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Snapchat Launches App Stories: Just The Facts

April 3, 2020 Sarah Cavill

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A year ago, Snapchat stirred up excitement at their Partner Summit event with the preview of App Stories, and the story-sharing feature has finally arrived. An article in Engadget about the launch said, “App Stories, [is] a feature that allows third-party apps to post Stories created in the Snapchat app to their services.”

Which Third-Party Apps Will Work With Snapchat App Stories?

The third-party apps partnering with App Stories include:

Triller: A video sharing app for live content creators.

Squad: An app where friends in group chats can screen-share YouTube, shopping sites and other apps to be enjoyed together.

Hily: A dating app that uses machine learning to make the perfect matches. 

Octi: A social network that uses augmented reality (AR) facial recognition to connect users with their friends and their friends’ digital content, like Spotify playlists and photos. 

Snapchat says they will be adding more apps that work with App Stories in the future, but no timeline has been set. When App Stories previewed initially, it appeared Snapchat was planning to launch the feature with Tinder and Houseparty, but, as of right now, Tinder and Houseparty aren’t partnering with App Stories.

How Does Snapchat App Stories Work With Third-Party Apps?

How App Stories works with a given app depends on the way the app is formatted and how Snapchat Stories integrates into the third-party app interface. “With the update, Snapchat users who also use App Stories-enabled apps can connect their accounts and share Stories posts directly from Snapchat to the other apps,” notes Engadget, with each app implementing the stories differently. For example, video chat app Squad will let groups watch stories together on their screen shares, while Hily already has its own stories feature, so Snapchat Stories will appear on the existing “Hily Stories” stream. 

Will App Stories Grow Snapchat’s Usership?

"[App Stories] gives people even more reasons to use the Snapchat camera to create, and it also opens up our content to potentially new audiences," said Snap's VP of Partnerships Ben Schwerin. As another tool in Snapchat’s burgeoning developer platform Snap Kit, which also includes the social media platform’s Bitmoji Kit and Creative Kit, App Stories could provide the injection of users Snapchat needs to stay competitive with other social media platforms.

How Will App Stories Benefit Digital Advertisers?

Although third-party apps that post Snapchat stories don't currently have ads, there are opportunities on the horizon for advertising opportunities. Another product in Snap Kit, Ad Kit, which is still in testing, “allows app makers to run Snap's ads in their own services. And while Snap isn't saying when Ad Kit may launch, it's not hard to imagine that apps using Stories could also want to run Snap ads alongside them,” according to Engadget. With Schwerin adding, “There's definitely going to be potential in the future to create monetization opportunities for Snap and for our partners through these products.” 

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Sarah Cavill

With more than 20 years of writing, editing and reporting experience, Sarah Cavill brings to Digital Media Solutions (DMS) a fine-tuned and diverse set of skills. Her work has been featured in notable publications including The Daily Muse, CBS Local, Techlicious and Glamour magazine. Sarah has a passion for current events and the deep-dive research that goes into the content development and brand identity of DMS Insights. In her role as Associate Content Manager, Sarah contributes to the pitching, researching and writing of multiple stories published each week surrounding digital and performance marketing innovations in pop culture, news, social media, branding and advertising.

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