NEWS Today 21/02/2024

SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS 2024: WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT

As the digital world spins ever faster, social media marketers are tightening their seatbelts, preparing for what could be the most pivotal year in social media history. With the advent of groundbreaking technologies and evolving consumer expectations, 2024 is shaping up to be a year where only the savviest survive. Gone are the days of blindly chasing trends; the future belongs to those who prioritize ROI, authenticity, and strategic platform focus. 'In 2024, it's all about meaningful engagement, not just shouting into the void,' says a social media expert from Hootsuite, hinting at the seismic shifts we're about to witness.      

All Eyes on ROI

The landscape of social media is transforming, with a renewed emphasis on performance over popularity. Marketers are now valuing precision and efficiency over the scattergun approach of previous years. It's time to ignore the noise and focus on what truly drives results. This year, expect to see brands leveraging AI to enhance their content strategies and streamline operations, all in the name of boosting ROI. A staggering 61% of organizations cited reducing staff workload as the top motivation for using AI, reflecting a shift towards smarter, not harder, work.

The AI Trend

The rise of AI is redefining the boundaries between efficiency and authenticity. With interest in AI learning increasing by over 550% from 2022 to 2023, it's clear that AI is here to stay. However, marketers must navigate the fine line between leveraging AI for operational efficiency and maintaining genuine connections with their audience. A Pew Research Center study reveals mixed feelings about AI, with 45% of US adults expressing both concern and excitement about its growing presence. This dichotomy underscores the need for brands to use AI judiciously, ensuring that it enhances rather than detracts from authentic engagement.

The Platform Trend

In an era where digital presence is fragmented across countless social platforms, brands face the stark reality of limited resources. The response to this challenge is clear: a shift towards a more concentrated strategy that zeroes in on platforms yielding the highest return on investment. The days of attempting to maintain a universal presence are fading, with brands now poised to make strategic decisions, possibly severing connections with platforms that fall short of meeting their strategic objectives. Success in this evolving landscape hinges on mastering impactful engagement on the right platforms, rather than merely seeking visibility across the board.

Entertaining Content: The Key to Social ROI in 2024

In a world craving entertainment, brands that deliver captivating content will lead the charge in social ROI. Despite the temptation to prioritize self-promotion, 34% of consumers find this approach off-putting. The message is clear: entertain first, sell second. This pivot towards entertainment, be it through humor, inspiration, or education, is not just a trend but a fundamental shift in how brands interact with their audiences on social platforms. The year 2024 is poised to be a watershed moment in social media marketing, distinguished by a laser focus on return on investment (ROI), the seamless integration of artificial intelligence (AI), judicious choice of platforms, and a pivot towards entertainment-centric content. As brands chart their course through these evolving dynamics, the ones poised for success will be those agile enough to adapt their strategies towards fostering authentic engagements and crafting experiences that truly resonate with their audiences. In this new era, the essence of social media transcends mere visibility, steering towards creating lasting impressions that are memorable for all the right reasons. Source: Hootsuite Social Trends 2024 Report

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