Major Marketing Trends to Follow in the New Year

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It can be a full-time job trying to keep pace with the newest digital marketing trends, especially as they seem to change by the minute. In 2016, sharpen your tactics by keeping an eye on the trends below. What are the major marketing trends for 2016? These ideas are predicted to be most successful in the upcoming year.

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Today, Viral Solutions’ mission is to provide its clients with the assistance needed to experience bursts of growth in their operations, and a big part of that is through the use of technology. When business owners feel overwhelmed, burnt out or unmotivated, Viral Solutions steps in to give them the tools they need to achieve new levels of success. At Viral Solutions, we help overwhelmed small business owners duplicate themselves – so business can be fun again!

1. The Rise of Mobile Commerce. Statistics show that more and more internet users are consuming content on mobile devices. To underline this, Google has begun “phasing out” sites that are not mobile-optimized. Really, this just means that a non-optimized site drops lower in Google’s rankings — but keeping your site in the coveted top hits is still an important strategy for 2016.

2. Messaging Apps. With an increase in popularity of instant messaging applications (Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Kik, etc.), it is becoming prudent for marketers to take note of the potential benefits these programs offer. Several big brands already utilize these platforms to offer a more one-on-one, personalized service to their consumers. It provides a method for offering exclusive rewards to customers already using the app, such as coupons, behind-the-scenes photos and breaking news.

3. Video. Research shows that the 18-24 year-old demographic is intensely image-driven. These consumers want to be engaged by both sight and sound, making video marketing a desirable focus for industry professionals. More than viewing a static product, consumers are exposed to an active medium that demonstrates a brand or product in a more comprehensive example.

4. Content Marketing. The key takeaway from content marketing is this: engagement is key. Creating smart content draws in an audience, but it is equally important to engage with your consumer about that content. Creating a personalized experience encourages participation from the customer and more opportunities to connect with them.

5. Wearables. Wearable technology, or wearable “smart” devices, like the Apple Watch, are predicted to see an increase in use this year. It is expected that these devices will provide unique opportunities for real-time, local advertising. The popularity of health and fitness trackers also opens the door for targeted content marketing – where a “smart” device may track the age of a runner’s shoes, for example, and alert him or her to the nearest running shoe store to purchase a new pair.

Work with us at Viral Solutions and stay on the cutting edge of digital marketing this year!

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by Thomas von Ahn | Chief Elephant Slayer

We help overwhelmed small business owners duplicate themselves – so business can be fun again.
Viral Solutions LLC is a Digital Marketer Certified Partner, an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant, a Google Partner – Certified in AdWords and a Mobit Certified Partner.

 

 


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About Thomas von Ahn

With more than 30 years of experience in B2B sales across various industries, Thomas has unique insight into both the offline and online sales sphere. It was during his time in the trenches that Thomas noticed a recurring theme: Though business owners are knowledgeable about their craft or trade, they often struggle to market and sell to their prospects. This realization is what prompted Thomas and his now business partner, Christine, to bring Viral Solutions to life. Since starting the company, Thomas has been able to assist countless business owners in developing a solid marketing plan based upon sound marketing strategy, then assigning the marketing tactics to a team of talented employees, and, finally, watching those actions unfold—his true passion.

Though Viral Solutions is on Thomas’ mind 24/7, he does occasionally take a break to cheer on the Green Bay Packers and enjoy his adopted home of Wisconsin. Much of his family also works at Viral Solutions, and this closeness with family and employees is the cornerstone of the Viral Solutions culture.