As the marketing field continues to evolve, one key component has exponentially increased in value and necessity: digital marketing. More specifically, implementing data analytics in concert with digital marketing is essential for understanding and improving upon advertising and promotion strategies, campaigns, budgets, and more. An integral part of this developing world of digital marketing, performance marketing involves measuring the success of paid campaigns.
One of the most powerful entities for a marketing department is data. For a business, having data on their customers and their prospective buying habits can impact how the business markets their products and services. Today, the constant advancements in technology have made it easier for companies to collect large amounts of data ranging from customer demographics to customer satisfaction.
The saying “out with the old and in with the new” no longer seems like a relevant turn of phrase as the past few years have seen a resurgence of repurposing old goods and bringing back old styles. For some consumers, secondhand goods are better than anything new. Everything from rare collectibles to couture gowns and one-of-a-kind purses are in high demand with apps like Depop, Thredup and, of course, local thrift stores fueling access to some of these items. These trends reflect generational preferences for sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and individuality that will be relevant to marketing strategy in 2023.
This week the SEC fined Kim Kardashian $1.26 million for illicitly touting a cryptocurrency on her Instagram. The SEC’s move sends a message to marketers and influencers that promoting cryptocurrency is not the same as promoting whitening toothpaste or a handbag. Understanding how digital assets can be marketed is still unclear to many, and Kim K’s settlement with the SEC highlights both the importance of being familiar with promotional regulations and the fluidity of the marketing field.
International expansion is a tricky path to navigate for even the world’s largest brands, requiring inconceivable amounts of time and resources to achieve, and despite their efforts many companies are still not successful. This can happen for a variety of reasons, anything from lack of sufficient market research to inadequate management style. Even the most experienced companies may struggle to develop a foothold in foreign markets. In marketing this is called the global experience learning curve: a process of developing multinational business expertise over time.
Influencers can be an integral part of marketing strategy, particularly for firms selling consumer products, but even B2B firms have successfully used influencer marketing to appeal to customers. When firms use influencers, they often showcase relevant product or service content through concise social media posts, videos, advertisements, or blogs. One of the best ways to inform customers about and promote products and services online is through a mix of influencer marketing and content marketing.
The role of chief marketing officer is a juggling act of managing employees, understanding fast-paced socioeconomic, political, and technological changes, and driving measurable contributions to company profit, among other responsibilities that can affect a firm and its relationship with customers. This position provides leadership to marketing teams as well as strategic marketing direction for an entire firm. CMOs are always adapting, a trend that will likely continue into the future.
Advertising can pose a challenge to marketers. On one side, they want to present their products and services in the best light to appeal to customers. On the other, high prices or flaws in quality may be an unappealing aspect of their products and services, causing potential customers to choose competitors instead. Marketers have to balance highlighting best qualities in order to attract customers and being honest about the realistic – and possibly negative – features of products and services. Because of this, some marketers fall into a trap of false or deceptive advertising.
As brands mature and they become widely recognizable, the most important representation of their identity and positioning is their logo. The logo is a visual communicator of the brand’s purpose, values, and who they are to their customers. Nike, Starbucks, and McDonald’s are a few of many brands with ever-changing logo redesigns. Current trends for customer-centric strategy are ushering in simplified and debranded logos.
The relationship between brand and customer relies on the value that brands create. And marketers are always looking for ways to prove that their products and services are valuable enough to purchase. What do customers gain from my brand, and how can I show them we are worth the investment? Subscriptions allow brands to provide customers with their products and services on a regular payment and delivery schedule. Newspaper deliveries or streaming services like Netflix might come to mind when you think of subscriptions. But really, everyone from airlines to social media platforms are giving subscriptions a try.