That’s right. Several trends that companies, experts, and consultants have identified for next year have a lot to do with growth hacking, basically because companies are demanding more efficient strategies to convert and close with new customers, and -as we’ve seen in a previous blog- “growth hacking invites visitors to become promoters quickly using marketing techniques which promote usage and retention as long as they keep using it, skipping the whole process and offering a solution to a problem they didn’t know they had.”
Ok, let’s take a closer look at the trends that will have an impact on growth hacking.
Joe Pulizzi, the content marketing guru, states in a recent article published in the Content Marketing Institute that “we are starting to see a number of enterprises experiment, and succeed, with paid, native promotion of their content.”
The expert says that a few years ago companies were spending nearly 80% on content creation and 20% on content promotion. Today, these numbers have switched, “with successful enterprises creating differentiated content and putting some advertising and promotion muscle behind it.”
Video and visual
Maybe this trend isn’t the hottest news in town, but it’s true. Your company’s content has to go visual. But, wait! this isn’t only about making cool videos. “Most brands are still hanging their video strategy on the viral video -Pulizzi explains- instead of building a process and organization around the ongoing delivery of valuable information through video.”
“I have to be honest. I don’t get Snapchat -the expert admits- but enough of my smart colleagues have said it is here to stay. Since Snapchat has surpassed Facebook in total video views.” Content isn’t only about visual, but also about platforms, and Snapchat is the world’s hottest visual platform where your company should consider to be in.
Expiring social content
“Normal marketing tactics don’t work like they used to,” marketer jedi master Jeff Bullas states. “But Snapchat decided on a different tactic: Make content expire.”
This adds a new element in the content equation: the sense of urgency. You wont have all the time in the world anymore to check content that grabbed your attention. In fact, you’ll have 24 hours to see a video in Snapchat, for example.
“Expiring content is now part of the evolving social media landscape. It’s trending and the spurning of Facebook by Snapchat when they were offered a $3 billion buyout seems to have become personal. Their message to Snapchat? If we can’t buy you we will beat you. Social media is no longer an experiment or a game. It is big business,” Jeff Bullas says.
Artificial Intelligence to engage and service customer
According to Smart Insights, “artificial Intelligence is now starting to deliver on its promise and have now developed to the stage where brands are developing bots that give consumer assistance. Likely you’ll know about Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, IBM’s Watson, and the latest addition, Facebook’s Bot Engine for Messenger, which went live in April this year. Google too announced its assistant service at Google I/O 2016.”
Do you identify other important trends for the next year, that also may have an impact on Inbound Marketing and growth hacking? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.