Rather than reaching a mass audience, Snapchat allows you to send messages directly to your group of subscribers. Snapchat messages or ‘stories’ allow you to combine photo, video, text and audio in a unique way to interact directly with fans.
Before you start using Snapchat for business, get to know the platform by using a personal account. Snapchat has lots of great features like filters, emoji and music effects, and you should know your way around these before you start messaging on behalf of your business.
Be original when you use it. Ensure you’re posting content that’s specifically created for Snapchat and get creative. Follow a few other brands and businesses and get a feel for what they’re posting.
Once you’ve got the hang of the platform, you’re ready to examine your audience. Snapchat users tend to be younger, so if you’re looking to reach the 18 to 24 audience, you’re in luck. And once users pick up Snapchat, they get hooked – there are over one billion views of Snapchat stories daily.
Here are ways you can use Snapchat in your business.
Send a special offer or discount
Your Snapchat subscribers are engaging with you in a different way to fans on Facebook or followers on Twitter. They’re agreeing to receive your content directly to their phone, and you should treat them in the same way you would your mailing list subscribers. So be generous and turn them into powerful advocates for your business. A great way to do this is to develop Snapchat-only offers that they can redeem using the code or URL you provide in the message.
Access influencer networks
If you’re not prepared to invest the time to build an audience, or if you want to use Snapchat as part of a broader marketing campaign on a one-off basis, partner with an influencer. They will broadcast your sponsored content to their audience, and you’ll reap the benefits. Alternatively, have an influencer take over your account. You’ll get their creative take on your business while accessing their audience.
Broadcast from ‘behind the scenes’
Give your audience a unique point of view by using Snapchat to ‘broadcast’. Whether it’s a scene from your office, a conference or a product launch, a Snapchat story gives a unique point of view to your audience and gives them a deeper understanding of what your business is about.
Deliver ‘private’ content
Unlike other social platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, where the aim is to show your content to as many people as possible, Snapchat allows you to send content directly to your subscribers. This can be a benefit if you’re looking to trial a new offer or want to reward people who are committed advocates for your brand. Making content exclusive to Snapchat creates another level of access for your audience, so the more effort you put into creating this ‘exclusive’ content, the more you’ll gain from it.