2020 was a year of big changes and transformation. As we entered lockdown, we became increasingly reliant on social media and digital platforms to run our businesses, connect with family and friends, do our shopping, help others in need and have fun. With more businesses and customers on social media, it can be difficult to stand out and engage with your audience. This is where a social media strategy comes in. Knowing current social media trends and incorporating them into your strategy can fuel your marketing and help you to stand out online.
Video Continues to Rise
Video is one of the most engaging forms of marketing content, and its use will only continue to increase. Social media platforms are placing greater emphasis on video content, and one of these examples is Instagram Reels. Reels are an exciting way to create 15 to 30 second long video clips. What makes them fun and engaging is that you can add music and text to these videos too!
As we adapted to the new normal, businesses had to pivot to drive sales through online platforms. Facebook and Instagram Shopping have revolutionized the shopping experience, allowing customers to purchase products they have seen in a post without having to leave the app. This is not only convenient for customers, but it also provides businesses without an eCommerce store the capabilities to effectively sell products online. With more customers preferring contactless shopping, we are going to see more marketers and business owners turning to these platforms to drive sales.
Humanise Your Brand
As the world has faced many challenges over this past year, customers have also been mindful of the messaging and conversations that brands are having around world events. People value authenticity and transparency in the brands that they support. Humanising your brand in what it stands for and having thoughtful and meaningful conversations with your audience, is key to building their trust and increasing your brand awareness as a company that cares about people. This year, we can expect more customers to choose brands based on authenticity and transparency, and to hold brands accountable to what they stand for.
Unable to host in-person events, many businesses were forced to take their conferences and events online. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter give your business the opportunity to host and stream live events, Q&A sessions, interviews, tutorials and other types of content. Not only has live streaming enabled businesses to continue hosting events, but it has kept audiences engaged with brands and helped to broaden the reach by bringing events to followers who otherwise may not be able to attend.
Revolutionising Customer Experience
What made your customer experience unique? Perhaps it was ambient music and lighting in your store? Or a free cup of coffee? All of these elements that have helped to shape customer experiences may not be feasible anymore, which means that businesses are turning to social media to create unique and personalized experiences and to improve customer service. How businesses interact with their customers online and how they respond to their queries and complaints, will shape customer experience and perception.
While the list of social media trends goes on, it is important to recognise what is best for your business. Take the time to do research and understand your customers’ online behaviour and social media data, this will help you to determine which trends to prioritise and include in your strategy.
If you need help navigating these new trends or wrapping your head around social media, The Lambs have got your back!