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Marketing Trends To Watch Out For In 2024

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In the ever-evolving world of marketing, businesses are once again gearing up to set sail in the dynamic sea of strategies to stay competitive and relevant. As we approach 2024, it’s crucial to spotlight the trends that will shape the marketing landscape. In 2023 we saw AI launch its way into the sphere, while many brands tried their hand at reactive marketing on social media taking after the likes of Aldi versus Marks and Spencer.

Join us as we explore the winds of change blowing through the industry, focusing on the proactive and forward-thinking approaches that will define the upcoming year.

Personalisation: Tailoring Experiences Based on Preferences

It comes as no surprise that personalisation continues to be a guiding principle in the marketing playbook. By actively planning and executing strategies that cater to individual preferences, businesses can gain a competitive edge.

Take it from Spotify, perhaps the leader in personalised marketing due to their annual famous Spotify Wrapped trend. In 2023, the streaming giant introduced ’daylists,’ which curate playlists based on users’ listening behaviour corresponding to the day and time. This innovative feature offers Spotify the opportunity to promote new artists to consumers, seamlessly blended with their favourite songs. Coupled with the dynamic and evolving playlist names, it not only enhances user engagement but also generates shareable content. Users frequently share their playlists on social media, organically creating fantastic user-generated content for the brand.

In 2024, brands will have the opportunity to personalise their marketing material to meet their audience’s wants and needs. Think about ways an audience can insert themselves into the world of your product or service. Like the Barbie Movie, whose personalised posters created a boom in user-generated content, or the famous “Share a Coke with…” campaign. Personalised emails, custom video messaging, product recommendations, and more are all great ways to tap into the trend. As a brand, you have valuable insight into your customer’s habits. And you can use that to your advantage.

Analysing market trends, understanding customer needs, and crafting targeted campaigns create an environment where businesses can meet and exceed customer expectations.

Image of a spotify daylist.
I’m really exposing myself here with this daylist.

Video Content Is Here To Stay

Video content remains a powerhouse in digital engagement. Short-form videos and live streaming will be pivotal in 2024, just as they have been in the past couple of years. As businesses gear up to ride this visual wave, creating compelling stories that resonate with the audience will be key.

Short-Form Videos Sell Your Story
The meteoric rise of short-form video platforms like Instagram Reels and TikTok has significantly contributed to the evolving landscape of digital content. These platforms have revolutionised how users consume and create content, especially among younger demographics. With the ability to produce bite-sized, engaging videos, businesses are finding new and creative ways to connect with their audiences. The trend is likely to persist in 2024, prompting brands to refine their short-form video strategies for optimal engagement. Because we are becoming so used to shorter clips, our attention span is decreasing so it is vital to get your message across in a quick and engaging way.

Connect With Your Audience Live
The appeal of live streaming as a dynamic and immediate way to connect with audiences has also solidified its place in digital marketing. This direct engagement allows businesses to answer questions, showcase behind-the-scenes content, and host live events, creating a sense of authenticity that resonates with audiences. TikTok Live and Instagram Live, specifically, serve as bridges between brands and their audiences, offering a unique way to foster real-time connections. TikTok Live enables brands to connect with users through live video streams, allowing for interactive sessions where comments and reactions shape the content in real time. Audiences can also ‘pay’ creators in the way of gifts throughout livestreams. Instagram Live, on the other hand, provides a similar platform for immediate engagement, allowing businesses to host Q&A sessions, product launches, or share live updates.

One notable trend is the generation of user-generated content (UGC) on video-sharing platforms. Whether it’s through duets, collaborations, or live comment interactions, brands can leverage UGC as social currency, creating authentic and relatable content that resonates with a wider audience.

The Boom of AI and Automation

The year 2023 saw AI emerge as a game-changer, with businesses across various industries embracing its capabilities to transform marketing strategies. AI’s ability to analyse vast datasets, identify patterns, and provide actionable insights became a cornerstone for data-driven decision-making. Marketers leveraged AI to gain deeper insights into consumer behaviour, personalise campaigns, and optimise overall marketing efficiency. The influence of AI is not poised to wane in 2024, and its integration into graphic design software such as Photoshop and Canva is a significant indicator of its continued impact.

AI in Graphic Design: Revolutionising Creativity
The influence of AI expanded beyond traditional marketing applications and penetrated the realm of graphic design. Software giants like Photoshop and Canva incorporated AI-driven features, revolutionising the creative process. AI-powered tools in graphic design software now offer automated enhancements, intelligent suggestions, and even the ability to generate design elements, streamlining the design workflow and allowing designers to focus on the more nuanced aspects of their craft.

Chat GPT and AI-Generated Content: A Creative Revolution
Chat GPT, along with similar AI-driven tools, has become a beacon for marketers seeking innovative ways to produce high-quality content efficiently. This revolutionary technology, powered by OpenAI’s advanced language model, allows marketers to create engaging and contextually relevant content by simply interacting with the AI. Whether it’s drafting compelling copy, generating creative ideas, or fine-tuning messaging, Chat GPT acts as a collaborative partner, empowering marketers to transcend traditional boundaries in content creation.

Anticipating AI’s Continued Impact in 2024
As we navigate 2024, the collaborative synergy between marketers and AI tools is set to define the future of content creation. Marketers are embracing these technologies not as replacements but as invaluable collaborators that augment creativity and efficiency. This collaborative approach ensures that AI-generated content aligns with the brand’s vision while offering marketers the flexibility and adaptability needed to stay ahead in the ever-evolving marketing landscape.

Don’t believe me? The last four paragraphs were written by an AI tool.

An Exciting Year Ahead

As we step into 2024, the marketing horizon is filled with promise and challenges. Striking a balance between proactive strategies and the ability to adapt to the unexpected will be crucial. Just as a well-thought-out marketing plan acts as a roadmap, businesses can navigate these trends successfully and steer their efforts toward achieving their goals.

Want to work with us next year and make your business a success? Contact us to find out how we can help you reach new heights.

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