Predictions on What Social Media, Advertising, Marketing and PR Will Look like 10 Years From Now

It’s no secret the world of public relations – and its brothers and sisters marketing, advertising and social media – is constantly changing. So what does that mean for the future of the industry? It’s almost impossible to know, but let’s take a look in our magic crystal ball and try to make some good guesses.

Public Relations/Social Media

The way things are going, social media and public relations will basically have merged by the time 2021 rolls around. Many newbies to the PR world are already confused as to how public relations and social media differ today. I suspect this will get more prevalent in 10 years and beyond.

The reasoning behind this is the movement seems to be towards more “openness” from companies. I don’t see that changing anytime soon, much less in 10 years. While it’s fun to have a little mystery to life, when it comes to money people would rather have total disclosure. This includes the products and services they are consuming and investing in.

Social media has already become a giant part of PR, and is basically integral to any PR campaign. It gives companies a real voice and the ability to respond to issues immediately. In the future, there will be no distinction between the two, and students in 2021 will laugh at 2011 and their silly efforts to keep PR and SM separate.


I have a sinking feeling that advertising will become more and more pervasive in our lives. As it stands, many companies are at a loss, and an impasse. How do we reach customers when they have so much ability to ignore us? Between Tivo and Adblock, ads are becoming a thing of the past.

So expect to see more “stunts” from businesses in the future. On the other hand, it may lead companies to go more subtle with their approach. Perhaps we’ll get more attempts to sell during television shows with product placement instead of the commercials we’ve become accustomed to. Maybe a mixture of both?


I’ve talked quite a bit about ways to make your company a “brand” on here. To be honest, I don’t really see that changing. The basics of marketing as a whole will probably always be the same – make people trust you, and convince them they need your product to live.

Creating a brand and a public image are a big part of that. It doesn’t matter if we’re all plugged into the Matrix in 10 years or not. Successful Internet companies know the basics as well as a company who’s never seen a computer!

What are you social media predictions? Share below.

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2 Responses

  1. David Goldfarb says:

    Enjoyed reading. Will take your word for the PR/Social Media merge. I totally agree with the Marketing prediction. Not at all sure about how you see Advertising in the future. What you describe are stunts the boost name recognition but do nothing to improve the image of the brand. Simply putting an Apple computer on a desktop in a movie doesn’t make me want the Apple. Advertising can be defined as “paid communication”, or classically, “salesmanship through the media.” An ad execution can be ignored just as easily as a press release or even an article/blog/TV segment based on the press release. The success of a marketing communication effort can only be measured by how much closer it moves the prospect to committing by making a purchase. Product exposure is not product selling. Advertising does more: it motivates.

  2. I will agree that social media are becoming more important in the field of PR, but you’ll also see them used in advertising as well. As far as advertising goes, I think you’ll see an evolution, not a revolution. Advertising will continue to move into areas that were unheard of 10 years ago. Mobile will be more important to marketers. The brand will be KING. While the 80s and 90s saw the varying departments of the agency emerge, I think we may see them consolidating again, creating a situation similar to the brand-building movement more prevalent in the 50s and 60s.

    copywriter/social media
    Powerhouse Marketing, Kansas City

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