What we learned this week: New shopping features, copyrighted music and more

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The Hello Social Co. team switched up its weekly meeting this week and gave you an inside look on one component of our meeting – the What We’ve Learned portion! Check out the whole video here or read what each of us had to say below.


Updates to Facebook and Instagram’s Shopping Feature

This free and simple e-commerce system is now available through Facebook and Instagram and is much more customizable than its previous counterpart. To get yours set up, Facebook will send links to Page Managers as eligibility is determined. This update is expected to roll out even more features to make it easier for followers to shop right from your Facebook page including messaging businesses directly from shop listings via WhatsApp, Messenger or DM.

Source: Social Media Today


Copyrighted music ins and outs

Facebook is cracking down on the use of copyrighted music in live and recorded videos across Facebook and Instagram. Here’s a quick rundown on how you can avoid loss of sound of your videos or even having the video taken down:

  • There are no limits on things like music in Stories, or traditional musical performances (e.g. filming a live artist or band performing).

  • The greater the number of full-length recorded tracks in a video, the more likely it may be limited.

  • For that reason, shorter clips of music are recommended.

  • There should always be a visual component to your video; recorded audio should not be the primary purpose of the video.


The good news is, Facebook provides you with a library of royalty-free music that you can use without any worry of disruption in your videos. 

Source: Social Media Today


Bye, trolls

Twitter is a place to spark conversation but sometimes trolls and “reply guys” get in the way of actually having a meaningful dialogue. Twitter launched a new update where users can now limit who interacts with their tweets. Choose to allow anyone, people you follow or only the people mentioned in the tweet to comment on your next tweet. People who can’t reply are still able to see, retweet and like the tweet, however.

Source: Ad Age


Optimize your graphics

Using the right sized photos and graphics with your social media posts is an important component of your social media strategy. Properly sized photos help your post perform at its very best. Keep this handy infographic nearby to make sure your getting the most out of your visuals.

Source: Social Media Today


Creator Studio app getting an upgrade

Hooray! Facebook’s Creator Studio is getting a bigtime update with the ability to create and post or schedule posts right from the app. Load the app onto your smartphone and now you can schedule Facebook posts on the go! Along with scheduling posts, you can check Insights and respond to messages and comments right from the app.

Source: Adweek


Turn your tablet into a digital journal

Can’t quit your paper planner or journal in the digital age? Turn your tablet into a totally customizable replacement! Etsy is host to a plethora of templates ranging in prices from around $3 to about $20, it’s an affordable solution to buying yearly planners, notebooks, calendars or journals.