The Science of Social Media

The Science of Social Media is your weekly sandbox for social media marketing stories, insights, experimentation, and inspiration. Every Monday (and sometimes more) we share the most cutting-edge social media marketing strategies from brands and influencers in every industry. If you’re a social media team of one, business owner, marketer, or someone simply interested in social media marketing, you’re sure to find something useful in each and every episode. It’s our hope that you’ll join our 15,000+ weekly iTunes listeners and rock your social media channels as a result!



      episode 103: How to Sell Your Product or Service on Instagram Like the Pros

      Instagram advertising is one of the most promising (and exciting) opportunities for businesses and brands to get their products or services directly in front of consumers. More than 1 billion Instagram consumers to be exact!  Today’s episode is a list of best-practices, tools, and key data points that you’ll need to know to be successful with Instagram posting and advertising, and ultimately, selling your product or service on one of the world's leading social media platforms.



      episode 102: A Customer-Focused Social Media Strategy to Increase Engagement and Social ROI

      This week we’re looking at how you can create a customer-focused social media strategy that will work and pay dividends for your business or brand.  We'll be sharing a ton of ideas and information so that you can get started today setting up a social media strategy that will put your customers at the center of everything.  Focusing on your customers or social media will help you to increase engagement one every channel, improve ROI, and make social media a focal point of success for your bu...



      episode 101: Instagram IGTV (Television for the Mobile Generation) - How it Works Plus An Exclusive Creators Guide

      Instagram IGTV is here! Today, we’re diving into one of the most exciting new platforms on the entire internet right now - Instagram's brand new platform: IGTV. We’ve got everything you need to know about the new Instagram platform, plus, an exclusive guide for IGTV creators. We're predicting Instagram to pass Facebook’s 2 billion users in the next 5-10 years. Particularly because of their innovations on the mobile front with things like IGTV, which we’re going to cover in detail today.



      episode 100: One Million Downloads, One Hundred Episodes, Two Co-Hosts, and One Random Show

      We're celebrating one million downloads and our 100th episode!  In this totally random episode, Brian and Hailley go completely off-script and give you a never-before seen or heard peek inside The Science of Social Media.  They'll be sharing their top lessons learned from 100 episodes, favorite moments, biggest challenges, as well as how they grew the Buffer Podcast to more than one million downloads as a side project. Here's to one hundred episodes and one million downloads more!



      episode 99: How The Instagram Algorithm Actually Works (Plus Big Instagram Updates You Need to Know)

      Did you know: Before Instagram implemented their new algorithm in 2016, users were missing 70% of all posts and 50% of their friends’ posts in the feed? The Instagram team shared some never-before seen or heard updates behind how the Instagram algorithm actually works. We're covering all of those in detail on today's episode. Plus, we've got the scoop on several other Instagram updates that you won't want to miss as a marketer, business, or brand.


       2018-06-18  13m

      episode 98: 2018 State of Social Media Marketing Industry Report (What the Future Holds for Businesses)

      A brand new 2018 State of Social Media Marketing Report is live from Social Media Examiner and we're breaking down all of the most important takeaways for businesses and marketers! Have you ever wondered how fellow businesses and marketers are using social media? Or if you should focus more on ads or messenger bots or video? More than 5,700 marketers revealed where, why, and how they’ll focus their organic and paid social media efforts in 2018 and beyond.


       2018-06-11  12m

      episode 97: 10 Proven Social Media Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

      Small businesses and entrepreneurs have their own set of unique social media and marketing challenges and opportunities. The biggest one being having so many different responsibilities! But the fact remains... Social media marketing is a HUGE opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their audience. Today, we're breaking down our 10 most proven social media marketing tips that will help small businesses and entrepreneurs (you) succeed on social media in 2018 and beyond.


       2018-06-04  13m

      episode 96: 50+ Marketers On How to Prove Social ROI, Where Video Marketing is Headed in 2018, Exciting New Instagram Features, and More!

      Covering the biggest news in the social media marketing world, including one subject that we as marketers don’t talk about enough - Proving social media ROI. We’re also covering the biggest video trends in 2018 and what marketers need to know moving forward. Instagram released a ton of exciting features that will continue to grow the platform in big ways. You won't want to miss what those are!  Finally, Facebook leaked a new influencer marketing platform and we've got the inside scoop.


       2018-05-29  13m

      episode 95: YouTube Marketing 101: How We Grew Our Channel By 59% in 30 Days

      We partnered with Brian Dean of Backlinko to create a huge, step-by-step case study on how you can grow your brand’s YouTube channel in a big way… starting today. In just 30 days after implementing Brian Dean’s advice, we’ve grown our YouTube channel by 59%, monthly views have shot up by 35%, and video watch time has increased by 61%. In episode #95 of The Science of Social Media, Brian and Hailley share everything you need to create a rock-solid YouTube marketing strategy from scratch.


       2018-05-21  14m

      episode 94: GDPR: New Data Privacy Laws and Important Changes Businesses and Marketers Need to Know

      GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a new data privacy regulation that aims to give individuals in the EU protection and control over their personal data. It has major implications for your business and the marketing and social media tools you use, whether you’re located in the EU or not. In episode #94 of The Science of Social Media, we're breaking down the new GDPR regulation into understandable steps that you and your business can take to keep your social media strategy running ...


       2018-05-14  12m