Archives for February 2016

Top 5 Social Media Trends to Watch in 2016

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touchscreen digital communication conceptNew social media trends appear at a rate that seems capable of outpacing even the speed of trending topics on Twitter. Making year-end predictions in such a fast-paced environment is daunting. The only constant is that every passing year opens up new frontiers, making viewing, sharing and creating social content faster, better and easier.

What highlights should you watch out for in this ever-evolving space? Here are five things that I perceive will define the onward progress of social media in 2016.

1. Social news

In 2016, more and more news will be created and published on social media. Twitter’s new tab called “Moments” will see news unfolding on Twitter in real time. Facebook just introduced “Instant Articles” in 2015 and revolutionized publishing, giving news publishers the power to instantly push full-length articles to readers without leaving the app. And with notifications becoming one of the primary ways people access news, Facebook users will get their feed through a new news delivery service called “Notify.”

Facebook's "Notify" app

Facebook’s “Notify” app

2. Social live streaming

Just one year after Twitter acquired Periscope in January 2015, the mobile live-streaming scene is hotter than ever. In 2016, social live streaming will go mainstream with products like “Facebook Live,” a new way to connect and interact with public figures on and through live videos, as they talk with their fans while fans comment on, like or share the video even as they watch a live broadcast. In-the-moment live-streaming apps like Blab and Snapchat may become the new hangout for live interviews, casual chats, debates, discussions, and live workshops.

3. Social commerce

Social media is poised to take the top spot in e-commerce referrals as the “buy” button becomes more ubiquitous than ever on mobile apps, ushering in a new age of “touch” commerce. Facebook is already the top social commerce platform today, driving more than two-thirds of mobile e-commerce traffic and boosting social media’s quickly growing share of e-commerce web traffic, according to a BusinessInsider report. Pinterest, which recently announced a new visual search tool, which allows users to zoom in on an object in a Pin and search for similar objects, may also see an increase in its share of social commerce.

4. Social video

As videos takes center stage by capturing the lion’s share of all social traffic, advertisers will increase their digital video budgets manifold. Videos are estimated to provide over 60% more engagement than photos and, with Facebook recently announcing that it sees an average of eight billion views a day, 2016 is going to be the year of social videos. YouTube’s new 360Video, optimized for Google Cardboard, is a new kind of virtual reality video that gives you a sense of depth in every direction so viewers feel like they’re actually there.

5. Social storytelling

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A cinemagraph, or “a living moment in an otherwise still photograph,” from Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck’s Cinemagraph site.

Stories will continue to dominate among the top differentiators or USPs for brands that marketers can share on social media as a more authentic alternative to advertising. And this will be more and more visual in the coming year with Cinemagraphs, GIFs and GIF-like tiny videos that you can easily create using new apps. Boomerang, recently launched by Instagram, lets you turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected.

As you can see, with the advent of new types of videos, 2016 is going to see the social media landscape bloom visually in a way it hasn’t yet–making it more attractive, interactive and animated than ever–with a promise to bring brands, products and services closer to their consumers, users and buyers. One thing that will define the overall social media experience in the unfolding year is “in-the-moment” content, here and now. As communicators, our biggest challenge will be to keep up with the flow of feeds. But don’t let fear of missing out take over your creativity; quality content will continue to be king.

 

Subhamoy Das

Subhamoy Das

Subhamoy Das is a former journalist, a social media maven and a communication professional based in India. He has more than 17 years of experience in public relations and corporate communication, having worked with top multinational corporations in India. He is a director with Deloitte in India and also serves on the board of IABC’s Asia-Pacific region.

February IABC/Iowa Member Spotlight – Jackie Wilson

Each month, we will feature a different IABC/Iowa member. In the February spotlight, get to know Jackie Wilson.

Name?
Jackie Wilson 

Company and position title?
Freelance writer at Jackie Wilson Writing.

Length of IABC membership?
I became a member around 2004. I held IABC board positions from 2005-2009.

What do you value most/what are you looking to gain from IABC? 
I really enjoy the connections I make and the support from other members. I recently started my own freelance business and a fellow IABC member gave me tip and it landed me a writing gig!

Favorite book?
Steering By Starlight from Martha Beck. This book gives a lot of insight for finding and following your true path.

Favorite quote?
“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.” — Asha Tyson

Favorite hobby?
Anything outdoors – biking, hiking, walking, working out and gardening. Although it’s not a hobby, spending time with my family is tops as well.

Favorite lunch spot?
Tasty Tacos. Hot sauce and tacos – what more can you want at lunchtime?