Ten Social Media Marketing Trends to Watch for in 2018

The year 2017 was a big one for social media, and there’s still three months left. Facebook came up with Instagram Stories to compete with Snapchat and their copycat approach worked as Instagram users have surpassed Snapchat users. The United States got a new president who routinely uses social media to share official policy positions. Twitter shocked the world when they announced that they were doubling their character limit to 280, flying in the face of everything Twitter stands for. The year 2018 has the potential to be just as big for social media. Here are ten social media marketing trends we expect to see in the coming year.

The emergence of augmented reality

When Apple announced their smartphone lineup for the coming year, one of the most exciting features was a more advanced processor that is fast enough to allow users to enjoy augmented reality experiences within apps. In their on-stage demo they showed this off with gaming but the technology could also have implications for social media as well. Expect social media platforms to integrate AR features in 2018.

Instagram Stories users will increase dramatically

Instagram Stories just turned one year old, but it already has 200 million monthly users (50 million more than Snapchat which has been around for 6 years). If that growth rate continues–and we predict it will–half of all Instagram users will be using Instagram Stories by the end of 2018. That’s approximately 400 million monthly users. Brands that master Instagram Stories will have a huge advantage in 2018.

Brands will invest more in influencer marketing

One thing 2017 has taught the world of social media marketing is that traditional advertising doesn’t seem to work as well with this particular channel. People don’t like self-promotion from brands on social media. Enter influencer marketing. Brands can build relationships with influencers who can promote those brands instead in a way that feels more authentic.

Generation Z will become the most important target audience

For many years now, millennials have been the primary target audience for social media marketing campaigns. That has begun to shift already in 2017 and by the end of 2018, Generation Z will undoubtedly be the most important audience for social media marketers as more and more enter the workforce and their purchasing power grows.

Brands will interact more with customers through messaging platforms

More than two-and-a-half billion people use some kind of messaging platform outside of the standard SMS protocol. The growing popularity of these social media messaging platforms combined with the advanced features that you can’t get with SMS will translate to brands making more of an effort to connect with customers through these platforms. Expect to see a big increase in chatbot spending in 2018 since brands can automate much of the communication on these platforms with chatbots.

Livestreams will become a major part of brands’ content strategy

Live streaming was just a novel gimmick at first but major brands as well as smaller ones have discovered that there’s a demand for livestream content on social media. Expect brands to incorporating livestreams into their content strategy in 2018.

Twitter will make more big changes

Twitter was one of the few social media platforms that didn’t gain as many users as they were projected to in 2017. Because the platform has stagnated, they shook things up by experimenting with doubling the 140 character limit that has defined the social media platform all these years. But they won’t stop there. Some possible changes in 2018 include selling to private investors, experimenting with a subscription-based model, and revamping advertising options.

Digital hangouts will become mainstream

Houseparty is a new video hangout platform that has already amassed one million daily users in 2017. It’s a mixture between video chat and conference calling where people can hangout digitally in the form of a group video calling. A major platform like Facebook may buy out Houseparty and make it mainstream or platforms may create their own version of the video hangout platform.

Facebook Spaces will become mainstream

Facebook Spaces is a project the social media giant has been working on for a while now. It takes the concept of digital hangouts one step further and allows friends to hang out in a virtual reality setting. Facebook already owns Oculus, the current leader in VR headsets, so they have all the pieces to take Facebook Spaces mainstream in 2018.

Social media platforms will be rethinking governance policies

Facebook made headlines last week when they announced that they would be turning over thousands of ads that were suspected of being connected to Russian meddling in the presidential election so that they could be investigated by government intelligence agencies. While some praised the move others saw potential for a misuse of power and violations of privacy. Expect social media platforms to rethink the way they handle misconduct on their platforms and expect to see a more hands on approach to dealing with misconduct.

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5 Tips for Social Media Marketing Success

Using social media as part of your marketing strategy is no longer optional. We are at the point where customers will choose not to use your company if they can’t find you on social media pages. But just having an account open is not enough. By interacting with your customers on a regular basis, you can build relationships and ensure they remain a customer. It is also a good way to get new customers you may have never reached before. Here are 5 ways you can use social media marketing.

1. Keep everything connected

There are many different platforms for marketing to your customers that you should be using. Text marketing, email marketing, print marketing, online marketing, and social media marketing are all useful in some capacity. But having so many different platforms for reaching customers can  be confusing and may not flow together very well. Your business needs to make sure that all forms of marketing are still branded to your company and are interconnected. For example, a text marketing message could direct a customer to your website or even to your social media contest. By staying connected, you are able to reach everyone and allow your customers to reach you in whatever way they feel is easiest.

2. Get customers to generate content

Really, the best way to get new customers through social media is if you can get your customers to generate content on their personal pages. If someone else is willing to promote your business, you’ll find much more success. Of course, the best way to encourage this is to offer the best and most exciting products or service out there, but most of the time, even if the customer likes what you have to offer, they still won’t promote it on their own. You can instead run competitions where customers are expected to post something specific on their page to win. For example, a baby product company could do a cute baby contest where people have to get their friends to like their picture in order to win some free gear. This is a little more work than simply sharing content, but it also has a bigger payoff because customers will actually talk to their friends about it and about your company.

3. Don’t be afraid to use influencers

Getting an influencer to promote your brand on social media can really help bring in new customers and remind current ones of how great you are. It doesn’t have to be super famous people either. Influencers that your audience follows that have a few thousand followers may still be worth your time. Just make sure promoting your product would be natural for the influencer. If it isn’t already in their personality, their followers won’t believe it is a real promotion.

4. Ask closed ended questions

A closed ended question is a type of question that can be answered with a yes or a no. When interacting with your customers, asking an open ended question is much less likely to get a response because it requires more thought and participation from the user. However, when a user knows all they have to do is answer yes or no, they are more likely to start interacting with other customers and your business on the thread.

5. Run promotions

Another good way to reward current customers for following you while also helping build your customer base is to run promotions and giveaways through your social media pages. You can require that they share your posts. Even liking or commenting on your posts will often show up in their friends’ feeds. Another great way to get new customers is to partner up with another company and run a giveaway requiring them to like both of your social media pages in order to enter. All of these things will help you boost your customer base and increase the number of customers  following your social media pages.

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Source: smallbiztrends.com/2017/04/10-tips-making-small-business-stand-social-media.html

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Customer Service During the Holidays: Social Media

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As the holidays near, there are going to be more opportunities to sell products and services as gifts. And while a surge in purchases is expected, you should also expect to start seeing a surge in customer service requests, whether that is through text marketing, social media, email, or even phone calls. Here are some ways to prepare for customer service during the holiday season through social media.

Customer Service Reps should be informed

A couple of years ago, Target accidentally posted a deal that let customers get a couple of pieces of jewelry for free. It was a misprint, but customers were trying to figure out if it would be honored still. Someone on their social media team responded to a customer on Facebook telling them that Target would be honoring the deal at all their stores, though the response was made without management’s approval. So, Target was stuck honoring this deal and giving away thousands of dollars of free product because of one social media customer service representative’s mistake.

So often, customers go to social media to ask questions and are given responses from customer service agents who may not really know the answer. To protect you and your customers, make sure the reps are well trained and informed on the product, so they can quickly answer questions without giving the wrong information and without offering vague responses that don’t actually answer the question.

Offer 24/7 responses

It is very valuable to offer 24/7 customer service because it means your customers can get help no matter what their situation. One really great way to do this is through AI Chatbots that can recognize a customer’s answer and respond to them no matter what the time of day, and you aren’t stuck paying for 24/7. Twitter and Facebook have both been working to add this feature to their business offerings as well. For now, you can just use text.

Respond publicly to criticism

Often, an angry customer will get on Facebook or Twitter and immediately complain about something that went wrong while working with you. It looks really bad if you just ignore this, but you can actually turn that into a positive by responding to the comment. Apologize for any wrongdoings and ask what you can do to resolve it with them? If you resolve it (or at least show you are open to resolving it) openly, then it will show future customers who are researching their options that it was resolved and they can continue to trust your business.

Be extra prepared

Because the holidays will bring in a lot of customers with high expectations of the product or service they are receiving, you will want customer service to be extra prepared. Make sure everyone is trained to answer questions about products or services, so they can respond quickly to anyone who has a question. If answers aren’t given quick enough, customers may start researching someone else and switch to another company that responds faster. And if there are problems, customers will be desperate to fix them before the holidays because they want everything to be perfect, so make sure you are quick to help with any issues that arise.

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Source: customerthink.com/5-tips-to-enhance-customer-support-experience-on-social-media/

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