Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 162)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 162)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

YouTube introduces new CTA extensions for video ads, Facebook is testing search as an ad placement option and Instagram has added a new sticker.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

YouTube introduces a new call-to-action extension for video ads

YouTube has introduced a new call-to-action extension that will take the place of their existing CTA overlays. Then CTAs will be displayed on screen both while your ad is playing and after it has finished. YouTube hope this new format will be “a great way to enhance viewer engagement.”

Read more here.

Facebook adds search to the list of ad placement options

Ad revenue has slowed for the social networking giant so they’re trying to find new ways to kick-start ad spend. Facebook announced this week that they’re beginning a small test of ads in search results. Facebook originally tried to introduce search ads back in 2012 but ultimately decided to roll them back.

Learn more here.

Instagram adds a new countdown sticker

A new sticker has been added to Instagram Stories. The ‘Countdown’ sticker allows you to display a timer that counts down to a specific event or time. Users have the option to be notified when the timer runs out so it could be a useful tool for building hype around product launches or big announcements.

Find out more here.

Instagram is testing new account features aimed at influencers

New reports suggest that Instagram is testing profiles for creators. “Creators are an important part of [the Instagram] community” as such, the creator profiles will reportedly have new, creator specific tools that include more detailed audience insights.

Learn more here.

Facebook gives ‘Life Events’ an update

Facebook is updating ‘Life Events’ with new interactive features and it’s getting a new place to live on the main profile page. According to Facebook, life events are incredibly popular and research suggests that people want to see more of this kind of content in their feeds.

Read more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 157)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 157)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Facebook Messenger introduces the ability to delete messages after they’ve been sent, Facebook is beginning to roll out 1:1 images for link ads and Instagram is trying to incorporate IGTV with the rest of the Instagram app.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Facebook announced Instagram and Advanced Page analytics beta

A major announcement came from Facebook this week that will help marketers everywhere measure the impact that Instagram accounts and Facebook pages have on their bottom lines. Two new additions have been introduced to analytics, Instagram Account analytics and Advanced Page analytics which will help marketers answer questions like “how do these numbers actually relate to revenue?”

Learn more here.

IGTV videos can now be added to Instagram Stories

Instagram announced this week that all users will have the ability to share their IGTV videos directly to their Story. The feature works in a similar way to reposting Stories that they’re mentioned in and has previously only been available to business accounts. This change is a part of a broader effort to bridge the gap between IGTV and the rest of the Instagram app.

Read more here.

The ability to delete messages in Facebook Messenger is coming

Better late than never, Facebook has announced that they will be bringing their ‘unsend’ feature to Facebook Messenger. There’s a catch though, messages will only be able to be deleted in the 10 minutes after it has been sent. The feature will be useful if you’ve “accidentally send the wrong photo, incorrect information or messaged the wrong thread.”

Find out more here.

Facebook rolls out 1:1 image link ads

With the majority of users accessing Facebook through a mobile app, it makes sense for Facebook to be introducing 1:1 image previews for link ads. The advantages to a 1:1 link image over a 1:1.91 image is that it’ll take up more screen space and that ads will look less out of place when they appear in Instagram feeds.

Learn more here.

Facebook is expanding the ‘Breaking News’ tag to more countries

The Breaking News tag was introduced to help fill the gap left by the removal of the trending news section on Facebook. Australia has had the Breaking News Facebook tag for a while but now Facebook is expanding the test to include France, Germany, Mexico, Spain and the UK.

Read more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 156)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 156)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Snapchat lenses have come to desktop to make your business meetings all the more interesting, Twitter is making it easier to change up your news feed and Vimeo videos can now be shared directly to LinkedIn.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Facebook is testing a new layout for Facebook Stories

It’s no secret that Facebook Stories have not been as successful as Facebook would’ve liked. So now they’re trying a new, rather in your face, tactic – a new layout that places six Stories right at the top of the news feed. When you first open the app, the new layout takes up almost the entire screen so there’s no missing it.

Find out more here.

Twitter is testing a new home screen button

Previously, the option to switch between a reverse chronological feed and an algorithmic feed was buried deep within Twitter’s settings. Twitter announced today that they’ll be testing a new button on the home screen of a select number of iOS users that will allow them instantly switch between the two newsfeed options.

Learn more here.

Snapchat brings lenses to desktop

A new desktop extension has been released by Snapchat this week that will allow users to access lenses from their desktop computers. Lenses can now be integrated with Skype, YouTube, Facebook live, even Zoom. This new addition may temporarily increase app usage but it is unlikely to help stop Snap’s user drop off in the long term.

Read more here.

Page and Business recommendations have been added to Facebook Groups

A ‘Recommendations’ panel has been added to Facebook groups. This new addition will collate all the Business’ and Pages that group members have recommended into one place. It creates a new avenue for business discovery with potentially a more engaged audience as users are more likely to trust and act on the opinions of those they’re interacting with.

Find out more here.

Vimeo subscribers can now publish directly to LinkedIn

Vimeo announced a new feature that will allow videos to be published directly to LinkedIn. This may seem like a small change but it’s an indication that Vimeo has given up on being just an online video watching platform, rather a leading platform for publishers who need to embed content.

Learn more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 154)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 154)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Facebook is trying to stamp out content scrapers, YouTube is making changes to their TrueView metric and Twitter is adding more context to trending tweets.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Facebook’s News Feed now downranks stolen content

We’re almost surprised that this hasn’t been implemented earlier but Facebook has changed their algorithm to downrank content that they deem to be stolen. If stolen content receives less News Feed distribution, the publisher will have fewer traffic referrals and earn less revenue for the hundreds of ads they put on their pages which could make stealing content seem less desirable.

Learn more here.

Twitter is testing ‘annotations’ in moments

If you’ve been paying attention to Twitter mentions recently, you might’ve noticed little boxes of contextual information appearing. These are what Twitter is calling moment ‘annotations’. Annotations aim to clarify and provide context for trending tweets. They currently only appear in the mobile app.

Find out more here.

LinkedIn now lets you switch your profile button from ‘Connect’ to ‘Follow’

Until now, the option to allow people to follow you rather than connect with you has been reserved for members of LinkedIn’s inFluence program. The feature is now being rolled out to all users and you can make the change under the privacy settings tab.

Read more here.

YouTube changes video ad engagement measurement

The time spent watching a video before it counts as a view differs from platform to platform. YouTube had the longest time with views only counting towards the TrueView metric after a user watched for 30 seconds. Now they’re reducing that time to 10 seconds to “better reflect the impact of video ads”.

Learn more here.

Facebook introduces Messenger to Groups

Facebook wants to encourage group users to interact more so they’re bringing Messenger to Facebook groups. Group chats will be able to have up to 250 members and host video or audio calls with up to 50 members. Any group member can start a chat but admins will be able to shut down chats or limit the ability to create them.

Read more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 153)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 153)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

This week we’re saying goodbye to Google+, exploring ‘Snap Originals’ through VR and taking a look at 3D photos on Facebook. All that and more in this week’s Platform Five.

Instagram is testing tapping instead of scrolling through posts

Instagram is “always testing ways to improve the experience on [the platform].” Their newest test will see users tapping their way through the explore page, as they do for Stories, instead of scrolling. There’s no confirmation as to if or when they’d introduce the same change to the main newsfeed.

Learn more here.

Facebook is rolling out 3D photos

Announced back at their F8 conference in May, Facebook has begun rolling out 3D photos which work by adding depth to your portrait mode photos. Everyone can now view 3D photos in their feed but the ability to create them is still being rolled out which will happen over the coming weeks.

Find out more here.

Google is shutting down Google+ for consumers

Google+ is being shut down for consumers, not that anyone will really miss it. The final nail in the coffin was not the lack of engagement on the platform but a security breach that exposed up to 500,000 Google+ accounts to unauthorised users.

Read more here.

Snapchat introduces ‘Snap Originals’

Snap Originals are exclusive shows “created by some of the world’s greatest storytellers” that will only be accessible through the Snapchat platform. Exclusive content is not new to Snapchat but this will be the first time users will be able to experience the scenes in VR.

Learn more here.

Facebook is releasing a first-party cookie option

As of October 24, publishers, advertisers, and developers will be able to use first-party cookies for ads. Advertisers will have the option of choosing first or third party cookies but it’s recommended that they choose first-party so they can “reach more customers and be more accurate in measurement reporting.”

Find out more here.

Follow us on Twitter for news of these social media and content marketing changes as they happen.

Platform 5: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 149)

Platform 5: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 149)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Facebook is working to help better protect their advertiser’s brands, YouTube is launching vertical video ad formats and Pinterest has reached 250 million daily active users.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Facebook implements new ad placement controls to protect brands

Advertisers have limited control over what content their ads are placed alongside which can lead to unwanted associations being made between the brand and the material that’s being displayed. Facebook has announced two new measures that will enable video advertisers to have more control over in-stream placements.

Learn more here.

Instagram is working on a video tagging feature

Tagging people in content is a great way to increase organic reach so Instagram is working on a solution to allow users to tag their followers in videos. It’s harder to overlay text over the moving images so Instagram is still investigating the best way to go about it.

Find out more here.

Pinterest has hit 250 million daily active users

Pinterest has invested a lot of time into new features that help make the platform more enticing for advertisers and users. Their hard work has paid off with the platform announcing that they’ve met the 250 million DAU mark which is an increase of 50 million from this time last year.

Read more here.

YouTube to launch vertical video ads

It’s common knowledge that mobile content consumption far exceeds desktop. Which is why Youtube reconfigured it’s platform to accommodate vertical video and now they’re doing the same for ads. Vertical video ads will follow the same format and still be skippable after five seconds.

Learn more here.

Facebook’s Canvas is now an ‘Instant Experience’

Canvas has a new look and a new name to compliment the change. Canvas ads will now be called ‘Instant Experience’ which Facebook says “better reflects what the ad solution offers people.” Their in-built templates also received an update and are usable across Facebook and Instagram.

Find out more here.

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