Top 5 trends in Digital Advertising in 2016

5 digital advertising trends that will rule in 2016

5 digital advertising trends that will rule in 2016


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2015 is about to end and we will enter another existing era of digital advertising in 2016

Here are the top 5 trends that will rule digital advertising space in 2016. Digital advertising has always been a complex and volatile industry. With new trends paving way every passing year, advertisers and publishers need to stay tuned to all the latest updates. Let’s talk about some hot topics or trends that will keep advertisers and publishers on their toe’s in 2016.

  1. Mobile video advertisement
  2. Big Data usage for predictive analytics
  3. IoT and advertising on wearable device
  4. Native advertisement
  5. High impact ad units

Mobile Video advertisement: As per IAMAI study, 60% of internet users in India access the internet via their mobile phones now. The number is expected to reach 315 million by 2017, estimates IAMAI-KPMG report. A recent report from comScore reveals 100% growth in Online Video consumption in India in last 2 years. All this leads to advertisers spending their dollars on video ads on hand held devices in 2016. There are specialized companies which deliver mobile video ads programmatically. Advertisers will think mobile first when making their digital advertising strategy. With more telecom operators in India ready to launch 4G services in 2016, video consumption on mobile will rise even more thus pushing ad spends on mobile video ads.

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Big data usage for predictive analytics: Big data is the backbone of predictive analytics. We will see a rise in new generation marketers using big data technologies for delivering better-targeted campaigns. Marketers can also find and target their best potential customers both existing and new, using predictive analytics. Decision making using this modelling method will give a new dimension to digital advertising strategy. 2016 will see a surge in startups offering, big data, predictive analytics & audience targeting solutions to all the stakeholders in the digital adverting landscape.

IoT and advertising on wearable device: Wearable devices & IoT will make more room for themselves in 2016. The Wearable device market in India is predicted to boom in the coming year. Some advertisers believe, that wearable devices (smart devices) are an extension of user’s phone and users will be more connected to these devices. When consumers moved from desktop to mobile, advertisers and technology companies studied and gained insights into behaviors and buying pattern of their consumers.  The same can be predicted for users moving from their mobile phones to wearables devices. Advertisers in India might not spend a lot on wearable technology as of now, but big data and analytics companies might end up collecting data for future. This transition will help us gather information and understanding of consumer habits across multiple devices. We might see some experiments happening in this space to see how consumers react to seeing ads on their wearable devices. We foresee healthcare companies utilizing health wearable as another device to target their audiences.

Native advertisement: Native advertising seems to be a lucrative option for advertisers and publishers in 2016.
Data from BI Intelligence finds that spending on native ads will reach $7.9 billion this year and grow to $21 billion in 2018, rising from just $4.7 billion in 2013. Natives ads are gaining popularity because of its non-intrusive nature and its immunity to ad blockers. Even, social native advertising is growing at a fast pace. Content marketing and native ads will go hand in hand. Advertisers will have to create appealing native content to generate more clicks. Companies like Taboola and Outbrain will be able to harness this growth in 2016.

High Impact ad units: 2016 will see advertisers and publishers working together to focus on user experience across devices. Non-standard ad format is the new kid (spreading across display, mobile & digital video) in town and is expected to attract advertisers and publishers to deliver desired revenue. We might see new standards and best practices being set for these ad units in 2016. International bodies like IAB, has already included a lot of innovative ad units like Billboard, Sidekick, Portrait, Filmstrip etc. in their rising stars catalogue. 2016 might see other non-standard ad units like in-screen, in-article and mobile innovations topping the charts. These innovative ad units deliver exceptional user engagements without disturbing the user experience or publishers’ content. We will see a rise in a lot of companies and ad exchanges delivering innovative ad units programmatically.

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