Social media newsfeeds are dying. What’s the future of sharing? (guest column)
This guest column comes from Tim Heineke, founder and CEO of I AM POP. Social media, the poster child of the internet revolution, is losing its influence to such an extent that even Mark Zuckerberg has accepted the decline...
June 28, 2019
TikTok parent Bytedance launches Feiliao messaging app
TikTok may be taking over the western world (in terms of downloads at least, as we reported last week) but its parent company Bytedance has just launched a new app in China. It’s called Feiliao, although TechCrunch reports...
May 20, 2019
WeChat users can now add songs to the videos they post
Chinese messaging app WeChat has a new feature that allows people to add songs to the videos they are sharing with friends. The feature is drawing these background tracks from QQ Music, one of the streaming services operated...
May 9, 2019
Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with music
Music Ally cooled on the idea of ‘music messaging’ startups some time ago: there were a bunch of them, and sustainable business models/consumer interest was thin on the ground. But the intersection of music and messaging...
April 11, 2019
Fan-messaging startup I Am Pop raises €2m in funding
I Am Pop is one of the startups trying to help musicians and music brands make better use of messaging apps in their marketing. It’s already working with artists signed to labels including Sony Music, Warner Music, AWAL...
March 12, 2019
Facebook: the future of sharing may be about stories and messaging
Big technology firms are enduring choppy waters on the stock markets, and Facebook in particular is having a 2018 best described as ‘difficult’. There was plenty of attention, then, on the company’s latest quarterly...
October 31, 2018
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