5 Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2017 (and how to make the most of them)

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What a great time to be alive! I’m continuously amazed at the technology we have available to use. We often forget how astounding it is to have the power to retrieve almost any information and communicate in a thousand different ways using a device that fits in your pocket.

There is always something new to look out for and with the new year just rolling in, we can’t help but look at the horizon full of hope and wonder.

Here we’ve rounded up the 5 marketing trends to look out for that will most certainly dominate 2017.

  1. Live Video Streaming

Social media users are beginning to demand more real-time content. While this hasn’t been previously available to everyday users, it is now within reach for millions of us. Thanks to faster Internet and the complexity and sophistication of mobile devices, live video has become something of a trend on its own.

How to make the most of it?

Got a big launch coming up? A new product release? Why not stream the big event live! Redecorated the office? Show the whole world! Attending a networking event? Stream live and encourage people to connect with you!

Alternatively, you don’t have to wait for something big to happen. Share ‘A day in the life of our business’ video.

  1. Social Media Ads

Brands will be seeking to increase their visibility by paying for adverts. Facebook and Instagram are increasingly giving priority to sponsored posts. Marketers will be investing in such Ads to ensure their content stands out.

How to make the most of it?

Start small and see what results your ads deliver. You don’t have to spend thousands on sponsored content or advertising. You can spend as much or as little as you want, so don’t be discouraged.

Make your ads specific and laser-focused, nail down the segment you’re targeting and you might just be surprised how easy and successful social media advertising is!

  1. Mobile is Overtaking Desktop

2016 was a big year for mobile. With 80% of internet users owning a smartphone and 4 out of 5 consumers using smartphones to shop, it is impossible to ignore this growing trend.

We have witnessed Google virtually phase-out all websites not optimised for mobile, so it comes as a no surprise that mobile is going to be BIG this year. Mobile users are shoppers, so unless they can reach you on their smart phone, you risk losing money.

How to make the most of it?

Mobile search and mobile optimisation should be a priority. Make sure your site is easy to find and even more importantly, easy to use on a small screen.  Here is a piece we wrote a while back that might help you improve your mobile user experience.

  1. Search Algorithms Are Evolving

Like it or not, but the search engine algorithms will change. With the enormous amount of information being added to the internet every second, search engine giants will keep on updating their algorithm to decide which content should get priority and rank higher in search engine result pages (SERPs), and which should not.

How to make the most of it?

Not much practical advice could be given at this point simply because we don’t know what the changes would be and when they would be coming in power. What is always a good strategy however is to remain original, innovative and offer insightful content that your audience values and comes back to.

  1. Marketing Automation Is Here To Stay

According to SmartInsights, marketing automation will be one of the top marketing trends of 2017. Luckily, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to automation, so you can get really creative with it to serve the needs of your business.

How to make the most of it?

Where do we start here? From automating repetitive tasks to putting lead nurturing on autopilot, there is so much you can do with automation!

To try out an automation software in action, click here and sign up for a free trial of InTouch.

For a more hands-on and personalized experience, complete the Business Accelerator Test and talk to one of our growth specialists about how we can take your business to the next level in 2017.

The new year is an ideal time for marketers and businesses to branch out of their comfort zones and take advantage of emerging trends and developments using the tools we all love.

In this, our first post of 2017, we’ve offered five predictions for marketing and promotion trends we’re likely to see throughout the year. What do you think? Do you think we’re right? What trend are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!