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Snapchat IPO Follows the Facebook Playbook

Snapchat IPO Follows the Facebook Playbook

As Snapchat parent company paves the way for its initial public offering, they are mimicking the playbook from Facebook. They have beefed up their daily active users 158 million daily active users[1] versus Facebook had 438 daily active users at its launch[2] Therefore, Snapchat is learning to strike while the iron is hot, just as Facebook did during their public offering.  Facebook at the time was concerned with slower user growth of users, hence the acquisition of Instagram to expedite their user base.

Here’s what you need to know about Snapchat

Since Snapchat has grown to a strong user base, it makes perfect sense to cash in on their success versus raising even more funds for an acquisition. The IPO is rumored to launch at $25 billion dollars.  According to documents filed by Snap Inc. (Snapchat’s parent company), Snap Inc. lost $514 million in 2016 on $404 million in revenue.[3] So the time is now for their IPO, so they cash in their positive trajectory.

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Snapchat also has been increasing their revenue per user to $1.05 in the 4th quarter of 2016 (according to company filings) versus $2.41 for Facebook at the time of their launch.[4] Although it’s less per user than Facebook, it’s impressive for Snapchat to begin monetizing their users so quickly versus just focusing on user growth – another Facebook-like move. In terms of employees, Facebook had 3,200 headcount at launch, while Snap had 1,859 employees at the time of its filing.[5]

Facebook mimics back

Meanwhile, Facebook reciprocated Snapchat’s mimicking. Two years ago, Facebook was struggling to get its users to post more, so it copied Snap’s model of short video “stories,” adding in filters and writing on the screen. At the time, it took nearly twice the time to post on Facebook then Snapchat, as they felt it was alienating its younger user base. Currently Instagram, (owned by Facebook), looks a lot more like Snapchat than Twitter with the use of rich media: graphics, videos and emojis versus words.

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Is Snapchat the winner?

At this point, Snapchat is in the driver’s seat: revenue is growing, daily active users are increasing and the environment is ripe for the next hot IPO. It was the game plan that Facebook laid out in 2011, which Snapchat is following and will reap the rewards.

Baby boomers also play a part

Another key area for growth is the baby boomers, who are becoming more active on social mediums, as they might not posting selfies, they are posting from their iPads at home. With high disposable income and an aging population, they are shopping for items that are becoming necessary such as real estate for their retirement years or even electric wheelchairs, such as KD Smart Chair.

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Social media is now the norm

Social media has now become the norm and is no longer a “millennial” thing. It also is not social, but is becoming an essential promotion tool[6] for businesses. It appears that Snapchat learned from  Facebook’s as it seems to be launching a successful IPO and will lead the charge for all social mediums in 2017 and beyond.

Featured photo credit: Redd Angelo via unsplash.com

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Digital Marketing, Founder of New Theory Magazine

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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