This week is Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference where Apple will unveil the next generation of software. They’re halfway through the event, and they’ve already revealed updates that will rock the marketing world.

The theme of Apple’s updated operating system for Mac, named OSX Yosemite, is “continuity,” a ripe concept in a time when our daily routines are scattered across devices and mediums. The new continuity features, known as “Handoff,” create a single experience that moves with you as you move between your desktop, laptop, iPhone or iPad. Whether you’re sending an email, thumbing a text, or shopping online, you can instantly switch devices and pick up right where you left off.

The Continuity of Phone Calls

Apple Continuity Feature

You can even make and receive phone calls right from your Mac. When your iPhone is in range you can choose to accept or decline phone calls from your computer as it syncs with your iPhone contacts. And you can dial directly from webpages on your computer. Apple clearly recognizes the central importance that phone calls and voice interactions have in our daily lives, and they’re making it as easy as possible to connect however we want. The implications for marketers are vast.

 The Gap in the Marketing Toolkit

With the explosion of smartphones, consumers can connect anytime and anywhere like never before. The notion of unplugging has died. Marketers can engage their audience through email, SMS, apps, search, and social. Phone calls to businesses have also increased as mobile consumers easily hop from online to offline interactions with the tap of a click-to-call button.

With Apple extending call capabilities to their desktop devices, the writing is on the wall – consumers will be jumping online to offline even more, and marketers who are not prepared are in trouble. There’s an increasing number of consumers that prefer human-to-human voice conversations over online-only interactions. In fact:

Consumers will increasingly transcend digital channels within a single purchase. Therefore, the challenge before marketers is to not only create seamless, omni-channel customer experiences, but to have the tools to track that customer journey, no matter where it leads.

But too often, marketers are blind to offline interactions. They have website visits, click-through-rates, conversion rates, social shares, and content downloads tracked, but as soon as a consumer picks up the phone, all visibility is lost. Apple is empowering consumers to make more calls than ever before, and the flood of calls from emails, search, social, and website visits will continue to pour in. Get ready, or lose customers.

Big thanks to Apple for making phone calls even cooler. We owe you one.

Kyle Christensen

Posted by Kyle Christensen

Kyle is a SaaS veteran, having spent over 15 years working in enterprise software. Before Invoca, Kyle was VP of Marketing at Responsys, a leading cloud platform for cross-channel digital marketing, where he launched the company's mobile product line and drove the growth of the enterprise business up until the company's acquisition by Oracle for $1.5B. Kyle has also served in senior strategic product marketing and management roles at Zuora and at Salesfore.com where he ran enterprise marketing for Data.com and helped launch the Service Cloud line of business.

One Comment

  1. Drew Thorne-Thomsen June 5, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Another great vehicle for inbound marketers.

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