TikTok makes play for marketers

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TikTok has launched its marketing offering, encouraging brands not to make ads, but instead TikToks. The Chinese-backed platform, which is owned by ByteDance, specialises in short dance, lip sync and performance videos and has seen an uptick in use, particularly during the COVID-19-enforced lockdown.

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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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Microsoft looks to buy TikTok

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Short-form video app Tik Tok is in line to be acquired by Microsoft in the US, with the computing giant saying it’s discussions are continuing. It comes after TikTok recently launched its marketing offering, encouraging brands not to make ads, but instead TikToks.

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TikTok Self-Service Ads: What Marketers Need to Know

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore an update of TikTok’s self-serve ad platform, how businesses are developing content on TikTok, and much more […] The post TikTok Self-Service Ads: What Marketers Need to Know appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner .

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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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How TikTok could turn Walmart into an advertising powerhouse

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By teaming up with Microsoft to acquire TikTok’s U.S. operations, the e-commerce giant could take on Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s huge ad businesses. Walmart is interested in going in with Microsoft to buy the U.S. operations of popular social video app TikTok, and the retailer’s motivation for buying in likely has a lot to do with digital ad dollars. Read Full Story

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How brands are creating communities and cultural moments on TikTok

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30-second summary: TikTok offers a great new opportunity for brands to engage with consumers. But realness wins. The platform boasts nearly 700m monthly active users globally. They watch 7 minutes of video per session. Brands are working with creators to promote co-creative content. Marketers need to observe and familiarize themselves with the ecosystem. They need to be authentic, patient, and to find the right creators to work with. The latest of our weekly series of briefings for our peer network on Friday was led by Sam Christie of TikTok. Christie has been at TikTok for two years and is now the West Coast lead for global business solutions at the company. His presentation was packed with insight into how TikTok has grown into a unique platform – ‘the last sunny corner of the internet,’ in his words – which gives users and brands an opportunity to connect in a meaningful …

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‘We simply have no choice’: Desperate to avoid a ban, TikTok sues the Trump administration

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The Trump administration has sought to ban the Chinese-owned company or force the sale of its US operations. TikTok is suing the Trump administration over an executive order seeking to ban the Chinese-owned video platform in the United States, saying in a blog post that it is unconstitutionally being denied due process even as it has sought to work with the federal government. Read Full Story

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