A move from quantity to quality in digital - While 2010 saw more and more aggregation of massive impression volumes and complex data overlays, marketers' frustration with translating even billions of impressions into measurable results has started a trend toward quality of quantity, and specifically toward paying for engaged consumers.
Digital = Social - Say it with me: "All digital media IS social media." Digital and social strategies are not separate today, and more marketing offerings should incorporate social elements. What's more interaction with these social elements will be useful proxies for performance.
Mobile OS battles - The future of mobile has begun -- and mobile's story will be written over the course of 2011 as the mobile OS battles rage (Blackberry/RIM, Apple/iOS, Microsoft/Windows, Google/Droid). Keeping tabs on consumer adoption of various OS systems will be very important to marketers' mobile strategies. One common denominator, which may gain ground if the OS landscape remains fragmented, will be the mobile Web. This may mean that mobile Web development could offer the best cross-platform benefits for 2011, and should be explored.
Mobile as CRM/Loyalty - This year, like every year for the past 10, is commonly thought to be "the year mobile marketing takes off." I remain skeptical. However, there are particular areas where mobile has already started to gain traction, and will likely be marketers] "tip of the spear" into a mobile presence - such as leveraging mobile functionality to drive CRM and loyalty programs. Consumer check-ins and coupons offer mobile's best opportunities early in 2011.
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