by: Dana Chen Fischer
The digital marketing landscape has taken on an astonishing degree of richness and complexity in recent years; this “transit map” developed by Gartner resembles a dynamic big-city subway system more than anything as idyllic as a “landscape.” What trends can we see and project from this picture, and how do they affect your business? Let’s take a quick look.
According to an Adobe white paper posted by the Guardian, content marketing was rated as a top priority by 38 percent of study participants in 2013, up from 21 percent the year before. Mobile optimization was prioritized by the same percentage. But to get the most out of both of these strategies, the posted/distributed content must be relevant, shareable over social media and other media channels, and ideally reusable instead of one-off pieces. Mobile optimization, social media engagement, and targeting/ personalization all rated as the three “most exciting” opportunities among participants’ digital marketing efforts.
Another important trend is what the study refers to as “marketing automation,” which involves creating processes to send the right pre-created marketing data to the right prospects at the right point in the sales conversation. Twice as many 2013 study participants were excited about marketing automation compared to the 2012 numbers. The Adobe paper also notes that an increasing number of businesses are working on “omnichannel” marketing, with more and more brands trying to reach out to the mobile device user. It’s all about convergence, or making all your digital marketing efforts work together in a unified, congruent message. Here at NetEdge Marketing we have a number of programs and features in place to help you do just that. So don’t let your business become a still life – contact the digital marketing experts at NetEdge and let’s put the picture in motion!