Social media trends your business can no longer ignore

Social media has become a mainstay in society, and can no longer be deemed as a passing phase or trend. Anyone who believes the current social media craze will curtail or suddenly disappear is obviously oblivious to modern society and millennials. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter garner the majority of our attention, resulting in businesses developing extensive social media strategies.

The digital world is constantly evolving, especially social outlets. The ever-changing platforms are always releasing new (sometimes not always improved) features, while businesses continue to develop strategies that encourage people to interact. Providing existing or potential customers with an incentive to engage with your brand can prove to be difficult, but certain practices help improve engagement. Businesses can no longer ignore certain trends, as it will only hinder their success. Here are some trends that definitely can’t be ignored.

How Snapchat can be the key to unlocking newfound success

What started as an overnight trend is officially a phenomenon, and quickly became one of the most popular social media outlets. Snapchat originated as a class project, but it quickly developed into a social media powerhouse. Snapchat is identified by its iconic yellow loading screen and ghost-like logo, capturing the attention of anyone and everyone. Snapchat has been on a continuous upward trend since its launch in 2011, thanks to its genius mix of old-school and new-school traits. When designing Snapchat, founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy stumbled upon an excellent combination of modern technology and a grade school favorite (think invisible ink). Similar to the infamous invisible ink, Snapchat enables its users to share self-destructing photos, videos, and messages which disappear after a certain amount of time (0-10 seconds). Snapchat was destined to become popular among adolescents and millennials, but its recent popularity with businesses was never expected. The app literally caught the world by storm, especially Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg offered to acquire Snapchat in 2013 for a reported $3 billion, but was ultimately turned down due to the app’s immense success.