After rolling them out to selected creators over the past year, Instagram has now announced that its live-stream Badges, which enable viewers to make donations to creators, will be enabled by default for all streams in all regions where they’re available.
As per Instagram:
“From today, if you’re eligible to use Badges, and they’re available in your country, they will now be automatically enabled for all lives so you can seamlessly begin monetizing.”
The update will see more creators eligible to generate money from their IG Live efforts, which could encourage them to broadcast more often, in order to generate more engagement, and revenue from their fans.
IG Live badges appear alongside comments when the commenter has paid to add ‘extra flair’ to their contribution.
Users are able to purchase badges during a live-stream by tapping the badges icon in the lower function bar, with prices ranging from $0.99 for one heart, to $4.99 for three.
Any revenue generated from badges applied in a stream goes back to the creator (minus any fees), providing a means to both offer direct financial support to your favorite streamers in the app, while also giving viewers a way to highlight their comments, which could then give the streamer more reason to acknowledge them and interact.
In order to get access to IG Live badges, creators need to be aged over 18, and have a Creator or Business account in the app. They also need to have over 10k followers, and they need to be compliant with the platform’s various partner monetization policies and community guidelines.
IG Live badges are currently available to creators in the US, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Australia, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. And now, when creators in these regions go live, they’ll be switched on automatically – though you can also switch badges off if you’d prefer not to enact them on your broadcasts.
It’s the latest in Instagram’s expanding effort to provide more monetization potential to creators, in order to keep them posting more often, and keep their audiences coming back to the app. IG is now in a battle with every other platform to retain top talent, and as we’ve seen over time, eventually, big-name stars will shift to the platforms that offer them the biggest revenue potential, which could, eventually, be a key growth element for each app.
The issue came up once again this week, with Twitch stars threatening to leave the app unless it reforms its payment models, with YouTube and Meta now offering better incentives in their game-streaming programs. That’s the same issue that eventually saw the demise of Vine, which, given the success of TikTok, was clearly never about the app’s functionality or offering. Vine stars wanted more money for the audiences that they brought in with their content, which parent company Twitter couldn’t provide. Those creators eventually migrated to other platforms, and Vine died out, becoming a cautionary tale for other platforms.
Creator monetization has become a bigger battleground with the arrival of TikTok, with YouTube and Meta looking to utilize their scale and resources to muscle out their rising competitor. That’s subsequently raised the stakes for all platforms, and it’ll be interesting to see how sustainable the current creator payment programs are, and whether the big players do indeed end up winning out as a result.
TikTok is still working on its monetization models, and both the incumbent leaders can offer more potential on this front. Will that reach a key tipping point for TikTok, or will it be able to continue evolving its tools in line with overall growth?
Clearly, Instagram is working to up its game to further squeeze TikTok on this front.
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TikTok Is Working on a New, Opt-In Function to Show You Who Viewed Your Profile
I’m not entirely sure what value this might bring, but TikTok is reportedly working on bringing back the option to see who viewed your profile in the app over the preceding 30 days, which would provide more transparency over user interest.
As you can see in these screenshots, uncovered by app researcher Kev Adriano (and shared by Matt Navarra), TikTok looks to be testing an opt-in functionality that would enable you to see who’s checking out your TikTok profile, while users would also be able to see when you’ve checked out their profile as well when this feature is switched on.
Which TikTok used to have, as a means to increase connections in the app.
As you can see here, TikTok used to provide a listing of people who’d checked out your profile, with a view to helping you find others to follow who may have similar, shared interests. TikTok removed the functionality early last year, amid various investigations into its data sharing processes, and with several high-profile cases of TikTok stalkers causing real-world problems for platform stars, it made sense that it might not want to share this information anymore, as it likely only increases anxiety for those who may have concerns.
But I guess, if stalkers wanted to check out your profile they wouldn’t turn the feature on, so maybe, by making it opt-in, that reduces that element? Maybe.
I don’t know, I don’t see a heap of value here, and while I can understand, when an app is starting out, how this sort of awareness might help to increase network connections, I’m not sure that it serves any real value for TikTok, other than providing insight into who’s poking around, and likely increasing concerns about certain people who keep coming back to check out your profile again and again.
Maybe there’s a value for aspiring influencers, in reaching out to potential collaborators who’ve checked out their stuff, or maybe it works for hook-ups, if that’s what you want to use TikTok for, which is why the opt-in element is important.
But much like the same feature on LinkedIn, mostly, it seems pretty useless. I mean, it’s somewhat interesting to know that somebody from a company that you’d like to work for checked out your profile, but if they did, and they didn’t feel compelled to get in touch, who really cares?
There is a limited value proposition here, in that getting in touch with those who did check out your profile could result in a business relationship, similar to the above note on potential collaborators on TikTok. But I’d be interested to see the actual percentage of successful contacts made is as a result of these insights.
I can’t imagine it’s very high – but maybe, if you give users the choice, and they explicitly opt-in, there is some value there.
Seems like stalker tracking to me, and potential angst and conflict as a result.
There’s no official word from TikTok as to whether this option will ever be released at this stage.
How to Expand Your Reach With Newsletter Advertising
As marketers search for creative ways to reach new leads, newsletter advertising is becoming a staple in the industry. With effective targeting and high engagement rates, this up-and-coming medium is an effective choice for advertisers of all sizes and budgets.
While newsletter advertising has gained popularity among growing startups like AppSumo, it’s also a go-to for top brands like Lyft and Warby Parker. However, despite its high performance and adoption by leading marketers, its potential is largely untapped.
Because of the lack of education surrounding newsletter advertising, many marketers neglect email in favor of more mainstream, competitive platforms. However, with the right approach, investing in email advertising can help you reach more qualified audiences and get ahead of competitors.
What is newsletter advertising?
Newsletter advertising is the process of placing sponsored content in email newsletters to get in front of subscribers. Unlike other forms of digital marketing, newsletter ads are delivered straight to their audience’s inboxes. Because of this, they’ll often reach readers more directly, bypassing any ad blocking measures.
The Paved platform offers two main types of newsletter advertisements: sponsorships and programmatic ads.
Newsletter sponsorships are coordinated via a partnership between the publisher and the advertiser. Because each sponsorship campaign is organized individually, they can be custom designed for the newsletter partner. Some publishers will even help tweak the sponsorship design and copy to fit their publication’s style and appeal to readers.
Sponsored email in The Report newsletter from March 2021
Just like sponsorships, programmatic email ads are placed within the body of newsletters to directly reach engaged audiences. However, they’re more similar to social media ads due to their automation, scalability and precise targeting. Whereas sponsorships are coordinated on an individual basis, programmatic ads allow advertisers to run placements across multiple newsletters with a single campaign.
Programmatic ad for Hired in the eWebDesign newsletter
Why newsletter advertising beats other marketing channels
Not only is newsletter advertising a fresh and creative way to reach new audiences, but it also has its share of practical benefits. The advantages of newsletter advertising make it a worthwhile investment for brands in both the short and long-term.
Reach new audiences
The first step in converting new customers is figuring out where to find potential leads. Unfortunately, the rise of VPNs and privacy companies have made it increasingly difficult to connect with audiences online.
According to data by Hootsuite, roughly 42.7% of internet users use an ad blocker. With newsletter advertising, that’s not a problem. By delivering your message in the body of a trusted newsletter, you can market to audiences who can’t be reached through social media or display ads.
Leverage heightened engagement
One of the most valuable aspects of newsletters is their level of reader engagement. It’s not easy to convince someone to give you their email. Therefore, opting in to receive a newsletter is a much stronger signal of interest than liking a page or following an account.
Because newsletter readers are more engaged, email marketing tends to outperform other channels in ROI. Litmus’ 2020 State of Email report calculated an average return of $36 for every $1 spent on email marketing.
Access built-in targeting
Email newsletter lists are often inherently targeted due to their niche content. On the Paved platform, many publishers run interest-focused newsletters based on topics like programming or yoga. Incidentally, this creates a neatly packaged audience that advertisers can leverage for their campaigns.
Programmatic ads allow you to target your audiences even more precisely. On the Paved Ad Network, you can define your target audience, budget and frequency cap. From there, you’ll be able to automatically display your ad in front of individual readers across several newsletters based on their demographic profile.
Join a marketplace to launch your newsletter advertising strategy
Joining a marketplace is the quickest and easiest way to start advertising in newsletters. Instead of reaching out to publishers individually, you’ll be able to request, design and schedule multiple sponsorships in one place.
On the Paved marketplace, you can browse hundreds of newsletters to find the right partner for your brand. Once you’ve booked a campaign, you can exchange messages, send payment and automatically track results through the platform.
Sign up with Paved for free today to unlock all the tools you need to streamline your newsletter advertising campaigns.
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