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On this subject, here is the an article about Social Media strategies: As soon as you think you’ve got this social media marketing thing down, something happens. It’s always changing. How are you supposed to keep up?
For starters, let’s talk about what social media marketing will look like in the coming year. Then you can answer the question about how you can best leverage social media in 2020.
Before we get started, get into the always-be-testing mindset. You don’t necessarily have to be on every social media platform. But you should test them and see if it’s where your audience is and if it can help attract new customers. Ready to dive into how you can create a winning social media strategy for your business?
Worry Less About Likes and Focus on Traffic
Currently, Instagram is testing how removing likes from the public count affects the user experience.
The company says this is an effort to promote mental health. Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri says, “The idea is to try to depressurize Instagram, make it less of a competition, and give people more space to focus on connecting with the people they love and things that inspire them.”
Removing likes should also help eliminate fraud and fake followers— people who pay for likes.
According to a study in 2018 from influencer marketing platform HYPR, “Some 64% of influencers admitted to buying likes.”
Plus, getting rid of public likes puts a heavier emphasis on quality rather than quantity and should encourage brands and users to focus on creating attention-grabbing content that will drive action that goes beyond a double tap.
All of this doesn’t mean influencer marketing is going away. In fact, as you’ll read below, it’s here to stay.
What this does mean though, is that you’ll want to worry less about the vanity metrics and focus more on action oriented results, such as clicks, shares, and saves.
Are social media users coming to your website?
Do they convert into leads and even customers?
If you have a ton of likes but no website views and no view-to-lead conversion, is social media marketing even working?
Investigate Influencer Marketing
From Instagram to Twitter to LinkedIn and beyond, influencers are everywhere. So are you thinking about the influencers in your niche and how to work with them? You should.
And after the rundown above on likes, you’ll be glad to know it’s not all about that heart or thumbs up.
According to a recent GlobalWebIndex study that was conducted in August of 2019, users who follow social influencers are less concerned with an Influencer’s amount of “likes” and care more about the type of content they share.
Test Paid Ads in Social
Whether it’s for the analytics or because you need to pay for greater reach, social media advertising could be part of your winning marketing strategy next year.
In 2020, marketers will have less control of their PPC campaigns and there will be a heavier emphasis on automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
As automation and AI continue to advance, this will require less monitoring.
Managing Partner of Moving Traffic Media, Jon Clark, expects the trend of decreased control to continue as Google shifts toward automation. He predicts that we may even see manual bidding removed entirely.
Also, Google ads launched Responsive Search Ads in 2019. These ads adapt to device widths and lets Google automatically test 15 different headlines and four descriptions you create. Then Google uses AI to put together a combination of these titles/descriptions catered to your target audience and their search term. This could help improve the ad group’s performance, generating more clicks and conversions than your existing text ads.
We expect Responsive search ads to continue being a big trend for 2020 as it develops, spreads and becomes even more intuitive.
Next, remarketing ads will remain a smart strategy, especially for ecommerce companies. This is where users who visited and/or took a specific action on a site are targeted with ads from that same company. Remarketing ads have proved to be very effective and is something we will continue to see in 2020.
Finally, watch for Amazon’s emergence into paid advertising. While Google and Facebook still dominate paid advertising, Amazon is quickly emerging into a paid advertising platform.
They are now the third-largest and fastest-growing advertiser.
Amazon ads are displayed on and off of Amazon, which has significantly increased their popularity with online retailers.
Another reason they’ve grown in popularity is because of buyer intent. This is the largest advantage they have over Facebook and Google.
Facebook and Google give access to the largest audiences but users aren’t usually looking to buy something. When compared to Amazon’s perceived buyer intent, this could mean lower conversion rates on these platforms.
Better Understand Privacy and Security Concerns
As users become more aware of how their data is being used, privacy becomes more of a concern. From security breaches to phones listening to our conversations to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, we’re all much more aware of how our data is getting diced up and passed around.
As a result, we will see an increase in the use of “dark social.” This is where users communicate and share privately, such as messaging and email.
Think about this: 84% of consumers’ outbound sharing from websites now occurs privately through dark social channels and we’re expecting to see this increase in the next few years.
So understanding and respecting privacy should be a major part of your social media marketing strategy. And as you can see, focusing on the private social conversation of email could bring in a fresh move for you marketing.
Explore Facebook Groups
Speaking of dark social, Facebook Groups fall into the gray area between public and private. And they’re pretty powerful.
In 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Groups will become Facebook’s new future. Holding true to his promise, the Facebook app offers Groups in the bottom navigation and promotes Group posts in your feed often.
The continuous growth of Facebook Groups will enhance user privacy and allow for more personalized messaging and community building for brands.
You can start a Group for you business, join Groups related to your niche and find new ways to tap into these communities.
Become a Video Ninja
According to social report, people look at videos 5 times longer on Facebook and Instagram than static content like text and images.
Are you creating videos for your potential customers to consume?
The number of brands using video in their marketing strategy has drastically increased over the past few years and will continue to do so in 2020. It’s time to join the party.
Add into that mix live video, and you have the chance to reach tons of people with your message. In face by 2020, 75% of mobile traffic will be video according to a Cisco study.
Many people think videos have to be polished, there has to be a script, it needs to be perfectly edited and all that. Not the case.
When it comes to live videos, they help humanize the brand by showing real-time, raw footage
One platform you might want to investigate it TikTok. There are 500 million worldwide active TikTok users and they’re very engaged.
If the 20-year-old demographic is your jam, 41% of users are between 18-24 years old.
So while this might not be the best tool for B2B companies, TikTok could be beneficial for B2C companies with younger audience.
How Do You Prepare for Video Marketing?
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