Future Marketing Trends to Watch Out For in 2015

Is use of a press release still good for marketing?24-7 Press Release Newswire, a leading provider of press release distribution services online constantly pays attention to marketing trends, trends which may even be a few months out. During a research, we came across some future marketing trends for 2015 that we wanted to share as we felt they were valuable.  Check them out here.

Looking ahead – especially seeing as the New Year is rapidly approaching – it’s important for marketers, online marketers, PRs and marketing managers to look at the top predictions for marketing next year.

Some of the most interesting items, for us, to come out of the slideshow are:

In the USA, 25% of web users are mobile-only, never using a laptop or PC. – This is an incredible statistic, particularly if you are an online only retailer.  If you are not mobile ready by now, your competition is and is also far ahead of you!

Email marketing is going to remain an important part of the marketing mix. – Our take is that as long as people have email, these campaigns will never go by the wayside.

The art of storytelling through effective PR campaigns will remain critical. – This is huge.  At 24-7 Press Release News, we have started to see a pickup in the press release distribution industry.  As marketers and SEO individuals begin to put Panda and Penguin aside when thinking of a press release, they begin to see and experience the true value of a press release when integrated into their social media plan.  This means sharing your press release, posting to assorted communities and of course your blog.  Long gone are the days of keyword linking.  Content is king.

We know the importance of using valuable content and superb visual images in online PR campaigns, to create a memorable experience for the reader. The statistics back this up, especially for images.

One of our favorite maxims in delivering effective online PR is ‘don’t monitor the News, become the News’ – and consistent provision of News through online press release distribution helps our clients to move towards this goal.

There’s some really useful visuals, statistics and eye opening content in the slideshow – take a closer look here.

If you have any queries or questions about our ranges of press release distribution services, please feel free to get in touch here.

Where Does a Press Release Sit Within the Online Marketing Mix

Marketing MixAt 24-7 Press Release we’ve been dedicating time recently to consider the overall value and effectiveness of a press release, in relation to where it sits within the overall online marketing mix.

An effective press release can be one of the most powerful online marketing tools currently available.

Some of the reasons we believe a press release is a vital consideration within your online marketing mix include:

* A press release is an important tool in tying together all of your main marketing messages in one coherent document.

* Running disparate online marketing channels such as AdWords campaigns and Facebook conversations can be included in your online marketing mix, but a press release should be referenced with links, as well as your business’s ‘Latest News’ section containing your archive of press releases.

* AdWords are a short and sweet part of the online marketing mix – whereas a press release contains much more detailed information that can’t really be as effectively conveyed across a Facebook Post, AdWord campaign or blog post.

The main difference between a blog post and a press release is that a blog is useful for general updates online, and with items going on in your business – but aren’t newsworthy enough to merit a full dedicated press release.

A press release is essentially for a specific and significant online marketing purpose, such as the announcement of a new product or service, or the appointment of a new executive for a well-known Branded company, or end-of-year corporate earnings…the list is endless for including a press release in your online marketing mix.

If you have any queries or questions about our ranges of press release distribution services, please feel free to get in touch here.

Comparison Of Marketing Trend Basics – What Is The Most Effective Method?

I came across an excellent article advising of the differences between many types of marketing currently on the minds of many in the marketing world.  This would include:

  • Online MarketingMarketing Chess Strategy
  • Inbound Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing

Most may have heard of these terminologies, but do you really know what they are?

ONLINE MARKETING

This may commonly be referred to as “Internet Marketing”, an incorporation of the previously mentioned methods of marketing.  The purpose is to increase visibility to your website, blog, product and or service while providing a connection with your audience.  Using a combination of ad-words and a press release service are an excellent, broad, yet targeted reach for immediate and quick recognition. Using a press release is an excellent way to kick start your social media marketing game as you can provide a link on your social media channels to your press release the day it goes out. From here, your press release may be shared through social media marketing.

INBOUND MARKETING

When you think about it, the statement of being less expensive and more efficient for a customer to find you, rather than you looking for a customer makes sense.  Achieving this may be a bit of art, but when it works can be very rewarding.  The art includes attracting your customers with a hook. This may be through creation of valuable content that is specifically designed to appease your dream customers and typically results in qualified customers that will continue to return.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

The process of increasing website traffic or attention through the use of Social Media outlets like Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or other.  From here, the efforts may take a life of its own through the social media universe and go viral.  It is important, not only for this step, however every step along the way to keep information and content relevant in order to grow and rise within your community and search engines in an organic fashion.

CONTENT MARKETING

With all the news about content marketing, it is imperative to have information that is of value to your customers that will beg to be shared or have links created to.  Poor quality content is not tolerated and does not stag well for a good customer / business relationship.  Sticking to quality content will mean customers will continue to link to the content, share it and come back.

Marketing in 2014 is different from even 3 years ago.  Like the press release, which still has excellent value without links or by using no-follow links so have many other facets of marketing.  A successful marketing plan does not use one single channel however a combination of all the above used in concert to organically grow your audience.