Top Digital Advertising Trends for 2020

Anywhere you look, you’re going to see trends for the new year, trends for the new decade, and all sorts of news about the “visionary” year of 2020.  Looking ahead, here are a few key things to watch out for as you plan and finalize your marketing budgets.

Instagram Ads –

We all know Instagram as Facebook’s little brother.  But, Facebook’s trusty sidekick has seen some impressive growth since it’s inception in 2010, and even more so since Facebook took control in 2012.

According to this article, there are “More than 500 million people using Instagram Stories every day.”  Instagram has 1 billion monthly active users.  That means there is plenty of opportunity for businesses to utilize this platform to expand their customer base. 

There are so many ways that you can utilize Instagram as part of your digital strategy.  Here are a few reasons that might clear up your thoughts on whether you should use Instagram for your business:

  • 72% of users have bought a product they saw on Instagram.  This stat alone should be a driving force for you.
  • Instagram has access to Facebook’s targeting options.  This is HUGE!  Facebook is an advertising beast, and known for having one of the most advanced social media advertising platforms, and Instagram has that same capability.
  • Instagram is a visual platform.  Because this app is photo-centric, people are expecting to see photos and videos of your products/services.  You can add text if you’d like, but it’s not mandatory.  Having a photo or video centric platform allows your followers to remember your brand better.

There are many industries using Instagram to their benefit.  For example, if you’re an auto dealer, check out this blog on how you could use social media, including Instagram, to promote your dealership.  Also, casinos utilize the popular carousel ad to highlight different entertainment and food options, along with their gaming opportunities.

Voice Search –

It’s here. Are you ready for it?  Voice search is growing every day.  How many times have you talked to Siri or Alexa today looking for the nearest restaurant or the latest show times of the movie you want to watch?

When it comes to Voice Search, it’s imperative that your SEO is being optimized for it.  With 41% of adults using this tool daily, being optimized for voice search is so important.  When people use voice search, they are usually looking for deals and sales, personalized tips, information about upcoming events, and customer service… ALL of which should be aspects of your business info that is optimized for voice search!

Here are a few ways your business can get found in Voice Search:

  • Get to “position zero” (first organic listing on Google)
  • Optimize your Google My Business listing
  • Long tail keywords and questions on your website
  • Lightening fast page speed
  • Accurate online directory listings

Be sure to consult an SEO professional and have the discussion about ensuring your business is being optimized for Voice Search.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ads–

What is AI? Simply put, it’s showing your display or video ads to people across all devices, using machine learning to target consumers based on who is engaging with the ad.

The advancement in technology is unbelievable and being up to date on the latest and greatest is a huge advantage your company can have over the competition.

Think about it this way, AI excels at analyzing data in large scale.  Then, this AI learns from the data and can improve its analysis, predictions, and recommendations very quickly. Being able to find people, similar to the people that are interacting with your ads, and showing your ad to them is exactly what you want.  AI is basically creating the ideal customer profile you want.

Video Ads –

According to our own Kiri Tamte-Horan, Digital Video Is King

Simply put, the amount of ad dollars spent on video alone will eclipse even social media.   The main reason…Content.  With video, you have the opportunity to include more content into a smaller amount of time.

From 2015-2020, Video ad spend is projected to have increased 21.9%.  That being said, my only question to you, is where will you place your video advertising?

Mobile Conquesting Ads–

By 2020, over ¾ of all online display advertising revenue will come from mobile, nearing $84.5 billion.

Add in the diversified capabilities of Mobile Conquesting, and you’ve got so many different opportunities to target your potential customers, this should be at the top of your list for digital strategy moving into 2020.  Here are a few ways to get started with Mobile:

Let’s be real…almost everyone has a smart phone these days. Also, most of us live busy lives between our careers, families, and anything else that sets our souls on fire.  We are generations of people on the go.  So, what better way to market to this extremely busy world, then to target them on the device that they always have with them…their smart phone?

As you can see, there are many trends that are taking flight as a new decade approaches.  These are just a few that will help you in your quest for a successful digital campaign.

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Top Three Digital Trends of 2019

Digital opportunities continue to boom and explode. It was forecasted in 2019 digital ad spending will rise by 17.6% to $333.25 billion. That means for the first time, digital will account for roughly half of the ad market.

Some of the top digital trends on the rise are video marketing, artificial intelligence and chat boxes.

Video Marketing is anticipated to climb and climb. Video has always been an important marketing tactic, but it is changing. By 2020, 85% of all consumer internet traffic will be made up of video. And gone are the days of fancy overproduced videos. Consumers want genuine and good content that is entertaining and informative and put a lower a priority on dazzling special effects and fancy edits of high-end footage. They want it to be real.

There are many video options when reaching your target audience. OTT is the HOT new way to reach the cord cutters of the world. Who is watching TV live anymore? In the world of streaming and binge watching of movies and shows, OTT is where it is at. 71% of internet users also use OTT services and 47% of US wi-fi households own a streaming device.

OTT can be targeted to certain demos and behaviors like Moms and Sports nuts or even isolated to certain areas or neighborhoods with a geo-fence. AdWeek notes, “While watching a program, two out of every three people use a second screen to look up information about a product they saw during that program.” Talk about the power of advertising!

OTT is not the only place video can be consumed. Pre-roll video on YouTube and other publisher websites that allow video is another great way to capture people on their phones, laptops and other devices.

A pre-roll ad is a video advertisement that automatically plays directly before a featured video, on both mobile and desktop. These ads are commonly :15 or :30 seconds in length. It has proven to be a great format for brand awareness, brand engagement, brand favorability, and purchase intent.

Video ads also can be included on Facebook. Facebook touts video posts have increased by 94% with 8 billion views a day and 100 million hours of Facebook videos watched daily.

Mobile Conquesting is one of our most popular products. As consumers spend more of their online time on smartphones and tablets, it’s important to include a mobile strategy in your digital marketing. Mobile Conquesting allows advertisers to use both location-based targeting combined with demographic and behavioral targeting to reach desired consumers on their mobile devices with video ads.

Video is changing and so is digital targeting, by leaps and bounds now with machine learning, AKA Artificial Intelligence (AI). Machine learning gets to the heart of your target consumers based on who is engaging with the ad, and showing your ad to more people like those. Utilizing this tool really helps advertisers get their campaigns in front of the most receptive audience. As digital consumers, we want a more personalized experience and are more likely to purchase if ads are customized to us.

All of this activity will yield in more traction on your website whether it be from OTT, mobile ads or AI targeting to capture that potential lead. This is where Live Chat can play a huge role. When advertisers have placed Live Chat on their website, they have seen a 30% increase in leads. 42% of end users prefer a live chat as a major means of communication.

These live chat conversations are not with Chatbots, but with real humans, trained live agents to be precise. These chats can play a critical role in improving the customer experience and allow marketers to better engage with their website visitors, without really doing a whole lot. They offer real-time assistance to the user, and proactive interaction where they ask questions to understand the real problem and provide lead data to advertisers.

Video, mobile, machine learning and chat agents are a small taste of some of the top digital trends this year. Stay on top of these new trends and work to incorporate them in your next marketing plan before the next wave of trends is upon us. Be relevant.