30 Social Media Predictions From 30 Social Media Pros
#1: Marketers will have more tools to stimulate conversation.
#2: More companies will invest in social media.
#3: Social media will become mainstream.
#4: Quora will leave beta and become a serious player in social networking.
#5: People will demand more from social media.
#6: Social media will no longer be something the “cool kids” are doing.
#7: Facebook will become a real ecommerce platform.
#8 Social communication skills will get better.
#9: Social media will expand through creativity, diversification and content.
#10: Internet noise will reach rock-concert levels.
#11: Social media will become targetable.
#12: Social media will become more cross-functional.
#13: Small businesses will stand a better chance of competing with the bigger names.
#14: There will be a shakeout in second-tier social media platforms.
#15: 2011 will be the breakout year for social search.
#16: Content marketing will drive social media forward.
#17: Social media will have an ever-larger impact in the search engine rankings.
#18: Curation tools will become the primary way people use social media.
#19: 2011 will be a year of listening, courage and enabling.
#20: Influence will be measured by follower and fan engagement.
#21: Personal authenticity will become increasingly important.
#22: Brands will use more one-on-one communication on social media.
#23: The social media industry will “reboot.”
#24: Expect to see more traction, innovation and spending in group buying in 2011.
#25: In 2011, we’ll see a further divide between Twitter and Facebook.
#26: Social media marketers will get the value—and necessity—of relying on direct-response tactics.
#27: Social media measurements will become visual.
#28: Deals, specials and discounts will flourish inside of Facebook pages.
#29: More collaboration between social media players.
#30: Facebook will welcome its one billionth member to massive worldwide fanfare.