SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING NEWS AND UPDATES:

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Social Media Marketing News : So we are all aware that the organic reach in any social media platform these days are awfully bad. It is almost impossible to grow without thinking out of the box and figuring something out or else we can also use paid ads to increase reach.

And with every platform updating and evolving with algorithm changes, we need to stay up to date with the news to stay ahead of the crowd! Right?

So, here’s the ultimate social media marketing news and updates.

September-October 2020 SMM NEWS:

NEW RELEASES:

  • GOOGLE’S NEWS SHOWCASE:
    • Will showcase news in a new way
    • So many top publishers from all over the world have already become Googles news partners
  • FACEBOOK MERGES MESSENGER WITH INSTAGRAM DMs
  • YOUTUBE SHORTS:
    • Youtube shorts is for people who likes to post short snackable form of video content
    • This gets featured in YouTube home page as well
    • It’s available in india
  • FACEBOOK ADS TO REMOVE 28 DAYS ATTRIBUTION MODEL:
    • Cause of some privacy concerns facebook now has reduced the attribution window to 7 days. 
  • PINTEREST LAUNCHES STORY PINS AND ANALYTICAL TOOLS:
    • Now these story pins can remain in your feed permanently for people to view
  • FACEBOOK ADDS FEATURE:
    • Facebook adds public group discussions to news feed
  • DUCK DUCK GO NOW HAS ROUTE PLANNING FEATURES:
  • FACEBOOK COMMUNITY MANAGER CERTIFICATION FROM EXPERTS
  • GOOGLE ASSITANT CAN NOW SEARCH WITHIN APPS ON ANDROID

August 2020 SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING NEWS:

  • FACEBOOK NEWS:
    • FB expands shops to all US businesses!
    • Instagram checkout will also be available to all US businesses
      • We can only use Instagram checkouts if we have Facebook shops and have Facebook commerce manager
    • SHOPPING VIA MESSENGING:
      • This feature is being tested. Will give an complete in-store Experience where we get to ask questions with a salesperson
      • We can share products with friends and get their opinions before making purchase!
    • SHOPPING VIA LIVE VIDEOS:
      • Live videos can be used to promote products with a add to cart button
    • PAID FACEBOOK EVENTS:
      • Paid events can be hosted in Facebook now with everything from payments to hosting to registration to ads being done under a single platform
      • We need to abide by Facebook’s Partner Monetization policies and community standard policies and Content Monetization policies
      • Prohibited content:
      • Static videos
      • Static image polls
      • Slideshows of images
      • Looping videos
      • Text montages
      • Embedded ads
    • INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK MESSENGER
      • These two are now integrated so it’s easier to manage them!

July 2020 SMM NEWS:

  • FACEBOOK LIVE FOR LEADS AND ENGAGEMENT:
    • Choose topic : Go live to get their ideas also
    • Create hype : Use comment ladder : Ask them to comment if they are interested
    • Reminders : DM those people who commented an hour before you go live.
    • Content :
      • Catching title
      • Good descriptions
      • Encourage Q’s and comments
      • Experiment with interviews
      • Interactions : Interact with people. Live is two way. Answer to their comments and messages
      • Promote : Promote a lead at the end of it all.
  • INSTAGRAM NEWS:
    • Instagram replaces activity tabs with shop tabs
  • SOCIAL LISTENING : HELP YOU FIND NEW MARKETS FOR YOUR BUSINESS:
    • Monitor your own brand
    • Geographic area : Know where people are actually talking about you
    • Platform : Know in which platforms you are mentioned the most!
    • Brand advocates : These are people who talk about your brand : “Influencers in social listening tools”
      • Reach out for collaboration : free or paid!
    • Monitor competitors and industry terms 
    • Geographic location gap: do they get significant amount of customer from a location that you have ignored?
    • Negative sentiment : Listen to social conversations about your competitors and reach out to people who hate your competitors
    • Competitors brand advocates:
      • You have a chance of finding people interested in your industry ( Not necessarily your competitors)
      • Reach out and see what kinda relationship you can foster.
      • You can also find news sites, journalists and bloggers
  • SOCIAL VALIDATIONj:
    • Facebook engagement impacts more than 50% of purchase decisions
    • Minority sets a behavioral example and rest follows
    • Social validation is basically saying “people follow people”
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  • Validation factors:
    • Need a strong validator (Usually genuine influencer reviews )
      • UGC reviews
      • Likes shares and follows 
    • User research : people would look up your product before buying
      • Blogger reviews is needed here
    • Google Ranking :
      • The better you rank on google, the better
    • How to boost social validation in ads
      • Give away+ bonus action!
      • Follow to win
      • Share to win
      • Comment to win
      • Tag to win
    • Basically making people stand in line
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    • Fear of missing out : This is what they feel!
    • SHARES ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT!
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  • CCPA Roll out :
    • California Consumer Privacy Act :
      • People now has an option to opt out of sharing personal data
      • Businesses should be very transparent about the data they collect
      • Must delete data when requested
      • Authorities can fine for violations
      • Can offer financial incentives 
    • It’s only applicable for businesses with over 25M $ revenue
    • What’s the problem ? less data for targetting and retargeting!
  • COMMUNITY MARKETING:

May- June 2020 SMM NEWS:

  • Linkedin now factors dwell time into its algorithm
  • Snapchat’s usage has gone up
    • People spend more time watching videos and shows
    • They spend more on online food delivery
  • Facebook and Instagram to show the exact location of the poster
    • This is only for high reach pages
    • And only the country name would be mentioned!
  • Instahram adds new features to combat bullying
    • Restric users
    • Bulk delete comments
    • Pin comments to the top of the post
  • Sometimes social media traffic would be categorized as direct as well
  • Attribution 360 is a new feature in google analytics that will run custom machine learning models and gives you the importance of each channel for your growth
  • Websites may need creators permission in order to embed their photographs
  • IGTV announces MONETIZATION
    • Restrictions
      • Political parties can’t use this
      • Can’t curse if u want to monetize that content
      • Misleading information would be banned as well
    • Ads
      • 55% cut would go to the creators!
      • 15 seconds ads
      • Would be clickable not swipe through
    • Badges
      • Instagram is going to sell badges 
      • 1$ to 5$
      • What’s the use?
        • Better visibility I guess.
  • Snapchat is releasing dynamic ads
    • Requirements:
      • Product catalog
      • Tracking pixel
        • Minimum of 1000 website visitors to get started I guess.
  • LINKEDIN ENGAGEMENT RE-TARGETTING ADS:
    • Now we can retarget based on ON PLATFORM behavior
      • LeadGen Form Retargetting
        • Account assets sections → Matched Audiences option!
        • Audiences based on people who opened / submitted lead forms
        • Need a minimum of 300 users to enable the service!
      • Video Retargetting:
        • This is based on the % of video watched!
  • FACEBOOK BULK DELETE
    • Facebook users can bulk delete and archive old posts now.
  • FACEBOOK MESSENGER UPDATE:
    • Facebook messenger can now be used to toggle between personal and customer messages
  • SPOTIFY’S SELF SERVE VIDEO ADS:
    • Now you can record a video and publish ads on Spotify 

YOUTUBE:

  • Youtube rolls out features to increase merch sales
    • If people buy a creators merch during live stream, the sale would be highlighted in the chat!
  • YouTube released a new report to visualize subscriber and revenue insight data together
    • This would help understand seasonal trends!
  • Non advertising revenue is on the rise with 40% increase from january
    • Super hard
    • Superstickers
    • Channel memberships
    • Physical merchandise sale

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES:

CONTENT

  • 26.4% of internet users will use ad blocking software : Exactly why we need to invest in content marketing
    • For every dollar spent in content marketing you get 3X leads!

EMAIL :

  • Solo ads basically niche newsletter e.ail blast : You can pay the influencer for the number of clicks or emails sent.

BRAND BUILDING:

  • Colors are not just to get people’s attention!
  • 90% of people form their first impression based on color!
  • 80% of people believe that color influences brand recognition
  • SOCIAL COMMERCE:
  • People buying directly from social platforms : The growth has been significant over the years
  • Instagram and facebook
    • Upload product catalog in business manager
    • Check if you are eligible for commerce manager : This is where you get to edit layout
    • Now create collections and publish to your page 
  • Pinterest:
    • Create Pinterest catalogs
    • Once data source is approved, product pins would be created automatically
    • Now run Pinterest shopping ads
    • Maybre create collections like best seller and new arrivals
    • Join Pinterest merchant program
  • Snapchat
    • Snap chat is just testing in app stores with influencers
    • Create a product feed in snap ads manager
    • Snapchat collection ads : feature a series of products within the ad unit
    • Ads can be created in creative library section
    • Can also use Snapchat dynamic ads
    • But in app checkout is still in beta
  • Digital Marketing Services Offered:
    • SEO : $100 to $150 an hour
    • Content creators $16- $100 an hour
    • Video production : $19 – $100 an hour
    • PPC : $500- $ 5000 a month
    • SEO campaign : $2500 to $ 5000 per month
      • Larger websites would even pay $25,000 to $50,000 per month
    • Freelance writers : 
      • $25 for basic articles
      • $140 for longer ones

April 2020 SMM NEWS:

  • Facebook Updated best practices for business messaging:
    • Reply ASAP 
    • Keep it short and sweet!
    • Use message tags to personalize your messages
    • Use sponsored messages to promote to your engaged audiences
    • Provide actual value
  • Linkedin will soon have Instagram like story features!
  • Tik Tok profile links : Now some Tik Too users can add profile links 
  • Twitters official advice on writing content
    • Stay away from CAPS : sounds like shouting
    • Go easy on hashtags : If you want them to click on your links
    • Use % offers than $ offers
    • Use website cards :
  • YouTube now lets you compare analytics side by side :
    • Just go to channel analytics → See More
  • You don’t necessarily need a sitemap:
    • Google has no problems finding and crawling your page unless
      • Your site is large
      • It has alot of isolated pages
      • The site is new and is often updated
    • But there’s no harm in having a sitemap.
  • Twitter announces a story like feature called : Fleet ( Testing Inn Brazil)
  • Here’s a fact : Pinterest reaches 60% of US woman
    • Popular for Travel and life advice

BRAND BUILDING:

  • Brand identity : For the customers to be able to relate with you. 
  • BRAND MESSAGING: ( The way you message your customers)
    • Know your target audience → what do they care about?
    • Have a unique value proposition → how are you different from your Competitors.
  • 3 Video creation tips :
  • You must understand the functional, emotional and social outcome that customers expect from your product
  • 10 effective copywriting tips:
    • Make them experience the story you tell!
      • Use metaphors : The singer had a velvet voice!
      • Use strong verbs! : He slammed his fist on the table!
    • Open loops : When you leave your readers with a curious mind : you just opened a loop. 
      • And every open loops needs to be closed
      • Usually headlines serves as open loops
      • But you should add openloops all over your blog to make them hooked in
    • The rule of three : Ideas/ concepts presented in three are more interesting, humourous and enjoyable
      • I just did that here .. did you realize?
      • A German, A Englishman and an Australian walk into a bar
      • Humans recognize such pattern in their brains
    • Deliberate repetition:  Deliberate repetition makes speeches/ content more powerful
      • Just do it speech! 
    • Start with a punch , end with a kick : 
      • People tend to remember the intro and conclusions more!
      • So make sure to start with a proper hook 
      • And end with a small conclusion of actionable tips!
    • Use short first sentences :
      • 55% of people only read your content for 15 seconds!
      • So shkrt sentences and clear subheadings are important
    • Be clear than clever:
      • Ads in-between superbowl is clever and entertaining 
      • But it’s not clear atall : So not sales revenue!
      • You deliver a clear message!
      • Active voice – Short sentences – simple words
    • Use audience language:
      • Their inside jokes
      • Their own language
      • Understand their
        • Pain
        • Goals
        • Obstacles
  • 5 psychology tips for social media:
    • Reciprocation : People have a need to pay back when u provide value.
      • Like, follow , repost and reshare customer posts
    • Social proof : When people are unsure they look at others to know what’s the right thing
      • Get influencers and micro Influencers to review your product !
    • Liking: people are more likely to say yes if they like your brand(you)
      • Understand your audience: what they like , what they respond to, what’s their interest and pain. 
      • Post things that relates with those! 
    • Authority: People listen to authoritative figures!
      • So establish yourself to be authoritative in your field.
    • Scarcity : People value things more when they realize they can’t have it anytime they want!
      • So have member only, limited time offers, and so on.
  • Kicksta : Is a organic Instagram tool to increase your reach and followers and it starts at $49 
  • LinkedIn : LinkedIn now let’s you showcase your work as “featured in” section
    • Your profile → Featured section → Add featured!

March 2020 SMM NEWS:

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TRENDS 2020:

  • Connection + Community >> Your product/ Service
    • Yes, the relationship we develop with your customers is way more important than the product you sell
    • They seek to create personal bonds with people.
    • Key tip : Create your own Facebook group/ forums. 
  • Diversify:
    • Facebook is no longer the one stop shop it used to be
    • People use so many apps and you need to capture your audiences attention
    • Try using Snapchat, quora, Reddit, Tik Tok, Twitter and LinkedIn : Have lower costs and lower competition
    • Create content and keep iterating 
  • Reimagine social analytics
    • Here’s a fact : The brands with the best data will be the industry leader!
    • People spend more and more each day on social media campaigns : And now we have a need
    • Need to find meaningful metrics that helps us understand where our money went
    • Basically invest in analytics and measurement programs
  • Employee advicacy:
    • Don’t force them to advocate your brand 
      • Empower them and they will power your brand
      • Or just hire people who love your brand!
    • Why?
      • Builds brand trust!
    • And trust is expressly important in today’s competitive world!
  • Get creative with your content:
    • Don’t be BORING
    • Your page shouldn’t be screaming ” Buy me Buy me”
    • It should be solving problems and creating relationships ( Customers)
    • Your ads don’t mean anything unless u give them consumable content! 
    • Get creative!
    • What content does your audience value?
  • Rise of Authentic Influencers:
    • Using authentic influencers is way better than using power influencer
    • Because people are sick of made up promotional ads by Influencers
    • But if your Influencer genuinely love your product and uses it as their first personal choice : that would look more authentic
  • Have a story content strategy:
    • Consumption of Limited time content like stories are increasing
    • Use it to add the human element to your brand
    • Have a CTA
    • Images to microvideos to GIFs : whatever content your audience like : give it to them.
  • VIDEOS! VIDEOS VIDEOSSSS!
    • Videos are no longer a “nice to have content”. It’s a “must have”
    • 86% of all search would be videos by 2021
    • People convert better when they see videos in site.
  • UGC:
    • It’s the best conversion tool
    • Why?
      • Increases trust
      • UGC actually influences and compells people!
    • Guidelines to increase UGC:
      • Encourage brand tagging
      • Repost all UGC
      • Run contests to drive UGC

  • Now meaningful engagement and interaction is more important than education and entertainment
  • FOCUS ON CREATING EXPERIENCE
  • YouTube news:
    • More videos would be removed now, than usual : 
    • Because YouTube has reduced staffing cause of 
  • Youtube experiments with allowing creators to sell their own Ad- Space to Brands
  • FACEBOOK MARKETING FUNNEL:
  • Good practices:
    • Awareness Stage
      • First create a good impression with cold audience
      • Educational/ entrainment content : Video works well
    • Engagement Remarketing:
      • Target people who have watched your video
      • Give promotional offers at this stage : To get website visits
    • Website remarketing:
      • Reiterate the offer + include Testimonals
      • Reminder ads : Did you forget something? Here’s an offer!
  • Manage your ads properly:
    • New term : Facebook ad fatigue
      • Once this point is reached : Frequency increases and engagement and ROI decreases
    • Set a minimum return on ads spent ( ROAS)
      • If it goes below, then please monitor and make changes.
  • Utilize remarketing tags
    • Reminder ads 
    •  Testimonial ads are most effective : 
      • Use them in your ad copy followed by a reminder.
      • Video testimonials are even more effective
    • Try running this for 3 days ( Assuming 500 website visits a day)
  • Utilize LookAlike Audience:
    • These are the most advanced audience type here.
    • Find lookalike for your purchased customers
      • Engaged audiences
      • Other custom audiences
    • Here’s a fact : You ideally want atleast 1000 people in your custom audience to use this.
  • Go to your pixel settings 
    • Check if it’s on first party and not third party
    • Turn on : Automatic Advanced Matching : So even the micro data would be collected.

CORONA EFFECTS:

  • Google rolls out new event schema markup: Cause of Corona
    • There’s an event status property in it : To say if the event is postponed or cancelled rescheduled or if it’s moved online
    • Further guidance is given if it’s virtual
      • You can also give these two properties:
        • Virtual location types
        • Online event attendence mode
  • Facebook is helping small businesses get through COVID-19
    • It has an 100 million $ grant program
    • This is eligible for over 30,000 businesses in over 30 countries
    • Applications aren’t open yet
    • How can it help?
      • This is done basically to help with the reduced buying behavior in this period of time
      • Connecting business with more customers
    • Sign up with the link in the description to be notified ASAP
    • Facebook has also launched a business resource hub
    • Let’s looks into it now :
      • It has a brief quick action guide:
        • Stay in touch with your customers: Basically means constantly create content 
          • Keep them informed about delayed deliveries and other issues
        • Try hosting online events/ go live often as people would be more active on social media
      • It has a 30 page business resilience toolkit as well!
      • There’s also guides for utilizing all Facebook Products during this time:
    • Facebook bans some types of ads:
      • Hand sanitizers and face masks and any other products related to COVID
      • Why?
        • Because of predatory behavior of the brand’s
      • Organic posts related to this will also be removed
    • Now FB is relying on automated reviews:
      • Implies more time
      • More disapprovals
      • And even limited availability
    • So it’s recommended that you use existing campaigns as they are.
  • Now articles and other resources for COVID-19 is listed in the top of Facebook newsfeed
  • Google my business will not be giving reviews and replies now
    • Listings, claims and verifications for heath related services would increases.
    • Implies other businesses have to wait
  • Many businesses are losing customer interest as expected
    • Restaurant and other nightlife businesses have lost around 50-70% of customer interest!
  • So Yelp is offering $25 Mil in relief for small businesses in US and Canada!
    • How? By reducing/ giving free advertising!
    • Businesses offering delivery gets 100$ free advertising credit!
    • Local restaurants recieve free three month Yelp reservation n waitlist 
  • Growth hackers gave a COVID Survival guide for retailers 
    • Here’s some mentionable points:
      • Build relationships with your customers now : Stop your promotional offers and be a friend at this stage
      • Share positive covid stories to keep them optimistic
    • For sales:
      • Offer free shipping and extend return periods for online orders
      • Have free gifts with online orders ( Maybe a mask or something helpful)
      • Keep your loyal customers extra happy :
        • Just for the VIPs provide gifts and additional offers 
    • For operational problems:
      • Convert physical store staff to support sales
      • Make sure you update inventory status in website
  • Here’s how it’s affecting search and e-commerce:
    • E-commerce sites selling essentials are surging up!
      • Toilet papers, hand sanitizers, thermometers!
    • Health and wellness sites are picking up:
      • Any article/ resource related to COVID is doing very well right now

I want to end this with a message : Stop selling and Start helping! 

  • Here’s a stat : people who are emotionally connected with a brand have 305% more lifetime value
  • Here’s one way to do it:
  • GAMIFICATION:
    • Examples:
    • Pizzas
      • “Track your order” feature
    • LinkedIn’s 
      • “profile strength : Intermediate” bar and phrases like “Level up with adding these’
    • Starbucks challenges
      • ” Try each of product X, product Y and product Z between dates Sept A-B to get 150 Bonus stars!
    • Hubspot
      • Badge of honour
  • Gamification basic components:
    • Complete tasks? Receive points!
    • Achieve a milestone? Progress to next level!
    • Want to compare scores? : Show leaderboard 
      • Display ranks : make them wanna improve n stay on top.
    • Rise through ranks? Receive some sort of acknowledgement 
      • Have a prize box ( Snapchat has them as well!)
    • Why play? To overcome a challenge
      • A game needs a conflict/ challenge that needs to be overcomes for the narrative to end.
  • Heres a tip : Engagement rate =[ (Total comments+likes per post)/total followers] *100
  • Instagram stats check:
    • There’s 1 billion users in Instagram
    • About 200 mil people visit one business page atleast per day.
  • So here’s tips to make your Instagram incredibly attractive :
    • Your value preposition in bio:
      • Why should they follow you? Sell that in your bio!
    • Story highlights : Have something very unexpected
      • Easy value providing:
      • Take 5 pain points : Use story highlights to give the solution
    • Story telling : get emotional – people look for good shareable stories!
    • Human aspect : It should be abit personal Atleast 
      • People using your product
      • Genuine customer stories
  • Fact : Embedding Instagram feed on our website can increase trust.
  • Video marketing:
    • Here’s a fact : 82% of all consumer traffic would be video by 2021
    • Having Q/ A video in your site is essential:
    • Heres why:
      • Provide real value
      • Target long tail keywords:
      • You can land featured snippets
      • Rank on YouTube
  • Useful tool alert : Tube Buddy
    • Use this to find low competition high volume keywords in YouTube.

CONTENT:

  • 12 Tips to create engaging Facebook video
    • Don’t waste time at beginning:
      • Must get to the point ASAP
      • Use Compelling visuals
    • Here’s a fact : Only 85% of people watch the videos with sound on
      • So use proper descriptions to explain what the video is about.
    • Optimize title :
      • So it has the right intent
      • Right keywords
    • Give the taste of content using these
      • The thumbnail visuals
      • A fitting sentence
      • Really sell it using these
    • Heres a fact : Square videos revive higher amounts of views and engagement in mobiles
      • Because it takes more real estate
    • Keep it simple:
      • Don’t throw too much info
      • Shares will go down
    • Live videos keeps audience attention for longer periods of time
  • 3 CONTENT TYPES : That’s gives you credibility:
    • Publish a book:
      • Let’s face this : “Published author” in a particular subject, gives you so much credibility
    • Case studies:
      • Offering real life examples and data : Created and tested by you is pretty impressive
    • Evergreen content :
      • If you have long term goals for you brand : Start creating good ever-green content

Hope this helped!

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