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Social Media Marketing (18%) Content Marketing (17%) and use of Marketing Technology (16%) are expected to be included the most in digital marketing strategies in 2018.
Least used will be data management as well as paid search and social ads.
The research suggests there will be a shift from the previously popular use of paid search and social media advertising, to increased use of marketing technology, content marketing and organic social media. We already know content is king, as in a previous chart of the day we reported that research reports used for content marketing are the most successful for generating a return on investment.
SEO is still and I predict, always will be very important. It might never be top of the most used tactics, but it's never going to be the bottom. A strong SEO strategy will provide long terms gains, but it's high effort and results are slow. Content marketing and paid media provide returns and results quicker.
By Robert Jones
Robert Jones is a specialist in Insight, UX Research, Digital and Content Marketing. He has a Psychology Masters of Research, has built research panels and worked in insight roles for Vision Critical, ASDA and WhatUsersDo. He also managed all of Smart Insights member resources and published several guides such as "How to conduct Persona Research" as well as contributing over 100 blog posts to the Smart Insights blog. You can connect with Robert on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter
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