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Now that 2017 is officially underway, I want to go over five trends that I think will be very prominent across the social media landscape this year:

 

Combating Fake News

After last year’s election, stopping fake news before it has a chance to spread is going to be a driving a social media trend for all the major platforms. This is also true for other countries like Germany, where Facebook has already announced a major initiative against fake news.

 

Micro Influencers

Because social platforms aren’t getting any less noisy, huge followings no longer guarantee massive reach. Both individuals and businesses are better off having a smaller but truly engaged audience. Brands of all sizes began realizing this over the last year. As a result, many are moving their promotional efforts towards micro influencers with great engagement instead of big name influencers with huge followings.

 

Augmented Reality

Although there was a lot of hype around virtual reality in 2016, most experts agree that the technology still has a way to go. In fact, some have said that they don’t see this technology becoming mainstream any time soon. But as Pokémon Go proved in 2016, everyone already has all the technology needed for augmented reality in their pockets. That’s why it’s likely that both the major social media platforms and big brands will do some interesting things with augmented reality in 2017.

 

More Selling

Social media attribution has come a long way over the last few years. It’s now possible to track exactly where someone came from on most social platforms and then know if they convert on your website. While that’s very helpful, people continue to spend more of their time on social media sites without ever leaving. This behavior means businesses are very interested in being able to sell directly through the platforms. And because it’s a new revenue channel, the sites themselves are also very motivated to unlock the optimal approach to social commerce in 2017.

 

Live Video

Video was a major social trend for 2016. It’s also a trend that’s expected to continue going strong this year. Specifically, what’s really going to be a driver of social media activity during 2017 is live video. Because this is an area where all of the platforms continue to innovate quite a bit, expect for both individuals and businesses to find interesting new ways to connect with their audiences through live video.

If you want to be sure that your business fully utilizes social media as a marketing channel this year, learn how I can help with your social media strategy and management.

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Yes, your business should hire a social media expert. The reason your business should hire a social media expert is while social marketing can boost your bottom line, that positive impact isn’t guaranteed. In order to see any tangible results from your social efforts, you need to have the right strategy in place. It’s also crucial to stay consistent. And since businesses have so many other things to juggle, trying to stay consistent can be a major challenge.

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Twitter marketing updates

 

Of all the social platforms, Twitter may be the most interesting. Between being heavily utilized by the now President Elect and boasting 317 million monthly active users, there’s no question that the platform is still relevant. However, Twitter as both a platform and company has continued to struggle to really find their place in the social arena.

As Twitter continues to look for what’s going to give them real traction, we want to highlight four recent updates they’ve made which may affect businesses using the platform for marketing.

Twitter Says Goodbye to Vine

At the end of October, Twitter announced that the Vine app would be discontinued in coming months. In case this name doesn’t ring a bell, Vine was a platform built for looping 6-second clips. Twitter bought the company in 2012 before it had officially launched. Twitter said that for the time being, they wouldn’t delete any Vines that have been posted.

Even though the clips on Vine were extremely short, dozens of Internet personalities had managed to build huge followings on Vine. Many of those personalities could command rates of five or even six figures for producing sponsored Vines. That being said, most of those individuals had diversified their presences to other platforms like YouTube and Instagram over the last year.

New Direct Message Features

Shortly after their announcement that the Vine app will be going away, Twitter shared two new direct message features. The features are quick replies and welcome messages. Specifically designed for businesses, these features make it easier for businesses to use Twitter as a customer service platform.

Highlights on iOS

Twitter originally debuted their Highlights feature to users on the company’s Android app. The purpose of Highlights is to provide users with a simple summary of the best Tweets that are most relevant to them. These summaries are delivered via push notifications. Now anyone using an iPhone or iPad can go into the app settings for Twitter and enable this feature.

Local Twitter Developer Communities Worldwide

Like many platform companies, Twitter’s relationship with developers has been contentious. While much of the platform’s growth has been driven by developers making their own applications using Twitter’s (un)official API or data, there have been multiple cases of Twitter pulling the plug on third-party apps despite their popularity. Going into 2017, it looks like Twitter is working to strengthen these relationships by expanding their Twitter Developer Communities initiative around the globe.

If you want to ensure that you’re able to keep your Twitter marketing strategies relevant to the changes made by the platform, I recommend taking a look at the online training I offer through Web Media University.

webinar promotion on social media

 

Although none of the technologies I’m going to talk about in this post are brand new, we’re at an interesting point with the Internet where several promising forms of technology are really hitting their stride. Those technologies are webinars and social media. (read more…)

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Social media has become a very important channel for businesses of all sizes. Whether a business has a handful of employees or dozens, it’s important for the entire team to be involved in social media. One reason is social media works best for businesses when they’re able to use it to communicate their brand. Since employees play an important role in defining a brand, integrating all of their voices into social media is very useful. (read more…)

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