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10 Digital Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016

10 Digital Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016

It’s no surprise that digital market is a volatile world. Every year new technologies come forth to set up new trends, changing the way people do business in the digital world. Internet has radically changed the manner in which information is shared and internet itself is ever evolving.

Online marketing has always proven to be a significant difference in how well a business does in this competitive era. To keep ahead or even just to be in the game, it is necessary to adopt the new tools and trends and be able to adapt with them.

Here are the ten digital marketing trends, which are very likely to dominate the 2016’s digital market.

1. Content marketing will still be important.

If you have a business, you’ve got to have a blog about it, create content to the context of your business to sale out your products. Whether in written, visual or video format, the companies that maintain an active blog generate 67% more monthly sales opportunities than those who do not.

The content not only helps brands to maintain their digital positioning in the market but also attracts users to the products and services more easily. With attractive figures like that and strong results, there is no way marketers are giving up on this power of contents yet. After all, the customers love stories and who better than a marketer to tell them stories with twists and turns of events.

2. Mobiles will completely dominate desktops.

Mobiles were called the second screens and the desktops the first. The trend now has been reversed. The usage of mobile devices has surpassed the usage of desktop devices since the digital market has seen the surge of smartphones and tablets.

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The number of people browsing the web on mobile passed desktop users a long time ago. This set up the trend of mobile responsive websites and mobile targeted ad campaigns. Mobile apps will also become a major player in this with increased security expected for them this year.

Taking a look around a room, you’ll find nearly everyone is fixed upon their smartphone. Now that we have witnessed all this, it won’t come to us as a surprise if some blogger told us that “Mobile will dominate desktops in 2016.” or “Digital marketing will shift to mobile from desktops in 2016.”

3. Video ads will keep on popping.

It was TV that set the trend of video advertisement, obviously. The video ads, during the TV era, generated good revenue to the business firms without any doubts. The trend has migrated to the mobile devices, which are now reaching out to more customers with personalized contents.

Big players like Facebook and Bing already offer advertisers video options and Google too has decided to incorporate video ads on their search results. Youtube, Facebook live streaming, Snapchat and Periscope are on the rise now more than ever.

These are the signs that video ads online are certainly being accepted by the customers. We can all expect to see more kinds of video ads popping up in more unanticipated places as we keep our eyes fixed on screens in 2016.

4. Wearable technology and Internet of things will see new heights.

With the talks of the wearable techs like Google Glass and Apple watches with their sophisticated AI all set to replace smartphones, we can expect them to be the new trend in the digital marketing universe.

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Virtual reality and Internet of Things are big topics of talk in the tech world these days. We saw the unveiling of the Apple watch last year while other tech giants were also already working on similar technologies. We can expect to see similar wearable devices emerging out this year to leave their mark in the market.

5. Good old email will still remain in the market automation.

Now that the email has gone mobile it doesn’t seem like it will go out of trend anytime soon. The marketing departments will keep you sending the automated emails with schemes and offers in their newsletters, which will keep your inbox full this year too.

For marketers, email has always been an effective tool to reach their potential clients. This year and beyond, email will always remain in the list of every marketing strategist.

6. Digital assistants will be assisting in the new kind of business search optimization.

The rise of digital assistants like Siri and Cortana make it seem like the things we see in the Sci-Fi movies aren’t very far in the future. These digital assistants utilize traditional search engines to discover information present on the web.

Marketers have been using the strategies of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay per Click (PPC) to boost their websites and get their sites seen by thousands of previously unknown visitors.

It would be worthwhile for the businesses to make sure that their information is easily accessible to these assistants to funnel people to their sites. So, 2016 is set to see the new kind of search optimization strategies to play along with these new players in the market.

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7. Advertisements in the social networks will still remain a significant player in the arena of digital marketing.

According to recent studies, social media surpasses even entertainment as the number one online activity. This outpour clearly parallels the increase in mobile device usage. Social media is one of the top referral traffic sources for many brands.

Facebook launched an entire new array of advertising options for brands in 2015. Equally, it is a big revenue generator for many other rising social media. With all their customers hanging around in the social media, virtually, marketers need not go anywhere else to promote their products.

In 2016 and beyond, social media will continue to rule the world of internet, so marketers must align more of their focus in incorporating social media into their overall marketing strategies.

8. Ad blockers will be preying on ads.

Where there are ads, there are ad blockers. Studies show that 74% of consumers are frustrated with websites when the content on the page they browse has nothing to do with their interests.

The ads are no more than a nuisance when they pop up in the wrong place in the wrong time. Google decided to block the ad blocking apps from the Google Play Store last year. But ad blocking won’t go out of trend as long as there are ads. 2016 will be the year for ad blocker apps to find their way back into the game.

9. Big data will keep on getting bigger.

Big data analytics became a new trend since the late years of the last decade. With the new tools and platforms to analyze and track customer behaviors and patterns, reaching out to the right customer with the right service (product) has never been as easy as this before.

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“Business in the cloud” is the thing that’s happening these days. The whole concept of Information System and Business Automation certainly have had its impact on the marketing trends.

This data driven effort of marketing is being practiced and is likely to be continued to the far future. Content Curation Tools, Content Recommendation, Retargeting and Effectiveness Review Tool and Personalization; we’ll be hearing about more of these data hungry tools in 2016 as well. This data driven effort of marketing is being practiced and is likely to be continued to the far future.

10. Paid Search Marketing will continue on the list of customers.

You’ve noticed that Google and other search engines return search results in two ways; one the organic results and the other the paid results. Google AdWords are the paid results that are displayed to you when you make a search relevant to them. The race of Search Engine Optimization was on when search engines like Google took on the job of finding data and information on the web.

It is always more likely that the first one on the queue will get served first. Paid search marketing will continue to be on the list of marketers in 2016, keeping the trend alive.

Featured photo credit: How To Improve Digital Marketing Efforts by Joe The Goat Farmer via flickr.com

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40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

For Getting Things Done

1. OmniFocus

This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

Download it here.

    2. Forest

    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

    Download it here.

      3. Things

      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

      Download it here.

        4. 30/30

        Recently covered here at Lifehack

        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

        Download it here.

          5. Any.Do

          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

          Download it here.

            6. PocketLife Calendar

            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

            Download it here.

              7. Asana

              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

              Download it here.

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                8. ToDoist

                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                Download it here.

                  9. FlowTasks

                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                  Download it here.

                    10. Calendars 5

                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                    Download it here.

                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                      Download it here.

                        12. Due

                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                        Download it here.

                          13. Checkmark 2

                          I use this app

                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                          Download it here.

                            14. TeuxDeux

                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                            Download it here.

                              15. Wunderlist 

                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                              Download it here.

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                                16. Nirvana

                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                Download it here.

                                  17. Priorities

                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                  Download it here.

                                    For Building Habits

                                    18. Productive

                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                    Download it here.

                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                      Download it here.

                                        20. Streaks

                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                        Download it here.

                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            22. Day One Journal

                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                            Download it here.

                                              For Files Organization

                                              23. Evernote

                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                              Download it here.

                                                24. Pocket

                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                Download it here.

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                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    26. Droplr

                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          29. Soulver

                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            For Working Smarter

                                                            30. Captio

                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              31. Drafts

                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            For Improving Security

                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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