Is 2016 the year marketing and the Internet of Things finally enter a meaningful new phase?
Don't bet on it. But there are some promising signs.
In the days since CES, much has been made of the emergence of new ecosystems enabled by so-called "smart products"—connected devices that deliver information or can be controlled using your mobile phone.
Fitness apparel brand Under Armour was one entrant that generated a lot of attention during the show for its new Gemini 2 running shoes, which can track run duration, distance and more—without the need for syncing with a mobile device.
It's just the latest in innovative smart products UA has been rolling out, including a heart-rate monitor, new headphones and apps that, as Engadget reports today, the company hopes to use as the foundation for an interconnected ecosystem.
Indeed, while Engadget indicates these products still have a ways to go, they still point toward fitness apparel that doesn't just keep you comfortable, but also delivers useful services to you automatically and seamlessly, behind the scenes, to help you attain your goals.
From Data Collection to Data Utility
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We're all spoiled brats. Think about it for a moment. It used to be normal to search through fifty pounds of books to figure out if it was ok to serve pinot blanc with brie. It was either that or pick up the phone and call that one uncle you haven't talked to in eight years. Oh how the world has changed! If I get a Yahoo Answers reply that's over 500 words, I cry TL;DR and move on.
Now I'm not saying that our streamlining of knowledge acquisition technology and the concurrent adjustment of expectations is necessarily a bad thing. I'm saying that we, as marketers and content creators, need to acknowledge that there is a new standard that we need to meet. It isn't good enough to have the right information. It needs to be presented in a way that is easy to read and easy to understand.
Our solution has been infographics. A properly built infographic is by far the best way to organize useful information in an appealing way. That isn't to say that there aren't drawbacks. Infographics are images, so Google's web crawlers can't see the content. This can make the whole post look like there is... Read more
Standing Out has become increasingly challenging in a world of sensory overload. Because of this, 2016 will be the Year of the Brand, because a familiar and trusted brand still has the ability to cut through the clutter. Organizations will look deep inside themselves to find those unique characteristics which differentiate them from the competition. The Top 16 Marketing Trends for 2016 support this movement.
Take a look at 4 marketing trends to help you stand out in 2016:
1. BRAND AWARENESS WILL BE KEY INITIATIVE
To stand out, an organization must have a clear idea of where it is standing now
Defining key brand attributes (differentiation, relevance, promise and intelligence) will be critical
Clarification of core values, mission and vision will lead to authenticity
What sets your brand apart will facilitate your distinct advantage
2. COMPANY BRAND MUST ALIGN WITH BUSINESS STRATEGY AND PURPOSE
Brands have become increasingly disjointed and misunderstood both internally and externally
The brand must be consistent with internal and external perceptions, reputation and purpose
Alignment will provide a firm foundation on which to build strategy and direction
Internal alignment will contribute to team strength and consistent brand and messaging
3. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IS KEY
Intrusive, mass-target marketing is expected to decline as relationships built on trust increase
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