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Mobile apps are changing every year, and the rapid improvement in mobile technology is constantly opening up new opportunities. With that in mind, brands that fail to keep up with the latest developments will quickly fall behind the competition. In this article, we’ll take a look at three of the most notable mobile app development trends for marketers and other stakeholders to keep in mind throughout 2021. Don’t hesitate to check out our website for more information if you want to learn more about professional iPhone app development. Wearable Technology Wearable tech is growing even more rapidly than the broader mobile market, including everything from fitness tools to smartwatches and a variety of other items. While some of these trends will fizzle out over time, others are here to stay for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, apps for wearable devices are no longer a tiny subset of the mobile app market. Companies in more and more industries can now benefit from dedicating development resources to wearable tech. These items will likely become even more commonplace over the next several years. Mobile E-commerce Sales

In today’s martech landscape, there are just over 5000 marketing technology companies, dubbed the ‘Martech 5000.’ The categories of martech revolve around five major themes:
  • Advertising & Promotions
  • Content & User Experience
  • Social & Relationships
  • Commerce & Sales
  • Data & Management
Industry professionals often refer to the programs used to perform daily business activities as a “stack.” This buzzword was first coined by tech companies to indicate a group of programs used to create a single web or mobile application, and the term “stack” is now used more broadly to indicate a group of programs or services that help a business unit achieve its goals. With the seemingly daunting number of options available, it can be difficult for businesses to decide which stacks are right for their business needs, especially now with teams working remotely. If your distributed teams are having a hard time collaborating effectively, it might mean that your business needs to take a look at its current marketing technology. The first step toward finding a solution may be to take inventory of what tech is working and not working for your teams, and try to categorize them into one of the five buckets. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, keep reading for some starter points on what key areas your teams can review and optimize.

Advertising & Promotions

If you’re browsing a company’s website these days, chances are likely a chat frame will pop up in your window. You’ll typically be greeted by a friendly photo and a “Hello there! How can I help you today?” Welcome to the era of the chatbot. This popular marketing trend is here to stay, and if you’re not already using one, you’re probably missing out. Want proof? From customer service to information sharing to sales, there are incredible possibilities for incorporating a chatbot into your marketing strategy - and no coding experience required! With some time investment up front, a chatbot can offer your clients and prospects a level of engagement that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Here are some reasons to get on board:
  1. Customers want personalization, and chatbots deliver.
Today, customers simply expect personalized service. Though automation may seem contrary to that idea, chatbots can tailor content to an individual’s specific needs in real time. The flexibility of chatbot programming and settings allow you to build frameworks of messages around common customer profiles. This allows the bot to deliver accurate information for a wide array of user needs. You also define the rules for which visitors see your chatbot and when, whether that’s all visitors immediately upon accessing the site, first-time visitors only or those who spend a specific amount of time on your pricing page. And it’s a good practice to build in the option for users to connect to a human employee if they wish. Customers appreciate the quick, personalized service that a chatbot provides.
  1. Chatbots can save you time and money.

Technology is growing and advancing at a rapid rate. Things that we never thought would exist are now part of our daily lives. From the invention of the home computer, the smart phone, and now the rise of AI machines, technology is evolving exponentially. One of the areas of tech that is growing the fastest is mobile technology. Over 80% of Americans own a smartphone as of February 2019 and the world of technology has improved with the growth in the number of users. Companies large and small are catering to the mobile platform with new developments. The customer experience is being vastly improved to be quick, easy, and painless. This is adding to the already existing convenience mobile technology offers. As the platform of choice shifts towards mobile in a big way, new trends will emerge. Over the next two years, the mobile industry will roll out many new improvements. Here are a few that we expect to see by 2020.

More Proactive Apps

Artificial intelligence might sound like a far-fetched idea, but the technology is already in use throughout mobile apps. AI is helping customers get what they want within a matter of seconds, all thanks to intelligent machines. From the minute most apps are opened, an AI is working to make the customer experience as smooth as possible. A good example of AI in action is when you are sent a message on an app like LinkedIn. Once the message comes through, the user is offered a number of ways to click and read the message. When the user goes to type a reply, an AI suggests things to write based on the context of the first message. These suggested sentences are designed so the user could conceivably click an auto generated response without needing to type anything. These generated responses are normally well written and related to the initial message; this is entirely possible due to AI. This proactive feature only adds to the amount of assistance we receive from apps everyday. More productive AI assisted apps will run faster, smoother, and offer more features than ever before. Your phone is getting to know you better and will use that to make your experience better.

Mobile First Indexing

mobile first indexing For a while now Google has been working on mobile first indexing to make websites more mobile friendly. Since much of the market has shifted away from home desktops and towards mobile phones, Google is taking steps to ensure mobile friendly websites rank higher in its eyes. Google will monitor websites and determine how they rank based on Google’s criteria, which is now prioritizing mobile friendly websites. This means features like easy to use buttons, quick loading, proper formatting for ease of use on mobile, and other aspects will result in websites ranking higher. In order to boost your website’s ranking on mobile, you will need to have a quality mobile site that is different than your desktop site.  

Personalized Mobile Experiences

Creating infographics have been one of the most widely used content marketing strategies for the past few years.  Infographics are great for grabbing people’s attention, explaining important concepts, and sharing statistics. Unfortunately, as more people began to realize the power of infographics, everyone starting creating them for their websites and their quality started to go downhill. In a world where everyone is trying to increase brand awareness and generate more sales using infographics, it’s more important than ever that you take the time to create high-quality visuals for your readers. If you’re hoping to increase your web traffic by as much as 12% by adding infographics to your website, check out this quick and simple guide to creating powerful visual content and creating strong infographic marketing on your site. To that end we've compiled some of the best tips we've heard along the way to build strong infographic marketing strategies for your site.

Social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, are attractive to marketers for obvious reasons. However, the popularity of mobile messaging apps surpassed that of social media apps back in 2015, and the gap only continues to widen. It’s no surprise then, that these apps offer serious message marketing potential. More than half of U.S. residents will use a messaging app by 2022, with the most popular Facebook Messenger app alone projected to reach 138.1 million users. Not only this, but when it comes to business, 56% of users would rather message a business than call and over 50% are more likely to shop with a business they can message.

To be a functioning professional in the digital e-commerce environment it’s important to be as present and multi-functional as possible. Mobile apps offer the perfect opportunity for business owners to connect with their target audiences. APIs or Application Programming Interfaces are what allows one piece of software to share information with another. Although invisible to the user almost everyone has interacted with and most likely benefited from an API. APIs give businesses the ability to embed maps, process payments and run different apps in conjunction with each other. Using APIs with some or all of the following applications can help better integrate your business, improve customer interactions and streamline your business operations.

In the age of digital assistance, consumers plan before they experience, even if only for a moment. They want to know as much as they can about what they’ll be getting into and minimize unwanted surprises. Google reports that 91% of mobile users search for information on their phones in the middle of a task for ideas or inspiration. Those “intent-rich moments when a person turns to a device to act on a need to know, go, do or buy” are called micro-moments. Micro-moments aren’t merely a trend but a shift in buyer behavior, making a huge impact on consumer decisions. Understanding those micro-moments are key to successfully delivering what people want, when they want it. And your brand will stand out among the crowd if you can anticipate these moments, provide relevant content, and deliver an optimized, consistent experience across channels.

In a time when over 70 million U.S. internet users are using ad-blockers, native advertising is an extremely valuable and effective alternative to traditional ads. Most major brands use it in some capacity, as 53% of consumers are more likely to look at a native ad than a banner ad. What’s more, native advertising increases purchase intent by 18% over normal display ads. With formatting designed to match the surrounding content, native ads are much less obtrusive and more educational than traditional ads that disrupt the browsing experience. Though native advertising comes in many forms, a few have proven to be more profitable and worthwhile. Below, you will find the top three types of native advertising. These strategies will give your content a prominent stage to help you reach new and existing customers.