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If you’ve been keeping a close watch on technology trends, then you probably know that virtual reality, augmented reality, 360° interaction and 360-panoramic video stream are gaining popularity. So is adopting VR something that you should do?
Well, it’s certainly something you could explore. In the era of marketing automation, VR does offer an immersive experience for existing and potential customers, serving as an effective content marketing tool that can boost engagement. Here is a look at the rise of VR in marketing.
Virtual reality is a computer-based simulation of an interactive environment. Through the use of gadgets like phones, headsets and glasses. The user is transported to a world that feels real, physical and even interactive. It immerses the user by stimulating their vision and hearing. VR is one of the biggest technological innovations we are seeing in the modern world. At present, VR technologies rely heavily on headset-style products that allow a user to quickly immerse themselves in virtual worlds and play games.
While it may seem like VR is only in the reach of some (due to pre-requisites of needing a headset and/or other gadgets). It is steadily on the rise. Global VR revenues touched $7 billion in 2017, and reports indicate it could touch $120.5 billion by 2026. What is driving the growth is not just gaming and entertainment but a whole host of other industries, including defence and aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, education and healthcare.
Unfortunately, like any new technology, VR sets at the moment come with a pretty hefty price tag, and not the most sophisticated of features, much like mobile phones in the 90s. However, there are several major players backing this segment with significant amounts of money. Big names like Facebook, Playstation, Samsung, HTC and Google have plans for VR headsets, ranging anywhere from the $20 Google cardboard to the $100 Samsung Gear to the $800 HTC Vive. So while it may be expensive to get started, one cannot ignore the fact that these big-name companies are investing in the technology and have the power to shape where it’s headed, making it more accessible for all.
As a smartphone-centric society, new technologies need to be accessible to stay relevant. Today’s phones have some pretty impressive capabilities, and VR can be experienced even in the palm of your hand – Pokemon Go is a perfect example. Below we look at how VR can be incorporated into your marketing strategy.
Marketers and advertisers need to stay on-trend and ahead of the curve. So becoming an early adopter of VR could put you in an enviable position in future. There are many advantages to VR in marketing.
Nascent as it may be at the moment, VR is the future – and it is an untapped. Wunderkind of a marketing tool that can help you connect with customers like you never have before. Now would be the ideal time to dip your toes into it and see how it works out!
Chandala Takalkar is a young content marketer and creative with experience in content, copy, corporate communications, and design. A digital native, she has the ability to craft content and copy that suits the medium and connects. Prior to Team upGrowth, she worked as an English trainer. Her experience includes all forms of copy and content writing, from Social Media communication to email marketing.
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