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Social commerce gives brands opportunities to create seamless e-commerce experiences directly within popular social channels

One of the things that has always fascinated me about social media is the way it continues to adapt and evolve to changing consumer trends. Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a progressive shift from simple, text-based updates, to increasingly visual and ephemeral content, championed by app-based platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, and at the same time, social commerce has flourished. Whilst newer entrants such as TikTok have taken this trend even further, there have also been innovations in one-to-one communication seen in the development of messenger apps such as WeChat, WhatsApp and Messenger (the latter both owned by Facebook):  It’s been interesting to see how some of these trends have converged to drive innovation in social media…

We predicted social media would continue to grow in 2021, and it did. Back in January, we collated your top 6 social media trends to reach and convert more customers, but how's it going so far?

Social media has proven itself to be a valuable channel for marketers to reach and convert customers. Renowned for an agile approach, social media marketing requires channel managers to keep up to date with the latest social media trends in technical and social developments to make sure they are exploiting all the opportunities available. It's no surprise that this year has seen unprecedented change in social media usage, alongside a whole host of other customer behavioral factors. Planning for 2021, we already knew from Datareportal's July 2020 Digital snapshot that nearly half of respondents have spent more time on social media due to COVID-19, evidenced by a 10% YOY increase in usage…

Discover the latest trends and innovations in customer relationship management to truly integrate your financial services CRM marketing

From account opening, saving money, investing, to foreign currency exchange, financial services marketing leaders are looking to create a user-centric digital environment to respond to users’ expectations. Financial services CRM today means providing customers with more innovative and complete financial services with partners from different industries, including telecom companies, FinTech start-ups, and insurance companies. Financial services companies have often perceived the strength of digital purely as an acquisition channel. As customer relationships have become more complex, the growth of new distribution channels has increased combined with the exponential growth of new technology means financial services CRM marketing is more important than ever, for both customer acquisition and retention and lifetime value. Larger financial brands also understand as their historic dominance is continually being squeezed by startups such as FinTechs focusing on retention can drive up…

Personalized marketing, as we know from our experiences as brand-lovers and as marketers, is the make or break of any e-commerce marketing strategy in a competitive environment

Personalized marketing is all about offering improved user experience (UX) by serving relevant content, or targeting key messages in the funnel, based on your customer’s e-commerce activities and behaviour. Personalized marketing unlocks tactics for retailers to form personal relationships with their customers during their online experience (CX), to nurture leads and drive more sales from digital marketing. According to SmarterHQ, 72% of consumers say they now only engage with marketing messages that are personalized and tailored to their interests. And with competition at an all-time high, value added by personalized marketing is exactly the tactic your retail/e-commerce marketing strategy needs. [si_monthly_campaign_blog_cta_banner id=156146] Despite this, customer security and privacy concerns are at their peak. A McKinsey 2020 consumer-data report…

In this digital era we live in, the integration of live events and social media has proven to be a marketing strategy with high ROI

The events industry generates $ 1.5 trillion annually around the globe. In this digital era we live in, the integration of live events and social media has proven to be a marketing strategy with high ROI. If digital was a threat to physical experiences a few years ago, they are complementary now. To better take advantage of this innovative landscape of data analytics, enhanced immersive experiences and growth opportunities, marketing activations are on their way to becoming fully physical and digital at the same. In other words, they’re combining best practices and optimizations of digital transformation and in-person experiences.

What are live events and social media in the core of marketing strategies for 2020?

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Media and entertainment business need to reinvent business models, TikTok's ban on misinformation, Facebook proposing deepfake videos ban and Twitter removing Audience Insights

With most people only getting back to work after the New Year break this week, marketing news is still fairly slow. However, this week has seen a few interesting announcements that we think you need to know about - which is why they are included in our latest news roundup. First up is the revelation that 50% of media and entertainment executives don't think they can continue with traditional business models, with the failure to reinvent putting the future of businesses at risk. TikTok has announced an update to its community guidelines in a bid to stop the spread of misinformation on its app ahead of the 2020 US Presidential election. Facebook has proposed a partial ban on deepfake videos after facing further pressure to curb misinformation on the platform. Finally, Twitter…

Take a look at what we believe are the key social media marketing trends for 2020 that marketers need to be aware of in order to ensure their marketing strategy is up-to-date and as effective as possible.

Social media has now become synonymous with digital marketing, going hand-in-hand with most – if not all – digital campaigns. However, social media is far from static and what worked a few months ago may not get you the same good results now. Habits change, platforms evolve, and new platforms come into existence. All of this influences how people use and react to social media marketing, as well as how marketers are able to reach their audience.

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It is more important than ever before for marketers to understand and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to social media. Doing so ensures you have the right tools at your disposal, an up-to-date strategy,…

Take a look at five social commerce trends for 2020 that could help improve your social commerce strategy for the year ahead

Social media continues to offer opportunities for brands to connect with consumers in new and interesting ways, across a wide variety of platforms. The number of people online, on mobile and on social has increased year-on-year. According to the Global Digital Report 2019: The number of internet users worldwide in 2019 is 4.4 billion, up 9.1% year-on-year. The number of social media users worldwide in 2019 is 3.5 billion, up 9% year-on-year. The number of mobile phone users in 2019 is 5.1 billion, up 2% year-on-year. It’s also worth noting that whilst the major platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) still dominate, there has been a rise in alternative platforms. As …

Managing your own social media accounts is one thing, but you need to pay attention to the social media presence of others as well

Social media marketing is sometimes overlooked by B2B companies. However, even when you’re targeting huge companies in your marketing efforts, it's important to remember that the decisions are made by people, people who - just like everyone else - use social media. Statistics say that 84% of C- and VP-level buyers check social media before making a purchasing decision. Social media for B2B companies can be a communication channel, a platform for raising brand awareness and even a source of leads. Managing your own social media accounts is one thing, but you need to pay attention to the social media presence of others as well. From your audience to your competitors, there are a lot of insights you can get from monitoring social media. [si_blog_banner_cta] B2B companies…

Social video shares are king, making video one of the most powerful marketing tools in your arsenal

In case you’re not yet convinced how dominant video is on the internet landscape, here’s some compelling data. According to 2017 Cisco projections, online videos will comprise more than 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2021. The internet has officially become a watching, rather than reading, medium. The implication: to stay on the forefront of this video binging, you need to become a strategic producer of videos for your brand. You also need to post them where your prospects’ gaze and attention will increasingly be focused: social TV apps. [si_guide_block id="23343" title="Download our Individual Member Resource – Video and YouTube marketing guide" description="Our guide shows you how to review the full opportunities from video marketing whether you are a company looking to integrate video marketing more into your campaigns or a…