by David Roberts on May 22, 2017 | PPCSocial

Snapchat Ads will shake up the digital industry in June 2017. Watch this space.

For some time now we have been seen advertising giant Facebook mimic the features and functionality of Snapchat, primarily through its subsidiary Instagram. In a recent reversal of roles, Snap Inc. has just announced it will be launching its own self-serve Snapchat Ads Manager platform.

 

Snapchat Ads Platform

Source: WordStream

 

Previously, businesses have only been able to purchase ad space direct through Snap’s direct sales team and via third-party software. The rollout of the new Ad Manager platform presents an exciting opportunity for SME businesses in Australia to target their products and services to the primarily millennial user base on Snapchat.

Advertisers will be able to buy most of Snap Ads video formats and have a variety of targeting options, such as age and location.

While this is an exciting prospect for businesses wanting to utilise the Snapchat platform, the challenge will be creating the content that appeals to the often fickle user-base.

Snap Inc. is indicating that the new Snapchat Ads Manager will be open to the Australian market in June 2017.

In what appears to be a direct response to this news, only days later Instagram released an update which essentially copied Snapchat’s face filters, the fun piece of functionality that Snapchat users love to use.

The question now is how this will play out for the two social media behemoths. Will Instagram become too feature rich and move away from its roots of clean and curated content, which created the safe environment that was so appealing to advertisers in the first place. Or perhaps Instagram’s mimicry will stifle Snap Inc. from acquiring further market share. This was certainly the case last year. Tech Crunch reported that Snap Inc. growth slowed 82% after Instagram Stories was released.

 

Snapchat Trends

Source: TechCrunch

 

Whatever the case may be, the Rocket team will be looking forward to experimenting on the new Snapchat Ads Platform and seeing if we score wins for our clients.

We’re here to help you get more out of your digital marketing ROI in 2017, so call us on 02 8310 2393 or send us a message any time.

 

David Roberts

David’s been around at Rocket for years and completes everything from marketing and social media strategy to handling many of our biggest accounts. Before joining Rocket in the web consultancy team of the early days, David worked as a buyer’s agent for a property development company. Before that he worked in the music industry, managing digital strategy and was one of the first YouTube partners back in the day. He even launched a worldwide music social network site that partnered with major record labels.

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