#SocialSkim: LinkedIn’s Latest Changes, How Social Will Change in 2017: 10 Stories This Week

The new LinkedIn: What social media marketers need to know Start off on the right foot with the first 'Skim of the year: all the LinkedIn changes marketers need to know about; Twitter's cry for help from its users, and its introduction of 360-degree live video; consumers' big concerns about social commerce; the world's first social media addiction clinic; four social selling tips to grow your sales pipeline; and much more... New year, new you... on LinkedIn, at least! Twitter's Jack Dorsey asks users for a wish list, and they don't hold back With no willing buyer for Twitter in sight, its CEO took to the platform to ask its users just what they're hoping Twitter will build in 2017—an apparent attempt to crowdsource ideas for ways to improve the social network in the new year. Twitter's Periscope launches live 360-degree video The Twitter-owned live streaming social network is the latest to throw its hat into the live 360 video ring, after YouTube and Facebook introduced the capability in April and December, respectively. The feature is being tested with select partners for now, but it will roll out to additional users in the near future. Why you should have a business Pinterest account if you don't already Pinterest can be a great place to find new customers and leads, and the new year seems like a great time to finally start that Pinterest Business page you've been putting off. Rich pins: Six feature-rich Pins let users do things like download your app without leaving Pinterest. Welcome to the world's first Internet addiction clinic... Algeria has launched the world's first rehabilitation program to treat Internet—and particularly social media—addiction, in a clinic that's fully government-funded. 10 rules for effective Facebook marketing Conventional wisdom would have brands using hashtags and tags galore in every Facebook post, and avoiding interactive calls-to-action on posts. That's exactly what one mother found when she posted her favorite video of her son singing at a school concert on the social network.

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1. The new LinkedIn: What social media marketers need to know

Start off on the right foot with the first ‘Skim of the year: all the LinkedIn changes marketers need to know about; Twitter’s cry for help from its users, and its introduction of 360-degree live video; consumers’ big concerns about social commerce; the world’s first social media addiction clinic; four social selling tips to grow your sales pipeline; and much more…

Skim for a fresh start!

New year, new you… on LinkedIn, at least! A new layout is soon rolling out to all, and marketers need to know how to navigate it and where to find the functions they need.

  • Homepage: The section now features a lighter, cleaner look, where icons and personal snapshot section mimic its revamped mobile app.
  • Me section: What used to be the Profile section is now dubbed “Me.” Here you can edit your profile, adjust privacy settings, etc. Your profile photo is now circular, and the specs for the background photo are now 1536 x 768.
  • Revamped search: LinkedIn’s free version no longer offers advanced search options (names, titles, locations), saved searches, or tagging.
  • Notifications: These now get their own section, making it easier to view and respond to engagement with your page or profile.

Have the changes gone live for you yet?

2. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey asks users for a wish list, and they don’t hold back

With no willing buyer for Twitter in sight, its CEO took to the platform to ask its users just what they’re hoping Twitter will build in 2017—an apparent attempt to crowdsource ideas for ways to improve the social network in the new year.

Far and away the most popular request was that of an edit tweet feature to allow users to make changes to existing tweets without having to delete and start from scratch. Dorsey seemed to have avowed the request, but noted that such a capability would have to avoid damaging Twitter’s reputation as a “public record.”

So, any edit feature would either be only for quick fixes directly after publishing, or more permanent changes would show revision history to all users. Either way, we’ll see whether Dorsey was sincere in his outreach to users!

Following in the footsteps of Brian Chesky: what’s the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017? #Twitter2017

— jack (@jack) December 29, 2016

3. Consumers uneasy about validity of social commerce

Though social commerce has undergone explosive growth in recent years, its introduction by brands and adoption by consumers have nevertheless left many still skeptical about making purchases on social platforms, a recent report from Sumo Heavy Industries found.

Half of people said social influenced their purchase decisions, but only one in five had bought via social media; 77% claimed avoiding social shopping transactions for what they perceive as lack of security.

It might take years to shift these perceptions, so brands must reassure customers that their social orders are treated the same as their e-commerce equivalents.

4. Twitter’s Periscope launches live 360-degree video

The Twitter-owned live streaming social network is the latest to throw its hat into the live 360 video ring, after YouTube and Facebook introduced the capability in April and December, respectively.

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