The Rise of Snapchat: Using Snapchat for your Business

Your Business on Snapchat

Hello fellow Life In Stylers! This week is our last post on our mini series on Snapchat. We’ve covered the basics, looked at the difference between content for Snapchat versus Instagram and shared brands who are nailing it. So, now’s the time to explore how you can use Snapchat for your business, how to measure success and whether you should be jumping on board the Snapchat train.

How to use Snapchat for your business

There are so many ways you can use Snapchat to create content that connects with your target audience and speaks to who you are. Snapchat is like any other social media platform – it’s a process of choosing courage over comfort to find your kin and show them who you are. Keep that in mind when you’re considering creating content for the themes below.

Share exciting news

Snapchat is the perfect place to share exciting news including launching a new product, collection or collaboration. Use video to show your audience what your new product or range looks and feels like. Give them more than what they could get from a photo. Build your Snapchat following by exclusively sharing exciting news or launches on the platform before anywhere else so that your audience feels special.

Myer on Snapchat

Myer is creating Snapchat stories this week sharing behind-the-scenes snaps and videos of the runways at MBFWA.


Because of the ease of creating and sharing video content, Snapchat is a great tool for sharing snippets of interviews or behind the scenes conversation with someone special. It might be a little insight into an employee on your team, or a designer talking through the inspiration behind their designs or someone you’ve collaborated with talking about why they wanted to be involved. Interviews are value driven and engaging content for your audience.

Behind the scenes

Snapchat is ideal for gorgeous behind the scenes content. Create stories sharing photos and videos from photoshoots and events. Allow your audience a glimpse into the hard work that goes into doing what you do. Don’t feel like you need to hide behind a glossy front. Focus instead on being real and authentic. Share the real stuff. Share what’s on your mind. Create real connection. That’s where the good stuff lies.


One method to drive customers to convert is by using Snapchat to deliver promotions. Australian brand Oak Milk used Snapchat to encourage customers to purchase one of their drinks by offering a one second coupon for a free Oak Milk which users had to screenshot to redeem. Read more here.

Another promotion might involve the customer going into store to show the story in order to redeem an exclusive offer. This means they would need to go into store within 24 hours (before the story disappeared). You’d be able to measure this campaign through number of transactions or mentions in store.

Oak Milk Promotion Two

Oak Milk converted customers to Snapchat by running a promotion that gave users one second to screenshot an offer for a free Oak Milk.

How can you measure success?

It’s difficult to measure success on a mobile only social media platform, but there are some things you should be looking at. With all social media, a new platform means you’ll be building a community and contributing to authentic and engaging brand storytelling. It also means that the more you post, the more ‘top of mind’ you’ll become, which means customer will think of you when looking to purchase.

Like with any other platform, engagement is key. Which means instead of focusing on the total number of follows you have, look instead to the number of people watching your Snapchat stories.

To do this, head to your stories page and click on the three dots at the top right of your story. From here you can click on the individual story and see how many people starting watching it (a number next to an eye symbol) and, if you had multiple snaps in the one story, you can also view the number of people who watched the last frame. This is super handy because you can understand what your completion rate is versus your open rate – the percentage of people who viewed the entire story versus those who started and then dropped out. This will tell you how engaged your followers are!

Should you be on Snapchat?

If you’re looking to target a younger demographic (i.e. under 30) then Snapchat could be a useful platform for you, but only if you’ve nailed Facebook and Instagram first. If you feel you’ve got Facebook and Instagram in the bag, then go for it. Follow other brands to see how they’re using it, play around with videos and stories and promote your new Snapchat presence through your other social media channels and in emails.

Are you on Snapchat? How are you using Snapchat for your business? I would love to know! Comment below and let me know how you’re going. Or, send me a snap! @of_kin

Kylie, x

Related Posts:
The Rise of Snapchat: How brands are using the platform
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