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Thursday 6 June 2013 saw the Future of Digital Marketing (FODM) event take place in London. This annual affair, organised by Econsultancy, brings together hundreds of marketing professionals to hear a packed agenda of leading industry figures talking about what the future holds for them. From search to wearable technology, to big data and mobile, the content of the day’s presentations provided the audience affirmations of some of the more public digital marketing trends. The ways in which businesses should act now in order to future-proof their strategies was also discussed. I found the event to be very thought-provoking and I made more than a few notes. Here is a selection of FODM 2013 highlights, taken from three presentations that stood out for me.
In this presentation Gerd talked about how the future of marketing is being affected in near-countless ways. He proposed that eventually, Kindles may be provided to all free of charge and that a Wikipedia brain implant could well be introduced. The main concepts Gerd raised were:
Will’s presentation struck a chord, as it echoed many of the trends that we have been seeing and discussing at Fresh Egg recently. Search is most definitely changing, as was also noted by other speakers throughout the day. Here are some of the key points Will made:
Bruce Daisley, director of Twitter UK, provided an entertaining and media-rich presentation showing how brands are taking advantage of real-time events to capitalise their marketing efforts. He included tweet search volume graphs for some live TV events, including Ant and Dec’s recent rendition of Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, as well as Lynx’s response to being featured in the Channel 4 documentary Dogging Tales. Some interesting stats Bruce shared about Twitter included:
Bruce also shared five key rules for brands looking to take advantage of real-time events on Twitter: 1) Plan for everyday marketing moments 2) Create a winning content calendar 3) Plan for the best scenarios… 4) …but expect the worst scenarios 5) Speed can be a key differentiator
Here are a few more one-liner nuggets or quotes that also worth including:
Digital marketing is becoming more and more personal.
Judd Marcello, Exact Target
Content is not an immediate conversion channel, it’s part of the funnel.
James Carson, Carson Content
Google+ is not a social network, but a social layer across all of Google’s systems.
Neil Perkin, Only Dead Fish
We ‘snack’ on mobiles. Messages stop this snacking.
Paul Putman, Dynmark
You need to make people love your product – give it desirability.
Toby Barnes, AKQA
Big data is about connecting your data. You must focus on the customer decision.
Anthony Mayfield, Brilliant Noise
To find out more about each of the speaker’s presentations and tweets, you can subscribe to the Twittter list we created for the event. You can also follow @Econsultancy and search the hashtag '#FOD13' on Twitter.