Social Media Giant’s Newest Ad Product: Twitter Promoted #Stickers
It’s no secret Twitter is fighting for its life in the social media space. As apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat experience unprecedented growth, Twitter, on the contrary, has been faced with stagnant or, in some markets, declining active users. In an attempt to win more market share, the Twitter is launching new products to keep millennials actively engaged with its platform.
What Are Promoted #Stickers?
Earlier this year, in June 2016, Twitter gave its users #Stickers, a new way to add a pop of creativity to photos. If you’ve used Facebook stickers or Snapchat filters, you may already know what stickers are and how they work on your mobile device. In a nutshell, they are just like real stickers that can be added on top of a photo, but in the digital world. For Twitter, virtual stickers are a new and fun way for people to share their photos.
See example below:
Since the launch of this product, millions of tweeted photos across sports, news, and entertainment have used #Stickers. As more and more people are using #Stickers in their tweets, Twitter is now unveiling Promoted #Stickers, a solution for brand advertisers to create custom stickers to engage users with their brands.
How Do Promoted #Stickers Work?
Promoted #Stickers offer brands an opportunity to drive brand affinity and raise awareness of their message at scale. Injecting brands is no longer just in user content feeds, but in the content itself. For users, the stickers are a form of creative expression that make a person’s photos more fun and engaging.
Brands are allowed to design four or eight stickers, such as accessories or props. These stickers are then made available in the #Stickers library for users to add to their own photos. If there are any photos that are posted using a brand’s stickers, these photos are shared with all of a user’s followers, giving brands an opportunity to be featured by their fans in a truly unique and authentic way.
In addition, Twitter also released a new search technology for Promoted #Stickers. They act as a visual hashtag, which means anyone who clicks on a photo with a Promoted Sticker will be presented with all the photos with that sticker. Similar to hashtags, a Promoted #Sticker creates a link that is connected and discoverable to anyone who clicks or taps on the sticker. This is great for brands to see, track, and engage with the people who are using their stickers in creative ways.
Who Should Use Promoted #Stickers
Twitter’s bread and butter is definitely brand advertising. The publisher’s direct response products have struggled to drive performance, so we see Promoted #Stickers as a perfect fit in the branding line of products that Twitter Ads already offers. In this case, Twitter is sticking with what it does best for advertisers, drive reach and scale for global brands.
The first advertiser to sign on to this was Pepsi, creating almost 50 custom stickers across 10 regional markets. Here’s an example of what their PepsiMoji campaign looked like:
Promoted #Stickers is available globally, but limited to select brand advertisers that already work with an account representative on the Twitter Ads team. Similar to Promoted Moments, this advertising product likely has a hefty price tag attached to it, upwards of $500,000. Nonetheless, giving the users the ability to slap an ad right into their content is an interesting concept as we’ve seen other players launch similar products like Facebook Live’s mid-roll ads and Snapchat Sponsored Lenses.
What makes Promoted #Stickers special is the addition of the virtual hashtag that’s attached to the Promoted #Sticker. This not only makes tracking campaign efficacy and brand engagement easier for advertisers but also people that are ecstatic about the brand and want to see similar fun content.
As Twitter expands its consumer product with interactive content such as stickers and live video deals, it’s brand advertising focus is more clear as they try to drive new areas of interest for branding and sponsorship potential. It’ll be interesting to see if the app’s new products will be able to re-energize its ad business after seeing its slowest revenue growth as a public company last quarter.
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