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Video call record highs, a new ‘Products’ tab on LinkedIn, and lots more in social media news

With so much going on in the world of social media each week, it can be hard to keep up - and 2021 is starting at pace. Fret not everyone, we’ve got it covered for you and have collated some of the recent top social headlines.

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New study finds response rates to six-second video ads are increasing, in line with consumption trends

What can you really communicate in a six-second video ad?

These days, a lot - as per a new study conducted MAGNA Global, in association with IPG Media Lab, and Snap Inc., as video consumption habits evolve, shorter ads are now proving increasingly effective.

Read more from Social Media Today.

2021 is the year branded content will come into its own – here’s how CMOs can embrace it!

Though it got a good start in 2020, 2021 is the year branded content will truly come into its own according to Ottavio Nava, co-founder and chief executive at We Are Social Italy and Spain. To make a success of the medium, he says marketers should glean lessons from the likes of Ben & Jerry's, Lavazza and Circles.Life.

Branded content reached new heights in 2020. Long seen as a valuable add-on to marketing campaigns, and particularly effective when combined with traditional paid-for models, we are at now seeing just how powerful the medium can be as a strategic brand building tool.

Read more here.

The Drum article | Image source: Circles.Life

Facebook and Whatsapp video calls reach record highs on New Year's Eve 2020

With more and more people turning to social platforms to stay connected amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, it comes as little surprise that Facebook reached record highs for both audio and video calls on both WhatsApp and Messenger this past New Year's Eve.  

But the numbers do highlight an important trend. As more people become accustomed to staying in touch via video, the normalisation of the medium could have a lasting  major impact on the future of day-to-day work.

Read more.

LinkedIn adds new 'Products' tab on company pages to highlight specific products

LinkedIn has announced a new 'Products' tab for Company Pages, which will provide a dedicated space for businesses to showcase their product offerings and highlight key features via their LinkedIn presence.

As explained by LinkedIn

"With Product Pages you can spotlight product endorsements and testimonials by your users, gather ratings and reviews from current users, and generate leads with a custom call-to-action button, such as a demo request or contact sales form. In the new “Products” Tab, you can add new products you want to feature and include rich media like videos or product screenshots, descriptions and more."

Read more from Social Media Today.

The rise of transparency in influencer marketing in 2021

Influencers have come a long way in the past 10 years. They have evolved from having fun creating content on a platform to being business-savvy professionals. As we head into 2021, consumers are demanding more from the influencers they pay attention to and trust. They are looking for transparency, authenticity and genuine value, and brands need to step up.

Read more here.

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