Amended with new chart and media measurement (January 2021). I have been on all 3 sides of the public relations equation, as a client, as a journalist, and as an agency practitioner. And having been in the industry since the 1980s, I have seen my fair share of the evolution of the communications field.
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Before the COVID-19 saga started, even in the early part of 2020, the so-called "influencer" arena is abuzz with luxury, travel, enjoyment, and lifestyle. Then the global lockdown and shutdown began, and the whole notion of "influencers" changed.
For me, 2017 was a disruptive and disrupting year. The year was like a long drawn battle where it demanded every ammunition for us, and literally seem to fly by right before our eyes. There are many disruptive changes in the communications industry, and it would be wise to be prepared for the new year. There are some observations and some forward projections that fellow marketers would surely have noticed from their own work. Let me briefly articulate some of them.
Digital is no longer the shining new toy in marketing. It has been around long enough. According to the Ambition Q3 2017 figures, there is a big demand for digital marketing expertise. This shows a maturing industry where digital marketing is creeping downwards, to be the new baseline.
Have you read a book lately? Probably not. Have you seen how video is everywhere today? Most likely yes. Feeling as if your business needs to get deep into content marketing and video? You are not alone.
Influencer marketing is not new, and many marketers seem to be climbing on the bandwagon. When you get a good influencer, and can work out equitable terms, you know you will benefit from the relationship. But not all "influencers" are real or beneficial.
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