Digital Marketing in 2024

In this episode of Modern Marketing Messages, we explore the latest trends and strategies shaping digital marketing in 2024. From the rapid integration of AI and the evolving landscape of video content to the strategic shifts in marketing tactics for both B2C and B2B sectors, this episode highlights key insights from’s very own digital marketing experts, including Kaitlin McCormick, Zeina Yacoub, and Andrew Atwood.

We'll examine how companies are adapting to changes, the fading trends they're moving away from, and the 'low hanging fruits' for those with limited budgets. Plus, get actionable advice on enhancing your digital marketing strategies to stay ahead in this dynamic field.


Hot Digital Marketing Trends

Kaitlyn highlighted the significant trend of AI usage, emphasizing its increasing incorporation in tools like chatbots and efficiency-enhancing applications, though noting potential risks such as copyright issues. Zeina and Andrew also underscored the importance of efficiency, with a focus on more data-driven decisions and tying marketing efforts directly to business goals and ROI. They discussed the evolution of marketing strategies, moving from broad attempts to more focused, efficient tactics that align with specific business objectives, emphasizing the balance between effort and return on investment.

Biggest Change in Marketing This Year

Zeina described a significant shift in marketing strategy from last year to this year, emphasizing a holistic approach. Previously, marketing efforts were more isolated, focusing on single channels like emails or social posts as needed. Now, there is a move toward integrating marketing more deliberately into overall business strategies, aiming for intentional and goal-aligned actions. This change presents challenges in communicating the value of marketing investments to executive-level stakeholders, shifting the perception of marketing from a cost to a valuable investment.

Unique Digital Marketing Tactics for B2C and B2B

In B2B digital marketing, there's a growing emphasis on storytelling and personalizing brand experiences, with strategies increasingly focused on addressing specific client challenges through interactive content and case studies. Tactics like webinars and interactive dashboards are becoming key tools to engage directly with clients and demonstrate product functionality. This shift aims to humanize brands, making complex services more relatable and understandable, which enhances user engagement and facilitates deeper connections with potential clients.

In B2C marketing, the focus was on the evolving tactics that make purchasing more seamless and engaging for consumers. Kaitlyn shared her personal experiences with platforms like Instagram Shop, highlighting the ease and addictive nature of in-app purchases, which streamline the shopping process and keep consumers engaged without leaving the platform. The integration of payment systems like Apple Pay further simplifies transactions, enhancing user satisfaction by minimizing checkout barriers. These advancements reflect a broader trend in B2C marketing aimed at removing obstacles to purchase, making the shopping experience as straightforward and enjoyable as possible.

Graphic of 'Modern Marketing Messages' podcast quote by Andrew Attwood on Shop app's promotional element benefits for brands

Impact of AI on Marketing Teams

The discussion highlighted the evolving role of AI in digital marketing, acknowledging its longstanding presence but recognizing its increasing integration into daily operations. AI is seen as a double-edged sword that, while enhancing efficiency and speed in a fast-paced industry, must be used with caution due to potential overreliance. Concerns were raised about AI-generated content impacting SEO and the authenticity of brand communication, emphasizing the need for a human touch to maintain genuine consumer connections. Moreover, AI's capabilities in assisting with creative processes like video editing and generating diverse content were noted, pointing to its utility in streamlining tasks and fostering innovative marketing strategies.

Evolution of Video Content

Video content marketing is increasingly recognized as a critical component of digital marketing strategies, with platforms like TikTok driving the trend towards video as a primary medium for engagement and search. Andrew highlighted that video is not only a source of entertainment but is becoming a vital search tool, akin to YouTube, which is considered the second most popular search engine.

Video content is now being used extensively across various channels, including B2B sectors, to educate, entertain, and facilitate ecommerce interactions. User-generated content is also gaining prominence, enhancing brand authenticity and fostering a personal connection with audiences. This shift signifies a broader trend towards engaging and interactive content that not only informs but also resonates on a personal level with consumers.

Fading Digital Marketing Trends

The conversation revealed a shift away from lengthy, text-heavy content strategies, as digital marketing moves toward more concise and visually engaging formats. The panel agreed that dense blogs and keyword-stuffed articles have lost their appeal and effectiveness due to decreasing attention spans and Google’s stricter content quality standards. Instead, there's a growing emphasis on diversifying content distribution across various platforms, incorporating social media, video, and email campaigns to enhance reach and engagement.

This approach reflects a broader trend away from isolated content strategies towards integrated, multi-channel marketing efforts that better align with contemporary consumer behaviors and preferences.

"Low Hanging Fruit" in Digital Marketing

When starting digital marketing on a limited budget, the team recommended focusing on local SEO as the "low hanging fruit." Optimizing your Google Business listing and ensuring consistency across all digital presences, like social media and website information, are essential first steps. This not only improves local search rankings but also builds trust with potential customers by maintaining a uniform brand voice. Additionally, keeping content up-to-date and engaging on social media platforms reflects active business operations and helps establish your company as a thought leader. These foundational efforts can significantly enhance online visibility and credibility with minimal financial investment.

Modern Marketing Messages podcast quote of Zeina Yacoub discussing effectiveness of email for organic converting touchpoints

Advice for Enhancing Digital Marketing Strategies

To elevate their digital marketing strategies in the coming year, the team shared key advice. Kaitlyn emphasized enhancing the customer experience through personalized interactions, particularly in email marketing, to meet consumer expectations. Zeina highlighted the importance of strengthening organic presence to make customers feel they discovered your brand, suggesting a focus on creative and unique ways to connect, especially for brick-and-mortar businesses. Andrew recommended implementing or refining a measurement strategy to assess marketing effectiveness, allowing for informed adjustments and improvements. These tips collectively underscore the need for tailored, data-driven approaches that resonate authentically with audiences.

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Taylor Karg
Taylor Karg is’s Marketing Content Writer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Over the years, she’s gained experience writing for B2B brands across a variety of industries. Taylor prides herself on her ability to tell a story – and having fun while doing it. When not interviewing or writing, Taylor can be found eating tacos and watching the latest Netflix, Hulu or HBO series.

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