Digital marketing is very fluid. Strategies are changing on a continual basis and it’s impossible to sit back and relax. If you want to gain an advantage over your competition, you need to always be on the cutting edge. And while digital marketing changes on a weekly basis, there’s something about the launch of a new calendar year that puts things in perspective. As we are getting comfortable with 2016, you should be aware of a few things.
1. Video advertising to kick into high gear
Everywhere you look, video is on the rise. Every single day, people watch hundreds of millions of hours of YouTube videos. Facebook is already heavily invested in video advertising. Bing offers advertisers video options. And finally, Google may be preparing to get involved with in-SERP video advertising features.
2. Live-streaming social platforms rise to the top
Last year, live-streaming social media platforms were birthed. It started with Meerkat being unveiled during March’s SXSW in Austin, Texas. Soon thereafter, Twitter revealed that it had been working on a similar platform known as Periscope. Ever since, the two have been battling it out for supremacy — with Periscope being the clear winner at this point.
While social live streaming gained some serious steam during the latter half 2015, this year things will really take off. Look for additional players to enter this space and expect more users to migrate towards Periscope as they become comfortable with the concept. From a marketing point of view, it’ll be important for brands to begin leveraging this new medium in unique ways. Here’s how some brands are already using Periscope.
3. Mobile will trounce desktop
For the first time in history, the number of mobile-only Internet users surpassed the number of desktop-only Internet users this year. This marked a transformational period in the history of the Web and indicates that the future lies in mobile devices.
As a digital marketer, this doesn’t come as a shock to you. This is just a reminder that mobile will continue to trounce desktop in 2016. All of your efforts — social media in particular — need to be optimized around mobile users. There’s still a place for desktop, but it’s no longer the primary platform.
4. Virtual reality will experience growth
While there were a lot of signs that last year would be the time in which virtual-reality technology finally became mainstream, it didn’t quite happen. We’re still a while away from mass adoption. However, all signs indicate that significant growth will continue in 2016.
“Virtual reality represents the most complete immersion into an experience that consumers have ever had,” writes Onit Digital. “When it comes to marketing digitally, this means that you can completely surround your potential client with the experience of your product, providing them with a much more realistic view of what you can actually do for them.”
7 Digital-Marketing Predictions You Need to Keep Your Eye On was first published in https://www.entrepreneur.com