By David Duncan on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:15 PM

Brands Struggle To Keep Up

Ever since the Internet became that thing that none of us can live without, users have adopted the medium much faster than businesses and brands. From websites to social media, consumers have developed certain expectations faster than most businesses can even begin to meet them. To be fair, it's much easier for a single user to navigate the digital landscape than it is for a business to market in that same space. The Internet can be a vast and confusing place, especially when you're trying to gain the attention of its users who buzz around like water bugs on the surface of a calm lake. But rather than settling down and allowing brands to catch up, the Internet continues to evolve.
 

According to eMarketer, global digital advertising spend will rise by 16.7% in 2014, with smartphone and tablet marketing representing the biggest jump (an 84.7% increase over 2013). None of this is surprising, since 2014 marks the first year that Internet usage on mobile devices surpassed desktop usage. That's right - more people use their phones and tablets than their computers to surf, read, buy and communicate on the internet. It's easy to see how and why this happened. Think about all the time you spend on your phone while you're waiting in line, shopping, travelling, or surfing the Internet any place where it'd be inconvenient to have even a small laptop. Now consider all the times you use a tablet over your computer, like when you're watching TV and want to check something or consulting a recipe while cooking. We use whatever is most convenient and there's no question that's something mobile.

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