Marketing Trends You Can't Ignore in 2021
As the world recovers from COVID-19, businesses are facing new challenges and looking for new opportunities. 2021 represents a more competitive market, so businesses must alter and adopt new strategies to market themselves above and beyond their competition.
These current marketing trends are ones you cannot ignore in 2021.
While many internal meetings and job interviews have moved to video and voice software post-pandemic, there are still some aspects of video appointments that can be adopted to benefit your company & its customers. These benefits include:
- Allows customer flexibility: new and existing customers can have the option to schedule in-person, video, or voice meetings with your company.
- Expands your service area: meeting virtually eliminates limitations on leads with different time zones & expands beyond your local area.
- Increases time for your company: voice and video options eliminate travel time, increase prep time for customers, and allow more time for productivity.
Live Chat/Chat Bots
The ability to connect with prospects and customers real-time is now more important than ever. AI has improved companies’ ability to communicate with their customers - even when their employees aren’t working. Chatbots and Live Chat are software that instantly responds to inquiries 24/7 on your website. They increase user response rate and improve customer satisfaction. According to g2, Chatbots are powering 85% of customer service.
To increase your chance of conversions, your company should have as many options of contact as possible. Live Chat and Chatbots are essential to have enabled on your website, and you should include these options as well:
- Website Forms
- Facebook Messenger
- Instagram Messenger
- Direct Messages
Community Involvement and Collaborations
In 2021, there has been an emphasis on company community service and corporate social responsibility. Being conscious of how your company’s product or service impacts the community is essential to its reputation, online and in-person.
It is important for businesses to give back, because they have remained successful due to their local community.
A great way to get involved and build partnerships is to collaborate with community organizations, such as joining with other businesses to sponsor local events or volunteering at a local charity organization with your coworkers.
Content marketing continues to be the number one contributor to Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
The advice from Google’s John Mueller is that “rather than chase the latest SEO trends, it’s more important to ensure a site has fast speeds, useful links, and well-written content.”
88% of B2B content marketers agree that creating content makes their audience view their organization as a credible and trusted resource.
Content marketing is essential to become a credible, authoritative resource on topics that matter to potential customers and existing clients / partners. Quality content allows your brand to reinforce its customer relationships, grow its customer base, and even increase profits.
Examples of content include:
- Informational Posts and Graphics
- White Papers
- Informational or Educational Videos
- And more
What’s most important is that the information in your content is consistent, valuable, and relevant to the targeted audience.
The impact that customer reviews have on your business is undeniable. Featuring great reviews on your website and social media is beneficial, but responding to and engaging with customers via your reviews is absolutely necessary. Your company can lose potential business and customers because of negative reviews that haven’t been responded to.
Making sure to respond to both good and bad reviews professionally is very important. There are many platforms on which users can leave reviews - make sure your company is monitoring these websites. Not responding to user reviews could be driving potential customers away. Even a good user review deserves a brief, but grateful, response on behalf of your company because the user took the time to gush about your company and potentially bring in more customers.
Implementing these marketing trends will directly benefit your business by strengthening customer relationships, improving SEO, and ultimately increasing customer satisfaction and company profits.
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