Our Top 10 Digital Marketing Trends & Predictions for 2014
FOREWORD
The most exciting thing about the upcoming year is the paradigm shift that’s already begun. We are entering an ag...
1. CONNECTED DEVICE
ADOPTION WILL
INCREASE DRAMATICALLY
Consumers will continue to see the life-improving benefits of connected
devices. Adoption will increase through increased ...
2. WEARABLE TECH WILL
BEGIN TO ENTER
MAINSTREAM
The Google Glass Explorer program built a lot of hype around wearable
tech in 2013. It was a sort of early proof-of-concep...
3. WITH PRIVACY
CONCERNS AT FEVER
PITCH, BRANDS WILL NEED
TO OVERCOMPENSATE
With the NSA, Edward Snowden, and concerns of online privacy hitting the press en masse in 2013, the average consumer
ente...
4. MARKETERS WILL DEMAND
MORE REACH FROM ONLINE
VIDEO CONTENT
A recent Pixability study unearthed an alarming statistic: of the content
published by Top 100 Interbrand Global Brands on...
5. TEENS WILL CONTINUE
TO GRAVITATE TOWARDS
SELF-DESTRUCTING SOCIAL
There’s good reason Facebook dangled $3B in front of SnapChat in 2013.
While it may seem like a monumental amount of money...
6. GUILT-FREE
CONSUMERISM IS THE
NEW LUXURY
2013 was the year that saw Tesla’s stock hit a high of $192.50, a
nearly 600% increase in value from the year’s first trad...
7. GOOGLE WILL TAKE A BIG
BLOW AT TRADITIONAL TV
Or at least attempt to. Google recently reorganized its ad group to better service brands. In 2014, Google will attempt to...
8. BRANDS WILL NEED TO
MAKE TOUGH CHOICES TO
STAY COMPETITIVE IN SOCIAL
In this day and age, brands needs to pivot on a dime to be effective
in ever-changing social channels. The needs for faste...
9. TARGETED, CONTEXTUAL,
SOCIAL ADS WILL CONTINUE
TO GAIN GROUND
The old school Flash banner’s days are numbered. Namely because they’re
built on a dying platform. HTML5 ad units will bec...
10. NON-RESPONSIVE WEB
EXPERIENCES WILL BEGIN TO
FEEL ANTIQUATED TO USERS
Many major brands made the shift to fully responsive sites in the past year or so.
Others are following suit, and we’re se...
ABOUT DS
Founded in 2007 in New Haven, CT, we are a full-service
agency driven by the relentless urge to move brands
forwa...
Written By @rkurfehs with Contributions from @petesena & @digitalesquire

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2014 Digital Marketing Predictions

  1. 1. Our Top 10 Digital Marketing Trends & Predictions for 2014
  2. 2. FOREWORD The most exciting thing about the upcoming year is the paradigm shift that’s already begun. We are entering an age of maturation in digital marketing. If there’s one prediction for 2014 we can count on, it’s that digital will continue to evolve away from its former silo. More and more, brands are realizing that it’s no longer sufficient to simply slap on tactics. A greater behavioral shift is forcing a more integrated way of thinking. It’s changing brands from a macro level, requiring unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability. As the walls of communication and interaction between brands and consumers continue to erode, those that don’t adapt will be left behind.
  3. 3. 1. CONNECTED DEVICE ADOPTION WILL INCREASE DRAMATICALLY
  4. 4. Consumers will continue to see the life-improving benefits of connected devices. Adoption will increase through increased product availability (Nest, Philips Hue, Roku) and integration with even the most mundane of hardware (TV’s, appliances, garage door openers, power strips). Home automation will no longer just be a tool of the wealthy. Cognitive computing and sensorenabled tracking add real-life value. Brands can take advantage of this behavioral trend by offering campaigns that make use of touch devices as remote controls for branded experiences. We have found they can be effectively achieved in-browser without a full app download. We will start to see more of these experiences in retail and live events in the coming year. READ MORE CONNECTED DEVICES AND THE FUTURE OF USER EXPERIENCE
  5. 5. 2. WEARABLE TECH WILL BEGIN TO ENTER MAINSTREAM
  6. 6. The Google Glass Explorer program built a lot of hype around wearable tech in 2013. It was a sort of early proof-of-concept for a future of inevitable breakthroughs. More wearable devices have begun to pop up, and although Google has not yet announced a release date for Glass many believe it will be available to the public sometime in 2014. As price points for these devices begin to drop, we’ll begin to see more than just early adopters sporting fashionable tech. The market is expected to grow to more than $19 billion by 2018. Progressive brands will follow the lead of innovators like Nike in releasing their own hardware, as well as developing apps for smart watches, Google Glass, and others. VIEW LABS PROJECTS CAMELBAK THIRST & YALE FOOTBALL
  7. 7. 3. WITH PRIVACY CONCERNS AT FEVER PITCH, BRANDS WILL NEED TO OVERCOMPENSATE
  8. 8. With the NSA, Edward Snowden, and concerns of online privacy hitting the press en masse in 2013, the average consumer enters 2014 more cynical than ever. In fact, roughly 9 out of 10 adults online have some privacy concerns. Most brands already do a sub-par job of quelling privacy concerns with digital campaigns, contests, opt-ins, and other interactions. The consumer is going to be less likely than ever to blindly accept Facebook Extended Permissions or to opt-in to an SMS campaign. Instead of avoiding effective engagement channels, brands must over-index on reassurance and better communicate what they will and won’t do with personal information. Most consumers are willing to give up some privacy when the implications are clear. When those implications aren’t communicated properly, the fear of the unknown sets in and the assumptions are usually worse than reality.
  9. 9. 4. MARKETERS WILL DEMAND MORE REACH FROM ONLINE VIDEO CONTENT
  10. 10. A recent Pixability study unearthed an alarming statistic: of the content published by Top 100 Interbrand Global Brands on YouTube, 50% of videos had less than 1,000 views. That’s despite huge investments in creative and production. Brands still have a muddy view of online video ROI, an almost-mythical disillusionment on “viral”, and insular digital media buying habits. To remain competitive, brands need to be more scrappy in releasing online video content, while backing up their initiatives with smart paid support. The shiny-object novelty of online video is beginning to fade, and marketing managers will need to start demanding more performance from their investments. READ MORE P.O.S.E. FOR YOUTUBE SUCCESS
  11. 11. 5. TEENS WILL CONTINUE TO GRAVITATE TOWARDS SELF-DESTRUCTING SOCIAL
  12. 12. There’s good reason Facebook dangled $3B in front of SnapChat in 2013. While it may seem like a monumental amount of money, Facebook continues to struggle to maintain the teenage market. The appeal of rapidly growing apps like SnapChat and WeChat is not necessarily what they do, but what they don’t leave behind. Today’s teens don’t want to leave a running log of incrimination that parents and authority figures can find, and that’s exactly what Facebook and Twitter do. Facebook has already begun to try to adapt to this movement by introducing Instagram Direct, a private group messaging feature in its Instagram app. There’s an overall scaling back of mass social media and a move into micro-communities and tribes. It’s an important lesson to learn as brands seek new ways to market to the elusive youth demographic.
  13. 13. 6. GUILT-FREE CONSUMERISM IS THE NEW LUXURY
  14. 14. 2013 was the year that saw Tesla’s stock hit a high of $192.50, a nearly 600% increase in value from the year’s first trade. Indicators like TSLA hint at guilt-free consumerism expanding. What was once a trend among Millenials is now becoming commonplace among older demographics, as Baby Boomers exert their spending power. These consumers are willing to spend considerably more money on products they feel good about purchasing. Sustainable, made local, zero waste, proceeds to non-profit. Altruistic tenets are driving big spending. Brands that embody these values will sustain (no pun intended) a higher price tag. A fine line will need to be balanced between genuine values and commercial exploitation, especially on the campaign level.
  15. 15. 7. GOOGLE WILL TAKE A BIG BLOW AT TRADITIONAL TV
  16. 16. Or at least attempt to. Google recently reorganized its ad group to better service brands. In 2014, Google will attempt to make YouTube more competitive for advertisers by making it more like TV as we know it. The video giant is making moves like embracing Nielsen OCR, improving content (and therefore audience) segmentation, encouraging upfront deals with media buyers, and making the experience more TV-like in general. A move of this scale will only increase tension between streaming services, content providers, and networks. Expect the content war to heat up in 2014.
  17. 17. 8. BRANDS WILL NEED TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN SOCIAL
  18. 18. In this day and age, brands needs to pivot on a dime to be effective in ever-changing social channels. The needs for faster response time, more nimble content, and a lean-forward strategy have increased. The number of social networks that beg for attention continue to grow. In 2014, the notion of a single community manager handling social for a brand is seen as increasingly impractical. Up to 23% of brand managers are struggling to execute. Social is a mix of art, copy, strategy, customer service, listening, personality, and a nice dose of pop culture. The problem exists that ill-equipped agencies are still attempting to land grab social and dedicated social agencies are still a relatively new breed. 2014’s scrappy social team can scale to provide quality content quickly, while constantly adapting to the social landscape.
  19. 19. 9. TARGETED, CONTEXTUAL, SOCIAL ADS WILL CONTINUE TO GAIN GROUND
  20. 20. The old school Flash banner’s days are numbered. Namely because they’re built on a dying platform. HTML5 ad units will become commonplace to solve the Flash issue on tablets, but the pressure will be to push more relevance. Basic banner ads aren’t keeping up, and consumers are twice as likely to be influenced by targeted ads. Consumers are becoming more accustomed to native and contextual advertising. Facebook is littered with sponsored content. Pre-roll and interstitial ads are just a by-product of web browsing. Whereas a few years ago such intrusions were met with rage, most users have accepted them - even embraced them when the content is relevant. And while impressions are more expensive, their performance speaks for itself. That said, display ads aren’t going anywhere - but expect increased demand for better targeting (and re-targeting).
  21. 21. 10. NON-RESPONSIVE WEB EXPERIENCES WILL BEGIN TO FEEL ANTIQUATED TO USERS
  22. 22. Many major brands made the shift to fully responsive sites in the past year or so. Others are following suit, and we’re seeing marketers begin to demand #rwd. Even your local web designer is starting to see the value in selling responsive templates to their clients. What was once a specialty of most savvy digital specialists is now something that average shoppers are going to expect when they’re doing research at the grocery store. Consumers now access the web on mobile devices 28% more often than on desktops. Those legacy mobile sites are going to seem more and more dated, and consumers are going to start to expect the same content they get on a full site on their mobile browser in a readable format. Deny them that, and you risk looking quite old-fashioned. VIEW LABS PROJECT GUMBY FRAMEWORK
  23. 23. ABOUT DS Founded in 2007 in New Haven, CT, we are a full-service agency driven by the relentless urge to move brands forward. Built from the need for greater effectiveness, we’re a passionate group of visionaries, technophiles, and strategists. We’re digital savvy, but channel agnostic. We’re low on fluff and hell bent on doing great work. We aim for innovation and disruption without hesitation.
  24. 24. Written By @rkurfehs with Contributions from @petesena & @digitalesquire Like the way we think? Follow us.
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