Advertise with fastmoving.co.za
 
 

Digital trends inform business owners on how to improve their content marketing efforts.
Digital trends inform business owners on how to improve their content marketing efforts.

Digital trends for 2018

MARKETING NEWS

Issued by ByDesign Communications - Jan 16th 2018, 11:47

Digital trends inform business owners on how to improve their content marketing efforts. 

Did you know that there are 1.65 billion active Facebook users who watch about 8 billion videos daily*? There is no denying the fact that we look at our phones several times a day, whether to check-in on social media, watch a video or connect via Whatsapp. As we hurtle towards 2018 and start thinking about effective marketing strategies for the New Year, we cannot ignore the importance of digital and social trends that are changing the way in which we consume content.

Marketing is, in essence, about adapting to the fast-paced, changing world and giving consumers what they want. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, marketers, businesses people and entrepreneurs alike are forced to find more innovative, impactful and exciting ways in which to talk to their audiences. If you, as a business owner, are in the midst of planning your marketing strategy for 2018, take a look at the following trends:

1. Embrace video
Not only do high-quality videos speak volumes to an audience, but they are also the best way in which to communicate a message. However, the trick to successful video advertising is to keep it short and interesting. Gone are the days where brands release 3 minutes videos detailing long-winded descriptions of their services or products. Today, killer content is king; the more innovative and concise, the higher the chances of sparking a conversation. Take a look at the Insane human curling by BIC.

2. Highlight the micro-moments
Micro-moments are the moments where audiences pick up their phones to complete a mundane task like answer an email, complete a shopping purchase, or write a Tweet. They are moments where audiences have an opportunity to learn or inquire about a product or service within the shortest period possible. In order to highlight and make use of these moments, marketers would need to pay close attention to their target audience, and better understand their activities. To sum it up, it’s all about finding out what it is exactly what your audience wants and trying to deliver it in the space of a few seconds.

3. Use AR to your benefit
Augmented Reality (AR) is often associated with gaming, however, more and more brands are using it to offer their audiences a more unique and emotional user experience. AR is also a great way in which to show your audience that your brand cares about what is going on in the world. For example, Coca-Cola teamed up with the WWF and created an emotional experience where users could view Polar Bears in the Arctic.

4. Personalised content
While personalised content has previously been in the limelight, the forecast for 2018 highlights the significant role of personalised content in successful marketing strategies. Not only is personalised content effective in maintaining customer loyalty, but it also boasts a degree of tech know-how which can win over potential consumers.

Ultimately, the trick to successful digital marketing is to properly understand your audience. While some audiences may respond best to an AR experience, others may respond better to a funny or emotional video. The best way in which to ensure success is to spend the necessary time researching and studying their social and digital habits and, once you have a good understanding of what they want, the chances of success are higher.

Not only do digital trends inform business owners on how to improve their content marketing efforts, they also allow entrepreneurs to explore new concepts and ideas. As we head towards the end of 2017, be sure to keep an eye on the latest digital trend predictions for the New Year.

 

Read more about: trends | technology | marketing | digital | business

Related News

Bidcorp expects higher food inflation in SA
23/05/2019 - 09:16
Global food-services group Bidcorp expects rising food price inflation in SA, where food producers and retailers are grappling with higher costs and low selling price increases.

Tiger Brands reports lower sales in wake of the listeriosis crisis
22/05/2019 - 09:29
Tiger Brands, which was named as the culprit in the 2018 listeriosis outbreak, says sales in the six months to end-March edged lower because of a slump in processed-meat sales and weak revenues from outside SA.

US jealousy sparked trade wars, says Chinese ambassador
21/05/2019 - 10:48
The US is jealous of China’s rapid economic growth and achievements in the past few years and was using the trade wars to frustrate and stall it, Lin Songtian, the Chinese ambassador to SA said.

Walmart reveals plans for a new corporate campus
20/05/2019 - 17:04
Corporate America has been under political pressure to ramp up investments at home.

Canal Walk launches new brand campaign #CWSquad featuring local social media icons
20/05/2019 - 14:32
Since their rise in popularity in the mid-20th century, shopping centres in this day and age tend to reflect the communities they serve; delivering on daily wants and needs, as well as acting as central meeting points for young and old.