You Ask, I Answer: Digital Marketing in Recessions and Predictive Analytics

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You Ask, I Answer: Digital Marketing in Recessions and Predictive Analytics

Lisa asks, “What are your thoughts on the evolving nature of digital marketing and predictive analytics for the next year?”

Marketing will be dealing with economic headwinds in 2019. Anyone looking at leading economic indicators sees the writing on the wall – a recession in 12-18 months driven in part by inept economic policies. Thus, marketers will need to be focusing on ROI and results. This will be an interesting time; marketers have had it easy over the last decade with sustained economic growth and ever-cheaper software and services. If we think back to 2008 when the last headwinds hit and we had the great recession, there aren’t a ton of marketers who were working in the space at that time – certainly no one under 30 as a full time marketing professional.

Predictive analytics will be a keystone of marketing for the savvy marketer, because few things help conserve budget and resources like knowing what’s likely to happen. But there’s a catch that we’re investigating at Trust Insights. Watch the video to find out what.

I’ll be covering some of this in my talk at Social Media Marketing World 2019. Be sure to register for Social Media Marketing World 2019 with us and get a bit of a discount.

You Ask, I Answer: Digital Marketing in Recessions and Predictive Analytics

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Lisa asks, What are your thoughts on the evolving nature of digital marketing and predictive analytics for the next year? Hmm. So, um,

there are going to be some

substantial economic headwinds in the next year, year and a half, two years, anyone who’s doing any kind of investigation, any kind of watching of economic indicators, leading economic indicators, sees the writing on the wall, a recession in 12 to 24 months, 12 to 18 months, probably driven in part by natural market cycles, and in part by inept economic policies on the part of

more than one government, but certainly in the United States government

and its economic policies, not doing great things for global trade.

So what’s the impact of marketing? Well, my marketers are going to need to focus very, very heavily in the next year on ROI, and results, what’s really working, what’s putting money in the bank, what’s putting customers in the door, what’s feeding sales,

and this is,

you know, I’m, I’m in my 40s, I’ve got some

great here, this is kind of a really interesting time, because

marketers over the last decade

for the most part have had it pretty easy. We’ve had sustain economic growth since the really, I mean, since 2011, when,

when a lot of the economic measures to counteract the Great Recession really started accelerating. We’ve had very good sustained economic

growth we’ve had good times,

marketers have enjoyed ever cheaper software ever cheaper services

for a number of years, marketers had it super easy with organic reach on social media being said, ridiculously easy to

get it is much harder now. But it used to be a lot easier. And so, you know, folks who are under 30, I have not had to deal with

the a recession in their professional careers. When you think back to 2008 and the Bear Stearns crash, and Lehman Brothers, and all that stuff.

Digital Marketing wasn’t a very different space, it was still very problems. Seo was by far the most common channel and I was working, I was working in the financial services industry at the time. And SEO was the only thing that really kept us fed MySpace was space was the hot thing at the time.

But there are not a lot of marketers, and certainly no one under 30, who has the experience of trying to market in a recession when people don’t want to buy things. Or when they do you want to buy things price, they come much, much more price sensitive all the sudden, as opposed to being brand sensitive.

And so marketers are going to need to focus very heavily on ROI and results, what’s going to get results. And in some cases, what’s going to get results in a timely fashion.

If you are in marketing. And you’re not investing time learning all the different paid media systems out there from native retargeting to display to, you know, whatever the the, the new story format of the week is YouTube stories now

you’re missing an opportunity to, to build those skills and those those skill sets in your toolbox.


especially when you go into a recession, when you know you’re going into a recession, you need to focus very, very heavily on your personal brand on your name on your reputation. Because when and it is a when, when it comes to when when when the economy slows down. And companies start making staffing changes, aka layoffs.

You need to have share of mind with people who can hire you, you need to be present in people’s minds when they think Gosh, who do I know that would be a good Facebook marketer

who do I know that would be a good Google Analytics person,

if they don’t think of you, then they’re going to go the traditional recruiting route, which means that will be that much harder for you to get a land a new position somewhere else. So make sure you’re focusing personally on your personal brand and building your professional network. And really building and not like randomly following people on Twitter. But actually having conversations with people

on the front of predictive analytics,

predictive analytics is going to be the Keystone for the savvy marketer, it is going to be the secret weapon that a marketer will deploy to make the most of the budget and their resources, because nothing helps you plan like knowing what’s pretty likely to happen. If you know that, you know, the fourth week of January is going to be your company’s week in your industry in your vertical, you know, you have to invest heavily there. And you know, you can pull back budget from say, like the the second week of July, when no one in your industry is going to be searching for anything, no one for you’re interested in talking about anything. So using predictive analytics will help you plan your social media plan, your paid media plan, your search campaigns, plan, your your email marketing,

it will be the cornerstone, and companies that have got a handle on what’s likely to happen

will outperform

those companies that are just going by gut or by instinct, or by past experience. Now, on that note, past experiences, really, really,

it’s a double edged sword

with two really sharp edges. On the one hand, relying on the immediate past

has the potential to be risky, because when a recession hits, people’s behaviors change very, very quickly. Consumer attitudes change,

business, attitudes change, purchasing cycles change. And so using the last five years of data, which is what most predictive analytics


looks at, you know, a year, two years, three years, you know, within that five year span is making the assumption that the conditions under which people were doing things the last five years are consistent. And that’s not necessarily true. Once a consumers behavior changes, you need to model the new behavior. So

one thing I’m looking at, in my work of trust insights is modeling the data from 2006 to 2008 as well to see how did how do we account for changes in consumer behavior, when the consumer knows, oh, something’s, something’s different here.

And the good news is that there are data repositories out there like Google’s news database, like the trends database, some SEO tools have data that stretches back to 2004. So we have the data available to model with we just have to get it but be very careful in your predictive analytics models to account for is something like this, like a recession, likely to change how customers behave in our segment. And if so, look back at the last recessions data to see how, for example, if you are in a charity that serves,

say, the homeless,

your search volumes, and search queries are going to spike really fast as as more and more people lose

the ability to pay for their housing.

On the flip side, though, the amount of corporate donations coming in are going to drop off pretty substantially, too. So by predicting and forecasting both of those transition you could be able to do to plan and account for them for what’s potentially likely to happen. This requires data science, it requires advanced modeling. It’s not something that you can do with a spreadsheet in a way it’s going to give you good results. But if you are a savvy marketer, you can take advantage of this and I hope that you come to see my session on events analytics at Social Media Marketing World is where it leaves it works there’s a link below in the notes to register there’s a bit of a discount right now. So if you go to trust slash s m m w, Social Media Marketing World, you can register to attend for an all access pass and you get to see my session on a lot of the stuff and we’ll walk through bits of this at Social Media Marketing World full disclosure, my company trust insights is an affiliate of Social Media Marketing World. So if you buy something we’re getting a nonzero amount of compensation for it. So predictive the key to the future with Academy let your models have to account for the recession. recession is coming digital marketers who are under 30 talk to the folks have a little more gray hair but what they did last time to get through and to be successful thanks for the questions please subscribe to the YouTube channel on the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon one help solving your company’s

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One response to “You Ask, I Answer: Digital Marketing in Recessions and Predictive Analytics”

  1. LisaDJenkins Avatar

    Dropping the #ProfessionalLurker cloaking to say. “Thank You for sharing your smarts.”

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