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Instagram has done it again! Earlier this year they launched an algorithm that placed the most individually relevant content at the beginning of each user’s feed. Now, Instagram has introduced a suite of business services to further solidify its standing as legitimate and in-demand advertising business platform. Regardless if you’re a micro business or a business Goliath, the need and opportunity within Instagram is significant:

“According to Instagram, about half of users now follow a business on the platform and even more—around 60 percent—say they’ve learned about products on Instagram.” read more

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It seems like every month Facebook releases a new feature, which enhances the user experience and keeps people within their platform. One of the more recent announcements was about Facebook Live and its capabilities within the Facebook mobile app. To save you time and mental energy, we’re here to break down Facebook Live so you understand what it is, how to use it, and how it can positively impact your small business. Let’s get started!

What is Facebook Live?

At its core, Facebook Live is a real-time video streaming service within Facebook. With the rising popularity of video across all social media platforms, it should come as no surprise that Facebook has embraced video and is attempting to create the preeminent video platform. Facebook Live allows users to stream live video to their friends and followers. Streams can run up to 90 minutes in length and can be restricted to certain groups requiring an invitation from the creator. A novel feature is that videos are automatically stored in the creator’s timeline, which builds a virtual video library for friends and followers. However, the creator does have the ability to delete stored videos at their discretion. This compilation of videos is in stark contrast to SnapChat, where snaps are only available in the moment and instantly disappear once viewed. Currently, Facebook Live is available on iPhones and Androids, but has ambitions of being rolled out globally this year. read more

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They’ve done it again: Facebook released another update to your News Feed. Over the past two years, there have been numerous revisions to the News Feed algorithm, all with the focus of making it more customer-centric and user-friendly. Following the F8 Summit earlier this month, it’s no surprise that new features are being implemented quickly and often. To summarize the changes, Facebook stated the following in its April 21 announcement,

“As we work to improve News Feed, we make updates to help make sure you see the most relevant stories at the top.” read more

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2016 has been a banner year for rolling out new social media features. We’ve gathered the latest and greatest and broken down what they are and how to use them. Check them out below!

Facebook Live

Facebook Live showcased their latest features over the past week and upped the intrigue with what’s to come in the near future. Housed inside of the app, users now have the ability to “go live in Facebook Groups and Events, access interactive features….and invite friends to watch a live stream with them.” This all comes on the heels of the increasing demand for video across all social media. read more

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Facebook’s F8 Summit, a two-day developer conference hosted in San Francisco and accessible to millions via live streaming, packed quite the punch this year. While there was speculation around certain product launches and other technological initiatives, the overwhelming roll out of ideas and latest features exceeded expectations. Given the sheer volume of information provided across the two days, we’ve created a thorough summary of the conference and what you can expect from Facebook over the next few months to ten years. read more

It’s time once again for that most anticipated event among social media marketers of all stripes: Social Media Marketing World! Thousands of marketers from dozens of countries all over the world will descend on San Diego next week, bringing with them wit, wisdom, and lots and lots of tweets!

Whether or not you snagged a ticket to the events taking place April 17th-19th, you can be the beneficiary of all the social media savvy flying around by following the action on social media.

Last year, the event’s official hashtag saw hundreds of thousands of tweets, and this year is sure to be no different. Make sure to follow #SMMW16 to learn, laugh, and retweet. read more

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Pranks are the name of the game on April Fools’ Day, and increasingly brands are getting involved in the fun. This year we saw a flurry of businesses play into the trickery of April 1, but the majority fell flat. The notable few who rose to the top had viewers laughing out loud and were incredibly memorable. Aside from having viewers giggling at their desks, these brands successfully engaged their audiences through these stunts and turned an otherwise silly cultural holiday into a marketing triumph. read more

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Checking social media platforms is an hourly, if not more frequent, habit of many people today. They want to know who is posting what, and upon waking up in the morning, they’re eager to see what was missed while in their REM cycles. For Instagram users, it takes some time to scroll through your entire feed, but it is entertaining to see the litany of photos, videos and comments that were generated while away from the app.

However, Instagram wants you to see the best of the best, and is working on a new concept for your feed. Just like Facebook and, more recently, Twitter, have adopted algorithms for feeds and timelines, Instagram wants to curate your feed based off of data collected within the app. Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of Instagram told The New York Times: read more

Well folks, it finally happened.

If you’ve been anywhere near an internet-connected device in the last 48 hours, you know what I’m talking about; Facebook Reactions. We reported back in September 2015 about the first rumblings of this, when Mark Zuckerberg announced that while his team was not building the much-rumored ‘dislike’ button, they were in fact “working on it” when it came to ways for people to express a broader range of emotions on Facebook.

When you logged on to Facebook today and saw an adorable line-up of little faces staring back at you, you probably first reacted as a Facebook user, and then quickly put your brand hat on and said “what does this mean for my business?” read more

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As we approach Super Bowl Sunday (February 7th), most marketers are preparing for the inspiring commercials that will require blog posts to be written the next day and tweets to be sent right away – hoping for their real-time marketing glory moment.

Many social media platforms are well-prepared for the day already. Twitter, as always, is the main player with their chronological timeline, recent Moments introduction, and Periscope integration. Snapchat scored a deal with the NFL back in September to share original content on the field and in the locker room for their subscribers in Explorer. And even Instagram has tried to compete by highlighting some of their most engaging videos in their new Video Collections feature. read more

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