Trends
January 2014
Trends
January 2014
Technology must be
helpful, not distracting
Wearable tech will revolutionise people’s lives in 2014, but it risks a backla...
Big social platforms try to
be everything to everyone
The leading social platforms are responding to challenges from compe...
Retail must work harder
to compete with online
Previously many retail environments sought only to make the shopper experie...
Digital loyalty
programmes diversify
Retailers are taking advantage of the possibilities afforded by mobile to
focus on be...
Facial recognition
goes mainstream
Tesco’s partnership with Amscreen made headlines in 2013
and 2014 looks set to see huge...
Tension builds between
personalisation and privacy
With brands learning more and more about consumers, there is a deepenin...
Lawmakers catch up
The law has inevitably lagged behind technology – with many
applicable regulations pre-dating the inter...
And these are
the trends
we identified
in 2013…
Harder links between
sales and social

Pinterest recently overtook Yahoo to become the fourth largest traffic driver onlin...
Social at
the heart
of creative

Social will be at the heart of the
creative, not a bolt-on. We’ll see a move
towards camp...
The move to
niche platforms

The dominance of the bigger social platforms is in decline as
audiences seek out diverse, nic...
The second
screen

The ‘second screen’, essentially
simultaneous TV and social media
usage via smartphones. has been talke...
Visual social media will be
core to brand identity

Instagram alone has grown by over 1000% in six months to reach 11 mill...
Digital meets physical
through mobile

Mobile now accounts for over a third of all time spent on social platforms. 2013
wi...
The connected home
Companies like SmartLabs and Nest Labs are pioneering a vision of the
connected home: with locks, light...
Freddie Young, Community
Director
t:
m:
e:

Thank you ☺

+44 203 206 2000
+44 755 334 8801
freddie.young@1000heads.com

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  • Glanceable UI, Smart Everyday: don’t be a slave to the flashing light on your phone
  • Messaging apps copied by Facebook, Instagram Direct and Twitter DMs, Sponsored Posts on Google+, etc.
  • Shopping to become more of an experience
  • Rewarding physical behaviour, not just purchasing behaviour – plus geo-fencing and sophisticated CRM
  • Ad targeting  privacy concerns
  • Location, behaviour, social connections, physical appearance (facial recognition) all used for targeting
  • Copyright & promotions: law is behind – Glass & drones: law is not ready
  • Attributionmodelling – Benefit, Adobe, etc.
  • Hashtag campaigns – social calls to action on ATL, etc.
  • Snapchat, WhatsApp,WeChat, etc.
  • Twitter Amplify, etc.
  • Launch of Vine in Feb, Instagram acquisition, etc.
  • New Foursquare, geo-fencing, Tinder, etc.
  • Social Media Trends for 2014

    1. 1. Trends January 2014
    2. 2. Trends January 2014
    3. 3. Technology must be helpful, not distracting Wearable tech will revolutionise people’s lives in 2014, but it risks a backlash if it hinders productivity or gets in the way of real life interaction. The combination of targeted push notifications, Google Glass and the ‘glanceable UI’ featured by many new products will require changes to social norms and a disciplined approach from the user to avoid becoming swamped by alerts. http://bit.ly/1ed2EZk
    4. 4. Big social platforms try to be everything to everyone The leading social platforms are responding to challenges from competitors by copying them. Snapchat’s success prompted Instagram Direct, while the popularity of apps like WhatsApp and WeChat has led to greater emphasis on private messaging from the big boys. Ultimately this is good for users, who can choose between all-encompassing networks and niche platforms whose offering is much more focused. http://on.mash.to/1ksj8mR
    5. 5. Retail must work harder to compete with online Previously many retail environments sought only to make the shopper experience easy and smooth. But retail spaces can no longer compete with online shopping when it comes to seamlessness. Online will always be easier, so offline retailers must offer an experience that is more interactive and unique. http://bit.ly/1hzWdEa
    6. 6. Digital loyalty programmes diversify Retailers are taking advantage of the possibilities afforded by mobile to focus on behaviours rather than just purchases. Apps from Shopkick and Harris + Hoole allow reward consumers for entering stores, while integrating geo-fencing and CRM will become essential as brands move towards longer-term, more targeted digital loyalty programmes. http://bit.ly/1ksijKW
    7. 7. Facial recognition goes mainstream Tesco’s partnership with Amscreen made headlines in 2013 and 2014 looks set to see huge process in terms of delivering personalised experiences in-store – despite protests from those concerned about privacy. http://bit.ly/1aKvRHW
    8. 8. Tension builds between personalisation and privacy With brands learning more and more about consumers, there is a deepening conflict concerning how this information is used. Brands want to use consumers’ location, behaviour, social connections and physical appearance to provide messaging that is highly relevant for them – but concerns about privacy and invasive messaging pervade. It is up for grabs now, with 2014 likely to see things come to a head. http://bit.ly/1ed2EZk
    9. 9. Lawmakers catch up The law has inevitably lagged behind technology – with many applicable regulations pre-dating the internet. This has led to ambiguities for brands in their digital and social communications: from content copyright to online promotions. 2014 promises a tightening up of regulations as precedents are set and laws adapt. Meanwhile responses to new technology will develop, with draconian bans on Google Glass and drones setting a reactionary tone so far. http://bit.ly/KE5CMT
    10. 10. And these are the trends we identified in 2013…
    11. 11. Harder links between sales and social Pinterest recently overtook Yahoo to become the fourth largest traffic driver online, a large cut of that directly linked to product consideration. Pinterest is also the fastest growing social site ever. The lightning quick adoption of this platform from brands signifies the growing thirst for harder sales measures through social. http://zd.net/NtwMTn http://tcrn.ch/UuzFqa
    12. 12. Social at the heart of creative Social will be at the heart of the creative, not a bolt-on. We’ll see a move towards campaign concepts that will champion consumer participation within the big idea, not around it. http://bit.ly/woo2EN http://bit.ly/TxeuRc
    13. 13. The move to niche platforms The dominance of the bigger social platforms is in decline as audiences seek out diverse, niche communities for new connections based on passion points. Luluvise, SparkRebel, Dudu, Gentlemint, Tradeo and Kyck are all examples launched in 2012. The best brands will follow suit to progress their social strategy. http://bit.ly/woo2EN http://bit.ly/TxeuRc
    14. 14. The second screen The ‘second screen’, essentially simultaneous TV and social media usage via smartphones. has been talked about for some time now. This concept is now very real with nearly a third of all Twitter users tweeting about TV-related content. 2013 will see marketing strategies embrace this behaviour, leading to more integrated work. http://tcrn.ch/UbifvE
    15. 15. Visual social media will be core to brand identity Instagram alone has grown by over 1000% in six months to reach 11 million daily users. This signifies an increasing appetite to express, communicate and consume through image over text – a much richer medium for engagement. Brands will upskill internally and through their agency partners to fully cater for this consumer-led trend. http://bit.ly/PVf8gx
    16. 16. Digital meets physical through mobile Mobile now accounts for over a third of all time spent on social platforms. 2013 will see us start to embrace mobile apps that surface more information about the people around us with common interests: Stamped, Highlight, Fribi and Ingress are a sign of things to come. http://tcrn.ch/UbifvE
    17. 17. The connected home Companies like SmartLabs and Nest Labs are pioneering a vision of the connected home: with locks, lights, thermostats, smoke alarms and other home devices communicating with each other and the cloud to bring comfort, efficiency and environmental benefits. Open APIs offer exciting possibilities in an area that has been starved of innovation for decades. http://cnet.co/1fK2NoK
    18. 18. Freddie Young, Community Director t: m: e: Thank you ☺ +44 203 206 2000 +44 755 334 8801 freddie.young@1000heads.com Any questions, let us know!

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