What is the future of Internet marketing?

by Mark Andrews Banned
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In your opinion, what is the future of Internet marketing?

Where do you believe the future of Internet marketing is heading?

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Mark Andrews
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    Two words: Video - Mobile.
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  • Profile picture of the author djax3000
    Internet marketing will continue to thrive well into the future. New technologies in the tablet and smartphone markets will insure hundreds of millions of people can be reached almost any hour of the day all around the world.
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      • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
        Originally Posted by Marketing Fool View Post

        Cyborgs...definitely cyborgs. Nuff said....
        As opposed to the bots we have now?
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Present university education will start to look more like internet marketing training, and internet marketing training will start to look more like university educations.
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      Originally Posted by datingworld View Post

      Present university education will start to look more like internet marketing training, and internet marketing training will start to look more like university educations.
      I saw an ad the other day for a bachelors in Internet Marketing...I had to smile.
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  • Profile picture of the author HarryWatson00
    I think the future is in a well rounded approach. You have to dabble in both real world and virtual world marketing to have a truly successful marketing campaign. I also agree that it's going to become more mainstream. There are a lot of universities already teaching Internet Marketing strategies to their students. Will they be able to keep up? Probably not. But the future of Internet Marketing is going to be just called marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      Originally Posted by HarryWatson00 View Post

      There are a lot of universities already teaching Internet Marketing strategies to their students.
      I'm very curious who their instructors are.

      Do they have experienced Internet marketers or are they just teaching theory?
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      • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
        Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

        I'm very curious who their instructors are.

        Do they have experienced Internet marketers or are they just teaching theory?


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      • Profile picture of the author karenloye
        Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

        I'm very curious who their instructors are.

        Do they have experienced Internet marketers or are they just teaching theory?
        I'm one who teaches internet marketing at the university level. I'm an internet marketer first, and an instructor second. Unfortunately, I'm somewhat of a rarity. In a typical marketing curriculum there is heavy reliance on textbooks and those books will never be up to date. Even in courses like Marketing Communications, there is generally a single -- and extremely general -- chapter on digital marketing. Almost useless in my opinion.

        Due to that, I have adapted my course to teach a segment on internet marketing that includes topics like keyword research, basic onsite SEO, local marketing online, PPC, social media trends, various analytics, tools to conduct online competitive sleuthing, etc. I assign blog reading to introduce students to current internet marketing news. Textbook info on internet marketing is useless as most information is out of date by the time the text is published (and hence, the lack of meaningful, up-to-date information about internet marketing within any mainstream marketing texts).

        I also teach a very hands-on elective course where students research blog topics they are interested in and learn whether there is a likelihood of monetizing a blog of this type. They then buy a domain, purchase hosting, and learn to build a WordPress site/blog on that topic. Along the way, they learn SEO, put up a Facebook page, establish a Twitter account, and pull in other social media. We also help several local businesses with online and social media marketing as a public service. Again, not the be-all, end-all, but at least a start -- and certainly a giant leap over reading a very vanilla textbook chapter about internet marketing that was likely written 2 - 4 years prior.

        Unfortunately, what I do is rare. The academic world rewards faculty for research and academic publishing -- not for teaching what is currently relevant, especially when that information cannot be taught out of a textbook. When you teach courses the way I do it's a lot of extra work as you need to find your own materials and develop hands-on assignments that are outside of what textbooks offer.

        All this to say:
        With the exception of specialized college programs like those found at Full Sail University and a select few others, you won't find very good internet marketing education offered in most colleges and universities. Sadly, the ever moving target of internet marketing simply is not a good fit for the traditional academic model.
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    • Profile picture of the author johndetlefs
      Originally Posted by HarryWatson00 View Post

      But the future of Internet Marketing is going to be just called marketing.
      Ditto. The internet will eventually be considered just another medium via which you can sell, just like radio, print, television and other media.

      There will be a premium (in fact there already is) on people that actually know how to run a business that is able to sustain itself over the long term.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
      Originally Posted by HarryWatson00 View Post

      I think the future is in a well rounded approach. You have to dabble in both real world and virtual world marketing to have a truly successful marketing campaign. I also agree that it's going to become more mainstream. There are a lot of universities already teaching Internet Marketing strategies to their students. Will they be able to keep up? Probably not. But the future of Internet Marketing is going to be just called marketing.
      Great points Harry, I wish the University I went to offered Internet Marketing classes...

      In the future it will definitely be more mainstream though.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlmightyGreg
    with the almighty google making it harder for small sites to rank, I think only big companies will get direct organic traffic. IMO
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert02011
      Why don`t marketer start there own search engines and force google out of business with there high prices and rules.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Branding, Mobile, Twitter kids (with tiny attention spans), and the death of email! (dun dun dun dunnn).
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    • Profile picture of the author Joshua P
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      Branding, Mobile, Twitter kids (with tiny attention spans), and the death of email! (dun dun dun dunnn).
      email dead ,really?
      I sorta think the same,look here please -
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html
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  • Profile picture of the author jclindayag
    Hi Mark Andrews!

    The internet especially Google is working hard to make more social connection to their readers and searchers. They are also planning a "knowledge base" search wherein every keyword you type will have more specific information that you are looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry White
    We can only guess at what technologies will be coming online over the next half century, and even less so beyond that. That part doesn't worry me in the least - we'll adapt, maybe kicking and screaming but we'll adapt.

    The only real downside are the treats from politicians, bureaucrats, and self-anointed do-gooders who are determined to seize control, regulate, and tax the Internet to oblivion if we allow it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew de Goede
    The future is video, and mobile sites/apps. Just follow the trend.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jackson Tan
    anywhere where there is internet.. how about internet TV? imagine the programs you are watching can promote relevant products to you.. no more commercials.. hahaz, my 2 cents~
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Mark,

      what is the future of Internet marketing?
      Whatever I want it to be.

      What do you want it to be?
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Honestly, I have no idea nor do I worry about it.

        Unless I'm going to be an innovator (which I have never been) I will simply keep
        an eye on things and if something changes, I will adapt to it.

        If I had a crystal ball, I'd be a zillionaire.
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        • Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Honestly, I have no idea nor do I worry about it.

          Unless I'm going to be an innovator (which I have never been) I will simply keep
          an eye on things and if something changes, I will adapt to it.

          If I had a crystal ball, I'd be a zillionaire.
          I 100% agree with this.

          It's far easier (and just as profitable) to be a fast-mover into a new trend than being the creator of a trend. I always believed that playing the oracle game is a terrible business model as the chances to go wrong are too high. I prefer the early-mover model.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Obviously, I believe there will be more advanced tools that will be created and introduced.

    On a personal note, I am crossing my fingers that many of the Internet Marketers will still continue to outsource to the Philippines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_Willow
    I would like it to be geared towards adding value instead of gaming the system.

    Right now IM is getting bad rap because of people abusing things like blog comments, google search, facebook, youtube, you name it.
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  • I think I know this one. It's more regulation where you can't do this and can't do that. Mark my words and in 10 years you will see what I wrote is true, IM future is more regulation!
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    • Originally Posted by HelpingYouBeAnExpert View Post

      I think I know this one. It's more regulation where you can't do this and can't do that!
      I 100% agree: The online commerce sphere is going to get regulated to oblivion over the following years.
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      • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
        Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

        I 100% agree: The online commerce sphere is going to get regulated to oblivion over the following years.
        Then I guess we better make bank while we can. We can watch it all fall apart from our retirement villas.
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      • Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

        I 100% agree: The online commerce sphere is going to get regulated to oblivion over the following years.
        Wow, I'm shocked one person noticed, thanks! But this is why everything is regulated because we are pushed to comply by pressure and that is the future of IM.

        I have been in IM a decade or so and I see more and more regulation but when I try to talk about it and how bad and stupid it is people kinda pressure me to shut up and not talk about it.

        In any case there is no way to stop regulation if no one is willing to talk about it, so there you go that is my 10 year observation. I hope you all enjoy what's we are allowed to do since it's less and less every year (of course in the name of good for us all)>
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        • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
          Originally Posted by HelpingYouBeAnExpert View Post

          Wow, I'm shocked one person noticed, thanks! But this is why everything is regulated because we are pushed to comply by pressure and that is the future of IM.

          I have been in IM a decade or so and I see more and more regulation but when I try to talk about it and how bad and stupid it is people kinda pressure me to shut up and not talk about it.

          In any case there is no way to stop regulation if no one is willing to talk about it, so there you go that is my 10 year observation. I hope you all enjoy what's we are allowed to do since it's less and less every year (of course in the name of good for us all)>
          I won't try to shut you up, but I wonder if that's what you call it when someone with a more nuanced view doesn't agree with your analysis which appears to admit no exceptions to the position that regulations are simply "bad and stupid", and that we should be "willing to talk about it" with only the goal to "stop regulation".

          The goal is neither attainable nor desirable for marketers. An poorly regulated marketplace is one in which would-be customers have good reason to be afraid to take part.

          As for your comment "I see more and more regulation"; well of course you do; would you really expect otherwise? Taking into account the fact that during that ten years, online commerce grew hugely into the massive global marketplace that we see today, it would be weird and stink of bribes to government officials if zero regulations had come about; they do out of necessity when there are sea changes in cash flow, and they may be imperfect, but nonetheless far better for all but the scammers than none at all.

          People's life savings hang in the balance, so it would be far more sinister and weird if there were no regulatory response to the explosive growth of online financial transactions, than you imply it is that regulations have grown along with the growth of the internet.

          Only criminals benefit when their crimes remain undefined by law, and arguably, the growth of online transactions would have been much slower without regulations regarding what you're allowed to do to get peoples credit card info.

          With the huge growth of the internet, a wild west approach (zero regulations), would never work, and the average person would be justifiably terrified of ever making an online purchase, and would possibly have given up on email entirely by now.

          Complain about laws all you want, but billions less would be floating about the internet if we had no regulations instead of the ones we do have. Not to mention, with spam unchecked, how much harder it would be for legitimate opt-in list builders to get people to distinguish them as such (or even find them among the thousands of daily spam messages).
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          • Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

            I won't try to shut you up, but I wonder if that's what you call it when someone with a more nuanced view doesn't agree with your analysis which appears to admit no exceptions to the position that regulations are simply "bad and stupid", and that we should be "willing to talk about it" with only the goal to "stop regulation".

            The goal is neither attainable nor desirable for marketers. An poorly regulated marketplace is one in which would-be customers have good reason to be afraid to take part.

            As for your comment "I see more and more regulation"; well of course you do; would you really expect otherwise? Taking into account the fact that during that ten years, online commerce grew hugely into the massive global marketplace that we see today, it would be weird and stink of bribes to government officials if zero regulations had come about; they do out of necessity when there are sea changes in cash flow, and they may be imperfect, but nonetheless far better for all but the scammers than none at all.

            People's life savings hang in the balance, so it would be far more sinister and weird if there were no regulatory response to the explosive growth of online financial transactions, than you imply it is that regulations have grown along with the growth of the internet.

            Only criminals benefit when their crimes remain undefined by law, and arguably, the growth of online transactions would have been much slower without regulations regarding what you're allowed to do to get peoples credit card info.

            With the huge growth of the internet, a wild west approach (zero regulations), would never work, and the average person would be justifiably terrified of ever making an online purchase, and would possibly have given up on email entirely by now.

            Complain about laws all you want, but billions less would be floating about the internet if we had no regulations instead of the ones we do have. Not to mention, with spam unchecked, how much harder it would be for legitimate opt-in list builders to get people to distinguish them as such (or even find them among the thousands of daily spam messages).
            The ones writing the regulations to "protect us" are the criminals, your post is not true. They don't like internet marketers and in 10 years there will be less independent internet marketers (who are profitable) then more, but yes big insiders will make money online that I can guarantee. The truth is the truth. Keep regulating lets see if you are free in the internet future or not free in the internet future.
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            • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
              Originally Posted by HelpingYouBeAnExpert View Post

              The ones writing the regulations to "protect us" are the criminals, your post is not true. They don't like internet marketers and in 10 years there will be less independent internet marketers (who are profitable) then more, but yes big insiders will make money online that I can guarantee. The truth is the truth. Keep regulating lets see if you are free in the internet future or not free in the internet future.
              The truth is never as black and white as the "I hate the government; down with laws" crowd proclaims, but of course your views are built around a kernel of truth; there is obviously no shortage of corruption in government.

              Like you said, those who write the laws often are criminal, but again, it isn't black and white; thankfully, there are some regulators still trying to protect the public from criminal companies that want their harmful practices deregulated, and do find a friendly audience among many on the hill. Thank goodness not everyone wants to destroy all regulations just because they can cry "corruption", implying it's effects are the opposite of what they really are.

              What corruption has meant is tainted meat for Americans, polluted water and air for Americans, bankers gambling with the life savings of Americans, all so bankers, polluters, food producers, etc, could cut costs and increase profits, due to being freed of the costly obligations required by those who are supposed to protect Americans by legal constraints on harmful activities.

              All cleverly framed as "getting the government off our backs". Who is going to get the corporations whose sole interest is greater profits for themselves regardless of the human costs, off our backs, once the deregulators are done gutting all protections, and/or enforcement activities?

              Those throwing money at politicians come away with a far bigger loot by operating in a wild west type of environment than they ever could by trying to hogtie their smaller competitors with over-regulations. When you bring the biggest guns to the fight, you don't look to regulate handguns out of existence, but rather to deregulate your own much bigger guns.

              Consider bankers-the S+L crisis, after the first round of deregulations, and the 2008 bankers-turned-gamblers meltdown, after the second, mind-blowing round of insane deregulation-gutting the regulations designed to protect taxpayer/depositors from greedy gambles on the part of their money's gardians.

              As far as the internet goes, all one has to do is imagine a world where spam and fraud were deregulated, to see how badly we need regulations. Nobody in their right mind would buy anything online in the environment you're advocating, free of regulations.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    I guess that mobile marketing will be hot trend internet marketing in the future time. For this time, tablets are hot trend. The tablets considered as mobile.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    The make money online niche will always be BOOMING in my view. A lot of people think that this market is now saturated which it is not true at all.

    Think how many babies are being born today just in the US and Canada. In 18-20 years from today, they will go online for the first time and want to get into some sort of a home based business.

    There will never be a shortage of prospects even offline. Millions are being spent each day in this niche alone each and everyday.
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post


      Think how many babies are being born today just in the US and Canada. In 18-20 years from today, they will go online for the first time and want to get into some sort of a home based business.
      Where do you find 18 year old kids that haven't already been online for at least a decade (or is that a trend that will start with current babies)?
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      • Profile picture of the author ZenRealms
        Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

        Where do you find 18 year old kids that haven't already been online for at least a decade (or is that a trend that will start with current babies)?
        My son is 18 and I started him using the computer when he was 3.

        But then, both my kids and I are geeks. Guess I can take credit for that.

        So the trend is well underway, at least with some of the geekier households.

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    More sales for me that's for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOExpert999
    Internet or the virtual world is now growing up and it is starting to sense and feel by way of our social media likes and dislikes. Everyone now has the power to watch, study, research, socialize, with who they want and how long they want. Social media, Social Connection, Social Truth
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Pescetti
    The future of I.M. is using holograms to make sales.

    I've seen it.

    Forget video.

    People will be able to download your 3D presence into the heart of their living room and EXPERIENCE your pitch on a level that truly captures the emotion you intended.

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      Originally Posted by Mark Pescetti View Post

      The future of I.M. is using holograms to make sales.

      I've seen it.

      Forget video.

      People will be able to download your 3D presence into the heart of their living room and EXPERIENCE your pitch on a level that truly captures the emotion you intended.

      Mark
      Have you been reading some of my posts from five or six years ago here Mark?

      Funny you should bring this up I've been predicting this pretty much since the dawn of the Internet.

      Trust you to follow my thinking on this. Good on ya!

      Cheers!


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  • Profile picture of the author Steve King
    The bright future of internet marketing is that every single person that tries to get rich quick will do exactly that. All of the 'push button, auto-pilot, make money overnight in your sleep' type systems will work for everyone, especially the newbie.

    The Guru's will still provide their $1997 coaching programmes and they will actually mentor their students and only consider a launch a success when their customers have made at least all their money back and made a profit.

    Everyone will have an iPad and will be watching split screen videos while listening to free music and playing the latest angry birds app game.

    Either wishful thinking or I have joined Rodney in fantasy land
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    Originally Posted by Mark Andrews View Post

    Where do you believe the future of Internet marketing is heading?
    Nowhere.

    In the 1400s all you could efficiently deliver from place to place was people and things. So you sold physical products or live performances in person. Then along came Gutenberg. Suddenly you could deliver written works. In the 1900s we had film. Sound and radio arrived in the 1920s. Colour in the 1930s. Television in the 1950s. And in the 1960s we invented marketing.

    Today we have the internet, mobile marketing, and social networking. And people say they are "new."

    But we are delivering effectively the same stuff today as we always have, using effectively the same strategies and methods, because the core component is still the human psychology. And while our understanding and nomenclature has changed... the core notion of AIDA dates back to the 1890s, the seminal Robert Collier Letter Book was written in the early 1900s, and as late as 1983 David Ogilvy's most material contribution to the AIDA model was to identify "social proof" as a major component of the Desire element.

    Nothing will change, because nothing HAS changed. We are still the same people with the same drives for the same things. We are machines made of meat, and the design is precisely what it has been for thousands of years. The Romans, the Greeks, the Arabs... they had markets. They marketed. And three thousand years ago, they still did it pretty much the same way we do now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Strasburgo
    1) a move up the value chain away from thin EMD sites to thin Authority sites. (I already see this)

    A person with a real passion for fitness, becomes a personal trainer or gym owner or coach. An internet marketer with a passion for fitness, will create a "livestrong lite", which will essentially rewrite "high quality" content and then place ad's and e-books for the users.

    This may force the search engines to reward "original" content, but until computers can actually read, this will be a problem for them, because the crowd sourced way of determining relevancy is essentially broken.

    If it can be gamed, it's broken. Most systems in life are broken.

    2) Mobile - The biggest hurdle here is convincing people to buy things when they really can't do the research on the phone. But as the phones get better and the bandwidth gets better, commercial messages will be optimized.

    3) Further integration with Brick and Mortar businesses.

    A smart B&M would keep have their entire in store inventory online. If I have a hankering for a "Baby Ruth" or some other out-of-favor candy bar, my "Sweet Tooth" app will tell me that the independent convenience store that I normally avoid has 36 available.

    If I need a part for my car, rather than wait for it to be delivered in 2-3 days, I could find out where I could buy it online locally, without having to wait for Bubba in the Service Department to pick up the phone. I will have to of course have to wait for Bubba to retrieve my power steering pump from the back....

    4) Online Reputation Management getting deeper into B&M and regular people.

    I wouldn't be surprised by there being less anonymity online and in the real world for both businesses and regular people.

    All the noise in Yelp Ratings, Chowhound postings, will only increase as the local McDonald's Franchisee hires ORM companies to distort what is being said on all the online forums.

    Not So High Net Worth Individuals will of course hire people to police what is being said about them online, facebook, twitter, linked in, "don't date him girl/don't marry her dude" or do some propaganda SEO to improve their ratings amongst nosy daters.

    Now is the time to get involved, even though many of the low hanging fruit have already been plucked.

    Stras.
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  • Profile picture of the author shane_k
    I think that Google will continue to keep moving away from its base business, and the more it does that the more it will put itself at risk until a new competitor comes along and sweeps them away.

    There still might be a Google like there is still a Yahoo, but they will be beat where their core business is concerned.

    Then the cycle will repeat again, with this new business building up becoming as powerful as Google was, and then it will do something that will cause it to lose and be replaced by another business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Headstart
      People are constantly talking about the "Bubble Talk" but one thing will
      always remain constant, things will be marketed and sold.

      At the end of the day look at what people are doing and
      not what they're saying and you'll have a much better
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      • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
        Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

        Ask Al Gore.

        He invented the current Internet and will likely take credit for the next . . .

        Steve
        He never said he invented the internet. The joke has been repeated so much it's a cliche, but it was his detractors that had him taking the credit, not him.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    There will always be opportunities for small businesses to use the internet to make more money for their business.

    The opportunities for people engaging in the "business of internet marketing' will probably be shrinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author swg
    Can't think of a World without Internet in the future. And if Internet is going to be there for ever, naturally Internet Marketing has to be that long.

    The techniques used have change significantly over the years and it should only grow bigger and effective in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I think the future of internet marketing is healthy. As long as you can get traffic and sales from your sales page, you're good. And make sure backend marketing is a priority. With this, internet marketing in 2050 will still be profitable.
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    Harder, varied, and fun (it's my forecast)
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  • Profile picture of the author TimK06
    It appears is internet marketing may be the wave of the future in a time where physical employment is getting smaller and smaller people are looking to earn their income from the web.

    The great part is although there were a lot of people doing it before us we're still light years ahead of people that will turn to it as the career becomes more popular some of us will be the bill gates of this business. There are endless possibilities!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonwebb
    i think over time internet marketing will be more regulated. I do think it will be fine overall.
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    • Profile picture of the author innovative9999
      Originally Posted by thugpoet View Post

      i think over time internet marketing will be more regulated. I do think it will be fine overall.
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      Internet Marketing to increase your Business through online, now desktops and laps are old fashion, at present every thing is on your hands through mobiles and tabs .
      every thing we can handle through mobile and tabs
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    If you want two things to focus on in 2013, they should be:

    1. Social proof
    2. Mobile

    The desktop PC is dead - consumers are only really buying phones/tablets/Kindles now. If you disagree with me then go look at HP's stock chart before you reply. Heck, people don't even want printers now, even at $45.

    Mobile is WIDE OPEN for new entrants. Neither Google or FB really own mobile, and some small companies are just killing it in mobile (e.g. PlaneFinder).

    Social proof is gonna be a hugely important factor in ranking well in 2013. So get on LinkedIn, FB, Pinterest and go do something great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mo Jogee
    The future looks promising unless there is a massive cyber crash and we go completely backwards, All I know is am excited to be finally on board this mighty rollercoaster
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  • Profile picture of the author ExRat
    Hi,

    Originally Posted by LebernCapital View Post

    It is a most powerful tool to make your business success.
    Perhaps paid forum posting for off-topic sig exposure/backlinking is the future of internet marketing?
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      3 Things

      Technology will spread, mobile, other devices (watches, glasses etc...)

      Your going to see things like AI, it will solve problems for us... do other stuff meh..

      Monopoly, most of the net will become monopolized for the most part but it will still be unlike most of the other mainstream media.
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    • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
      The same as it's always been. Building a list, creating products and driving traffic Everything else is just a medium to do exactly that.
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    • Profile picture of the author leighs31
      Its the 12/12/12 the World Ends Today so no future lol

      I think the next generation of kids are going to drive the future. Everything will be online, you don't even have to go out of the house now if you don't want to. Apps, mobiles, ipads and if your lucky find a put for a nice beer
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      • Profile picture of the author sadneck
        Videos. Think about it, we now watch more commercials and ads on YouTube than we do on TV. When a commercial comes on tv, we change the channel. When a commercial comes on the radio station, we flip to our Sirius XM Satelite radio. When a commercial comes on YouTube, we sit and watch it for 30 seconds waiting for our video.

        I read a very interesting post that said, if you want to get backlinks, use all other sources of internet marketing, BUT if you want to build a brand, trust, and pr, use video marketing.

        The shift is happening...
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  • Profile picture of the author FunkyKing
    First of all we will become robots, but before then id say social and mobile (-:
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  • Profile picture of the author tjaysen70
    Well yeah no one has a crystal ball, but the data appears to be that mobile devices are taking over in terms of people buying them over regular computers. The future of IM will still be the same though, just the medium in which it is seen might change.
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  • Profile picture of the author dillon5
    hopefully the future is that we will have robots to do all this work for us and we can just rake in the money
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
    The future belongs to the best hackers; those that can hijack the drones sent by competitors to attack their servers (or them personally), and turn them against the sender.

    I know that sounds ridiculous, but that is the nature of predicting the future. All the reasonable sounding posts are that way because they aren't talking about the future, but rather trends which are already underway, (the recent past), such as more mobile surfing and more video. Boring. Drones and killer robots are far more exciting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Anton
    Wherever the traffic is. Like many said that's turning more towards Video, Mobile, and utilizing authority sites with a premium price tag, aka Paid FB ads, PPC, and of course SEO if the search engines still want to offer a useful service / vehicle for their PPC. In short, more of the same until something more groundbreaking than the web comes out.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    future will be KERN and JOHNNY REESE coming back with a take action machine that zapps you on the underside of your scrotum every time you slacken off or go to sleep at your key board.

    If they need affililates for selling these machines I would be willing to put my hand up! LOL.
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  • A lot is in store for internet marketing. These days it has become more and more apparent that the Internet has become a powerful medium not only for communication but more so for almost everything else like a good source of information, shopping hub for products and services, and so on. Because of this, internet marketing would be very valuable than ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    technology will finally adapt to how humans work, rather than humans have to adapt to how technology works. Such as voice input, now back to written input w/ the galaxy note2, etc...

    the question is: how do you make it easier for people to find what they want, when they want, nearby, at the cheapest price?
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
      Originally Posted by NewParadigm View Post

      the question is: how do you make it easier for people to find what they want, when they want, nearby, at the cheapest price?
      Well, this is an understandable concern, which is natural for an internet marketer to raise, but it is merely a question, not the question when it comes to the future of the internet. There is a lot more to what people use the internet for than a sort of aid to instant gratification through consumerism, because people can't be reduced to mere consumers.

      At least as interesting is the question of how people can use the internet to take a more active role in their communities, to build deeper connections to the things they care about; even things that happen on other continents.

      Perhaps the most interesting question is how can the internet, on one hand, be used as a tool for ordinary people to take meaningful control of their world and their lives back from autocratic forces, thus increasing the prospects for democracy and justice, or on the other as a tool for controlling people, tracking their personal information, spying on them, hunting down enemies, etc.

      It's power cannot be overstated, for both good and bad. Beyond what it's done to facilitate consumerism, the internet will definitely play a role (already is, in fact) in the survival or downfall of our species, at this precarious time for us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I think that it is going to move towards mobile Internet traffic, eventually.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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      Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

      The future belongs to...
      Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

      I won't try to...
      Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

      Well, this is an understandable concern, which is...
      Best thinking on this thread so far. I wish there were more people like you Greg on this forum. Individuals who actually come up with some intelligent opinions on the future of this industry. A man after my own heart.

      Next time I start a similar thread to this one, I'm going to title it...

      "A conversation with Greg Guitar on the sociological implications of Internet marketing in the 21st century"

      An awful title perhaps, but then, it'll act as a filter to all the rest of the rest of the one liner posters who really aren't saying a great deal or contributing significantly to the debate for the most part in any meaningful manner.

      I really like the way you spell it out Greg. Telling it just like it is. No punches pulled. Straight talking, straight shooting advice - lovely! We need more of the same.

      Let's have more of where this is coming from please folks!

      How the hec have you been lately anyway Greg? Is all good and tickety boo in your part of the world?

      It's great to see you again.

      Kindest regards,


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      • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
        Originally Posted by Mark Andrews View Post

        Best thinking on this thread so far. I wish there were more people like you Greg on this forum. Individuals who actually come up with some intelligent opinions on the future of this industry. A man after my own heart.

        Next time I start a similar thread to this one, I'm going to title it...

        "A conversation with Greg Guitar on the sociological implications of Internet marketing in the 21st century"

        An awful title perhaps, but then, it'll act as a filter to all the rest of the rest of the one liner posters who really aren't saying a great deal or contributing significantly to the debate for the most part in any meaningful manner.

        I really like the way you spell it out Greg. Telling it just like it is. No punches pulled. Straight talking, straight shooting advice - lovely! We need more of the same.

        Let's have more of where this is coming from please folks!

        How the hec have you been lately anyway Greg? Is all good and tickety boo in your part of the world?

        It's great to see you again.

        Kindest regards,


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        Thanks for the kind words Mark; definitely the nicest compliment I can recall getting here. I'm doing fine, thanking my lucky stars nothing like Sandy has so far hit Seattle, which continues to be a good place to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    Internet marketing means many different things and therefore will have many different futures. It is hard to make sweeping statements that will hold any real truth because it really depends on what strategy you are talking about. The future for IM agency business might be quite different than the future for information marketing online, etc... Then there are the general ideas like traffic, conversion, etc... You can say the future is video - but what about the guy who makes a million bucks a year with an ecommerce store - I would say that he won't scrap his 10 year old store for a video site. So, I guess my answer is... It depends.
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  • Profile picture of the author GBM
    Mobile, which is disappointing because it's so much harder to fit a beautiful website onto such a small screen.

    Because of this, video is also becoming the future. Sometimes the only way to get all your information on a mobile website is with a single video.
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  • Profile picture of the author MRamocsai
    Written content will always be around in my opinion but I do foresee multimedia becoming more and more of a driving force. Video is something to be capitalized on currently but I think it will become absolutely essential as time moves on. Personally, I'm very interested in where smart phones and tablets will take us. I expect these markets to be just as relevant as traditional computing and web browsing, it's just a matter of when.

    The internet is still maturing and the technological advancements that drive its evolution are incredibly fascinating to me. I can't wait to see where developers and programmers take us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Enzo Reyn
    Originally Posted by Mark Andrews View Post

    In your opinion, what is the future of Internet marketing?

    Where do you believe the future of Internet marketing is heading?

    Smoking hot,


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  • Profile picture of the author DBracey
    Keeping ahead of the internet marketing pack of the future means keeping your finger on the pulse of innovations in the digital medium.

    Makes me remember a documentary made in 1969 that foresaw how computers would be linked up in the future and suggested the future of shopping was for it to be 'at your fingertips'. I wonder who paid attention to that?

    In 2008 Google's VP suggested that the internet was going to become interplanetary. I paid attention to that, and now it's actually true. The rovers that are on Mars have extended the internet to Mars. However, I'm not sure interplanetary internet marketing is something to prep yourself for in this life time. :-)

    What I am (fairly) sure about is that Internet Television, though rudimentary now, is going to get bigger and bigger. Improving Internet Television will be a key driver that influences how the internet evolves from here and will no doubt bring new IM opportunities with it.

    If you want some interesting crystal ball guesswork about the future of the digital medium you guys should search for and watch two faux-documentaries. Both are on YouTube.

    The first is titled EPIC 2015.

    The second is titled 'Prometeus - The Media Revolution'.

    Both are a good watch and there's plenty of food for thought to get your mind thinking about the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author kareeh
    Internet marketing is great and i think its future is high.
    I think in future IM will be very profitable
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  • Profile picture of the author eugenedm
    I would say that in the future people would have to make more original courses. If you look at 60s music and the music now the change is huge. Also, there are so many more styles in music and so many fans of many musicians.

    I think that there are so many courses already, yet, there's more to come and they will be in so many niches.

    So if you want to succeed today, try to concentrate on one specific market and dig until you get a gold nugget.
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  • Profile picture of the author therichb
    IM is still growing as the main leader Google is coming with new updates daily, its been a big mess for a lot of marketers today

    But we'll still reach heights in IM...
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  • Profile picture of the author mego818
    It is heading towards PPC/PPV or otherwise paid traffic IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author DBracey
    If you're trying to keep ahead of innovations and future direction to try and stay ahead of the pack, one thing to contemplate is how much you can contribute to driving the future rather than trying to 'just' ride it.

    Those that do the best look at what's available now, look at needs that require solutions now, and then marry the two with either an existing method or an innovative approach. The 'innovative approach' may very well influence or even driven what comes in the future.

    That's why I'm less concerned about possible futures in the online world and more focused on what type of a future I can create by leveraging off the tools that are available at any given moment.

    Not being a downer though. It's fun to speculate about the future, sure. I just personally believe it should be kept in context and not overshadow the now, when we should be taking the action that ultimately shapes our future.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    In future, there will be more companies make an online presence. They will bring marketing system to promote their products, so affiliate marketing will be more dominating. But, i think they will not using affiliate network like ClickBank or PayDotCom, they will come with their own affiliate tracking system and payment.
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  • Why are so many people saying "mobile"? I just don't get the mobile hype...

    I mean, seriously, who reads a full sales letter on their iPhone? who attends a sales webinar on their Samsung Galaxy?

    Sure, you can browse and Facebook and dick around in your iPhone, but actually consuming sales content and placing orders? I bet 99% of people still go to their computers for that.
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    • Profile picture of the author LinkMommy
      Anonymous Affiliate, I hate to tell you that but more than 70% of our affiliate sales and sales of other services and products we offer online come from messages sent to smart phones. Actually, we are about to offer a brand new service in that regard.
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  • Profile picture of the author ampeloi13
    Technological and economic advances will insure the future of IM. Holographics for one thing will be very cool when mainstream. In Japan they're working on invisibility cloaks just as in Harry Potter movies. For good or bad..... time will tell.
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  • Profile picture of the author DBracey
    World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is something that might affect the future of internet marketing, since it's all about governance of it (which equates to the rest of us losing control of it and, therefore, our freedom to exercise business on it as usual).
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      World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is something that might affect the future of internet marketing, since it's all about governance of it (which equates to the rest of us losing control of it and, therefore, our freedom to exercise business on it as usual).
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      • Not only will we have robots to wash the dishes, iron our clothes we will also have robots to sit behind the computer to wrtie good quality backlinks 24/7 365 days a year non stop.

        On a serious note I dont think much will change in terms of what we do now such as getting traffic only the resources we use will likely change.
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  • Profile picture of the author karlmay1980
    Internet tv and apps all going to grow, and these will give people the power to become self publishes in any part of the globe, I know these things all available now but be even better and more powerful!
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  • Profile picture of the author TownMarketing
    Everyone always says how saturated the internet is but this is not true at all. There will always be opportunity for products, services and information that people think are a necessity. The only thing that will change from time-to-time is the way we market them. Google will continue to change along with other variables affecting internet marketing but we always learn to adapt and always will. Stay tuned to the present time and do it well while there is a constant. Adapt when there is a change and you will have a new constant before you know it.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    It will be more of mobile marketing. Mobile media will soon rule this niche market for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Redhottexan
    Form everything I've see this week alone it looks to be REDHOT!
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I predict that everything will be purchased through the internet in the future. Including everything. People will stop going to offline stores and wasting their time buying things. They will find what they want online, buy it, and then receive it at home.

    Ebooks will definitively substitute books.

    Internet marketing will become always more popular. Everyone will become an internet marketer, either by working online and offline with the same products, or by working only online.









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  • Profile picture of the author LinkMommy
    Clearly, mass targeted texting is THE future!

    As far as access and texting to incredible huge numbers of smart phones, combined with targeted mass emails, we are talking to a group of American-Dutch-German programmers and software engineers. They are testing mass texting to certain area codes in the U.S. and Canada at the present time.

    Their test runs result in huge traffic and sales increases for any online business, any website, and any affiliate link. The way we understand it so far: People fill out a 'client questionnaire' about their target audience and targeted areas (i.e. area codes 813, 407 for Tampa and Orlando, appr. 1 million smart phones). Their packages deliver much higher quantities than current sms/texting providers. Personally, I think it is 'borderline' as far as legal issues about spamming, but wouldn't it be fantastic to be able to send short text messages to millions of people? When interested, I'll keep you updated. Just send a quick message on here or email me.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi LinkMommy,

      Originally Posted by LinkMommy View Post

      Personally, I think it is 'borderline' as far as legal issues about spamming, but wouldn't it be fantastic to be able to send short text messages to millions of people?
      Well I guess it would also be 'fantastic' if I could ring everyone in the world up and make them an offer - on that same basis. Or flash surreptitious adverts onto their TV screens without their permission.

      But I know this - when I get text spam from company A sent to me by text spammer company B, I do my best to find out the details of company A (their name, their privacy policy, their company statement, their email addresses, their phone numbers) and I might take the appropriate actions.
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      • Profile picture of the author LinkMommy
        Hi ExRat,

        Well, your response makes sense to a degree. As far as new avenues on mass texting marketing: I wonder why the Walmarts, FedExes, and other billion dollar companies can 'bombard' millions of people with unsolicited texting, and as usual get away with it (until you turn them in.....)? We live in a cut-throat world, they take the people's funds in order to make the 1% 'super-wealthy' even wealthier. So when we can get our hands on a service that let us promote to the masses like they do, why not?
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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi LinkMommy,

          Originally Posted by LinkMommy View Post

          Hi ExRat,

          Well, your response makes sense to a degree. As far as new avenues on mass texting marketing: I wonder why the Walmarts, FedExes, and other billion dollar companies can 'bombard' millions of people with unsolicited texting, and as usual get away with it (until you turn them in.....)? We live in a cut-throat world, they take the people's funds in order to make the 1% 'super-wealthy' even wealthier. So when we can get our hands on a service that let us promote to the masses like they do, why not?
          So, in a nutshell - the big boys are doing it so why shouldn't we join in?

          Three answers to that -

          a) Appeal to common practice

          b) if we all join in with them, what becomes of us all? We all end up spamming each other, mercilessly. Guess who wins then? (Hint - not us).

          c) how did anyone ever make a difference? By joining in, or by leading the way?
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Internet marketing is always evolving....What we are seeing is a more integrated approach with both the offline businesses as well as the online sites. Both mobile marketing as well as social media has grown so that the smart businesses are the ones that can appeal to the fastest growing markets which are the smartphone browsers and the consumers who feel more involved in the information gathering/purchasing process.

    It's never been more evident than this current Christmas shopping season....You will see consumers in brick and mortar stores that are constantly researching on their smartphones prior to purchasing.

    Engaging the online consumer is still the focus (as it always has been) but the vendors/affiliates that can harness the notion that there multiple ways to appeal to consumers and demonstrate responsiveness will win out.

    For us, that means we can work with offline businesses and sell them on developing mobile platforms and websites that incorporate social media....It also means that we can develop affiliate sites that can work in conjunction with web 2.0 properties that can reach out to potential customers and win them over with an overall informative experience that also shows them that their input is valued (which social media allows better than even static websites).
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  • Profile picture of the author nealhart
    Mobile marketing for sure. and video
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  • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
    What do you mean what is the future of internet marketing???

    you mean you can't see the future?

    weird.

    you must be one of these humans thingies
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      Originally Posted by TomYevsikov View Post

      What do you mean what is the future of internet marketing???

      you mean you can't see the future?

      weird.

      you must be one of these humans thingies
      Lots of buzz about December 21, 2012 as being the end of the world. News.com.au has posted an article about it every day for the past week! Maybe the future of internet marketing is a moot point. ROFL!

      Or, maybe the glass half full approach is to say we still have 9 days to work really hard to get really rich.

      LOL! Just kidding btw.

      You can do it in 8.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    I say as long as your web properties provide people with access to it through different platforms (traditional computing, tablet, mobile/smart phone technology), then I think you are good for the next several years. People will still search for, and buy from, traditional websites for years to come.

    I am actually a little surprised people use their mobiles as much as they do for searching information. Tablets I can understand with its 7 to 10 inch screens, but the only time I would use mobile for accessing data on the net would be when I am not at home and if I don't have any other convenient way at my disposal.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesgan
    Internet will still be a HOT marketplace for trading and deliver contents. Because the time to market is fast. It might become commodity of the future generation. More and more people with ventures online, more and more peoples will find their living online.
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    • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
      Originally Posted by jamesgan View Post

      Internet will still be a HOT marketplace for trading and deliver contents. Because the time to market is fast. It might become commodity of the future generation. More and more people with ventures online, more and more peoples will find their living online.
      and that means that in 30 years YOU & ME, we will be part of the "guru godfathers" or something lol

      "hey man, do you know who tom and james are?"
      "whoa, those are the guys from the "Website Extreme Makeover"
      "Yeah, you send them a video and tell them about your site, and than they choose somebody and monetize it the right way..they get you traffic, get morgage(Yes, internet will have morgages in the future)and they make it look better and comfortable"
      "wow, they are truly the guru godfathers(lol)"
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    Lol! Maybe that conversation will take place as we hobble around on our holographic walking sticks at the Virtual Reality lawn bowls stadium.
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  • Profile picture of the author RashmiP
    Internet marketing is one of the more monied niches online and is innovative also. The concept of online marketing has now been spiraling.
    As per my point of view, it appears that the future of online internet marketing is indeed affirmative and there is hardly any doubt about the fact. In a competitive market like today, online marketing stays as one of the most cost effective and feasible techniques for targeting the audience group.And the most easy accessibility of an online marketing is that it is easily accessible.
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  • Profile picture of the author aarthielumalai
    Mobile! People are using mobiles for everything nowadays. Every activity that was once done via computers can be done via mobiles, and of course, people use it to text and talk. So, yes, mobile marketing is where it is.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi aarthielumalai,

      Originally Posted by aarthielumalai View Post

      Every activity that was once done via computers can be done via mobiles
      Are you absolutely sure about that?
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