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5 Digital Marketing Trends That Will Dominate in 2018
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2018 is another year of technology marketing disruption.
Do you know what Digital Marketing trends that will dominate this year?
Digital marketing evolves faster than the vast majority of other industries. To keep up with the latest developments, you need to keep an eye on emerging and future trends to see around corners and anticipate what’s coming next.
Although it’s crucial to keep up with the latest Google algorithm updates and social media platform changes to stay current, updates are only a small speck compared to the bigger picture.
Let’s take a closer look at the Top 5 digital marketing trends that will affect your marketing strategy in 2018.
1. Messenger Bots
Messenger bots, which are sometimes referred to as chat bots, are not a brand new technology. In fact, they’re quite popular already, but marketers agree that they’ll be utilized even more frequently in 2018 than they are today.
Chat bots are programs that automatically respond to customer queries to help automate customer service processes.
These types of programs have been around for quite a long time, but thanks to advancements in artificial intelligence, they’re finally usable to such a degree that it feels like you’re talking to a real person.
And they’ve evolved so much that in 2018 they’ll be a cornerstone of the majority of support departments. I’m sure you’ve even interacted with a few already, especially if you’ve used a live chat feature on any services-related websites.
But why is the trend going to get more popular in the coming year, you might ask?
Well, Facebook has made these tools available in Facebook Messenger. Because the infrastructure already exists on one of the most popular social media and messaging applications in the world, it only makes sense that more businesses will leverage this tool to keep up with customer interactions.
2. Marketing Automation (Our Favorite)
(Note: This is our expertise in the agency… The image below is just a small section of our own marketing funnel for Chatter Buzz)
One of the main driving forces that fuels rapid change on the Internet is automation. Things that formerly needed to be handled manually can now be dealt with automatically, which saves valuable time.
The WordPress Intranet platform is a prime example. In the old days, people had to code their websites one line at a time. Now, the process of building a website has become streamlined and automated. Instead of needing to write code, you simply plug in a theme and any additional tools you want, and WordPress and its add-ons can generate code for you.
But apart from web design, digital marketing is relying increasingly on automation as well. Can you imagine having to manually email everyone on your mailing list? Talk about a nightmare!
Fortunately, tools like Active Campaign automate the process, saving time and money on a massive scale.
Furthermore, social media automation tools will post your content on a schedule that you define. Marketing automation is only going to get bigger in the coming year, so its best to adopt automation tools sooner rather than later.
3. Personalized User Experiences via Dynamic Content
Not too long ago, web pages were mostly static, immovable blocks of text without any advanced widgets or plugins. Database tools slowly evolved to help create dynamically generated web pages, which boosted personalize content.
But to further boost your marketing game plan in 2018, it’s essential to incorporate personalized user experiences via dynamic content.
There are plenty of ways to do this, but the main idea is to create a unique experience for different types of leads. For instance, you may want to display a special landing page or content menu for new visitors to guide them through a personalized marketing funnel.
On the other hand, you might decide to display upsell offers and targeted content to returning visitors based on the content they’ve already viewed. The sky is the limit with regards to how much you can personalize the experience.
4. Video Content Will Gain Even More Ground
There’s no doubt about it – video content is already extremely popular. But in 2018, it’s still going to be trending and will be utilized even more than it already is today.
The cost of high-quality video capturing devices has dropped significantly since video editing tools are becoming more sophisticated and user-friendly. In turn, this removes former barriers to creating video content for small and medium-sized businesses.
Additionally, more people are now aware that video content can be more powerful than solely relying on textual content. Really, both text and video should be pillars of your marketing strategy in 2018, but video is always gaining more ground as time marches forward.
For that reason, it would be a good idea to start mapping out a video content strategy for the new year.
5. Increased Prominence of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has taken plenty of leaps and bounds, which helps harness the monumental computational resources of computers in ways we never imagined in the last decade.
Instead of wasting computational resources on video games or developing AI that can beat a chess master, innovators are using AI to seek the cures for diseases and to control driverless cars. It’s not surprising that Google has incorporated AI elements into its search tool.
Even though some AI elements have already been factored into the immensely complex Google algorithm, the search engine is expected to rely more heavily on AI in the coming year.
We don’t really know what form the AI will take since we can’t predict the future. But increased dependency on AI is a trend that doesn’t show any sign of slowing down … yet. For that reason, I’d recommend keeping an even more watchful eye on Google’s updates in 2018 than you did in 2017.
The only certainty for digital marketing in 2018 is change, but it is possible to give yourself an edge over the competition by adapting to emerging trends.
If any of these trends uncover holes, gaps, and weaknesses in your marketing strategy, it’s better to fill the gaps as soon as possible before the end of the year.
Otherwise, you may be giving your competition the only advantage it needs to mop the floor with you in 2018.
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