We’re at the end of 2019 and what an eventful year it has been! Especially in social media’s realm, with hundreds of updates and changes to platform rules and regs. Although 2020 is right around the corner, there’s still time to revisit social media strategies to boost performance next year. With this in mind, we discuss notable predictions from social experts and thought leaders to gauge how best to move forward.
Granted, were basing our advice on the predictions we feel to be most likely. However, we’ll know more as the year starts to pan out, so stay tuned for blog updates on how best to revise marketing strategies. Anyhow, Emarketer suggests social media is currently used by 90.4% of Millennials, 77.5% of Gen X and 48.2% of Baby Boomers. Meaning your demographic is on social, but what current predictions might hint on how best to target them?
Our top 2020 predictions
The New York Times hints Facebook’s planning to integrate messaging functionalities on Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Enabling users to communicate between the apps, whilst integrating cross-posting via their Stories tools. This broadens the opportunities for marketers to connect quicker and easier with their audience.
Furthermore, Instagram look to maintain its current course with focus on user health and wellbeing via ‘like hiding’. This looks set in stone as an official feature for 2020. Coupled with a further shift towards monetisation, influencer marketing will continue to dominate in the new year. Businesses aught to improve their marketing spend on influencer marketing as it can be cheaper and more effective than running paid ads. So moving forward, marketers should look to work with multiple smaller influencers, as opposed to singular celebrities.
SocialMediaToday offers realistic views on AR, VR and their impact on socials’ future. AR filters like on Snapchat are gaining popularity, with digital overlays offering creative alternatives to standard content, upping user engagement. Alternatively, VR looks to be the future of social interaction, with Facebook already heavily investing in Oculus. It’s safe to say their’s plenty of potential to gear a marketing strategy towards these trends in 2020.