1. I think there will be a coming to terms with the fact that you can’t / shouldn’t have a separate “digital” strategy from the “traditional” strategy. I’m seeing this more, and more – though I’m still seeing the 2 treated as though the company or brand has 2 heads acting on different goals. I hope we see very soon, that when we talk strategy it’s assumed we’re covering all goals considering all appropriate channels.
    Short answer: Integrated traditional and digital strategies.

  2. Real Time: You touched on it a bit – but the reality will be that data reporting, following, conversing, replying, posting will all be real time. Businesses will need to quicken the pace of their acceptance of digital mediums. Waiting a month or a week for information will make that information dated. Understanding how to capitalize will be understanding how to take advantage of “right now”. Think event memorabilia – harder sell when you’re no longer at the concert, but a hot ticket item at intermission.

  3. Mitch – you make some great points!!
    I would add that Augmented reality is going to combine points 1,3, & 4 and take micro-targeting to the next level.
    In terms of analytics, research will move away from “me” to “we” research, something the prediction markets are already doing. Look for other predictive models like Net Lift etc. to pick up steam as well to help marketers optimize their $ spend. Also, look for sCRM and other approaches to start getting integrated more and more.
    You will also see crowd-sourced marketing programs really start to mature in the next 2 years.
    Perhaps the most significant change that needs to happen (not quite sure about the timeline though) is the critical need for individual mindsets and organizational culture to change, and not just marketing, in order to truly capitalize on empowered diversity.

  4. Also – trending. Watching real time trending will be very important to business – expecially when consider product launches, released material etc.

  5. It’s amazing how many people outside of the tech and social media bubbles are unaware of these factors that we consider to be common knowledge. Thanks for laying them out and tying them together in a concise manner. The faster the general public can grok the new realities of how we live, compute, communicate and share in our world of new media, the more we’ll all benefit.

  6. I like the insight here Mitch. So true too. The current favorite of mine that you focused on is analytics. To answer the question at the end of your post: the business marketing methods of yesterday don’t need to be washed away down the drain, they need to be melded with the new media methods of today. Plenty of old school marketers out there that need to collaborate with the “new kids” on the block. Knowledge transfer and cross training is invaluable.

  7. I like your points and believe they are all likely to impact marketing, especially the emergence of real-time analytics. The people in charge of website analytics today will have the chance to really play an important and expanded role in the future. However, are the people in these roles really ready to get in front of “the business”?
    Another reaction to your article, these items make me even more inclined to want to utilize and be empowered with different online profiles or personas. In fact, I should be able to switch between them on my choosing. I am going to want to share and receive different information when at work as a professional vs. at home or on the road.

  8. Adam brings up a great point about the personal/professional balance that many people prefer to keep separate. It is true that often times with the social web they spill over together, but there are valid reasons to keep the personas fenced. I know a law enforcement friend whom will not connect with me on LinkedIn due to an attempt at keeping a low profile. Respectable, but how does this affect his social networking efforts? Greatly.
    Good thing so many of these are opt in, for now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I guess if there was one word that could pull it all together it would be:
    Creating an incredible, natural experience that bond customers to businesses is the way of the future.
    And that’s great news to the little guy/mom & pop stores that are going up against Wall Street & Wal Mart.
    Great post, Mitch.

  10. Great points! I believe the corporation will experience a very similar fate as musicians post-digital age. Yes there will always be rockstar brands, but there will also be many smaller companies who will (with mastery of their online world) experience far greater success than would previously have been possible. An expanding corporate middle class that is web saavy.

  11. Mitch,
    Fantastic post. I love your enthusiasm and passion towards the new digital world. It’s funny how so many people rubbished the announcement of the iPad, and never saw the potential. Now with the world in full blown tablet mania, both on the consumer and the manufacturer side.
    In response to your question:
    “What current trends do you think will become business and marketing standards going forward?” I am hugely excited about the current accelerated pace the industry is moving at, but I do think the question is more “What marketing standards should be introduced to regulate, and protect consumers?”
    The reason I say this is geolocation can become very intrusive, and people will take advantage of this and ruin the party for everyone. In order to instill harmony with real time operations, there needs to be barriers and protection first in my opinion.

  12. Great post Mitch. Here are four trends that are waaay under the radar. . .
    Marketing in a customer world vs. a consumer world. When you differentiate between the two the very idea of what marketing is begins to change. My good friend Mike Bonifer did an awesome post on it it here. http://www.gamechangers.com/index.html/archives/1713
    Marketing the context instead of the content. As is evident with Youtube, twitter (or any “social media platform) any tom, dick and harry can create content. But it’s spotlighting the context and speaking about the content under the umbrella of a relevant context that truly has the ability impact and become sustainable. A brief talk on it here – http://www.cnvrgnc.com/journal-old/2010/2/7/the-intersection-of-content-and-context.html
    Marketing as narrative. Marketing lives in the business world (primarily) yet the world (day by day) is becoming more technological and interactive (social). Identifying the Narrative positions a brand and its customers to discover vs. having what we want (or think we want) and then marketing that. Marketing is limited in a dynamic multi-channel world. Narrative Identification is not. It allows much more agility in a ever-changing marketplace.
    Keep the good stuff coming Mitch.

  13. One of the major trends I think we’ll see in business and marketing is much more collaboration. If blogging/social media has showed us anything it’s that we may start out working as individuals, but real growth comes from collaboration (guest posts, collaborative, ebooks, interviews, etc).
    Where I see this translating for big brands is by collaborating with complementary products. I currently freelance for a company called Bio Ionic that makes an Ionic hair straightener. As part of how to build their fan base on Facebook, I recommended that they consider partnering up with products that actually compliment their product (i.e. hair color, shampoo, etc). I think if brands embrace this mentality a bit more they’ll get quite a bit of mileage out of their social media marketing. A few others I can think of:
    Travel Sites: They should partner with rental car companies, travel guides, hotels, etc, etc.
    Food Sites: Should partner with people like Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, etc. If I were Zagat for example I would hook up with Williams Sonoma and try to find a common ground. If I were a well known restaurant locally I would capitalize on the network of other brands.
    The list goes on and on.

  14. Location-awareness is interesting yet scary at the same time… will we have more of our personal lives broadcast? I guess it’s all about setting your own personal boundaries of what you want others to know….

  15. Does anyone have any recommendations on Real-time analytics measurement software?
    Have been going through Avinash Kaushik’s Web Analytics 2.0 book…great reading! …noticed Mitch’s praise on p.1!
    Liked your comment Mitch about typing on glass…reminds me of Pranav Mistry from M.I.T.:

  16. Very insightful stuff. Not totally onboard with everything but i see your angle. keep it up

  17. I work in the sports industry and always ‘surprised’ that an our business is always behind (sometimes way behind) the opportunities available online / Social media etc…
    Are you guys aware of any key progresses in Sports / or orgasniations that do manage to buck that trend – and lead rather than follow at long distance…

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