Snap Ads – The Complete Guide

The Complete Guide to Snap Ads

This is a concise, but complete, guide to the ins and out of Snap Ads. We share minimum ad spend numbers, fees, targeting, etc. If you have any questions, contact us.

Last updated: October 30, 2017.

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Snap Ads Details:

  • Minimum Ad Spend – $3,000/month (month to month contract) [Note: Options available for budgets under $3k – contact us to learn more]
  • Snap Ads Management Fee – 20% of total ad spend (lower if spend is $30k+)
  • Countries Available – United States, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Austria, Chile, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, and Switzerland
  • Demographic Targeting Options – Location, Gender, Age, Interests (See full list of current interest targeting options below)
  • Targeting Options – Goal-based bidding for app installs, Lookalike audiences, Customer match (by email or mobile IDs), Retargeting (only retargeting based on actions within Snapchat), “Snap to Store” (offline conversions)
  • Ad Reporting Metrics – Impressions, click rate, swipe-up rate, video views (reporting views to 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%)
  • Tracking Options – Vanity URLs, UTM tags, mobile-friendly landing page
  • Destination Options – Video views, App installs (swipe-up leads to app install page), Web views (swipe-up leads to landing page of your choice)
  • Ad Creative Options – Video only for now (click here for video specs)
  • Snapchat recently opened up programmatic advertising to fill space inside the content sections of the app (not available to the public yet)

Are you interested in starting a campaign on Snapchat? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’re your team from creative and strategy, to execution and management. Click the the link below and let’s get you started on making more money. It’s a snap!

Snap Ad interest targeting options:

“Activities/Sports”
Adventure Sports, Fitness, Snow Sports, Running, Sports, Motor Sports, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, College Football, Hockey, Combat Sports, Soccer, Tennis, Beach & Watersports, Skates/Bikes/Boards
“Lifestyles/Hobbies”
Arts & Culture, Beauty, Reading, Fashion & Style, Autos & Vehicles, Nightlife, Investing & Entrepreneurship, Food, Technology & Gadgets, Travel, Women’s Lifestyle, Math & Science, Home Decor, Men’s Lifestyle, Outdoors & Nature, College Life, Streaming Video, DIY, Hip Trends, Pets & Animals, Fast Food Junkies, Cooking, Parenting & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Green Living, Photography
“Music”
Music, Country Music, Concerts & Festivals, Indie Music, Dance & EDM Music, Pop Music, Urban & Hip-Hop Music
“News/Entertainment”
Film & TV, Comedy, Reality TV, News, Business News, Celebrity News, Political News, Video Games, Console Games
More on Snap Ads types:
“Snap to Store” offline conversions: The new ad format is performing very well. Wendy’s used these new ads in their U.S. stores and promoted the Jalapeño Fresco Chicken Sandwich. The ads drove 42,000 visitors to a Wendy’s within seven days of viewing it. “Foot traffic into our restaurants is the best measurement of short-term sales success for any program. ‘Snap to Store’ is a big win for Wendy’s for this reason — we want more ad tech like this,” Brandon Rhoten, Wendy’s head of advertising, digital/social and media, said in a statement to Mashable.
Snapchat recently introduced ‘Max Reach’ as a new ad unit within Snap Ads campaigns. Max Reach is a way to basically do a full ad takeover of an entire country, ensuring that anyone who logs in to Snapchat on a given day would see your ad. To learn more about Max Reach click here.
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New ads dashboard from Snapchat

Check out two Snap Ads case studies below!

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Snapchat Acquires “Placed” to Enhance Its Location Advertising

Snapchat is Upping its Ads Game Once Again…

Snapchat just acquired Placed, a startup focused on tracking and measuring consumers’ locations on their smartphones, and using that information to serve up more targeted mobile ads.

Snapchat released its “Snap to Store” ad product a few months ago. That product allows advertisers to track online to offline sales. But with the acquisition of Placed, Snapchat appears to be putting more of an effort on taking the local ad dollars.

 

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As Mashable explains, Placed offers analysis on other third-party platforms like Facebook and Instagram and websites, so that an advertiser or a publisher can compare the outcome of each of them. Placed also reportedly measures billions of locations.

Snap makes the majority of its revenue from mobile advertising (just as Facebook, Google, and Twitter do). With the addition of Placed, Snapchat is looking to become a bigger player in that space. The location tracking is all opt-in. Snap also will put in place data-sharing, privacy, and security guidelines so that advertising data is not shared between Snap’s own services like “Snap to Store” and the company Placed.

Snapchat Introduces Three New Advertising Products

Snapchat Rolls Out 3 New Ad Units Related to its Lenses and Geofilters



First reported by TechCrunch, Snapchat introduced three new advertising offerings today, its largest update since 2015. For a full rundown of Snapchat advertising options, click here.

World Lenses

Snapchat’s creative tools are extremely popular with its users, which makes them appealing to potential advertisers. 33% of users play with Snapchat Lenses every day, and snaps with Geofilters are viewed over 1 billion times per day.

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Image courtesy of TechCrunch

World Lenses are an extension of Snapchat’s Sponsored Lens. With Sponsored World Lenses, advertisers can create content for the rest of the photo beyond the face, including floating 2D or 3D objects, interactive content, and other items. This is arguably the most innovative and unique form of advertising out there right now.

There are 4 types of World Lenses: ones where you can place a 2D or 3D film character or product into the photo (for those photos snapped with the outward-facing camera); action-based lenses where you look at or tap an augmented reality object to trigger something to happen; an “interaction” World Lens (like an in-app game); and environmental lenses which can be used to add floating lights or ambiance.

Audience Lenses

Snapchat is also rolling out Audience Lenses, which allow advertisers to buy regionally targeted Lenses for the first time. Previously, advertisers could only be purchased on a nationwide basis.

Audience Lenses allow advertisers buy a guaranteed number of Lens impressions for a specific audience. This includes those that are targeted by demographics like age and gender, as well as those identified as falling in one of Snapchat’s “Lifestyle Categories” (see more on those in our Snap Ads article)

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Image courtesy of TechCrunch

Smart Geofilters

Snapchat’s third new advertising offering is a new take on its Geofilters product. These new Smart Geofilters automatically add location information or other real-time information to a nationwide or chain Geofilter. For example, these could be updated automatically to include things like a high school or college name, airport name, state, city, neighborhood or zip code.

Warner Bros. ran Smart Geofilter ads for its movie “Everything, Everything,” in order to target high school users by featuring the name of the school in its ad (see image above).

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Snapchat recently announced that its daily users launch the app over 18 times per day, on average. Snapchat’s daily users now spend over 30 minutes on Snapchat each day. More than 3 billion Snaps are created every day — up from more than 2.5 billion in Q3 2016. And over 60 % of Snapchat’s daily users create content every day.

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Snapchat Is Here to Stay With New Update

Millennials and Gen Z’s Are Not Leaving the Platform, According to a Dozen Studies

First off, let’s make it known, Instagram is not eating Snapchat’s lunch. TechCrunch collected a dozen surveys or studies that all prove the loyalty, at least in the United States, of Snapchat users. Even when compared to Instagram Stories, Snapchat is more popular in almost every metric except for total users. While Instagram Stories may be more convenient to use/consume for Instagram users, it isn’t enough for people to give up on Snapchat.

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Snapchat’s New Updates Are Huge

Yesterday Snapchat released its largest app update yet. Snap introduced:

  • Limitless snaps – which allow someone to view your story or chat for an indefinite period of time
  • Looping snaps – these let you set a snap on a loop, like how Vines used to work
  • Magic eraser – an eraser feature that allows you to make objects disappear from snaps
  • Emoji drawing – you can now draw emojis  🙂

Snapchat appears to be focusing on its core group of diehard users, which is a great move. The new editing features on the app further entrench Snapchat creators to the core product, which is great for everyone.

“These changes allow us to continue evolving the Snapchat service and provide a foundation for introducing even more creative tools for making fun snaps,” the company wrote in a statement on the new update.

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Snapchat Viewability Score & New Max Reach Ad Campaigns

Snapchat Steps Up Its Advertising Game Again…

Viewability Score

Snapchat just announced it is offering advertisers a viewability score that’s designed to offer transparency into whether or not video advertisements on the platform warrant chargeable impressions. The viewability score will be validated by a third party firmed named Moat. It will become available to everyone on June 5th.

The official guidelines state that greater than 50% of an ad’s pixels and at least 2 seconds should be viewable by the users.

Snap Ads Max Reach

Snapchat also has been pitching advertisers on ways to reach everyone in the United States who views a Story on a given day. This new Snap Ads format is called “Max Reach”. It’s an ad-buying option that is the equivalent to a homepage takeover on a traditional website. Snapchat’s version guarantees that the Max Reach Snap Ad will be served to everyone in the United States who is shown an ad on a given day. So basically, every single person in the U.S. that uses Snapchat that day would see your advertisement.

The new Max Reach advertising offering is currently only available in the United States. With this addition, Snapchat now offers three different ‘takeover-style’ ad units that can be served nationwide: the Max Reach ad, a nationwide Sponsored Geofilter, and nationwide Sponsored Lenses.

Discover Partners & Audience Growth

Snapchat has also recently touted its ability to help publishers and large brands increase and accelerate their audience growth. Here’s some data they just released:

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This data shows publishers/brands that were also Snapchat Discover partners saw a large increase on other platforms as well.

Discover partners have reported fantastic results. Mashable’s CEO Pete Cashmore recently said: “Snapchat is our biggest revenue source on distributed platforms…It’s very profitable for us because it’s a huge audience and it’s an audience that we can’t reach elsewhere.”

The last part of that statement is HUGE – “…an audience that we can’t reach elsewhere.” That is the beauty of Snapchat that brands and advertisers need to better understand if they’re going to truly succeed on the platform.

Snapchat’s Loyal & Exclusive Users

A new report released by App Annie, based on app usage in Q4 of 2016, found that 35% of Snapchat’s daily users in the United States don’t use Facebook on a given day. The report also said that 46% of Snapchat’s daily users aren’t on Instagram on a given day, and 58% can’t be reached by Facebook Messenger. Here are the statistics broken down:

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The statistics are also similar in the United Kingdom, according to the report. We would have to assume that the data is similar in other countries as well.

What does all this mean? In this economy, time is money. Advertisers and marketers need to put their money where users spend their time, and Snapchat is the most important app for many, many people.

Need help with Snapchat advertising? Contact us today!

 

How to Use “Snapisodes” to Market on Snapchat

“Snapisodes” Is A New Snapchat Marketing Strategy That Works Very Well

Marriott International just launched what they call “Snapisodes”, and we are thoroughly impressed.

First reported by Kerry Flynn at Mashable, Marriott created this new campaign to target millennials on Snapchat with the goal to convince young travelers that the Marriott Rewards program is awesome.

This new “Snapisode” strategy is different from Snap Ads (Snap’s official ad product). Marriott’s Snapisodes are three minutes long and the content is created and posted by influencers. It’s a four-part series, each featuring a different social media influencer talking to the camera (or sometimes, through Snapchat Spectacles) and sharing stories about their travels.

From Snapchat’s perspective, this is a dream come true. Brands are already spending big money to run advertising on the platform, and now they are putting cash towards high quality organic content. From a brand perspective, this is a no-brainer. “The idea originally was to mimic television. We wanted to create a TV series and mimic it as such,” said Amanda Moore, senior director of social and digital marketing at Marriott International. “Snapchat provided us with a lot of best practices, speaking to camera. We knew we needed someone authentic, relatable.”

Creating effective Snapisode-type content can be more costly than other forms of organic Snapchat marketing (i.e. “Snaphacking“, local geofilters, or regular influencer campaigns), but the ROI is definitely there.

Want to advertise on Snapchat? Contact us today!

Snapchat Launches Search for Stories

Snapchat Launches “Search” for Stories, Changing the Game for Real-time Video Content

Today Snapchat announced the new Search function for Stories. Snapchat stated that they will be rolling this out slowly. Currently, over 1 million professionally curated and unique Stories are available in search. Snap says in their announcement that these Stories include “…a local basketball game, check out the scene at your favorite bar, view your favorite Fashion Week shows, get inspired by a faraway place, or simply tap through a Story full of puppies — there’s a Story for everything!” Here’s their explainer:

How Search for Stories Changes the Game

Josh Constine from TechCrunch has a great take on this. He wrote: “Snapchat is shifting from a social network limited to content shared by people you follow to an ephemeral, real-time database of what’s going on now everywhere…It makes Snapchat as deep as whatever the world is sharing, creating near-infinite rabbit holes to go down, and a stronger competitor for YouTube & Twitter.”

What this also changes is the length of time a Snap is available. From its inception until yesterday, Snaps have had a 24 hour lifespan. But with the introduction of Search, Snap said that some Snaps will be available for less than 24 hours, while others will be visible for weeks or even a few months.

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As of now, Snapchat is pulling from captions or visual recognition via machine learning to add Snaps to categories and into Stories Search. But down the road, they could utilize music in the background or voice recognition as further classification methods.

Snapchat vs. YouTube

YouTube was originally built for the web. As such, most of its videos are long-form (30 seconds to several minutes) in comparison to Snaps (7-10 seconds). YouTube’s videos are also generally delayed at least a few hours, if not more, from when they’re recorded. Snapchat’s video content is posted in real-time.

Because of how YouTube’s platform is designed, and the fact that videos hosted there never disappear, it incentivizes its users to take more time on the production and editing side of things. Since Snapchat is focused on what is happening in real-time (and a 24-hour lifespan), its users are more accustomed to sharing raw, instant content.

Another good point by Josh at TechCrunch in the same article is that this could potentially position Snapchat as a competitor to Twitter. “If you want to read what people are saying around a topic in real time, today you search Twitter. But now if you want to SEE what people are capturing with their cameras around a topic in real time, you can search Snapchat.” I don’t totally agree with that, as video clips are posted to Twitter constantly, but we’ll see how this progresses.

At Wallaroo, we’re extremely bullish on Snapchat. This new Search feature only increases that. As Kerry Flynn wrote on Mashable today, “Snapchat is where my friends are – yes, my real friends.” What better place to market and advertise?! If you want to learn more about Snapchat advertising, click here. Want to run some ads there? Contact us today!

Super Bowl Snapchat Ad by Budweiser

Budweiser, always on the cutting edge when it comes to advertising, launched a Snapchat advertising campaign for the 24 hours leading up to the Super Bowl. The Snap Ad was actually a game you could play, and it was amazing. It was a mini-football game within the app. You could run different plays with funny, on-brand names. If you won, you unlocked an exclusive filter to use. This level of innovation and ingenuity isn’t possible for all brands. But if you have the budget for this type of advertising, it is incredibly effective. And if you do not have a budget for this type of creative, we can still do great things for you  :). Check out the images below and enjoy!



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