Even though I’m still wrapping my head around all the nuances of “mobile first = content first,” I believe the phrase aptly reflects an important new reality for businesses and marketers that can be understood as a two-part equation:
The exponential the increase in “big data” aggregation has paved the way for advanced online advertising technologies such as ad retargeting, which allows brands to micro-segment their audience in order to serve up contextually relevant ads in just the right place and at just the right time.
They just keep going up and up. That’s the takeaway from the recently released 2014 Internet Advertising Revenue Half-Year (HY) Report from IAB, which shows Internet advertising revenues in the US totaling $23.1 billion for the first six months of 2014, an increase of 15.1% over the first six months of 2013.
Taking a spin through the roster of partnerships announced in the US alone, it’s clear Apple is going all in on Apple Pay. Where Google struggled to ink deals with major banks and card carriers, Apple has secured agreements with the big three credit cards.
The digital consumer no longer needs to rely on traditional, interruptive outbound marketing tactics from brands trying to control their purchase decisions. They now have an alternative method of discovering and researching brands, of learning about and buying products and services: inbound marketing.
From the perspective of the digital consumer, the lines between online and offline have blurred; given this, most are looking for integrated shopping experiences, and retailers better take note and do something about it.
If you’re a small business owner who has put off committing to a website, the time has come to build one. If you have a website that is operating more like a novelty than a utility, the time has come for a redesign.
eCommerce; Augmented Reality (AR); Virtual Reality (VR): Three rapidly evolving digital technologies that have long held the theoretical promise of delivering more convenient, enhanced and immersive shopping experiences to consumers.
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