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Instagram Takes Steps to Crack Down on “Hidden Advertising”

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Instagram has promised to crack down on influencers who don’t reveal when they’re paid to promote products, following a government investigation in the UK. While a UK government investigation prompted the action, Instagram’s updates may soon apply to other regions.

How you should adapt your social media strategy during COVID-19

PR Daily

With audiences looking for authoritative information and updates, brand managers sould invest in digital media—but stay prepared to change with the latest new trend. Along with everything else in the world, COVID-19 has unquestionably upended social media.

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Paid social media dominant during COVID-19

PR Daily

With audiences stuck at home and looking for digital entertainment, brand managers are turning to social media channels. Social media’s dominance has continued for audiences stuck and home and looking for connection online—and because of the changes many platforms introduced in the last couple of years, paying to play could be a brand manager’s best option to join the conversation. FREE GUIDE: 6 steps to crafting an internal social media plan ].

6 Social Media Trends That Businesses Should Know

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

For most people social media is a great way to follow trending news, post food pictures and, most importantly, share memes. Social media helps us and our clients connect to customers, drive web traffic, and even develop or convert leads. 71% of social media marketers say social media channels offer consumer insights that benefit other departments of their business, while 93% of all marketers cite more exposure for their business as its number one benefit.

Professional Sports Without Fans Will Increase Social Media Usage

Critical Mention

Instead of being able to talk to other fans at bars, tailgates or games, more fans will shift to social media to communicate with fans, teams and brands. Social media is a great place for fans to form groups to share sports articles, discuss games and talk about athletes. Even before the pandemic, fans used social media as a way to communicate with other fans and as an outlet to exchange competitive banter.

Instagram opens advertising to all

PR Daily

When Instagram first started allowing advertising on its platform, it was limited to a select few clients that had to shell out a hefty sum. But starting this month, Instagram advertising is open to all manner of advertisers. Advertisers also have access to new ad formats that help them achieve a variety of objectives, allowing people to learn more about something that interests them or even shop for a product right from Instagram.

How to nail your next Instagram campaign

PR Daily

With advertising income on Instagram on track to reach almost 11 billion dollars, it seems almost a no-brainer for any small business to at least consider running an Instagram campaign. Yet, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle your Instagram marketing strategy. With visual perception being the key focus of Instagram since its inception, there simply is no better place to showcase your stunning content online. Brand awareness.

Why It’s Important to Track Social Media Mentions

Critical Mention

Social Media’s popularity is growing faster than ever before. Whether you’re a social media pro or new to the industry, it is pivotal for organizations to keep track of their social media mentions. Here are five reasons why: Brand Awareness. To start, social media mentions provide great brand-building opportunities. Having others talk about your company on social media helps build credibility.

How Instagram offers unique marketing opportunities

PR Daily

As leaders seek to move beyond awareness and visibility on social media, shoppable posts are going to be essential for any digital campaign. Here’s how Instagram is leading the way. Every organization wants proof that investing in social media marketing programs goes beyond awareness metrics. Social media strategies are becoming more integrated with business objectives, serving as a formidable revenue driver. Stay true to your Instagram strategy.

10 spellbinding examples of social media storytelling

PR Daily

Telling vivid, compelling stories on social media is a great way to increase engagement, brand affinity and sales. When social media first hit the scene, many companies viewed it as just another advertising outlet. RELATED: Join us for our Brand Storytelling Conference at Disneyland. ]. Google bundled some of those stories into heartwarming social media posts that remind us that not all the news is bad. Social Media Storytelling

8 ways to improve your Instagram presence

PR Daily

Are you looking to make a splash with images on the popular social media platform? It can be challenging to manage your business and still have time to be active on Instagram. Though Instagram offers various native filters to edit your photos, other photo-editing applications can boost your pictures further. These apps can be found on Google Play and iTunes, and provide you with alternatives to the usual Instagram filters. Advertise.

Why Social Media Platforms and Apps are Crucial to Marketing Your Brands

ReimaginePR

Now that we’re neck-deep into the age of social media, having a website isn’t even enough anymore. Heck, even having a simple social media page isn’t enough; you need to have multiple social media platforms to reach a wide enough audience, and those platforms need to be managed in such a way that it brings your customers together into a self-sustaining community that your company engages with on the ground level. Social Media Marketing: The Basics.

Are audiences ready for longer content on social media?

PR Daily

Social platforms are making plays for more advertiser dollars, but should brand managers jump on the opportunity? Snapchat now has shows from major media companies and Instagram got into the game last year with its IGTV offering. Why are social platforms pushing shows and other long-form content? Are advertisers interested? Is social set to dethrone television and platforms like Netflix in the coming years?

15 courses to improve your social media knowledge

PR Daily

Do you know the latest trends and tips to make your messages soar on social media platforms, from Facebook to YouTube? What are your goals for social media in the coming year? . You might want to consider a little extra training to learn the latest trends and tips for bolstering your social media presence. Social media training from Hootsuite Academy. Buffer’s social media webinars on YouTube. Sprout Social’s webinars.

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Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Unilever pause social media ads, Microsoft closes retail stores, and cosmetics brands drop ‘whitening’ terms

PR Daily

Also: Google explains how YouTube content gets promoted and more, UPS Dogs showcase the power of online communities, consumers say trusting brands is paramount, and more. As July 1 nears, the number of organizations joining the #StopHateForProfit boycott is growing, with some brands announcing they’ll stop paid marketing efforts across all social media platforms. Starbucks joins Unilever, Coca-Cola, Verizon and more in halting social media ads.

How to Tackle Social Media for Your Business Even When Technology is Not Your Strong Suit

ReimaginePR

If you think you can keep your business out of the social media scene, think again. Instagram boasts 400 million users; Twitter comes in at 320 million. You may not think you’re tech-savvy enough to master social media for your business. Remember, all of these social media sites were foreign territory for everyone when they first launched. Social Media is Here to Stay. Instagram. Instagram is a bit trickier.

What Goes in a Social Media Promotion Plan?

ReimaginePR

So I like to think that this same situation occurs—on a much less extreme level—anytime you’re promoting on social media without a plan. In order to navigate the world of social media, you’ve got to have a solid plan in place. Bonus: Get started today by downloading this free social media promotion plan worksheet. 1: What do you hope to achieve with social media? 8: Paid Advertising. I have a fun idea.

Study: Marketers struggle to prove social media ROI

PR Daily

Though most marketers believe that social media boosts their organizations’ bottom lines, communicating its value remains a stumbling block. A recent Sprout Social report revealed that in 2019, roughly $18.4 billion will be spent on social media advertising. Marketers say that developing social media strategies to support their organizations’ business goals remains their No. How social media platforms rank vs. consumer behavior.

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Why social media should be treated as a conversation

PR Daily

How do you know if your social media messages offer sufficient value to your audience? Social media is an integral part of any digital marketer’s toolbox. However, social media is not just something that can be scheduled and left alone for weeks at a time. Communicators should monitor the engagement their social media campaigns receive, which goes beyond just “likes,” comments, and messages. Social Media

How to Categorise Social Media Influencers

Doctor Spin

Primary metrics must be useful for brands. During my PR career, I often made it a point to distinguish between social media naturals and brand ambassadors , for instance. STIM, the Standard Terminology of Influencer Marketing, is an effort to clearly define different tiers of social media influencers. Still, while elegantly removing the mid-tier category, IAB Sweden suggests naming influencers on Instagram with 1M+ followers icons.

9 trends to watch for social media marketers

PR Daily

Social media is always changing. When it comes to social media, the year ahead should be quite an interesting one for marketers. On one hand, social media companies are in the midst of grappling with some very thorny issues— from privacy/data concerns to slowing growth —and the repercussions could bring challenges for platforms and marketers alike. and this will give brands access to many fresh approaches to achieve their goals. Social stories.

Revisiting Social Media: Power, Performance and Planning

PR in High Definition

Is social media too powerful? I wondered if this is really what social networking meant? When our PR agency Firefly was born, I could not have imagined the mere existence of social media, let alone the impact it would have.

5 steps for using testimonials in social media video

PR Daily

With video becoming more popular every day, there’s never been a better time to use the power of testimonials to engage potential customers on social media. These authentic testimonials humanize your brand and are highly shareable across social media platforms. RELATED: We're recognizing the brightest minds in digital marketing and social media. ]. All you need is a tripod, an LED light and a backdrop that has a hint of branding.

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4 rules Grubhub follows to drive social media success

PR Daily

The company’s senior manager of social media says online marketers must put consumers first, think of each platform and prepare with mobile devices in mind. Social media users are hungry for excellent, captivating content. million followers across Grubhub’s and Seamless’ social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the food-ordering services dish up tasty interactions and keep fans coming back for more.

Courting young consumers, Instagram launches in-app checkout

PR Daily

The popular photo-sharing app now offers users tools for buying products directly from their favorite brands. The feature suggests a new direction for social media marketing. Instagram sees its future as a rival to Amazon rather than as an entertainment network. The social media platform has introduced a bevy of changes over the last couple of years as it has become the most popular network for younger consumers.

Personal Versus Private in PR and Social Media

Cision

As digital and social media continue to blur the lines between an individual’s public and private lives, and we move forward in a world where the fusion of these two seems inevitable, it is crucial for all of us to understand the difference between what is private and what is personal, but public. That’s media training 101. Consider one of social media’s major draws: the instant gratification you feel when blasting off a post.

Why you should reduce your reliance on social media

PR Daily

As organic reach dwindles and social media companies shift their algorithms, some communicators are looking for alternatives to publish their content. From time to time, an opinion piece will emerge confidently stating that hosting your content is a waste of time because MySpace , Bebo , Facebook , Snapchat , Instagram or Medium is where your audience is hanging out. Social media trends are just that—trends. Organic reach on social channels is pitiful.

6 Social Media Trends That Businesses Should Know

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

For most people social media is a great way to follow trending news, post food pictures and, most importantly, share memes. Social media helps us and our clients connect to customers, drive web traffic, and even develop or convert leads. 71% of social media marketers say social media channels offer consumer insights that benefit other departments of their business, while 93% of all marketers cite more exposure for their business as its number one benefit.

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Burger King draws ire with ‘racist’ social media ad

PR Daily

Burger King New Zealand’s Instagram feed posted an ad featuring customers using cartoonish chopsticks to eat a Vietnamese-themed sandwich. Instead, the message was widely seen as offensive and lazy, illustrating the nebulous terrain that brand managers must navigate to avoid online backlash. The food chain apologised, conceding the advert was “insensitive and does not reflect our brand values regarding diversity and inclusion.”.

Does Social Media Marketing need a Reboot? Drew Neisser Chimes in

Flack's Revenge

I have been blogging about challenges confronting digital PR and social media marketing. Are the social media waters still safe for marketing? What’s not safe is ignoring social conversations, especially those related to your brand and category. Interestingly, brands that take a stand, even a controversial one, are generally way ahead of those that sit on the sidelines. Have you been recommending a change in strategy regarding social media?

How to Improve Your Social Media Targeting

Cision

Since the inception of social media platforms, one of the biggest challenges has been how to properly reach your desired audience. The ability to target audiences on social is increasingly important considering that networks have grown in size (Facebook now has two billion monthly users ), and fake profiles have become increasingly prevalent (It is estimated that between 9 percent and 15 percent of monthly Twitter users are bots ). Social Targeting on Facebook / Instagram.

7 social media trends to watch out for before 2020 hits

PR Daily

Social media is seeing fast-paced shifts and updates throughout key platforms. Here are seven social media trends to watch for as the new year approaches: 1. The platform’s bid for long-form, episodic content shows no sign of lessening, leading to more mid-roll programmatic advertising opportunities for brands. We will see more ads within Instagram Stories. Instagram will continue its inevitable decline of organic reach. Social Media

7 ways to get employees to share your message on social media

PR Daily

Brand amabassadors can be a huge boon for any organization. Here’s how to cultivate a culture of sharing and encourage employees to amplify your brand reach. Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of those companies reported an increase in brand recognition. Social media engagement for employee-shared content is eight times better than when a company originally posts. In addition to increasing brand awareness, employees can drive sales and support recruiting efforts.

Report: Video is crucial for reaching social media audiences

PR Daily

Social media habits are changing as users are favoring two things: community and video. More and more social media users are searching for “velvet rope” communities, or forums that are not public facing but offer a specific audience for collaboration, brainstorming and griping. Social media users also love to engage with and share video, making good online video content a marketer’s best hope for breaking through the latest algorithm changes.

15 questions to ask when hiring a social media partner

PR Daily

How do you know what to look for in a social media management firm? Here’s what you should ask any agency you consider hiring to manage your social channels. Nearly a third of the world uses social media regularly, and 92 percent of marketers claim it’s important to their business. However, many organizations are too busy to focus on bringing social media marketing into the fold; instead they outsource their social media management to outside firms.

7 crucial Instagram tips for marketers

PR Daily

Instagram now has more than 800 million active users, with 71 percent of US adults ages 18–24 and 72 percent of US teens ages 13–17 on the platform. RELATED: Join us for our Brand Storytelling & Content Marketing Conference at Disneyland. ]. Many marketers are still unsure about which types of content to post, when to engage, how best to reach audiences and what the social network’s full range of features include. Use Instagram’s sophisticated ad platform.

Instagram Video Changes: Is Longer Better For Brands?

Cision

It’s safe to say that many Instagram users have been in freak out mode lately. Despite the backlash among a small subset of its 400 million users, Instagram will soon implement an algorithm that predicts which photos its users are mostly likely to double tap. Shortly after that announcement, Instagram announced that it quadrupled the length of posted video clips , meaning they now will be able to last a full minute. Billboards, people, advertisements, your friend, your boss.

Integrating Instagram Stories into Social Media Classes

Karen Freberg

We are seeing Instagram become the go-to platform for brands, individuals, and even social media professors. It’s been amazing to see the transformation ( and additions ) of Instagram Stories [here’s a great guide from Hootsuite ] in particular just in the past few months. What are some of the ways we, as professionals, can use Instagram both in and out of the classroom? Storyboard proposals for Instagram Stories.

More Australian businesses than ever have a presence on social media (but they could be a lot more social!)

PR Warrior

The proportion of Australian businesses with a social media presence has reached the highest levels recorded, according to new research. The 2018 Yellow Social Media Report (Business) , released today, is an annual survey of how Australian consumers and businesses use social media. According to the report, more than half of Australia’s small (51%) and medium (58%) businesses have a social media presence, while for large businesses the figure is 85%.

How to Categorise Influencers in Social Media

Doctor Spin

How do you categorise influencers in social media? Primary metrics must be useful for brands. During my PR career, I often made it a point to distinguish between social media naturals and brand ambassadors , for instance. STIM, the Standard Terminology of Influencer Marketing, is an effort to clearly define different tiers of social media influencers. Primary metrics must be useful for brands. reach/post or story on Instagram?