Top 5 Digital Marketing Trends in 2012

Top 10 Marketing Trends in 2012

1. Reputation-90% of people trust online reviews. Regularly review and post  comments about your company, its products or services. Leverage social media assets like Facebook, YouTube and blogs. Ask  clients, vendors and peers to contribute. 78% search a company online before buying.

lead nurturing

2. Lead Nurturing-50% of online leads are not ready to buy and 90% or more visitors to your site do nothing. Include a CRM program in your budget and commit all employees to get permission from prospects to email and/or phone to stay in touch. Be sure to test or expand re-marketing as part of your display advertising to bring people back to your site that visited previously.

Mobile Website

3. Mobile-Expect mobile to produce leads and sales for you this year. At a minimum be sure you create and deploy a mobile version of your web site. 90% of mobile searches result in action; 53% purchase due to mobile search and 71% of users search after seeing a mobile ad.

Local Search

4. Local SearchGoogle now deems local search important and that means you should too. Last year there were over 4 billion local searches on Google each month. 20% of all searches are local; 61% of all local searches result in a purchase; 55% of consumers with mobile phones use them to buy local products or services.

SEO & Social are Merging

SEO & Social are Merging

5. Social and SEO Merge-Google  has accelerated this inevitable change with 70 million Google + users since June 2011, and then there is Facebook approaching 1 billion members, Twitter, YouTube (owned by Google) and others. Any effective SEO campaign already uses social profiles and their content plus social bookmarks and links to make its companion Website more popular for search engines. If you don’t have both SEO and Social media cooking in 2012-you will quickly begin to lag behind your online competition  for search leads and sales.

In summary, 2012 may be the end of the Mayan calendar, but it will also mark the coming of age and necessity for true end-end digital marketing.

Steve Emory, co-author DM Deja vu

President, Managing Partner Emory Digital

Credits: National Positions our SEO partner; Nielson  Report, Cone Communications, Hubspot, Google Smartphone User study, BIA Kelsey, eMarketer

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One Comment on “Top 5 Digital Marketing Trends in 2012”

  1. At the risk of sounding repetitive, businesses should be investing in a mobile version of their web site in 2012. It is the next wave in keeping up with communication trends.

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