It’s no secret that nostalgia is a powerful tool, and the recent Pokemon Go craze among millennials proves that. But if you didn’t jump on the Pokemon Go train early on, don’t worry. Trends are constantly changing, and the next huge digital trend could be just around the corner.
So what other trends have the potential to appeal to millennials through nostalgia? From classic 90s toys like Tamagotchi to the revival of Star Wars, there are countless fads from previous decades that are primed and ready to be made new again.
These 10 entrepreneurs from YEC share their predictions for the big digital trends we may see in 2017.
1. Personal Robots
In the next 12-18 months, we’ll see a rise of robots that have the ability to autonomously follow us around — on the ground or in the air. These will be supported by a home that can be controlled via voice like the deck of the Enterprise. The coolest parts of the entertainment of our youth are coming true now and appealing via nostalgia.
2. Seinfeld References
With the era of nostalgic digital crazes upon us, I think there is the potential for many more fond millennial memories to become trends. With both Friends and Seinfeld being cult-favorites during the ’90s, I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Kramergeddon” or something of that sort becoming the next big thing.
3. Star Wars VR App
Millions of millennials became hooked by the phenomenon of Star Wars with the release of “The Force Awakens” in 2015. While most millennials were born decades after the release of the first episode of Star Wars, they were able to connect with the series and many went back and watched the initial episodes. There is an extraordinary opportunity for Star Wars to release all prior episodes through a VR app.
4. I Spy With Geolocation
I Spy is one of those great games that we all played as kids. With the focus on geolocation and the social aspect that drives much of our communication, it would be great to add an I Spy app that brings this together. It could even be a way for brands to insert themselves into the game and tie promotions to specific contests.
5. Health and Wellness Sharing
Millennials are very interested in health and wellness as part of their daily activities. If you could capture the fun that millennials used to have in gym class at school, playing dodgeball or capture the flag, and tie that into a social sharing app, you might create a new craze. The key is to make it a social sharing experience.
6. Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger and treasure hunts may become a popular way to incorporate a timeless classic contest into an app that delivers lists of things to find. It can be tied back to your brand with prizes for winners competing in different cities. Teams could be formed with friends or with those met online who share similar interests.
7. Augmented Reality Dungeons and Dragons
I’m sure many of us spent nights playing Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) in garages and basements with friends. Now, imagine if the playground of an AR D&D were the actual world. You’re walking in Central Park with your band of friends and you just defeated a band of ogres near the Met to get a magic sword that will help you kill a dragon waiting for you at the zoo. Cool, right?
– Daniele Gallardo, Actasys
8. Music Videos on Native Mobile
There was a time when MTV was the place to watch new artists launch careers through videos. The debut of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video was a defining moment in the pop star’s career. I believe that the millennial generation would embrace a native mobile platform that used video to help launch the careers of new artists.
9. “POG” Branding
It’s the year 1995 and the playground is like an underground black market for POG trading; tiny little cardboard circles were treated like prized possessions because they had some scene from Star Wars or Animaniacs on them. Now, if you could create a similar experience of collecting, trading and battling brands with a touch of nostalgia, you could bring back POGs and brand marketers would rejoice.
10. Tamagotchi Digital Bots
Tamagotchis took school playgrounds by storm in the 1990s. Soon, we will be playing with modern-day equivalents in the form of “chatbots” that are accessed through messaging platforms. Rather than using physical buttons, we will feed and play with our digital pets through conversational text, gifs, video and emoticons.
How to Grow Your Brand with Upcoming Digital Trends
There you have it, an expert glimpse of what future trends and areas of interest could be the next big thing in your niche. No matter what your current brand or business is, it could be a huge benefit to cover each of these elements and figure out how you could possibly integrate them within your business. This could be a simple as running a social contest and giving away a prize from any of the categories, or simply writing a blog post that intertwines any of these upcoming trends with your audience or business.
We already know there is going to be a massive demand for content in this new upcoming trends in the coming months. How are you going to take advantage of them?
4 Ways Hiring a Brand Strategist Can Help Transform Your Business
If you think hiring a brand strategist is a waste of money, think again. Read on to learn 4 ways a brand strategist can help transform your business.
Do you have a business that needs some help? Do you have a successful business but know there’s more you could be doing to boost image?
Company branding is critical to the identity of your company. It gives your employees and customers an idea of what to expect and demand from you. Do you wonder if a brand strategist could be beneficial to your business? If so, this post will tell you exactly what to expect.
What a Brand Strategist Can Do for You
What is a strategist? A brand strategist can help you focus your company’s brand in a way that benefits consumers. It can also be good for your employees.
1. View from the Outside
When we look too closely at something, it can be hard to see the details. But when we step back or bring in other points of view, we can see the big picture.
Hiring someone to help with brand development can be exactly like that. You’ve been looking at your company too close. Let someone come in with fresh eyes and look at it from another angle.
That angle may not be something you expected or would do for yourself. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be exactly what the company needs. A brand strategist will need to be able to challenge your views to give you a fresh perspective and a new approach.
2. Focus on Brand Targets
Brand targeting can be a tricky subject. You may think you know your target. A brand strategist will be able to look at your target and tell you whether it’s too broad. They also tell you if it’s not broad enough.
A strategist can also help you figure out if you’re hitting the target right. They’ll let you know what should change. They’ll also tell you how you should adjust the branding connections with consumers.
When you run a company, you know the customers only a part of it. Employees are the driving force behind running a business.
A branding strategist will rework your employee focus. The more you focus on making your company employee friendly, the better your chances of success. Creating a good employee program is where you’ll attract the best talent, which in turn makes your brand stronger.
Designs or packaging can sometimes make or break a company’s brand. People are visual, and if something isn’t working, you might suffer for it.
How can a brand strategy help with this? Hiring someone to do research on the packaging of your company’s product is a great way to start. They can also take the input from consumers and compile it for you to see.
Companies like Smashbrand look at the data surrounding consumer preferences. They also research competitors and what makes them successful. You can learn more about the research and design techniques that make all the difference when you hire brand strategists who care about your brand.
Business and More
Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. It only means you’re willing to accept expert opinions. Don’t hesitate to hire a brand strategist. They’ll help you make all aspects of your business everything it can be.
MegaPu.sh Push Notifications Network is Excellent for Affiliate Marketing
As an affiliate marketer, you are constantly looking for new, creative, and effective ways to optimize your campaigns. It’s critically important that you look at every step at the process to unearth potential opportunities. Are you picking the right offers to promote? Are you basing them purely on payout or are you looking at conversion rates and competition too? In promoting these offers, are you looking at better ways to drive traffic toward the landing pages?
When it comes to converting on an affiliate offer, you must first get the attention of the potential lead. Once you’ve got their attention, you need them to click on through to the landing page. And once there, you need them to convert.
One of the fastest growing and most effective ways to get the attention of users is with push notifications, both on mobile and desktop. And MegaPu.sh is the first advertising network with an exclusive focus on push notifications.
Pu-Push It Real Good
Push notifications offer a number of advantages over more traditional ad formats. Whereas there is a certain expectation for “ad blindness” with display advertising and click-thru rates via content marketing can be wildly unpredictable, push notifications are immediately noticeable and timely. They cannot be so easily ignored, representing an incredible opportunity for marketers to reach audiences like never before.
MegaPu.sh has certainly recognized this amazing opportunity and have provided a great platform where affiliates can reach these audiences easily and in a very cost-effective manner. In just one day, the network serves up around a billion impressions and over 9 million clicks with an effective cost-per-click (eCPC) of just 2.7 cents.
As mentioned, these push notifications work on both desktop and mobile, so you’re able to get to your audience no matter where they are. The immediacy of the push notification allows for great targeting based on demographics too. The traffic found on MegaPu.sh is summed up in these pie charts.
The majority of users are male (80%) and you’ll find that nearly half fall into the 35 to 54 year age range. With such interests as business and software, this key demographic can be ripe for affiliate marketing opportunities. These are individuals who are typically at an age where they have some disposable income or they have interests that align with that (like cryptocurrency, gambling, and binary options).
So while you can certainly find success approaching other niches and verticals, keeping this kind of target demographic in mind can give you a sense of the kinds of affiliate offers that would likely perform best on the network. In addition to gaming and investing, you might also look into dating and similar areas.
Advertiser Control Panel
The user dashboard for MegaPu.sh is straightforward in its approach and aligns with much of what you’ve likely already experienced with other ad networks. The main page shows your main statistics at a glance, including the number of clicks and the amount of ad spend you’ve had today and this month. This amalgamates all the data across all your campaigns.
Before this main bar graph, you’ll find information about yesterday’s top 10 campaigns and your top campaigns overall, offering the number of clicks, targeted country and total cost. Next to this are lists of the top 10 active countries for campaigns across the network, plus the top 10 free across the network.
Navigation is through the left side, which is where you’ll access more detailed statistics reports, your campaign list, the area to add more funds to your account, information about the referral program, network news and so on. Two small items are worth noting here.
First, there is a bonus system in place based on the amount of your deposits. These are outlined in the FAQ. Putting $500 earns you one point, for instance, while putting in $5000 gets you 20 points. Each MP is worth $15 in ad budget, but you must exchange a minimum of 10 MP at a time.
Second, the referral program offers a generous 7% commission of the total payment by a partner that you refer to MegaPu.sh.
Create a Campaign
Creating a new campaign within MegaPu.sh consists of just a single page. It’s here that you’ll enter basic information like the campaign name and target link, as well as upload the image, set your target country, enter your CPC bid and so forth.
The CPC amount you should bid will vary considerably based on the geo you are trying to target. The country with the most volume at the moment is India and it has an average CPC of just 0.3 cents. By contrast, the average CPC in Russia is 8.9 cents, it’s 1.3 cents in Turkey, 6.1 cents in Kazakhstan, and 0.2 cents in Egypt.
Once you are done configuring your campaign (you can set limits based on spending or clicks, if you’d like), you submit it for approval. The moderation process is really efficient and fast. MegaPu.sh says that it is completed “within 30 minutes from the date of sending the campaign” during regular working hours, which are 8am to 11pm (GMT+3) Monday to Friday and 8am to 5pm (GMT+3) on Saturday and Sunday.
Campaign Case Studies
As with all things advertising, your mileage may vary and these case studies may not necessarily be representative of what you might expect from your own campaigns. Such is the nature of affiliate marketing, after all.
In one modest example, the affiliate attempted to push traffic to a cryptocurrency offer that paid $250 on deposit. He ran a campaign targeting Poland, spending just $33.25 at 1.4 cents per click. This resulted in one conversion for a net profit of $216 or an ROI of 651%.
In a campaign on a larger scale, the offer being promoted was for a gambling site in Italy. The offer converts on signup, offering the new users 7 Euro in free bonus without a deposit. After running the push notification ad campaign for about three weeks, spending a total of $1,818.60 for around 70,000 clicks (96% unique), total commissions of $3,700.20 were generated. That’s an average ROI of 107.5%.
An Effective Traffic Source
Based on these two different examples, it’s clear enough that push notifications as a means of generating targeted traffic for affiliate offers can be very effective and remarkably profitable. MegaPu.sh makes it easy, giving you seamless access to traffic from all countries, including advanced targeting by platform and OS, full native tracking, and a generous referral program to boot.
Rapidly Growing Business? Here Are 13 Ways to Stay on Brand
Branding is incredibly important for any business. It becomes critical, however, when your company is growing quickly. After all, if more people are coming in contact with your brand over a shorter period of time, you must solidify the right message for that audience.
So, how can you keep your communications consistent as you expand operations and onboard new team members? To find out, we asked members of Young Entrepreneur Council how to stay on brand when a new company is gaining traction.
Here’s what they had to say:
1. Create a Consistent Social Media Voice
As your team grows, more people will be posting as your brand on different social media channels, so it’s important that you have a consistent voice across the board. Create a document that outlines the type of voice you want to portray. Is your brand funny, serious or a mix of the two? What are some jokes that you’ve used in the past?
2. Develop a Brand Persona
Having a very clear and thoroughly fleshed-out brand persona is essential to ensure consistency in messaging. It enables your team to communicate in your brand’s voice across all channels, from your website to social media to email marketing. Brand personas can, and probably should, evolve, but the sooner you define one the more on brand your messaging will be.
3. Create a Collaborative Style Guide
Having a brand style guide that is both easily accessible and managed in a way that leads to collaboration between team members is a great way to ensure messaging and brand guidelines are adhered to even as new channels are identified and built out.
4. Educate Employees During Onboarding
My company is currently in a rapid-growth phase, so we’ve made brand messaging part of our onboarding process for new hires. Everyone who comes through our doors learns our value propositions because they apply to company goals beyond marketing. They guide the interactions we have with customers and our vision for the future state of the company.
5. Prioritize Quality Over Quantity
When marketers and public relations professionals are in a rush to draft a press release or marketing email, mistakes happen that can negatively impact how your customers receive brand messaging. To keep your communications on brand, prioritize quality over quantity. Be strategic about the marketing and media opportunities you pursue (and the ones you decline).
6. Keep Your Ears Open
The best way to stay on brand and relevant as your business grows is to listen to your current customers. As people who already benefit from your products and services, it is crucial to pay attention to their ideas and the feedback and comments they make on social media. Customers help build a brand and keep it on track.
7. Hire a Designer and a Copywriter
Different teams manage different communications channels (in-app is engineers, email and social media are marketing, knowledge base and tickets are customer support), which makes it very hard to align them. Before the “publish” button gets pushed, everything should have gone through a designer and a writer with a deep understanding of your brand.
8. Remain True to Your Core Values
Even as you grow and scale up your marketing, it’s important to stay consistent with your core brand identity. To do this, you need a clear understanding of your role in the marketplace and your unique value proposition. Understand what your customers expect from you in your messages and marketing as well as in your products. Always remember your commitment to your core values.
9. Centralize Your Documents
We have a centralized place, our intranet, where all of our documents can be found. These documents are constantly being updated. Employees send marketing team requests for what is needed and then they are uploaded to the intranet so everyone can find and use them.
10. Remain Consistent
Stay true to your brand’s purpose. Through familiarity, you’ll build a good business reputation. If you keep switching the name, the look and the message, people will think they’re looking at a different company. Stay consistent to your brand by creating relevant content that will also enhance it. Old customers will recognize your longevity while you continue to build the business.
11. Utilize Trusted Communicators
Even while a business is rapidly expanding, one thing you do not want to do is have newer team members handle outward communications. I’ve found that the best way to maintain a consistent level of on-brand communications is to have team members with seniority have the final say on content editing and social media, while newer talent shadows the seniors to better understand the brand’s philosophy.
12. Embrace Change
Be comfortable with change. When you’re new and growing fast, your brand will be changing and evolving over time. It’s a good idea to embrace that communications will need to change. The best way to keep it as streamlined and consistent as possible is to know your brand and your customer. Make sure you’re speaking to them in a consistent way, and if you do evolve the message over time, do so in an intentional manner, then measure the results.
13. Don’t Neglect Design
When we talk about staying on message, it’s common to focus primarily on the written or spoken word. However, it is important to remember that an audience sees your visual design before reading a single word. Your website, email newsletters, social media visual content and even your team’s email signatures should all share a well-designed and cohesive visual brand identity.
Nothing is Better than Watching Your Business Grow…
However… if you aren’t ready and have the necessary precautions in place, you might find your thriving business actually falling behind and imploding onto itself. Make sure you have all eyes on your business and are ready to expand in all directions. To learn more about improving your business and scaling to that next level, be sure to read up on these expert tips.
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