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Top five trends that will shape the media and advertising industry in 2023

Top five trends that will shape the media and advertising industry in 2023

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In 2023 firms need to sharpen their attention on marketing and advertising trends as consumers grow more cautious about which brands they spend their time on. Dubai-based, Nested VFX, a post-production and visual effects studio, shares its projections in the marketing and advertising sector for the upcoming year:

Trend 1: Back to basics and traditional advertising

Post-COVID, a trend to go back to producing high-end quality commercials and shows started to take shape in the region, and based on Nested VFX’s predictions, we can anticipate this trend to continue in 2023. Long gone are both masks (hopefully), cutting corners and production budgets.

Brands today understand that they now face a brighter and more informed audience that cheap promotional videos cannot sway. In order to get their focus and, ultimately, their loyalty, brands need to give their audience a compelling story without insulting their intelligence. This trend will see its full potential only when a seasoned production partner and creative team work together for a brand.

Trend 2: AI-generated content, copyright ambiguities and stock

AI-generated content is gathering pace, but there are still many copyright ambiguities surrounding them. Any media creator or advertiser should be wary of using them if they are serious about monetising their content or promoting their brands.

In 2023, it is projected that brands and creators will increasingly opt for soundtracks and footage production to make videos stand out, as opposed to using stock footage and library music, a trend that took charge during the early days of the pandemic.

Trend 3: Customise, customise, customise!

One trend that the studio is personally rooting for in 2023 is for brands to choose the route to customisation. Just before the new year, Nested VFX worked on a global telecommunication brand campaign where it delivered a different video for each social media platform, carefully divided into awareness, consideration, sales conversion and call-to-action. A route popular within the western markets but yet to take shape in the MENA region.

Each medium calls for a different approach these days. It might have a higher upfront cost, but if it is carefully customised content for each, the rewards down the line will be far greater.

Trend 4: Away from social media

Taking a look at what is happening with Twitter and Meta’s latest earning reviews, it is anticipated that international brands and its regional branches, as well as studios and content creators, will slowly steer away from social media in the upcoming year and start investing in free-to-air TV and platform ads through Shahid, YouTube and the ad-supported tier of Netflix, to name a few.

Trend 5: HDR- Expecting a colourful high for 2023

Although a little wishful thinking, the studio is optimistic that broadcasters and brands will grasp the opportunity to use the full video mastering tools and take a step towards creating their media in a High Dynamic Range rather than the status-quo Standard Definition.

The west might be heading into a recession that will affect all industries. However, the region, especially the Gulf, proved resilient and is indeed growing fast.

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