As this train-wreck of a year (2020) is coming to an end, it has created important implications about digital marketing trends for the future.
This article will cover five key digital marketing trends that you must be aware of to succeed in 2021 and beyond.
If you prefer watching videos, a breakdown of all the trends can be found in the video below.
For those of you that like some good ol’ fashioned reading…
Let’s dive in.
Being able to shop online is not a novel phenomenon, however, the coronavirus pandemic has taught us exactly why eCommerce is absolutely fundamental to any business (if they wish to stay afloat).
It’s thought that by 2040, 95% of all purchases will be made via eCommerce.
Sure, that statistic may seem far-fetched, but we’ve already seen the boom of online shopping during Covid-19, and this will definitely continue to rise moving forward.
Many businesses that were not able to transition fully towards eCommerce have shut down, which highlights the urgency of enabling online shopping for your customers.
This is because a lack of convenience and accessibility will lead your customers to shop elsewhere.
Social media marketing
With so many social media platforms out there, it’s important to know how to market to your customers effectively.
Getting the right message across to your audience and getting them to convert isn’t an easy task.
However, it’s important to acknowledge the saturation of social media content and the need for niche/effective targeting.
The key for social media marketing is to identify where your customers are, and what content they are most likely to engage with.
The best course of action to take is to delve in various social media platforms and see which ones are the most popular amongst your target audience.
Remember to involve your audience constantly, and focus on getting your targeting right.
Social media marketing nowadays is all about trust, and ensuring that customers trust you more than other brands.
The two major content types to focus on for 2021 and beyond are:
It’s no secret that voice search is on the rise, with the increased usage of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
It provides the perfect opportunity to dig deeper in your content and write comprehensive content that covers long-tail queries.
Moving on to video… there’s a lot to mention.
Video is and will continuously be dominating the web, which is why you must be investing in producing video content.
Not only is video a highly preferred option of content consumption, it can also be used in various ways, such as helping with your link building.
Live streaming is a key trend nowadays, with various social media platforms prominently displaying live videos.
The best platforms to go live right now on are Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (if you can obtain live access), and YouTube.
For a video strategy to work well, you must already have mapped out how video will help add value to your current assets, be it on your website, or generally within your processes.
Remember that your videos should be recycled, meaning that having a video uploaded on YouTube could be embedded onto a relevant page on your website, but also consider rendering short snippets that you can then upload natively on other social media platforms.
Recycling video content will massively increase your engagement and the possibility of generating more leads.
SEO has and will continue to be incredibly important as part of a digital marketing strategy in 2021, but aspects such as page experience (page speed, UX) and identifying user intent become imperative to rank higher on Google in 2021.
When referring to page experience, it’s vital that your users are having an easy time navigating through your website, without any issues (such as very slow loading times).
Are your CTAs in the right places?
Are your users achieving the intended purpose within your pages?
Are users browsing different related pages on the website that lead them down the funnel?
These are the kind of questions you need to address on your website, if you intend on prioritising SEO within your digital marketing strategy.
The other thing to consider within your SEO strategy is ensuring that you’ve identified and are optimising for user intent.
Consider when someone lands on your webpage whether they have searched for a navigational, informational, or transactional query.
Optimising for user intent will be the key to establishing better engagement metrics for your website, but also actually getting conversions.
Viral marketing is something that all businesses want, but unfortunately, it is very difficult to achieve.
Luckily, there are platforms out there that are notorious for driving viral marketing content.
TikTok, for instance, is notorious for this.
Whilst its audience is mainly Gen-Z, that doesn’t mean that you cannot effectively get your message across on the platform.
Optimising your TikTok videos with hashtags and the description can only get you so far, but generally having unique and creative content can give you a massive boost of engagement.
Other platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn also have ways to facilitate viral content.
LinkedIn has many ways to “manipulate” the algorithms into displaying your content more prominently across your network.
Ensuring that you use the right hashtags and are connected with the right people who are likely to engage with your content, will put you ahead in terms of your chances to get a LinkedIn post trending.
It’s really not too difficult on LinkedIn, as we’ve had posts trending that only had between 15-20 likes.
Whilst the landscape of digital marketing doesn’t seem to be changing that rapidly, the reality is that strategies are evolving and consumer tastes are changing.
The most important part of any digital marketing strategy is to experiment and test things out.
Sometimes you’ll win, sometimes you’ll lose.
That’s how digital marketing is.
Hopefully you’ve now got a better understanding about how you can improve your digital marketing strategy as we approach closer to 2021.
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