marketing 2021

What Will Marketing Look Like In 2021

Any experienced marketer will understand the value of staying on top of digital marketing trends as it pertains to staying afloat in the contemporary marketing landscape. To help your business pivot with the times, we’ve put together a list of the marketing trends likely to take precedence in 2021.

Planning ahead

Marketers have increasingly realized the value of carving out a designated time to brainstorm ideas and implementations for future marketing strategies. At present, 41% of marketing executives say they lack the time and energy to actualize their marketing goals and hope to improve on this in 2021. Not only does planning ahead mean your business gets a head start against your competitors, but it also helps bring to fruition your invaluable ideas. Remember, while many ideas hold potential, they are nothing without proper execution.

Oversharing will be a thing of the past

57% of the customers following brands on social media do so in order to stay up-to-date with new products and services. With this in mind, businesses are growing to realize that no release or restock isn’t worth sharing, no matter how big or small their followings may be. In addition to keeping your following informed about when they can expect new releases, it’s a good idea to look into what content is already most engaged with on your social media accounts. Depending on your type of business, some followers may interact most with infographics, while others may be more inclined towards your humorous posts.

Customer service will take the cake

Social media is still largely an untapped resource when it comes to real-time engagement with your brand’s customer base. This year, 49% of customers were found to be inclined to unfollow a brand in response to their poor customer service. As such, a top priority for marketers in 2021 will be improving the handling of customer inquiries. Whether this is replying to followers in the comments section of your posts, or responding promptly via your website’s ‘Contact Us’ page, a little goes a long way in ensuring your customers feel well looked after.

Faster turnarounds

In addition to optimizing your engagement with customers across all social media platforms, it is important to note that 79% of customers have an expectation of brands to respond to their queries within 24 hours of first reaching out. In the coming year, the sooner you can get back to people, the better. Not only does a quick response time ensure that you’re resolving issues faster, but it also contributes to customer loyalty. Customers are far more likely to remain committed to a brand if they feel their service expectations are met.

Prepare to embrace overlap

Instagram introduced its shopping feature this year, which has led to an increase in its users turning to the app in order to help them find brands whose products and services are similar to others they already follow. This puts newfound emphasis on the discovery page as a means of developing new leads out of customers who engage with brands similar in some way or another to your own. In fact, 45% of customers rely on suggestions by way of their Instagram feed or discovery tools as a way of finding new accounts that align with their interests. To ensure your business is doing everything it can to expand its customer base in 2021, think about what industries overlap with your own and tap into their followings.

The medium is the message

According to Sprout Social, 68% of customers prefer image content while 50% prefer video content. Keep that in mind as you plan your social media content for the coming year in order to enhance the likelihood of captivating your online audience. When attempting to reach future leads and retain their intrigue, consider what kinds of media are most likely to be engaged with. A good way to start is by looking back at all your posts from 2020 and taking note of those that received the highest engagement. What topics were they covering? And what medium were they delivered in?

Get with the times

On the same note, the mediums employed by social media users have evolved throughout 2020 in response to a general increase in the time spent online throughout the pandemic. Many have seen the rise of TikTok and subsequently Instagram’s appropriation of this phenomenon in the form of Reels. In the last quarter of 2020 alone, TikTok has seen a global increase in usage of 72% outside of China. Some marketers have been quick to jump on this opportunity, particularly those brands that target younger audiences. It is also important to keep in mind that Instagram is likely to reward those who try out their newest features first by increasing their visibility on the app. If you’ve yet to utilize TikTok or Reels, 2021 is better late than never.