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.
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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?
Should You Aim for Blog Post Quality or Quantity?
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The human mind is silly. It thinks one or the other. It thinks you cannot have it all. You can have blog post quality and quantity but you need to make a clear decision on what you define to be a quality blog post.
Quality posts do not mean 2000 to 4000 word, pillar style masterpieces. A quality blog post answers the question you asked via title or delivers on the promise you made on the title.
I do understand how Google ranks 2000 word or longer, SEO-optimized posts requiring hours of work for even skilled bloggers to write, package and publish. But Google also ranks 600 words posts. 600 word posts are quality posts. Guess what? For the 30,000 bloggers out there asking the title question, I just wrote a quality blog post because they get a clear, concise, dead on answer.
Avoid Scarcity Thinking
Any time you FEAR posts are not quality because word length is 600 words, you think scarcity, or, not enough, or, not quality. But fear is not true. Fear is illusion. I can write 10, 600 word, quality posts today to make a massive impact and to help people IF I think abundance. But if I only believe I write quality, helpful posts in the 2000 word range, I stopped thinking abundance and began thinking scarcity. I chose fear over love and abundance. Naturally, all bloggers who think scarcity either struggle, fail and quit or work like beasts just to make end’s meet. Not good.
Go for quantity and quality. Some posts may span 800 or 1000 words but you can answer most questions and solve most problems in 600 words if you have immense clarity. Seth Godin answers most questions in 100 to 300 words. You have so much more to work with. So…work with it!
Think abundance. Blog abundance.
I have referenced Gary Vee many times recently and his 2000 video interviews on YouTube. Before he landed world famous speaking gig he had a pure abundance mindset, doing videos left and right, offering quality insights on a high quantity of channels. Blogging fools would try desperately to land an interview on a TV show, pitching, fearing, worrying, striving, and wasting months of time, thinking scarcity. Gary thought abundance, seized every opportunity through interview requests from some entrepreneurs who registered zero views per video, gained massive exposure organically, and, the dude became famous through his abundance mindset.
He thought quality and quantity. He did not hold back.
I am beginning to gain massive exposure through the 5-10 guest posts and blog posts published under my name daily. I do not turn down a microphone. I also know the easiest way to become well known is to focus heavily on quantity and quality, to share the wealth.
Many bloggers would obsess over a quality post being 2000 words, SEO-optimized and all that jazz, spending 4 hours to write said post on blogging tips. Meanwhile, I just wrote and published 8 quality, 600 word posts during those hours. I am being seen helping people in 8 spots. While you are on the sidelines. Even if that SEO’ed out, 2000 word post gains massive traffic over the long term, via Google, I am gaining even more massive traffic, being in 8-10 places daily via my posts and guest posts.
Think exponential increase. Imagine my 10 guest posts building up over 365 days. That is 3,650 guest posts, 3,650 spots where I am spotted online. That is a lotta spots!
See why it pays to think quality and quantity?
How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind
Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.
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Leave blogging struggles behind.
I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.
I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.
What Is Blogging Struggle?
Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.
If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.
Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.
I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.
Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:
- nobody is listening
- nobody is reading comments
- nobody will click through to your blog
- you are wasting your time
- the comment won’t get published
This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.
Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.
Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.
Go for it!
Exit your comfort zone.
Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.
Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly
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What is the relationships guy talking about?
Blogging is a people business, right?
Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.
Email List Example
Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.
But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.
Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence
Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.
I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.
At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.
Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles
I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.
While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.
Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?
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