5 Social Media Marketing Trends to Watch in 2017 and Beyond

Staying aware of the latest social media marketing trends allows you to craft compelling content that engages your followers and ensures people are actually listening to your messaging. From the rise of live video to the creative use of expiration dates and even a dash of augmented reality, here’s what’s hot in social media as we approach the halfway point of 2017.

Content with an Expiration Date

Snapchat leads the way on this one; by allowing content to expire relatively rapidly creates a sense of urgency - -the viewer has to watch now, or it could disappear forever. Providing content with an expiration date on social media, whether it is a video, infographic or image that will expire within a set limit of time or an offer, coupon or download that is only available for a short time compels users to click, buy or play now. Expect to see more content that arrives with an expiration date in mind; Instagram Stories already capitalizes on this technique and other channels are sure to follow suit.

Live, Realtime Video

If 2016 was the year of the video, 2017 is turning into the year of the live video stream. From everyday people who live stream on Facebook to businesses who stream events, debut new features and launch contests, live contintues to be a big trend in 2017. Part of the preference for live footage could be the rise of fake news; viewers who watch live may be seeking “the real thing” without the risk of being misled.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

It may not still be captivating everyone you know, but Pokemon Go opened doors for the use of virtual and augmented reality in every form of marketing, inluding social media. Facebook already acquired virtual reality innovator Oculus; both AR and VR engagement, advertisitn and marketing campaighs are likely heading your way soon. Augmetned reality is most useful in conjunction with a physical environmnet; expect big brands to offer increased AR opportunities in stores and physical locations – and to showcase these opportunities on their social media channels.

Mobile First

Google’s strong preference for mobile first content and increased value placed on social media search and posts can’t be ignored. Mobile traffic and usage is hotter than ever and social media marketing campaigns are increasingly aligned with the needs of the mobile consumer.

Increased Reliance on Automation

Increased interest in customized, personalized messaging and social media marketing means businesses simply can’t cope with all the tasks involved alone. Look to automation to make it easier to personalize messages and engage with followers. AI continues to become more sophisticated and an automated campaign allows you to track and serve content to multiple levels of users at once. Welcome the new arrivals, make sure your current followers are engaged and even tempt lost followers back into the fold; AI allows you to run multiple marketing campaigns with ease.

From serving up live, real time video to offering new technology like virtual reality and even boosting interaction with automation, there are plenty of new things to watch as the halfway point of 2017 draws near. Keeping an eye on the hottest trends in social media marketing ensures you don’t fall behind and that you are always on the cutting edge when it comes to reaching your prospects.


How To Market On The Popular Social Media Platforms

Understanding what each social media platform is used for, as well as the average daily time spent on the channel per user, is key to having massive impact with your social media marketing campaigns.

Youtube is the "long form" marketing channel where you should deliver longer messages (5+ minute videos are acceptable). Average daily time spent on YouTube 40 minutes. Founded in 2005, YouTube is one of the most popular video sites on the Web today. Millions of videos have been uploaded and shared here, ranging from movie trailers to amateur videos of cats. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content on YouTube, whether they be organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. YouTube is owned by Google, and is one of their most popular peripheral properties.

Instagram is where you highlight your business. It is used to showcase products/events and is geared towards an older audience. Average daily time spent on Instagram is 15 minutes. Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, everyone who creates an Instagram account has a profile and a news feed. When you post a photo or video on Instagram, it will be displayed on your profile. Other users who follow you will see your posts in their own feed. Likewise, you'll see posts from other users who you choose to follow.

Snapchat is similar to Instagram but it is a niche (specific group) marketing tool and more popular with a younger audience. Average daily time spent on Snapchat is 25 minutes. Snapchat is both a messaging platform and a social network. It can't be used from the regular we and exists only as a mobile app you can download to your iPhone or Android smartphone. Users can “chat” with their friends by sending them photos, short videos up to 10 seconds long. You can sort of think of it to be like texting with pictures or videos. Text chats and video calls are two other features that were added more recently to the app.

Facebook is a hybrid channel that has features of all the social media channels. It is an easy place for most businesses to start and bring about direct action. Average daily time spent on Facebook is 35 minutes. Facebook is a social networking website and service where users can post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the Web, play games, chat live, and even stream live video. Shared content can be made publicly accessible, or it can be shared only among a select group of friends or family, or with a single person.

Twitter is a loud form of media that is best for frequent posts, without becoming annoying, and a good place to test ideas. Average daily time spent on Twitter is just 2 minutes. Twitter and 'tweeting' is about broadcasting daily short burst messages to the world, with the hope that your messages are useful and interesting to someone. In other words, microblogging. Conversely, Twitter is also about discovering interesting people online and following their burst messages for as long as they are interesting.

Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips for 2017

Social Media Marketing Trends and Tips

The following is a list of trends and tips for social media marketers to leverage now.

1. Investment in Visual Marketing Will Increase

Most social networks have already launched their versions of live-streaming. Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and other networks like Blab and DubSmash support live video sharing. Live-feeds are becoming the “in-thing”. Even the US Presidential election updates were broadcast live by BuzzFeed on Twitter.

You can use live video platforms to engage you audience will near-tangible experiences. If you don’t have a Instagram & Facebook Live strategy, now is the best time to get one.

2. Personalization Will Become Priority

Today’s social media users are faced with ads and commercial content on multiple fronts. The receive information from multiple sources, and breaking through that barrier is becoming a tough task for brands and marketers. Personalization will help marketers slice through the chaos and reach only the people who matter.

Tracking consumers’ behaviors on social platforms and targeting them based on interests will become an essential part of marketing. Some social media marketing tools and apps are already incorporating features to support personalization and targeting. More technology solutions will appear in the time to come. You can target your high-potential market by posting content that only they can relate to, or by targeting them using data pulled from tools.

3. Brand Advocacy Will Grow Popular Among Marketers

Ad saturation is driving brands to look for alternative means to reach their target markets. Investment in advocate marketing has seen a steep increase (by about 191%) in the recent times. Micro-influencers could be the key to increasing your brand’s reach on social media, because they are more influential and credible than your brand can be.

Employees, customers and social fans are among the micro-influencers that brands are activating. There a quite a few great employee advocacy guides & case studies that you can look at for inspiration in building your brand advocate outreach programs. You can use an advocacy platform to build and run your brand advocacy program.

4. Native Content Promotion Will Expand

In Joe Pulizzi’s words, native advertising is content marketing’s “gateway drug”. The modern audience is wise to commercial ploys, and traditional advertising alone may not be a great option for branding your company. Native ads help you create awareness without disrupting users’ activities. Content delivered in this manner can help you connect with your audience without being too pushy. According to a study, native ads are set to to grow to $21B by 2018.

Content discovery tools, content distribution platforms and content amplification tools are interesting means to having your content shared organically on social media. You could use one of these solutions to have your content positioned where it can earn you some traction.

5. Marketing Automation Will Go Mainstream

Companies with constrained marketing budgets may have not used marketing automation until now, but according to a study, 92% of these companies are losing revenue because of that decision. 2017 may see business of all types and sizes adopt marketing automation. 91% of marketers are convinced that automation is an indispensable part of marketing.

Each social network is unique in terms of demographic and use-cases. This may force businesses to be present on more than one of them to keep consumers and prospects engaged. Managing social pages can be a time intensive task, without the assistance of a supporting social management tool. The idea is to use the tool to automate tasks that don’t require personal attention – like posting created content to multiple accounts and catching mentions of your brand. You can also curate content with a tool and take the final call on what to share. It all comes down to the extra-time that you can save to better invest elsewhere. Managing content on a central platform can also help you maintain consistency across different pages.

Social Media Marketing 101

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