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2021 Digital Marketing Trends in Review and What’s in Store for 2022


Is it just us, or did 2021 go by really fast?

We are excited to share new digital trends that alter how we market our products and services each year.

That excitement didn’t stop because 2021 was no exception to just how quickly the industry could evolve.

With 2022 right around the corner, we will count down new trends to help businesses build competitive strategies.

We will also look back at 2021 and the trends that occurred.

Let’s get started!

What's working?

2021 Predictions

Here’s what we predicted for 2021:

  • Shoppable Social Media
  • Lead Generation
  • Bootcamps
  • Calculators
  • Brand Awareness (Snackable Video)
  • Email
  • Facebook Groups for Engagement
  • Chatbots & Messaging
  • Gamification
  • Voice Search

2021 Predictions

 

What Trends Occurred?

The effects of the pandemic will continue to impact marketers in 2022.

  • Pandemic-Based Shift in Consumer Behavior
  • Continued Digital Transformation
  • More Live Videos and Webinars
  • Digital Ad Spend Spike Continues
  • Doubling Down on SEO

What Trends Occurred?

 

What’s in store for 2022!

Augmented Reality

AR uses digital technology to overlay information in video, text or image format onto everyday objects in the real world. 

Augmented Reality

Benefits of AR for Digital Marketing

  • Brand Awareness
  • Rise in Engagement
  • Improved Customer Experience
  • Bringing Digital into Real World

Headless Commerce

Headless commerce separates the back-end infrastructure from the front-end of an e-commerce application.

You can build new selling opportunities anywhere; all managed from a central location.

Headless Commerce

Benefits include: 

  • Helps build better customer experiences
  • Saves time on user interface changes
  • Offers simplicity to access and updates
  • React to marketing trends quicker

Hybrid Events  

Hybrid events will be the new normal. 

Such hybrid events are also handy solutions when many of your attendees typically attend in person can’t.

Hybrid Events

Benefits of Hybrid Events:

  • Increased Attendance
  • Enhanced Content Engagement
  • Increased Sponsorship Value

Rise of Short-Form Content

Short-form content is often more shareable. It stands out from long-form content because it promises value with a smaller investment in time. That’s appealing to readers.

Rise of Short Form Content

Benefits of Short-form content –

  • Increased Shareability
  • Mobile friendly
  • Improved readability
  • Better engagement

Growth of First-Party Data 

First-party data is at the top of the agenda for marketers in 2021 and 2022.

Marketers know that first-party data garner the highest return on investment of any data type.

Growth of First-Party Data

Benefits of First-Party Data

  • Improve performance/ROI
  • Accuracy and data quality
  • Lends to more precise targeting
  • Improved measurement and attribution

Visual Search

Google Lens & Pinterest lets users recognize objects and landmarks through a camera app.

Visual Search

Here’s what you can do when you take a photo of the following items:

  • Apparel and home goods: Find similar products and where to buy them.
  • QR Code: Use a barcode to find info about a product, like where to buy it.
  • Business card: Save the phone number or address to a contact.
  • Event flyer or billboard: Add the event to your calendar.

Content Creation and Repurposing

We believe that content repurposing will increase in importance across various channels.

Content Creation and Repurposing

Short-form videos content is increasing in popularity; with the rise of TikTok and the introduction to YouTube Shorts in 2021,  

Not only does repurposing reach new audiences, but it is also beneficial for people who absorb information in different ways: videos, podcasts, infographics, etc.

Storytelling > Advertising

Advertising will continue to shift to a more personal approach where companies become increasingly transparent and authentic with their audiences (rather than a BUY NOW approach).

 

Storytelling > Advertising

 

How might companies do this?

Offer behind-the-scenes content, demonstrate their values, increase community involvement.

Not only will this increase trust amongst potential customers, but it will also help build relationships and offer a valuable experience for everyone.

Mass Adoption of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain is a system of recording information that makes it difficult or impossible to change, hack, or cheat the system.

  • Green blockchain initiatives
  • NFT expanding beyond online art
  • More countries adopt Bitcoin and national cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain and IoT integration
  • Blockchain in vaccine manufacture and tracking

Mass Adoption of Blockchain Technology

More Trends!

Apart from the above trends, here are some more trends:

  • Cookieless World and Zero Party Data
  • TikTok and Twitch
  • Conversational Marketing (Live Chat, Interactive Video)
  • No Code Software Development

More Trends!

 

Wrapping It Up

We’re excited to see what 2022 has in store for advancements in marketing and technology.

 Let us know What are your predictions for 2022?

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