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You may or may not have realised but there is a brand new feature on your WhatsApp Messenger. There is now a new status tab, similar to SnapChat and Instagram Stories. It allows you to update your status with a picture, GIF or short video to your contacts. This can also be customised with emojis and annotations and with a limitation of being up for only 24 hours, again all similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories.

Social networks are a way of life for many of us. It is no longer a case of should I use social media but with so many different platforms to choose from, which one should you use? Well, they all differ and can be used in many different ways. Below we have outlined the many uses of each one, in order to inform your decision on which one, or maybe all, to use. 

How does social media differ for small businesses?

Social media is a great tool for small businesses and - relatively speaking - the cost of entry is low. According to the social media marketing industry report, 92% of small business agree that social media is a crucial part to their marketing. More than 50% of small businesses agree that social media increases sales.

However, small businesses fail when trying to compete with bigger companies. Bigger companies have what seems like unlimited content while small businesses do not have the funds or time to reach the same level. Rather than competing with the big boys, however, small companies can grow by concentrating on creating loyalty, brand awareness and increasing the traffic to their website.