Drugi jezik na kojem je dostupan ovaj članak: Bosnian
By: Una Kostandinović, Social Media Manager, Drive
As 2017 nears its end, it is time to dissect social media and see what is happening.
1) The content tailored to the users life style
Ket Han, Facebook’s creative strategist during Social Media Week (Sep 2017) in London said that the average internet user scrolls down 90 meters of digital content daily; in her view, we should place our social messages in order to attract audiences in accordance with their needs in the following way:
– 70% of content should be in short format that is easily digested. That’s for those on the move, who check their phones during meetings and their commute. These posts attract likes easily and require little analysis and engagement.
– 20% of content should be interactive, aimed at users during their short periods of down time.
– 10% of content should be high quality video content aimed at those looking for detailed information and are paying full attention to the theme.
What can be drawn from this analysis? Whilst 70% look for light content, only 10% want deeper analysis.
When Ket speaks of the types of content, it is obvious that the video content will be the dominant format on social media next year.
2) Facebook is going nowhere, it is stronger than ever
In June 2017, Facebook had more than 2 billion subscribers, representing 17% increase over the same period in 2016; more than half of subscribers access Facebook on their mobile. Serbia is one of the countries being used to trial Explore Feed, which reduces organic reach, the fact is that over 3.1 million people are continuing to use it (Facebook Add algorithm estimate of potential reach for whole of Serbia) and this is an excellent way for your brand to reach individuals.
Because of these trials, it is necessary to pay special attention to the content quality and increase the advertising budget for Facebook. Bottom line is the brand must be placed where the target audience is.
3) Chatbots and messaging to increase loyalty for the brand
In April 2016, Facebook presented the Messenger chat bot platform, there are more 10 000 brands using this platform, Mastercard, Whole foods, The Wall Street Journal to name but a few.
Furthermore, it has been estimated that 5 billion people are using the messenger and OTT applications (over-the-top – FB Messenger, Whatsapp, Tencent, WeChat, QQ, Kik i Viber, Skype, Google Allo etc)and social messaging will be intrinsic part of any on line interaction.
It is interesting that 62% of the millennials are more loyal to a brand communicating with them via a messenger application because of a more personal, direst and transparent one to one contact. Facebook makes peoples’ lives easier because with one click they are in direct contact with the brand and in return they get a fast and personalised response and a better experience.
What are Chat Bots, what their benefit is and what are their capabilities you can find out at Drive Zone
4) Authentic photographs instead of stock images
If you are able to forget about stock images then you should. Imperfect, authentic images, local content and photographs the users can identify with is the way forward for digital communication because they tell #nofilter story. Luckily, even in Serbia the use of stock images is reducing; digital agencies and companies are turning to authentic images and video content to represent the brand identity.
Authentic photographs go hand in hand with the influencers – bloggers and vloggers- who create branded content but attuned to the likes of their audience. In this way, the content is recognizable to local audience as the real deal. This type of collaboration increases the organic reach; the influencers use their private channels to communicate – YouTube, Instagram, blogs and columns.
5) Quality not quantity of content
Bombarding users with spam is a thing of the past; the social networks algorithms are programmed to push quality content. Creating a greater number of posts is counterproductive because of a low organic reach and monotonous communication. It is better to put time, money and creativity into the content that is relevant, current, entertaining and interactive.
6) From attracting attention to conversion counters
Whilst discussions about Explore Feed and organic reach reduction are still going on, we want to point out a more important metrics which is actions or conversions. The focus on awareness or the number of friends is shifting towards the responses of the friends. There is an increase in selling and PPC campaigns which are part of performance marketing, Page Like adverts and Reach campaigns are but side tactics to a wider strategy of conversion counters.
At this year’s Digital Day conference Katarzyna Paliwoda from Facebook gave us some important information. Offline sales are not affected by the level of interaction on line, if you focus solely on likes they will not increase your profits.
7) Insta Stories and Snaps instead of Feed posts
After Snapchat conquered the mobiles of millennials throughout the world with short duration content, Instagram responded with Insta Story. Facebook response was My Day but the sense is that Instagram is ahead, the latest data show that Snapchat is declining.
This informal content creation is not there by accident, it encompasses all that young people want – fast real-time information, exclusive photos, behind-the scenes moments and privacy. Unlike Facebook and Instagram Feed formats, Snapchats and Insta Stories are vertical content ideally suited to mobiles.
Why is 2018 the year you should include the short duration content into your social strategies? Read all about at Drive Zone