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5 Digital Marketing Predictions For 2015

Nov 20,2014 Posted by to Blog

Every January over on Moz’s blog, Rand Fishkin makes a set of predictions about digital marketing for the upcoming year. These posts are fun, interesting, relevant and valuable, which is everything you want content to be in 2015. Since we like the idea of pushing ourselves to think outside the box, we’re going to publish WSI’s 2015 digital marketing predictions. Rand’s been at it since 2010, so he has the experience and track record, but we have a different perspective, which hopefully adds something new to the exercise.

To keep us honest, here’s how we’ll score the predictions when we look back next year:

  • Oracle (+2) – when we’re so right it’s like we channeled that nice lady from The Matrix
  • Oracle In-Training (+1) – we didn’t quite see the whole picture, but hey, we still saw the future
  • Clear As Mud (0) – we weren’t right, but we weren’t wrong, either
  • Just A Bit Outside (-1) – we tried to paint the corner of the plate, but the ump didn’t give us the call
  • Swing And A Miss (-2) - like a batter who expects fastball and gets a curve, we weren’t close
  • In next year’s post, we’ll tally the results. If the score is positive, we’ll jump for joy and buy doughnuts for the office. If the score is negative, we’ll put our tail between our legs and go back to the drawing board. Here we go:

    #1: Honesty And Transparency Will Be Strategically Implemented And Statistically Measured

    As straggling brands begin to realize that the balance of the business-to-customer relationship has shifted to the customer, 2015 will see everybody scrambling to promote honesty and transparency within their marketing. The problem with this is that it’s not very honest or transparent to pretend that your business has been a proponent of transparency…unless it’s the truth. Rather than trying to shout about honesty, smart marketers will begin to work transparency into the fabric of their strategies in hopes that consumers will notice on their own. The hard part for many marketers will be resisting the urge to spoon-feed messages of ‘honesty and transparency’ to their audiences; if you’re authentically honest and transparent, you’ll be able to measure it with your bottom line.

    #2: Global Social Ad Spending Will Increase By Over Two Billion Dollars In 2015

    That’s right, two BILLION dollars. In reality, the numbers suggest that a one billion dollar increase in social ad spending in 2015 isn’t much of a stretch, but we think the increase is going to shatter the projections. Why? Well, we sort of touched on it in our Social Ads: How To Make A Big Difference With A Small Amount post. Social ads are cheap and effective, but for some reason, that fact has remained a secret (or been ignored). In 2015 however, more brands, small businesses, and even freelancers will realize that social ads are an affordable marketing option. We expect social ad spend in 2015 to reflect this collective realization.

    #3: Google+ Won’t Die

    Perhaps this one is a hunch more than anything else, but it feels like a good time to zig when everyone else seems to be zagging. There are many people proclaiming Google+’s demise, and while we admit there’s reason to worry about the not-so-successful social platform, we just don’t see G+ joining the Google Graveyard in 2015. Given how much Google has invested in G+ and the fact that it’s actually pretty awesome, we think 2015 will be more about Google finding a place for its social network rather than laying it to rest.
    #4: “Mobile Content” Or “Non-Traditional Content” Will Become The Hottest Digital Marketing Buzz Word

    Like content marketing last year, one of these two phrases will take the Internet by storm in 2015. With 71% of marketers reporting that they’ll get an increase in their content budget for 2015, the big winners won’t just create more content, they’ll find new and better ways to capture customers’ attention. Given that mobile Internet usage will continue to trend towards total domination, it makes sense that brands and businesses would focus on getting content to their audiences where they’re spending most of their time. But since there’s no easy way to do this yet, 2015 will see an influx in ideas, concepts and methods for mobile (or non-traditional) content.

    #5: Technology Experts Will Gain A Foothold In Marketing Departments (Will Reflect In Job Stats)