Rise of Influencer Authenticity

  • Transparent Partnerships: Consumers are smart and know when an influencer is not being honest. Influencer marketing is turning toward focusing on genuine collaborations with influencers.
  • Genuine Storytelling: Instead of pushing out product information, influencers are beginning to lean toward storytelling as a means of promotion.
  • Long-Term Partnerships: Businesses realize long-term partnerships with influencers are more successful than one-off campaigns.
  • Emphasizing Engagement Metrics: Instead of selecting influencers based on their follower count, they focus more on their engagement metrics.

User-Generated Content (UGC)

User-generated content is highly effective on social media because it helps allow businesses to make their brands come across as more authentic, which is shown to increase overall engagement. Promoting UGC content will also help make your brand seem more trustworthy to your audience and encourage engagement and participation from your followers.

Embracing Video-First Approach

Video content is beginning to take precedence over static content on social media. Many social media platforms prioritize video content over others and ensure it will have more visibility in users’ feeds. In addition, video proves to be more engaging and versatile than other types of content.

Enhanced Personalization and AI-Driven Marketing

  • Tailored Messaging: Brands can adjust their messaging to target individual consumers. This is effective because they can shape their messaging around whatever their target consumer wants or resonates with.
  • Customer Segmentation: With the help of AI marketing tools, businesses can segment their customers efficiently.
  • Predictive Analytics: There are AI tools that can help businesses predict the behavior and interests of their customers.
  • Dynamic Content Generation: AI tools can create personalized content and copy, which businesses can use to cut down their time while also increasing the level of personalization delivered to each customer.
  • Chatbots and Virtual Assistants: Implementing chatbots or virtual assistants is an excellent strategy for businesses to help answer customers’ questions using AI technology.
  • Behavioral Retargeting: Based on previous interactions, AI software can help retarget these customers to information that resonates more with them.
  • Voice Search Optimization: Businesses should consider implementing AI to help streamline their voice search optimization for their business.

Augmented Reality Experiences

  • Enhanced Engagement: With the help of augmented reality, businesses can engage users by phishing out interactive content that is unique to them.
  • Product Visualization: Consider using augmented reality to place your product in a real-world context. This way, consumers will better understand what to expect when seeing your products in the real world.
  • Interactive Marketing Campaigns: Augmented reality can be used in marketing campaigns by implementing scavenger hunts, filters, or lenses on social media.
  • Virtual Try-On and Sampling: Using augmented reality features that allow your consumer to interact with your product virtually is a great way to improve your customer’s shopping experience.
  • Brand Differentiation: Implementing augmented reality into your marketing strategy greatly differentiates your brand from the competition.

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Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.