EMarketer: Snapchat’s User Base Is Shrinking, But ‘All Is Not Lost’

Story updated to include a comment from Snap. Snapchat is on track to lose US users for the first time this year, according to eMarketer, thanks in part to continued aftershocks from its disastrous 2018 redesign. And Snap’s loss could be Instagram’s gain. Monthly users are set to decrease 2.8% year over year at SnapchatContinue reading »

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Undaunted By Rising Costs, Skullcandy Goes Big On Social

Although Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter are getting more expensive, they remain the go-to places for brand-building campaigns. That’s the approach being taken by Skullcandy, the maker of headphones and audio devices, as it looks to grow from its action sports roots to a broader audience, according to CMO Jessica Klodnicki, who was hired inContinue reading »

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Advertisers To Instagram: More Measurement, Please

Branded content is a priority for Instagram in 2019 – but measurement is seriously lacking. “That’s one of the things I wish you guys would work on,” said Edlynne Laryea, director for global Neutrogena digital transformation and sustainability, speaking at an Instagram media event Tuesday. Although Instagram claims that 68% of its users choose to interactContinue reading »

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The Monetization Motivation Behind Facebook’s Messaging Merger

Facebook’s plan to integrate the backend infrastructure of its messaging platforms isn’t sitting well with privacy advocates, security experts, European regulators or US lawmakers. Alarm bells are ringing all over the place. The Irish Data Protection Authority says it’s going to be “very closely scrutinizing” the situation, particularly where it might involve the sharing andContinue reading »

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How To Cure Brands’ Social Media Headache: Instagram And Snapchat Stories

Building Stories on Instagram and Snapchat is a Sisyphean effort for many marketers. After 24 hours, it all disappears. Brooklyn-based software company Mish Guru is trying to alleviate some of brands’ well-documented pain points with Stories. Its new Instagram Story Builder, which launched in November, helps gather user-generated content (UGC) tagged to a brand. ItContinue reading »

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Amazon’s In-House Brands To Explode; DTC Startups Proliferate Thanks To Automation

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Setting Up A Private Practice Amazon’s private-label brand business is on pace to generate $25 billion by 2022, up from $7.5 billion this year, according to investment firm SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. And Amazon has quietly taken measures to rapidly grow its exclusive brand roster,Continue reading »

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Crimson Hexagon Regains Partial Access To Facebook And Instagram, Investigation Is Ongoing

Crimson Hexagon is back in business on Facebook and Instagram – mostly. The social analytics platform, which uses AI to analyze public data across social networks, said Friday that most of its customers have had their access restored to both Facebook and Instagram data since the end of last week. The process was far swifter forContinue reading »

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Amobee Wins Videology; Instagram Drives Facebook Traffic

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Auction Exit Amobee won the Videology bankruptcy auction this past weekend with a bid of $117.3 million and additional expected payments up to $16.1 million. British broadcaster ITV was also in the bidding for Videology’s assets, driving up the price Amobee had alreadyContinue reading »

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Snap’s Predicament Has A Bright Side; Europe’s War On Silicon Valley

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Snap’s OK Instagram may have run away with Snap’s stories format, but – consolation prize! – Snap is benefiting from all the exposure. According to Digiday, Snap story ads are now seen as a great value, selling at CPMs of just $1.88 versus asContinue reading »

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Bacardí Takes A Shot At IGTV

Cheers to IGTV, Instagram’s new long-form video offering. Bacardí is one of the first brands to raise a glass. On Friday, less than two weeks after the service was launched, the liquor brand was already running its first live experience. “Any platform that gives you full view and a longer time for storytelling is great,”Continue reading »

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