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Social Media Trends to Watch for 2023

Platforms Search for New Revenue Models as Gen Z Reshapes the Landscape

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As the ad revenue shortfall deepens, social media’s legacy players face new competition for users, a complicated situation with creators, and a social commerce rewind.
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Let’s BeReal: 2022 was a tough year for most social platforms. Next year will bring new competition from Gen Z-focused rivals, a (mostly unsuccessful) quest for alternate revenue streams, a social commerce rewind, a complicated situation with creators, and amped-up competition for video viewers.

Gen Z Puts Its Stamp on the Next Phase of Social Media

TikTok needs to watch its back. True, it’s still Gen Z’s favorite app; we expect nearly 70% of Gen Z internet users to use it monthly in 2023, up from 64.1% in 2022. But emerging competitors like BeReal are gaining traction, based on a comparison of fall 2022 Piper Sandler survey data with our forecasts.

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  1. Gen Z Puts Its Stamp on the Next Phase of Social Media
  2. Non-Ad Revenue Streams Gain Steam—Then Fizzle
  3. Ads Drive the Social Commerce Shopping Cart Forward
  1. Creator Ad Revenue Sharing Brings Unintended Consequences
  2. Social Video Graduates to the Big Leagues
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Debra Aho Williamson, Jasmine Enberg


Ross Benes
Senior Analyst
Natalie McGranahan
Senior Researcher and Taxonomy Manager
Chuck Rawlings
Senior Researcher
Max Willens
Senior Analyst
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