5g marketing

Now that nearly all cellular carriers have announced launches of 5G networks, what can marketers expect and plan for the future?

Let’s start with the given. Each generation is faster. Some networks are a hundred times faster than the 4Gs they replaced and means that more people will have online access from more places. More people + more places = more online searches. And more searches = more sales opportunities. To avid movie watchers, the faster speed also means quicker load up times. Imagine being able to find, load and watch Lion King or The Avengers or anything else you wish within seconds!

And for folks who want just about everything in the palms of their hands, 5Gs will allow you to connect nearly everything and everyone with your cell phone. Imagine warming up the house before you arrive home, preheating the oven for supper, checking your security camera recordings, and returning your phone messages as you do your daily commute home.

Good News?

Yes and no. It is good news because of the anticipated increase in online searches and business. However, some observers predict that the faster speeds and accessibility will also draw and motivate more sellers to enter the marketplace and heighten competition. The European Patent Office indicates that applications for smart-connected devices jumped more than 50% in the past three years.

What Does This Mean?

The good news is that cell phone manufacturers anticipate it will take major apps for 5G cell phones some time to catch up. Most reports anticipate that this will occur in 2021 and 2022. For marketers, 5Gs will enable you to capture more data, including customer location, so that you might better tailor your ads and messaging. Most experts feel that the impact of 5Gs will be different across industries but that big business, especially the auto industry, will be one of the biggest benefactors. Self-driving cars will get a huge shot in the arm with experts predicting that cars will soon be able to detect each other and avoid crashes.

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Now What?

Privacy and security are very important issues for consumers. Review your current plans with the knowledge that 5Gs will enable you to have even greater access to customer information. While this can be good and valuable, it also comes with more responsibility. Be prepared to revise and even tighten up your privacy policy and be sure to reassure customers if you do.

Be aware that 5G signals are more adversely affected by certain physical conditions. Work with your IT team and possibly pre-test your location to avoid possible break-ups in 5G connectivity. Your company may have to invest in indoor 5G hotspots.

Be aware that 4G will still be around for years even after the introduction of 5G. It will also serve as a back-up system for the 5Gs.

There are about as many questions about 5Gs today as there are answers and a lot won’t be known or discovered until the systems and phones are in operation. Let your IT team know how important they are in this transition in serving as the eyes and ears of this transition and communicate with them frequently.

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder & Chairman of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned PR firms in the United States. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth and vision, with the agency earning accolades including being named a Top 50 Global PR Agency by PRovoke Media, a top three NYC PR agency by O'Dwyers, one of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces and being awarded multiple American Business Awards, including a Stevie Award for PR Agency of the Year. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected public relations executives. Throughout his career he has advised leading and high-growth businesses, organizations, leaders and boards across corporate, technology and consumer industries. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications. He has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly in the media and has authored two editions of his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations," which is an industry best-seller. Torossian's strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, a Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a recipient of Crain's New York Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Outside of 5W, Torossian serves as a business advisor to and investor in multiple early stage businesses across the media, B2B and B2C landscape. Torossian is the proud father of two daughters. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of multiple not for profit organizations.