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Future Trends in User-Generated Content: What to Expect in 2024

December 29, 2023

What a year for UGC. In 2023, User-Generated Content (UGC) underwent an evolution predominantly marked by the dominance of video content, especially short-form videos on almost any platform you can think of. This evolution laid the foundation for a dynamic and diverse UGC landscape driven by technology, authenticity, and community engagement.

But that's not why you're here. You want to look into the crystal ball to see the future of UGC.

In this article, we're going to cover what's on the horizon for user-generated content and how you can potentially utilize it in 2024.

Predictions For Your Platform In 2024

If your brand is solely based on TikTok or if you have an account for every platform, we've got you covered. While these are just predictions, they could give you a good idea of where your brand is heading. 

Facebook (Meta)

Leveraging the Metaverse, Facebook will explore new dimensions of UGC, allowing users to create content within virtual environments and fostering innovative and immersive storytelling.


Instagram is likely to undergo changes to adapt to emerging trends and user expectations. One prominent prediction is the further integration of Augmented Reality (AR) features, offering users enhanced creative tools for content creation. This could include more advanced AR filters, effects, and overlays, providing users with a broader range of options to personalize and innovate their posts.


Giving creators the ability to do live streams right on the platform was a major win for content creators. I would imagine they would look into longer video formats or a feature that enables users to seamlessly stitch together short videos for a more comprehensive storytelling experience. This would save creators the hassle of saying, "Go watch the full video here." This would be a win for TikTok, keeping people on the platform and making less work for creators.


YouTube may continue to focus on short-form content, competing with platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels by offering creators more tools for creating engaging, concise videos. These videos can also help them take a deep dive into social commerce. This would allow creators to make their videos more interactive and shoppable, creating a seamless connection between content and e-commerce.


Snapchat is likely to explore integration with social commerce, introducing features that make it easier for users to discover, share, and purchase products directly within the app. A step in the right direction might be with geo-specific features. Refining its location-based features, providing users with more localized and geo-specific content recommendations, events, or filters, fostering a stronger sense of community.

The Future Trends Of UGC

As we step into 2024, several emerging trends are poised to reshape the landscape of UGC, paving the way for new opportunities and challenges.

Video Creation Continues It's Dominance

The popularity of video content shows no mercy and is not going anywhere for a long time. Short-form videos, live streams, and user-generated video content will continue to dominate social media platforms. Brands that can utilize the video creation space and incorporate it with UGC will be better positioned to connect with their audience on a deeper level and gain a larger audience.

The Rise of Micro-Influencers

Micro-influencers, with smaller but highly engaged audiences, will become even more influential in the UGC landscape. Brands will collaborate with these niche influencers to reach specific demographics authentically and build genuine connections with their followers. The reason for this is that as the creator/influencer tends to get more brand deals, the more often they have to sell to their audience. This, in turn, causes some of the followers to turn away and look for a more authentic and relatable creator to admire.


Ephemeral Content Takes Center Stage

Now you see it, now you don't. It's not a magic trick; it's ephemeral content. The allure of ephemeral content, such as disappearing stories on platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, will continue to grow. Brands will leverage the temporary nature of this content to create a sense of urgency and exclusivity, driving user engagement.

Interactive and Immersive Content

In 2024, expect UGC to transcend traditional formats. Interactive and immersive content, such as augmented reality (AR) experiences and 360-degree videos, will be knocking on your door. Brands will leverage these technologies to create engaging and memorable experiences that captivate audiences and build communities.

UGC as a Source of Authenticity

This should be no surprise, and it almost didn't make this list because it has been the cornerstone of UGC since its complete takeover. In 2024, brands will increasingly rely on UGC to humanize their image. Real stories, testimonials, and experiences shared by users will serve as powerful tools for building trust and credibility.

Metaverse In Your World

Facebook or Meta or whatever you want to call it will make a splash in this upcoming year. With the continued development of the metaverse, user-generated content will extend beyond traditional platforms. Virtual worlds and metaverse spaces will offer new avenues for users to create, share, and interact with content, fostering a dynamic digital environment.

Community-Driven Content Creation

Building strong communities around brands will be a focal point to focus on in 2024. Brands will encourage user participation and collaboration, fostering a sense of community. This shift towards community-driven content creation will not only generate more UGC but also create a loyal and engaged customer base.

Gaming and UGC Platforms

UGC platforms will incorporate gamification elements to enhance user engagement. Reward systems, challenges, and competitive features will motivate users to actively contribute, creating a more dynamic and entertaining UGC ecosystem.

It is hard to ignore facts when industry giants like Call Of Duty and Fortnite have incorporated mega influencers in their games, generating a huge buzz.

AI-Generated UGC Amplification

How does AI just know what to do? I honestly have no idea, and I'm fine keeping it like that. The one thing I do know is the integration of AI tools for content creation will become more sophisticated. AI algorithms will assist users in generating high-quality, personalized content, expanding the scope of user-generated material and increasing its impact.

Happy New Year

As we anticipate these trends in 2024, it's evident that the landscape of user-generated content is always evolving. Staying ahead of these trends will be crucial for brands aiming to remain relevant and successful in the ever-changing digital marketing landscape. Embracing innovation, creating a sense of authenticity, and engaging with users in meaningful ways will be the key to harnessing the full potential of user-generated content in the coming year.

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