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09 January 2018

5 big marketing trends for 2018 [infographic]

Trends infographic

A new year brings a new batch of opportunities and challenges but which trends should marketers have on their radar for 2018?

The folks at MDG Advertising have identified five big marketing trends to watch in 2018 and have pulled it all together into one handy infographic.

From micro-influencer campaigns to AI-powered efficiency and more, check out the top five below:

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13 December 2017

Social media in 2018: top 3 predictions and tips

Digital marketers have seen many innovations and even the involvement of politics in social media in 2017, as the channel continues to evolve at lightning speed. These developments have shaped how we use social media, both as consumers and advertisers. So what does 2018 have in store?

  1. Video will play a bigger role in the consumer journey

This year has seen the rise of video content. Particularly with its importance in social algorithms, this format is especially valuable to brands in terms of achieving higher reach and engagement, including retweets, likes, comments and shares. In 2017, 90% of all shared social media content has been video!

In 2018, the popularity of video content is expected to grow, and advertisers are likely to follow this trend. Video is the fastest growing format in the world and has been doubling year on year. It is predicted that by 2020, it will contribute to 80% of all online consumer internet traffic. At Social Media Week London 2017, Facebook’s Creative Strategist, Kat Hahn warned: “Not doing short video is not an option.”

Indeed, with the cramped market and every advertiser struggling to capture their audience’s attention, the first three seconds of a video are the most crucial. In 2018, brands will strive to create engaging and fast-paced video content their target markets, and it is likely that the quality will improve at a rate greater than other forms of social media.

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18 October 2017

What rebel consumers can teach marketers

Marketers love early adopters of new technology. They focus huge amounts of energy on them – which makes economic sense, as they’re usually the pathfinders and even evangelists for the mass of consumers who will follow their lead. 

Where some marketers may be missing a trick, however, is in only ever looking at early adopters and the people who follow them, sheep-like, while completely ignoring the non-adopters (those immune to the charms of a new gadget) and the un-adopters (those who tried it, used it and fell out of love with it).  

Arguably there’s so much more to be learned from those people who either reject the innovation from the outset or, perhaps even more importantly, take it up – and then ditch it. Marketers could profit from understanding why some people are immune or move on, rather than only looking at those who remain loyal. 

If they don’t, if they base their plans only on the reactions of those who love their products and the masses for whom they are ‘good enough’, they’re heading for trouble. 

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10 October 2017

The rise of marketing attribution [infographic]

81% of organisations are now tracking the customer journey, according to a new survey from Econsultancy and AdRoll. 'The 2017 State of Marketing Attribution' report surveyed 1,000 brand marketers and agencies across Europe, North America, Japan and Asia-Pacific to gain insights into marketers' perspective on the changing dynamics of attribution.  

With multiple devices and touch points in the customer journey, it's essential that marketers understand the effectiveness of their campaign and how each of the channels they use are contributing to bringing customers to their businesses. The report found that almost four in five organisations are using marketing yet 70% still struggle to act on insights, citing that defining the online customer journey is the most significant barrier to more effective usage.   

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03 October 2017

The Connected Home [infographic]

Pandora

With the number of ‘Internet of Things’ devices expected to jump from 6.6 billion to 22.5 billion by 2021, it’s clear that we’re currently going through a new wave of tech innovation.

With Apple, Amazon and Google leading the charge in launching voice-enabled devices, there’s no doubt that voice is increasingly becoming the new touch. And, as marketers, it’s important to realise that you can’t just rely on visual advertising anymore because there’s no guarantee consumers will be seeing your message anymore – they could be hearing it instead!

The folks at Pandora recently teamed up with Edison Research to explore how consumers are interacting with these new devices to uncover some insights, illustrated in the infographic below, that it might be worth checking out…

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05 September 2017

Everything you need to know about wearable tech [infographic]

Wearable tech

From smart watches to fitness-tracking bands to Google Glass, wearable tech is taking the world by storm. Marketers are waking up to the opportunities in using valuable data to push contextualised content via this medium.

So what are the most popular applications for your brand? A new infographic from Neerja Softwares has the answers with a bunch of interesting facts about wearable devices.

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10 July 2017

A snapshot of LGBTQ+ America [Infographic]

Gay pride

With Gay Pride celebrations in full swing in various cities across the globe, it's worth brands taking note of this consumer segment - which, in the US alone, controls nearly a trillion dollars in spending power. 

However, this influential and brand-savvy segment receives a tiny fraction of marketing dollars directed to other diverse consumer groups.

What's more, traditional measures of orientation don't really reflect the way younger individuals think about their lives. New research from WPP's global foresight and futures consultancy Kantar Futures shows that 15% of the US population consider themselves something other than exclusively straight, including an astonishing one-fourth of Millennials.

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14 March 2017

10 Performance Marketing Spend Trends [infographic]

AdRoll’s State of Performance Marketing report has just been released, exploring the current perspectives of 1,300 marketers and the changing dynamics of the advertising/marketing landscape.

Check out the quick, digestible summary of the top 10 performance marketing spend trends for 2017 in the handy infographic below:

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