What is the future for marketing? Where is it going to change?
Whilst I do not profess to be able to predict the future, there are a couple of things that I am fairly sure will happen in the world of marketing.
The main reason for me knowing about these changes is that they are already happening.
Here they are:
There is going to be an increase in the importance of the use of marketing to mobile phones. Let’s face it, we pick up most of our emails on mobile now and do most of our Social Media on mobile too. I recently also read a statistic that said for the first time over 50% of web surfing was done on mobile. So we need to be good at marketing to mobile phones
The second big change is the use of video is going to increase. The use of video is already really important, but in the future, it is only going to increase. We can be far more persuasive, focused and powerful on video. In my opinion, websites are going to look more like TV stations. You only need to look at some of the statistics around YouTube to know how popular watching video is.
I have been a big fan of Robert Cialdini and his six principles of persuasion for many years.
I originally became familiar with his work years ago through, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”. It’s a must read. It gave me useful tools to use for marketing to others. Influencing others isn’t luck or magic –
Influencing others isn’t luck or magic – it’s science. There are proven ways to help make you more successful as a marketer. Scientifically Proven Ways to Be More Persuasive’, a book he co-authored with Noah Goldstein, a professor at the University of Chicago School of Business, and Steven Martin, Director, Influence at Work. The authors “relied entirely on the significant body of research from the study of social influence and persuasion” to suggest ways you can improve outbound messages and office interactions to get the results you want.
The Science behind the Principles “People’s ability to understand the factors that affect their behaviour is surprisingly poor,” Cialdini says. Most people can’t explain why they made a particular decision. But Cialdini can. And being able to identify the underlying factors that influence decisions mean we also understand how to use them to get more positive responses.
Be forewarned, though: The knowledge you’re about to receive shouldn’t be used to push shoddy goods or set unfair prices. “When these tools are used unethically as weapons of influence … any short-term gains will almost invariably be followed by long-term losses.”
Below is a video of Cialdini’s six principles of persuasion.