M-Commerce and Social Commerce Will Dominate
2022 witnessed a surge in mobile commerce, dubbed as m-commerce. Our foresight led us to predict that m-commerce and its companion, social commerce, would ascend to new heights in 2023.
This prediction proved to be quite accurate. Mobile commerce experienced a notable surge in 2023, particularly during the holiday season. Our Cyber Five analysis, as reported by Salesforce, showed that an unprecedented 79% of Black Friday shopping activity occured on mobile handsets.
While mobile commerce thrived in retail spending, social commerce struggled to surpass e-commerce giants like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Our 2023 Consumer Survey found that just 1% of shoppers made purchases through social media. During the holidays, one-third expected only a small portion of shopping on social media, in contrast to 74% predominantly using Amazon.
Creator Economy Evolves
We anticipated a shift in the industry’s preference from macro influencers to micro-influencers, specifically those with a follower count ranging from 5,000 to 10,000. As economic pressures increased, influencers portraying unattainable, lavish lifestyles lost favor with shoppers seeking more relatable content.
Our prediction proved true as micro-influencers dominated in 2023, partnering with major brands, political candidates, and more. Aspire IQ’s report indicates that 64% of today’s marketers work with nano- and micro-influencers. Shoppers now gravitate towards relatable influencers, evident in trends like de influencing, where consumers discourage each other from buying merely trendy products that lack substantial value.
Brands and Retailers Break Through the Noise with Shoppable Videos
Shoppable video presents significant potential, meeting the growing demand for video content, transforming the shopping experience, and streamlining the sales funnel. Our 2023 prediction foresaw the rise of shoppable videos as a novel way to engage consumers.
While our prediction was on track, shoppable videos have a long way to go. According to eMarketer, 57% of retail media ad agency professionals see shoppable video content as the next big trend in retail media.
This channel is still in its early stages. Walmart is currently testing shoppable CTV ads through its Roku partnership, and YouTube only recently introduced shopping features ahead of the holiday season. Despite its promising future, shoppable video will likely to undergo further trials before becoming mainstream.
OTT Ad Strategies Become a Lifeline
Anticipating the challenges posed by inflation and increasing budget constraints, we foresaw a strategic move by brands towards leveraging Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms.
Our prediction proved true as 2023 witnessed a noteworthy transformation in the OTT landscape. Media behemoths such as Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video embraced the adoption of ad-supported video, departing from conventional subscription-only models. This shift not only catered to changing market dynamics but also unlocked fresh opportunities for advertisers to tap into the extensive and diverse audience that streaming platforms command.
DTC Business Will Rely on Marketplaces
The Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) model, known for its independent selling approach, gained prominence in recent years. However, our foresight in 2023 revealed that economic pressures would compel DTC brands to relinquish some control.
Our prediction held true as high-profile DTC brands like Glossier and Allbirds adapted their selling strategies to include marketplaces. Why? The previously stable economic landscape, allowing for riskier behavior, is no more. Financial pressure has also led consumers to prioritize brands offering perks like rewards programs and free shipping. Instead of exclusively buying from individual brands, customers prefer spending on marketplaces to access these sought-after rewards. Amazon’s “Buy with Prime” gained popularity, with a 300% increase in unit purchases during Cyber Week.
Strategies Will Adapt to New Consumer Realities
In the face of recessionary threats and diminishing savings, 2023 emerged as the year of the price-conscious consumer.
Our prediction proved remarkably accurate. The success of this prediction was best demonstrated by the surge in deals and discounts during the holiday season. While inflation may have influenced retail sales numbers, consumer demand fueled this year’s record-breaking Cyber Five sales. The proliferation of deep discounts played a significant role, with the average discount reaching 29% off the retail price, as reported by Salesforce.