Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Social Media Apps Open Up Opportunities for Marketing

Once upon a time there was Friendster and then Myspace, till Facebook wiped them off the map.  Twitter popped up, and then offshoots Instagram and Vine.  The number of preferred social media apps were small and manageable.

But now the success of social media has spawned a huge new generation of apps to appeal to trendy young users that are quick to decide that last year's must-have app is now officially over. And with every new app comes a more or less welcoming or hostile environment for branding, marketing and advertising.  Adweek offers up a guide to the latest crop of social media apps with a rating of how appropriate or impossible the opportunities are to market your company, brand or product.

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Link to article:
The Branding Potential Behind Some of Mobile Messaging's Big Players

Excerpt: "There are currently about 1.3 billion smartphones in use globally. By 2017, it’s expected that 2.5 billion users will connect through messaging-based apps.

Snapchat. Line. Whisper. Tango. These are just some of the call names of a new messaging code that advertisers are trying to understand and speak themselves. They are the new social platforms—entirely mobile and thoroughly engaging, particularly for youth.

Until recently, innovative social media marketing meant campaigns built for Facebook and Twitter, and maybe Tumblr. Just as marketers started to get the hang of this new language—redirecting their ad dollars accordingly—they had to contend with Instagram, then Vine and then Snapchat. While those platforms are still relatively new marketing landscapes, the increasingly mobile social media frontier is now exploding with unexpected, and seemingly inhospitable, new inhabitants that look really scary to all but the most daring brands. If advertising on Facebook was thought to be intrusive, try inserting a trademark into a private group conversation or targeting people who don’t want to be identified.

For example, how do you find fans on Whisper, the anonymous mobile message feed best used for broadcasting secrets? How do you campaign on Kik, where millions of users are messaging with friends and strangers? Should marketers bother to post questions on Jelly, yet another app for sending messages and getting feedback?

Already these apps attract massive audiences—WhatsApp alone counts almost a half billion. But to survive, most of these new apps will surely need to monetize some branded experiences. DDB Worldwide, used to pushing into new creative areas, has already embraced six-second video formats for promotions on Vine. The agency’s Oslo office already has branched out into disappearing messages on Snapchat.

These are almost safe ad plays—no-brainers. Still, clients are unsure of even these new modes of social media, says Joseph Cianciotto, DDB’s U.S. chief digital officer. It’s a challenge convincing brands only just now getting accustomed to Twitter that Whisper or Kik is worth a look. 'Every dollar spent on Whisper is a dollar not spent on a known quantity,” Cianciotto says. “That is still nerve-wracking to a client.' "

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