Marketing Trends for 2024

What’s Next in Marketing: Key Trends for 2024 You Need to Know

16 February 2024

There’s never any rest for B2B marketers. Closing out the old year and ringing in the new means taking stock of what we did well, what we could improve on, and figuring out how to do it all again, just better.

Sometimes, focusing on the next big trend and being more interested in what our competitors are doing can derail a great marketing plan. At the center of everything we do is a customer or a prospect who is looking for our help.

And now that we’ve established that AI isn’t taking our jobs, we want to talk about:

  • Being truly customer-focused

  • Building community

  • Staying ahead of data privacy regulations

How can you be sure you’re not being distracted by the new shiny marketing object? Get back to the basics.

Craft Customer-Centric Marketing Strategies

To be truly successful this year, your marketing heart needs to beat for the customer. Yes, even in B2B. Brands are becoming increasingly empathetic, moving from an old-school product-oriented approach to a progressive customer-first marketing strategy.

The key aspect of customer-centric marketing is that it places your customer at the core. When people interact with your B2B brand, they expect to be seen, understood, and catered to – just like their local barista who knows their favorite coffee order.

We need to ask ourselves how well we really know our customers. Are we interacting with them meaningfully? How can we elevate their experience with our brand while ensuring their needs and wants are at the center of our actions?

The key lies in effectively segmenting your audience, mapping their journey, and crafting personalized interactions at every touchpoint. In doing so, we not only market to our customers but also create an authentic brand community. We’ll dive deeper into community a bit later.

When talking about customer-centric marketing strategies, harnessing a genuine understanding of customers' pain points is the real hot topic. When we dive deeper into the audience's psychographics and emotions, we can discover insights that genuinely align our marketing with their needs and desires. Doing so goes beyond offering deals or simply pointing out product features – it involves establishing a real connection through empathy.

To get there, we need to gather customer feedback, and track customer interactions across all touchpoints. With these authentic inputs in hand, we can better tailor our content, campaigns, and overall approach to fit our audience's narrative. At its core, customer-centric marketing is about being part of the conversation and offering value and support rather than just selling.

If they feel like they’re a part of your story because you’ve placed them at the center, the next part should be smooth sailing when you get it right.

Build a Community Around Your Product or Service

This year, you need to move beyond the transactional relationship to create meaningful customer bonds. To do this, you need to build a community of brand evangelists around your product or service.

This is more about creating a space where customers interact, share experiences, and connect with your brand at a deeper level. It's like turning your brand into the favorite meeting spot for your customers.

Community-building is twofold. It demands active engagement from us and fosters organic advocacy from our customers. On platforms like social media, we can ignite these interactions and convert our customers into brand ambassadors.

When diving deeper into community-building as an essential driver for marketing success this year, we should consider the different elements that contribute to an effective and active brand community. It goes beyond merely managing Facebook groups or LinkedIn pages.

Here are our three key components of a successful brand community:


Users can distinguish between genuine interactions and blatant marketing pitches. Why not create a Slack community? An authentic community is transparent, allowing the brand to build trust. Yes, you might open yourself up to negative critique, but see that as an opportunity to build trust. Tackle uncomfortable questions head-on and own up to things that might not have gone smoothly.


Community requires a two-way conversation. Encourage your customers to ask questions, share ideas, and genuinely interact. Too often, companies set up the community and leave the conversation. The customers just sit in this space wondering where you are and leave because you didn’t engage with them.


Communities are a great opportunity to offer your members exclusive content, early access to new products or features, or even educational materials that'll prove beneficial to them. People love being part of something. What they love even more is if they feel like they’re not doing you a favor by being there.

Even if you have all of those three key components in place, nothing will come of it if you’re not  consistent. Your strategy should be to maintain an ongoing dialogue with your communities while also actively monitoring trends and needs to keep the conversation fresh and engaging.

Data Privacy: A Shift in Marketing Focus

And while we're talking about building communities and personalization, we can't overlook a critical aspect of the future of marketing: data privacy. Protecting user data and ensuring privacy isn't just good ethics, it's paramount to earning customer trust and loyalty.

This year (and all the ones after), marketers must navigate data privacy marketing trends with caution. While personalization is vital, it can't come at the cost of customer trust. Data collection must be transparent, compliant, and secure.

Data privacy has become a top priority for businesses around the world, partly due to increased regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Marketers must always be aware of all relevant legal requirements while striving for transparency and trustworthiness when handling customer data.

Security by design is a fundamental aspect of this shift in marketing focus. How can you ensure the data privacy and security of your customers and prospects from the get-go?

  1. Be informed on compliant marketing practices in your target markets

  2. Be clear and transparent on your data privacy policies

  3. Give your prospects and customers a way to compliantly opt in and out of your marketing 

Also, don’t forget to educate your marketing team on data privacy, as even unintentional misuse of customer information can have severe consequences for a brand.

All of this will be essential in safeguarding data privacy. By granting users control over their information, marketers can strengthen trust and ensure compliance with any future regulations.

Speaking of ethics, this is a great place to start talking about our love/hate relationship with AI.

Embracing AI in Marketing: The Road to a Smarter Marketing Future

When we consider AI's expanding role in marketing, there are various practical applications that could revolutionize marketing processes in the coming years. In addition to automation and personalization, AI will also impact areas such as voice technology, business intelligence, and content creation.

Here’s how your business could leverage AI in marketing:

  1. Voice search optimization: With more consumers using digital voice assistants, businesses must optimize their content for natural language voice searches.

  2. Predictive analytics: AI can help marketers forecast consumer behavior by identifying patterns in purchasing habits and digital interactions.

  3. Automated content creation: AI can automatically generate content for ads, blog posts, and social media updates, which will significantly speed up content production.

Having AI in place to help your daily processes is a good thing, but not if you disregard the ethical aspect of it. Although many people are aware of or use AI in their business, you need to outline a set of AI best practices for yourself as it will impact your customers. 

AI ethics best practices include:

  • Transparency: Customers should be informed when they are interacting with an AI instead of a human being. Any use of AI should be clearly disclosed and transparent.

  • Fairness: AI should be used to promote fairness and inclusivity in all marketing practices, avoiding any biases.

  • Accountability: Even if a marketing campaign is managed via AI, the business should remain accountable for the decisions, impacts, and outcomes of such a campaign.

  • Security: AI systems and models need to be highly secure, ensuring customer data privacy and integrity.

By adhering to these ethical guidelines, businesses can foster trust among their stakeholders while reaping the benefits of AI-powered marketing tools.

Adapting to the Sunsetting of 3-Party Cookies

Another noteworthy shift in the 2024 marketing trends is the sunsetting of third-party cookies. The disappearance of 3-party cookies is going to mark a significant shift in the digital marketing landscape. While this may initially seem challenging, it offers an opportunity to explore creative audience targeting strategies.

We need to focus on collecting first-party data more ethically and using it more intelligently to understand our customers better while respecting their privacy.

As 3rd-party cookies disappear, we'll see a significant influence on personalized advertising campaigns, which have traditionally relied on such cookies for targeting and retargeting purposes. But there's no need to panic. This just presents new opportunities for marketers and advertisers to innovate and explore alternative targeting solutions. 

How Other 2024 Marketing Trends Will Affect Businesses

As we continuously drive forward and adapt to 2024, it's essential to remember that change is the only constant in B2B marketing and business. We need to keep our eyes fixed on the road that lies ahead, ready to switch gears as we encounter the twists and turns.

Whether it's dealing with new rules around UTM blocking, exploring the possibilities of Google's generative experiences, or revamping spam reduction strategies, staying adaptable is key.

The marketing terrain in 2024 will be influenced by a multitude of emerging trends, which will create new challenges and opportunities for businesses. 

Here are a few more trends you can expect this year:

  • Merging on-site and online experiences: Brands will need to sync their physical and digital worlds, offering seamless omnichannel experiences to customers.

  • Adaptation to privacy-focused browsers: With the rise of privacy-conscious browsers that block third-party tracking, marketers will have to innovate and find fresh approaches to audience targeting.

  • Influencer marketing fragmentation: In 2024, we'll likely witness a shift towards a more decentralized influencer landscape, with marketers collaborating with a diverse range of creators.

Don’t just hop on the next trend, get ahead of it

This was a lot, we know. But, these trends aren’t here to make our lives difficult. They’re just a reflection of the changing needs of businesses everywhere. There’s absolutely no reason to feel overwhelmed if we’ve taken the time to understand our customers more deeply, build connections that go beyond transactions, and respect their privacy.

We need to understand that the transactional relationships of past years are transitioning into more collaborative ones. We are there to put our customers at the center of their journey and be guides. Once we understand that, there’s nothing that can hold all of us back from true community and brand growth.

Sam O'Brien
By Sam O'Brien

Sam is the revenue-focused VP of Marketing at Dealfront where he balances instant results and long term value to focus on driving growth. Drawing from a wealth of experiences from areas like design, optimisation, demand generation and Product Management, he has the edge when identifying solutions to solve business problems. His knack for analysis and finding opportunities have served him well in his broad scope of expertise in the full GTM function. You can reach out to Sam on LinkedIn!

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