When influencer marketing goes wrong… Snap’s PR firm sues over specs deal
Influencer marketing can be a highly-effective way to promote a product (or music), but if the social star you’re paying for promotion doesn’t deliver, what’s the comeback? We may find out thanks to a new lawsuit filed...
November 1, 2018
Snapchat and Twitter reveal their latest financial results
Snapchat versus Instagram may be the existential social-app battle of 2018 (and by that we mean it looks more existential for Snapchat) but yesterday gave us the chance to compare its performance with another social network,...
October 26, 2018
Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants
Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has...
October 17, 2018
Snapchat reveals its first ‘Snap Originals’ short-form TV shows
Snap, Inc’s ambitions to do more with original, produced video in its Snapchat app are well known. Last night, the company unveiled its first slate of ‘Snap Originals’ shows, which it has commissioned from a group of...
October 11, 2018
Snapchat hopes new strategy will make it profitable in 2019
If you have some time on your hands this morning, there’s a 6,500-word internal memo from Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel to read, after it leaked to (and was published in full by) tech-news site Cheddar. It’s something of...
October 5, 2018
Snapchat gets Ariana Grande merch lens and TuneMoji GIFs
The latest artist testing Snapchat lenses as a marketing tactic is Ariana Grande. A lens based on her new ‘Sweetener’ album lets fans virtually try on a tie-dyed face mask, with a ‘shop’ button enabling them to tap...
August 24, 2018
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more… Any...
August 10, 2018
Snapchat financials reveal it lost 3m daily users last quarter
Snap, Inc reported its latest quarterly financial results last night, and the show the first ever quarterly decline in daily active users (DAUs) since Snapchat first launched. Ouch. Snapchat ended June with 188 million...
August 8, 2018
Sandbox Issue 209: Storylines, Music’s next chapter with Instagram Stories
Lead: There are 400m people using Instagram Stories every day and musicians are among the heaviest lifters here. Until recently, however, it was a curiously music-free set up; but new licensing deals with parent company...
July 30, 2018
Snapchat finally wants to connect influencers with brands
Snap, Inc had an arm’s-length policy regarding social stars on Snapchat for a long time, with a strong sense that the company was eager for brands to spend money on its ad units rather than on influencer marketing that...
July 27, 2018
Childish Gambino gets a new summer-themed Snapchat lens
Having created the most talked-about music video of 2018 with ‘This Is America’, Childish Gambino is also getting up to some inventive stuff with Snapchat. Gambino and RCA Records worked with Snap to create a new Snapchat...
July 17, 2018
Pandora rolls out its new share-to-Snapchat feature
When Snap, Inc launched its Snap Kit for developers recently, Pandora was the first music-streaming service to hop on-board, with plans to add sharing to Snapchat as a feature. Now that feature is actually launching. “Now...
July 12, 2018