New Year, New Digital Marketing Trends

Written by Allison Herrera

Happy New Year, dolls! As we begin 2021, most of us are embracing the “new year, new me” slogan…& that also includes marketing tactics. As digital landscapes & outlets continue growing in features, advertising online is impacted by developments. Check out our four predictions below, along with what is here to stay from 2020.


Audiences are tired of the same old homogeneous models represent the brands people of all colors, cultures & ethnicities consume & purchase from. Audiences want to see a more optimistic depiction of equality in advertising content. We predict that digital marketing in 2021 will include a larger variety of races, sexualities, religions, etc., along with well as representation for people with physical disabilities & learning disabilities.

Local SEO

As most marketers know, Google consistently & constantly updates their local SEO algorithm. With Google My Business putting more focus on local results & consumers wanting to support local businesses, everyone will begin pitching the local angle. This is also important for local businesses, because they should frequently update their appearance in local results, too. We believe that local SEO produces more results than broad SEO. It’s easier to convert viewers based on specific geographic locations.

As a local business, you should have edge over larger competitors, but it’s important to take action now before the space gets too crowded. Localize everything you can from search terms to content. For starters, you have to get verified by Google. You can do this by signing up for Google My Business. Make sure that your business listing is up-to-date on Google My Business, as well as every other free online directory. This helps you rank higher in Google SERPS & gives you the chance to offer additional information about your company to online searchers. Additionally, start updating your SEO with local & intent-focused keywords. Obviously, prioritize the name of your city or town as a top keyword, but you can go the extra mile by also incorporating related keywords.

Interactive Content

Although this trend has been popular for a while, we predict that producers will now push it more often, as people begin to learn that engagement is good practice via social media. Interactive content includes quizzes, open-ended questions, surveys, contests, giveaways, polls, etc. Along with practicing engagement through interactive content, users also enjoy that push, & entertainment towards consumers retains them as followers in the long run.

Image & Video SEO for visual searches

More & more users are discovering how to utilize visual search techniques, which changes the overall landscape of SEO in general. Along with searching for images & videos through keywords, you can also submit existing images for a search & search for context through original photos. That means, instead of typing a description into Google, users can now upload an image & get information about an item just from a picture. When a user searches a product, it returns similar products & where to buy them. Google Lens, Pinterest Lens & related search tools turn a user’s camera into a search bar. Brands that advertise with them get the benefit of boosted search results. Businesses can leverage visual search by adding high-quality images tagged with descriptive keywords, introduce an image search into your online inventory, & (if your target market uses Pinterest), consider advertising on this platform.

Of course there are more trends for this new year, but these are the newest ones that have never been seen before…& we believe these four predictions will take digital marketing by storm. Although some trends began in 2020, we predict they will continue growing in 2021. We believe that “shoppable content” & utilizing nano & micro-influencers are two trends that will definitely continue growing this upcoming year. 

Shoppable content/posts:

  • Link in bios & linking links to specific products in Instagram Stories are great for e-commerce stores…if you like interruption from ads & extra steps
  • Over the years, Instagram, Pinterest, & Facebook all introduced ways for e-commerce stores to create shoppable posts
  • Shoppable content/posts are social media posts that directly connect users to product checkout tend to increase conversions by streamlining the payment process
  • Using a native integration, they’ve made it easy to tag and shop products directly in your posts. For online retailers, this is a great way to drive traffic to product pages
  • See if you’re eligible for Checkout on Instagram

Nano & micro-influencers:

  • Influencers aren’t dead. In fact, these smaller level influencers are important to local businesses
  • As opposed to premier influencers, microinfluencers are more like average people who have a larger-than-average social media following count
  • If you attract enough of these smaller-based influencers, you can achieve the same numbers as top-level influencers at a fraction of the cost & effort, with a more authentic & local feel
  • With a focus on keeping it local, these influencer allow you to cultivate a real relationship

Along with “shoppable content” & utilizing nano & micro-influencers, businesses’s pivot to digital in 2020 is here to stay. Most businesses shifted to digital as a necessity, but it’s here to stay because of a lower cost for more people & a higher ROI. What does that include?

  • Virtual events
  • Virtual meet-ups
  • Virtual consultations
  • Virtual experiences, such as live interactions through digital outlets
  • E-commerce

What do you think 2021 will bring to the digital marketing industry? We would love to hear your thoughts! Email us at if you have any questions or opinions.

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