It’s the end of another year, which means it’s a time when many companies like to predict marketing and advertising trends for the coming year. Back in January 2017, we predicted that video, chatbots, and personalization was going to be big that year, and our guess was arguably right on the money. Since the McFadden/Gavender prognosticators are clearly as good as any, we’re ready to reveal what will be the five hottest marketing and advertising trends in 2019.
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Since the middle of the last century, most products and services have been marketed to an age demographic of 18-34, which today comprises 75.5 million people. The consumers in that age group set trends, and effective marketing and advertising strategies have to anticipate those trends, many of which are taking place on social media.
Ask 20 experts to predict the biggest trend in advertising for the upcoming year, and you’ll get 20 different answers. There are, however, three trends appearing on almost everyone’s list, and businesses who want to stay ahead of the competition should integrate them into their marketing strategy in 2017.
Years ago, advertising didn’t contain any element of immediacy. To get an ad in front of the public took time, whether the medium was print, a billboard, or a television/radio spot. Advertising was planned and purchased for the long term. For a company to respond to any event in a timely manner was nearly impossible. In the mid-90s, the internet, followed by the dawn of digital cameras, video, and printing, changed all that.