New Social Networks & Features to Try in the New Year: What You Need to Know

Ignite Social Media

Have you started planning your 2020 social media strategy? 2019 has brought plenty of changes to the social media landscape, and we anticipate similar growth in 2020! Here’s the top new social networks or features you should be considering as you finalize your 2020 strategy.

Travel Brands that Are Doing Social Right

Ignite Social Media

Social media’s impact on the travel and tourism industry continues to grow stronger. When it comes to reaching these users, here are our top travel brands on social. A key part of our social strategy is the curation of UGC. All employ a strong UGC curation strategy.

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New Social Media Report, and What About UGC?

Janet Fouts

It’s not news that people search social media for reviews on purchases, hotels, restaurants and such, or that they ask their friends for recommendations. I just read the Sprout Social Q4 Index for 2017 , and it’s got some very interesting data, especially if you’re a marketer.

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Ultimate Guide to User-Generated Content

Later

User-generated content (UGC) is a killer asset for brands and businesses looking to grow online. . UGC is an affordable way to share high-quality content that generates sales for your brand — it’s the social media equivalent of a word-of-mouth recommendation! .

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The Social Hub Guide for Brands

Pixlee

Social media is a powerhouse for marketers, with 50% of the world’s population using at least one platform. But with so many different social media platforms, it’s a challenge to get the most out of all your social channels. That’s where a social hub can help.

Five Signs the Future Belongs to User-Generated Content

Waxing UnLyrical

Rise of the social photobooth and video jukebox. Live event social media generally involves a social media person or standard event-goer using a mobile device to put content online. Creating a sport around your brand may be the most sophisticated gamification on the planet.

Content-The Struggle is Real

Direct Marketing Observations

Let’s talk about the monolith in the room, Facebook, which has the largest audience of any social network at more than 2.07 Content resets every day and UGC (User generated content) is the clear winner.

2019 Influencer Marketing Trends for Brands

Pixlee

But there are key trends that brands should be aware of if they want to expand success in their influencer marketing strategy in 2019. In 2018, the network reached one billion monthly active users and is expected to continue to grow, according to TechCrunch. Also, the platform will continue to be the leading one for brand-influencer collaborations. In 2019, more brands will be able to show returns from Instagram, if they’re making the best use of the platform.

Social Media Stories: What Brands Need to Know About Ephemeral Content

Ignite Social Media

Social media stories, originally popularized by Snapchat, have seen significant growth and adoption across nearly all major social networks. While the networks add Story capabilities to their channels, the data from users showing increased interest follows suit.

What Is a Social Media Hub and Why Would You Use One?

Webbiquity SMM

Are you familiar with the concept of a social media hub? Though the idea of pulling all of your organization’s social media feeds into a central hub has been around since at least 2014 , they still haven’t found wide use outside of trade shows and corporate events.

Four Key Strategies to Reclaim a Branded Social Experience

Convince & Convert

As Facebook reach declines and social networks constantly evolve, it’s time for brands to reclaim their audiences by turning their own digital properties into hubs of social activity.

What We Learned By Following 4 Pet Brands on Instagram Stories for a Month

Likeable

Stories have become Facebook’s fastest growing products in the brand’s history, and Instagram as a whole is the fastest growing of all social networks today. We looked, specifically, at pet brands. The Biggest Insight: Using Stories to Build Brand Equity, Not Drive Sales.

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How to Create a Unique Instagram Aesthetic that Fits Your Brand

Hootsuite

Your Instagram aesthetic is the first thing potential customers will notice when they check out your brand’s profile. A unique and cohesive Instagram aesthetic is not just visually pleasing, but can greatly improve brand recognition and business success. Establish your brand.

9 essential social media management tools for marketers

Sprout Social

If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you’ll know that social media management is no joke. In fact, social media management requires tons of strategizing and careful execution. 1: Sprout Social. 2: Zoho Social. Which social media management tools should you use?

Why the Future of Social Community is Omni-Social

Convince & Convert

It’s no longer enough to rely on social networks for community infrastructure. Smart companies are now combining owned and rented community functions into a 1+1=3 scenario I call Omni-Social. Click for the replay of the Omni-Social Webinar.

How to Develop an Authentic eCommerce Brand to Drive Holiday Sales

Pixlee

One reason for this is that consumers trust in marketers and brands is at an all-time low, according to a recent Forrester report. If you want to make an impact this holiday season—and earn the sales to match—develop your authentic eCommerce brand now. Create a brand logo and tagline.

Why Social Commerce Will Rule 2020

Pixlee

As social media matures, its capability grows as well. Now, businesses aren’t just using social media to connect with customers and drive traffic to their sites. Instead, they are building deeply impactful social relationships on the networks with their community.

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The 50 User Generated Content Stats You Need to Know

Pixlee

The 50 user generated content stats that all marketers need to know in order to successfully work with brand influencers, improve brand loyalty, and increase ecommerce sales. UGC and Brand Influencers. UGC and Brand Loyalty. UGC and Millennials.

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6 Challenges Brick and Mortar Retailers Need to Master Before 2020

Pixlee

With giants like Amazon and Alibaba, brands aren’t likely to be able to compete on price and selection, but by highlighting unique differences such as brand mission or craftmanship of product, retailers stand to benefit. Feedback can come in the form of UGC. Brand Marketing

What Social Media Lesson Did Gap Learn?

Direct Marketing Observations

Unfortunately given the trying economic times, sometimes big brands think that a wholesale change in look and feel, brand identity and messaging is the thing that will pump new life into a company. Throughout all the major social media platforms and channels of course.

SEO Ideas: How to Improve SEO with User Generated Content

Pixlee

User-generated content (UGC) is any type of content created by users of online platforms. Over 25% of the search results for the 20 largest brands in the world are linked to user-generated content. How Does UGC Influence SEO? Social Media and SEO. Social Media Marketing

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4 Tips for Driving Sales with Instagram Ads

Socialmedia.biz

With a global community like this, it’s no surprise that brands are increasingly excited about the advertising opportunities and business opportunities found on Instagram. The company has released a number of advertising options for brands in recent months that advertisers love.

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An Interview with Christophe Folschette – Why Visual Listening is The Next Big Thing for Marketers

Talkwalker SM

Images and visuals are taking over online and social media. From celebrity selfies to user generated content for brands, visuals are everywhere: on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed and beyond. Christophe: Visual listening is like social listening but for visual content.

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Why You Should Be Investing In Visual Content for Social Channels

Waxing UnLyrical

Today’s fastest growing social media channels are visual-first and if you want engagement, you’ll want to double down on photos and videos. Visual content boosts social engagement. That’s why a lot of brands leverage user generated content (UGC). Guest Post by Denise Chan.

4 Pinterest Marketing Techniques to Put Into Practice Right Away

agora pulse

Is Pinterest part of your social media marketing plan? Optimize your social posts for Pinterest. Brands can now upload their full product catalog to Pinterest, turning products into dynamic Product Pins. Optimize your social posts for Pinterest. Brand your images.

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Energize Your Fans and Followers with a Sweepstakes

Ignite Social Media

Want to get your fans and followers excited, a great way to do that is to run a sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize sponsored by your brand. It’s a way to show that you appreciate their loyalty and also entice their connections to check your brand out because who doesn’t like prizes?

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Welcome To The Video Generation

The Realtime Report

Content and social networks are the new currency. Evidenced by YouTube influencers being featured on 60 minutes, Google investing in creating an open marketplace between brands and influencers, and Cisco estimating that by 2018, 79% of all global internet traffic will be video.

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How Instagram Has Taken Over Tourism Marketing

Pixlee

But in a digital world where social media connects travelers and homebodies alike, would-be adventurers no longer have to depend on a travel agent’s recommendation for an exciting new trip. signaling the impressive global presence of this social network. Social Media Marketing

3 Foolproof Ways to Generate Leads with Social Media

Convince & Convert

If I refer to social media as a lead generation tool, what comes to mind first? Maybe because the scars are still healing from a past failed social media campaign. Maybe it’s from reading one too many faux-advice columns on optimal social media posting times.

How to remain agile when your priorities shift

Sprout Social

In the wake of COVID-19 , social media managers have had to reevaluate their strategies and content plans to account for changing consumer behavior. If you’re pivoting your messaging during a global crisis or your brand just wants to mix it up, it’s time to tap into that innate adaptability.

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The complete guide to social media and the beauty industry

Sprout Social

Social media and the beauty industry go hand in hand. After all, beauty brands represent many of the most-followed, active accounts on Instagram in particular. And as it should come as no surprise, those same brands are making a killing having mastered the art of social selling.

How to Partner With Social Media Influencers for the Holidays

Convince & Convert

Bloggers and social media influencers are essentially making them up as they go. Here are three types of social media influencers, and how you can partner up with them this holiday season. Curate UGC from your customers or influencers on your website or social networks.

10 Standout Social Media Marketing Examples From 2016

Sprout Social

What social media tactics and strategies do you have planned for the new year? In order to help get those creative juices flowing, we’ve put together a list of some of the top social media marketing examples of 2016.

8 Observations from Internet Week New York 2011

Mindjumpers

Yahoo was one of the main sponsors for Internet Week and the Provoke Summit, and it seems as if they are striving to dust of the brand as being one of the old dot com giants – they’re fresh, they’r e on the move… or not? Pepsi´s social vending machine is really cool IRL and is actually social!

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17 Instagram Marketing Tips You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Hootsuite

The number of brands incorporating Instagram marketing into their business strategy has surged in recent years. If you’re brand new or are creating a brand new account, here’s what to do: Step 1: Download the Instagram app. All social platforms are tools. Social Strategy

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How to Run Social Media Contests That Actually Increase Revenue

Sprout Social

Social media contests have been used by brands of all sizes to get more followers, increase engagement and generate buzz. With organic reach becoming increasingly difficult to earn, social media contests offer a great way to get more eyes on your social posts and boost engagement.

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How to Sell on Instagram Like the Pros [Proven Tips & Strategies]

Buffer Social

In our latest episode of The Science of Social Media , we’re exploring tons of detailed tips, strategies, and best-practices for how businesses can sell on Instagram like the pros. How to Sell With Instagram Shoppable Posts: Shopping on Instagram – Social Media Examiner Blog.

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eCommerce Best Practices to Boost Your Online Sales

Pixlee

Each page should clearly present the brand’s value proposition and make it easy for consumers to find a product and check out. Link your store to all social networking sites to build connections. Integrate user-generated content (UGC) : Real customer photos and videos will shout as words speak. Make use of user-generated content and ensure you attractively design your brand. List any requirements and additional costs for your brand.

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10 Instagram Predictions to Fire-up Your Strategy for 2020

Later

Instagram used to be all about the visuals — a cohesive aesthetic , high-quality photography, and on-brand images were a must. . The world of social media can be so funny to me sometimes. The sharing became in social media. SOCIAL MEDIA.

Create your social media campaign plan for 2019 (with editable worksheets)

Sprout Social

For social marketers, this is the most exciting time of the year. Because coming up with a social media marketing plan means making some big decisions well before the new year gets into full swing. And after all, the social landscape took quite a few twists and turns in 2018. Thanks to Facebook, social media at large received some serious mainstream attention in regard to consumer privacy and the crusade against “fake news.” Increase brand awareness.

5 Ways to Influence Shoppers on Valentine’s Day

Convince & Convert

adults have “broken up” with a brand due to disruptive marketing, you’ll want to strive for authenticity in your digital marketing efforts. User-generated content (UGC) is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to experiment with influencer marketing during Valentine’s Day.

A First-Class Guide to Social Media for Travel

Sprout Social

From inspiration to reminiscing, travelers turn to social media throughout every step of their journey. Social media has a huge influence on travel-related purchases. In fact, of those who use social media to research travel, only 48% followed through with their original plans.

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The 21 Best Content Curation Tools

Webbiquity SMM

Content curation offers a way to repackage and repurpose the work of others to serve the needs of your brand’s audience. It’s a great way to capture the buzz from the show floor after a tradeshow, event or conference.” — Maximize Social Business (Drive). Social Media Today.