Facebook Launches New Photo and Video Transfer Tool, A First Step in Data Portability

Facebook Launches New Photo and Video Transfer Tool, A First Step in Data Portability

Facebook has announced the launch of a new tool which will enable people to transfer their Facebook photos and videos over to Google Photos, in what Facebook says is the first step in its new data portability approach, which, eventually, will provide users with more control over all of their Facebook data. As explained by Facebook: “At Facebook, we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another. That’s the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation. Today, we’re releasing a tool that will enable Facebook users to transfer their Facebook photos and videos […]

20 Predictions for Social Media Marketing in 2020

20 Predictions for Social Media Marketing in 2020

It’s that time of the year once again, when all of the kids are writing down their Christmas lists, and all of the adults are jotting down their new year’s resolutions. And when all of the social media experts and ‘thought leaders’ start churning out their predictions and prognostications for what’s coming from Facebook, Twitter and Co. in the twelve months ahead. Yep, it’s prediction season, and with all the pundits and armchair experts coming out with their educated guesses on where things are headed, I thought that I should also put my crystal ball to work. Some of these will come true, some will never eventuate, but based on […]

Social Media Predictions For 2020, According to 3 Experts

Social Media Predictions For 2020, According to 3 Experts

What will 2020 look like in the social media space? Over the course of the decade, social platforms including Instagram and Pinterest launched and were swiftly integrated into personal and professional social media marketing. During the last couple years, micro video app TikTok hit 1.5 billion downloads while Facebook breached data protection laws in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The motto for social media moving forward may be to expect the unexpected, but are there any trends we can anticipate in 2020? I spoke to a few social media influencers and professionals to see what they predict will be on the rise next year — and what won’t. 1. IGTV will […]

Strategies for Holiday Season E-commerce Marketing You Can’t Ignore

Strategies for Holiday Season E-commerce Marketing You Can’t Ignore

The holiday season is to retail what prime time is to television. U.S. retail sales are expected to hit the $1 trillion mark between Thanksgiving and the New Year, encompassing a total of 34 shopping days between November 28 and December 31. Like brick and mortar retail, online retail also sees its peak at this time. In 2018 it amounted to nearly $120 billion, and that is slated to climb to $136 billion this year. It is a huge opportunity and happens but once every year. As the owner of an e-commerce store, you cannot afford to ignore making an all-out effort to market your business during this time. The […]

2019 Instagram Updates Marketers Should Know [Infographic]

2019 Instagram Updates Marketers Should Know [Infographic]

Since barely a week goes by without an Instagram update, it can be hard to keep up. In this roundup, we list the most important new features launched in 2019 to keep in mind while planning your 2020 strategy. February In February, Instagram announced it would be making it easier for users to discover and watch IGTV content. When uploading an IGTV video, you could now post the first minute of that video as an Instagram post. Like any other post, it will appear in your followers home feed, alerting them to the new upload. Once the preview has ended, the video is paused and Instagram prompts the viewer to […]

The Winners and Losers of Black Friday 2019

The Winners and Losers of Black Friday 2019

Retailers went into the Black Friday kickoff on edge, in some cases rattled by spending slowdowns in the third quarter. Many, like Macy’s and Kohl’s, were dropping prices well before the Thanksgiving turkey came out of the oven, in hopes of grabbing early sales in a year when there are six fewer days between that holiday and Christmas. Adobe Analytics estimates that the sales for the full weekend (Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday) will top $29 billion, or 20% of total revenue for the full holiday season, up from 19% last year. Retailers’ worries are hardly over, but shoppers over the weekend did pony up. By the end of Black Friday, […]

#SMTLive Recap: Managing Your Brand’s Social Media Over the Holidays

#SMTLive Recap: Managing Your Brand’s Social Media Over the Holidays

It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States, which means we’re officially in the thick of the holiday season. For social media marketers, this can mean a lot of chaos. In order to make said chaos a bit more organized, we wanted to ask our #SMTLive community on Twitter about how they prepare for the holidays on social. Firstly, we wanted to see if anyone hadn’t gotten started yet. Q1 – Poll: Do you have a social media plan in place for the holidays? #SMTLive — Social Media Today (@socialmedia2day) November 26, 2019 It turns out most people actually have gotten started, proving that those of us working in social have learned […]