Just like everything else, there are hopes that 2021 will be a better year for social media marketing. 2020 threw a lot of curveballs in digital marketing strategies in general. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most people had no choice but to stay at home. This meant digital communication became key for families, friends, and marketers. People were spending a lot more time online than in previous years, and though we cannot be sure this trend will continue, here are some things you should know as you put together your social media marketing plan for 2021.
Hootsuite recently released their annual “Social Media Trends” report. This report gave us more insight as to how marketers changed their strategies and how users changed their engagement. The top four trends of social media marketing in 2020 were:
Now that we’re in the new year, it’s time to better understand and orient social media marketing strategies to increase leads and grow your business. Here’s what trends to expect in 2021:
The name of the game in social media for 2021 is transparency. One of the most important things to take with you into building your new strategy is to be authentic and human. People connect with people. Your brand should be personified in a way that reveals who and what you stand for.
Users are also searching for brands that prioritize diversity and inclusion. A study by Accenture showed that 41 percent of shoppers will shift away from retailers which don’t reflect their views on identity and diversity, and 29 percent will change brands completely if they don’t show enough diversity.
Consumers are looking at brands and their impact on the environment as well. According to Nielsen reports, over 80 percent of consumers feel strongly about brands helping improve the environment. This includes sustainable products, packaging, systems, or corporate social responsibility efforts.
Now more than ever, customer experience is critical. Brands leveraging UGC will be able to show consumers the proof they need that they are making the right purchase. UGC is the type of connective, engaging content users are looking for in 2021. It’s relatable and uplifting, as well as builds and strengthens communities.
Due to stay-at-home orders, there was a massive increase in live streams on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Businesses, celebrities, and influencers were all going live to reach out and connect with their audiences since people were unable to attend in-person events.
Each platform will see their own individual changes as well.
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you need to be able to change, redirect, and adapt your social media marketing strategy at the drop of a hat. Users are looking at brands now to talk about and address issues that are impacting our society. However, there is a hope among everyone for a brighter, happier year – and your content should reflect that, too. There’s no way to know exactly what this year will bring us, but these trends and expectations are a great place to start.