Creative Trends for 2019

Creative Trends for 2019

With a new year, comes new trends. Shutterstock is one of the most widely used content sites on the web. This research is based on billions of image, video, music searches, and downloads from Shutterstock customers and has been analyzed for design forecast. Their trend data is likely one of the best indicators you’ll get as to where things are headed. Creative trends that transcend the digital world. We’ll see these creative trends influence fashion, social media, graphic design, film, policy and more. 

 

Shutterstock, the stock photography company that lets creatives browse royalty free photos, vectors, illustrations, and more. From its research, Shutterstock predicts that the aesthetics of yesteryear are set to make a comeback. Some of these trends you may have already picked up on.

 An ’80s look of decadence and overindulgence is in, while cute kawaii illustrations and tempting typography are also due to hit the big time. It’s not all nostalgia and retro fonts though, as trends like Beyond Plastic highlight urgent environmental issues.

Each of the trends are backed up with some solid search stats, so you know that these are the terms that people crave. However, three creative trends for 2019 stood ahead of the pack…

01. Yesterday’s tomorrow

What’s old is new again. This trend is an optimistic redux of early-tech – a focus on what yesterday’s tomorrow looked like. It’s all about the looks and sounds that defined futurism at the dawn of the digital age, like purple, blue, and pink duotone gradients, basic vector graphics, and dreamy synth music.

02. Zine culture

In the digital age, zine culture lives on in the decentralized mindset of social media, where independent makers can share and niche groups can discover. Built on principles of collage and largely influenced by the invention of the photocopier, it’s paper cutouts, noise and grain textures, and rough-edged layers that define this trend.

03. ’80s opulence

The ‘80s is back and it’s ready to party with gold chains, animal prints, and attitude. We say forget good taste, this is about good times. Clashing is the keyword for this trend. Think leopard print and snakeskin, peacock feathers and gold chain belts, soft fur and hard metal textures.

04. Authenticly Diverse

Media trends in film and social media indicate that creatives are using more content that accurately depicts the people around us and the world we live in. As digital media makes the world a smaller place, our creative community is searching for video, audio, and images representative of cultures from varying communities around the world.

The search for minority groups across the board have gone up:

Islamic +185%

African+176%

Elderly+121%

Asain +46%

 

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Boosting Interpersonal Office Relationships

Boosting Interpersonal Office Relationships

“The customer is always right” and “Put clients first”- These are common practices ingrained into our workplace culture and taught to us at a young age. Richard Branson is flipping the script. The self-made entrepreneur who founded the Virgin Group has become famous for his unorthodox practices. He says, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

 

Consider this: Americans spend close to 33 percent of their day working. Shouldn’t they be enjoying that time? And, more importantly, shouldn’t it be your job as their employer to make sure they are?As business leaders, we’ve been taught to put customers first, but maybe it’s time to reappraise that philosophy. If employees are unhappy in their work environment, how can they possibly charm the socks off patrons? Why would they go the extra mile? There’s even a direct correlation between the level of your employees’ productivity and their level of happiness: The happier they are, the more creative (and productive) they become.

 

Office morale is the key to improving productivity and office communications. This is why every Friday here at Get’n Social we do team lunches. No sad sandwiches at our desk. Some deliberation goes on as to where we want to venture out to for our afternoon meal. Our company is experienced an abundance of growth, we have added four new team members in the last 6 months. We get to know each other outside of our professional roles and build new relationships.

 

We have a few rules to keep our Friday lunches enjoyable for everyone:

Encourage Non-Work Conversations

While it may be tempting to chat about the report that is overdue, or the client deadline coming up, a happy hour is a time for relaxing and socializing.

 

For one thing, sharing social experiences with your coworkers can make it a lot easier to communicate about actual work Try to find something to talk about unrelated to your job. You may find that you have more in common than you thought. Plus, do YOU really want to talk about work? Neither does anyone else.

 

Spend a little time talking to everyone. Ask them questions about themselves and really LISTEN (and try to retain the information). Circulate around the room. If it’s a sit-down thing, speak to people all around the table. Not only is it good for you to make connections with a diverse group of people, but it also makes you look like a fun, awesome, friendly person. And by the way, if you look like a fun, awesome, friendly person? Chances are you pretty much just became one.

 

Tailoring your Social Marketing for the Holiday Season

Tailoring your Social Marketing for the Holiday Season

Calling all digit marketers, social media managers and advertising strategists. The Holiday season is in full swing- and a recent Adroll study showed 40% of U.S. consumers begin holiday shopping in October—yet the average social cost per click is 12% lower in November and December. With social media playing an increasingly important role for retail brands, it’s time to start preparing your holiday marketing strategies if you have not already!

 

1. Get in the Holiday Spirit-

Change Social Media headers to include a festive feel. It’s good to remember not everyone celebrates the same holidays try to include them all or remember there are still secular ways to celebrate the season, take “Winter Wonderland” for example.

2. Don’t Drive Sales-

Focus on brand awareness, not sales messaging, when leveraging holidays or national observances. These days and months are opportunities to relate your company to trending topics and common events. Of course, Holiday-related sales are okay to promote, but try to broaden your message for the time of year.

3. Customizable buttons-

Customize labels depending on your website, you might want to consider changing up some of the labels to match the season. If you run an online store, you might want to replace “Buy Now” with a “Gift” or use “Santa’s List” for the wish list or your most popular products. Santa’s List even works for replacing the normal wording on your most popular posts. Many websites have fun with the theme and change their contact label into “Contact the Elves” or “Send a Message to Santa”. Get creative and use your imagination but do make sure it’s still clear what each particular label means.

4. Use festive hashtags-

Using popular festive related hashtags, or creating your own, can help get your content in front of shoppers that use Twitter or Instagram. Popular hashtags for Christmas include #wishlist #Christmas #christmasshopping especially in conjunction with the year eg. #wishlist2018

5. Festive landing pages-

If you are promoting special offers, gift ideas, wishlists or hampers on social media, it’s a good idea to direct your traffic to dedicated landing pages for customer segments.

You should customize the page to what you know about your customer, focusing on their needs and wants. Use targeted imagery and copy to help boost conversion rates. Dedicated landing pages also give you an opportunity to re-target visitors via social media or online ads.

Social Media Trends of 2018

Social Media Trends of 2018

Statista found that there were  2.46 billion social media users in 2017, and this number is growing. According to estimates, the number of worldwide social media users reached 2.34 billion and is expected to grow to some 2.95 billion by 2020. It is no surprise that social media is a powerful tool and can affect business and evoke change. Before the 2018 year comes to a close, we decided to look at the trends that the year brought us. The good, the bad and the ugly. In 2018 we saw many social media trends. Wondering if you missed out, or hopped on too many bandwagons? Chances are it isn’t too late to get started on some before the year is over.

 

Influencer Marketing-

With social media, anyone has the chance to be famous. However annoying you may find it, brands and companies are cashing in, and so are the influencers. Reality stars can now extend that 15 minutes of fame and earn a living at the same time. In an article titled “After the Final Rose… You Make Money on Instagram” explains how long you last on the show can affect your potential earnings. While these celebs might cost you a pretty penny, micro-influencers are sometimes known for a more devout following. What exactly is a micro influencer? They are people on social media channels who have a strong following but don’t have a celebrity status. While there is no exact threshold, micro influencers typically have anywhere between 1,000 and 90,000 followers.

 

Instagram Story Highlights-

While they were released in 2017, this feature did not take off until 2018. This tool allowed you to create permanent collections of Instagram Stories that will live on your new Instagram profile. These stories can be carefully created and brands are loving them. They are great for business profiles because story highlights allow brands to easily curate and showcase the content they want users to see first. We already know that Instagram is the highlight reel, but now it really can be an intro to what your feed has to offer.  They’re a creative way to express yourself, show off products, showcase events, and customers, drive traffic, or brand your business!

 

Face Filters-

Snapchat pioneered face filters in 2016, and Instagram was quick to follow. What first started out as fun interactive edits to photos quickly became yet another marketing tool. In October of 2016,  Twentieth Century Fox became the first marketer to buy the app’s sponsored lens format to promote The Peanuts Movie.  The Gatorade Super Bowl Lens and Taco Bell’s Taco Shell Lens were the most popular filters to date. Many companies have found a way around these pricey filters by making sure there is a Geo-Tag that will appear a certain radius from their locations.

 

Messaging Platforms-

The popularity of messaging platforms is exploding. WhatsApp (1.3 billion monthly active users), WeChat (963 million MAUs), and Facebook Messenger (1.2 billion MAUs) are leading the charge. On average, 77% of users keep messaging notifications turned on so they never miss a thing. FOMO is a powerful motivator” Says Neil Patel, co-founder of Neil Patel Digital. Patel also says that messaging allows you to reach your audience at scale and on their preferred channel. 89% of consumers would like to use it to communicate with businesses, yet only 48% of businesses do so.

 

Live Video-

On Instagram, Facebook and Periscope we have the ability to go live and communicate with your viewers in real time. This feature has continued to grow and if done well, can have tremendous results. Consumers love it.  Research shows that 80% of audiences prefer watching live video from brands as opposed to reading a blog. And 82% of consumers say they would rather watch live videos than read social media posts.

 

Are Hashtags Dead?

Are Hashtags Dead?

 

Hashtags. When they first came out people were confused why the pound sign was entering their social channels. In technical terms a “hashtag”  is a type of metadata tag used on social networks such as Twitter and other microblogging services, allowing users to apply dynamic, user-generated tagging which makes it possible for others to easily find messages with a specific theme or content. Some people aren’t a huge fan and even find them annoying.  But did you know that posts with at least one Instagram hashtag average 12.6% more engagement than posts without a hashtag?

 

Hashtags first got their start on Twitter. Twitter, of course, was around 4 years before Instagram. On Twitter, they were used to track trending topics and follow along with popular conversation. We have seen a decline of hashtag use on Twitter, but they have become even more vital on Instagram for bloggers, influencers, and brands. Before you slap any hashtag onto the end of your caption- know the rules:

 

  • Keep them Focused and Relevant

Ask yourself, “What are we posting about and why”-this is a great way to help get you started. Instagram recently rolled out the ability to follow hashtags which means that instead of a user having to search for an Instagram hashtag and scroll through an endless feed, your posts could now show up automatically in the feeds of potential new followers.

 

  • Location, Location, Location

Placement matters with hashtags. First, be sure to post them after your body copy. It’s also a good idea to create some space between caption. A common practice is the three dots method (shown below)

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This creates some separation to know when the caption ends and your tags begin.  Second, the order in which you place your hashtags makes a world of difference. Once you have a good amount of hashtags that you have decided on. You’ll now want to strategically choose which hashtags you want to list first. Most users aren’t likely to read through all of your hashtags, whether you’re choosing only 8 or to go for all 30. If there are hashtags that you want others to read make sure that you list them first.

 

  • Don’t Limit Yourself

Hashtags should be included but not limited to captions. They can be included in bios and when a user taps it they will be taken to that hashtag’s page to follow it, according to Hootsuite. For businesses with popular branded hashtags (more on that later), it’s a great way to foster engagement or collect user-generated content. They can also be used in comments and stories. Use the hashtag sticker to include branded hashtags in your Stories.

 

  • Do your Homework

You might have the perfect hashtag- it will reach your target audience and promotes your brand -but if it’s one of the most popular hashtags, chances are it will be lost on the shuffle. But don’t swear off popular hashtags entirely, Hootsuite says, “As long as they’re relevant to the post and used sparingly, popular hashtags can help expand your reach without making you seem desperate or spammy.”

 

  • Find it and Never Let it Go

While it’s important to switch up a few hashtags and keep them related to your posts, pick one or two hashtags that fit your brand and use them in every post. This way people can always know how to find you and even follow that specific tag. Taglines and slogans are great hashtags to use continuously.

 

  • Don’t Overdo it

Users tend to view paragraphs of hashtags as an eyesore. Most top brands 91% of them, to be exact, use seven or fewer hashtags per post. It’s easy to assume that’s the magic number for everyone, right? Krystal Gillespie, HubSpot’s Social Media Community Manager said that this isn’t always the case: Some accounts are more successful with hashtags ranging from the low teens 20s, and up to 30. A good rule of thumb is to keep the range from 7-30.

 

 

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