What is Snapchat? Snapchat is one of the fastest growing social media platforms targeted toward millennials. With this photo-sharing service, the photos you send disappear seconds after they are opened. Once they disappear, users can no longer access them. The app is popular with this generation because we have learned from our parents, siblings, and teachers to be cautious with what you post online – it will come back to haunt you. There was a need for a real time application that users wouldn’t be apprehensive about posting freely. Evan Spiegel filled this void with Snapchat.
Quick Snapchat Facts:
- 7+ Billion video views per day on Snapchat
- 100 Million active Snapchatters daily
- Target Market: 13-34 year olds (millennials)
- 60% of U.S. 13-34 Smartphone Users are Snapchatters
How Has It Evolved? After starting as a simple photo-messaging app, Snapchat has grown into a versatile tool for marketing, advertising, sharing, and community connecting. While it began as a temporary visual messaging application, it became a viable social media platform when the “My Story” component was implemented, allowing users to compile snaps in a chronological storylines that are accessible for 24 hours. Originally, Snapchat was not useful for marketers because there was no way to measure engagement nor a way to have two-way interaction with consumers. Recent additions and updates have provided Live Stories and a Discovery section, which make it easy for users to keep up with what is happening in their community and other areas of interest.
Aspects & Uses:
- Chatting: capability to chat with another individuals (Messages disappear just like the photos).
- SnapCash: send and receive money through Snapchat instantaneously (password protected).
- Geo-Filters (local): user created geo-tags that represent original artwork to represent that geographic location in the community.
- Sponsored Geo-Filters: filters that advertise for companies or events.
- “Selfie Filters”: generic, animated filters for users to send to others.
- Live/Discover Stories: community and special event stories that all can see, and those within the community can contribute to. Tips on Using Snapchat to Promote your Business:
- Advertise your Snapcode on alternative social media platforms as well as print and web advertisements.
- Create a Geo-Filter in your area that represents your company.
- Utilize the Live Stories feature to promote events.
- Update your “My Story” feed consistently.
- Check back to analyze views and screenshots.
- Check and respond if any followers directly chat-responded to a Story piece.
- Use Snapchat to become more involved with the events and people within the surrounding communities.