The world of online advertising is complex and ever-changing, but it's also exciting and filled with promise. As innovation in advertising technology continues to evolve, old-hat tactics, such as direct response marketing, are quickly becoming obsolete. Here's a list of digital marketing predictions set to reshape the online advertising landscape in 2016.
One symbol has become a powerful tool for connecting with intended audiences on social media: hashtags. They help expand a social network, allow one to participate in important conversations and increase online visibility. While using hashtags on social media may seem like common sense, knowing how to use them strategically is key.
It's a common misconception that branding is for larger companies while smaller companies should stay focused on their products and services. In reality, it's just as important for small companies to do their research, find their target market and build a brand that communicates their intended message.
Has a hashtag ever influenced a vote? Probably not. Did a Twitter meme ever sway a key voting demographic? We will have to ask #bathrobeguy, but I'll wager no. But when we talk about digital, we're talking about strategy far beyond these primitive social tactics. We're talking about a suite of tools that reinforce, strengthen and improve traditional and key campaign functions.
To produce good content, brands will need to get out of the mindset of old-school publishing. No, you generally can't ask for the sale in that piece of content. No, it's not an opportunity to list all of the benefits of your product or service. It is however an exercise in reflection and creativity, and an opportunity to build trust.
It's well known that people who consume news media are more likely to be civically and politically engaged, but where people get their news has now shifted. With more and more people opting to search for news not only online, but on social media platforms, politicians and their teams are now faced with the challenge (and opportunity) of being in that space and using it appropriately.
With video continuing to dominate on social media as a more relatable, engaging and effective alternative to static forms of content, brands have a lot to win in this sphere, especially those with causes to promote. But not all videos are created equal, and not all campaigns know how give a video the leverage it needs to be seen.