The Rise of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Evangelists

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Have you noticed the shift in focus of the evolving digital expert?

We have…

The Gapingvoid team and I have collaborated on many projects over the last decade. Our work has focused on prodding executives and entrepreneurs to think differently in their approaches to digital Darwinism and disruption. Whether we’re speaking to startups about the next big thing, attempting to humanize corporate culture and innovation or exploring ways to engage audiences in more meaningful ways, art and story carry our messages. We like to have a little fun, even if it’s at our own expense.

The Next Big Disruption is Here

Every 10 years or so, there are emergent trends that are so significant, that they disrupt everything…from work to consumerism to behavior to values. Nowadays, that disruption is more frequent and widespread. It isn’t one thing, it’s everything, i.e. AI, AR/VR, blockchain, autonomous, robotics.

Along the way, there are experts who rise to navigate us through disruption. Twenty years ago, it was the dotcom boom and bust. Just over 10 years ago, it was social media. In 2018, we take a moment in time to observe something that others too have noted. In this case, we’ve all been rumbling about the rise of cryptocurrency evangelists, those who geeked out so much around Bitcoin, Etherium and the like, that they are moving the entire ecosystem from the fringe to early adopters and beyond..

We recently found a cartoon created by Habib Haddad, that depicted these stages in a way that inspired us to add our take and share with everyone.

Here’s to the experts!

Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal analyst and futurist at Altimeter, the digital analyst group at Prophet, Brian is world renowned keynote speaker and 7x best-selling author. His latest book, X: Where Business Meets Designexplores the future of brand and customer engagement through experience design. Invite him to speak at your event or bring him in to inspire and change executive mindsets.

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2016 Social Media Trends & The Rise of Trust Content

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It’s 2016 and you’re doing lots of assessments. What happened in 2015? What is going to happen in 2016?

What social network is dead? What new snazzy Snap this or Peach that is something you need to take seriously?

As we build the content agenda for the next Social Fresh Conference, we hear these questions constantly. What trends matter? Which ones don’t?

The hard truth? Some of these questions just get in the way. The underlying movement that causes trends is more important.

Trends are a starting place for a deeper conversation about what marketers and more importantly, what customers, are up to. How their behavior is changing.

The Big Trends

These are the big digital marketing trends in 2015 that got the most attention:

  • A new surge in podcasting by businesses
  • Livestreaming (Meerkat, Periscope, Blab, Facebook Live)
  • Snapchat started to see a growth in brand accounts
  • Facebook went big with video
  • Long form content became more important to businesses

People are investing in these digital marketing trends because of one word: Trust.

Collectively I call these trends Trust Content.

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n. Media that allows you to spend more time and more meaningful moments with an audience.

All of these topics fall under the headline of Trust Content. If we take a step back, we see this is a response to two problems that, as marketers, we have created ourselves.

The Causes

Trust Content is a response to the consumer’s lack of time and also the lack of trust in advertising and content.

1. Saturation

Welcome to the apocalypse of content saturation.

People now consume 11 hours of content a day (source)

That’s 2/3s of our day Facebooking, Huluing, DVRing, Netflixing, Snapchatting, Tweeting, reading newspapers (ok, maybe not that last one). In the 1920s, we consumed about 2 hours or less of content each day

(If that number goes much higher, we are going to have to stop sleeping. Just kidding, who sleeps anymore?)

Marketing messages have become more targeted and more frequent.

We’ve gotten really good at the SMALL stuff. Squeezing a few seconds of your attention to read a Tweet. Micro-content. Interruptions. Getting through to a person passively watching Netflix.

Even digital video and TV commercial success is now measured in seconds.

2. No Trust

People do not trust advertising.

84% of millennials don’t trust advertising (source)

And a lot of our content, tweets, videos, images, look like advertising. Especially to millennials.

There is a trust gap. Often media content is very polished, overly produced, impersonal, and sales focused. It has an agenda that has become very clear to Millennials.

Younger internet users are flocking to chat apps or closed social networks without brands and without ads.

Millennials lead the way, but all age groups are trusting advertising less and less.

The Solution

Trust Content is the solution.

Think about the people you trust most. Family, best friends, coworkers, roommates (I hope). You spend a significant amount with these people. You have tons of shared experiences.

The trends I mentioned before — podcasting, Snapchat, livestreaming, Facebook video, long-form — are perfect vehicles for spending more time with your audience. More meaningful time.

Let’s compare Tweets and blog posts to podcasting and livestreaming.

Today we’re lucky if anyone sees our Tweets, and when they do, they get a few seconds of attention. Blog posts garner more attention, but not by much. Most blog posts average 30-60 seconds of attention, a few minutes if we do really well.

Podcasts and livestreaming engage audiences for 10, 20, and sometimes 60 minutes or more at a time. Talk about valuable time with the consumer!

Smart businesses are moving past the scale of getting the most fans, followers, and impressions and working on building trust.

Learn More About Trust Content & Trends For 2016

Carlos Gil and I are talking to a few of our Social Fresh 2016 speakers this Thursday at 7:45pm ET to discuss the Future of Social Media Marketing, trends, and Trust Content. RSVP now and take part in this live discussion on Blab. You can also RSVP to get access to the recording.

Also, join us in Orlando for this year’s conference, where over 30 top industry speakers will be on stage discussing these trends and more.

Social Fresh