24 Jul Social Chatter 251: Instagram Reels, A TikTok Competitor, What Marketers Need to Know Christian Karasiewicz | Chirpty, Christian Karasiewicz, Facebook Live Messenger Rooms, Facebook Page followers, Instagram Reels, Jim Fuhs, Snapchat brand profiles, Snapchat Minis, Social media news, social media news 2020, Telbee Vox, TikTok alternatives | Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Social Chatter, Social Media Marketing | ShareTweetSharePinBufferWhatsAppEmail55 SharesShareTweetSharePinBufferWhatsAppEmail55 Shares Welcome to the 251st episode of Social Chatter, the longest running social media marketing talk show. We cover the latest social media news from this past week, including Instagram Reels, Instagram Personal Fundraisers, Chirpty and more. Instagram is launching Instagram Reels, a TikTok competitor. You can now create Instagram fundraisers for personal causes. Facebook Messenger Rooms will allow you to go live on Facebook. Snapchat is rolling out Snapchat Minis, which are bite-sized thirt-party apps. Some brands can now create Snapchat Brand Profiles. Facebook Messenger is adding screen sharing to iOS and Android. Facebook is testing removing Page likes. Use Chirpty to create Twitter interaction circles. New tool: Telbee Vox will let your customers record voice messages on your website. You can also watch or listen to Social Chatter on our blog, YouTube channel, podcast or the Alexa Flash Briefing. If you missed the last episode of our social media marketing talk show, we discussed Instagram pinned comments. Let's see what's new in social media this week with, Christian Karasiewicz and Jim Fuhs. Social Chatter: Social Media Marketing Talk Show - Episode 251 Instagram Reels Are you looking for an alternative to TikTok, which could soon get banned in the United States? This week, Instagram confirmed they are rolling out Instagram Reels. With Instagram Reels, their TikTok competitor, you will be able to create and post short, 15-second videos set to music or other audio, similar to TikTok. Instagram Reels will also provide a set of editing tools similar to TikTok's. These include a countdown timer and tools to adjust the video’s speed. Here is a look at Reels for Instagram. #Instagram expanding #TikTok competitor, Reels, to France, Germany.This will allow users to record short, 15-second video clips set to music or other audio and share them on the gram.#SocialChatter #SMM #socialmediamarketinghttps://t.co/GE38P8MpAs— Social Chefs (@socialchefs) June 25, 2020 Instagram Reels is now available to everyone. To access it, first update your Instagram app from your device's App Store. Next, launch the camera and look for the 'Reels' option. Keep in mind that some accounts may not yet have this feature. Why Instagram Reels Matter For Your Business If your business has hesitated to move to TikTok because your customers are not there, Instagram Reels makes that move much more easy. A majority of your customers are likely already using Instagram. By introducing Reels, this helps make the move much easier - they also won't have to sign-up for another platform. In addition to being an alternative to TikTok, which should help squelch any issues most people have with TikTok, Reels will also give you access to more tools for creating short for videos for the gram. Although Instagram Reels will not officially launch until August, this gives you time to develop a stronger Instagram strategy. This way when Reels is available, your business can be ready to further engage with your audience on Instagram. Other Social Media News Mentioned Here are some additional social media news topics that we covered on our weekly live social media marketing talk show that are worth checking out. Instagram is rolling out fundraisers for personal causes. #Instagram is launching a tool to help you fundraise for personal causes.#SocialChatter #SocialMedia #SMM #InstagramNews https://t.co/t6t5HanDcu pic.twitter.com/pDGghmbXEG— Social Chefs (@socialchefs) July 21, 2020 Snapchat is launching Snap Minis, which are lightweight third-party apps. #Snapchat is rolling out Minis, which are lightweight, simplified versions of apps that live within Snap’s Chat section.https://t.co/mgtgDgmZ03#SocialChatter #SocialMedia #SnapchatNews pic.twitter.com/ACBNNHegRZ— Social Chefs (@socialchefs) July 23, 2020 Some brands are getting their own Snapchat Brand Profiles! Some brands on #Snapchat are getting 'brand profiles.'#SocialChatter #SocialMedia #SnapchatNewshttps://t.co/RfOBMWXR8t pic.twitter.com/Z505bLwVpb— Social Chefs (@socialchefs) July 23, 2020 You can now go live from Facebook Messenger Rooms. #Facebook Messenger Rooms is adding the ability to send them to #FacebookLive.Could this be a @zoom_us killer?Imagine being able to pair Messenger Rooms + #LiveVideo + charging on your Page. 🤔Details: https://t.co/wquzEIEqYd#SocialChatter #SocialMedia #FacebookNews pic.twitter.com/yLgmEeKPNl— Social Chefs (@socialchefs) July 23, 2020 Facebook Messenger is adding screen sharing for iOS and Android. To screen share in Facebook Messenger, follow these steps. How to Screen Share iPhone With Messenger Video Calls After starting a video call, swipe up on the control panel at the bottom of your screen. Tap “Share Your Screen” then tap “Start Sharing. Tap “Start Broadcast". Tap the screen in the gray blank area to leave the screen broadcast popup and use the new feature. Swipe up from the Messenger app to navigate to another app and show off your screen (this works system-wide). You can end the screen sharing by tapping “STOP” in the top-right corner in the Messenger app, tapping the persistent red recording pill in the top-left of your iPhone, or by ended the video call. #Facebook Messenger expands screen sharing to iOS, Android.Screen sharing allows people to instantly share their screen with others or in a group video call w/ up to eight people, 16 people in Rooms. #SocialChatter #SocialMedia #SMM #FacebookNews https://t.co/8lm9s75zDn pic.twitter.com/fCokzj9zSF— Social Chefs (@socialchefs) July 17, 2020 Don't worry if your Facebook Page likes disappeared. Facebook is testing followers on Pages. #Facebook is testing a new view for Pages, simplifying navigation, and replacing the like button with a follow button + count.https://t.co/9eHRNIOKfj#SocialChatter #SocialMedia #FacebookNews pic.twitter.com/Q309I4UhsB— Social Chefs (@socialchefs) July 23, 2020 In addition to sharing the latest news from this past week, we also highlighted some great social media tools and apps for you to check out. Tools Chirpty, Twitter Interaction Circles The first tool that we have for you this week is Chirpty. Do you know which accounts you interact with the most on Twitter? A quick way to find out is to use Chirpty. With Chirpty, you simply enter in a Twitter account and you can see which accounts they engage with most often. You can use Chirpty for free. If you want to skip the line, they charge $0.99 for Chirpty Hopper so that you can get your Twitter interaction circle faster. Create a Twitter interaction circle Telbee Vox The second tool that we have for you this week is Telbee Vox. Do you communicate with customers using voice or just over email? With Telbee Vox, you can provide a way for customers to record voice messages to you from your website. As a business owner, you can listen and respond using voice as well. This way you can engage more with your customers, as opposed to treating them as just another shopper. Here is a look at the Telbee Vox interface. Are you engaging with your customers? If you're looking for a better way, try @telbee_io. Your customers can record voice messages for you - you can listen and reply back from desktop or #mobile. https://t.co/vGzcd1I1H7 pic.twitter.com/S9TuJGmoGz — Social Chefs (@socialchefs) July 22, 2020 You can use Telbee Vox for free with up to 2 users. This gives you 60 vox minutes per month. If you need more time, transcriptions and channels, prices start at just $12 per month per user. Let your customers send you voice messages Wrap-up To sum it up this week, Instagram Reels, a TikTok competitor, will let you crate and post 15-second videos set to music or audio. With Reels, this is Instagram's chance to gain new users who might have to leave the TikTok platform. To watch next week's episode of Social Chatter, your weekly social media marketing talk show, tune-in to our YouTube channel or watch on Facebook to learn about the latest breaking social media news from this week! If you have any questions about Instagram Reels, please share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or in the comments below. About The Author Christian Karasiewicz Founder, Social Chefs Founder and CEO of Social Chefs, a digital marketing agency. I host two shows, #SocialChatter, the industries longest running social media marketing talk show and Social Snacks, 5 minute or less social media marketing tutorials. ShareTweetSharePinBufferWhatsAppEmail55 Shares No Comments Comments are closed.