In the digital era, sharing information is easier than it ever has been before. Each year, new tools and technologies have emerged and the marketing technology landscape has swelled to 7,040 solutions. Marketers can now choose from a dizzying array of options to connect to new audiences, promote their products, or build brand loyalty.

To keep up with your competition, you must keep up with the trends. Take a moment to think about technology’s impact on your business and how you can take advantage of it. What new tools, technologies, or platforms can you use? Are there ways you can streamline operations? Improve customer support and customer experiences? Optimize lead acquisition? What tools do you actually need? What’s just fluff and unnecessary overhead?

Critical analysis will help you identify what you should invest in now, what you should cut, and where your industry is moving in the future. Don’t get left behind and continue with the status quo. Your business will grow if you proactively engage customers in new ways and retain them through excellent experiences.

That being said, we’d like to share  digital marketing trends for 2020 you should watch out for:

  1. Private Messaging Apps to Connect Directly
    As 2020 approaches, many companies will start shifting their focus on how to better use private messaging apps. Smartphone apps like WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat have already gained massive popularity. Instead of using emails, cutting edge companies are adopting the use of private apps as well as private messaging groups.

Major brands are already undergoing experiments in monetizing messaging apps and soon enough, customers will be able to pay for products directly through messaging apps. Sending and receiving money will be much easier.

Some applications like WeChat Pay have already made significant progress in making it easier to pay online; WeChat, Venmo, and PayPal users are already getting into the habit of using these types of apps to transfer money to their peers.

2.Take Off your chatbox

Chatbots either use verbal interactions or chat windows to help web users find what they’re looking for.

Hiring an individual to monitor and communicate with visitors on your website can be expensive, but chatbots save costs by answering common questions on your behalf. And subsequently, customers tend to appreciate the personalized service and getting their questions answered quickly.

Additional Benefits of Using Chatbots in Digital Marketing
It Saves Time: Unlike humans, a chatbot can provide answers quickly to all kinds of questions. And quick responses mean that customers can make decisions faster.

Customer Satisfaction: Unlike humans, the chatbot doesn’t need time to rest. Any time the customer wants information, it’s right at their fingertips. And as the chatbot responds more accurately, your sales conversion rates will increase as well.

Good Humor: A chatbot is never moody. You will never hear customers complain about being turned away. They are unbiased, clear, and informative- all the qualities that make your customers feel at ease.

3.Personalization Moves Beyond the First Name
Many companies are dabbling in personalization, but only a few are excelling at it. Giants like Amazon, Target, Netflix, Nike, and Spotify have the data and analytical prowess to develop highly customized experiences. Customers are given relevant messages at the right time and place—and they love it.

Amazon grew its business by analyzing customers’ behaviors and promoting products based on intelligent assumptions and the user’s past purchase history. It showcases products that a person may be interested in by putting forth similar or complementary products in a Recommendations tab, and Amazon found that this upsell tactic works in getting more business.

Personalization is truly the future of digital marketing. And these days, it’s what consumers expect…one study even shows that 79% of consumers feel frustrated if the content their viewing isn’t tailored to them.

This quote says it all in terms of the importance of personalization. This is one of the reasons why companies and marketers address you by your first name whenever you see it in your emails.

It is ultimately the best tool for increasing conversions, and this is the reason why some marketers have been leveraging it for decades to improve their marketing efforts. One study shows that personalized email campaigns receive 29% higher email open rates and 41% higher click-through rates than traditional emails with no form of personalization.

That means if you haven’t tried out personalization in your digital marketing strategy, then you’re leaving a lot of benefits on the table. Here are some reasons why:

The primary benefit of personalized marketing is having the control to reach a specific group of customers. And by collecting user data from list segments, surveys, or studies, you’re better positioned to create more relevant and effective email campaigns towards targeted audiences based on their buying habits, interests, and behaviors.

For example, if your target audience likes movies and general entertainment, you can embed pop culture references when sending your emails, creating blog posts, or even in your email opt-in forms to deliver a more personalized experience with your content. Hopefully, your audience will appreciate the references and better relate to your brand which will ultimately boost conversions.

4.Next-GEN SEO is Here
Right now, a lot of different changes are taking place in the search engines industry and updates are happening constantly. These changes have profoundly affected the user’s search results.

Most notably, Google’s BERT update has made a major impact on the SEO world. The BERT abbreviation stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers. It’s a deep learning algorithm that’s related to natural language processing. Google is striving to make its search engine smarter and improve its ability to understand the complex nuances of language and the searcher’s intent. According to Google, BERT will affect complicated search queries that rely on context.

Here’s what Google says: ” Well, by applying BERT models to both ranking and featured snippets in Search, we’re able to do a much better job helping you find useful information. Particularly for longer, more conversational queries, or searches where prepositions like “for” and “to” matter a lot to the meaning, Search will be able to understand the context of the words in your query. You can search in a way that feels natural for you.”

What does BERT mean for you?

If your website is poorly written and lacks clarity, you may see a decrease in traffic. There isn’t a quick fix or tactic to bolster rankings. Instead, you need to remember that your website is for people, not just algorithms. Think about why people come to your website. What is their intent? Now, answer their questions as clearly as possible and organize the information in a logical manner. When you write for people, you’ll see success.

Every new algorithm comes with different benefits or problems, depending on how you look at it. As always, Google’s algorithm updates are focused on improving the search experience and giving people the best possible answer to their question.

5.Advertising Targeting Improves

Companies use digital ads to market their products, but have you ever come across an online ad that was straight up annoying or had nothing to do with you? Not only do online consumers tend to ignore these ads, but they may also end up hating the product and doing everything in their power to stay away from the brand.

Therefore, you will see in 2020 and beyond that the quality of search results will improve dramatically.

Forbes magazine states that because of this overwhelming digital connection, unrelated ads or brands that keep on bombarding people with their irrelevant ads will be disregarded by 49% of people.

But on the other hand, people love great content.

If your brand consistently sends tailored messages, then 36% will respond by buying the product.

Many companies are aware of this trend and are already planning accordingly. And we’re predicting right now that by the year 2020, most companies will be targeting precise audiences and users will only be viewing (and responding to) hyper-relevant ads.

Conclusion
If you are operating a business, it’s important to know about current marketing trends and be able to stay on top of where digital marketing is headed in the future.