9 Creative Snapchat Ideas for Brands

Snapchat boasts 160 million highly engaged users who like watching and engaging with billions of photos and videos per day.

Suffice it to tells, social media marketers need to capture and maintain “members attention” of their followers. But how exactly do you stimulate that happen?

Below, we’ve featured nine notions for how to stimulate your snaps more creative and engaging, and instances from real brands to inspire you. And if you’re go looking for more brands to follow for notions, might we suggest adding HubSpot on Snapchat?

9 Snapchat Ideas for Brands

1) Geofilters

Geofilters are a fun style to share a hour and place with your followers. Remember, brand social media accounts take followers to places they can’t run themselves, so a Geofilter from an interesting place gives your brand personality and drives its cool factor.

Here’s an example of a Snapchat Story employing a Geofilter. The New York Times ( @thenytimes) shared a Story from Hyde Park in London about one reporter’s visit to a new exhibit at Kensington Palace. Pretty cool, right?

Try employing a Geofilter the next time you’re snapping from a unique location your followers might be interested in. You can access Geofilters by recording a video or taking a photo, then swiping left on your screen until the filter you want to use appears.

Brands can stimulate Geofilters featuring their logo and branding to pop up around its facilities by submitting them to Snapchat — learn more about that process here.

2) Event Tags

Like Geofilters, Event Tags take Snapchat followers to a cool event and give them a behind-the-scenes looking. Mashable ( @mashable) took its followers onto the red carpet of The Brit Awards in the Story below. While you might not have access to red carpets, try snapping from your next company event or a seminar you attend to give your followers the inside scoop.

Find event tags using the same process as Geofilters — swipe left until you find the tag you want to use. And like Geofilters, businesses can create unique tags for events and meetings — learn how to do it here.

3) Emojis

In case you missed it, the above “sentence” says that emojis are great. In emoji language, of course.

Emojis offer hundreds of different symbols brands can use to embellish their snaps to stimulate them more fun and engaging. Here’s how Infatuation( @infatuation) did it in their Snapchat Story 😛 TAGEND

Emojis are featured in a ton of marketing campaigns these days, so try using them in your next few Snaps to tell more with pictures than words. Drop an emoji or two into your next snap by tapping the sticky note icon once you’ve captured a photo or video on Snapchat. Check it out 😛 TAGEND

4) Bitmojis

Bitmojis are friendly avatars we can create to appear and dress like us for use in texting, messaging apps, and social media. Snapchat users can now add their Bitmoji to snaps, too. Here’s what( or rather, who) mine looks like 😛 TAGEND

Brands can use Bitmojis to add personalization. Each day, the Snapchat library of Bitmoji alternatives adjusts — there are Monday-themed avatars about the woes of the weekend aiming, and Wednesday avatars about stimulating it halfway through the week, for example. They add humor and a “reaction” within the snap itself to make it more memorable and human, too.

When you record a Snapchat, you can either choice a Bitmoji from the sticky note emoji menu( as demonstrated above ), or you can do what MTV( @mtv) did and use a Bitmoji filter. Swipe left once you’ve captured a snap to find what your Bitmoji is up to.

5) Text

If you haven’t just heard, listening to videos is going out of style: Many social media users prefer to watch videos without the voice turned on. Snapchat lets you add text to photos and videos to provide context for your followers — without them having to pop in their headphones.

Here’s how NASA( @nasa) did it in their Snapchat coverage of a breaking news story 😛 TAGEND

To add text to your next snap, capture your photo or video, then tap the “T” icon — one tap will let you caption your video, and two taps will let you use bigger, bolder letters on the entire screen.

6) Circular Video

Have you checked out Snap Spectacles yet? They’re Snapchat-capable sunglasses that let wearers movie in 360 -degree circular video. Spectacles also stimulate videos more interactive and responsive for the spectator — check out this example of a 360 -degree Spectacles video that General Electric( @GE) shared.

The Spectacles stimulate snaps reformat whether the viewer’s phone is vertical, horizontal, or spinning their phone around — as I was when I filmed this screen capture:

If you’re curious about Spectacles, you are able to buy them online here.

7) Lenses

Snapchat lenses are another way to stimulate your images and videos more creative, and brands can purchase Sponsored Lenses to promote products and events. The cost of these might be prohibitively expensive for most brands to generate unique ones — they’re typically hundreds of thousands of dollars — but that doesn’t mean brands can’t get in on the fun.

Here’s an example of how Refinery2 9 utilized lenses to spice up a simple selfie interview with a musician. The lenses attained the videos fun and interesting to listen to and watch, and they were free to use, too.

Snapchatters can access the lenses only when the camera is self-facing. Then, hold a thumb over your face until the lens alternatives appear at the bottom of your screen. Here’s me turning on the lens alternatives, and you can see what a sponsored lens from Almay looks like 😛 TAGEND

8) Hyperlapse and Slow Motion

When you movie a video on Snapchat, you are able to filter it so it plays extra quickly, or in slow motion. This is a cool feature to stimulate your Snapchat Story shorter or to break down a cool process your followers might want to see. Depict a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of a product or event faster or slower to clue followers in to what your brand is all about.

Here’s an example of Hootsuite employing the hyperlapse feature to speed up the setup process for an interview the brand featured on Snapchat 😛 TAGEND

To speed up or slow down your video snaps, swipe left on your screen after you’ve recorded until you find the rabbit icon( hyperlapse) or the snail icon( slow motion ).

9) Ask for Interaction

A simple style to earn involvement from your followers on Snapchat? Ask for it.

Use text, narration, or emojis to ask your Snapchat followers to respond with a snap of their own, or to screenshot your content. It’s a fun style to interact with spectators, and it helps marketers see how much of their content is actually resonating.

Aer Lingus did this masterfully with its Snapchat trivia Story below 😛 TAGEND

These are a few simple ways you are able to spice up your snaps with ingenuity to engage your followers and, hopefully, to attract more. If you’re looking for more notions for your brand’s Snapchat strategy, check out our Snapchat for Business guidebook here.

Which of these tactics do your favorite brands use on Snapchat? Share with us in the comments below .

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