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Survey: Social Media Platform and Content Plans for 2020

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While it’s difficult to predict the future direction of the various social media platforms, it can be interesting to note what strategies marketers are actually planning to implement, which, in large part, will reflect where they see things headed, based on their real-world experiences.

So where will marketers be spending more of their social media time and money in 2020? 

In a recent poll series, we asked members of the SMT community this exact question. Over 1000 people responded, letting us know where they plan to focus their marketing time and energy in 2020.

Here’s what they said: 

Which social media platforms will marketers spend most of their time in 2020?

Although we only included four major platforms in this survey, our poll shows that Instagram will be the main focus of most marketing strategies in the coming year, with Facebook coming in a close second.

Other social platforms — such as Pinterest, Youtube, Snapchat and TikTok ​— were not included, so its more of a general overview in this respect. That’s not to say that these other platforms won’t play a major role for some businesses, but to keep the poll focus more general, we only included the major players here.

Knowing that many marketers are planning to spend most of their time and money on Instagram next year likely indicates a few things:

  1. Instagram has proven to be a successful platform for marketers to build their brand and reach other marketing and sales goals
  2. Ads and marketing content on Instagram will only increase in 2020
  3. Competition will be higher on Instagram
  4. Conversely, competition may be less of a struggle on other platforms

If you plan to market on Instagram in 2020, whether through ads or organic content, make sure that you spend the time to create something truly impactful. You don’t want to slack on creative content here, or you’ll likely lose out to the competition.

What type of content will marketers use in 2020 to meet their goals?

We all have unique marketing goals that determine the types of content we choose to create. What we were most curious about here is whether any of these content types could end up dominating the social media landscape in 2020. 

Our poll results show that social ads and in-house (organic) content to be the main focus for the majority of marketers, but other forms of content (such as influencer posts and UGC) will be almost as important. No form of content came out as a clear winner as such.

If we combine social ads and influencer posts into a group of “paid content” vs UGC, and in-house content as “organic content,” the results at split 50/50. Both forms of advertising will be used heavily in the coming year; neither type of content will dominate marketing strategies.

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As the year comes to a close, it’s worth using this quieter time to reflect on what older strategies you’ll bring into the new decade, and what newer ones it may be time to implement.

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YouTube Tests Improved Comment Removal Notifications, Updated Video Performance and Hashtag Insights

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YouTube Expands its 'Pre-Publish Checks' Tool to the Mobile App

YouTube’s looking to provide more context on content removals and violations, while it’s also experimenting with a new form of analytics on average video performance benchmarks, along with improved hashtag discovery, which could impact your planning and process.

First off, on policy violations – YouTube’s looking to provide more context on comment removals via an updated system that will link users through to the exact policy that they’ve violated when a comment is removed.

As explained by YouTube’s Conor Kavanagh:

“Many users have told us that they would like to know if and when their comment has been removed for violating one of our Community Guidelines. Additionally, we want to protect creators from a single user’s ability to negatively impact the community via comments, either on a single channel or multiple channels.”

The new comment removal notification aims to address this, by providing more context as to when a comment has been removed for violating the platform’s Community Guidelines.

In expansion of this, YouTube will also put some users into timeout if they keep breaking the rules. Literally:

If someone leaves multiple abusive comments, they may receive a temporary timeout which will block the ability to comment for up to 24 hours.”

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YouTube says that this will hopefully reduce the amount of abusive comments across the platform, while also adding more transparency to the process, in order to help people understand how they’ve broken the rules, which could also help to guide future behavior.

On a similar note, YouTube’s also expanding its test of timestamps in Community Guidelines policy violation notifications for publishers, which provide more specific details on when a violation has occurred in video clips.

Initially only available for violations of its ‘Harmful and Dangerous’ policy, YouTube’s now expanding these notifiers to violations related to ‘Child Safety’, ‘Suicide and Self-Harm’, and ‘Violent or Graphic’.

If you’re in the experiment, you’ll see these timestamps in YouTube Studio as well as over email if we believe a violation has occurred. We hope these timestamps are useful in understanding why your video violated our policies and we hope to expand to more policies over time.”

On another front, YouTube’s also testing a new analytics card in YouTube Studio which will show creators the typical amount of views they get on different formats, including VODs, Shorts, and live streams.

YouTube average video performance

As you can see in this example, the new data card will provide insight into the average amount of views you see in each format, based on your the last 10 uploads in each, which could provide more comparative context on performance.

Finally, YouTube’s also launched a test that aims to showcase more relevant hashtags on video clips.

“We’re launching an experiment to elevate the hashtags on a video’s watch page that we’ve found viewers are interested in, instead of just the first few added to the video’s description. Hashtags are still chosen by creators themselves – nothing is changing there – the goal of the experiment is simply to drive more engagement with hashtags while connecting viewers with content they will likely enjoy.”

So YouTube will be looking to highlight more relevant hashtags in video clips, as a means to better connect users to more video clips on the same topic.

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Which could put more emphasis on hashtag use – so it could be time to upgrade your hashtag research approach in line with the latest trending topics.

All of these updates are fairly minor, but they could impact your YouTube approach, and it’s worth considering the potential impacts in your process.

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