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Instagram Expands IGTV Ads to the UK and Australia
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Instagram Expands IGTV Ads to the UK and Australia

After launching an initial test of IGTV ads with US creators in May last year, Instagram has now announced an expansion of the program, with selected creators in the UK and Australia now eligible to activate ads on their IGTV uploads.As explained by Instagram: "Over the coming weeks we’re expanding [IGTV ads] to select creators in the UK and Australia. IGTV ads will initially appear when people click to watch IGTV videos from previews in their feed. The video ads will be built for mobile and up to 15 seconds long." That's good news for content creators in these regions, with further expansion set to come soon, which will open up even more opportunities for those uploading to Instagram's long-form channel.The main impetus here is to encourage more creators to keep posting to IGTV, ...
23 Pinterest Statistics That Matter to Marketers in 2021
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23 Pinterest Statistics That Matter to Marketers in 2021

Pinterest statistics are an essential component of marketing strategies both on and off the platform. At a glimpse, they help marketers understand Pinterest audiences and identify trending content. Social media statistics are widely shared in marketing circles online. But not every stat is relevant, reliable and up to date. We’ve rounded up the Pinterest stats that matter based on the latest data pulled straight from the source.Bonus: Download a free guide that teaches you how to make money on Pinterest in six easy steps using the tools you already have.General Pinterest stats See how Pinterest stats measure up against other social media networks and beyond. 1. Pinterest is the 14th largest social network in the world As of January 2021, Pinterest ranks as the 14th largest p...
How TikTok and Shopify are Maximizing E-Commerce Revenue Options
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How TikTok and Shopify are Maximizing E-Commerce Revenue Options

February 17th, 2021 Marketing Erica Perry Over the past several years the way we shop has changed dramatically. As social platforms evolve into the new-age shopping malls, a trend largely fueled by the pandemic, consumers will continue to prioritize relationships with brands based on the online experience they provide ever...
Building Brand Trust on Social Media [#SMTLive Recap]
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Building Brand Trust on Social Media [#SMTLive Recap]

Recently, on #SMTLive, our weekly Twitter chat, we hosted a discussion on how brands can build trust with their audiences, and why trust is so important in the modern, evolving digital landscape. Trust, and building effective brand relationships, is becoming a bigger focus amid shifting attitudes to key social issues, and a rising reliance on eCommerce for shopping. On the former, according to Edelman's 2020 Trust Barometer report, less than half of people now trust that their institutions will do what's right, with growing skepticism around financial motivations and other influential factors that can change government and regularity decisions. On the latter, as reliance on eCommerce grows, consumers need to know that they're going to get what they pay for online, and that comes down t...
Does Saying “Link in Bio” Affect Your Instagram Post Performance? (Experiment)
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Does Saying “Link in Bio” Affect Your Instagram Post Performance? (Experiment)

Rumors have been swirling around the internet water cooler lately: Are posts that include the words “link in bio” in the caption less favored by the Instagram algorithm? As much as we love some juicy gossip here at Hootsuite HQ, we love cold, hard, social media facts even more. So we decided to do a little experiment, put this theory to the test and find out the truth, once and for all. Read on to unpack our experiment and learn whether “link in bio” is a momentum killer or not.Bonus: Download a free checklist that reveals the exact steps a lifestyle photographer used to grow from 0 to 600,000 followers on Instagram with no budget and no expensive gear.Hypothesis: Including “link in bio” in your caption decreases Instagram post performance The fact that Instagram doesn’t allow...
Tips and Tools to Do it Right
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Tips and Tools to Do it Right

Social media customer service is the practice of using social tools to resolve customer questions or concerns. Social customer support is highly effective because it allows customers to reach your team on the platforms they already use.Bonus: Read the step-by-step social media strategy guide with pro tips on how to grow your social media presence.Social media customer service stats Why should you incorporate social media customer service solutions into your business plan? It’s simple: People want brands to offer social media customer support.1 billion messages are exchanged between people and businesses every month on Facebook Messenger. 70% of people expect to message businesses more in the future for customer service questions. 64% of people would rather message than call ...
9 Epic Instagram Story Hacks To Stand Out From The Crowd!
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9 Epic Instagram Story Hacks To Stand Out From The Crowd!

Since Stories were first introduced, they’ve completely💯stolen the show on Instagram. We’re also starting to see Story-like content spill over to other platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. (more…)
How YouTube is Expanding into Short-Form Video Territory with ‘Clips’
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How YouTube is Expanding into Short-Form Video Territory with ‘Clips’

February 3rd, 2021 Marketing Erica Perry Move over, Twitch. YouTube is testing the ability for viewers and creators to make clips of longer videos, allowing for the sharing of short, bit-sized clips of a video. Sound familiar?The feature is currently “in testing” with a small group of channels while YouTube gathers feedbac...
Twitter Publishes 2021 Marketing Calendar to Highlight Key Events for Your Campaigns
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Twitter Publishes 2021 Marketing Calendar to Highlight Key Events for Your Campaigns

Every year, Twitter publishes a downloadable events calendar to assist marketers in planning for all the key dates in the months ahead.  But last year, with so many events being canceled due to COVID-19, the calendar itself ended up being kind of useless. I mean, it was still handy, but it had to be revised so often that it was never clear what was and wasn't happening, which meant that downloading the guide didn't really work. So this year, with disruption still lingering in the air, Twitter has opted to publish a live listing on its Twitter Marketing website, which includes all the key dates, month-by-month, on a simple template.It's not as pretty as the usual calendar format, but it does the job, and it'll help you keep track of all the key events and dates you need to know in ord...
Important User Stats for Marketers
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Important User Stats for Marketers

Instagram demographics give marketers a way to get to know the people behind the numbers. And with more than one billion people on the social network across the globe, there’s a lot of people to get to know. Demographic insights should inform your Instagram marketing strategy, especially if you’re new to the platform. You can also use demographics to compare your current Instagram audience to audiences you’d like to reach, whether through organic marketing or Instagram ads. Learn about age, location, gender, and other Instagram demographics so you can tailor your strategy and content for the right audience.Download the complete Digital 2021 report—which includes online behavior data from 220 countries—to learn where to focus your social marketing efforts and how to better target...
How Twitter is Expanding its Reach in Audio
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How Twitter is Expanding its Reach in Audio

January 12th, 2021 Marketing Erica Perry In June 2020, Twitter introduced audio tweets where you can record your voice and share that audio as a tweet to your followers. A perk? These can also be listened to while you multi-task across other day-to-day activities including checking email or working on a document — comparab...
“Water Cooler” Moments in a Remote Work World?
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“Water Cooler” Moments in a Remote Work World?

LinkedIn Stories is the career network’s latest pitch to reach a younger demographic. The feature could help your company reach that audience, too. Released in September, stories may be new to LinkedIn, but they’re not new to social media. First popularized by Snapchat, disappearing posts have been replicated as Instagram and Facebook Stories, YouTube Stories—and most recently, Twitter Fleets. Short-form social video ismore popular than ever. Instagram Stories counts 500 million daily active users worldwide. More than 10 million people in the U.S. log on to TikTok everyday. Microsoft, LinkedIn’s parent company, even attempted to acquire TikTok last year. But will the off-the-cuff format click with young professionals on LinkedIn? According to a post by LinkedIn’s senior product ma...
44 Instagram Statistics That Matter to Marketers in 2021
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44 Instagram Statistics That Matter to Marketers in 2021

2020 was a year of new developments at Instagram, with some interesting new Instagram statistics emerging along the way. Now much more than a photo-sharing platform, Instagram has launched a ton of features to help businesses market and sell directly from the app. As you plan your Instagram marketing strategy for 2021, it’s important to know the latest facts about this very popular social network. To make sure you’re working with the right information, we’ve compiled all the most important Instagram stats you need to be aware of this year.Bonus: Download a free checklist that reveals the exact steps a lifestyle photographer used to grow from 0 to 600,000 followers on Instagram with no budget and no expensive gear.Fast stats for instagram 1. Instagram turned 10 years old in 202...
5 Best Practices for Twitter Video Marketing
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5 Best Practices for Twitter Video Marketing

October 20th, 2020 Marketing Guy Sheetrit Contrary to what many might think, Twitter is actually a gold mine for video marketing. There has been a 95 percent increase in daily video views on Twitter over the past 18 months. Likewise, there has been an 85 percent year-over-year increase in watch time on Twitter. More so, yo...
Invest in Your Professional Education with SMW+
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Invest in Your Professional Education with SMW+

November 10th, 2020 Marketing Toby Daniels During the Pandemic, the number one thing that we have heard from our community is that professional learning opportunities are more important to them today, than ever before. At Social Media Week we have been committed to helping professionals grow in their careers for more than ...
Announcing The Social Media MarTech Index
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Announcing The Social Media MarTech Index

November 17th, 2020 Marketing SMW Staff Brought to you by Social Media Week, The Social Media Martech Index is a global list of all the companies that provide marketing technology solutions to the social media industry. The Index is designed to help social media marketers as they think about their social media tech stack o...
What Your Brand Should Know
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What Your Brand Should Know

December 2nd, 2020 Marketing Erica Perry Music has always played a special role in culture but this year particularly people are tuning into more audio content via YouTube and YouTube Music. This is largely in an effort to combat Zoom fatigue and make it easier to absorb content whether tutorials, lectures, classes, meeti...
Facebook Faces Renewed Backlash Over Lack of Support for Small Advertisers
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Facebook Faces Renewed Backlash Over Lack of Support for Small Advertisers

This seems like the most logical way for Facebook to close out 2020. Last week, reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong shared images of a new look Facebook Help Center, with updated controls tools to help users find the answers they need.The update was later confirmed by Facebook - as explained by Facebook's Alexandru Voica: "We redesigned the Help Center to help people find the information they're looking for faster, with an improved and streamlined navigation and a user experience that's consistent with the rest of Facebook.com. We've also made search easier to use and refreshed the most popular topics to reflect what people want to learn about today." So, cool, right? A new Help Center experience, which is more in-line with common usage. Helpful, right?It seems that the u...
A Very Serious and Prestigious Social Media Awards Show
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A Very Serious and Prestigious Social Media Awards Show

Fridge-Worthy is a social media awards show developed by Hootsuite to recognize brands who have posted unique, interesting, or savvy content on social media. Every episode features one brand, and explains what the brand has done to deserve a place on Hootsuite’s fridge, as well as a few main takeaways for businesses hoping to replicate the success for themselves. Season 2 Episode 4: Vancouver Coastal Health Award: Least Awkward Attempt to Peer Pressure Young People Into Not Spreading DiseaseWhat they did that was Fridge-Worthy:Started a TikTok channel to reach a younger audience, creating funny and informative content to spread awareness about COVID-19Takeaways:If you’re going to try a new channel, do it in a way that matches the tone and feel of content that’s already pop...
A Strategic Guide To Social Media Marketing For Nonprofits
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A Strategic Guide To Social Media Marketing For Nonprofits

Let me start with the truth - a lot of people do not donate to nonprofits because they do not know if they will use the money for its intended purpose, or how nonprofits will invest the money or people might think if their donations can make a real difference! (more…)
5 Social Media Strategy Questions Every CMO Needs to Answer in 2021
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5 Social Media Strategy Questions Every CMO Needs to Answer in 2021

Social media hit historical highs in the CMO budget this year. In fact, spending on social media marketing spiked by 74% to reach 23% of marketing budgets according to The CMO Survey, and marketers anticipate spending will remain close to this new high level as we enter the new year. With fewer events, tighter budgets, and changing customer demand, CMOs are looking to their social media programs to deliver more than ever. But is your social strategy up to the task? Our 2021 Social Trends report—based on a survey of over 11,100 marketers and in-depth interviews with top experts at agencies, brands, and social platforms—uncovered strategies and tactics that are setting top organizations apart on social. Here are 5 questions to see how your approach compares. Download the full Social...
8 Important Social Media Integration Strategies to Implement in 2021
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8 Important Social Media Integration Strategies to Implement in 2021

Social media integration gives your audience more ways to engage and interact with your brand. You’re creating more opportunities for them to share your content and promote your products/services for you. The best part: It’s easy to do. In fact, with the right tools (which we’ll show you) you’ll be able to integrate social media with your website, email, and other channels today. Bonus: Read the step-by-step social media strategy guide with pro tips on how to grow your social media presence.Why is social media integration important? First a quick definition: Social media integration is the act of using social media accounts as an extension of your marketing strategy. This is typically accomplished two ways:Directing your social media audience to your website Allowing your soci...
Cheat Sheet for Every Network
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Cheat Sheet for Every Network

Social media image sizes seem to change constantly. One moment you have the perfect cover page for your account. The next, it’s been resized, and looks all pixelated and wrong. It doesn’t help that information about official dimensions and image sizes are harder to find than a civil discussion on politics on Facebook. But, it’s not difficult if you consult this guide to social media image sizes! Below are the most recent social media image dimensions, as of 2021.Bonus: Get the always-up-to-date social media image size cheat sheet. The free resource includes recommended photo dimensions for every type of image on every major network.Why is it important to get social media image sizes right? There’s a lot to get right when your brand is creating great visual content for social m...
The Top Instagram Updates You Need to Know: December 2020
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The Top Instagram Updates You Need to Know: December 2020

Keep informed with this rundown of Instagram’s latest updates. From new ad formats to Instagram Shop upgrades, Instagram is constantly introducing new features for marketers. But if you don’t know about them, you can’t take advantage of them. Stay in the know so you get ahead of Instagram trends and give your marketing that extra edge. Here are the new Instagram updates for December 2020. Jump back to previous months:Bonus: Download a free checklist that reveals the exact steps a lifestyle photographer used to grow from 0 to 600,000 followers on Instagram with no budget and no expensive gear.Top Instagram updates you need to know in 2020 December 2020 Instagram updates Instagram wraps up a complex year with updates to branded content, guides, and more. Product and branded cont...
How Twitter is Driving Tweet Exposure and Virtual Hangouts
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How Twitter is Driving Tweet Exposure and Virtual Hangouts

December 16th, 2020 Marketing Erica Perry It’s hard to believe more than seven years ago Snapchat unveiled “Stories,” a feature allowing consumers to string together images and videos into a digestible, diary-esque sequence that would disappear after 24 hours. It proved so popular that several other prominent players inclu...
The Top Facebook Updates You Need to Know: December 2020
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The Top Facebook Updates You Need to Know: December 2020

“The only constant is change,” Greek philosopher Heraclitus has famously said. We can’t prove it, but we’re pretty sure he was talking about Facebook updates. Sometimes its changes delight (see: the introduction of Messenger). Sometimes they cause mass outrage (see: literally any time the interface is redesigned). But one thing’s for sure: Facebook never rests on its laurels. There’s always something new in the works, which is to say there are always new opportunities for your brand to get ahead of its competitors. It’s why we’ll be keeping this page updated regularly, spotlighting the most important Facebook updates each month. Be sure to check back often (and maybe even bookmark this page?).Bonus: Download a free guide that teaches you how to turn Facebook traffic into sales i...
9 Things You Need To Do To Avoid PR Crisis On Social Media
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9 Things You Need To Do To Avoid PR Crisis On Social Media

How successful your business is, depends almost entirely on how the public views it. Your brand image is what helps you attract new customers and retain old ones. It’s what has the power to drive your growth, improve your brand awareness, and boost your bottom line even.  (more…)
Everything You Need to Know About Twitter’s Disappearing Tweets
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Everything You Need to Know About Twitter’s Disappearing Tweets

It’s common wisdom that the internet is forever. Country superstar Brad Paisley even wrote a song about it, for goodness sakes. But Twitter, with its new Fleets feature, dares to disagree. Rolled out to users worldwide November 2020, Fleets are a way to post content on Twitter that will disappear after 24 hours. Reactions so far have been… mixed.It's very meta how everyone stopped caring about Fleets after 24 hours. — Monty Ashley (@monty_ashley) November 27, 2020ok all of your fleets are excellent, it's like having access to an exclusively wholesome take-free alt twitter whenever I like and I'm begging you to keep it that way — Hannah Malcolm (@hannahmmalcolm) November 27, 2020I ain watch 10 fleets since this feature come out — Duke (@Dxke_fz) December 9, 2020Finally u...
How Zapier Supports SocialPilot To Be The Most Cost-effective Tool
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How Zapier Supports SocialPilot To Be The Most Cost-effective Tool

Nobody wants to do repetitive work which is a necessary element of the job. Right? To address this issue, people are opting for automation tools. With this regard, Zapier has been one of the leading tools in this arena. (more…)