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Jack Shepherd Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Updated on 14 Apr 2023

Social Media Industry Round-Up #30: Instagram Advice for Brands, Video Display on Facebook Marketplace, TikTok Promotions Report & New YouTube Premium Features

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Best Practice for Brands on Instagram DMs

Instagram has added a new page with tips for brands on how to improve their DM strategy to connect with customers, build brand loyalty and trust, drive more sales and use ads to start more conversations.

Check the Page Here

New Instagram API Access to Streamline Creator Partnerships

Instagram is launching new ways to discover and reach Instagram creators by expanding access to brand agencies and testing integrations with top creator marketing platforms. The main updates will be:

  • Prioritised DMs: There will be a priority inbox on Creator Marketplace, for brands to communicate with creators via DM.

  • Project Briefs: Brands will be able to upload project briefs to Creator Marketplace straight from a third-party platform.

  • Extended access to brand agencies: Instagram has started testing brand agency access to Creator Marketplace so that they can manage creator discovery and collaboration on behalf of brands.

Discover More Here

TESTING - AI-Generated Stories on Facebook

This new automated Stories generation process uses advanced photo and video data, including image quality, location, and the presence of people or animals, to create new Stories from previously shared content.

New Video Display Elements on Facebook Marketplace

Sellers can now include videos within their listings, and users can request videos to help them with their purchase decision.

Meta Shares Tips on Marketing Trends

Meta has launched two video series to help brands and marketers maximise ad campaigns.

The first video series, called ‘Performance Talks’, focuses on the latest trends and innovations in ad buying and digital marketing.

Watch Performance Talks

Ask An Expert

The second video series, ‘Ask An Expert’, provides additional guidance on how to get the most out of Facebook and Instagram ads.

Watch Ask An Expert

Boosting Brand Exposure by Connecting to Topical Communities on TikTok

TikTok recommends following their ‘Stay and Play’ approach by ‘staying’ in the most obvious communities for their brand and ‘playing’ with the less obvious ones. This can be done by identifying subcultures in the app and selecting those that may be relevant to the brand.

Read More About It Here

New TikTok Promotions Report

TikTok users are more understanding and open to ads than general internet users, according to the latest Statista report. As per Statista:

“38% of survey participants using TikTok are willing to tolerate advertising in exchange for free access to certain services, which is 4% more than the total number of adults surveyed. Almost 15% of TikTok users struggle to distinguish between advertising and other content.”

However, in order for users to welcome these ads, marketers must build native-looking campaigns that align with the broader user experience.

Check Out the Study

Twitter's Generative AI Project

Elon Musk has been buying thousands of GPUs to develop his own AI tools to compete with OpenAI.

Their new AI tool would use Twitter’s data to fuel its own AI models, the same way OpenAI initially did to train its GPT models, before Twitter cut off its access.

LinkedIn Key Tips for Video Campaigns

Video is the best-performing content type on most platforms. This is why VidMob, alongside LinkedIn, has released a report based on their latest study, full of insights, best practices and advice on optimising video for each stage of the funnel.

Download the Full Document Here

Reminder Button for Upcoming YouTube Live Streams

YouTube is adding a new ‘Notify Me’ CTA button to help brands and creators maximise viewership of their upcoming live streams. Users will be able to turn on the notification to make sure they don’t miss out.

New Features to YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium includes basic features such as ad-free viewing, downloadable clips, YouTube Music playing in the background, and more. However, to increase subscription revenue, they’ve included some new features:

  • Content queuing: Expanding it to mobile devices, as it was already available on desktop.

  • Watch together: Will enable Premium subscribers to create watch parties via Google Meet.

  • Cross-Device Transition: Continue watching YouTube clips wherever previously left off, even when switching between devices.

  • Offline viewing: When connected to Wi-Fi, YouTube will automatically download videos to your library.

  • Enhance Video Quality: Enhanced bitrate version of 1080p HD video quality (iOS only for now).

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