04 September 2023 | Published by Rona Warne
The benefits of effective digital marketing can be vast, but it’s a world that’s constantly evolving thanks to the rapid advancements being made in the technology arena.
Because of that, it’s a good idea for small business owners to keep on top of the ever-changing developments so they can- try to stay one step ahead of the competition.
But don’t worry, it’s our mission to keep small businesses flourishing, so we’ve taken one thing off your plate and put together a guide to the four digital marketing trends we think you should be aware of in 2023 and beyond, to stay on your A-game.
Let’s start with the big hitter - artificial intelligence (AI). It’s been on the scene for a while now, but 2023 could be the year it becomes a staple in the digital marketing efforts of small businesses, because:
In essence, because it could be capable of some pretty remarkable things, like:
This sort of information can be like gold dust for business owners - it can help you to position your business where it needs to be to be found, and also provide consumers with what they want. Genius, right?
The biggest indicator that 2023 will be the year for AI is the growing popularity and implementation of chatbots, which could offer heaps of perks to consumers and business owners alike:
Top tip #1: Start looking into AI solutions to maintain a competitive advantage.
While mobile traffic to the web has been on a crazy upwards spiral for quite some time, things could change thanks to the continued development of voice search.
Don’t panic, that doesn’t mean you’re going to suddenly lose all your visitors, it just means you need to clue yourself up and adapt to stay ahead of the tide.
The search goliaths have developed some pretty nifty tricks to encourage users to stay on their search engine results page, and they’re working.
One example is featured ‘snippets’ which pop up at the top of each results page, providing a brief section of text aimed at answering consumer questions without them needing to click-through to the website it was pulled from.
Why would you click on the link if you’ve already got what you were looking for? Clever, isn’t it.
The key to overcoming this is working on the content of your website so you’ve got a good chance of appearing in said snippet. Think about keywords that people will put into the search engines to find you (but don’t overstuff), as well as common consumer queries and searches and you’ll be on the right tracks.
This is also a branding opportunity - if the tone of voice in your snippet is instantly recognisable as your business, consumers will remember that and they may head straight to you as a valuable source of information next time they’re in the market for it.
Want to read more about this? Head to our blog about SEO.
Here’s a fun fact for you, experts say 27% of people are using voice search on mobile, and this could continue to increase into 2023 and beyond.
Yep, the technology is racing forwards, and consumers can now make purchases and orders without even picking up their devices, so your business could think about adapting to ensure you don’t lose out on these new searches.
To up your chances of being found in voice searches you could rethink the way you approach your content on your website:
Top tip #2: start working on your content and optimise it for snippets and voice search.
2023 is the year to start treating consumers as more than just pound signs - they know when they’re being sold to and they don’t like it, so treat them like the people they are and you could be on to a winner.
The personal touch is trickier to deliver in an online environment than during a face-to-face interaction, but with the world jumping online more than ever - skyrocketed by the pandemic - businesses that don’t get personal are sure to be left trailing.
It’s all about quality over quantity, and consumers can sniff insincerity out a mile off, so you need to be personable, authentic, and relevant to ride this wave. The payoff? Loyal customers and that’s every business owners ultimate goal.
How do we do it? We hear you cry. Here are our top tips for getting real in 2023:
Top tip #3: provide that personal touch online and reap the benefits.
In recent years videos have become the king of consumable content, so if you haven’t joined the movement yet, 2023 is the year to get on board.
Part and parcel of their rise in popularity is the difficulty for businesses to differentiate themselves in a crowded market and as a consequence, many started chopping up longer videos and spreading them out across multiple digital channels.
The result? It’s diluting everyone’s video reach, so if you’re guilty of doing this, stop, and if you’re new to videos avoid this tactic.
Instead, focus your efforts on creating one top-quality video that will work on all your platforms.
Some of the biggest social media platforms - like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, are on a pursuit to compete with traditional live television, so it’s a good idea to consider using live videos as part of your digital marketing in 2023.
Go live and the platforms could favour your content and push your stream to all of your subscribers and followers - it’s a top marketing trick - and once they’ve found their way to your page you’ll be boosting the traction on your pre-recorded videos and upping engagement.
Top tip #4: work on the quality of your videos and consider going live.
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