Navigating the Future of Marketing: Expert Predictions for 2024

VCMO's Fractional Chief Marketing Officers put their neck on the line and make their marketing predictions for 2024. Will they be right?

Paul Mills
11 Dec
December 11, 2023
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11 Dec

As we stand on the cusp of 2024, the marketing landscape continues to evolve at a breathtaking pace. From the integration of advanced technologies like AI and virtual reality to the ever-changing dynamics of customer engagement, marketing experts are forecasting a transformative period ahead.

In this article, we asked some of VCMOs marketing experts - Ellen M. Steinlauf, Jay Ludditt, Nick Birtwistle and Paul Mills - to make their predictions for the new year. So let's embark on a journey into the future of marketing, understanding how these predictions might shape the industry and what businesses can do to stay ahead.

Ellen M. Steinlauf - Fractional CMO, VCMO

Ellen M. Steinlauf's Predictions for 2024

  1. Shorter CMO Tenure: We’ll continue to see a concerning trend of decreasing CMO tenure, attributed to the escalating demands for strategic thinking and the application of technology. Organisations must ensure that their CMOs have the support and resources needed to meet these complex challenges and align marketing strategies with overall business goals.
  2. CMOs Face More Pressure to Deliver: The pressure on CMOs to deliver more with less could lead to underwhelming performances. Companies must recognise the importance of adequately resourcing their marketing departments to foster innovation and effectiveness.
  3. Elevated Role of Marketing: Marketing's growing influence in driving revenue necessitates a stronger collaboration between sales and marketing teams. This integration will be essential for achieving cohesive strategies that maximise revenue generation.
  4. Engaged CEOs: CEOs must have a clear understanding and appreciation of the importance of marketing, especially in today’s technology-based landscape. This means that Marketing has to be funded and must be held accountable for performance using readily available metrics.
Jay Ludditt - Fractional CMO, VCMO

Jay Ludditt's Predictions for 2024

  1. Immersive Media Experiences: The trend towards large-scale, immersive media experiences, like those seen in Las Vegas' Sphere, and ‘super tours’ from powerhouse artists like Taylor Swift are expected to gain traction. This presents an opportunity for brands to create memorable, engaging experiences that resonate with consumers on a deeper level.
  2. Rise of Ethical Brands: Purpose-driven brands with a focus on ethical practices and sustainability are poised for success. This trend reflects a growing consumer preference for brands that align with their values, indicating a shift towards more socially responsible marketing.
  3. Focus on Brand Building: A shift towards recognising the importance of brand building over performance marketing is anticipated. This highlights the need for long-term brand strategies that foster loyalty and brand equity, rather than just short-term gains.
Nick Birtwistle - Fractional CMO, VCMO

Nick Birtwistle’s Predictions for 2024

  1. Omnichannel Communications: The decreasing costs of omnichannel communications suggest a more integrated approach to marketing. Seamless customer experiences across multiple channels will be crucial for effective engagement and reach.
  2. AI Personalisation: The AI revolution is expected to enhance content personalisation, particularly through experiential communications such as personalised video messages. This trend underscores the importance of tailoring content to individual preferences to improve customer experience.
  3. Partnership and Streaming Opportunities: There will be an increase in partnership activities to pool resources and build association with other trusted brands, in particular an increase in the relationship with streaming providers. This will include free limited access to content as providers seek to grow their subscriber bases quickly to offset the increase costs in buying broadcast rights.
Paul Mills - CEO & Founder, VCMO

Paul Mills' Predictions for 2024

  1. AI-Driven Content Saturation: I predict a surge in AI-generated content, leading to increased volume but potentially compromised quality. This scenario emphasizes the need for brands to focus not just on quantity but also on the uniqueness and authenticity of their content. As AI becomes more sophisticated, the challenge will be to maintain a human touch in messaging.
  2. Real-time Conversational Marketing: The rise of AI chatbots (like our own customised marketing GPT Chatbot) and virtual assistants for real-time interactions heralds a new era in customer engagement. This approach can provide customers with immediate, personalised responses, enhancing the overall customer experience. However, the key will be to balance automation with genuine human interaction to avoid alienating customers.
  3. Short-form Video Content: Aligning with the dwindling attention spans of audiences, short-form video content is set to rise. This format is not only engaging but also versatile across various platforms. Brands need to develop creative, concise, and captivating video content to grab and retain audience attention.


These predictions for 2024 paint a picture of a dynamic marketing environment, heavily influenced by technological advancements and changing consumer behaviours. As AI becomes more integrated into marketing strategies, the challenge will be to maintain authenticity and personal touch. The increasing importance of ethical branding, immersive media experiences, and omnichannel communications underscores the need for brands to be adaptable, innovative, and genuinely customer-centric.

We believe the future of marketing demands a blend of strategic foresight, technological prowess, and a deep understanding of consumer needs and values. As we look towards 2024 and beyond, the only constant in marketing will be change, and the winners will be those who can navigate this change with agility and insight. We look forward to see how many of these predictions come true!

About VCMO

VCMO helps SMEs and investor-backed portfolio companies with a £2 million or higher turnover that operate without a full-time Chief Marketing Officer. Our Fractional CMOs and tailored services transform marketing potential into a competitive advantage that delivers scalable and predictable growth, increased profits, and enhanced enterprise value.

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