Monday, 7 january 2019 | Brenda Rodríguez López
The year has just started, so small merchants have already handed out all their free calendars, executives have changed their agendas, impulsive people have started to regret paying a gym for a semester and marketers have predicted all the trends that will triumph in 2019. Predicting the future in this volatile scenario is not easy. However, every year, thousands of experts try to foretell what will happen next year in the world of marketing: artificial intelligence, data use, social shopping, personalization, voice presence, mobile first, etc. Far from opening a debate about who has been more accurate in their predictions, our purpose is to analyze one of the trends that has been mentioned most by specialists this year: the significance of micro-moments. What do the strategies based on small moments consist of? Why is time now more important than ever?
It is not the first time that in this blog we have mentioned the growing interest in short-format content. The close relationship, almost symbiotic, between human beings and their smartphones has helped small moments become bigger and bigger. This theory is not new. Back in 2015, Google already mentioned the enormous potential of micro-moments. Nowadays, this is still a sound argument. In fact, as time goes by, more brands are betting on applying strategies based on short times. What is the reason?
Fast content, time is short
Today, there is a widespread use of mobile devices. Older people have approached this technology with shyness, but they are beginning to respond to the stimulus. Young people, who are digital natives, cannot imagine living without it. The rest of the generations cannot resist this change either. Increasingly, we spend more and more time in front of our smartphone screens. We have even invented a word to refer to that irrational fear of leaving home without them, nomophobia. A recent study carried out by Ikea, says that 65% of Spaniards would return home, if they realize that they forgot their cell phones. According to this report, which wants to offer an analysis of the behavior of people in relation to new technologies, one out of three Spaniards looks at their mobile phones more than a hundred times a day. It is clear that, for better or for worse, these devices are having a great impact on our lifestyle: personal relationships, work, access to information, purchases,...
The change of habits in relation to the use of cell phones is opening a world of possibilities in the sector. Anyway, the level of advertising exposure of users has been very high so far, and brands cannot longer attract the attention of consumers with traditional approaches. People use the mobile for longer, but also at shorter intervals, which means that awakening their interest is even more difficult. The old formulas do not work in the new times. If brands want to reach consumers, they need to use new strategies and carry them out in just a few seconds. They need to know how to take advantage of micro-moments.
One of the biggest challenges that the sector has to face is precisely getting to know how to respond to the frenetic pace and the discontinuous behavior of users. That is the reason why more and more companies are betting on concise content which is easy to digest, that is, what is called "fast content": strategies based on stories, bumpers, ephemeral content, live broadcasts, programmatic advertising and short videos.