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 – you’re in the right place. Below is a simple guide that highlights key differences between TikTok and Snapchat along with essential considerations for brands looking at either app as a potential marketing channel. At a glance… Launched: 2011 Core features: Video and image capture, Story creation, text and video chat, camera filters, lightweight editing tools, AR ‘Lenses’, Discover tab, (Snapchat-native content covering user interests and subscriptions), Snap Maps U.S. demographic: Primarily Millenials, with 78% of internet users aged 18-24 on the platform. Roughly 61% of Snapchat users are female and 38% are male * Who users follow: Friends, celebrities, publishers Daily active users: 218 million globally * Total downloads: 75 million globally * in 2019 Revenue: $561 million in 2019 * Some brands using Snapchat: Taco Bell, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Burberry, Target, MTV Launched: 2017 in China, 2018 internationally Core features: Video capture, powerful editing tools, filter effects, creation prompts (reactions, hashtag challenges), sound library, ‘For You’ page (TikTok’s algorithm-based discovery feed) U.S. demographic: Primarily Gen Z. 41% of users are between ages 18-24 * and 27% between 13-17. Approximately 60% of TikTok users are female; 40% are male. Who users follow: Content creators, celebrities, brands Daily active users: 41 million gobally * Total downloads: 738 million globally * in 2019 Revenue: $176.9 million in 2019 Some brands using TikTok: Chipotle, E.l.f. Cosmetics, Guess, ESPN The basics: TikTok What it is. TikTok is a rapidly growing video-sharing app that launched in 2017 by Chinese tech company ByteDance. In …

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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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A definitive guide to video marketing 2020: Stats, strategies, and challenges

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30-second summary: Today, video marketing is a tool for building every marketing campaign, raising click-through rate, conversion rate, and memorability of the brand message. Although nearly 63% of marketers regularly use video marketing strategies, lots of them don’t know that the right ad formats and platforms can do wonders for their ad campaigns. Piling up the freshest conference insights with the customer data aggregated by SmartyAds DSP, I made a short and definitive video marketing guide specifically tailored to the year 2020. More on video marketing strategies that will work in 2020, stats, platforms, and challenges. Everyone agrees — the future of video marketing is bright and filled with innovations. Still, no one is talking about how to overcome challenges to get the most out of application strategies. What is video marketing in 2020? Today, it is a tool for building every marketing campaign, raising click-through rate, conversion rate, and …

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17 Actionable Content Marketing Tips For More Traffic

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This is a list of actionable content marketing tips. In fact, these same strategies helped grow my blog to 304,265 monthly visits: So if you want more traffic from every piece of content that you publish, you’ll love this list of tips, techniques and strategies. Let’s get started. 1. Publish “X vs. Y” Posts 2. Link to Social Profiles in Outreach Emails 3. Use The Animalz Revive Tool 4. Try The PBC Formula 5. Publish “Power Posts” 6. Write About Trending Topics 7. Include Native Content With Social Shares 8. Use Padlock Posts 9. Include a Keyword in Your URL 10. Add More Cuts to Your Video Content 11. Write Longer Headlines 12. Optimize Around Untapped Keywords 13. Use Blog Post Templates 14. Use Emotional Titles 15. Optimize Around Brand Keywords 16. Tell Relatable Stories in YouTube Videos 17. Write Compelling Meta Descriptions Bonus #1: Reverse Engineer Your Competition Bonus …

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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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How to Use Pinterest for E-commerce

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A lot of businesses still don’t take Pinterest seriously, which is a huge mistake. Pinterest is now the third-largest social network in the United States. Data shows that Pinterest users spend 50% more than competitor sites, such as Instagram or Facebook (who hold the top spots in the US). Not to mention, 90% or more of Pinterest buyers are brand-new to the merchant site, making their traffic very exciting. Why use Pinterest for E-commerce? With the rise of visual search, Pinterest is more critical for your business than ever before. According to Pinterest, their Lens feature can identify over 2.5 billion home and fashion objects (1.5 billion more than Google’s Lens). Buyable pins helped transform the Pinterest e-commerce network into a high-quality sales funnel. Users can instantly buy products without having to trudge through the awareness, consideration, and purchase cycle. You can also create links between product pages, websites, and …

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5 emerging tech and how to leverage them for marketing success

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30-second summary: OTT is solving many of the problems that traditional TV advertising has faced, and the ability for brands to get extremely granular and target their ideal customers better will make this marketing medium a hot topic in the new year. Amazon’s Twitch is a perfect example of a niche network that is Gen Z heavy, has an audience that’s uber-engaged, and offers its own advertising placements that can be catered to reach this audience, like in-stream and video advertising. The real magic of AI image recognition lies with the innovative companies that have started to crawl all of the images on the web and offer them as a way for advertisers to get placements on those pages — even on the images themselves in some situations. Pinterest’s demographics and usage are a match made in heaven for a wide swath of B2C products. Whether it’s fashion, home decor …

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A Comprehensive Guide to Pinterest SEO

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Although Pinterest is often regarded as the go-to platform for pinning recipes and home décor ideas, it’s also a powerful digital marketing tool. More than 416 million people visited Pinterest each month to explore and categorize ideas they love. While you may think of Pinterest as being in the social media family, it’s also a powerful search engine. Pinterest has become a leading source of social revenue for many companies, especially e-commerce . You’d be remiss to not take advantage of this platform to expand your web of influence and turn fans into customers. Pinterest recently surveyed pinners to learn how they use the site for shopping. The results show that Pinterest influences what people buy, which brands they choose, and how much they spend. Noteworthy stats include: 72% say Pinterest inspires them to ship when they aren’t looking for anything. 70% discover new products on Pinterest. 90% say Pinterest …

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Key Insights: The internet landscape, advertising arena, and holiday shopping season is already here

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30-second summary: As of April 2020, there are 4+ billion internet users with unique mobile phone users crossing 5+ billion worldwide. The tea on the devices that people use the most, their digital habits, content types they’re increasingly engaging with, and more. Did you know? A user clicks on a Facebook ad at an average of 13 times and a LinkedIn ad can help brands reach around 676 million people. Pinterest is popular for holiday season shopping and planning as people begin here before any other search engine. Dive in to discover all of the insights! Although “hand sanitizers” are still one of the top searches, people are already digitally planning their holiday season. This week, we give you a good lay of the internet land topped with a quick run-down of the what, who, and how of digital advertising. Shape of the global digital landscape As of April 2020, …

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Key Insights: The CTV boom, everyone prefers ad-supported video streaming, and how to target them

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30-second summary: 61.5 million households around Europe have CTVs, of which, 60% of the UK use CTV as their primary source for watching TV British CTV viewers are tolerant of ads In fact, 69% of CTV viewers watch ad-supported content and around 58% said they prefer to watch ad-supported programming free of cost Ad-Supported Video on Demand (AVOD) is a very wide scope across the diverse UK consumer base The four CTV viewer base segments and ad targeting insights – Streamloaders, Jet Streamers, Do-it-all Streamers, and Silver Streamers More insights into their preferred screens, whether they consume ad-supported content, when they are watching CTV, and their interests What’s the best day to advertise on CTV? Find out! CTV equals more advertising opportunities for Ad-Supported Video on Demand (AVOD) Connected TV (CTV) might just mean “Constantly connected consumers” TV. CTV is the coming of age technology for consumers to access visual …

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Cardlytics combines ad tech with fintech to create a unique walled garden for advertisers

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30-second summary: Atlanta-based Cardlytics is an ad platform that operates within banks’ native digital channels. Cardlytics brings the worlds of ad tech and fintech together within a fraud-free and brand-safe environment, offering a high degree of trust. Cardlytics boasts an audience within the US of more than 125M monthly active users. Larger than Snap, Twitter, and Pinterest. The Cardlytics platform enables banks to send offers to their end customers and enrich the banking experience by getting cash back. Advertisers can show ads to potential customers to motivate online and in-store purchases, and they’re also able to give their customers cash back. Cardlytics sees 1 in 2 of all credit and debit card swipes in the US, which enables them to understand how a bank user engaged with an offer through the platform and then went on to make a purchase. Cardlytics has helped customers get back nearly half a billion …

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