Digital Marketing Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

The Digital Marketing trend is reshaping relationships with customers, employees, and business partners. Many enterprises are already well on their way to digitally transforming their marketing capabilities. They are are leveraging digital technology to learn how to better engage with their current and future customers. Digital Marketing best practices can result in improved engagement, reduced cycle times, and lower costs.

I recently published my trend report Digital Marketing Trends to Watch in 2014.   The report provides an overview of Digital Marketing and what sub-trends to watch in 2014.

Here’s a few articles you might like to have a look at.

Source Title
Inc.com 3 Social Media Marketing Trends for 2014
Marketing Profs Five Big Social Media Trends for 2014
Social Media today Digital Marketing Techniques That Will Be in Vogue in 2014
Mosaic Marketing Services The Top 6 Internet Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014
Econsultancy 2014: The year content marketing finally grows up?
Azeem Azhar (PeerIndex) Big Idea 2014: Marketers, Get Up Close to Your Customers
B2C Business 2 Community 10 Digital Marketing Predictions For 2014
DigitalRelevance 10 Digital Marketing Predictions For 2014
Yahoo Small Business Advisor 10 Digital Marketing Predictions For 2014
Reve News Social Marketing Trends to Watch in 2014

 

103 Digital Marketing Trends and Prediction Lists for 2013

marketing - Enterprise MM If you have been following my blog posts here the past month, you know I have been sharing my 2013 trends research notes and observations along the way.  One part of my process is to read what others are saying about trends.   The past two weeks (check out the last 10 blog posts here) I’ve been sharing with you lists of blog posts and online articles that provide discussions relating to the trends I am researching.

Today I am featuring blog posts and articles that discuss important trends in digital marketing and the role of the CMO.  The marketing profession is undergoing a transformation thanks to the ever changing landscape of digital technology.  Marketing professionals have to stay current on how developments in the area of cloud, mobile, social, video, big data and analytics will impact the marketing profession.  2013 promises to be another interesting year as the technology trends just mentioned are all very hot.  It’s not a stretch to say that CMOs and Marketing Departments are a little over their head.

One indication of the activity in this area is all the articles and blog posts that have been written and published in the past 30-60 days.  The list below is evidence of that activity.  

Here then, is a list of articles and blog posts I have uncovered in the past few weeks that focus on the challenges and trends ahead in marketing for 2013.  I invite you to come back tomorrow and I will have another list like this one on another important trend to share with you.

Source Title of Article / Blog Post
24/7 Media Digital Marketing Trends of 2013
AdAge Five Bets On How Digital Marketing Will Change in 2013
AdAge How The Role Of CMO Will Change In The Year Ahead
AdExchanger Online Marketing: Top Trends for 2013
Adotas 2013: The Year Of Mobile Social Marketing
Adweek CMO Council Report: Marketing Budgets on the Upswing
Bdaily Top eCommerce Marketing Opportunities for 2013
BizCommunity.Com Five digital trends to watch for in 2013
BizReport Data, content solutions to help brands in 2013
Branding Strategy Insider Brand Marketing Trends For 2013
Business2Community 2013 Digital and Social Marketing Emerging Trends
Business2Community 2013 Medical Marketing Predictions
Business2Community 2013: The Year of Integrated Digital Marketing
Business2Community 5 Online Marketing Resolutions to Make in 2013
Business2Community Digital Marketing in 2013: What’s In and What’s Out
CEB Blogs 4 Things on B2C CMO’s Minds for 2013
CMO.com 13 Major Marketing Trends For 2013
CMO.com Digital Marketing In 2013: Predictions From 86 Industry Luminaries
CMO.Com For 2013, Digital Strategy Is Critical
CMSWire Content Strategy: Five Predictions for 2013
CMSWire Web CMS Trends in 2013: Multi-Touch, Cloud, Social CRM
Constant Contact Constant Contact outlines SME marketing predictions for 2013
Content Marketing Institute 100+ Social Media and Content Marketing Predictions for 2013
Convince&Convert 25 Inspired Marketing Predictions for 2013
Customer Think Marketing Game Changers For 2013
Customer Think Top 5 CMO Resolutions for 2013
Daily News Top 10 Smart Marketing Trends for 2013
DBW Ten Bold Predictions for eBooks and Digital Publishing in 2013
Destination CRM.com The Top Six Digital Trends for 2013
Digitalbookworld Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2013
Digitalbookworld Top 12 #DigitalPublishing Twitter Accounts to Follow in 2013
Digitas Distillery Five Days of Digitas Predictions (for 2013): B2B and CRM
Digitas Distillery Five Days of Digitas Predictions (for 2013): Brand Content
Direct Marketing News CMOs declare 2013 the Year of Digital
DM Confidetial The Top 10 Trends Lead-Generation Marketers Should Know About in 2013
eConsultancy 17 digital marketing and ecommerce trends for 2013 by Econsultancy CEO Ashley Friedlein
eConultancy The 2013 CMO Challenge: Content, Digital And Organizational Attribution
Eloqua CMOs You Should Watch in 2013
Email Institute The 2013 CMO Challenge: Content, Digital and Organisational Attribution
Exact Target Inspired Marketing Predictions for 2013
Executive Board 10 Marketing Trends for 2013 You Haven’t Heard
Fast Company 13 Bold Marketing Moves To Try In 2013
Fast Company 5 trends that will shape digital services in 2013
Fast Company The Top 10 Trends for Marketers According to JWT
Forbes CMO Predictions For 2013 — Part 1: MasterCard, Philips, Western Union, MillerCoors
Forbes CMO Predictions For 2013 — Part 2: Ford, Heineken, CVS
Forbes CMO Predictions For 2013 — Part 3: AT&T
Forbes CMO Predictions For 2013 From Ford, Heineken, CVS
Forbes Content Marketing And E-Commerce Tops Digital Marketers Priority List For 2013
Forbes Follow The Money: Digital Marketing Trends For 2013
Forbes Google News Crumbles, And More 2013 Media Predictions
Forbes Is 2013 The Year We Welcome ‘Post-Digital’ Marketing? I Vote Yes
Forbes Six Things Every CMO Needs To Know In 2013
Forrester 2013: The Year of Digital Business
FPS 2013 Will Be ‘The Year Of The Marketer’: The CMO Council
Gartner Gartner Highlights Top Consumer Mobile Applications and Services for Digital Marketing Leaders
Harris CMO Partners Top marketing blogs of 2012
HBR Six Social-Digital Trends for 2013
Hubsot 8 Insightful Marketing Predictions for 2013 and Beyond
HubSpot 20 Marketing Trends & Predictions for 2013 & Beyond
Huffington Post 21 Book Publishing Predictions for 2013
IDC 2013: A Need for Speed in the Transforming Channel Landscape, Says IDC
IDC IDC Releases Chief Marketing Officer Top 10 Predictions for 2013
iMedia Connection 2013 Mobile Marketing/Technology Trends
iMedia Connection 3 digital marketing predictions for 2013
iMedia Connection 6 trends that will shape digital in 2013
iMedia Connection 7 digital marketing trends to watch in 2013
iMedia Connection Digital and Social Marketing Trends for 2013
iMedia Connection The top 6 digital marketing trends for 2013
Interactive Intelligence / IDC IDC Releases Chief Marketing Officer Top 10 Predictions for 2013
JWT 10 trends that will shape consumer mindset and behavior in 2013
JWT Blog What’s Big? 100 Things to Watch in 2013
Landor Landor’s 2013 trends forecast: Eight hot topics
Landor Trend two: Brand Purpose
Leadership Top 5 CMO Resolutions For 2013
MarketingWeek Key digital marketing trends for 2013
Mashable 4 Best Practices for Digital Marketers in 2013
Mashable 5 Marketing Predictions For 2013
MediaWeek Display Predictions for 2013
Memeburn 5 aspects of digital marketing you should be thinking about in 2013
MIA Kelsey CMO.com’s Expert Panel: 2013 All About ‘Better Data’ and ‘Better Content’
Miami Herald 13 Small Business Marketing Trends To Watch In 2013
Millward Brown Digital & Media Predictions 2013
Net Imperative 10 Digital Trends In 2013: ‘Data porn’, ‘Digital Health’ And The UX Of Social
Optify Optify Identifies Key Trends for Digital Marketing Industry in 2013
Phizzle Phizzle Identifies Top 2013 Digital Marketing Trends
Prosar.com Top Marketing Trends for 2013
Ragan.com 7 content marketing trends to watch for 2013
RightIntel 8 Insightful Marketing Predictions for 2013 and Beyond
RobotForce.com Top Marketing Trends Every Small Business Needs to Know for 2013
Search Engine Watch 5 Trends Shaping SEO & Content Marketing in 2013
Search Marketing B2B Marketing Predictions for 2013
SearchEngineWatch Social PR Tips to Get Fit for 2013 Digital Marketing
Silverpop Silverpop Highlights Key Digital Marketing Trends for 2013 in New eBook
Smart Insights 5 key social media priorities for marketers in 2013
SocialMedia Today 2013 Digital Marketing Predictions
SocialMedia Today 2013: The Year of Integrated Digital Marketing
SocialMedia Today Marketing Trends for 2013 and beyond
Techpaparazzi Top Marketing Trends That will give you Edge
The Marketing Automation Alert 5 key social media priorities for marketers in 2013
The Search Agents The Search Agency 2013 Predictions
TheIDM.org 10 Digital and IT Trends for 2013
TheMediaOnline Trends 2013: Big data, content marketing and mobile first

Top Ten Digital Marketing Trends For 2011

If you are in the marketing profession, I think you’ll agree that our profession is experiencing some major disruption.

Top Ten Digital Marketing Trends for 2011 - HorizonWatching The traditional marketing theory and methods I learned at Kellogg Graduate School of Management back in the mid-90’s are still very valid.  Half the battle is still doing the all important work of market segmentation, targeting, and positioning. I still refer to my 7th edition of Phil Kotler’s textbook Marketing Management from time to time (although that book is now in it’s 12th edition!)

However, back in 1995, we had no clue just how much the Internet would impact marketing over the next 15 years.  And the impact has been very significant. The Internet has turned into a game changer for marketing. 

Leading edge marketing professionals understand that they need to learn how to leverage all the new digital marketing capabilities.  It is a great opportunity to build brand value, increase revenues, and cut down on marketing expenses.

So with that in mind, lets take a look at the top trends in online / digital marketing for 2011. 

  1. Marketing Budgets Will Continue to Shift Towards Online.  Customers and prospects are increasingly going online early in the buying cycle to gather information, form relationships, and make decisions about how they will buy.  As a result, marketing leaders must move marketing mix budgets to mirror where the customers and prospects are – online.  Online channels can reach a very targeted audience, are lower cost, and are becoming more measurable.  As a result we should expect the continued decline in the use of traditional media.  This cannibalization of traditional media will bring about new marketing channels, professions, and processes as well as a decline in overall advertising budgets.  Traditional agencies and publishers must transform their businesses to include digital marketing capabilities.
  2. Social Media Marketing Is Maturing.  Those in the marketing profession can sense that we are in the middle of an important transition to the use of social media for marketing purposes.  While the past few years many marketers have been experimenting with social media tactics, in 2011, leading marketing teams will be executing social tactics that are fully integrated into the overall marketing strategy. An overall social media marketing process will emerge that has firms following a never ending cycle of 1)Research, 2) Plan, 3)  Engage and 4) Measure.  Simultaneously, a new set of marketing capabilities are emerging, including Social Listening Research, Influencer Marketing, Community Marketing, and Social Gaming.  These new capabilities will require new marketing marketing professional Career Paths and Education tailored to the new social media marketing realities. 
  3. Mobile Marketing Set To Take Off.  In conjunction with the Social Media Marketing trend described above, the interest in mobile marketing has exploded, driven by the tremendous success of and media buzz around Apple’s iPhone, Google’s introduction of Android, and Apple’s introduction of the iPad.  As smartphone adoption grows, mobile marketing will expand beyond mobile messaging, and make mobile email, mobile websites and mobile applications viable channels in which to conduct marketing.  The combination of new devices, faster networks and new location-aware technology, will fuel this steady march toward greater significance.  Some key mobile marketing trends to watch in 2011 include Location Based Services, Mobile Apps, Mobile Gaming, Event-Based Mobile Marketing, and Augmented Reality.
  4. Personalized Marketing Customizes Messages To Individual.  Expect more personalization capability to be embedded in websites in 2011.  Regular visitors to a web site will see a page based on all the information collected from previous visits.  Marketers will present personalized sites to these customers by organizing information and prioritizing it based on the individual's liking.  Products and services offered on those pages will be pre-configured. “Anonymous” visitors to websites will get customized messages based on referring URL, search terms, geo-location and other insights.  Personalized marketing will be extended beyond the website to other digital channels, including social media marketing, mobile marketing, and email marketing.
  5. Social Video As A Marketing Tool Gains Momentum.  Video is an incredible way to connect with people online.  Until the Internet, the only way to get your video message to a mass audience was to pay for a TV commercial.  Today, social media sites and video go hand in hand. Distributing video via your social networks is a powerful way to imprint your images into the memory of your customers and prospects.  Video strengthens the relationships you have with existing customers and it helps prospects get to know you better.  So in 2011, there will be a focus among digital marketing professionals to understand how to make the best use of Video Marketing within Social Media Marketing Strategies and Programs.
  6. Search Engine Optimization Gets More Complex.  Customers naturally use search engines as their primary vehicle to find information on products and services.  But its not a one search engine game anymore as Google’s been joined by Bing in the US market and there are important local players like China’s Baidu and Russia’s Yandex.  On top of that, social sites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are increasingly becoming an important source for searching.  Add to that search engine innovation, mobile search, and geo-location search and the job of the marketing professional to ensure their brand is on the first page of search results gets so much more complex.
  7. Marketing Analytics Helps Make Sense Of All The Noise.  The explosion of social conversations across the many online channels is providing marketers with a never ending stream of incoming data.  The challenge for marketing professionals is to turn all that data into insights and then develop strategies/actions based on those insights.  Marketing analytics applications can help, but they need to get better at integrating data from all sources (web, search, video, mobile, and social conversations).  Analytic applications will also need to get smarter and more predictive about customer buying preferences based on all that data.   In 2011, I expect to see a focus on the development of advanced analytic capabilities that can identify, analyze and describe patterns within all the information “noise”, giving marketing professionals important predictive insights they can use for making better decisions.
  8. Real Time Web Assistance Connects Buyer With Experts.  Online customers and consumers are some of the most impatient and demanding around.  They expect answers from your online support group right away.  Live chat services allow operators to interact with online customers and respond to their questions quickly, helping you convert web queries into customers and site traffic into transactions.  In 2011 watch for leading edge companies to combine the use of Twitter customer service accounts and the real-time chat services to provide ways of connecting product / service experts with customers in real-time in order to solve customer business issues.
  9. Online Privacy Concerns Continue.  Privacy issues continue to be an important trend for marketing professionals to be out in front of as government regulators have threatened to legislate solutions if the industry does not take action by itself.  Creating a secure online transactional environment is absolutely critical to a maintaining trust in customer relationships.  All it takes is one significant privacy issue to negatively impact a brand.  Privacy concerns from customers have forced brands like Facebook and Google to continually adjust their business models.  As enterprise marketing gets more social and mobile, privacy issues must be dealt with very carefully. 
  10. Digital Marketing Optimization Emerges As A Priority.  The past few years we have seen new ‘islands’ of marketing capabilities emerge within the marketing profession.  We are moving beyond Web 2.0 with all sorts of new channels and capabilities including mobile (messaging, websites, apps), rich media (video, podcasting, gaming), social media (blogs, microblogging, social networks, user generated content), and more.  The state of digital marketing is such that these ‘islands’ are not well integrated into an overall cohesive strategy.  In 2011 expect to see a focus from marketing leaders to focus on optimizing and integrating these separate initiatives into an overall umbrella digital marketing strategy.

So these are the online and digital marketing trends I’ll be watching closely in 2011.  A look through the above list tells you that there is so happening in online marketing.  As it is in almost every industry, Internet technology is totally changing the rules.