2018 was an interesting year for technology. This year, data protection and privacy got more attention than ever before. It was this year (2018) that EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) reshaped the way companies collect and handle data. We also saw a great improvement in Artificial intelligence and increased adoption of technology in making crucial business decisions.
Without a doubt, 2019 is going to be bigger. Sixty years ago, Gordon Moore, the man who co-founded Intel predicted that computing abilities would radically increase in power over time while decreasing in cost. This isn’t just a prediction anymore, we are going to see this in reality as we enter 2019.
As we approach 2019, big and new tech companies around the world are unveiling their plans for the newest innovations in the field. It is important you pay attention as a consumer and more importantly, as a brand. As we saw in 2018, events in the tech industry are likely to affect your business irrespective of your industry. Technology is becoming very crucial in business, health, agriculture, education, and manufacturing.
What does this mean for you? It means you need to keep your eyes on the technology trends. This will help you know how to improve your business leveraging these technologies. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for 2019 as we have rounded up the top technology trends to watch out for in 2019. Keep on reading to find out more:
Top 7 Technology Trends to Watch Out For in 2019
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
According to PwC estimates, artificial intelligence could add $15.7 trillion to global GDP by 2030. Thus, there is a rat race by top companies to develop revolutionary AI. China Bytedance has already invested $3.1 billion in AI while over 15 US companies have an investment of over $1 billion each in AI.
AI has been around since 1956 but experts believe that 2019 is the year AI will have its biggest domineering influence in our daily lives as companies deployed AI to improve cybersecurity. In 2019, expect AI’s to schedule trains, predict maintenance, treat patients in hospitals, and even do our chores at home. 2019 is going to be big for AI, now is a good time to start paying serious attention to this industry.
2. Smartphones Get Smarter
If you think your smartphone can do awesome things, wait until 2019, your smartphone will become a phenomenal tool to achieve lots of tasks easily. Chips from giant chip-makers such as Qualcomm and Huawei already include revolutionary AI capabilities and Machine Learning features.
It is possible that in 2019, the virtual assistant in your smartphone can be able to determine your needs in advance and act accordingly with no input from you. There will also be more AI-enhanced security in smartphones and more features that will make your smartphone more than just a smartphone.
As smartphones continues to change the way we use them in daily life and in business, there are plenty of online and mobile-based application that help with time and task management as well. Businesses and executives are now focusing more time and resources on compliance scheduling and employee scheduling, as there is now less of a need for manual focus on these areas. With online, mobile, and cloud-based scheduling solutions, not only are mobile devices getting smarter and more effective, but so are the brands and individuals who decide to use them to increase productivity.
3. 5G Connectivity
Don’t get too caught up on the 4G, there is a new kid on the block. Soon enough, 5G will take over the place of 4G with some big changes. 4G relied on high powered cellular towers but this won’t be the case with 5G. Instead, it will use low-powered cells distributed in a broader area to achieve incredible faster speeds.
Competition has already reached its peak on the 5G global stage. International 5G activity is growing at a fever pitch. South Korea, China, Japan, and then later United States are expected to be the one that will be at the forefront in the use of the 5G network. South Korea has already concluded a trial of 5G network and ready to roll it out in 2019. Other countries like China, Japan, and the United States are expected to follow them closely.
5G network is expected to play a crucial role in increasing interconnectivity and many more.
4. Cross-Platform Mobile Development (Progressive Web Apps)
Watch out for cross-platform mobile development in 2019. In 2018, developers are already turning to frameworks such as Reach Native, NativeScript, and even Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for cross-platform mobile development.
The great thing with PWAs is that it enables mobile websites to work like apps. It will have the same interface as your app. The only difference is that you don’t have to download them. PWAs will help you to load apps faster, reduce mobile data usage, and save valuable memory space.
According to Michael Facemire, principal analyst at Forrester Research Cambridge, PWAs are likely to become the new standard for mobile app development in 2019. Developers love the idea of cross-platform mobile development and are keying into this idea on daily basis. Users will see just a little difference in the app interface.
Once apple support PWAs on Safari, we will see more cross-platform mobile development in 2019.
5. Blockchain Goes Mainstream
Blockchain isn’t just about Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. This technology offers security that is useful in so many other ways. Blockchain technology can also be deployed for use in banking, health, and even education. Experts predict that 2019 will be the year that blockchain operations will become mainstream.
A survey by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance showed that 40% of banks surveyed believe blockchain will be a staple of finances within the next decade. Also, a good 20% of them confirmed they would deploy some form of blockchain technology for their operation next year.
Similarly, the United Kingdom Central Bank recently made an announcement that the apex bank will adopt blockchain technology in their interbank transactions as a means to strengthen their security systems. Indeed, there is no doubt that 2019 is going to be very massive for blockchain technology.
6. Chatbots Join the Family
2019 will see a huge growth of voice-controlled chatbots. Not only can we control our smartphones with voice but a lot of other devices at homes as well. Of course, a lot of work still needs to be done to improve them but we believe that as they advance, we can expect to see more chatbots helping us in our homes in 2019 than ever before. Some experts even predict that chatbots will be among the top holiday wish lists in 2019.
7. Machine Learning Deployed For Cyber Security
Cybersecurity got a lot of attention in 2018 and this is expected to continue in 2019. Cybersecurity, no doubt, will once again be at the forefront of tech trends in 2019.
Machine Learning is a subset of AI (Artificial intelligence). Using machine learning, a computer can be programmed to learn to do something they are not programmed to do. They can do this by discovering patterns and insights from data.
In 2018 alone, about 87% of cybersecurity professionals use Machine Learning to secure their network against threats. This will continue into a total adoption in 2019. The Machine Learning market is expected to grow to $8.81 billion by 2022. LinkedIn also ranked Machine Learning among top emerging jobs. For companies interested in the tech industry, now is the time to hire experts in Machine Learning before the competition gets fierce.
Learning and understanding mobile and technology trends for 2019 well ahead of time will help your brand to stay ahead of the competition. Without a doubt, technology will become more important than ever in 2019. Businesses will deploy tech in creating brand awareness, value creation, advertising, research, and revenue generation. Note that these 7 technologies mentioned above aren’t necessarily the only technology to watch out for in 2019. However, we believed that these will be the game-changers in 2019.
Are you ready for the change?
How to Push Throw Blogging Goals When You Feel Burned Out
Blogging is super exciting but there are moments we feel like it’s all crumbling and nothing is moving. Having blogged for over 7 years consistently, I have experienced moments of drought a couple of times. But I’m always still able to rebuild my excitement to move on.
Burnout happens to everyone in the industry. But how to refuel your energy and continue the journey is what makes the difference. We want to point out few tips to help us continue during such moments. So this is not about how to avoid blogger burnout but what to do when it happens.
Why Blogger burnout?
Before we talk about how to keep your blog thriving during burnout, let’s quickly discuss some reasons why it happens.
The reason you blog
People blog for various reasons. Some were told that blogging is a quick path to financial freedom which is not true. If this is the reason you started blogging, you may soon burn out. The reason is that it takes time and really hard work to start seeing money from blogging.
When folks don’t see results as early as they expected at the beginning, the result is a rush into wrong conclusions as the energy fades away.
I have seen people get completely blown out of the industry because of an unexpected event that ushered huge losses and disappointments. Sometimes a hack or server crash that leads to complete loss of content or major Google update or manual action bringing massive negative search impact could get your enthusiasm completely damaged.
Successes in other areas
A friend in Nigeria whose blog got over 5000 daily readers picked a highly lucrative job in the oil industry. The next thing I heard was that he was putting his blog on sale. His motivation fully got shifted to his new job.
These and many more reasons may diminish your excitement in blogging and cause burn out. But what are some of the ways to keep your blog going during burn out?
How to keep your blog active when you are burnt out
Now, you must not allow your blogging business to die out when you do not feel like clicking on it. Your fallen passion should not mean a falling blog because there are ways to keep it alive while rebuilding your motivation.
#1. Work on rebuilding your excitement
The best way to keep your blog active is to work on your diminishing excitement. Think about the fact that you can still make it. If others are succeeding despite the odds, you too can despite what has happened.
If you think you had the wrong motivating reasons at the beginning, just get to understand the truth and adapt to it. If you had a bad experience, do not let i t roll you out.
#2. Turn to friends and guest authors for content continuation
The worst thing that will happen to your blog during burnout is to cease publishing fresh content. Fresh content is your blog’s lifeline. Editing and re-posting old content works great but that depends on the evergreen nature of the existing content.
Guest blogging is an exercise where you open up your blog to your readers to submit relevant content. With qualified guest bloggers, you can always have steady flow of content on your blog, keeping it alive when you are trying to revive your interest.
#3. Outsource or buy content from an agency
If you are burnt out, keeping your blog active is essential. That’s why I suggest you go as far as spending on relevant content. There are several ways:
- Hire someone to post and promote a certain number of articles per week
- Outsource to content agency
- Buy spontaneously from different writers
Agencies may be a bit more pricey but that would be the best way to ensure that your blog keeps getting the best content while you are absent. Make sure any content that is submitted by from external sources is plagiarism free.
#4. Edit and re-post old content
I mentioned earlier that this method works but not as effective as posting new content. If your burnout is not as a result of an impact from Google, you may consider revamping your existing content to keep your blog going.
$5. Resolve the technical issue
Don’t just fall out and abandon your business because of a hack or broken server. I understand how devastating this could be. But making an attempt at resolving any issues related to your blog may begin producing some good results that may light up your excitement and pull you out of the depression.
Avoid the cheap offers in the industry. Turn to high performance hosting and invest in your business. Do not create an opening for any bad technical experience that me lead to failure.
If you’ve not experienced blogger burnout yet, it’s good it doesn’t happen. But if it does, it should not mark the end of your blog. Following these tips to keep it alive.
Blog Traffic Loves Generous Service
Blog traffic absolutely loves generous service. Do you want to succeed? Help oodles of people for free through blogging and guest posting. Toss in helping bloggers by noting bloggers on your blog, by commenting genuinely on blogs and by mentioning bloggers on social media. Traffic flows your way. Because blog traffic loves generous service. The more help you offer through your eBook, course and blog, the more traffic you drive. Simple equation. Give, to get. Keep giving freely and blog traffic finds you. Hug this super simple, powerful law of life. Service prospers you. Blog traffic flows to generous bloggers.
What gives? Why do many bloggers struggle to drive blog traffic? In essence, most human beings vibe mainly from an energy of fear and loss. You and I learn to do stuff with fear being our main driver. So, blogging becomes another outlet through which to do stuff from a dominant energy of fear. Like, publish one post for the week and do no more. Because you fear not getting enough return on investment. Plus you fear wasting time. Plus you fear working hard. Plus you fear looking like a fool if people come across all of the awesome content you create and, due to your increased exposure, you become the object of intense criticism. Ouch; that would hurt, eh? Being burdened by these fears, you play small, be stingy and just publish one post every 1-2 weeks. If YOU are stingy with the Universe, the Universe BE’S stingy with you. Give. Receive. Don’t give. Don’t receive. So, withholding generous service ensures blog traffic gets withheld from you. What a simple strategy to put into action, right? But of course, what an uncomfortable strategy to put into action, too, because facing and feeling fear, never feels all that comfortable. Nobody loves this process. Me included. But ya gotta take that route to be a successful blogger.
Help as many people as possible daily through a few clear strategies. Keep publishing content to your blog. Keep guest posting. Gain immense exposure and gain skills and yep, gain credibility……and of course, gain blog traffic. All occurs because you gave freely of your time and talents. Give freely. Gain blog traffic. But giving freely FORCES you outside of your comfort zone. For example, I publish 9 or more guest posts and blog posts daily, between both. No joke, this taxes me sometimes. I face fears about doing billionaire work and not see billions in my bank account yet. All that crap. Yep, I proceed. I blog into deep fears, feel fears, and clearing these fears helps me drive more blog traffic, leading to increased blogging success. All about that free giving, folks. Give freely, and you shall position yourself to receive more easily.
Be with scary emotions. I feel you. I have been there, guys. Nudging through to feel these energies is the way to clear these energies. Keep giving, and the getting becomes easier and easier in blog traffic terms. Imagine guest posting on 30 blogs over the next 3 months. Visualize how this increased exposure boosts your blog traffic. People see you all over, click your bio link and you get more blog traffic. Your generous service through guest posting put everything into motion.
Why Ask Blogging Questions Already Asked Thousands of Times?
Ya know what?
I feel awesome teaching bloggers with my friend Sue-Ann. We are currently helping course students via the creative, innovative, never duplicated: How to Bling Your Blog and Feed That Hog course.
Live, interactive and engaging, students already noted how we cover new, different topics compared to virtually all other blogging courses. Sure we cover the basics. But we do so quite differently than your average blogging course. Sue-Ann and I both became successful by doing things differently than most other bloggers. We think. We deliberate. We virtually never do things mindlessly. Alas, many of my fellow bloggers – most newbies – move in the opposite direction. One quick Quora visit reflects this mass sheeple mentality crippling most newbie blogger careers. Again, a few moments ago, I spied at least 4 bloggers asking the same, old, “how do you succeed at blogging” type question again, said questions being asked for the millionth time.
I have compassion for new bloggers. I also understand how every new blogger feels entitled to ask virtually any question. But just because you can ask any question, does that mean you should ask any or every blogging question popping up in your mind? Nope. You should note Why? Asking the successful blogging question wastes your time and my time because tens of thousands of bloggers have answered this question accurately tens of thousands of times across thousands of online platforms. We covered it already. I even created an entire course to devote to answering the question. Why litter Quora and the web in general with the same blogging question for the 10,000th time? At best, it is a time waster. At worst, borderline spam.
I love ya’s but you need to begin thinking like a successful blogger well before experiencing success. How would a successful blogger go about figuring out how to succeed at blogging? Pay someone to access the answer in 5 or 10 seconds. Hire someone to coach them. Buy a course or eBook in a minute. Why waste 24 or 36 hours waiting for an answer from some blogger when you get the answer 30 minutes after buying and reading one of my 100 plus eBooks? Failures wait for answers to questions asked thousands of times. Winners buy the answer immediately. This is the difference between struggling bloggers and future pros. Strugglers put no thought into the process. Why in the Hades would you ever believe 10,000 bloggers prior to you have NOT asked the successful blogging question? Of course they did! Think logically for 5 seconds. Of course hundreds of top bloggers answered the successful blogging question. And yes, of course you access that question through Google and Amazon in seconds, querying and investing money in instant answers from pros.
No brainer territory, guys. Buy the solution in seconds. Stop being like poverty conscious bloggers who put zero thought and little logic into why they ask a question obviously asked and answered accurately, thousands of times. Blogging gets easier if you think mindfully. Blogging gets harder if you mindlessly give zero thought to the craft. Invest money in getting proven answers to basic blogging questions. Accelerate your online success. Save your time. Save my time.
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