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AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of February 8, 2021

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social media platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. INSTAGRAM TESTS REMOVING THE OPTION TO SHARE FEED POSTS WITHIN STORIES As you can see in this screenshot, shared by social media expert Matt Navarra, Instagram is now conducting a test which stops some users from sharing feed posts within their Stories. That, interestingly, means that you can now share tweets in your IG Stories, but you can’t share Instagram posts, while you can also share IGTV previews, but not normal feed updates.   INSTAGRAM ADDS 'RECENTLY DELETED' FOLDER TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST MISTAKEN POST REMOVAL "Now, for the first time, you can review and restore deleted content in the Instagram app. [...] Photos, videos, reels, IGTV videos and stories you choose to delete are removed from your account immediately and moved to the Recently Deleted folder."   INSTAGRAM'S DEVELOPING A TIKTOK-STYLE VERTICAL FEED FOR STORIES Instagram is working on a new vertical Stories feed, which would mean that you swipe up or down to view newer/older Stories.   That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of February 1, 2021

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social media platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. TIKTOK MAKES CREATING EASY WITH THE CREATOR PORTAL For avid or even expert TikTok creators, the Creator Portal will also feature articles that help interpret community trends, dive deeper into the use of sound and music, and spotlight creative effects, helping to inspire and diversify content creation. Read More INTRODUCING PROFESSIONAL DASHBOARD ON INSTAGRAM "At Instagram, we’re committed to helping creators turn their passions into a living and supporting small businesses. As part of our ongoing effort to give creators and businesses the tools they need, we are announcing Professional Dashboard, a central destination to track performance, access and discover professional tools, and explore educational information curated by Instagram." Read More TWITTER TAKES A UNIQUE APPROACH TO HANDLING MISINFORMATION WITH THE LAUNCH OF BIRDWATCH Twitter and Facebook have been in the epicenter of free speech and misinformation controversies for years. Both platforms adjusted their approach and stance during this election season as the public focused on the matter once again. Twitter’s most recent effort to tackle the spread of misinformation, the launch of Birdwatch, was announced on Tuesday. Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

How Social Media Saved Us & Brands in 2020

Despite a difficult year, we made it through 2020 with the help of playful distractions like memes, dance crazes, and viral challenges. Oftentimes, brands want to tap into these cultural phenomenons in order to humanize their voice on social media. Marketers frequently question, 'How does a trend become a viral success?' and, 'Who creates these trends?'. Let's take a look at the various key players that come together to create these trends and learn how your brand can capitalize on them and join the conversation. The Innovator If we think of social media challenges holistically, the template is always the same: innovators create the idea, influencers make it popular, and the rest of the social community joins the trend. By definition, an innovator is ‘a person who introduces new methods, ideas, or products’ In every viral equation, there needs to be an innovator to help spark an idea/challenge.  The innovator is often a forgotten piece of the puzzle when it comes to viral trends. For example, Renegade creator Jalaiah Hermon had the most prominent dance on the internet in 2020, but most users didn't even know who she was. Unfortunately, content creators are often not given credit for their original ideas and are seemingly left in the dust. However, that isn't always the case; skateboarder Nathan Apodaca quickly rose to fame when his Ocean Spray video went viral, and others recreated the video with their own flare.    The Influencer Spark Influencers help set the standard of "cool" within the digital world and help push the innovators' ideas in front of fans. TikTok influencer Charli D'Amelio was named ‘C.E.O.’ of the different dances similar to the dance craze Renegade, which she popularized.  If the concept is unique and interesting, other influencers and celebs will begin to jump onto the new craze. Once a trend becomes popular, users recreate the template with small differences while always keeping the overall idea the same. During the pandemic, the ‘Don't Rush Challenge' became very popular amongst all different audiences - make-up artists, celebrities, students, and more. Less than a month later, the ‘Wipe it Down Challenge’ went viral; both of these concepts had the exact same template with small variations.  Brands and Trends Being authentic on social media will encourage consumers to follow, engage, and ultimately purchase products, assuming that's the end goal. Consumers align their personal values to those of brands. Once brand values are established, a fundamental building block for brands is to showcase their personality through their content – tapping into cultural trends is a great way to humanize themselves. From a brand perspective, capitalizing on viral trends shouldn't be a hard selling point but instead, a chance to connect with your audience and showcase your brand's personality. In the summer of 2020, Twitter began to flag misleading messages about COVID-19 and the 2020 Election with 'This claim is disputed' warnings. After the Election, the disputed claim Tweet type evolved into a popular trend on the platform. Brands like Oreo, Burger King, and Maruchan saw an opportunity to participate in the pop culture conversation and added humor to the political trend. Viral memes are also a great way to highlight the brands' wit and humor. Just For Men participated in the ‘How it Started vs. How it's Going,’ and it showcased the brand's growth, wittiness, and personality. A brand can even use pop culture to sell a product when it feels native to the platform. For example, Invisalign used a soundbite from a popular viral video to help promote its product.  All things considered, this doesn't mean that every viral trend is an opportunity for a brand to enter the conversation. Sometimes jumping into a conversation that isn't authentic to your brand will feel forced by consumers; for example, in 2014, DiGiorno accidentally used the hashtag ‘#WhyIStayed,’ which was about domestic violence. Prior to your brand joining a viral trend, consider the following questions: 1) Will this feel authentic to the brand's audience? 2) Can this help support the brand's values and develop the brand's personality? 3) What value will this content add to the social media space for your brand? 4) Is this the appropriate social channel for the brand? 5) Is this something you should test into first before diving in? And lastly, remember to have fun and tag the innovator to give them credit for their work!

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of January 18, 2021

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social media platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. YOUTUBE ADDS NEW HASHTAG SHOWCASE PAGES TO ASSIST IN CONTENT DISCOVERY YouTube has launched a new hashtag search option, which provides a full-page display of YouTube videos that include your chosen tag, along with usage insights, all on one screen. Read More BOOSTING YOUR BRAND THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT [INFOGRAPHIC] This infographic from the team at Crestline incorporates a range of insights and notes that might help guide your thinking around how you post, which platforms you focus on, and what you can expect to see as a result. Read More LINKEDIN ADDS SWIPE-UP LINKS TO LINKEDIN STORIES LinkedIn has now officially launched the capacity to add links into your LinkedIn Stories - though it's not available to all users at this stage. Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of Dec. 21, 2020

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. TWITTER CONFIRMS THE SHUTDOWN OF ITS SEPARATE PERISCOPE APP IN MARCH 2021 It comes as a little surprise, especially given speculation about the app's future after a discovery in Twitter's back-end code last week. But on 12/15, Periscope has confirmed they will discontinue the app. Read More TIKTOK UPDATES COMMUNITY GUIDELINES AND SAFETY TOOLS TO BETTER PROTECT VULNERABLE USERS TikTok has announced a range of new updates to its Community Guidelines as it seeks to evolve its rules and tools in line with increasing usage. Read More INSTAGRAM ADDS NEW CREATIVE TOOLS IN REELS AND STORIES Instagram has added some new additions to your creative options in both Reels and Stories, while also tweaking a few existing functions and expanding the roll-out of its Branded Content tags. Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of Dec. 14, 2020

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. INSTAGRAM ADDS SHOPPING TAGS TO REELS, THE NEXT STEP IN ITS ECOMMERCE PUSH Instagram's found another way to add pressure to TikTok, this time by adding new shopping tags to Reels, it's TikTok clone functionality. Read More   FACEBOOK'S TESTING AN INSTAGRAM CONTENT CALENDAR IN ITS CREATOR STUDIO TOOL This is interesting - Facebook appears to be testing a new feature within its Creator Studio dashboard which would provide a calendar overview of your Instagram post-activity both past and scheduled. Read More   INSTAGRAM TESTS ADDING TIMERS TO STORIES TO BOOST ENGAGEMENT  Instagram is now testing new timer listings beneath Stories bubbles, which show how long each Story has left before it's erased. Read More   That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of Dec. 7, 2020

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSTAGRAM GUIDES Instagram has launched a new format for sharing curated, scrollable content: Instagram Guides. Read More 25 PREDICTIONS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING IN 2021 Any way you look at it, 2020 has been tough. Many businesses had to rapidly pivot in order to stay afloat amid global shutdowns to limit the spread of COVID-19, while many others weren't so lucky, and were forced to close forever as a result. Read More FACEBOOK SHARES VIDEO BEST PRACTICES TO BOOST CONTENT PERFORMANCE If you're looking to improve your video content approach, Facebook has this week provided three new tips that are worth considering in your process. Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of Nov. 23, 2020

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. TWITTER SLOWS DOWN ROLL OUT OF FLEETS DUE TO 'PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY' CONCERNS' If you haven't got the new Twitter Stori... sorry, 'Fleets' option as yet, you may have to wait a little longer - according to Twitter, it's delaying the expanded roll-out of Fleets just a little bit due to performance and stability concerns. Read More INSTAGRAM LAUNCHES UPDATED UI FOR STANDALONE THREADS APP Instagram has announced a new update for its standalone Threads app, which despite seemingly not gaining massive traction is still holding on, a year after its initial release. Read More INSTAGRAM ADDS KEYWORD SEARCH IN ADDITION TO PROFILES AND TAGS Instagram has announced an update to its search functionality which will give users the capacity to search for specific keywords, as opposed to being limited to profiles, hashtags, and locations. Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of Nov. 16, 2020

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. TWITTER LAUNCHES NEW 'CAROUSELS' AD FORMAT OPTION Twitter announced a new addition to its ad format options: Carousels. With the launch of Twitter's new Carousels format, marketers can now add up to six images or videos in an ad. Read More FACEBOOK TESTS NEW OPTIONS TO ADD MOTION EFFECTS TO STILL IMAGES IN FEED Facebook is testing some new visual effects options for still images posted to News Feed, which add simulated, video-like movement to your pictures. Read More NEW REPORT PREDICTS THAT TIKTOK WILL SURPASS ONE BILLION USERS IN 2021 "TikTok has seen sharp growth in active users by amassing a sizable global footprint in 2020 — nearly tripling in size since 2018. In 2021, we expect TikTok to not only achieve a coveted spot in the 1 Billion monthly active users club, but to sail straight past to 1.2 billion." Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of Nov. 2, 2020

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. INSTAGRAM EXTENDS LENGTH LIMIT FOR INSTAGRAM LIVE BROADCASTS, ADDS LIVE-STREAM ARCHIVE With live-streaming having something of a renaissance in 2020, as people look to replace their lost social interactions as best they can, Instagram has today announced two new options to help users maximize their IG Live streams. Learn More TIKTOK ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH SHOPIFY, ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS IN-STREAM COMMERCE If they can make more money on Instagram and YouTube, which have more robust ad networks and tools in place, eventually, they will - which is why TikTok has been working to integrate more eCommerce options to help provide another avenue for creators to make direct income from their work. Read more YOUTUBE ADDS NEW FEATURES FOR THE US ELECTION DAY, INCLUDING PROMPTS ON SEARCH QUERIES RELATED TO RESULTS With Election Day fast approaching, and social platforms increasingly looking to ensure that they've done all they can to avoid being blamed for influencing the final outcome one way or another, YouTube has today outlined its latest set of prompts and reminders to help users get authoritative information about the poll on the big day. Learn more That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

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