2020 is almost around the corner (can you believe it?) and there are some exciting developments and changes in the world of marketing.
If you look back on how marketing has developed, the progress of it from simple advertising to what it is today is pretty amazing.
But with technology developments as well as perception changes around the marketing ecosystem will mean 2020 will bring some interesting trends.
Growth of Voice Search
Voice search has always been cited as a game-changer in the last 5 years but without as much growth as the recent year.
With the growth of smart speaker systems such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, there is an opportunity for brands to explore smart speaker advertising.
This is however still quite infant.
What brands should be doing however is taking the first step into optimizing their content for voice search.
According to Google, 20% of all Google search queries are now done through voice search. What is even a more lucrative opportunity is that almost 71% of all mobile users between 18–29 use voice assistants on their smartphones.
This presents a massive opportunity to target the millennial market through search, especially beyond traditionally used platforms like Snapchat and Instagram.
Customer Experience & Marketing
Customer experience has historically not been the focal point of marketing and handled in separate teams. These usually fall into product, technical or even user experience functions of the business.
This will no longer be the case in 2020.
This is because marketers are no longer simply just an information supplier to the market. With consumers getting smarter and savvier, there is no longer a need to mass spam the markets and overflood it with information users can already access (although this will still exist).
“You’re no longer marketing AT people. You’re influencing them in an environment where they’ve already had a chance to form a view.” — Kristin Lemkau, CMO, JPMorgan Chase
Instead, there will be a shift to providing customer experience on both a personalization and engagement side. The goal is to provide a seamless and engaging experience with customers and provide the most relevant content to them.
Although some industries are miles ahead of their peers (e-commerce is a great example), many are still just laying the foundations.
It won’t be surprising to see more CX functions to fall under marketing in 2020 and the coming years.
Continuing Growth of Chatbots
Ok I admit chatbots have been around for years. But there have been rare cases of a chatbot actually providing good user experience and conversations.
Think of the last time you’ve used chatbots. Was the experience better than talking to someone live?
However, according to a recent study by Juniper Networks, AI-powered chatbots will help retailers cut costs by $439 billion annually and increase sales by $112 billion, by 2023.
Companies are starting to figure out that chatbots provide enormous opportunity to optimize, personalize, convert and even proactively engage conversations with customers to help increase sales.
This can be done even on social platforms like Facebook with awesome tools out there such as MobileMonkey which help automate messenging on one of the highest engagement platforms out there currently in the digital space.
It’s not only B2C brands that get the benefit of this. B2B companies are expected to utilize chatbots just as much through other outcomes such as lead gathering, opportunity discovery, and customer service.
Social Media Changes
Social media has been around for decades. It’s continuous growth as well as new platforms like Tik Tok make it a playground for marketers to thrive in.
In 2020, social media will continue to develop in many areas but there are three big focal points to look at.
More regulation and changes
By 2020, social platforms will be more regulate and scrutinized.
We saw in 2019 major legal cases against big tech giants already occurring due to privacy and data concerns. Other concerns around social health, as well as fake news, will be on the top of the list as well.
With Trump’s re-election, there will be more than likely, news around politicians, fake election news, Russian hackers and more.
Concerns around social health especially around Gen Z and Millenials have been also been noted. Examples of platforms already participating in assisting with this include Instagram where in some countries like Canada and Australia, the removal of likes from posts have been enforced.
This will mean tech companies will be examined for their social and data activity than ever before.
Social commerce integrations have historically been slow in countries like Europe and North America.
It’s APAC that’s leading the charge.
Consumers in these regions are already shopping via social channels (especially with influencers) but platforms like Instagram have set up the groundwork to utilize social commerce in the west.
For example, Instagram has released in 2019, functionalities for businesses to build storefronts directly from their own Instagram handle. This means users can buy directly from posts.
This is expected to grow even further.
Social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat have predominately been a marketing platform to Millenials and Gen Z.
This will no longer be the case in 2020.
Social media have been changing as older age demographics are joining the scene.
“Instagram users are a lot more older than people often imagine,” says Simon Kemp. “There are more 45 to 54 year-olds using Instagram than there are 13 to 17 year olds.”
More Engaging Content Formats
Advertisers are getting smarter.
No longer is mass spamming ads on a billboard or print acceptable or even in digital formats.
Businesses are adopting new technologies such as VR/AR but also utilizing interactive content as well.
Here is a great example below:
The sports industry is a huge market with big contenders like Nike and Adidas leading the front. With this, to stand out in the market, your content needs to stand out.
Reebok did exactly this.
By installing a speed camera with a shoe display in a busy shopping area in Stockholm, it gathered the attention of people around it. The reward for running past the display faster than 17km per hour would win a new pair of ZPump 2.0 shoes.
Although this isn’t necessarily the first time someone has done this, this is still a great example of how interactive content is taking over the world of advertising.
Content in AR and VR is also getting traction.
IKEA started the whole augmented reality piece back in 2013 with their mobile app but many other companies are joining including Pepsi and Shopify.
Although VR and AR have always seemed like more of a gimmicky concept, consumers are getting harder to reach with standard content forms and brands are realizing this is one avenue of reaching and producing interactive content.
Pokemon Go is a great example of applicable uses of AR through gamifying content.
The big 2020 is an exciting time for marketing with so many new technological developments but also perception changes.
Marketing is no longer just becoming just an advertising arm but a much larger function with more involvement from customer experiences to newer content forms.