Technology is changing quickly. You are busy running your business and you don’t have the time to stay on top of all of the updates that are happening constantly. I am compiling all of the most relevant changes that you need to know about here in a single post - bookmark it and check back monthly!
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Podcasting (new section!)
Note: new updates are indicated below in bold.
Social Media Scheduling
LinkedIn: you can now post photos as actual photos - not as a link to a photo! Full details.
Pinterest: scheduling is available. Full details.
Twitter: to reduce the appearance of spammy messages and behaviour as Twitter cracks down again, SocialBee has made some changes to its Twitter grow & engage tools: you must have at least 20 new follower templates, you can only follow/unfollow 100 people per day, and auto-DM functionality has been removed. Full details.
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Zapier integration, curate content, image library with the ability to upload your own images or choose from free stock photos. Full details.
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Evergreen (repeating) posts are here! Full details.
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Loomly 3.0: overhaul to the entire platform to make it more user friendly and lays the groundwork for more features (coming soon). Full details.
Interactions: reply to, like, hide/unhide and delete comments for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and soon LinkedIn. Full details.
Publishing to Google+ will stop on Feb 28, 2019
To save you a bit of time, when you type # in a post composer, a full list of all of the hashtags you’ve used in Loomly will appear so that you can easily select them without a lot of retyping. Full details.
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Set your Instagram posts to automatically share to your Facebook page (note: I don’t actually recommend automatic crossposting like this).
Improved hashtag generator for Instagram posts. Full details.
Tag users when posting to Instagram. Full details.
Smartloop launched, and introductory pricing (50% off!) available until Feb 28, 2019. Full details.
Smartloop (evergreen or repeating posts) is now in beta and you can request access for free - this feature will automatically pin your best stuff. Full details.
Tribes Insights added, which is an awesome way to see which of your Tribes is giving you the most ROI, and which Tribemates are saving the most from you. Full details.
Facebook page cross-posting is now available. And as long as your link or landing page contains an image that’s sized best for Facebook (i.e. square or landscape) your post link preview won’t look like it’s been awkwardly cross-posted from Pinterest.
Instagram direct scheduling is available. Full details.
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Socialdraft, and social media scheduling tool, now has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that lets you add content to your posting calendar plus a bunch of other features. Full details.
LinkedIn Pages: you can now @mention other LinkedIn pages in your page posts as well as publish video to your page via Hootsuite.
Publishing to Google+ stopped January 28, 2019. Full details.
Instagram: changes to the API mean that Hootsuite can no display hashtag search or location search streams for Instagram, or a stream of your @mentions. You also cannot use a personal Instagram profile to engage with posts via Hootsuite. Full details.
Boost Facebook posts directly from Hootsuite, available on all plans. Full details.
Hootsuite now has built-in Pinterest publishing and scheduling! Full details.
Due to the changes to Facebook’s API (because of the privacy concerns), Hootsuite will no longer have access to a number of features including user name & profile pictures in search streams for both Facebook and Instagram, page messaging, engaging with Instagram posts, and more. Full details.
Instagram direct scheduling is now available for all plans. Full details.
Instagram: direct scheduling for videos now available. Full details.
Tailored Posts: craft a single message but then customize the images, hashtags, character length, etc. for each network you want to post to. Currently only available in the browser extension. Full details.
Facebook: tag other business pages when posting to your business page. Full details.
Instagram: Geotag your posts within the Buffer composer, post a gallery of up to 4 images when posting via notification, and the default setting for accounts is now notification posting, which you can switch to direct posting on a post-by-post basis.
Instagram direct scheduling is available inside Buffer for single-image posts. Full details.
New composer makes it easier to create your posts: tag Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, customize your posts for different accounts at the same time, you can only schedule posts to 1 Twitter account at a time (due to the recent Twitter policy changes).
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Keep your dashboard tidy with the ability to now delete projects you no longer need. Full details.
Instagram: direct scheduling now available. Full details.
Instagram scheduling with notifications is now available. Full details.
Content curation added as keyword search, and you can edit/schedule that content directly from the search results. Full details.
You can now individually select which Facebook and LinkedIn profiles you want to add to your project.
SocialAider has been updated with an image editor. Note that these images will not automatically be uploaded to a post - you will have to download your image and then upload it into the composer. Full details.
Instagram Stories: visually plan and schedule Instagram stories (paid accounts only). Full details.
Changes to the Instagram API mean that search & repost features can only be used with connected business profiles, you can no longer search by user or location, hashtag autocomplete no longer works. Full details.
Instagram: improved analytics for paid plans. Full details.
Instagram: direct schedule videos. Full details.
Filters available when editing your photos before publishing. Full details.
For Business plans you can now tag locations and users in your Instagram posts. Full details.
For Business plans there is a new contributor feature where you can give people a link where they can upload their photos - those that you accept will be added to your media library. Full details.
Later has introduced Hashtag Suggestions on it’s paid plans. Just add a single hashtag to your post and then access the suggestions menu which will pull up related hashtags. Full details.
Later now allows you to direct publish single-image posts to Instagram. Full details.
Manage your Instagram comments right inside Later (paid plan only). Full details.
Later now has the 1 big feature that was missing - the ability to schedule to Instagram Stories!
If you use Later to schedule your Instagram posts, you can now schedule carousel posts! Full details.
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Has a fresh new look, and you can now view more of your upcoming scheduled posts in the ‘Future Calendar Preview’
You can now add team members to your paid account. Full details.
Recurpost has added a Smart Queue: a calendar of all of your future queued posts (previously you could only see what was coming up in the next 24 hours).
Recurpost now has integrated with Pixabay, Unsplash, and Giphy to bring you GIFs and stock photos to add to your social media posts.
If you only started using Recurpost and you are on a paid plan, you can now import old posts from your social media networks to save the time of manually adding them to your content library. Full details.
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Animoto now has built-in access to over 1M Getty stock photos for you to supplement your videos. Full details.
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Lumen5 has added the ability to make vertical videos, so if stories and IGTV are your forte, this app could be a great investment (as this feature is only available on paid plans). Make a new video or convert your existing videos to vertical. Full details.
They’ve recently added a ton of GIFs to the stock library, added additional themes and customizations for your videos, and added speed controls.
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If you have been loving Ripl for your mobile device, they now have a desktop version that syncs to your mobile account, as well as mew metrics and insights.
InShot has added a bunch of new filters and adjustments
CutStory for Instagram Stories
You can now post directly to your Instagram stories from within the app (no more downloading to your camera roll)
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Graphic Design/Image Editing
Crello now has free Instagram video story templates. Full details.
Crello has launched ‘Animation Maker’ for it’s paid users which allows you to make graphics containing animations - this includes both animated backgrounds and animated. If you are OK with a ‘Created in Crello’ watermark, you can use some of the animated designs for free. Full details.
Crello has introduced a Resize feature, which is available in it’s free plan! Full details.
You can now ‘favourite’ the elements, photos, and templates that you use most in order to find them more quickly. Full details.
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Linktree is an awesome tool when you need to link to multiple places from your Instagram bio. They have added the following feature to their Pro Plan: remove the LinkTree logo, add social and email accounts as icons instead of plain links, enhanced analytics, more visual customization options.
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Google URL Shortener
Updated dashboard to allow you to sort, search, and more easily compare your CTT links. Full details.
Get ClickToTweet | Free & paid account options
Productivity: Tasks, Calendar, Email
Asana now integrates directly with Outlook so you can turn your emails into tasks (note this integration also exists for Gmail). Full details.
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Sort your lists by due date, card name, date created, and more. Plus create a new card anywhere in your list, not just at the very top or very bottom. Full details.
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Several helpful add-ons for your inbox, such as Asana, Trello, Zoom, QuickBooks, and more. Full details.
If you need to filter out some of the noise, you can now set your Gmail mobile app to send a notification ONLY for high priority emails. Full details.
Indicate when you are Out of Office and Google will automatically decline any event invites during that time. You can also set your availability on a day-to-day basis. Full details.
Use the Explore feature to quickly find files to reference or insert. Full details.
Quickly build an app to use within your business. Some examples include team on-boarding, track office inventory requests, or project collaboration. Full details.
Planyway (Trello Extension)
Reschedule all overdue tasks at once to be due today, dark theme available. Full details.
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Online Course & Membership
Enhancements to the Premier theme: add offer cards to any page, even your homepage; add anchor links within a single page (awesome for long-form landing pages); add accordion sections (perfect for FAQs). Full details.
Document & Presentation Design
Yes, traditionally used for image design, but Canva is also helpful for creating pdf documents - and they have been adding great templates that will be useful for your business. Think opt-ins: worksheets, infographics, guides, and more!
Canva is also getting into the print game! Full details.
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Formatting updates, including column sizing, font preview, header/footer for all pages. Full details.
14 new lead magnet templates added for those with paid accounts. Full details.
Uploaded images will now be saved in an image library so they are easy to add any time without re-uploading; Google Analytics integration added; new font formatting added. Full details.
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Improvements to CRM, more segmentation options, and task assignment for multiple users. Full details.
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Updates to Zoom Rooms: virtual background automatically enabled (unless you’ve previously turned it off), auto-delete cloud recordings after a set period of time, it’s now easier for people to rejoin a meeting if they lost connection. Full details.
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Loom Pro has launched and gives you features like HD/4K recording, unlimited video storage, CTA buttons and custom thumbnails, and more. Full details.
The video page has undergone a makeover to make it easier to share your video.
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You can now link your Squarespace online store to create shoppable Instagram posts. Full details.
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iPad App and New Features: Anchor has now introduced an app for the iPad and a bunch of new features: touch-enabled editing, import your existing audio from almost anywhere, drag-and-drop files from other apps into Anchor, plus better audio quality.
Anchor has been completely revamped to focus on podcasting without having to have any fancy or expensive audio editing software. Full details.