2019 has just started and with it comes a series of innovations. Digital marketing keeps on quickly evolving, not only with the help of emerging technology, but also because of new demands from consumers.

Here are the essential five trends :

  1. Large scale personalization

Customer acquisition and retention increasingly depend on the quality of data you have on their profile. To attract new clients, segmentation techniques remain effective, but obtaining data on life stages instead of demographics can help you identify subgroups with similar habits. Mass personalization is the result where data and artificial intelligence work together.

  1. Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Structured data (easily searchable patterns) are now being challenged by more and more unstructured data online (videos, images, social media postings). This vast amount of big data can make analysis a challenge. However, in 2019, advances in artificial intelligence are making the analytics easier and help develop digital marketing tools for the future. Stay tuned!

  1. The breakthrough of chatbots

To accompany your customers online experience, and answer frequent questions immediately, personal assistants, or chatbots, are growing in popularity. First seen in 2017 and 2018, chatbots will become a common presence on websites this year. To learn how to install and use chatbots effectively, get in touch with us.

  1. Vocal Search

Another trend that is gaining momentum: requests by voice input. The increasing use of digital assistants in the home make using voice commands a part of everyday life for many consumers. This is a functionality you should consider if you want to stay current with consumer habits. To properly introduce this technology, you will want to tweak your SEO strategy. For more information, get in touch with us and we can take you through the details.

  1. Local Influencers

Finally, using influencers is still worth considering in 2019. The real trick, is to use local influencers. Unless you are a multinational, or well-established e-commerce company, your marketing will be focussed locally. Look out for local influencers in your market region and consider establishing a partnership.

There is plenty to think about for the new year! Take some time to consider what might be best for your situation, but keeping up with your consumer’s habits is paramount to long-term success. Happy 2019!

 

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