The rapid rise of social messaging apps (chat apps) over the past few years is often attributed to its appeal to its youthful appeal. Rather than consolidating all of their community dialogues on one network like Facebook, today’s audiences seek a more decentralized and private social network.
The growth of chat apps like WhatsApp (Links to an external site.), Facebook Messenger (Links to an external site.), China’s WeChat (Links to an external site.) , QQ Messenger (Links to an external site.), Telegram (Links to an external site.), Viber (Links to an external site.), Line (Links to an external site.), and Snapchat (Links to an external site.) to mobile IM to a new level. Its growth surpassed that of social networks and users benefited from:
Evidence of the growing popularity of social messaging apps can be seen in the numbers. Just consider the following:
In part because of its growing popularity among Millennials and Gen Z, brands find these apps especially appealing because of their one-to-one direct messaging. Using push notifications, these apps essentially allow the build of proprietary audiences much like that of an email list. But the key to introducing marketing messages is to join rather than disrupt conversations. And to do this in a “no ads allowed” setting like that of WhatsApp becomes very challenging. Some progress has been made in brand involvement, however, with non-US apps. China’s WeChat and Japan’s LINE allow brands to promote their offerings through games, digital stickers and even online shopping.
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