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Like all trends, social media trends change constantly. Nevertheless, trying to predict what’s next is a huge part of staying relevant. Luckily, big data companies do much of the work for you. By tracking millions of posts and hashtags, they can anticipate what’s coming so you can better plan your social media strategy. There is no better time to start looking ahead than now. Here’s a look at six social media trends to you’ll probably see quite often.
Did you realize that Instagram has over 800 million active users on a monthly basis? There is no denying just how popular this social network has become in the last few years.
We are reaching a phase of rapid progress in the social media and digital marketing space. As our means of receiving content become mobilized and virtual, the way we shop and explore products has completely shifted. We saw the seeds of evolution planted in 2016’s most popular trends and I predict that many will continue to grow and develop in 2017.
The fall season is full of change. Leaves change their color, pumpkin spice brutally divides a nation, and my social media feeds begin demanding sacrifice. If I went to a pumpkin patch but didn’t post pictures of my trip, is it like I even went? If I think Thanksgiving should get more acknowledgment but don’t rant about it on Twitter, is it like I even care? If I don’t make a big deal about the fall season in general, is it like I even care about anything?
But I digress.
What I do care about is providing you with a roundup of all the changes that are going on with social media over the past couple of weeks, and much like the nature of the fall season, there has been a lot of change going on with the Internet’s big players, starting with…
In the past, businesses on Instagram may have a experienced a little FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out, for you non-millenials) as other social media platforms opened themselves up for promoted posts and advertising services. But no longer! Instagram announced Tuesday that they would be opening up business profiles and advertising tools to companies that relied on the photo-sharing app to get their brand message out to customers.
Your Instagram scrolling just got 10x more personal. While in the past Instagram has stuck to a strictly chronological-based scroll, from most recent to least recent, posts will now appear in order based on the photos you most want to see from the accounts you follow.