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What would be the Major Internet Marketing Trends for 2016?

We must begin looking towards the trends we can expect to see in the coming calendar year.

Here are few forecasts for the ruling search engines like google, changes in mobile traffic, as well as the forecast trends for social networks such as Instagram and YouTube.

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Search Engines:

As of October 2015, Google led the explicit core search market with 63.9 percent market share, followed by Microsoft Sites with 20.8 percent and Yahoo Sites with 12.5 percent of all search engine traffic. Ask Network accounted for 1.7 percent of explicit core searches. With no surprise to anyone, Google should continue to rule the search engine competition in 2016, and in the years to come, unless another search engine rolls out a game-changing strategy that none of us were able to see coming.

Mobile vs. Desktop Traffic:

Mobile now represents an impressive amount of online traffic. In 2015, mobile traffic surpassed the quantity of visits from the desktop, marking the turning point on the way to mobile dominance for Google. The algorithm update that Google rolled out this year that penalizes sites that aren’t optimized for mobile will only cause this trend to increase. This mobile trend will only dominate more of the online activity of consumers, who are using their tablets and smartphones.

Social Networking:

Social media platforms are eating every other traffic source’s lunch. Formerly, organic search (i.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) made up the lion’s share of overall visits to sites. So, it became the lovechild of the World Wide Web. Overall, 73 percent of internet users had, at least, one social networking profile in 2015, which is a huge increase from the 48 percent of users that had a profile on 2010. The power of social networking is such that, the number of worldwide users is expected to reach some 2.5 billion by 2018.

Facebook:

Facebook currently dominates social network usage with 45.4 percent of the social networking market share. Facebook traffic is expected to hold a similar percentage of the market share in 2016 in North America, but will continue to gain users in new regions, especially if they are able to break into the Chinese market as expected.

YouTube:

Social media marketing veterans have three top predictions for 2016: video, video and video. Next year will see a greater emphasis on video marketing, streaming video. YouTube currently holds 22.2 percent of the social networking market share, which is a share they may struggle to maintain with all the new video based social networking options that have rolled out in the last few years. One of the ways they are hoping to increase the number of visitors is through YouTube Red, which is a new paid version of YouTube. There has been some scepticism as to whether YouTube users will be willing to pay for a service they have been using for so many years for free, but YouTube is betting on the increased quality of videos, as well as expanded options such as downloading videos, to entice users to buy the service.

Twitter:

Twitter is 10 years old along the way, it has grown and evolved. Twitter has rolled out a lot of major changes this year, including the curated Moments, Native Video Ads, and Embedded Grid, feed, tweet collections, and polls. In spite of these moves, Twitter’s growth was slow in 2015, with only a rise of 11 %, for an overall market share of 4.8 %. Twitter is likely to continue to try new ways to increase their market share in 2016 with new features such as allowing tweets to be edited, offering new emoji tools, enhanced engagement options for events (such as customized emoji’s), and continuing to encourage those with customer service questions to turn to Twitter as opposed to reaching out to companies via other avenues.

Reddit:

The famous online community Reddit, which was launched in 2005, has around 200 million active users each month. Reddit currently accounts for 4.45% of social networking traffic, making it the third most popular social networking site behind YouTube.  Reddit is currently making preparations for a mobile website by testing a beta version of an Android app. It is the first step before the official launch of the app at the beginning of 2016.

Pinterest:

Pinterest had the 2nd largest driver of traffic from social media sites with a 31 % usage rate, but only accounts for 1.34 percent of the market share. When it comes to referral traffic from social networks, there’s Facebook and Pinterest – and then there’s everyone else”. According to a new study by Piqora, a pin generates an average of 78 cents in sales. Acknowledge the fact that a majority of (nearly 80%) Pinterest users are women and 92% of pins are also made by them.  As of the second quarter of 2015, U.S. consumers were more satisfied with Pinterest than any other social networking site, which bodes well for its growth in 2016.

LinkedIn:

The world’s largest professional network on the Internet – LinkedIn holding 1.34 percent of market share, as there is no real competitor in the business networking space. LinkedIn is expected to roll out better ways for recruiters to utilize their data in 2016, which could possibly slightly increase the number of people using LinkedIn to search for employment.

Instagram:

Instagram seeing the fastest year-over-year growth of all the platforms. Experts’ estimate 89 % of marketers will use social networks to increase the visibility of their brands and products by the end of next year. It currently has 1.32 percent of the market share, although that may drop slightly as Instagram rolls out more ads in 2016.

Overall, it looks like there shouldn’t be a big shake-up in market share across search engines or social networking sites, although there are a lot of new features rolling out which could prove to be big game changers.

 

Nikhita

SEO Lead,

Kenscio Digital

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FoMO: You may be a FoMO addict!

“FOMO is experienced as a clearly fearful attitude towards the possibility of failing to exhaust available opportunities and missing the expected joy associated with succeeding in doing so. Simply put, it is concentration of attention on the empty half of the glass.” as defined by Dr. Dan Herman who first identified and named FOMO

Decision making in humans is fairly complicated. Thanks to the attribution of 9 factors viz. Money, Love, Pride, Lust, Aspirations, Family, Communities, Faith, Religion etc., unlike animals where it’s mainly Survival, Food & Family. This might seem to be untrue but, we have always in some way or the other, displayed the FOMO syndrome.

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Brands and Marketers have also paid attention to the moral aspects of FOMO to capitalize on this trait of human behaviour. FOMO helps marketers to use those 9 key factors as key selling points in their marketing communication.

Technology and The Internet have also built a new trait into its Netizens called “Social & Communities”. Whether we’d like to admit it or not, social media has fundamentally changed our culture. This is clearly visible in the way people share and consume content. Citizens of the internet don’t want to miss anything and are constantly try to impress others with their ability to stay up to date with evolving stories and trends. Researchers and behavioural psychologists believe this cultural desire to be relevant is tied to a Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). As marketers, it’s important to understand how FOMO can be leveraged for maximum results.

Let’s look at a routine day of a 30-year-old married Investment Banker, Vinod. His wife Supriya, loves Ranveer Singh and is keen to watch the new movie “Bajirao Mastani”. Vinod receives an email from his favourite movie ticketing portal on the day of the release of the movie showing live ticket availability of the new movie “Bajirao Mastani” in his favourite theatre. The email shows the 10:30 pm show as “Filling Fast” and he chooses to book the tickets immediately. This is a FOMO at play!!

Another classic example is the discount offered by the Cable Television for renewing his subscription before the due date, a saving of Rs.350/- on a yearly Rs.5500/- package. That’s a sweet deal, isn’t it?

How to effectively use FOMO in Email:

  • Exclusivity – OnePlus uses an invite-only system to buy its phones, it does narrow down the buyers. But it also enhances aspirations and word of mouth.
  • Live & Dynamic content BookMyShow shows live seat availability in the users’ favourite theatre to drive FOMO.
  • Social – Ease of sharing content on social channels, encouraging customers to share on social media and thus, exposing your offer to newer audiences.
  • Behavioural – Serve the right offer at the right time using analytics and thus, engaging more effectively.

 

Key trends for 2016 and pointers for FOMO – (source – article by Robert Allen in Smartinsights.com)

  • Mobile will be the most popular device for internet access. Smartphones usage for internet access and social media shall increase exponentially along with emerging devices such as Smart TVs, Smart Watches, and Game Consoles etc.
  • Social Media users and usage.
  • Marketing Automation and Behavioural Marketing – Leverage data and customer behaviour to drive highly targeted FOMO campaigns.

 

Hemal Patel

Associate Vice President – Data Services

Kenscio Digital

 

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Best Email Marketing Campaign Award for Kenscio

(Watch this video about award winning BookMyShow Campaign by Kenscio)

One More Award and we are exuberant to talk about our recent accolade in Digital Marketing. The BEST EMAIL MARKETING CAMPAIGN award won by Kenscio for BookMyShow campaign reemphasizes Kenscio’s commitment towards technology innovation & Marketing Excellence. ‘THE NEW ART OF EMAIL STORYTELLING FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE’ campaign for BookMyShow is a success story, an indication that the era of Real-time marketing has arrived.

5Th Digital Awards organized by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) called out for entries under various categories and the announcements of final winners were made at 9th India Digital Summit on 14th-15th Jan,2015 at New Delhi. Kenscio won Gold under Email Marketing Campaign Category for its BookMyShow Campaign. Kenscio Founder & CEO Mr. Manjunatha KG and Co-Founder Mr. Saurav Patnaik received the award.

We ought to say that this award is a result of our strategic efforts and we take the pride to say that this prize only opens a new chapter in our book and makes us even more motivated and determined.

We Endeavour to make our customers happy with the services we offer, and we thank our reputed client BookMyShow in supporting us and for being a part of this acclaim. The courageous gesture of BookMyShow in devising and implementing a futuristic marketing solution is worth of applauds.

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Receiving “Best Email Marketing Campaign Award” at 5th India Digital Awards, awarded by Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)

 

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Winners of iPad Mini- Kenscio Motto 2014

A big thanks to all who made Kenscio Motto2014 a splendid success. The compelling reason to drive this campaign was to get an idea on what digital marketing folks have in their mind for this calendar year.

As you all know, that because of a soaring number of entries we have received, we have added another layer to the contest before announcing the final crown (iPAD Mini). In the first round of selection we had 37 winners who have been given a writing instruments as a token of appreciation for taking out their time.

Here are the two winners:

Mr. Boniface Noronha from HDFC Life &

Mr. Inaam Hussain from Interactive Avenues

Kenscio Congratulates to both of you for being part of the contest. We wish you all the luck for your assignments and appreciate your significant contribution and far-reaching vision.

Since a lot of advertisers have burnt their hands in new acquisition (Investing a hefty amount with no sign of CLV and Engagement), now is the time they sincerely feel that retention is the way ahead. We have had some great findings on the basis of the feedback given by all the participants.

On Retention here is the stats how marketers (Who have participated in the contest) have had their road-maps in place for this calendar year.

“Converting Non-Buyers into Buyers” is the focus area for 27% of marketing folks.

–        Out of these 15% want the delivery of relevant and real time content.

–        43% has a vision of doing direct marketing in a highly personalized 1:1 communication.

–        & 42% believe that they should understand the consumer’s behavior, demographics and psychographics in a better way to achieve their marketing objective.

24% marketers feel that “Converting one-time buyers into repeat purchasers” is the first and foremost KRA for them.

–        Out of which 17% has the priority of delivering the relevant and real time content.

–        However, 62% wanted to do the highly personalized and contextual communication.

–         & 21% believe that understanding of Consumer segmentation would be the high intensity objective.

35% Marketing people shown their firm belief in “Increasing the brand loyalty

–        Where 1:1 communication was the priority for 36% of universe.

–        Understanding the consumer segmentation as a whole was the transcendence for 38% of participated contestants.

–        26% of people believe in delivering relevant real time content.

9% of people think that they are more focused towards having the “Repeat buyers with increasing CLV”.

5% want to “Reduce the customer churn rates”.

Let us notify you that the aforementioned retention plan’s stats have been fetched from 12 different and significant industries(Ecommerce, Healthcare, telecom, Banking & Insurance, Travel & Tours, Jobs & Recruitments, IT- hardware, Digital advertising agencies, Retailers, B2B marketplace, Real estate, Education).

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Subscribers are like Volcanoes

Subscribers come in all shapes and sizes, however, its not how they look and weigh that is important; but how they behave and interact (with you, the marketer). And it is in this respect that subscribers are very much like volcanoes.

Like volcanoes, subscribers can also be classified as: Erupting, Active, Dormant, and Extinct.

Erupting volcanoes burst with activity and are vital for life and earth’s ecology. Similarly, such subscribers are very important for the success of your email marketing campaigns. They engage, convert and respond to you with least effort.

Active volcanoes have great potential to erupt. Similarly, subscribers who seem calm but have been full of activity in the recent past can easily be re-ignited with the right communication and targeted content.

Dormant volcanoes are volcanoes that used to be active but haven’t shown any signs of activity in the recent past. Such subscribers are like a Question Mark, your efforts should be focused at trying not to lose them. With careful communication and re-engagement strategies you should be able to win some back.

Extinct volcanoes have no history of eruption in considerable past and are not expected to erupt in comparable time scale of future. Subscribers that fall under this category, unfortunately only add cosmetic value to your database (Size!). They are cost heads that hardly provide any return and worse; they can even affect your sender reputation and deliverability.

Identifying such segments is the first step towards defining your communication strategy for your subscribers. By classifying subscribers into appropriate buckets you’ll be able to channel your efforts to:

– Ensure Erupting subscribers stay Erupting

– Push Active subscribers to move to the Erupting state

– Convert the Dormant subscribers to become Active and consequently Erupting

With careful and infrequent communication identify how many Extinct might still be Dormant.

On paper this approach looks simple and elegant, but how do we ensure that at a given time of day we have the most updated information on these segments? In other words, your subscribers will keep jumping from one category to another, how do we ensure that every jump is recorded and tagged in real time?

Well, we have a super awesome magic potion just for this very purpose, get in touch and one of our wizards will fix this up for you in no time.

 

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Are you ready for Christmas?

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just departing on the horizon, they mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the west. However, in India this coincidentally lines up with the auspicious wedding dates.

While gold traders look forward to this time with childish glee, smart marketers plan and strategise to get their share of the festive action!

If you haven’t yet started, your first step is to define what you want out of the festive season?

Whether it is increasing order sizes, acquiring more customers, or turning the non transacting subscribers into customers; now is the time for you to plan to achieve your goals and deliver a strong finish to the year end.

Let us look at some of the possible goals you might pursue (among other things):

1. Sell to more of your prospects (increase conversion rates)

2. Sell more to your existing customers (increase order size)

3. Get more subscribers you can market to (Increase your list size)

4. Maximise the opportunity to talk to your customers as they shop

Whatever it is that your heart (or shareholders) desires; Kenscio is here to help you achieve that. So why not get in touch and ask for your free copy of our Christmas / 2012 year end marketing tips and tricks? :)

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Found a Crystal Ball yet?

If you are an email marketer you might have started to believe in destiny. With ISPs headstrong to tighten their policies for bulk senders, rubbing the good ol crystal ball and hoping for the best might seem like a good option. We don’t know much about crystal balls but can sure share some good practices that can help you control the destiny of your email communication.

Gmail has listed a set of guidelines and best practices for Email Marketers, when followed should yield favorable results.

Guidelines for Email Marketers

“The way Gmail classifies spam depends heavily on reports from our users. Gmail users can mark and unmark any message as spam, at any time. To increase the inbox delivery rate of your messages, make sure that all recipients on your distribution lists actually want to receive the mail.” – GMAIL

Presuming you do everything by the book i.e. ensure users opt-in to receive your messages, honor un-subscription, follow the best practices for HTML design, monitor bounces, and ensure your subscribers engage with you and so on; you should not need a crystal ball (or Aladdin’s lamp for that matter). That being said, you can request your faithful subscribers to white-list you!

Being white-listed by subscribers ensures:

1. Your mails almost always lands in their in-boxes.

2. Your reputation with ISPs is significantly improved, so consequently your deliverability improves even for the subscribers who have not white-listed you.

We have listed a set of step by step instructions that you can email to your subscribers and request them to white-list you:

White-Listing Instructions

To ensure the success of this exercise you may consider offering incentives!

 

To learn more feel free to get in touch.

Geetika@kenscio.com

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India ranks 3rd after China and US in Internet Population. 10% of the Indians Now have Internet Access

India Ranks 3rd after China and US with 121 million users according to a article in The Economics Times.  By the end of 2011, one in every 10 Indians will be an internet user, making the country with 1.2 billion population, the third largest internet market in the world after China and the United States.

India is adding internet users at the rate of 5 to 7 million users a month and at the current pace, will surpass the US, which has 245 million users in less than two years.

The profile of users is showing the internet is making deep inroads into small towns and among the less affluent.  There are now more internet users in towns with a population of less than 500,000 than in the top eight metros put together.

The internet explosion is rapidly opening up markets for online businesses, consumers and retailers.

Email is the top most activity of Urban internet users followed by Social Network and Education.  Music, etc. is the top most activity of Music Nets Rural Users, followed by Email and General info.

Here is an infographic of the Indian Internet users.

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