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Shoppable Media

This year’s holiday season is all about making the social world shoppable. In particular, companies are being given the access and the opportunity to make their content, images and videos shoppable this season. The reason this is big news for companies is this is a trend that interests people. According to PwC’s 2018 Holiday Lookout study, more than 40 percent of Millennials and 25 percent of Gen Z shoppers will purchase through shoppable photos this year. Here’s how social platforms are innovating this season – and you can too right along with them. Instagram just announced three new ways for users to shop while browsing their favorite photos of pets, food, travel, family and friends. The new features help people ...

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Instagram TV

In our last blog we discussed how to utilize live video in a company’s marketing mix. Live broadcasting allows for real-time company and customer interaction on social media’s most popular platforms. It may also seem a little scary for a company, especially one who hasn’t done much video creation in the past, to jump into live streaming. So let’s talk about another option companies should consider, thanks to Instagram’s new platform launch over the summer. In June, Instagram introduced IGTV, a new platform that allows companies to upload their phone-captured, long-form (as in up to an hour) videos for their followers to watch. This comes five years after the launch of video on Instagram, which only allows for one-minute videos ...

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Instagram has a far-reaching effect for brands trying to engage Millennials. Instagram, which delivers an entirely mobile experience, has seen huge growth over the past few years, in part because 60 percent of its active users are Millennials. Due to their very connected nature, Millennial marketing should focus on social media apps, which function primarily on mobile. Instagram is a natural fit for the Millennial lifestyle. They are the largest group of consumers who use mobile and social media. Their reliance on peers, family, friends and experts to provide trusted information is substantiated in Edelman’s annual Trust Barometer. The survey’s 2018 numbers indicate again that these are the people they most trust, whereas in general, trust among the informed public ...

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Millennials are the most connected generation to date. And as marketers, that’s something we need to remind ourselves of every day. The reason being – they use that connectedness as a tool in their shopping and purchasing decision-making process. Our job is to find ways to leverage that characteristic in our marketing efforts. An interesting strategy for reaching Millennials to increase brand awareness and relationship development is to create a campaign on Instagram. Fifty-nine percent of Millennials currently use Instagram and about one-quarter say they plan to spend more time on it over the next year. Furthermore, a survey by Bustle found that 80 percent of those polled said social media is the best way to reach them, and of ...

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Many companies enjoy a local community setting where they’ve established roots and gotten to know their customers. To ensure their business continues growing, most companies have also harnessed the power of technology to reach even more people online. Some companies even solely conduct their business just online. Understanding the impact technology can have on your business seems to go without saying. It clearly is helping both small and large companies achieve greater success. However, staying on top of new technology trends, which have been changing so rapidly has become a tougher initiative. Marketers see 2018 and the next couple years really requiring an accelerated approach to adoption. So just thinking in terms of community, here are two social technology platforms ...

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Instagram is quickly becoming one of the best social platforms for business. Users regularly interact with businesses on this social networking website and seem more than willing to do so. It’s highly visual and highly engaging. And if you’re wondering which FOMO-inducing app is better for business, all signs point to Instagram (over Snapchat). Not on there yet? Well, better late than never. Here are 11 steps to get started, provided by Social Report. 1. Download the Instagram App First things first, you will need a way to access Instagram via your smartphone or a web browser via your Mac or PC. Instagram is smartphone optimized, and you will experience the social media platform there the best. However, you can ...

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Instagram Snapchat

Snapchat just went public and over the last couple years, marketers have tried to get a piece of Snapchat’s excellent engagement rates. But here’s the issue – users don’t want to use Snapchat to interact with brands. It’s personal. If you’re looking to create a branded ‘Story,’ use Instagram. It is clear that Instagram copied Snapchat’s Story feature, however, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t improvements. Instagram Stories work better than Snapchats for three main reasons: Instagram users are more likely to follow brands, Instagram Stories are public, and Instagram Stories are positioned better in the app. Customers Love Brands on Instagram; Snapchat, Not so Much Snapchat is highly engaging, but it’s more of a messaging app than one for content ...

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Instagram Jumps on the Algorithm Bandwagon

Have you ever scrolled down your Instagram newsfeed and noticed your favorite brand or music artist posts an update, only to visit their profile page and notice you’ve missed several posts from last week? “On average, people miss about 70 percent of the posts in their Instagram feed,” Kevin Systrom, co-founder and chief executive of Instagram, said in an interview. Because so many users are missing posts they feel are important to them, Instagram is taking after other social networks and using an algorithm to reorder your newsfeed. Similar to Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, Instagram will test out an algorithm that will place photos and videos in order of importance or interest, regardless of the chronological order. Many IG users ...

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Facebook and Twitter have long been the go-to social media sites for many brands and businesses. Facebook and Twitter have huge user bases and businesses tend to focus the most on these sites in regards to their social media marketing. That being said, things are always changing in the digital marketing world and social media is no different. Facebook and Twitter Changes Facebook recently announced changes to their News Feed algorithms that will greatly reduce the organic reach of most if not all companies on the site. Organic reach is already very low for most companies and conversions are even lower. Twitter has also hinted at filtering the content that is displayed to users. Reason for Facebook Changes Facebook states ...

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