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.
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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…
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This week, twenty lucky retailers are trying out the new Instagram shopping feature. This high-profile round of beta-testing means it could be in your hands soon if you are a business with a prominent presence on the social sharing app.
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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.
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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.
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With over 400 million active users, Instagram stepped up its advertising game by rolling out an update for 60-second video ads. The Facebook-owned platform made the announcement on Wednesday… and just in time for Super Bowl. Coincidence? Ha.
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It took three and a half years, but the moment has finally arrived. Advertisers both small and large can now run campaigns on Instagram, including 30-second videos. In addition, ads are also now available in more than 30 countries, including Spain, India and South Korea.
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