What’s Trending in 2015?

Hello!

It’s the last day of the year 2014 and we hope it was a good year for you! It’s been an interesting year for us here at Social Pandora as we added more clients to our portfolio, added more team members and experimented with the technological trends of 2014. So as we say goodbye to another year and welcome 2015, our team collectively worked on this post to bring you our top trends for 2015 across various fields. Targeting various interests as we notice how big of a year 2015 will be!

2014 saw a boom of apps, health food trends and color schemes, so too will 2015 with some additions of course 😉

Web Trends for 2015:

  1. It’s all about the Mobile: According to Google’s survey, 48% of users said that if a site didn’t work well on their smart phone, it made them feel like the company didn’t care about their business enough and therefore they weren’t interested in shopping from them. Also 90% of people use multiple devices at once so it is wiser for you to get your website optimized for mobiles and tablets, and make them better than the desktop version.
  2. Get your Crawler Errors fixed! Google increases the rankings of your site if it is without any errors. Crawler errors will prevent users to get to your site and bring your traffic to an all-time low. So get those errors fixed and watch up to 5% increase in your traffic!
  3. Parallax Scrolling: Readers of your posts seem to enjoy parallax scrolling as it gives them the illusion of depth and movement, which increases user engagement. Parallax scrolling is difficult to pull off but if done right – you can add layers of images to get a 3D effect, think of products selling at its best!
  4. Infinite Scrolling: The more you use your touch screen devices, you do more scrolling than clicking! So incorporating this into your web design technique loads content little by little and keeps adding additional content as you read. Your readers will find that the page does not load as slowly anymore and users can read in small segments at a time!
  5. M-Learning- Mobile Learning makes use of the device to make payments, deliver content in bite sized chunks ensuring user’s recall ability. M-payments facilitate novel methods to share and split costs for both products and services. Also known as fair splitting– ‘Audi Unite’ in October 2014 enables customers in Sweden to share a car in private network of 5 users. The app allows users to view location and availability and can access it using a smart key fob. And as per the agreement, drivers are charged either a usage base fee or monthly fixed fee.
  6. Step into the fast lane! : More consumers are pressed for time and expect companies or brands they buy from to provide a fast lane to beat waiting times. While it can’t be done for all services or situations, it works in your favor as you get more customers to stop by; move from the ‘slow’ to the fast lane; finish up and go. Something like fast food restaurants getting quick table turnarounds. Notable example: Include Starbucks with their ‘Order Ahead’ function, Pizza hut and Taco bell.
  7. Internet of things: 4.9 billion connecting things will be in use in 2015 and businesses will need to spend time and money on designing, implementing and operating the internet of things. As more devises become connected, new ways of delivering value from them will be the big thing in the coming months.
  8. Gamification: Applying game mechanics and design techniques to engage and motivate your audience. Learners recall only 10% of what they read and 20% of what they hear. If visuals accompany any presentation or interactive content, users tend to remember them. Storytelling with more visuals than text increases the ability to communicate with your audience quicker.

Color Trends for 2015:

The next year is all about the cool blues and greens- shades of olive green, bright oranges and cobalt blues make for a colorful & chic palette. Grey is the perfect neutral backdrop and can be brightened up with a palette of Mediterranean blue and green with some orange. Renaissance inspired patterns and textures are the pick for the spring and summer of 2015. Choose from a range of olive and bottle greens to make your home feel warm, look earthy and organic and pair it with a gray neutral or go bold with pink and orange for a vivid outlook.

Fitness and Health Food trends for 2015:

As more people join the health foods bandwagon; it’s hard to keep up with the trends! From goji berry to acai berry to chia seeds and the more recent Garcinia cambogia it can be very confusing while shopping! From quinoa to millets, the attention has now moved to Teff- A grass cultivated in Ethiopia. It is high in calcium, iron, fiber and protein and has a sweet taste to it.Tastes great as a side dish or a baked main dish.

More greens like kale, Beet greens or beet spinach is the next big thing. Tastes good in smoothies, soups or as a salad. You can even bake them for a salty snack. Grass fed dairy and meat– Meat and dairy from livestock whose diets are limited to grass fed legumes. They are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and are great if you’re looking for a healthier alternative. Nut based butters and cheeses are a sure fire way to lower calories while keeping your taste buds in check. Made from almonds, macadamia nuts- milk, cheese and butters are made the traditional way and they taste great! They are the perfect snack while also boosting your vitamin E and B12 intake.

The fitness trends to look out for are:

  1. Aerial Hammock Yoga– made famous by Pink and Vanessa Hudgens and the cirque du soleil this workout is great to improve flexibility, stay active and get lots of cardio in.
  2. POUND: From Zumba , dance workouts have moved on to something called POUND which incorporates sticks called ripsticks to give a full body workout that is fun, and dynamic.
  3. PILOXING: Pilates and Boxing have joined forces to bring you a workout that is both fun and works on your stability and balance to give you a leaner, toned look.

Some great alternatives to HIIT and Tabata training eh!

Video trends for 2015

  1. Keep the content short: Maximum impact in minimum time.
  2. Make videos interactive: Like customizable story-lines, combining games, music with ads.
  3. Humanizing your brand: Videos are the best way to create deeper relationships with the audience. So creating 60 second videos with a strong message is the next hot thing in 2015.
  4. Use homepage videos, web chat to interact with your customers and increase conversation.
  5. Create video tutorials or how-to’s to educate and inform your audience.
  6. Incorporate some humor: Using humor and easy-to-digest information in formal presentations to target a wider audience.
  7. Make use of mobile video ads

Social Media and Digital Media trends in 2015:

  1. SEO will be for more focused on technical elements and be a valuable part of content marketing.
  2. Mobile ads: It is estimated that 40% of all paid traffic will come from mobile in 2015.
  3. Sites that aren’t optimized for mobile SEO will fail: Google has been penalizing sites that generate errors for mobile users. So remove all the errors and optimize your mobile website.
  4. Using more long tail keyword searches for mobile as mobile users devour information differently from desktop users.
  5. Link Building: Google’s Penguin algorithm ensures good quality content and links are earned rather than being manipulated.
  6. Google’s Pigeon algorithm enables data to be more useful, relevant and local.
  7. Wearable Technology: This could change the web design and SEO industry completely and it is exciting to see what is in store!
  8. 8. Brand Mentions will be as powerful as links: With Google penalizing manipulated links, Google is placing more emphasis on brand mentions for achieving higher search rankings.
  9. 9. Move from G+: After Google Authorship was killed due to low user rates, people may not be using Google+ as much and Google may put more emphasis on Facebook and Twitter to gain social signals.
  10.  Instagram is best for image marketing
  11. Twitter’s new business model will provide better ROI: When compared to Facebook, Twitter promises to give better ROI on ads as Facebook is touted to increase their ad spending for consumers wanting to grow their business.
  12. 3D Printing: To create personalized brands and product offerings.

Design Trends:

  1. Flat Design: Flat design gives websites a clean and polished look, open space, crisp edges, works seamlessly with responsive design and has quicker load times.
  2. Typography: More flat fonts, billboard inspired fonts that are similar to handwriting and is clearer and sharper to read. The logo, titles, fonts and links should fit the company’s style and set the mood and tone for the website. It all brings the text to life!
  3. Use Bigger, richer images: Create eye catching blog graphics, beautiful photography that convey good information.
  4. Wearables: Wearable technology as we mentioned earlier will blend the smart phone and your watch to create a statement while also having data at your finger tips!

So there you have it, an exhaustive list of trends in the year 2015 across various categories!

Have we missed anything out? Have you used any or all? What do you think will be trending in the new year?

Let us know!

-Social Pandora

 

 

Figuring out the Tablet wars-Which one will you buy?

How do you choose form the range? (Image via WeSEE)

The battleground is set and our warriors are all ready to fight it out. In just this week, Apple, Nokia and Microsoft have released new tablets and it’s going to be very hard for consumers to make the choice. Especially since you have competition from Google, Amazon and Samsung with their low cost versions. In just a few years the tablet has become the most sought after device; some preferring to buy tablets over laptops even!

 

Over 2.3 million tablets were sold in Australia last year of which 52% bought iPads, 43% bought Android and 5% bought Windows. These numbers are set to increase this year.

With an array of styles and price ranges to choose from, we’ve got a few tips to help you make up your mind.

  1. Know your Budget: Set a budget and stick to it especially when it comes to buying gadgets. Try not to get duped by the slick conversational skills of the sales folk.
  2. Choose a tablet with the right Operating System for your needs:  Different tablets run on different Operating Systems and arguably the top 3 most popular ones are iOS for iPad and iPad Mini, Android running on different tablets from different manufacturers, Windows RT and Windows 8.1. iOS may be easier to understand than the other two, but all three boast a wide variety of apps from the App store.

 

Here are a few options: (Source:Engadget)

In the 10-Inch tablets, choose from the Apple Ipad Air priced at $499 and up, Google Nexus 10 priced at $399 and up providing great value for money, Sony Xperia  Z priced at $499 and up.

7& 8-Inch Tablets:  Google Nexus 7 priced at $230 and up, iPad Mini at $399 and up, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX – $229 and up

Windows: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – at $599 and up and ASUS Transformer Book T100 -$349 and up (At Amazon), Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2- $629 and up

 

If you don’t have access to wifi, choose from a range of options for 3G or 4G:

 

Apple iPad Mini (Wifi and Cellular) -$529 and up

Google Nexus 7 (2013)- $350

Galaxy note 8.0 – $500

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2- $749

 

The best buys for Budget:  Google Nexus 16GB -$230

ASUS Memo Pad Hd7- $150 for 16GB

Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)- $139 and up for 8GB or 16GB of storage

 

Make sure you try all the Operating Systems when shopping for one.

3.Choose the size of tablet according to your needs:  7-8 inch tablets are perfect for browsing, reading a book, checking e-mails or playing a few games. They’re definitely handy & can fit into handbags too; if it’s light use you’re after pick up a 7-inch tablet. If you’re looking for a larger screen and more work space , choose a 10-inch tablet.

 

We’ve known people who use the 7-8 inch tablets for work too and are quite happy with it so it’s actually a personal choice. Choose whatever works for you.

4.Choose a tablet with the right specs:  What kind of storage options do you need? Is 16GB enough or 32GB? Or even more? Is it for at home use over wifi or usage outside over cellular network?

Do you store a lot of files, music or videos? Then maybe one with higher storage is right for you. What kind of camera do you want?

Would you want Apple iPad Air- Dual core A7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage with 1.2 Megapixel front &5Mp rear camera?

Or maybe Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with 1.6Ghz dual core, Intel core i5 processor, 4GB or 8GB, 64GB to 512GB of storage, 720p front and rear cameras?

Consider your usage and then decide if you want to splurge.

5.Is innovation a key area for choosing a tablet?  With so many options to choose from, buying a tablet can be difficult and not to mention overwhelming.  Check here for a full list of specs and different tablet options  for ideas.

Innovation is key for makign your choice

 (Image by WeSEE)

 We hope these 5 steps will help you decide on which one to buy, but here are our choices based on user reviews and the choices of our own team members

Best Tablet overall– Apple iPad

New tablets to note– Apple iPad Air, and iPad Mini with retina display

Best Android Tablet- Google Nexus 7

Best value for money- ASUS transformer Book T100

Best for Uni- Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with its S-Pen makes taking notes easy.

 

Which one is your favorite? What will you be buying this Christmas? We’d love to hear from you!

 

-Social Pandora