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Why Your Brand Will Love Snapchat in 2015

Written by: Tom Edwards
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Each year I like to dive into a specific platform that can make an impact for brands in the coming year. In February of 2014, I published “2014: The Year of Tumblr.” This prediction was recently validated, as TechCrunch released data showing that Tumblr just overtook Instagram as the fastest-growing social platform.

In 2015, Snapchat is the fastest growing social app. I have received numerous client requests for POVs on the platform, and I was recently briefed by the Snapchat team. What the team unveiled takes the platform to the next level for brands interested in reaching the 14-to-28-year-old demo in 2015.

Snapchat is already the fastest growing social app heading into 2015.

Here are the five reasons to consider Snapchat in 2015:

1. Heavy usage by younger audiences

According to Business Insider, nearly half of Americans aged 12 to 24 have used Snapchat.

A majority of campaign briefs called out some form of Millennial as the target, and Generation Z began to regularly appear toward the end of the year as well. Combine the penetration and rate of growth with new offerings that are designed to further enable brands on the platform, and Snapchat is important to consider for the right brand.

Snapchat launched in 2011 with a heavy emphasis on teen and 20-something users, and it has quickly gained traction over the past few years. Snapchat’s sweet spot is between 14 and 28, with a slight female lean. The numbers are impressive, including the fact that almost 50 percent of U.S. users aged 12 to 24 have tried Snapchat. The company now sits at 100 million active users with 50 million users in the U.S.

When it comes to frequency of use, the platform is even more impressive, as 60 percent of the active users are on the app daily, with frequency numbers as high as 22 times per day.

For those not familiar with Snapchat, one of the unique elements of the platform is that content “disappears” after a short period of time that is set by the content creator.

Users also have the ability to “doodle” directly on the content to quickly personalize it, as well as add filters and comment on top of content.

To give you further perspective, check out this Snapchat infographic that our team developed in 2013. You can see the explosive growth since then.

If that’s not enough, there are more than 700 million snaps sent everyday. One of the key behavioral factors is tied to the fact that there is a sense of urgency with the content, as it will eventually disappear.

2. Brands are active on Snapchat?

When it comes to the various use cases of Snapchat, users can chat with one-to-one messaging and live video chat, they can consume a feed of directly sent snaps and messages from friends, capture photo and video (filter, doodle, caption), and interact with the story feed.

While some brands go the route of directly sending and feeding snaps and messages, one of the key areas of focus recently has been tied to the “story” feed.

Here is an example from Taco Bell showcasing new products directly to its followers:

The “My Stories” feature was introduced in 2013 and has become one of the most popular features within the app. “My Stories” allows users to link multiple snaps together over a 24-hour period. This feature alone is driving more than 1 billion views a day and has become the “go-to” for brands emphasizing a one-to-many strategy on the platform, versus one-to-one messaging.

Here is an example of McDonald’s using multiple snaps to reveal a new product:

3. Snapchat and advertising

When it comes to an approach to advertising, Snapchat is more like BuzzFeed than Facebook. It focuses on contextual relevance of the content to drive impressions versus a highly-targeted approach. Both have their pros and cons, but Snapchat recommends that relevance and authenticity are the keys to success when it comes to advertising within its platform. Furthermore, it has recently introduced the ability to position sponsored content in the friend feed.

A sponsored post is for a period of 24 hours and can be up to 20 seconds of premium content. From a viewability standpoint, Snapchat counts a view as two seconds of consumption, and it states that the biggest difference is its model is built around the idea of connected engagement versus reach and frequency.

Here is an example of sponsored content from the recent “Ouija” movie:

4. Snapchat is opening up opportunities for brands and event sponsorship

One of the latest additions and one of the bigger brand opportunities is tied to the new “Our Story” offering. “Our Story” is a location-based collaborative story that leverages content from events and allows others not attending to directly experience the events. A user at an event has the ability to upload a photo or video snap, and Snapchat drops a Wi-Fi geofence around the event. Content is then aggregated and the “Our Story” content prompt is located in the story feed next to friend content. The video below helps to clarify this new offering:

There is also an opportunity for brands to “sponsor” the “Our Story” events. This comes to life in the form of 10-second interstitial title snaps. The sponsored content is then interlaced through the user-generated content and clearly identifies the sponsor. One key point to consider with this type of offering is to leverage authentic event content versus pre-produced content. This better aligns the message and makes it more contextually relevant.

Check out this example from Samsung tied to the recent “American Music Awards” show:

5. Snapchat partnerships

It was recently reported by multiple media outlets that Snapchat is in negotiations with Comedy Central, Spotify, Vice, and other media publishers for the upcoming launch of “Discover.” “Discover” will most likely serve users articles, music, and videos produced by media companies. This will create an additional avenue to drive contextually relevant native advertising to further monetize the platform.

In addition, Snapchat recently partnered with Square to release a peer-to-peer payment prototype. The prototype allows users to store their debit card via Square to quickly process a payment or send cash to a friend’s bank account through the chat feature. Users can type the dollar sign, an amount, and hit the green button. It is available in the U.S. to those 18 or older with a debit card.

With its diversity of use cases, ease of use, sense of urgency tied to the consumption of content, and focus on enabling brands and partnerships, Snapchat is primed to have a very big 2015.

Follow Tom Edwards @BlackFin360

 

 

BERLIN: the logo of the brand “Snapchat”, Berlin” and “heart shape design for love symbols” images via Shutterstock.

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Here are some cool things we read about this past week:

LinkedIn Redesigns Group pages
LinkedIn’s group pages are getting an overhaul, bringing them into line with its redesigned profile and company pages. That means a more streamlined look, with an oversized image at the top above the group’s stream of updates. The right column features “top influencers” in a given group. It also shows a snapshot of the latest activity. LinkedIn says there are 2 million groups, with 8,000 new ones added each week.

LinkedIn Launches University Pages
LinkedIn recently launched University Pages, which allow students to tap into the network at the school they are considering, ask current students and alumni questions and explore the career path of graduates from the University for an idea of what to expect after they get their degree. LinkedIn has also opened the platform for students 14 and up, allowing them to interact with these new pages to get a head start on networking.

Google Reportedly in Talks with the NFL to Show Games on YouTube
Top execs from Google and YouTube met with the NFL this week to discuss the possibility of picking up the Sunday Ticket package, which broadcasts games not being show in the local market.

Spotify in Talks with Brands to Create Twitter-Like Follow Feature
Spotify is in talks with brands to beta-test a “follow” feature so that marketers can push content like branded playlists to the music-streaming service’s users. The feature would be the Spotify equivalent of a Facebook Page or Twitter account.

iTunes Radio to Debut in September With McDonald’s, Nissan, P&G and Pepsi
iTunes Radio, Apple’s answer to Pandora, is set to debut next month with a handful of high-profile brand partners including McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi, and P&G. The deals range from the high single-digit millions of dollars to tens of millions of dollars and include a 12-month advertising campaign to run with the streaming music service for each of the participating brands. In addition to being a part of the publicity that comes with the highly-anticipated Apple product launch, the partners also get exclusivity within their respective industries through the end of 2013. Come January 2014, however, ads on iTunes Radio will become widely available, for the $1 million minimum buy.

Global Social Media

Internet Population in India Hits 74 Million – 3rd Largest in the World
India with 73.9 million internet users is the world’s third largest Internet population, overtaking Japan but behind China and the U.S. Rising numbers of mobile audiences, devices and consumption habits reveal that consumers are being more platform agnostic in their digital media consumption and switch devices to stay up to date on email, news, and social media.

Noteworthy Campaigns

J.Crew Debuts Catalogue on Pinterest
J.Crew’s at-home catalogue subscribers won’t be the first to get a glimpse at the brand’s September issue: That honor will fall for the first time to J.Crew’s Pinterest followers. J.Crew claims it is the first to debut its catalogue on the platform. In addition to the Pinterest promotion, J.Crew has a number of other digital initiatives planned including a short online film series on monogramming, an Instagram feature on the company’s in-store Style Sessions, and a Tumblr Fashion Week diary.

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Yahoo Announces Twitter Partnership
Yahoo has announced that they will now include tweets in relevant stories. Yahoo plans to roll out this feature to all U.S users over the next several days. In other Yahoo news, there are rumors swirling that the search platform has its eye on Tumblr.

YouTube Kicks Off Their First Ever Comedy Week
YouTube is debuting Comedy Week from May 19-25. To kick things off on Sunday, May 19 at 6pm PT, “The Big Live Comedy Show” premieres. It will be a live stream with comedians doing a mix of stand-up, sketches and musical performances. This is the first time YouTube is producing an entire week-long event around comedy. 150 comedians are onboard.

Google Announces 41 New Google+ Features
At the Google I/O developers conference this week, Google announced that Google+ would be getting 41 new features for the Stream, Hangouts and Photos. Google announced a new multi-column design within the Stream, which has already gone live (very Pinterest reminiscent). Other new features include photo enhancements, including the ability to click on a photo to flip it over and view related photos, as well as automatic hashtags, and upgrades to Hangouts, including a stand-alone Hangouts app.

White House Launches New Google+ Hangout Series: We the Geeks
This week, the White House launched a brand new Google+ Hangout series called #WeektheGeeks. The series will highlight the future of science, technology and innovation here in the U.S. The first hangout took place on Thursday and featured participants from Qualcomm, IBM, and Google.

Google Launches Spotify Competitor
Google unveiled a music subscription service, Google Play Music All Access, at their developers’ conference. The service, which is now available, allows users to stream millions of songs across multiple devices. It comes with a standard $9.99/mo price tag, following a free 30-day trial.

Facebook Adds Option for Star Ratings on Content in Timeline
Facebook completed its global rollout of the new Timeline design this week, with sections for movies, books, fitness and more. Now, it will begin letting users rate content from those sections from third-party apps. Facebook says users have added nearly 200m items to their sections daily.

ESPN and Twitter Expand Partnership
ESPN and Twitter are announcing a major expansion of their collaboration to post sports-related video on the service. ESPN will show video-highlight clips on Twitter of major sporting events. People can watch video clips on Twitter and through the mobile app shortly after the action happens on TV. ESPN will sell ads that will run inside the video clips and sponsors will also commit to buying ‘Promoted Tweets.’

Global Social Media

German Court Orders Google to Remove Auto-Complete Feature

A German federal court has ordered Google to remove auto-complete entries from the search engine after receiving complaints. The case centered on a complaint filed by an unnamed food supplements firm and CEO identified only as R.S. The person found that when they typed in their name into the search box of the site google.de, the auto-complete suggested results with the added words “Scientology” and “fraud.”

Noteworthy Campaigns

Instant Twitter Delivery Service Brings Sweaters to Chilly City Dwellers
Poncho shop Señor Tyrone now offers anybody in the LA area, free delivery of their scarves simply by sending them a tweet. The brand has just launched its mobile delivery service, the Señor Tyrone Pancho Express. If you happen to be in LA and are in need of some new outerwear, all you need to do is send a tweet to @senortyrone with the hashtag #ponchoexpress and, within one hour, the brand will dispatch one of their ‘Tyronistas,’ to you with a selection of nine colors to choose from. The delivery is free. You only pay for the garment.

 

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Here are some cool things we read about this past week:

Facebook to Acquire Atlas from Microsoft
Facebook has agreed to acquire the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft. Atlas is said to be a leader in campaign management and measurement for marketers and agencies. Facebook hopes that Atlas will provide their customers with the much needed tools to let them see how effective their spend is across online channels.

Google Said to Be Developing Subscription Music Service
Google plans to start a subscription music-streaming service to challenge Spotify. Negotiations are underway with major record labels to license their music. Google is also discussing renewal deals that cover the use of songs in videos for YouTube. The worldwide service is targeted for a third quarter start.

Foursquare Adds Credit Card Specials
Foursquare is allowing members to link their Visa and MasterCard credit or debit cards to their accounts, to redeem money-back specials from participating merchants. The company will pocket a fee for every credit redemption it processes. This week’s announcement marks the first significant expansion to their credit card specials program, which Foursquare launched exclusively with American Express two years ago.

Facebook Showing Off ‘New Look’ For News Feed March 7
Facebook has invited reporters to its Menlo Park headquarters on March 7 to take a look at its new News Feed. A redesigned version of Timeline is already being tested in New Zealand, which features a new look for the toolbar at the top of the screen, a new About widget below your profile picture, and moves Timeline navigation to the top right of the Page.

Global Social Media

China’s Fast-Growing ‘WeChat’ Shakes Up Weibo
Weibo, China’s version of Twitter was the hot place to be as recently as last year. Now, marketers are clamoring to engage with WeChat and the 300 million users it has amassed in just two years. WeChat is a mashup of several existing applications, with fun features like “Shake Shake” and “Drift Bottle.” WeChat users trade text, audio and video messages with friends over mobile-data networks. There’s a popular group-messaging function and newly unveiled live chat capability. Photos can be posted on an Instagram-like “Moments” Page, while “Look Around” identifies other WeChat users nearby. There is also a QR-code reader. Brands including Durex, Nike, Intel and Starbucks are currently using the platform to reach consumers.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Oreo  Ramps Up YouTube Efforts
Oreo released a YouTube video this week that shows physicist David Neevel and his Oreo separator machine. Neevel – who is reportedly a physicist and copywriter, is featured in the first series of videos that Oreo plans to release displaying inventors’ solutions to solve the age old problem of twisting an Oreo apart to get at the crème filling. It’s an expansion to the “Cookie vs. Crème” campaign which Oreo launched on Instagram around the Super Bowl. The original campaign urged people to share photos, some of which were selected and turned into sculptures by a team of artists in Portland, Ore., using either cookie or crème. In this new portion of the campaign, Oreo will post videos to YouTube over the next two weeks that show high-tech robotic ways to eat the snack. Neevel’s is the first of four videos from Oreo lovers whose inventions that Oreo will post.