"Experience" is the word of the year for marketers. Interacting with customers in new ways will be the key to growth in the new year. With so many options on the market at similar price points, companies have to think beyond the transaction.

Another key point marketers need to focus on in 2018 will be empathy. Customers want to feel that they are making the world better through their purchases.

On a more tech-focused note, embrace augmented intelligence. Use data in new ways to reach new customers.