Digital Business 2016

Digital Marketing Trends for Your Business Growth & Success in 2016

The end of the year is fast upon us. It’s only natural to anticipate the digital marketing trends for the coming year. These days, we’ve got to stay current since technology is advancing at the speed of thought.  Even if we don’t employ certain applications, we should still stay abreast of the new developments… so when there is something we can use, we won’t miss the boat. Here are some of the digital marketing trends you can expect to see emerge in 2016.

Video Marketing

Video marketing is already enormously popular, so this one isn’t exactly new. Nevertheless, there are some recent developments which make it a likely candidate for being an indispensable tool in 2016. Google (the world’s largest search engine) owns YouTube (the world’s second-largest search engine). They recently announced they will enable embedded video ads for search results. This means many businesses will use Google AdWords to run video advertisements in the months to come.

The video marketing you do can include commercials. Nevertheless, you can also find other ways of using videos to promote your business. For example, you can make a video demonstrating different ways to use a product. Moreover, you can make an unboxing video to show the items and little extras accompanying your particular product. You can also make videos giving customers a behind-the-scenes look at your manufacturing process or answering client or customer questions.

Digital Assistants

Digital Marketing Trends f or Business in 2016Siri, the digital assistant who comes with the iPhone, is known for being able to find answers to almost any inquiry. While digital assistants may sometimes use traditional search engines like Google to find information, they only do so when necessary. Some of the things you may need to do to optimize your online content for digital assistants include:

  • Researching how customers are likely to use digital assistants to find your business
  • Allowing for casual, verbal inquiries instead of formal keywords
  • Posting content in forms which are compatible with wearable mobile devices, such as audio or video streaming

iPhone users are already using digital assistants. Nevertheless, the introduction of wearable mobile technology like the Apple watch makes their increased popularity likely.

Mobile Payments

Mobile marketing is increasingly popular, and with good reason. Text messages have a far higher open rate than emails do.  They are also an effective way to stay in touch with customers. Large companies such as Starbucks have made it possible for customers to pay for their coffee using mobile devices. The evidence suggests mobile payments are going to be a major trend for 2016.

Moreover, trends toward mobile traffic will more than likely surpass desktop traffic in the near future. Mobile access to the internet is increasingly common and easier to come by in many places than desktop access.  Don’t have a mobile-friendly website? Update it now! Don’t find yourself behind the eight ball on this one. Mobile users are notoriously impatient. They will not surf your site if it takes too long to load. Not optimized for mobile devices? Mobile users will leave.

In fact, if you’re using Flash, drop it like a bad habit.

Instagram Advertising

You may already aware of Facebook’s algorithm changes. You now must boost a post if you want it is seen by all of your contacts. At the moment, Instagram still works the way Facebook used to. This means the content you post is free. It also means you can be seen by everyone who follows you there, at least in theory.

Yet, Facebook purchased Instagram in 2012. Instagram is expected to follow in Facebook’s footsteps and introduce similar changes in 2016. What this means is— Instagram advertising is about to take off. Year to date, the site has made about $600 million in advertising sales. This number is expected to more than quadruple by 2017. There’s good news for advertisers, however; user engagement on Instagram tends to be quite high. Many brands use the site’s tools for sharing visual content. The results were impressive. Customers were 2.8 times as likely to recall ads seen on Instagram as those seen elsewhere.

Social Search

Google, Yahoo, and Bing are the search engine Big 3. They were the most predominantly used Internet keyword search engines. Until now. There is a trend, however, which appears ready to explode in 2016— social searching. YouTube is a classic example of how it can work. Sure, YouTube is a video sharing site. YouTube, however, is also a search engine. You can expect Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to follow suit.

What does this mean for marketers? Customer reviews on social media, for example, and other similar content, will be searchable. This is a great tool for you if you’ve been diligent about maintaining a solid social media presence.  It’s also great if you’ve been cultivating customer relationships. Haven’t been? It’s not too late. Start right now. Pinterest has already implemented guided searches, and Facebook and Twitter will, likewise, do the same.

Targeted Digital Marketing

If you’re advertising on Facebook, you already know you can target your ads. You can use detailed demographics (like age, gender, and location) as well as psychographics (hobbies and interests). Digital advertising platforms are adding new ways to target ads all the time. In 2016 it will be easier than ever to focus your ad spending. In this way, you can focus on the people who are most likely to purchase what you’re offering.

Digital marketing offers options and advantages which were not available a few years ago. Those advantages make it possible to get better results from your advertising dollars than ever before. Traditional print advertising can feel like hoping you hit the big one in the lottery. On the other hand, digital marketing is increasingly sophisticated and scientific. You can make the most of your marketing budget in 2016 by getting out ahead of these trends.

[ originally feature this article on December 1, 2015 ]

About The Spirited Speaker

A former Navy deep sea diver, Jon J. Cardwell is a business leader, experienced copywriter and bestselling author. He is active as a life coach, business consultant and publishing authority, helping others achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams. He has narrowed his focus in business to create one company from several, Spec Ops Marketing. He is "The Concierge of Biblical Christianity" as well as the “Spirited Speaker with Compelling Insights” who is sought for speaking engagements in ministry, military, marketing and mogo-on-the-g’go-go.

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