So what’s expected to happen in 2013?
Brazil has the FIFA Confederations Cup in preparation for the ’14 World Cup, the US has a fiscal cliff to climb and together with the EU an imbalance on revenues and expenses to address. The NFL has some skulls to crack to fix their concussions problems, those employed in the US will hire the unemployed in foreign lands (read more outsourcing), more foreigners will purchase US land, buildings, businesses and IP, and of course, VP Biden is the newly assigned czar on gun control.
IMHO, 2013 will follow Amara’s Law: “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.”
So here they are: The top 10 digital marketing trends of 2013.
10. Gamification – “All Play and no Work makes Jack a rich boy!”
9. Cloud computing enables scalability to allow for new experiences in video games
8. Digital Content across devices enables personalization that follows users across platforms
7. TV is old. It’s still king of the screens, but it’s content that folks want anytime, anywhere on all four screens.
6. The Smartphone begins its attack on plastic in mobile payments.
5. Tag Management becomes a competitive imperative
4. Users prefer mobile devices when reading magazines and shopping
3. Social Media Mainstream and Niches continue to grow, especially in Emerging Markets except China
2. Big Data will lead to consumer insights and smarter experiences at the speed of light
1. The glory goes to the man in the arena and not their bankers and consultants.
10. Gamification – “All Play and no Work makes Jack a rich boy!”
So have you seen websites that try to encourage your behavior by offering you a little badge for doing something? Foursquare gives you a badge when you check into the same place three times for example. Dashlane offers badges when you save passwords in their password and credit card maintenance software, and Fitocracy makes working out with your friends a competitive game. Users can Level Up by improving their bench press and earning a badge, post it to facebook and let the world know about their development.
As Daniel Pink will tell you in his book, Drive, human nature is best motivated by a sense of purpose, autonomy and self-mastery. These types of immediate rewards for accomplishing small tasks might seem like it’s meant for grade school kids, but the data doesn’t lie. Gamification increases engagement, helps users spend more time on site, and
that drives ad revenue and subscriptions since folks tend to develop a sense of being invested based on the recognition and the bragging they’ve done on social networks.
We’ve come a long way from that LinkedIn profile bar that showed 90%complete.
There isn’t a lack of tools currently out on the market to measure the performance of your online properties. Some of these tools are “free,” such as Google and Yahoo Analytics and there are a variety of excellent nearly free tools such as ClickTale, CrazyEgg, Woopra, Flurry (for mobile apps), and 4Q (for surveys). Others, such as Adobe’s Omniture or Webtrends are priced based on volume.
A research study put out by the respected Aberdeen Group has examined the value of these paid solutions, and concluded that paid solutions such as Omniture are not only worth it, but may in fact be cheaper than the “free” tools when all factors are considered.
While there are tremendous benefits to using these tools, the trick is to get the right tool for the job and to put it in the hands of those who will take action once they gain insights.
Hidden Costs of Free Tools like Google Analytics
Starting from the beginning, it is important to first address why it is that “free” tools such as Google Analytics are not really free. read more
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This is a re-print from Yahoo! blog entry and I’ve injected comments throughout. I’ve recently had an opportunity to speak with several Consumer Packaged Goods companies, some large, some small and in just about every case was curious about why the industry at large struggles with the development of digital strategy and implementation when they are so advanced in their execution of traditional media.
This research from Ipsos OTX and Yahoo! was terrific and really offered some insights into the product life stage relative to the marketing objectives. My intuition is that many of these practices will work for e-commerce sites as well. read more
Search Engine Strategies has been part of the search marketing conference landscape for over a decade. With a powerhouse trifecta of outstanding speakers, crowds in the thousands, and a three-day agenda of sessions ranging from über techtastic to super social-chic, it’s clear to see why this summit is labeled must-attend for many industry pros.
This year, SES has added a brand new track to the conference agenda: Focus Latino. SES New York, the fourth stop on aimClear’s March Conference Road Trip, will host the debut of the LatinVision Media-sponsored track. Paul Lima, of Lima Consulting Group collaborated with Latin Vision to develop the agenda for the five unique sessions that will take place throughout the day, each with a keen focus on Internet marketing to the Latino/Hispanic community. The track will kick off with an Introduction & Opening Keynote that was coordinated by Paul, moving into morning and afternoon sessions Reaching Latinos Through SEO, Search & Social Marketing to Latinos: Roundtable, Analytics for the Latino Markets, and finally, Improved Conversions With Web Site Optimization.
I had the pleasure of sharing an interview with one of the marketers behind the much-anticipated Focus Latino track, Paul Lima (@Paul__Lima). Paul, founder of Lima Consulting Group, will take the stage on several panels throughout Day 2 of SES NY. Read on for the fruits of our Q&A.
| aimClear: Paul, thank you for your time today. When perusing your Search Engine Strategies bio, I was fascinated to learn you were a former commander of the Pentagon’s cyber-warfare unit. That seems quite the leap from interactive marketing—an industry in which you’ve been active for over a decade. Tell us a bit about how that career transition came about.
Paul Lima: Each side of my career has helped the other, like an upward spiral you could say. The opportunity to serve in such a specialized unit and with such talented soldiers afforded tactical and operational insights into the underpinnings of the telecommunications infrastructure that all Internet marketers rely on. My role there was no different than my role today as the owner of a digital strategy consulting firm; that is, to find appropriate clients and recruit the best people. But I have to admit, there was something very, very special about working with the institution that funded the Internet, and as one of the Generals I worked for said, innovating new ways to fight and win America’s wars.
Even the title of this blog is a painful reminder of the differences between how civilians speak, and how soldiers speak.
For many reasons soldiers make terrific students. Apart from the fact that Officers and Senior Enlisted soldiers need to obtain Advanced Degrees in order to advance in rank, they are generally disciplined, they have terrific leadership skills, they bring experience from having worked in the worlds’ largest corporation, the Department of Defense, they can help a university improve their diversity targets for minorities, and they generally can pay for the program via their GI bill or have the Department of Defense pay for their degree directly.
To be successful in promoting your Masters program or MBA program to Officers and Senior Enlisted soldiers in the United States military, here’s three tips:
1. Be authentic in your tone when speaking to them about the advantages of your program.
2. Reach them at the right time in their careers.
3. Share the right message.
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