The Future of Social Media: 50+ Expects Share Their 2014 Predictions


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In 2013, we saw a significant rise in video and photo sharing as Instagram, Snapchat and similar platforms helped make "selfie" the word of the year. Twitter also held their much anticipated IPO and "experts" claimed that Facebook was dead. Here is a look at 50+ social media predictions for 2014.

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The Future of Social Media: 50+ Expects Share Their 2014 Predictions

  1. 1. Author: Vignesh Subramanyan
  2. 2. Dan Thornton - @badgergravling “Social Media will continue to grow as a sales and customer service tool, although the impact on marketing may become less as established social networks make changes to encourage paid promotion. At the same time, small businesses will need to be quicker to experiment and embrace new platforms to make an impact” Managing Director TheWayoftheWeb Ltd
  3. 3. Jon Smith - @jonalexander “I think everyone is finally admit that social media has to be a part of their marketing strategy but I think 2014 will bring a real focus on ROI. There is still little evidence to suggest that social media contributes to revenue and profit and I think 2014 will be about fine tuning social media so you can measure the impact on the bottom line.” e-Marketing Specialist Insight UK
  4. 4. Russell Davies - @RussellDavies71 “ Native Twitter & Facebook apps will struggle against combined IM apps as users look for more integrated communication. Twitter will look to dominate the second screen market with more partnerships with popular shows. Brands will combine their social media marketing with their print and broadcast advertising and budgets for both will increase. Small businesses who don’t ‘get’ social media will fall even further behind those that do but will be able to catch up quickly if they embrace it.” Director Lobster Digital Marketing
  5. 5. Talya Shoup - @onlyonetalya “I predict that social media will be driven very strongly by mobile in 2014 - brands will continue to shift from web-based promotions and marketing to mobile. Also, customer service will continue to expand across social media, with customer service requests being made more and more via company Facebook pages, for example, than corporate email accounts or contact forms on websites.” Marketing Manager glispa
  6. 6. Angela Hadl - @divemktg “I believe that social media will become more intelligent, meaning that there will be more integrative tools that will streamline the posting and monitoring of social media for business. With these tools, reports will be more comprehensive and easy to interpret. This will help eliminate confusion regarding the messaging and goals among the sales & marketing departments (which we know are sworn enemies).” Owner and Marketing Consultant Dive Mktg
  7. 7. Vin Ferrer - @V1NBRO “With 90% of businesses already utilizing content marketing tactics, social media is only going to keep growing as it becomes the most cost effective means of reaching consumers. Small businesses will be less inclined to seek out bigger advertising companies and opt to work with smaller content marketing agencies that can better understand and interpret their brand in a more personal way. The commerce of tomorrow is going to be laden with the personal touch, now more than ever, as automated responses & call centers slowly start to dwindle away. Social media will be the key to getting the greatest ROI in the long-term, and those companies who have already started in 2013 will start seeing the fruits of their labors in 2014.” Social Media Strategist Graphic D-Signs, Inc.
  8. 8. Miki Segal - @msegal3 “I have one bold prediction for 2014 – At least one Superbowl advertiser’s call to action (during their commercial) will be: Add us as a friend on Snapchat. Snapchat is growing by leaps and bounds, and many people have begun to recognize its enormous advertising potential. On TV commercials, advertisers have been asking viewers to “like” them on Facebook, follow them on twitter, and join the conversation with a hashtag. But asking to be added on Snapchat is a strategy that has yet to be embraced in TV commercial format. But that will change…and soon.” CMO JMAC Supply
  9. 9. Kaysha Kalkofen and JoAnna Dettmann - @tsunela “Facebook-from Content Creation to Content Consumption: In 2013, we saw an outstanding growth of users on social media. From 2011, Twitter has grown from 200M users to 500M users, Facebook from 600M to 800M and LinkedIn from 119M to 238M! In 2014, we predict that Facebook will be used more as a resource for information; its utility will increase for brands and decrease for individuals. People will use Facebook to research organizations, products, and services. As such, full optimization of your business’s Facebook page description and inclusion of “Like” and “Share” buttons on your business’s website will become even more important.” Co-founders tSunela
  10. 10. Hillary Berman - @popcornicecream “In 2014, businesses will have to pay for visibility on Facebook. With the platform’s ever-changing algorithm and businesses’ focus on creating content, showing up in newsfeeds is increasing challenging. Businesses – particularly small businesses with smaller followings – will need to pay for play for Facebook to deliver the eyeballs and engagement they desire. Marketers need to truly engage with customers and prospective buyers to cut through the massive clutter in inboxes and newsfeeds.” Small Business Fanatic and Founder Popcorn & Ice Cream
  11. 11. Sarah Van Elzen - @sarahvanelzen “Social media will continue to integrate into corporate culture and will help drive collaboration between silos (marketing, sales, customer service). Client/agency relationships will continue to evolve and much emphasis will be put on driving business value. Social media will always remain a channel for relationship management, driving awareness and engagement but programs that drive to purchase or absorb customer service costs will prevail.” Director of Social Media Hanson Dodge Creative
  12. 12. Frank Riolo - @convoagency “Expect more growth in visual social media. Platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Vine only became more popular over the past year. After all, many Facebook users are only on it to view friend’s photos. Visual platforms also offer more privacy than Facebook.” Manager of Corporate Communications Conversation
  13. 13. Seshu Madabushi - @mKonnekt “Customers would be looking for more personalized news, offerings based on their social profiles and activities and this is one area, which we [at mKonnekt] think would expand (given the kind of technological advances we are seeing). Another area would be the explosion of video based social media channels like Vine and others – we have seen the explosion of Instagram and Pinterest from selfie pictures and we will be seeing the same explosion with short burst videos.” Founder & CEO mKonnekt
  14. 14. Glenn Gow - @CrimsonCEO “Getting results will dominate social marketing. This will mean turning “engagement” into lead generation and an investment in social selling. B2B companies will invest 80% of their effort on blogging, LinkedIn and Twitter, and largely ignore Facebook, G+, Pinterest and others. Why? Because that’s where they will see results.” CEO Crimson Marketing
  15. 15. Dr. Evan D. Escobedo - @evanescobedo “2014 will be all about using social media for competitive advantage. Many organizations whether large or small have begun to use social media to better market their brand and engage with their customers. They are using tools to listen to relevant conversations across the social wire. Now that organizations have access to this wealth of data they will realize that social media marketing is not just about monitoring and managing your social media channels but also about analyzing all of this data and converting it to actionable insight to drive their business forward.” Practice Principal of Social Business Zunesis, Inc.
  16. 16. Simon Tam - @SimonTheTam “In 2014, you’re going to see auto-playing video ads on multiple social media sites: probably Facebook mobile, maybe Vine. It’s going to give businesses more options to create short, high-impact, ads while giving social sites more revenue. Businesses will need to think more creatively, in shorter bursts.” Director of Marketing The Slants
  17. 17. Jayme Pretzloff - @jpretz “The social media landscape in the future will continue to evolve into a segmented multi-platform world, making it continually difficult for marketers to ensure they are reaching their target audience in the right place. There will be an increased importance on taking a faceted approach to social media marketing as a whole by connecting all of these channels to have a consistent message. Leveraging multiple platforms in the correct way will allow for a significant boost in brand awareness, share of voice and even more touch points with your potential brand advocates.” Online Marketing Director Wixon Jewelers
  18. 18. Jean L. Serio “2014 will see companies having employees trained in providing social networking content. Content is a top marketing strategy and businesses will wisely enlist their most knowledgeable branders – employees - to help present it. This will include formal training in content creation, development and engagement; posting, commenting, blogging, for example. Employees will also be allowed to discover and build sharable company information. Encouraging greater responsibility and personal involvement; a more vested interest in the company.” Social Media Marketing Growth Strategist
  19. 19. Matt Porzio - @Intralinks “Social media and online networks will become an increasingly important platform for the deal-making process: that includes deal sourcing, due diligence, negotiation and closing deals. In 2013, more than half of all merger & acquisitions specialist surveyed said that they used an online deal network to support deal sourcing. That percentage will only go up as more M&A pros see the benefits. Using social media and online networks accelerates the dealmaking process and helps sellers and buyers come together – in many cases, these sellers and buyers would never have known about each other if not for social media.” VP of Product Marketing IntraLinks
  20. 20. Jen Dorman - @jendormanboston “In 2014 I predict that inclusion of images in social media posts will become essential. With stats showing that tweets including a visual have increased engagement plus Facebook’s recent move to allow use of images as comments replying to posts coupled with 3 rising visual social media platforms – Instagram’s success, Snapchat’s valuation and Pinterest’s popularity – all signs underlying the importance of visuals.” Social Media & Online Marketing Associate
  21. 21. Lisa Parkin - @LisaMParkin “According to HubSpot data, “50% of consumers expect to get a response in under two hours.” This is changing the face of customer and company interactions. I believe 2014 will be the year that even the most social media resistant businesses will have to acknowledge the need to address customer complaints on social media. I would advise businesses to not only handle concerns from clients who tag them on social media but to actively look for complaints and take the initiative to correct them.” President Social Climber
  22. 22. Michelle Garrett - @PRisUs “Social media will continue to play a bigger role in public relations as PR practitioners seek more creative ways to reach journalists and reporters seek sources for stories “on the fly.” PR pros must work social media into their strategy for media outreach and also for pushing out content. In turn, content creation will also continue to become a bigger part of PR, due to social media.” Owner Garrett Public Relations
  23. 23. Richard Storm - @nyphotony “As a small business owner I use social media for a lot of selfpromotion and interaction. I think with the advent of new apps and technology social media will reach an extreme level of almost direct interaction where a companies actions or individuals actions will pretty much be put in a glass house. I don’t see sales going up necessarily BUT I do see businesses being held more accountable for their actions!” Owner NYPhotoNY
  24. 24. Brett Circe - @bcirce “2014 will mark the true convergence of social-mobile-cloud, and a competitive advantage for companies that use this data to accelerate business processes and time to action. Advertisers will use big data and social intelligence to understand and predict correctly what consumers want. Consumers, remaining connected at all times, expect a seamless user experience in everything they do. Look for personalized cloud support infrastructures and personalized branded messaging in consumer’s social stream to drive decisions in real time.” Chief Interactive Officer Starmark
  25. 25. Chris Dancy - @servicesphere “The use of and sharing of measurable metrics in the informational tech field— using devices/sensors/software to track, analyze, and optimize people’s daily lives, and using social media to share the insights and progress. Use of wearables in general — things like kapture and narrative will gather more of the juicy bits of life and these will be shared.” Director in office of CTO BMC Software
  26. 26. Jeff Davis - @davisjdd “Brands will include YouTube in their social strategy alongside mainstays such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The second most popular search engine after Google isn’t Bing or Yahoo – it’s YouTube. For small businesses, online video is an effective marketing tool because it doesn’t break the bank – videos can be shot on the cheap and promoted on YouTube for peanuts compared to other traditional or digital media channels.” President and CEO Orabrush
  27. 27. Dallas McLaughlin - @BossDJay “2014 will be the year of the new, smaller mobile apps and platforms. We’re already seeing a mass of small teams adapting and becoming more responsive to the world around us. Because of their size, and the continued removal of (cost) barriers between an idea and a finished product, creative and forward thinking ideas will rule. Look at Context, the new social texting app.” Social Media Manager & Small Business Consultant
  28. 28. Valerie Jennings - @valeriejennings “In 2014 we can expect to see more emphasis on Twitter since its IPO and the company’s new and improved advertising products. To date Twitter has launched a more aggressive educational email marketing campaign, targeting users with advertising case studies, new and improved ads targeting and new products. Twitter continues to be a melting pot for B2B and B2C companies to find relevant content, targeted customers or clients, influencers and new and improved ways to refer website traffic.” CEO Jennings Social Media Marketing
  29. 29. Joe Recomendes - @JRecomendes “2014 will undoubtedly be the year of paid social – with all of the big-hitters releasing IPOs, they now have an obligation to their shareholders to show recurring, scaleable revenue. Already, we have seen Facebook downplay the organic reach of posts while simultaneously enhancing their advertising platform. LinkedIn and Twitter certainly aren’t far behind, and marketers would be keen to marry their honed organic content skills with the advertising techniques that achieve their business goals.” Chief Operating Officer Command Partners
  30. 30. Jessica Chesney - @JessJANEica “We’re going to see more native advertising on social in 2014, as we’re already seeing Facebook’s right column ads slowly die. Social is merging with all aspects of our lives and real-time marketing will become expected of companies as they incorporate it into live television, events and more. Consumers no longer come to you; you need to go where they are, so we’re witnessing how social media and customer service can work hand in hand. Digital Marketing Coordinator Command Partners
  31. 31. Ali Phalen - @AliPhalen “Social Media is a channel that still isn’t used to its full potential. 2013 gave us memorable moments like Oreo’s Super Bowl Tweet and the WestJet Airlines Christmas Miracle. In 2014, there will be a rise in social strategy, but more brands will start using social in real time through utilizing tweet chats or using current events to plan social content, creativity and impromptu content. That will separate the engaging and boring brands in 2014.” Content Marketing Specialist Command Partners
  32. 32. Ricardo Velez - @CommandPartners “I predict the continued rise of SnapChat. New SnapChat Stories allow short clips to live for 24 hours, and we’ll see this become a unique way for companies to market themselves while generating revenue for SnapChat. This could lead to a push from Facebook to occupy the same space, which offered $3 Billion to buy SnapChat earlier this year, especially since a study noted that teens 13-17 are favoring SnapChat and Twitter over Facebook.” Client Success Manager Command Partners
  33. 33. Erin Cushing - @eccushing “Small businesses will see their reach and effectiveness on Facebook greatly decrease in 2014. Facebook’s Newsfeed algorithm change minimizes brands’ appearances in newsfeeds, which means that in order to stay in-feed, brands must pay to boost posts. This is an expensive process, which will quickly become too costly for many SMBs. Small businesses will post content more often on other platforms, such as Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest as opposed to Facebook.” Social Media Manager inSegment, Inc.
  34. 34. John Lincoln - @ignitev “In 2014 all marketing channels will increase their synergy with social media. With advances in analytical tools, and simply a better understanding of the medium and it’s cross channel integration, all business will be involved and the more savvy the marketer, the better they will be able to use data and integration to their advantage. Tapping into social in the correct way and generating shares and likes leads to development of market mavens and a connection, which is truly at the essence of marketing. Marketing is perhaps more true to itself than it has ever been before with the introduction of social media. In 2014 this will become more important and more widely adopted and recognized.” CEO Ignite Visibility
  35. 35. Devan Brown - @devan_brown2 “Any website that isn’t posting content on Google+ will die a slow death: Google+ has been growing in SEO importance since day one, and to many digital marketers dismay, some brands still haven’t jumped on board. For a year we’ve been saying “Get ahead, use Google+.” In 2014 we’ll be saying “No Google+? Sayonara.” Content Specialist Anvil Media
  36. 36. Heather Taylor - @MyCorporation “Content will still be king, but visuals will be queen – for brands creating or enhancing a social media presence in 2014, there will need to be more photos than ever before to go alongside written content and more unique and aesthetically pleasing you can make them, the better. Choose your Instagram filter options with care!” Social Media Manager MyCorporation
  37. 37. Don Power - @don power “Mass adoption of Twitter from a much wider audience due to the following two developments: • Recent admission by Facebook that you’ll have to pay in order for your content to be seen by your target audience. • Twitter will advertise on TV to attract more mainstream users who aren’t already on the platform (much like TV ads we’ve seen for Google and Bing).” Social Media Consultant and Author
  38. 38. Anthony Novotna - @exploration “I predict Google+ will continue to see active user growth each month. The new YouTube integration, Google authorship, and social signals, which seem to have an integral part in page rankings, will drive growth for Google+ in 2014. I believe that since there is a push for more integration that Google+ will become more popular for businesses marketing to consumers and for personal use.” Exploration Social
  39. 39. Katie Knoll - @exploration “I predict that there will be a huge drop off of businesses using Facebook as a marketing & sales medium in 2014 due to the huge drop in organic reach & Facebook¹s huge push towards advertising. Small businesses just cannot compete and teens are fleeing the social network with only more demographics to follow. I think the next big winner will be Pinterest.” Exploration Social
  40. 40. Raheem Gill - @exploration “Klout improves its algorithms and becomes more mainstream for customer service. For example, companies will reach out to high influencers to help spread their message.” Exploration Social
  41. 41. Andrew Caravels - @andrewcaravella “This prediction is based on findings from the just-released Sprout Social Engagement Index, which determined that the staggering growth rate of incoming messages that brands are receiving on social—nine times as fast as the networks themselves—reflects a measured shift in the social business paradigm. We will see an increase in all platforms strengthening features and functionality that enable customer care and service-related conversations on a variety of channels, especially social.” VP of Marketing Sprout Social
  42. 42. Ali Din - @EnPointeTech “Finding skilled talent to manage social media will become more competitive. As more companies embrace social media and find ways to integrate it into their business model, social media will become more of a core function than a side project. Marketers will use analytics to more precisely target their messages. Social media will continue to break into the organization’s walls with services such as Chatter and Yammer, thereby reducing email traffic.” Marketing Consultant En Pointe Technologies
  43. 43. Angela Shugarts - @angelashugarts “Photos and videos will be the primary modes of content shared across all platforms. Experts believe Pinterest will be a popular platform as more businesses turn to the source for creative, engaging forms of content. Marketing, sales and customer service will be impacted because it will prompt these departments to shift production from text-based to visual-based communication where images will be the factor in a consumer’s decision to buy.” PR Strategist Frankly Communications
  44. 44. Aly MacGregor - @ReicuraTO “Mainstream marketing via social media will surely increase in 2014. The integration between social media and television will become even stronger and more structured; things along the lines of live tweeting influencing live television, TV ads featuring more and more social content (and vice-versa), and things of that nature. The immediacy of social media converging with the mainstream reach of television means it’s inevitable that the two become more fused and clever marketers will take advantage of that.” President Reicura
  45. 45. AJ Vernet - @AJVernet37 “Social Sales & Marketing efforts are going to get more automated like never before: Whatever you interact with socially, on websites, or mobile phones is going to determine what you see on all devices, TV and mobile applications. As companies like FB, twitter, and Google stalk you for login access and with pixels. Your news feed is slowly going to fill up with products and opportunities instead of friends.” CEO Republic Project
  46. 46. Jenn Deering Davis - @jdeeringdavis “For brands and marketers, cross-platform engagement – and analytics – will become even more important as consumers turn to multiple channels to meet a myriad of communication needs. And we’ll see increased sophistication in advertising campaigns from those brands across all social media channels, as platforms continue to evolve their ad offerings. Finally, visual communication will play an even larger role in the social media landscape in 2014, as channels like Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr grow.” Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer Union Metrics
  47. 47. James Buckley - @pbsoftwareAmer “A huge area for social media growth and development in 2014 will be location-based. People handle more and more of their daily lives on mobile, including restaurant check-ins and social sharing in real-time. The more accurate the location data, the more certain marketers are when sending hyper-targeted messages to consumers based on their location sharing.” Senior Vice President and General Manager of Customer Data and Location Intelligence Pitney Bowes Software
  48. 48. Scott Hebner - @SLHebner “For most companies social has been a marketing machine, providing the ability to build armies of brand advocates. In 2014, it will be less about how many likes you get, and more focused on the quality of those likes. Social, driven by behavioral data, will allow marketers to individualize consumers and deliver personalized experiences customized to individual or community needs. Social will transform marketing from a function to a service and consumers will reap the benefits.” VP of Social Business Solutions IBM
  49. 49. Will Campbell - @Quantasy “While brands will continue to use social media in 2014 for executing experiential creative campaigns, we will also see a significant increase in two other marketing approaches. First, social media will no longer just be a real-time path to audiences by proxy, but rather a community where brands interact directly with consumers and proactively participate in culture on a regular basis. Second, more brands will use social media platforms for lead generation and CRM.” CEO Quantasy
  50. 50. Carisa Miklusak - @carisamiklusak “We’ll see the majority of platforms become more image centric, including Facebook (photo’s and micro-videos), Twitter (vine), etc. The visual search trend will reach a new height in 2014. This will require marketers to think about how they are sharing messages and encouraging engagement for their target audiences.” CEO tMedia
  51. 51. Aram Panasenco - @panasenco “Social media for many companies has been about top-down passing of content to subscribers/followers, until now. Social media in 2014 will be very heavily skewed toward customers sharing their experience with a company with other customers. Facebook and Google+ are encouraging that by integrating review systems in their local business pages. That means that businesses will have to focus on their customer service rather than content creation.” Director LA Small Business Center
  52. 52. Kylie Flett - @KylieLee83 “In 2014 I predict that we will be able to make valid, repeatable estimates of ROI on social media. This will allow clients to see where each of their social media marketing dollars are being spent. Clients are looking to monetize their return on investment in marketing.” PR & Social Media Director Neff Associates
  53. 53. Corey Post - @coreypost “Businesses will develop detailed content strategies that focus on solving customers’ unique pain points. Social media will become a major delivery channel of this strategy, with content created specifically for each social platform’s audience. Essentially, implementation of a well-planned content strategy will allow companies to share their brands’ story through social media, fostering deeper connections with consumers. The results of a well-executed content strategy through social include increased brand loyalty and higher lifetime values.” Founder
  54. 54. Sonja Hegman - @ChiefWordsmith “The importance of content marketing will become increasingly important. While social media as a tool is awesome, brands are becoming aware that they need their own original content to disseminate on their social media channels. This will help marketing and sales to become less about shouting what their brands are selling and more about telling consumers stories about what their products can do for them.” Chief Wordsmith Writer’s Chat Stew
  55. 55. Shaina Epstein - @shainaepstein “Social media in 2014 will be focused on scalability. As customer service on social media becomes more commonplace, consumers expect faster and custom responses. Marketers will begin targeting digital followings where they hang out IRL (in real life). The following four topics will be points of focus in the coming year: 1. The rise of visual social and Pinterest as a Google for images 2. Targeting via SOLOMO (Social, local, mobile) 3. Downstream analytics and monetary tracking for better targeting 4. Integrating online and offline experience” Social Media Associate Eastwick
  56. 56. Mark Pinsent - @markpinsent “Shopping will remain a primary activity people participate in when referring to their social networks on mobile for recommendations. Retailers have the opportunity to place products in front of shoppers at the right time, in the right place. Monitoring Twitter for timely product or category mentions, and targeting content can trigger sales. Understand a shopper’s location. Do you have a retail outlet nearby or an online offer to take the pain out of shopping?” Social and Content Lead Metia
  57. 57. Eldad Farkash - @eldadfarkash “Small and medium size businesses will begin leveraging the treasure trove of social media big data. Global enterprises are already gaining actionable insights from their social media data and using it to create impactful marketing campaigns. Now that easy-to-use software solutions are available, an increasing number of SMBs will be able to tap into big data from social media to create campaigns based on science, rather than simply intuition.” CTO SiSense
  58. 58. Avi Greenfield - @AviGreenfield “Social media will trigger better customer engagement in 2014 – from mitigating long wait times to overcoming the automation of call center queues – and if companies don’t tune-in, consumers will switch to another provider. It’s imperative companies put social media in the same regard as other channels. Not answering a tweet is synonymous with ignoring a customer in person.. Social media engagement is the opportunity to understand consumers’ needs and offer assistance to improve the experience.” Portfolio Innovation Manager HP Exstream
  59. 59. Chuck D. Brooks - @ChuckDBrooks “Government agencies have a reputation for being “behind the times” when it comes to technology. However, many government agencies are embracing and using social media and digital communications to enhance customer service. These days, citizens can communicate with government contact centers through a variety of channels including, mobile, web and social media. Social media is shaping government customer service and agencies are utilizing technology to connect with different generations on many different platforms.” VP and Client Executive for the Department of Homeland Security Xerox
  60. 60. Taline Felix - @SprocketMedia1 “Watch out Google, Facebook ranked second to Google for advertising ROI in the September 2013 survey featured in Advertising Age. Beginning 2014 savvy brands will leverage features such as social retargeting, geolocation and real time external data such as the weather to deliver targeted custom advertising.” B2B Social Media Director and Strategist Sprocket Media
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