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- New private communications options – Replying to comments with a private message is the biggest advantage here – this will allow Page managers to take customer service offline more efficiently. Also, your responsiveness will be showcased on your Page, so responsive businesses can be easily identified (and if you aren’t responsive your fans will know). This release also includes “saved responses” so brands can save and quickly send template responses for common questions.
- Facebook launches live video streaming for public figures – Jealous of the attention Meerkat and Periscope were getting, Facebook launched their own live video streaming app. It is only available to public figures, but it will be interesting to see this platform develop.
- Business messenger – Facebook Business Messenger now allows businesses to create personal connections with customers through messenger. There could be a lot of interesting potential with this.
- Opens API for advertisers – don’t get too excited this is only for advertisers- you still can’t fully post or manage Instagram from a computer, but it is a set in the right direction.
- Hootsuite Integrates with Instagram (sort of) – Many features of Instagram are now available in Hootsuite, which means that many aspects of Instagram can be managed through Hoostuite. The biggest limitation is that photos scheduled don’t auto post to Instagram – you get a notification through the mobile app and have to manually post.
- Twitter announces ads editor – This makes it easy to manage ads. If you are a big Twitter advertiser this should save you time.
- Twitter removes the 140 character limit in direct messages – You can now send longer messages through direct messages in Twitter, making it easier for private communications to be relevant.
- Twitter audience targeting – Allows you to reach people on and off Twitter with enhanced advertising options. If you are a heavy online advertiser check this out.
- Twitter launches event targeting – There are many great features in this update surrounding events – you can use their three tools – Calendar, Insights and Ads to better get your event infront of people.
- Google+ gets separated out – Google will be separating out Google+ and maintaining it as a place where people can connect around shared interests. You won’t need to use Google+ to sign in on other Google services.
- Google Alphabet Reorganization – Google is reorganizing – now their core products will remain under Google and their new products will go under something called “alphabet” – this should help them streamline.
- LinkedIn Launches new Ad Editor – If you run lots of LinkedIn ads and sponsored posts, this should save you time.
- New Feature: LinkedIn Lookup – This new feature lets you lookup information about your co-workers. LinkedIn found that many people use LinkedIn to search for people they already work for, so LinkedIn has made it easier to find information about these people.
- LinkedIn reduces the # of emails they send you – YES.
Buffer for Video
- Buffer announced Buffer for Video – You can now streamline your video posts with Buffer for video. We know that video is making a HUGE push this year, and Buffer may be a great way to manage your video scheduling.