If you are active on Twitter, you might have already noticed the addition of a tiny lightning bolt icon up in the menu bar where you can find your mentions or direct messages. Last week, Twitter launched Moments, a new feature that makes it easier for users to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the world.
Basically, Moments makes it so that you do not need to filter through personal tweets or follow individual news platforms in order to keep up with current events. Instead, by visiting the Moments tab, you are able to see articles, photos, and videos about the biggest news stories all in one place.
Of course, a new venture for Twitter also means a new way for advertisers to get noticed. Twitter will soon start testing for Promoted Moments, where a few lucky companies will have the opportunity to place ads within the Moments feature. While advertisers are normally stuck working with Twitter’s signature 140-character limit, Promoted Moments will allow them to build a complete campaign rather than just a sales blast here and there. It allows companies to be more creative and really set the tone for their brand.
Over time, there is a chance Moments could expand to cover not only national and international news, but local news, as well. If that is the case, advertising would localize along with it. At that point, smaller companies would have the ability to place their ads amidst local news stories relevant to people within their target audiences.
So what does this mean for the future of advertising? Well, at this point, unless you are a multi-million dollar corporation, probably nothing. The companies with opportunities to take advantage of Promoted Moments are few and far between, and it is still too early to tell whether or not Moments will really take off. However, as is true with most social media platforms, things change over time. As of right now, with Moments in its preliminary stages, the only people with control over its success are the approximately 300 million people who use Twitter each month.
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