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Snapchat IPO Coming – Should You Be Excited Too?

With all the talk and excitement about the upcoming Snapchat IPO, we thought it would be a good idea if we took a look at it from a marketing point of view to see if you should be equally excited about it! 

The first question to ask is, “Why should I market my business on Snapchat”? Well, here are some facts you should know:

  • An estimated 200 million monthly active users send 700 million photos or videos each day, with approximately 500 million views per day (this study is different than Snapchat’s which said there are 8+ billion video views a day). 
  • Snapchat has approximately 100 million daily active users.
  • Snapchat reaches 11% of the US’s entire digital population. This might not seem like much, but when you consider how massive that population is, that’s still a decent reach.
  • Snapchat was always among the top 13 apps downloaded overall (and sometimes in the top 3 for photo and video apps) throughout the full year of 2015.
  • Snapchat was worth $16 billion as of May 2015.
  • Snapchat has more users than Twitter, and grew as much in one year as Twitter did in four years total.
    76% of Snapchat users also online shoppers.
  • Snapchat’s daily users are spending an average of 30 minutes a day in the app.

Aside from the statistics, which can speak for the growth and engagement on the platform, there are some strong benefits to marketing on Snapchat. These include:  

  • Less competition. Every brand that’s ever existed seems to have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (and, increasingly, Pinterest). As difficult as it can be to even connect with users on these platforms, it can be even harder to get your content to stand out from the competition. Though Snapchat is increasing in popularity amongst brands quickly, there’s still less competition here for businesses than on other platforms
  • It’s different. We’ve touched a bit on this in the intro, and we’ll discuss it more later, but it’s such a major benefit I wanted to mention it here, too. Snapchat is different than other platforms.You’ll be reaching a new audience in a new way with a new type of content. This can definitely be a challenge, but it’s also a big advantage.

It feels authentic. Ssnapchat imageocial media sites, in general are great for rapport building, and in some cases, giving the “behind the scenes” look to users.
Snapchat amplifies this facet of social media marketing; it’s more about what’s happening right now. Photos are edited with filters to make them more interesting, not necessarily a higher quality, and the effects are purely there for enhancement (and fun).

snapchat imageYou can show the personality of your brand in a new way on Snapchat, highlighting the parts that will be most relevant to your audience there. 

You can reach a new audience. If your product has use cases that could appeal to a younger demographic but you aren’t really connecting to them yet on other social media … Read the rest

Social Media Trends to Put Into Practice in 2017

Today, every brand is a publisher, every consumer a creator. From instantly publishing videos with Facebook
Live and Periscope to more than one third of Snapchatters sharing daily videos and photos, there’s no shortage of
ways to connect with customers.

But when everyone is a creator, getting content to the top of social feeds and streams becomes harder than
ever. Marketers are creating more content while organic reach continues to decline.  As the analyst firm GlobalWebIndex found, 81 percent of internet users now publish a video, photo, or review online at least once per month. Likewise, Edelman’s Trust Barometer—a global study of consumer trust— reveals the rising influence of peer-driven media.

According to Edelman’s research, two of the top three most-used sources of news and information (search,
TV, and social) are peer-influenced media. This means that search and social carry equal weight to TV and
have more influence on mass market opinion than magazines, newspapers, and popular blogs.

In this report, you’ll learn how to align your marketing strategies with changing audience behaviors. From
social video advertising to connected workforces, 2017 offers new ways to reach customers and increase
revenue.

Methodology
While futuristic trends such as AI and virtual reality will no doubt impact marketing, we’ve decided to narrow
our focus on trends that marketers can act on in 2017.   These trends are based on what we’re seeing in our
global customer community which includes 15 million social media professionals and 800 of the Fortune 1000,
as well as analyst reports and interviews with industry experts.

Download the full 2017 Social Media Trends report here