19 Creative Snapchat Campaigns from Brands to Inspire Your Snap Strategy

Last updated: April 18, 2017.

Snapchat is blowing up right now. Their recent IPO filing stated that they have over 160 million daily active users. And these users are HIGHLY engaged. Most users consume every post they see. Snap also announced that their average user spends 25-30 minutes on the app every day. And they command 41% of the coveted 18-34 age demographic. Humans only have enough time to dedicate to 5-7 apps a day, and Snapchat is quickly rising to the top. To stand out on Snap, you must be fun, creative, and engaging. To help get you started, here are 19 creative Snapchat campaigns from different brands to inspire your strategy! Want to get started with Snap Ads? Contact us today!

  1. Taco Bell – Cinco de Mayo

Taco Bell got a lot of press when they created a filter for Cinco de Mayo. Here’s what that looked like:

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The filter performed extremely well. It was viewed 224 Million times. That’s an absolutely incredible number. They paid an estimated $750,000 for 24 hours of that filter. That works out to be 0.3 cents per view. Not three cents. Three tenths of one cent! That’s insane. It paid off though. People thoroughly enjoyed playing with the filter and it surely helped increase Taco Bell’s sales.

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse – Movie Promotion

X-Men did a massive takeover on May 23, to help promote the release of the new X-Men: Apocalypse movie. They didn’t just create one sponsored filter, they created ALL of them. Every filter, for the entire day on Snapchat, was related to X-Men. Analytics haven’t been released yet, but if their numbers mirror those of Taco Bell, they would have received around 1.5 Billion views!

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  1. Sphero from Star Wars – Toy Launch

Star Wars utilized influencers on Snapchat to promote their new toy, Sphero, during the holiday season. One of the influencers they worked with, Shaun McBride, gets 2 million Snapchat views every day. According to the Wall Street Journal, the toy sold out in a matter of hours and their campaign got 10 million views. Check out one of their stories here:

Working with influencers on Snapchat is a must. They know their followers best and can often help your brand create fun, engaging content that delivers results.

  1. Terminator: Genisys – Movie Promotion

To promote the release of the new Terminator movie last year, a custom filter was created. Users were able to overlay the filter onto themselves or their pets. Smartly, Arnold Schwarzenegger also promoted this on Facebook. His Facebook post about the custom Snapchat filter received 3,000 shares and 55,000 likes. Cross-promoting onto other platforms is a good way to increase your organic reach with not much extra effort.

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  1. The MTV VMAs – Behind the Scenes

During the 2015 VMAs, MTV did a Live Story on Snapchat. This allowed anyone in the area to post pictures and videos to that Live Story, for all to see. Celebrities and audience members shared hilarious behind-the-scenes footage onto the story. About 10 million people tuned in to watch the VMAs on TV, and about 12 million people viewed the story on Snapchat! And at a much cheaper production cost.

       6. Mondelez – A Candy Competition

Mondelez makes delectable candy bars. To increase brand awareness and sales, they created a competition on Snapchat. To enter the contest you had to snap a photo of their chocolate bar, modify it using Snapchat’s drawing tools, and send it to the TIMEOUTAU Snapchat account. The winner of the competition won $10,000! Mondelez also showcased some of the best creations on a website. Mondelez’s idea to create a microsite to enhance the competition was a great way to increase awareness and increase customer loyalty (and product sales).

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  1. GrubHub – Hiring

GrubHub is a cool online food ordering company. They used Snapchat to look for an intern with “Snapchat Skillz”. They used the image sequence below to recruit applicants to grow their company. Very creative!

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  1. World Wildlife Fund – #LastSelfie

The World Wildlife Fund used a Snapchat campaign to raise awareness about different endangered species. They came up with the creative #LastSelfie hashtag campaign that also allowed them to promote the cause on other social platforms. Check out the video here:

  1. DJ Khaled – Snapchat All-Star

DJ Khaled is a Snapchat all-star. He’s not your typical brand, but he is increasing his celebrity presence on Snapchat, and brands can learn A TON from what he’s doing on the platform. His snaps are attracting 3-4 million viewers each. He has coined some fun mantras like “bless up” and “keys to wisdom”. His content is extremely shareable. Check out a compilation here:

  1. Burberry – Spring Sneak Peak

To create some extra hype for their Spring 2016 Fashion Show, Burberry revealed their newest line of clothes through a series of snaps. They also produced pictures and videos featuring their designers and models. They also live-snapped the actual show, piggybacking off the hype they previously created.

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  1. Major League Soccer – Player Takeovers

MLS dedicated an entire week to Snapchat takeovers. A “takeover” is when someone else takes over and runs your Snapchat account. So each day, MLS handed over their account to a new soccer star. The stars promoted this on their own accounts leading up to their turn, and then created fun, engaging content on the MLS account on their day. Takeovers are a great way to build your Snapchat following.

  1. Target – Holiday Geofilters

Target has been using geofilters around different holiday events. They target these geofilters around their physical stores to help increase brand awareness and sales. This is an easy, fun campaign idea that any brand can use to succeed on Snapchat.

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    13. Chubbies Shorts – Behind the Scenes

Chubbies Shorts is one of the most engaging brands on Snapchat (and all of social media and email, really). They constantly make me laugh out loud. They have an ongoing Behind the Scenes type campaign going. They mix in giveaways, stop motion, jokes, pranks, and more. They show how to effectively make content fun and memorable on a consistent basis. Check them out!

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14. Rocky Horror Picture Show

Fox recently did a remake of the classic, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Fox partnered with Snapchat to create a trio of Snapcode activations that went live during the telecast. This is the first time anything like this has ever been done. The two companies partnered directly on this project. Fox ran Snap ads and a custom lens leading up to the telecast, and then offered more on the day of. Take a look below…

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15. Netflix and Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls is launching four new episodes exclusively on Netflix in a few weeks. To build awareness for the launch, Netflix printed actual cups and distributed a total of 10,000 cups to a group of 200 coffee shops around the country. Each cup had a snap code, and when scanned pulled up the image below. The logistics behind a campaign like this can be complicated, but there are great lessons to learn here. A campaign with a smaller budget can still produce similar results with targeted geofilters around brick and mortar locations.

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16. Budweiser Super Bowl Ad

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. See more here.

17. Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms just ran this Snap Ad campaign during The Bachelor episode on Snapchat Discover. It was a short video ad that showed a woman fall in love with a man based on a relationship of Lucky Charms. Very on-brand, and very targeted placement as well. A great example of how to do effective marketing on Snapchat.

 

18. Walmart

Walmart ran this campaign leading up to Easter to promote its festive treats. Take a look at the fun screenshots below!

 

19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical

This is an innovative new Snapchat marketing campaign we haven’t seen before. Below is a screenshot from the Facebook page of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical. They have “hidden” Snapchat geofilters all over New York City. If you find them and send the account a snap, you can win free tickets, swag, and more. Fantastic idea!

 

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Have any questions? Tweet me! Want custom Snapchat geofilters for your company? Contact us today!

 

Snapchat Shows – How Snapchat Discover is Transforming Social Media

Snapchat Shows Are Game-Changing and The Future is Premium Mobile Video

Snapchat’s Discover section is unique. For the unfamiliar, Discover is made up of daily content produced by professional publishers (think CNN, ESPN, NatGeo, People, New York Times, etc.), exclusive to Snapchat. The content, just likes Snaps themselves, is only available for 24 hours. But Snap, Inc. has a bigger vision for Discover: Snapchat Shows.

Before we dive in to Snapchat Shows, think about the video content you consume on mobile. Twitter is full of GIFs, Instagram is full of memes, Facebook is full of “viral” or political content, YouTube is full of garbage. Yes, you can find great video content on all of these platforms. But Snapchat is aiming to be the premiere hub for mobile video, and their approach is truly a unique one.

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Discover itself has daily editions of interesting content. But “Shows” is what can truly set Snapchat apart.

As of now, there are 15 Shows on Snapchat or in development for Snapchat:

  • The Bachelor: Watch Party – A weekly show on Tuesdays that recaps The Bachelor episode from the previous night – by ABC
  • The Rundown from E!
  • Good Luck America – A Snapchat original show (episode one of the new season had over 6 million viewers)
  • Game Day – A weekly show on Saturdays during college football season – by ESPN
  • The Voice – Additional, exclusive content from the network hit – by NBC
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – Additional, exclusive content from the late night show – by NBC
  • Saturday Night Live – Additional, exclusive content from the comedy sketch show – by NBC
  • Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson – A reality show about dating – by VICE
  • Second Chance – An unscripted reality TV drama series – by A+E
  • Phone Swap – New original dating show from Vertical
  • Winter Olympics 2018 – Snapchat and NBC announced a partnership for the event

Snap recently announced a deal with Discovery Communications to develop shows for the platform under the Shark Week and Mythbusters properties.

Additionally, MGM Television inked a deal with Snapchat. MGM Television is the first major entertainment studio to sign on as a partner. MGM is involved with popular shows such as Fargo, Survivor, Vikings, and Shark Tank.

Recently, the biggest show of them all premiered: BBC’s Planet Earth II. Planet Earth will also be sponsored by Goldman Sachs, who will be running Snap Ads throughout the episodes.

Raj Mody, vice president of social media at National Geographic (one of Snapchat Discover’s partners), recently told Kerry Flynn at Mashable: “It started out as an experiment, but it’s become really, really real. When you look at our brand we’re a leader in social media and in visual storytelling. The fact that they’re evolving the platform, that’s something that has been enormously helpful.”

Discover has grown to over 40 partners now. And these partners produce more than just the Shows mentioned above. They produce digital magazines, “Editions”, “Our Stories”, and more. In aggregate, this original content on Snapchat is getting hundreds of millions of views per month. Some Discover partners are generating tens of millions in revenue. Vertical Networks’ Discover channel, Brother, now reaches over 1 billion views per month. And that’s not even the largest one.

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One of Snapchat’s Originals: Good Luck America

If Snap can continue to build out original content through partnerships, the platform can continue to evolve and be a go-to destination for premium mobile video. Snap has some inherent advantages that will allow them to pursue this venture: being headquartered near Hollywood and the “cool” factor. Snap seems to zig when other social platforms of the past have zagged. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds over time. As we have written before, Snapchat is the future of television. And here at Wallaroo, we believe in Snapchat.

Facebook & Instagram Continue to Copy Snapchat

Over the last few months, three new announcements came out about Facebook. Each of them points to Mark Zuckerberg taking pages straight out of Evan Spiegel’s book. The three announcements were covered here, here, and here.

First, Facebook is tweaking their live video section to look more like Snapchat’s. Simple enough.

Second, it’s been reported by multiple outlets that Facebook is prepping a competitor for Snapchat’s “Discover” section. It will reportedly be named “Collections”. Everyone wants in on the content game. See side by side examples here (with Snapchat on the left and Facebook on the right):

Third, and the most blatant of all, Facebook has introduced camera effects called “location frames”, which work just like Snapchat’s geofilters. Just like geofilters, users can create and submit illustrations tied to specific locations. Users can also submit more general designs with illustrations not tied to a specific location. No word on if Facebook will create pay-to-play versions of their Location Frames yet. Check out an example below.

Facebook Location Frames

So, it will be interesting to follow along as these two tech titans continue to battle in 2017. One thing is clear – Facebook does not want to relinquish its lead as the go-to social platform.

Update on 12/21/16: Instagram just added a stickers feature, in yet another copy of Snapchat. You can now add “contextual stickers” and “location based stickers” on Instagram. See an example below from Instagram.

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Instagram Location Stickers

Update on 3/8/17: Instagram Stories launches geostickers. Snapchat launched their geostickers in 2014. Below are screenshots of Instagram’s new geostickers, courtesy of TechCrunch. Take a look at how blatant the copy is…

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Instagram Stories Geosticker

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Update on 3/10/17: Facebook launches a new feature inside of Messenger called “Messenger Day”. Take a look at the screenshot of the new feature below.

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Be honest with yourself – is that not an exact clone of Snapchat?! Facebook’s executives are saying no. But I think we can all agree, it’s a clone. Yet another example of Facebook’s inability to innovate. The new feature is only available in the U.S. for now, but it is said to be rolled out to other countries soon.

UPDATE on March 28, 2017: Facebook launches Stories on its mobile app to the whole world. It essentially creates a second Newsfeed for mobile users. This form of “Stories” is basically a straight copy of Snapchat. See below:

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UPDATE on April 13, 2017: Instagram announces three(!) new Snapchat feature copies: Geostickers (custom designed stickers at local landmarks), Sticker pinning (just like Snapchat’s motion-tracking emoji feature), and Selfie stickers (quite similar to Snapchat’s scissors tool).

P.S. – If you need custom Snapchat geofilters, we got you  :).

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: April 12, 2017.

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Snap Ads Details:

  • Minimum Ad Spend – $10,000/month (month to month contract) [Note: Options available for budgets under $10k – 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
  • 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)

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.
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New ads dashboard from Snapchat

Check out two Snap Ads case studies below!

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Snap Ads for App Downloads

How to Utilize Snapchat Advertising to Drive App Downloads

Last updated: April 6, 2017

When it comes to social advertising, we at Wallaroo Media are constantly looking for what we call “arbitrage opportunities”. These are opportunities where ad rates are lower and ROI is higher than typical market metrics. As such, we are recommending Snap Ads for app downloads right now. The market has not caught up to the opportunity.

In an effort to keep with with Facebook app install ad campaigns, Snapchat is making a big push with their Snap Ads to app install offerings. The first public data was discovered on the Acorns app (who was one of our clients – view our amazing work for them here). Take a look at the screenshot below of their ad, and read on to learn more about the results.

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Acorns App Snap Ad

Acorns gained a ton of early traction through Facebook Ads and Twitter Ads. We actually helped them run highly targeted download campaigns on those platforms. Late last year, Acorns wanted to test Snap Ads for their app downloads. According to Acorn’s Chief Commercial Officer, the Snap Ad campaigns actually had 40% higher install rates than those on Facebook. This is an astronomically high number, since the Facebook Ads were already performing superbly. Acorns said that the CPI was a little higher on Snapchat than on Facebook, but that it made up for the higher cost with a greater download rate.

Fullscreen, a video-streaming service, said that Snapchat targeting reduced its cost per installation by 25% because it meant more installations on the same amount of ad spending.

As mobile ad advertising continues to grow, app installs will continue to be a large piece of that pie (Business Insider reported that 25% of mobile ad revenue is from app campaigns).

Snapchat also recently enabled goal-bidding for app install campaigns on the platform. This form of targeting allow advertisers to get in front of Snapchat users who are most likely to download their app. Snapchat is using machine-learning technology it has developed in house to run these campaigns.

“We’ve been listening closely to direct-response advertisers and are excited to announce the ability to ‘bid for installs’ in our auction. This is a new, cost-efficient way to drive app installs right from Snapchat,” Peter Sellis, the director of monetization product at Snap Inc., told Business Insider in a statement.

As we get more data and case studies, we will continue to update this post.

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Cookie Jam app Snap Ad

 

 

 

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Snap Ads for App Downloads Case Study

How Auto Dealers Can Use Facebook Ads to Hyper Target Car Buyers

Using Facebook and Polk Data, Auto Dealers Can Scale Their Revenues with Effective and Hyper-Targeted Digital Ad Campaigns

It’s no question that social advertising and audience targeting is incredibly effective. But now more than ever, Facebook Ads are THE way to go for auto dealers to target car buyers through every step of the purchase process. This post will explain why.

According to a recent study, 27% of people in the US do most of their vehicle research on a mobile device. That number is 45% for Millennials, and 41% for households with incomes over $200,000. And the percentage of people that use mobile during any point of the purchase process? 71%. Keep in mind, this data is just for mobile consumers. Almost 100% of vehicle buyers use online research at some point of their purchase decision.

Facebook Ads + Datalogix + Polk Data = Lots of money for Auto Dealers

Facebook has two key partnerships that enable it to get the data it needs to provide super powerful ad targeting: 1) Datalogix, 2) Polk. Datalogix connects offline purchasing data to enhance online advertising campaigns. Datalogix also has 200+ syndicated audiences that allow for deeper targeting. Polk (which also owns Carfax) aggregates online and offline data around auto buyer personas and DMV registration data. These two partnerships, when combined with Facebook’s ultra targeted ad product, can drive car-buying consumers to the doorsteps of auto dealers, ready to purchase a new vehicle right away.

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How Targeted Can You Get?

If you know your way around the Facebook Ad platform, you can get incredibly targeted on vehicle-buyers. How targeted you ask? Here’s an example flow that you can create:

You start with “Automotive” behavior targeting.

From there, you have these sub-categories:

  • Motorcycle
  • New Vehicle Buyers (Near Market – which means people who will be considering a new vehicle purchase within the next 365 days)
  • New Vehicle Buyers (In Market – people considering a new vehicle purchase within the next 180 days)
  • Owners
  • Purchase Type
  • Used Vehicle Buyers (In Market)

If you click “Owners”, you’ll be able to target Facebook users based on the actual vehicle they drive.

If you click on the “Purchase Type” sub-category, you’ll be able to target based on how recently the user purchased a vehicle.

If you click on “New Vehicle Buyers (Near Market)”, you can target by style, for example:

  • Crossover
  • Economy/Compact
  • Full-Size SUV
  • Full-Size Sedan
  • Hybrid/Alt Fuel
  • Luxury SUV
  • Luxury Sedan
  • Midsize Car
  • Minivan
  • Pickup Truck
  • Small/Midsize SUV
  • Sports Car/Convertible

If you click on the “New Vehicle Buyers (In Market)” section, you then choose among the actual make, model, and style of vehicle. How amazing is that?! You can specifically target people shopping for Jeep Grand Cherokees or Suburu Foresters or Chevrolet Cameros.

You can also target people looking for specific auto parts or auto service. You can target by the age of vehicle in their current household, vehicle price, and much more.

There are many ways to target car buyers with Facebook Ads. You can do video ads, custom audiences, carousel ads, lookalike audiences, conversion lift, TRP buying (extend and augment your TV campaigns on Facebook), regular Facebook Newsfeed ads, right rail ads, and more.

If you’re interested in utilizing Facebook Ads to dramatically increase sales at your auto dealership, contact us today!

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Snapchat Statistics – Updated 2017

Snapchat Statistics – Updated April 2017

Snapchat is growing fast! Below are all the key statistics you need to know about the social platform.

  • Monthly active users: Around 350 Million
  • Daily active users: Around 185 Million
  • Number of daily video views: Around 14 Billion (with a B!)
  • Average time spent per user each day on Snapchat: About 28 minutes
  • Percentage of daily reach to 18-34 year olds in the U.S.: 45%
  • Amount of time users interact with Snap Ads: Over 30 seconds on average
  • 80% of Snapchat users use the app at a restaurant
  • 66% of users use the app while shopping
  • 50% use the app at gyms
  • 49% at airports

We will continuously update this piece and add relevant information as we get it. Are you ready to start a Snapchat advertising campaign? Contact us today!

 

*All statistics are approximate.

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!

How Social Media Made the Extra Gum Commercial Go Viral, and Why TV Failed

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Two years ago, Extra Gum released a new commercial on television. It was a 30-second spot titled “Extra Gum: The Story of Sarah and Juan”. If you haven’t seen it by now, watch it below. It was and is amazing and beautiful.

That is the 30-second TV version. They did a great job with it. They used American Idol star Haley Reinhart for the song. They promoted it heavily. But it didn’t catch. Extra Gum’s sales were decreasing leading up to the commercial’s release. The decline continued throughout the fall. This happened for seven months. The company was scrambling to figure out the issue. So what did they decide to do? They released the full version of the commercial on social media. The full version is two minutes long. Watch it below, then read what happened next…

So they released the full commercial on social media, and it absolutely blew up. The YouTube video has been viewed almost 20 million times. On Facebook? A few hundred million!!!

 

According to Gary Vaynerchuk, their business has been up double digits every day for the last several months!

 

Why Did This Happen?

 

When Extra Gum released the full version of the commercial on social media, it allowed the company to tell the whole story. The 2-minute spot is a lot more compelling and emotional than the 30-second spot. Social media is inherently shareable. We all know this. You can’t do anything with a TV commercial. On social, you can share it with everyone, tag your friends, Snap it, and more. And you can take action and buy the product right away too, since you’ve already got your device in hand. In terms of the actual video, it’s no surprise to me that the 2 minute version did better than the 30 second version. It shows what happens when you try to cram 2 minutes of story into 30 seconds–it doesn’t resonate! They had the footage. They had extra scenes they had to cut out. Why couldn’t they release a longer version right off the bat?

 

I recently wrote how TV advertising dollars are shifting towards Snapchat Ads. This is a trend that’s not going to stop. It makes more sense to advertise on social media. It’s more trackable. It’s more effective. It’s more targeted. Better ROI. On and on and on.

 

Ready to get going with a campaign of your own? At Wallaroo, we specialize in social advertising management. Contact us today to learn more!

How We Utilized Evergreen Content to Increase Our Traffic 1,800% in 14 Months

SEO Has Been The Single Largest Driver of Business for Wallaroo Since Our Inception

Last updated: April 1, 2017.

Through our evergreen content strategy we’ve grown our traffic over 1,800% in 14 months. The first half of this article will show you how we did it. The second half will teach you how to do it for your company.

Wallaroo Media was founded in mid-2012. When we formed our company, we wanted a name that was unique, fun, and brand-able. We also wanted it to have a word in it that got a lot of monthly searches that we felt we could rank for fairly quickly. So we chose Wallaroo. Soon enough, we got to #1 for the word “Wallaroo” and could tell all our prospective clients that we knew how to do SEO  :). This keyword targeting strategy also reflected the types of clients we were going after. With a resume like this, and with no case studies and little experience, we could really only get local clients like restaurants, dentists, auto repair shops, etc. And when we did get those types of companies as clients, we hustled hard to do everything we could to help them succeed.

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That was back in the early days. We don’t care about ranking for “Wallaroo” anymore (although we’re still on page one); we moved on to bigger and better things. Like most SEO companies, we started by targeting localized keyword phrases related to “SEO”, or “Utah SEO company“, or “Provo Utah SEO”. This keyword strategy also reflected the types of clients we were able to get. If someone Googled “Utah SEO Company” and found us, chances were that they were interested in SEO, maybe some content marketing, and not much else. We got a lot of great clients this way, and still do, but we wanted to level up as a company. Once we achieved amazing rankings for those keywords, we continued to set our sights on higher revenue-generating keywords and bigger clients…

Enter: The “Evergreen Content” Strategy

With a firm hold on SEO-related keywords in our market, we wanted to expand our services and offerings at our company. We wanted to diversify. We wanted to get more into social media advertising management and PR. So we created a content marketing plan.

There were three key steps in our approach to our Evergreen Content Strategy:

Step 1: Evergreen Content 

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We wanted evergreen content to be the backbone of our strategy. What is evergreen content you ask? We define it as timeless content that continually stays fresh for readers. We felt that this was an under-utilized tactic with the keywords we wanted to rank for. We wanted to get more clients who wanted to hire us to manage Facebook Ads. So we took a page out of Moz’s book (with their Google Algorithm Change History piece) and decided to create the Facebook Algorithm Change History with the purpose of using it as a Trojan horse to get social ads clients. We created the Facebook Algorithm piece over 2 years ago, and have been updating it every month or so since. That content ranks #1 for “Facebook algorithm change”, #3 for “Facebook algorithm”, #4 for “Facebook changes”, and #5 for “New Facebook update”. It also ranks on page one of Google for another ~100 keyword phrases! The content piece has had almost 60,000 visits since its launch with an average time on page of about 4 minutes.

Step 2: Consistent Updates

As I briefly mentioned in Step 1, we have been updating that Facebook Algorithm piece every month or so for over two years now. Every time we update it, we do three things: Change the publish date in WordPress, change the “Last updated” phrase at the beginning of the piece, and share it on Google Plus (and other social networks as well). Correlation does not equal causation, but we have found this sequence to be crucial in our rankings.

A little more on “evergreen content”: I would highly recommend that unless you are writing on a topic that is time-sensitive or newsworthy in nature, that all your content is evergreen. We update our Facebook piece all the time (because it needs to be updated constantly). But if you publish a piece titled, “How to do SEO for B2B Companies,” update it all the time! Seek out ways to do so. Update the case studies you cite. If you figure out new, applicable strategies, add those. Did Google or Facebook or something else change since you first wrote the piece that now changes things? Add that and update it! Be creative, it shouldn’t be difficult to add to a piece every couple months and thus make it evergreen.

Step 3: Being The First-Mover Helps

Being the first-mover to go after a keyword helps with future ranking ability. It is by no means a requirement, though. But in our experience, being the first to publish an in-depth, well-optimized piece on the subject can do wonders. And if you are consistently updating it, you can stay ahead of the competition. There isn’t any more secret sauce here.

utah seo growth at wallaroo media

Note: Some here may bring up the “Skypscraper Technique” from Brian Dean (who is awesome and whom I greatly respect). Yes, that strategy works very well, and yes, the Skyscraper Technique is designed to overtake first-movers. But if you follow steps 1 and 2 well enough, then being the first-mover will obviously help you. And if you’re always working to build links to your content, then you should be immune to competitors. Theoretically, they wouldn’t want to compete. Who would want to compete with amazing content that’s always being added to and has a consistent flow of quality backlinks pouring in?

Case Study: “Snapchat Advertising”

We shared a mini case study in Step 1 with our Facebook piece. Now we’ll spill the beans on what we’ve been up to lately: targeting all keyword phrases related to Snapchat Advertising, and using the Evergreen SEO strategy to do so.

We were early adopters internally of all things Snapchat. We have a team that skews toward the younger side, and many of us have thoroughly enjoyed the popular social network since its inception.

When Snapchat started rolling out ads last year, we began thinking about offering ads management for the social app as a service. One problem though: Snapchat wasn’t letting anyone in. No agencies, no public access, nothing. They were working directly with brands to create and run the ad campaigns. So we dragged our feet.

snap ads campaign management

But in November of 2016 we published version 1.0 of “Snapchat Advertising Costs” on our website. From there, we continued to update that piece according to steps 1-3 outlined above. We also wrote a lot about Snapchat marketing strategies in general. What are the results you ask? Here they are:

  • “Snapchat advertising” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • “Snapchat ads” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • “Snapchat cost” – #1
  • “Advertise on Snapchat” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • “Ads on Snapchat” – #3 (after Snapchat.com and Snap.com)
  • “Advertising on Snapchat” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • And over 200 more keyword phrases

If you pull up the search volume for those phrases, you will see that none are huge (each phrase ranges from a few hundred to the low thousands in monthly searches). But, as you can imagine, they convert to actual business for us very well. And with SEO, the true measure of success is conversion (at least in our minds). Does your SEO strategy get your website the right traffic and interested users/customers/clients in the target demographic? This is a key component for any effective SEO campaign. For most of our website visitors that come to our site through these keywords, we’re the first agency they come in contact with that does Snapchat advertising. Our content, combined with some retargeting ads every now and then (we spend less than $100/month in paid advertising for ourselves), helps convert these visitors into paying clients.

Take a look at our website traffic in the screenshot below. In an 14-month period, we’ve increased our traffic from under 400 visitors per week to over 8,000 visitors per week. That’s an increase of over 1,800%! Evergreen content works very well  :).

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Evergreen content marketing in action

Each time we wanted to “level up” as an agency, we leveled up the keywords we targeted. Consequently, our client roster has evolved from local clients to larger, but largely unknown, nationwide clients, to publicly-traded companies and household brands.

At Wallaroo, we absolutely love SEO. It was the first service we ever offered, and it will always be part of our core. It has helped grow our business immensely. If you do it right, SEO can do the same for your brand. Want to grow your business through SEO? Contact us today!

Step by Step Process for Creating Evergreen Content

Now that you see how we used the evergreen content strategy to grow our business, let us show you how to do the same for yours.

First, you need to decide which type of evergreen content you want to create. There are many different types of evergreen content. Here’s a quick list:

  • Original research
  • Statistic collection
  • In-depth case study
  • Checklist
  • Resource content (see our content marketing resource)
  • List of free/paid tools
  • Top influencers/experts in a niche
  • Best books for X
  • Glossary of terms in a niche
  • “Everything you need to know” style
  • History of a topic/product (see our Facebook algorithm history)
  • How to do something over time
  • How-to article or tutorial

Keep in mind for whichever type you choose – it either needs to be written in a way to where it will never go out of date, or you need to be consistently updating the piece over time.

Another key component of successful evergreen content is constant promotion. Many forget to do this. Once your content is live, you need to be promoting it on a consistent basis. Not every day, but at least a couple times a month. And for sure every time you update it. Promote it on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Depending on the purpose of the content, paid advertising can be a good solution as well.

Do you have any questions about this strategy? Don’t hesitate to contact us!