The end of another great year is almost here, which means it’s time to start reflecting on all the social and visual happenings from 2014. Let’s jump into it.

1. Instagram reveals the most-liked images and biggest hashtag of 2014.

“There are still a few shopping days before Christmas, but Instagram is slapping a bow on official numbers for its most-liked photos of 2014.” Check out which Instagram photos and hashtags take home the crown this year. 

2. Stella Artois turns to Instagram to appeal to millennial beer drinkers.

“Given the commitment to artistry and sophistication that defines the Stella Artois brand, we thought featuring imagery supporting the brand’s holiday campaign, ‘Give Beautifully,’ would be the perfect fit.”

3. Pictures really do speak louder than words. 

Black Friday may be over, but the holidays are just getting started. Follow these three tips for visual holiday marketing to make the most of your social strategy this season.

4. Social networks want your holiday shopping dollars.

“Americans will spend an estimated $61B shopping online this holiday season… and social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are hoping to become a bigger part of the gift-buying process.”

5. Tumblr adds ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge’ and ‘Get Involved’ buttons.

“The website now automatically adds Buy and Pledge buttons to users’ posts, similar to the experimental Buy buttons on Twitter and Facebook. One merely has to post links that lead to the ever-familiar Etsy or Kickstarter….and then, well, Tumblr will do the rest.

6. This fun Pinterest collaboration helps fans plan for the holidays.

Allrecipes, Nordstrom and BHG are joining forces on a special holiday entertainment board designed to help fans cook, decorate, and dress to impress. The board launched last month showcasing Thanksgiving content and will transition to include pins for holiday parties and New Year’s Eve.

7. Social media is making luxury more accessible.

Social media is changing the way consumers experience both fashion and art, creating a heightened level of accessibility. Social enables you to “feel like when you consume that product, you’re consuming a larger experience.” Here’s why it matters for brands.

8. Black Friday & Cyber Monday are driving more social conversation than ever.

“Black Friday 2014 was the most social ever.” Data shows strong growth in social media conversations about the kickoff to the shopping season.

Deck the halls with pins and selfies…

Looking for ways to use this news? For more ideas on how to grow your brand before, during and after the holidays, download our latest guide below. In it, we examine 20 different ways to use visual channels like Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram to grow your brand.