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Snapchat soars with ad revenue set to surpass £100m in 2018


By John Glenday | Reporter

March 19, 2018 | 2 min read

Snapchat is likely to brush off its recent travails with a storming UK ad revenue performance for 2018, according to the inaugural forecast for the platform by eMarketer, which calculates that the key metric will break through the £100m barrier for the first time.

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Snapchat app

If this prediction comes to fruition Snapchat will take home nigh on £105m in revenues from Britain alone this year, close to double the equivalent figure from 2017.

Snapchat has successfully diversified from its home US market in recent years, particularly in the UK which could account for 10% of Snap’s global revenues this year. By way of comparison the messaging app was dependent on 95.9% of its global ad revenues from the US, a proportion that will fall to just 75.8% in 2018.

Snapchat ad revenue graph

Bill Fisher, eMarketer’s UK senior analyst, commented: “Snapchat continues to pull in users and, by extension, ad revenues. An almost doubling of revenues in 2018 is a great result. But while the user base continues to be dominated by younger age groups, that revenue potential will remain somewhat restricted. And with the financial muscle of Facebook behind close-competitor Instagram, Snap’s going to have to work ever harder for those ad dollars.”

Despite making headway in terms of users and ad revenues Snapchat still accounts for less than 1% of UK digital ad spend and is completely eclipsed by Facebook which will grab over a fifth of the market, with Instagram alone accounting for a 5% slice.

Last week Snapchat found itself on the receiving end of a public admonishment by Rhianna over an ad promoting domestic violence.

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Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University, and developed by Snap Inc. 

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