Marketing is the core and life of any business as it can’t function half as effective without it. It’s one thing to create a product/service, but another to market it and to make it seen, gaining immense exposure for your business. Product design and development are crucial, but without effective marketing and running promotional campaigns at the right moment, you will sell nothing.
There is a further challenge with marketing, though – it is
constantly evolving and new ways of promoting products and services emerge
every year. With constant growth of technology, we need to adapt to new marketing
ways on a daily basis. Before you even know it your competitors adopt the new
trends and you can be left behind very rapidly, your target audience choosing
your competitors instead of you.
These innovations are the products of brilliant minds in the marketing field, but the future of marketing would not be so exciting without the technological advances that make these changes possible. In the last years, new technology has become increasingly affordable and accessible to the majority of consumers, providing businesses with new channels they can use to communicate to audiences.
One thing is for sure: technology is growing and will
continue to transform the future of marketing. For instance, smartphones are
now becoming more popular than computers, with 18 million users in Australia
and a forecast to exceed 2 billion users worldwide by 2022. Another prediction
is that marketers will be spending over $375 billion on digital adverts by 2021;
so you absolutely want your business to use these highly popular marketing
channels and communicate to users where they spend a good deal of their leisure
Here are four areas of marketing that will continue to evolve in 2019 due to the latest technology developments:
Technology allows businesses to get their brand out there
more through launch, promotion, and building awareness tactics.
Through technology advancements, businesses can now utilise
media like electronic billboards, the Internet, etc. These allow them to reach
audiences in mass numbers all at one time and foster positive relationships.
- AI brands that create themselves and know what you want before you need it
- Advertising will be used less for branding purposes, but rather for driving transactions with consumers
- Consumer interactions with brands will be digital first, with human/personal coming only second
- Brands will explore new innovative uses of augmented reality and gaming for product promotion
- Brands will work directly with consumers to build products and brands – consumer co-creation
- Brand interaction is shifting from message bombardment to productive interactions
- A growing number of consumers will afford making ethical purchases and will prefer brands that are socially responsible
- Consumers will require simpler brand engagement after years of being flooded with brand messages.
Recent growth of technology allows customer service to be
enhanced greatly. The newest tools allow businesses to reach out and be in
contact with customers or audiences without even being face-to-face with them. A
business can either nourish existing customer relationships or create new ones
by using digital tools exclusively. The growth of technological speed also allows
businesses to attend to PR issues or negative reviews before they get out of
Some of the customer service developments predicted
for the future of marketing includes:
- Customers’ expectations will be higher than ever. They won’t compare you to your competitors, but to the best service they have ever received from any company
- Customers will prefer companies that are easiest to work with and have processes that create the smallest amount of friction
- Data will be used to analyse buying patterns, increase personalisation, and make customers feel that businesses know a lot about them
- Self-service solutions will be preferred, compared to the habit of making a phone call to get your problem solved, as older generations used to do
- Employee experience will be very important due to the small pool of available talent. Good employee experience is required to better customer experience
Immediate feedback is a thing of the present already, as there are different feedback options available (surveys, reviews, live sharing, post sharing, etc.) Feedback channels allow businesses to be aware of what products/services are doing well, and which ones aren’t, thus allowing them to either improve or scrap them before wasting any more money. There are tools to optimise the way businesses acknowledge customer feedback, such as:
- Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques – these allow users to determine emotions from raw texts, like social media posts or customer reviews, rather than having a human going through the entire data and determine customer sentiment
- Analysing customer reviews using text mining to predict their behaviour. Similar to the previous method, mining consists of examining large collections of text and converting them to structured data for further analysis like visualisation and model building.
The numbers that audiences (even potential customers) can be
reached by is astounding. With just 1 post, you can influence a large number of
people and attract paying customers almost instantly.
Businesses have shifted away from traditional marketing such
as print media, TV adverts, and are utilising online marketing as more people
are online now specifically on social media. March 2019 saw 2.38 billion
monthly users for Facebook and a lot of businesses opt to advertise through
this channel as it is the most popular.
A prediction for the future of marketing that will also
influence the way brands reach consumers is content
creation getting a boost from AI. It is expected that by 2022, content
creators will produce more than 30% of their digital content with the help of AI
content-generation techniques. This will increase productivity and advertising
effectiveness, but will also have a disrupting effect on the creative process.
All these changes predicted for the future of marketing have several technological advances in common, that have already started to transform the digital marketing landscape of the late 2010s:
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
It consists of the self-development of machines to perform human tasks almost perfectly. The most common applications are recommendations, predictive search, chatterbox, etc. What actually happens is that machines leverage customer data to anticipate the customer’s next move. The marketing solutions provided by AI are designed to enable consumers to understand the world in the same way a human would.
Data allows businesses to gain insights into their customers/potential customers; such as their likes and interests. The importance of data collection is so significant and can make the difference in an effective marketing campaign as it enables you to target the campaign adequately. Benefits of collecting customer data include better ability to resolve customer issues, identifying customer spending habits, selecting the most suitable marketing media, and others according to our post on the importance of data collecting and an effective CRM strategy.
Virtual reality marketing is gradually becoming one of the
most powerful marketing tools available. Virtual reality refers to any type of
experience that places the user in another world or dimension, while augmented
reality consists of placing content into the real world (a very good example is
the Pokémon Go mobile game).
The key is to implement virtual reality into your content
strategy to deliver more interactive and engaging content and ads. It is still
important to determine the primary medium for your customers and incorporate VR
content into it, because VR needs to be the platform and not the message.
Virtual reality enables you to showcase your products as if the user was
stepping into your store; by using immersive storytelling you can create a
feeling of presence and attract the user to follow your video’s narrative.
The future of marketing may look rather hi-tech, but in the
end it all comes down to the primitive part of the human brain: people will be
loyal to your brand only if you are able to engage them on the emotional level.
The challenge is to keep touching audiences and selling experiences and
emotions to consumers, while staying up-to-date with the constantly changing
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