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360 video to make users feel like they are living in the moment

2017 will see a huge change in Online Marketing Trends. Here is 7 most popular trends that you should know to consider and include them in your marketing campaigns.

1. Augmented Reality – the most discussed Online Marketing Trend

Pokemon Go is the start for the rise of Augmented Reality
Pokemon Go is the start for the rise of Augmented Reality

The Pokémon Go boom takes a big hit and earned $10 million a day in new revenue during its peak. Enthusiasm for it has largely died down, but the app has had two main effects on the online marketing community; one, it’s shown that users are ready for augmented reality (AR) experiences, and two, it’s given marketers a taste of the earning potential here. You can expect to see more brands coming out with AR games, AR ads, and attempts to capitalize on AR apps that already exist.

2. Live Video Streaming Will Fully Take Off.

More in-the-moment content is becoming more popular than ever. With faster Internet and the ubiquity of mobile devices, live video has become something of a trend on its own, with more and more apps and platforms giving some kind of “live streaming” functionality. Live video has been on an upward streak for the last few years, but I believe 2017 will be the year when it fully takes off, utilized by more brands and more individuals than ever.

3. Data Visualization Tools Will Greatly Expand

Data is the lifeblood for marketer. We need quantitative information to tell us who’s buying what, when, why, and what messaging is most effective for them. But even data analysts frequently have problems understanding exactly what the data is saying; our brains weren’t made to process vast amounts of raw numerical data this way. Now, technology is finally catching up to the “interpretation” part of data analysis; there are dozens of data visualization tools on the market already, but in 2017, every business is going to want to start using them – the ones who don’t will be left at a significant disadvantage. The technology will be more sophisticated, and data analysis needs will be greater than ever.

4. Native Advertising Will Explode in Popularity.

Native Advertising has been used for years by brands looking for an easy way to get natural-looking visibility. But native advertising is on an upward swing; as consumers continue to condemn or ignore most forms of conventional advertising, native advertising becomes a sneakier (yet effective) way to get those consumers’ attentions. We may also see newer, more improved forms of native advertising offered by major publishers, or brands who have previously opted not to offer this method of advertising.

5. Niche Markets targeted

Online marketing is becoming more crowded; though the number of available consumers has remained more or less steady, millions of new businesses have flooded into the space for a piece of the pie. This is especially true in the content and social media marketing spaces. One of the best solutions for this is to target a more specific niche, appealing to a narrower range of demographics with a more specific topic. As a result, we’re bound to see more companies opting for more targeted, almost personal-level content and campaigns.

6. ‘Immersive Experience’ Content Marketing rises.

Immersive experience - one of the most welcomed trends in 7 online marketing trends in 2017
Immersive experience – one of the most welcomed trends in 7 online marketing trends in 2017

Users are also craving more immersive experiences, giving them the feeling that they’re doing more than staring at a phone or laptop screen. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two technologies driving this mentality forward (and I’ve already mentioned AR), but don’t forget other ways of providing this immersive experience. You can offer 360 videos to make your users feel like they’re living in a moment, or host live webinars and workshops to get people to engage with you. The key is to provide some level of interaction in a way that makes people feel like they’re a part of something bigger.

7. ‘Dense Content’ Will Become Essential to Cut Through the Content Noise.

Attention spans have fallen to goldfish-like levels, and we’re only going to grow more impatient and demanding as technology progresses. The potentially infinite scrolls of social media newsfeeds and endless streams of content from almost every brand and individual we follow have forced us to filter out the majority of messages we see as white noise. We skim articles. We skip posts. We share articles after only reading the headline. In response, more marketers are going to learn that dense content is key, making every line and every word count.

These trends based on the current information I have, including last year’s trends, the introduction of new technologies, and how I see and hear marketers talking about the year to come. Instead of diving headlong into them, research them carefully, and either strategize how to include them in your marketing campaigns—or compensate for them once they start circulating.

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