Keeping track of emerging trends and moving with, or even ahead of your audience is essential to success in any communications. As social media monitoring experts, we watch social buzz like social hawks! We’re always watching out for trends to fuel our understanding of where the communications industry is leading. Watch our video to see our predictions of the key trends that brands should take note of for the near future. Join the conversation on twitter. #KMNITrends
1. Channel diversity will continue to grow
The days of one social network fitting everyone’s needs are over. Niche networks will continue to grow as users want more of what’s of interest to them and the opportunity to share their similarities and experiences.
2. From FOMO to JOMO to…
JOHO – people aren’t quitting social media, they’re finding the Joy of Hiding Out. While more users move towards platforms where they can limit their online footprint , brands will have to work harder than ever to reach their audience.
3. Unleashing the power of social discovery
Brands will have the opportunity to target their audiences with social discovery apps, predicting what content will be desirable to the user based on social preferences and hyper-local sharing experiences.
4. From Brand content to Content brands
Brands must shift from creating branded content, focused on the company, to content that is intended primarily for serving audiences – while building trust and long-term relationships.
5. Continued rise of visual social media
The future of social is visual. With the rise of Pinterest and Instagram, visual showcases will do more than text-based tweets and posts.
6. Consumers hungry for “snackable content”
The key is all about content that is easy to share. Brands and media will re-package existing content in short nuggets of text photos or videos, that can be quickly consumed, understood and shared.
7. Social Media beyond self-promotion
New ways of doing business through investment models like crowdfunding and rise of niche social networks for entrepreneurs. e.g. Go BIG Network, Confoundr, Perfect Business, Linkedin etc
8. From “free” to a paid social media era
With all of the big-hitters releasing IPOs social, businesses will have to pay for visibility while media brands will need to demonstrate to shareholders the ability to generate recurring and scaleable revenue.
9. Social media is changing customer relations
Brands will need to leverage social media for customer interaction. According to HubSpot data, “50% of consumers expect to get a response in under two hours.”
10. Social Media use within organizations will spread like wildfire
Email traffic should reduce in favour of social media services like Chatter, Jive and Yammer. This breakout will drastically change how businesses communicate
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