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Social Media

In this digital age, we’re often looking for new ways to keep occupied, especially now more than ever with the pandemic. We, like many, decided to give TikTok a go. At the start of 2020 alone, TikTok was downloaded 315million times, which set a new record for the most installed app in such a short period! Today TikTok has had more than 2 billion downloads, with over 689 million active users, and is only getting bigger as the days go on.

This is one of the many reasons why your business should start using this giant social media platform (if not already) to generate new leads, connect with customers and develop a stronger brand presence. 

Here are a few reasons why your company should be using TikTok as a part of your marketing strategy. 

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Picture1 As a platform that was once used for sharing photographs with friends and family, the development of new technology globally has seen Instagram develop various new features throughout thelast few years. As the emergence of content marketing dramatically increased in the early 2010s, how we shared and produced content for social media similarly changed. As a platform whose original purpose was to enable us to share photos with those closest to us, how we use Instagram today is completely different. As an influx of businesses trying to find a new way to personally connect with their customers, Instagram created a feature that enabled users to purchase products without leaving the walls of the app, access we did not have just a few years ago.

With the establishment of the shopping feature in 2017, companies that were once sharing their products online—through content marketing—were instead able to sell their products through the Instagram shop. By posting images of their products and being able to tag up to five products on a single image or video post, customers now have instantaneous access to items, brands and products without having to access the brand's website. As research was developed after the shopping feature was first introduced, Instagram found that 80% of people followed a business account in a global community of over 600M.

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No one can deny the phenomenal impact TikTok has left the social media landscape since its launch in 2016. It only took TikTok two years to become the most downloaded app on the Apple app store, taking over already established social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. 

TikTok is perhaps most famously known for its dance challenges, with many TikTok users either creating their own dances or reposting trending choreography. Top influencers such as Charlie D'Amelio and Addison Rae have amassed millions of followers through posting their own dance videos on this app.  

However, TikTok has always been much more than just a platform for dancing videos. With the level of engagement and influence, TikTok holds over its users, for marketers to ignore TikTok or label it as a mere 'trend', would be to neglect a monumental opportunity for growth and brand awareness.

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Social media is taking an increasingly larger portion of any marketing strategy, where, as of 2021 - there are 3.96 billion people using some form of social media. It’s an ever-expanding landscape that allows for a multitude of interactions where influencers are partnering with brands for paid promotions, and brands are leveraging influencers to boost their brand awareness.

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LinkedIn has about half a billion users worldwide and the chances that your next client are scrolling through their feed right now is likely. The largest B2B social platform in the world has came out with more feature updates in the first half of 2017 than the entirety of 2016.

The point: LinkedIn is catching on like wildfire! (not a Game of Thrones reference either!)

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I'll have to admit, I've been a big time skeptic. There’s a conversation going around that cold calling is dead, and I just couldn’t bring myself to believe it.

I mean, what happened to being “held to the flames”? My first sales job I was on the floor making cold calls and closing big contracts within a few weeks.

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The metadata tags go back all the way to 1988 on a platform known as Internet Relay Chat or IRC. That pound (#) symbol was actually being used to group messages, images, and other content on the IRC.

Jump to 2003 where you have Chris Messina, a social technology expert, who asked his following how they would feel about using the pound sign to keep track of conversations on Twitter.

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I can barely contain my excitement. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had great videos to share with my LinkedIn network, but haven’t been able to post them until today!

That’s because LinkedIn just released its newest update by allowing users to directly upload video to their newsfeed. So, if there’s a surplus of exclamation marks on this blog, just know that I’ve been waiting for this for a while now.

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Simply put, social media is powerful because it brings people together. It’s like a party that never ends. And its social media that has completely changed the way people come together in the “real world”. Arab Spring back in 2010 illustrated the power of this online forum by revolutionizing revolution. The ALS water bucket challenge in 2014 spread like wildfire, leading to over $115 million donation dollars. Even Haiti was bombarded with millions of donations after they were hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake due to the virality social media can create. These events are obviously extreme in nature, but they prove my point, that social media can be a powerful tool to bring people together.

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Just recently, a scientific study claimed that there’s a linear association between the number of social media platforms young people use and whether or not they show symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The journal, Computers and Human Behavior, points out that they surveyed nearly two thousand young adults using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System. The study revealed something that I think most would assume.

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Facebook knows where you live, and they’re willing to sell that information.

That’s right, Facebook has recently announced that they will be rolling out ad space that targets whole families, or specific people within a household. This is something every marketer is going to swoon over once they’re ready to go live.

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