I guess when I first started this blog I should have focused on what emerging media is and what it means for marketing and communication today. Traditional media — print, television and radio — can still be found on a regular basis, however, those mediums are falling behind in use, due to todays dependency on digital technology.
Something that is really impressive is the number of people technology is allowing to gain access to information. The explosive expansion of mobile phone subscriptions in developing countries could soon erase a substantial portion of the digital divide between rich and poor. With such a wide variety of people accessing information they want to get it in the quickest and easiest way possible. Agencies from marketing to public relations need to get that information into their hands in words or images that relay the information properly. Visuals are a great and effective way of getting that information across.
Visual information is provided through social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Written communication has not disappeared and blogs are still being used (obviously), however these social media platforms provide micro-blogs. Even micro-blogs became more multi-media driven as we watched Tumblr take off and YouTube reach more than 4 billion views daily.
Emerging media has helped take information from 1,000 words to 140 characters in some cases. Now the public is in large part the advertising voice of a company product, for better or for worse. The public having more control over companies has forced some of our favorite brands to interact more with their customers. That interaction has lead to a transparency where consumers are able to better trust companies and see how they are striving to offer what the customer wants.
Media will continue to change and there will be innovative accomplishments and there will be those that just don’t work. Regardless, companies of all types need to stay current with these medias or fear falling behind and out of the reach of their consumers.