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Snapchat Geofencing


If you don’t have a Snapchat account, you’re basically in the minority. With over 210 million daily users and the recent updates to Instagram and Facebook, Snapchat has recently topped Facebook’s engagement rate and is neck-and-neck with Instagram’s 85%, at 81%. Snapchat was built on and thrives on organic content. So, how does this fit into your marketing strategy, especially when discussing paid advertisements? Snapchat Geofencing.

Need to take a step back? Check out our basic guide to marketing with geofencing!

What are Snapchat Ads?

Snapchat is one type of geofencing advrtising that offers diverse features that you really can’t find on any other platform. Tidbits such as fun filters, face swap, games, etc entice its users to keep coming back. Snapchat opens the doors for advertisers to capitalize on any of these features, through their platform.

Snapchat gives marketers three different options for marketing: Snap Ads, Filters, and Lenses. For this post, we’re going to focus on the lens portion.

Snapchat Geofencing

How to Purchase an On-Demand Filter

You can use a credit card, PayPal or established business ad account to pay for your filter. To purchase a filter, follow these steps:

  1. Create an Ad Account.
  2. Log in to create.snapchat.com with the credentials associated with your business account.
  3. Click your username in the top righthand corner.
  4. Select your ad account.
  5. Select “Create Filter”.
  6. Upload your file or create one on the platform, using one of their pre-made templates.
  7. Select your begin and end dates for when you want users to be able to use your filter.
  8. Select your location and draw your geofence.
  9. Input your filter details.
  10. Pay.
  11. Review the terms and conditions. Check the box to agree.

How to Draw a Snapchat Geofence

When you create your own Snapchat filter, Snapchat gives you a default geofence at the chosen location.

However, you can customize your geofence by physically drawing the location you want on your screen. When the geofence is drawn properly, more of the right people have access to your filter.

If you run a business or organization, you can easily use filters to promote an event. Like other geofences, the exposure you receive depends on the location you select.
Screenshot of geofencing on snapchat ads manager

Snapchat users who snap within the boundaries of your geofence and select your picture can choose to send or post the pictures. It doesn’t matter if the receiver or viewer is inside your boundary or not, they will still be able to view your filter or “ad”, thus giving you more opportunity for exposure.

Snapchat geofencing ads

With Snapchat, you are charged a one-time, upfront fee. This makes it easy to decide how much area you wish to cover with your geofence.

Snapchat Geofencing Take Aways

Snapchat clearly can’t compete with the resources offered by Facebook, but if the platform can continue to stay focused on what it dos well and continue to evolve, it could grow as a contender. The app has a history of catering to its audience and has the potential to significantly improve its offerings for advertisers. This could help it further solidify the growth path we’ve already seen.

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