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social media how toAre you interested in using Snapchat for your business?

Wondering how to integrate it into your marketing?

Snapchat presents a unique opportunity to reach a new audience that is receptive to clever, creative marketing.

In this article you’ll discover how to use Snapchat in your social media marketing.

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Discover how to use Snapchat for business.

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Why Use Snapchat?

Snapchat is the fastest-growing social network with more than 100 million daily active users. Of the businesses that market on social media, most use Facebook, but only 2% use Snapchat. The lack of competition on Snapchat means that your business has a great opportunity to stand out and shine on the platform.

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You’ll find less competition from marketers on Snapchat.

Unlike other social networks, it doesn’t matter when you post content on Snapchat. Your snaps will never be buried in a busy timeline; they stay unopened until your followers have time to view them. After snaps are opened, they’re available for only 1 to 10 seconds.

Snaps disappear so quickly, so you may be wondering if Snapchat is worth the effort. If you think about it, most social content is viewed right after it’s posted. Content tends to last longer on platforms like Pinterest and Tumblr, but it’s far more common for social posts to have a short shelf life. Snapchat makes this short shelf life an explicit part of the platform.

Because snaps vanish after one viewing, you have users’ undivided attention. In this way, disappearing content is actually a boon for marketers.

Here’s how to get started integrating Snapchat into your social media marketing.

#1: Develop Content

First, you’ll need to develop content for Snapchat. Here are some ideas that you may want to try:

Create valuable tutorials about something in your area of expertise. For example, show people how to easily thread a needle or explain how to choose a secure password.

Give users a glimpse behind the scenes at your company. Show them how your product is made, share the inspiration and ethos behind your company or chat with artists.

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New York Fashion Week brought the designers to their Snapchat viewers.

Show your product in action. For example, show a person wearing your dress or reading your book.

Ask users for pictures or videos of them using your product, and send out snaps featuring them. Those fans will feel valued, and your audience will discover different ways they can use your product.

Repurpose content from other social networks, but make sure it’s tailored to Snapchat. The tone should be casual and funny, similar to Vine and Tumblr.

No social feed should be 100% self-promotion, so tell interesting stories that relate to your industry. Share a cool tip from an industry leader or give an opinion on a recent event.

#2: Invite Participation

Social media should be social, not a one-way megaphone for promotions. Replying to every snap isn’t practical or scalable, but you can certainly do it every now and again. Imagine how great it would feel if your favorite guitar brand replied to your snap of a song. You can give your followers that feeling, too.

Ask people to reply to your snap or post a reply on another social network. Sephora has used this tactic with sweepstakes. They asked users to take pictures of themselves with makeup doodles and post them to other social networks.

Consider following people back on Snapchat. When they send you snaps, read them and reply if appropriate. This goes a long way towards letting users know you’re a real person or a real social team behind a brand.

#3: Get Creative

After deciding what content you’ll develop, think about how you can present it in a creative way. Here are some ways to do that:

Draw or write on pictures to add humor or emphasis. Dove uses Snapchat to inspire viewers to celebrate their own beauty. In this snap the company drew on the image with bold colors to emphasize their message.

dove snapchat images

Draw on your snaps to add something that catches the viewer’s eyes.

Find clever ways to get people to sit up and pay attention. GrubHub used a series of images showing a pizza being eaten slice by slice to create suspense before revealing a discount code in the last image.

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Give your followers a reason to follow all your snaps.

Tell a story with a series of snaps. The short time frame can make it fun. Here, Taco Bell teases a story about how they bring people together.

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Short stories work well on Snapchat.

If you share still images rather than videos, play music in the background. However, make sure that the music has a Creative Commons license or that you have the rights to use it.

#4: Add a Call to Action

If you want users to take action after seeing your snaps, try these tactics:

Ask followers to take a screenshot of a snap. (Bonus: This is something you can measure.) Send a snap saying that you’re about to give out an exclusive discount code and suggest viewers take a screenshot of it. Then reveal the code and measure how many people opened and watched the snap, and how many took a screenshot of it. You can also track use of the discount code, since it was distributed exclusively on Snapchat.

Ask viewers to visit your website, but make sure there’s a strong incentive for them to do so. For example, start a story in the snap, and then tell viewers that it’s continued on your website. Track the effectiveness of this strategy by creating a special page with a URL that you give out only on Snapchat (like socialmediaexaminer.com/snap) and track it with Google Analytics.

#5: Build a Following

The challenge in building an audience on Snapchat is that the platform has no hashtags, search or any other means of traditional content discovery. You can create a following by letting people know you’re on Snapchat and giving them a compelling reason to follow you.

snapcode from thenextweb

Share your snapcode on other social platforms to let people know you’re on Snapchat.

Try sharing your snapcode on your other social networks to make it easy for fans to add you.

You can learn more about snapcodes here.

Conclusion

Snapchat marketing is still largely uncharted territory. But you have a great opportunity to be an early adopter and grab the spotlight for your business.

For help getting started with the app, check out Snapchat Marketing: What Businesses Need to Know.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these tactics to market your business on Snapchat? Please leave questions or feedback about your experience with Snapchat in the comments below.

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Tips for using Snapchat for business.

 

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  • chris_rainey

    Good stuff Eva – are you on Snapchat? If so, what’s your handle?

  • Eva Gantz

    Hi Chris, thanks so much! Yes, I’m EvaGantz on Snapchat, or you can just use my “snapcode” in the attached image.

    If you (or anyone else) wants to connect on Snapchat, I’d be delighted. Just let me know that you found me through Social Media Examiner.

    Thanks again for reading, Chris, and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions about Snapchat!

  • Justin Pitts

    Thanks for the great article. You’ve convinced me to give Snapchat a chance.

  • chris_rainey

    Have you seen Snappers that collect reply snaps and the share them back through their snapchat?

  • Peter Erdely

    Thank you so much for the helpful advice. You wrote some awesome stuff, Eva! I think this platform will be on the top in 2016. Waiting for your new posts!

  • Thanks for the info Eva. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to market myself and found this post really useful. Any other digital marketers wishing to connect feel free! I’m CrustyElmo

  • Eva Gantz

    Thanks Peter, completely agree! I think once more marketers see their friends having success with the platform they’ll be inclined to try it. Thanks again!

  • Eva Gantz

    Thanks, Christopher! Looking forward to your snaps 🙂

  • Eva Gantz

    Thanks Justin! Hope to see you on there, would love to see what you cook up.

  • Eva Gantz

    Oh, definitely—Sephora (sephorasnaps) is great with that. Depending on the kind of content you’re asking them to reply with, the replies of your followers can make for really interesting shares. It’s always nice to shine the spotlight back on your followers, whenever possible.

  • People often think that only younger generations use Snapchat but as you can see, marketers and brands can use it too. It’s all about your strategy. The platform itself will make you try to be more creative and versatile which is a great trait to have when it comes to marketing!

  • Thanks Eva for attaching this, and surely if I will have any question regarding this will ask to you….

  • treb072410

    Great article Eva.. Thanks for sharing..

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  • Thanks for sharing. Good info.

  • Johan Bergström

    Follow my backstage work at the biggest Spa hotel i Sweden. Add “Hantlangaren” to go social! Best regards Johan Bergström, Marketing Manager Selma Spa+

  • Tnx Eva. I just finished training with UNICEF about digital violence, to teach social workers how to recognize it, and Snapchat is leading social network when it comes to youngsters. In that way, I got interested and now I’m considering using it for my job, also. Do you find it useful for agencies which works in marketing? Regards.

  • Bhavika Acharya

    Hey, Eva. “If you share still images rather than videos, play music in the background” – I am a little confused about how this is done. Could you help me out?

  • Hi Bhavika. You could take a video of a picture (or product, etc.) while playing music in the background. It makes it feel a little more polished! Just make sure that the music is creative commons license.