Snapchat and you – what to do.

18.6% of iPhone users have the Snapchat app making it the ninth most popular iPhone app there in terms of usage.

So what is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a social photo app that allows users to send photos and videos up to ten seconds to a friend before the file self-destructs. Never to be seen again. Yeh – its like the mission impossible app!

So how can your brand use it?

Well in one of their handy e-books HubSpot suggest the following uses:

  1. Send discounts and coupons
  2. Host a contest
  3. Go behind the scenes at your company
  4. Sneak peak new products

What are the risks?

Snapchat has been criticised for encouraging sexting and despite message self destructing people have been saving images and sharing them on other social networks (i’ll let you google image search this one yourself!). Brands like Karmaloop are active on the platform and Megan Knisely, Karmaloop’s marketing director, said she’s willing to let her brand occasionally show a little skin to get the attention   “Our snaps are not for the faint of heart—you got to be ready for a little bit of boobs and butt,”. Taco Bell are also active on the site, but they aren’t going the boobs and butts route.

Snapchat Stories

So snapchat is all about the moment, so its there and gone, but recently they introduced Stories. Stories allows you to add a “snap” to a feed for 24 hours before it vanishes. This clearly seems like a move that will help them monetize the platform and get more brands on board, but is it not a change in direction. I wonder will this impact the platforms popularity?

So what now?

Snapchat is certainly one to watch. But when we are looking at your resources and allocation of budgets, unless you are in the Taco Bell, Coca Cola (global brand, big spend space) this is probably all it is for now – one to watch. If you are a big brand in an emerging snapchat market, there could be merit in talking to them about a campaign that could get you a first mover/early adopter advantage.

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