of the inbound marketing process. There’s no point attracting all those visitors to your site if you aren’t going to maintain some dialogue with them. That’s what email marketing can do.
But with the flood of emails customers and prospects receive these days, it’s more important than ever for companies to deliver stand-out design to inboxes.
That’s why 99designs have decided it was time to give emails their own dedicated spot on their very popular design marketplace.
To celebrate the launch of their Email Design category, 99designs ran a contest asking designers to create three irresistible templates in four color options for our customers to download for FREE.
Check them out and start emailing.
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Digital marketing is evolving at an incredible pace. There is a wide range of effective tools, technologies and platforms delivering exciting changes to the digital marketing world this year.
The infographic, The Top 4 Digital Marketing Trends for 2013, provides a comprehensive analysis of tools and technologies defining the digital marketing landscape this year. It traces the impact of the digital revolution on consumer behavior and highlights key trends that marketers need to focus on in 2013.
It provides insights on optimally utilizing various elements of a digital marketing strategy like mobile marketing, social media, content marketing and author rank, to offer greater reach, better relevancy and higher customer engagement. Thanks to the team at DCI for this excellent piece.