Record Bird shuts down its apps and site in Sendmate pivot
Music discovery service Record Bird is shutting down its apps and website, as the company pivots to focus on its Sendmate messaging-marketing B2B tool. We liked Record Bird as a service: a feed of everything new from...
July 20, 2018
BTS characters BT21 get exclusive on Facebook Messenger
Have you heard of BT21? They’re the animated characters created by K-Pop megastars BTS, who’ve become a popular merchandising line in their own right. Now they’re enjoying a new extension on Facebook Messenger, as well...
July 17, 2018
Stashimi releases figures for G-Eazy and Zedd messaging bots
Startup Stashimi has built a platform for artist messaging bots, working with artists including G-Eazy, Zedd, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. The company says it has more than 100 artists using its tool to create bots...
July 11, 2018
WhatsApp adds new broadcast-only mode for groups
Messaging app WhatsApp was designed for peer-to-peer(s) communication rather than for marketing, so it’s always been a slightly awkward tool for the latter use. Labels and managers have run WhatsApp mailing lists, which...
July 3, 2018
Sendmate generated 53.8% click-through rate for Imogen Heap
Artist Imogen Heap is heading off on a world tour soon under her ‘Mycelia’ banner – you may remember us reporting on the plans from her launch event in December – and she’s been testing a new tool to let fans...
June 28, 2018
Why messaging is the future for contact between artists and fans
By Tim Heineke, founder of I am POP, a new way of storytelling via chat. If you haven’t read Josh Constine's excellent blog post "Spotify’s missing money maker is artist-to-fan messaging” then you can read it here....
May 16, 2018
Messenger bot makers reveal ‘pause’ in new bot launches
Want to launch a new Facebook Messenger bot in the next few weeks? Good luck with that. As part of the fallout from the ongoing Cambridge Analytica revelations, the social network has “paused” app reviews while it...
March 28, 2018
Facebook promises to redesign “too cluttered” Messenger app
2017 was a good year for Facebook Messenger, as the social network’s own-brand messaging app grew to 1.3 billion monthly active users. However, its boss David Marcus has admitted to one downside in his annual blog post...
January 17, 2018
Messaging app Telegram goes blockchain with own cryptocurrency
Telegram has become the second major messaging app (after Kik) to explore blockchain technology, including its own cryptocurrency. TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to launch the ‘Telegram Open Network’,...
January 9, 2018
Telegram blocks channel after music-piracy complaint
Sorry, at the time of writing Taylor Swift hasn’t put her new album ‘Reputation’ on streaming services as a post-Thanksgiving gift to fans. Today’s Taylor story focuses on another aspect to the album’s rollout:...
November 24, 2017
Google Assistant gets its own Shazam-style music ID feature
Google really does mean business in 2017 when it comes to parking its tanks on Shazam’s lawn. The company’s recently-unveiled Pixel 2 smartphones include a feature to automatically identify music that’s playing around...
November 7, 2017
K-Pop band BTS team up with Line for characters and merch
Japanese messaging app Line has always made a big thing of its animated characters, which are used as ‘stickers’ in its users’ conversations, as well as appearing in mobile games, merchandise and cartoons. Now the...
October 23, 2017