The Future of Work, with Russ Perry of Design Pickle

For the majority of the U.S. workforce, the past three months have been a complete paradigm shift in what’s considered “business as usual.” Millions of us are, for the first time in our careers, working entirely remotely, and brands across the country are scrambling to establish a “new normal.” But what if your entire workforce was remote to begin with? Marketing Futures spoke with Russ Perry, the founder of Design Pickle, a member of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies in 2019, about what it’s like to manage a staff of more than 400, of which only a small handful live and work in the company’s headquarter city of Scottsdale, Arizona. Russ discussed what the first few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis were like for Design Pickle, and shared advice for leaders looking to maintain creativity and camaraderie from afar.

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The Doctor Will Zoom You Now: Telehealth During COVID-19 and Beyond

Prior to the pandemic, adoption of virtual doctor visits was negligible (at just 11%, according to a McKinsey survey). Since social distancing and quarantine, however, those numbers have rocketed to 46 percent, and the comfort and ease both consumers and doctors are finding through telehealth, or telemedicine, indicate that it’s here to stay post-COVID. But the surge in telehealth begs the question: if some vital services like healthcare can be delivered virtually, what other traditionally physical industries may also find themselves delivering via cyberspace? For the moment, telehealth is ruling the space and the resources below discuss its growth, application, and future.

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Pulse Issue 13

Foresight is 2020: Marketing Trends for the New Year

January 2020

By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
A new year is an ideal time for reflection as well as anticipation of the changes that lie ahead in the marketing world. A new year allows marketers to evaluate what has been most successful in the past, honing in and perfecting what has worked and dropping what hasn’t to try and prepare for the unexpected new trends that will find their way into consumer’s and marketer’s laps. No prediction is perfect, but the resources below examine what marketers can anticipate in the year ahead, and analyze what didn’t work and what won’t work again.
Looking Ahead
Smart Insights explores key marketing trends based on examples and research on the adoption of the latest marketing techniques and technology marketers can use. They include six types of marketing: lifecycle, conversational, insights-driven, technology, consumer privacy or “Know Your Customer,” and digital transformation.
If you take the predictions of CMOs, 2020 will bring much of the same: more personalization, more environmental awareness, more experiential marketing, and more awareness of the possibilities—and responsibilities—that come with collecting and using data. To better understand what will be on top marketers’ minds across a range of industries in 2020, Forbes spoke with more than a dozen CMOs from a range of industries to have them share trends, goals, challenges, and opportunities that they think will be key in the year ahead.
ClickZ reported on a number of research firm Gartner’s 2020 marketing trend predictions, such as:
  • As consumers increasingly place their trust in known entities (family, friends, etc.), investments in influencer marketing will be undermined.
  • Marketers and advertisers are using artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) technologies to gather insights on users’ reactions to products and services.
  • Only 22% of marketers say they have in-depth insight into known customer values, but CMOs identify marketing and customer analytics as the capability most vital to supporting their marketing strategy.
  • 80% of marketers will abandon personalization efforts by 2025, due to lack of ROI.
  • Personalization now comprises 14% of the marketing budget, yet more than one in four marketers cite technology as a key obstacle to personalization.
In order to plan for 2020, you have to know how the marketing and consumer landscape is likely to change. Predicting marketing trends requires a combination of experience and the foresight to be able to see where all of this is headed. That’s a skillset today’s marketers need in order to keep up with the industry—to plan the tools you’ll need next year, the channels you’ll invest in, and the strategies you’ll rework from the ground up. Databox asked nearly 100 marketers to share what they’re preparing for.
And while we're at it, hindsight is...
Many of the predictions about what the future would look like in the 2010s have turned out, in hindsight, to be hilariously off the mark. It’s interesting to look at why that was, and how things played out instead. So, here are seven marketing and technology-related predictions from the 2010s that have aged pretty badly.
It’s easy to put on rose-colored glasses in December and predict a glorious future for one’s industry. But this is media, so it makes more sense to deliver some frank reminders about what’s not going to happen in 2020 instead. Digiday offers some looks at what’s not in store at the start of the next decade.
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Knowing that marketers are increasingly challenged in their efforts to keep up with the latest trends and technologies, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) tasked itself with creating a program designed to help marketers anticipate—and prepare for—the future of marketing.

 

ANA Marketing Futures is what emerged. With a focus on innovative topics and emerging trends, ANA Marketing Futures provides resources that will influence and inform via member cases, research studies, and insight from industry innovators. Check back often to learn about emerging trends and become inspired to take steps toward the growth of your business.

 

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