2013 and Beyond – Where is Social Media going?

The FutureHappy New Year!

We’re 5 days into the new year, and so far, so good.  But, what is to become of the rest of 2013?  To answer that, I thought I would offer 5 social media predictions for the coming year.

So, what will 2013 bring to the world of social media?

1.  More businesses will move towards social media, and will begin to take it as a serious part of all aspects of their companies, and not just as a marketing tool.

In order for businesses to really succeed today, they need to incorporate “being social” throughout the entire organizations.  From customer service to accounting, everyone should have a hand in the social strategy.

2.  Businesses will begin to implement strategies for their social behaviors – they won’t just “do social”.

In order to be successful within social media, you need to know where you are going.  You wouldn’t set out on a trip to a new city without some planning and a roadmap.  Your social strategy is your roadmap.  It is going to show you where you are going, why you want to be there, and most importantly, how you are going to get there.  Gone are the days of putting up a Facebook page and calling it good enough.

3.  GooglePlus will begin to transform into a “go-to” social network and will begin offering advertising within GooglePlus.

As of now, there are over 500 million Google accounts, and there are 253 million actively using this social network.  This year, GooglePlus will grow to over 500 million active accounts, and the network will become a great source of information and offers as Google brings Plus into their advertising network.

 4.  Visual content will become even more important.

Right now, Facebook ranks videos and photos above regular status updates and links (as part of the EdgeRank algorithm), and as the year progresses, the use of photos and video will become even more important to gain access to users newsfeeds.  In addition, a recent study from Mashable showed that videos are shared 12x more than link and text posts and that photos are “liked” 2x more than text updates.

5.  LinkedIn will begin to fade.

Although this seems very specific, Facebook has begun to roll out a job finder function, and should that grow and be accepted by the over 1 billion Facebook users, I believe LinkedIn will begin to fade.  People rely on their community to help them make decisions, from where to stay to what products to buy.  They will also begin to look to Facebook for job referrals and endorsements, and Facebook Groups tend to be more active and more conversational than LinkedIn, which may spell the end to LinkedIn.

 So, there you have it.  5 predictions for 2013.  Do you have any predictions of your own?  What do you think of these?  Feel free to discuss below.

 

Resources

2013 Social Media Predictions for Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and more

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About Craig Yaris

Craig E. Yaris is the owner of EsquireTech Solutions, which helps small business get found on the social web, whether through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, he can both teach you the effective use of any social network or act as your social media manager, enabling you to reach your clients where they are and when they want to hear from you. He can teach your organization the social media best practices that can help you use the tools of today to cost-effectively increase your bottom line. EsquireTech Solutions brings the social web to your business. Visit EsquireTech Solutions or call 516-495-9107 .

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