Genevieve asks, "Do you think virtual and augmented reality has a future as a viable content marketing tool?"
Without a doubt. New technologies go through four phases:
- No one knows what it is or what it does.
- Once people understand it, they replicate the existing in the new format.
- After replication comes variation, when people try out slightly new things.
- After variation comes freedom, when people break free of their limits.
Virtual reality and augmented reality are, today, around the end of stage 2 and early stage 3. Watch the video in full to learn what the obstacles are to content marketing success with VR/AR:
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In today's you ask I answer john via asks do you think virtual and augmented reality have a future as a viable Mark content marketing tools. Yes, without a doubt,
here's how we know with any new technology they go through these new technologies go through evolutions they go through phases and this is not new. This model for anything. This is
centuries old comes from the Japanese martial arts. There's
the thing the basics right and then there is the form where you replicate the forum and you you adhere strictly to the the the form then there's variation where
you learn to modify the form for different situations and stuff and then there is the Japanese call Ron Dory or or catching chaos where it's completely free of form and you just apply your knowledge, all these to from ways. Well, the same thing applies to technologies so virtual reality and AAR and the web and social media and you name it have all been through these phases in the beginning, nobody understands what these things do step to learn the very basics just even be fluid to add it. Now this is where a lot of things just kind of die if it if no one can master the basics, then the technology does not move forward
the basics includes value if no one can see any kind of value, then the technology just dies once people understand the technology what they typically do is replicate the existing things in the new format. Think about the early days of the World Wide Web, what did people do they made brochures, right, they've literally copied and pasted sometimes their existing sales brochures on to their websites and can still find a few websites like that out on the web. Over time, people started doing variations. What if we didn't have to make it look exactly like the brochure. What if we put in more pictures and fewer words or we put in contact forms or discussion forums and the web evolved, it became all these different variations and stuff and then
after this variations became came freedom when
people broke free of the limits of their imagination of their of the technical out of their previous technologies restrictions and started creating things that can only exist in that new format social networks, for example, or something that
cannot exist in the old format.
There's no way to make a print based social network. Right. Your, your newspaper when you pick it up is not interactive in any way. And so
once people understood that the web was interactive that the web permitted two way communication video communication and things like that. Take a look at what people do with video marketing. Now
today we take it for granted. Oh, yeah. Video everyone does that. Well,
not everyone did that. It was very difficult for people to undertake and that you could put
video on the web. And then
there was a presumption that it had to be always be high quality. Well, obviously we know
after replication of the old format like TV comes variation and then he comes freedoms, the smartphone these lovely devices that we're working with here
gives people the freedom to do new things that they couldn't do with massive TV crew Sanford for drones drones permit photography that previously was only allowed with something like a helicopter or an airplane. Now we have drones can do these things and we're still with drones, we're kind of in stage three right we're we're trying out new things drone racing and stuff like that at photography and video that are different, but we haven't come really to that freedom point yet we're getting their virtual reality. Reality Augmented Reality are at. I would say later to early stage. We have a lot of school morph ism
which is good because that replication phase, but that copying the old into the new
is how we learn the technology. It's not something we can skip over so we're at a point where we're replicating a lot of things in virtual reality that we haven't an augmented reality amusement park rides and movies and action things and video games and
and we're getting
the hang of this new technology
where content marketing becomes viable and exciting is when you as further late stage to weaken flawlessly
rapidly replicate an experience enough so that it's better than
the previous technologies experience and start creating those variations those new things like oh wow I didn't know you could do at that's when you have that content marketing viability. Sometimes these tools they take off very, very quickly. Sometimes they take a really long time
with virtual reality and augmented reality. The, the key to that technology succeeding in marketing or in general is the headset is the the end user experience. Once that is largely solved and is as easy as opening a web browser or opening an app on your smartphone today, then the technology will have the base and the freedom to to really create those new experiences and
then the marketers will come in and ruin it. That's what you do.
So yes content marketing
and virtual reality, augmented reality have a
rich potential future ahead of them. We've got to get out of the replication phase into the variation phase and we're starting to I'd say we're we're right on that CUSP and then the audience adoption is the kind of a last piece of that and that will open up
virtual reality and augmented reality as a as a useful content marketing tool for all of us. Great question. JOHN Vf good way to start the week with sort of a more forward thinking question as always please subscribe to the newsletter and he has a YouTube Channel. In the comments below and thank you for watching.
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