Digital Marketing Trends
Digital Marketing Trends

Digital Marketing Trends in 2017

What is digital marketing?

Digital marketing refers to marketing techniques that make use of digital media channels. Nowadays, much of marketing is tending towards becoming “essentially digital”.

When we consider digital marketing the first idea that comes to mind is the conventional form, through the internet. But it would be a mistake to forget mobile phones, tablets, GPS and other connected devices.

It’s unnecessary to start by explaining the importance of digital marketing, because if you have found this article that means you’re already aware of its importance and you are trying to find out about the latest trends in 2017. Let’s try to satisfy your curiosity!

What are these digital marketing trends?

The main digital marketing trends in 2018 are not totally new. Some of them have already existed for a few months or even years. Let’s take a look at these trends:

  1. Immersive Marketing (Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR)): just one example is enough to illustrate this: Pokémon GO. The game was launched last year and was a huge success from the start. Many brands are using AR for advertising, such as the PepsiCo bus shelter ad in London.
  2. Video Live Streaming: this is being used more and more by the users of social media. Additionally, millions viewed the first live-streamed Presidential debate.
  3. Big Data and Data Visualization Tools: nowadays we have access to so much data but our brain cannot keep up and understand everything, so we will increasingly rely on tools to help comprehend the data.
  4. Native Advertising: also a common trend this year, and maybe even sneakier than before (or should we just say “more effective” in attracting attention?!)
  5. Dense Content: by providing useful content for customers, trying to share information in a way that offers a unique experience.

After analyzing these different trends, one question comes to mind: Do these trends also arise in the Chinese market?

Let’s check if the trends in the Chinese market are the same as those in the general market:

  1. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
  2. Content marketing such as: strong and personalized customer focus, quality content, word-of-mouth and  influencer marketing
  3. Video Live Streaming
  4. As always WeChat is becoming stronger than never
  5. M-commerce: more and more trade is done through mobile phones
  6. User experience: responsive designs for mobile, iPad, and desktop screens
  7. Focus on the local market: the international companies will have to adapt their offer, services and products to the Chinese local market

Let’s see two study cases

A successful case study:

Virtual reality case study: “New York times takes news to a new generation.”

In a world that is constantly evolving, particularly in the digital arena, it is not unusual to see a decline in print sales.

The challenge

How is it possible for a 165-year-old newspaper, such as the New York Times, to reach the next generation of readers? Nowadays the New York Times faces huge competition to try to keep the newspaper’s market share. They must contend with Facebook Instant Articles, Snapchat Stories and even Twitter. They needed to find an idea to attract new readers, the Millennials.

The plan

The New York Times used virtual reality (VR) to meet the challenge. Its sponsors General Electric and Mini were supportive. They planned to use this technological trend to put people into news stories like never before.

The solution

They developed a platform called NYT VR with T Brand Studio to deliver different virtual reality short films over the year.

A virtual reality app

was launched on Google Play and Apple's App Store by the New York Times. Google Cardboard VR viewers have been sent to its 1.1 million print subscribers to promote the app.

Everything started with an initial film called “The Displaced” that followed the life of three refugee children from South Soudan, Syria and eastern Ukraine.

The results

The app was downloaded more than half a million times. Over 1.5 million views were been recorded by NYT VR with a viewing period of 6 minutes per session. The campaign won the mobile Grand Prix at Cannes Lions 2016.

Failure with digital marketing:


Artificial Intelligence study case: Twitter bot of Microsoft.

In a world that is increasingly competitive, we have to find a way to stand out as different from the others, but this is not always easy.

The problem

Every big company has a social media presence, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, or similar. They all have their own Twitter page, but how can they differentiate themselves? This is a real challenge for each of them.

The plan:

Microsoft had the original idea to take advantage of one of the new digital trends: artificial intelligence. More precisely, a bot for their Twitter page. The purpose was to use this technology to generate conversation between followers and the bot. The bot could reply to the questions that people asked; the more you chat with it, the more personalized the answers.

The solution:

They implemented a chatbot – called Tay – for their own Twitter page, with the particular characteristic that it would learn from its followers through conversation.

The result:

After 24 hours, the Microsoft account acquired 23,000 new followers…but with what purpose? They only followed it to determine its limits and make fun of it. After only 8 hours of activity, the bot was put on standby. Do you know why? Because the followers taught it to became a sexist and racist “jerk”. Since then, we have not heard from it and Microsoft has deleted all its tweets.

What is your next move?

We suggest you to stay aware of your environment but do not rush to take advantage of these trends in 2017 too quickly, because as described above, there is always a possibility of failure. Before utilizing one of these trends you need to first analyze your problem and/or your objectives and then try to find the best option that will most suit you. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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