Snapchat Unfiltered:A Guide for Marketers
3 What is Snapchat?
4 Why Snapchat?
6 Millenials Dominate
7 How to use Snapchat
9 Navigating Snapchat
11 Advertising features
14 Brands who got it right
Snapchat Unfiltered:A Guide for Marketers
Youve heard all the hype about Snapchat, but theres a good chance you still dont really know how it works.
Youve heard all the hype about Snapchat, but theres a good chance (if youre a marketer over the age of 20) that you still dont really know how it works, much less how to leverage it to reach the highly sought after millennial audience. Heres what you need to know about the explosive social app, including newly released features and current ad products.
Heres what you need to know.
What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a free mobile messaging app where users can share photos, videos, text and drawings which are deleted after a maximum of 10 viewing seconds.
Some may wonder, whats the point of having an app to share photos that disappear? Well, that is one of the core features that appeals to more than 200 million Snapchat users. Its not about the mere sharing of photos; its about the immediacy with which users can directly communicate to people what is currently happening in their lives.
Snapchat enables users to turn ordinary photos in to works of art. The app offers drawing tools, emojis, text, and even rewind and fast forward for videos. The most popular feature? Adding a filter to your selfie. And, Snapchat recently released several new features as part of what theyve dubbed Chat 2.0., which includes voice chat, video and audio notes, stickers, and more additions to the user interface.
How has Snapchat gained more U.S. active users in its five years of existence than LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest? 35% report using Snapchat because their parents dont, and another 30% say its because their content disappears. Interestingly, eMarketer projects that Snapchat will surpass Twitter and Pinterest in user size this year, but it wont catch Facebooks Messenger app which is headed to a nine-figure user base by 2020, growing by 27% this year alone.
Not only have users flocked to Snapchat quickly, but they are incredibly active on the app: half of all Snapchatters use the app every single day. This amounts for over 8 billion video views per day (more than Facebook), making it the fastest growing social media platform in the world.
Snapchats audience of over 200 million global users (59M U.S. users) is famously skewed towards millennials, who account for 46% of all users.
On any given day, Snapchat reaches 41% of all 18 to 34 year-olds in the United States.
How to Use Snapchat
Now, lets get back to the basics of how to use the app and navigate its features.
Snaps: Photos or videos you send to a friend (or multiple friends). A snap self-destructs 10 seconds after someone opens it.
Replay: You can replay the last snap you viewed one time per day. (Note that the user is notified when you replay their Snap!)
Stories: Stories are collections of Snaps submitted by users that can be viewed by their friends or publicly for up to 24-hours. In addition, live stories are compilations of Snaps from Snapchatters at events and locations around the world, curated by Snapchat. These also typically appear for 24 hours. (Instagram recently also introduced their version of Stories, which moreover offers the same functionality.)
Memories: Memories is a personal collection of saved Snaps and Stories which are backed up by Snapchat.
Discover: These are channels created by various publishers for a mass audienceESPN, Food Network, Comedy Central, etc.
Snap Score: According to Snapchat, your Snap Score is a combination of the number of Snaps youve sent and received, stories youve posted, and other factors.
Filters: A filter is essentially an interactive or decorative overlay for your photos and videos; these can change based on special events or holidays, brand promotion, location, or time of day.
Geofilters: These are specific filters available based on your location. The community can submit Geofilters for Snapchat approval (i.e. community Geofilters), as well as businesses (i.e. on-demand Geofilters).
Lenses: A lens allows you to add animated effects to your photos and videos. These are commonly confused with Filters, but you use Lenses while you are taking a Snap.
Swipe down to see current friends and add new ones. Swiping left allows you to browse the Discover page to see branded content from publishers. If you subscribe to these publishers, their daily content appears on your story page.
The app has three screens and the camera view is the first to open to allow quick access for new snaps. Press the circle button once to take a photo and hold it down to take a video.
Swiping right allows you to send individual Snaps/chats to friends or groups of friends on their feed page. This is also where you can see the Snaps people send you; reply directly by sliding over to the left to the chat page.
By swiping right on a specific friends name, you can see your friends stories and reply privately via direct messages.
Sponsored Lenses were introduced in September of 2015. Essentially, these are layered effects on top of your selfie sometimes tied to specific holidays and events. Sponsored Lenses are the most premium ad buy on the app, and if interested, brands can purchase a national Lens from $100,000 to $750,000, which is available to users for 24 hours.
How can brands leverage Snapchat to engage with younger audiences? Snapchat offers a variety of ad products.
Sponsored Geofilters are similar to lenses; however, they can only be used in a specific location. For instance, if you are within 200 feet of an event, you will have access to its associated Geofilter. Any user or brand can submit a personalized Geofilter for events, which start at as little as $5. Recently, sponsored Geofilters have become popular for weddings, costing around $25 for a weekend.
3V are 10 second videos that appear on the Discover page or as a Live story. This feature is available to advertisers on a pay-per-view model and have a flexible campaign duration.
A Live Story Takeover secures 100% of the share of voice across all three ad types. This is a great way to share your brands perspective on a particular holiday or event. For example, MTV hosted a Live Story Takeover for the MTV Movie Awards showcasing the red carpet back stage occurrences and exclusive celebrity appearances.
Snap Ads, a recent addition to Snapchats offerings, appear in the context of other Snaps. Brands can also give Snapchatters the choice to swipe up and see more, just like they do elsewhere on Snapchat. Swiping up reveals extended content like a long form video, article, app install ad, or mobile website. This is Snapchats first foray into in-stream ads, as well as their first direct response ad product, allowing content to link outside of the app to a brands website or mobile app.
Campaign minimums start at $25K currently and are only available through third-party API partners.
Brands Who Got it Right
Terminator used a Sponsored Lens to promote the premiere of Terminator: Genisys. The Lens made Snapchatters look like the famed Terminator protagonist robotic eye and all. This campaign was enhanced by influencer marketing by Schwarzenegger himself taking selfies using the Lens and posting them to his various social media platforms. On Facebook, this was particularly successful where the post reached over 54,000 likes. Its important to note that 5% of all selfies shared online are taken using the Snapchat app, meaning that impressions arent simply restricted to that platform!
Gatorade was also hugely successful with their Superbowl Sponsored Lens, which drove an 8-point jump in purchase intent during Superbowl 50.
For brands looking to reach a highly sought after millennial audience, Snapchat provides an opportunity to offer unique, creative content in real-time. Although advertising minimums are higher than other social networks, these will likely decrease with the recent launch of their ads API. If millennials are a key target for your business, you should strongly consider creating an organic brand presence on Snapchat as well as testing their advertising products.
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