Millions of BTS fans use these 2 apps to connect and shop. No tech startups needed

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Big Hit Entertainment’s thoughtful new apps were designed to bring fans closer. Seoul’s Olympic Stadium was packed during pop band BTS’s three sold-out shows last October, but some fans bypassed long merch lines by preordering items via the e-commerce app Weply, which offers exclusive band-related products. Others checked wait times for food kiosks and posted messages to BTS members through the social networking app Weverse. These services weren’t built by tech startups, but by a subsidiary of Big Hit Entertainment , the Seoul-based music management and production company that represents BTS and other artists. Launched last June, the apps are part of Big Hit’s plan to build a “one-stop service within the music industry,” says co-CEO Lenzo Yoon, akin to the transactional “super apps” popular in parts of Asia. Weply now boasts 1.8 million users from 200 countries; Weverse has 1.4 million daily users. Read Full Story

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TikTok vs. Snapchat: A guide for marketers

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TikTok is having a moment. Whether you use the app already or have spotted TikToks popping up on other social platforms, it’s clear that TikTok isn’t just another fleeting trend. It’s here to stay. Yet it’s easy to see how someone not familiar with TikTok (ahem, your boss) might dismiss it as a Snapchat reboot. Worse, they might assume content from Snapchat can be repurposed on TikTok. The two platforms share similar features (and yes, similar audiences) but their value offerings are entirely different. TikTok is a video sharing app for short clips set to music while Snapchat is a photo and video messaging app centered on ‘Stories’ and other short-lived formats. Each platform offers unique ways to connect with audiences if used the right way by the right type of brand. If you’re not sure where your brand fits in – or if it even fits in at all …

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What is Blackout Tuesday? Apple, Spotify join music industry’s response to George Floyd’s death

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The day honors the overwhelming contributions black artists have made to the music industry and pushes those in the industry to highlight the importance of black lives. Listeners of various streaming services today may notice some changes when they open up their apps. Apple Music, for example, has decided to pause parts of its service including replacing the usual For You, Browse, and Radio sections with a “Listen Together” link that takes users to a streaming station filled with the best of black music. Spotify, on the other hand, will add eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence to certain playlists and podcasts. Read Full Story

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The what, why, and how of TikTok’s advertising gold rush

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30-second summary: TikTok is emerging as the next social media powerhouse—so the platform represents an incredible opportunity for marketers. It’s a particularly powerful method for engaging with younger audiences (such as Gen Z). Brands need to take advantage of both organic content creation and paid advertising. Get started as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the gold rush. For years, Facebook and Instagram ran the social media show. Twitter certainly has its niche, but when it comes to user-generated content—the supposed ‘ Holy Grail ’ of marketing—Facebook and Instagram ruled the roost. However, there’s a new hotshot in town: TikTok. The video-sharing social media platform has certainly been gaining plenty of traction in recent months. This, combined with Instagram’s steadily declining reach and the fact that fewer teenagers are using Facebook than ever before, make TikTok an attractive prospect for global marketers. But what exactly is TikTok? How …

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With its new checking account, Credit Karma wants to get into your wallet

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The $7 billion company is part of a rush of digital banking startups aiming to engage with users directly. Credit Karma, the company that turned the promise of a free credit score into a business worth over $7 billion, is joining the ranks of “neobank” startups offering a checking account. The product will be folded into Credit Karma Money, which launched last year as a savings account available to the company’s 100 million members. Read Full Story

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Key insights: Effect of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, the world’s more video content savvy, and Apple shakes up AR

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30-second summary: According to Global Web Index’s findings, 80% of consumers in the U.S. and UK say they have consumed more content since the outbreak. According to emarketer, 49% of marketing professionals and agencies held back a campaign launch until later in 2020 and 45% stopped or paused a media campaign midway. Admoik shared that there was a 17.2% drop in week-over-week ad revenues, direct deal and programmatic guarantee being the biggest drops. Despite the 8.3% decrease of retail industry’s M&A deals, Apple acquired AR technology startup, NextVR for a $100 million with an intention to launch its AR headset in 2022 and AR glasses in 2023. 53% of consumers prefer brands to communicate through TV ads. According to McKinsey, UK, Spain, and Italy are least optimistic, whereas the US (37%) and China (48%) are optimistic about their economies jumping back to normal in the next two-to-three months. Purchases are …

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Big Tech neglected video chat. Now, Zoom and Houseparty are thriving

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Amid the pandemic, the video chat upstarts have capitalized on a rare opportunity to beat Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. There are a lot of ways to gauge the sudden success of video chat apps during the coronavirus pandemic. One would involve looking at the iOS App Store, where Zoom is ranked number one in the Business category, or where Houseparty ranks first among Social Networking apps. We could also look at users: Zoom has 300 million people chatting daily, up from 10 million in December, while Houseparty has seen 50 million signups over the last month . Read Full Story

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CTV advertising remains on the rise with new opportunities for Roku channel owners

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30-second summary: Despite the pandemic, CTV advertising remained a stable ad channel with a growing audience across the US and Europe. More than 50% of US ad buyers shifted their ad spend from linear TV to CTV. The increasing popularity of CTV among viewers and advertisers is accompanied by streaming-platform wars, where Roku is leading, so far. With advertising opportunities, though, Roku brings their channel owners some challenges and limitations. Over the next few years, one might see more AR/VR content and ads across CTV CTV measurement is becoming more mature By the end of the last year, viewership on CTV had skyrocketed, and the lockdown only strengthened the trend. Thus, as of March 2020, 80% of households in the USA alone had at least one connected TV device. The CTV trend is also booming across Europe. Especially the U.K., where 60% of viewers there use CTV as their primary …

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How I Generate 18,800 Visitors from Google Without SEO or Ads

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If you want to get traffic from Google, how would you go about it? Chances are you are either going to leverage SEO or pay for some ads. But what if there was another way to get traffic from Google? A way that didn’t take as long as SEO and didn’t cost money like paid ads. And no, I’m not talking about Google News… there is actually an easier way . It’s so effective that it drove 18,800 visitors to my site in the last 3 months. Just look at the screenshot above. So, what is it? Google Discover Similar to how you have feeds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, did you know Google has a feed for you. It’s called Google Discover. If you mainly use Google on your laptop or desktop computer, chances are you haven’t seen it. But if you have the Google mobile app or the …

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How to Leverage Storytelling to Increase Your Conversions

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In the not so distant past, I embarked on a journey to grow NeilPatel.com to 100,000 blog readers . At the end of every month, I shared my traffic stats and the changes I’d made. That storytelling strategy went on to help my blog reach over 100,000 views a month — in only about eight months. As marketers, we use storytelling to help make our ideas stick. We create stories to help prospects understand our products, use company stories to build trust and transparency with consumers, and include stories in sales pitches to help persuade. Why does it work? Competition in native advertising and social media marketing is fierce. And, the rate at which great content is being produced and published on the web and across the media channels is expanding. Our readership is drowning. Most people scan web content, looking for something that stands out. If they don’t find …

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