Trends for 2013

The start of a new year is the perfect time for the world’s seers and soothsayers to share their visions for the coming twelve months.

Here is a brief selection of some of those predictions we found most intriguing and exciting…

Social Business: 5 Trends To Watch For 2013 And Beyond

Michael Idinopulos, chief customer officer and general manager of Socialtext, shared his thought with Forbes.

  1. Mobile and tablets are no longer an afterthought.
  2. Integrated social analytics will become more critical than ever.
  3. Integrated ecosystems will start to include employees, suppliers, partners and customers.
  4. Total employee life-cycle management will be driven by HR.
  5. Embedded employee engagement tools will continue to drive collaboration:

Top Web Design and Development Trends 2013

.Net magazine have posted a great list of 20 trends to watch out for. We picked the 5 we’ll be following most closely –

  1. Baked-in responsive web design
  2. Multi-device design
  3. Leaner, performance-focused websites
  4. More video
  5. Storytelling and personality

The Can’t-Miss Social Media Trends For 2013

Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, crystal balls the future of social on the Fast Company website

  1. Mobile social media usage continues to soar
  2. Social advertising grows and evolves
  3. International and niche social networks experience dramatic growth
  4. Social media moves beyond the marketing department
  5. Big data grows but gets more manageable
  6. Social media education gets formalized

13 Predictions for 2013

Nesta, an independent charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life, have put together a collection of 13 predictions for the year ahead spanning the tech, retail and entertainment industries as well as business and the public sector. Here are our favourites…

  1. Prediction will become ubiquitous  – predictive tools will move from being of marginal interest to part of mainstream culture.
  2. Robot Overlords – invisible robots, or embedded intelligence, will become mainstream.
  3. Big business accelerates Collaborative Consumption growth – while smaller enterprises nibble at the edges, Big Business will take a big bite into the Collaborative Consumption market.
  4. It’s appy hour! – civic apps will make it big in 2013. Want to live an easier city life? There’s (most likely) an app for that.
  5. Edutech; this time it’s personal – adaptive learning technologies will allow for more individually tailored online learning.
  6. Digital Public services come of age – public services will finally figure out what the web is for!
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