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Kik's Next Big Play: An Animated GIF Messaging App Booming startup buys Relay after raising $38.3 million

The GIF has a future in mobile advertising, especially within messaging apps, according to Kik. The messaging startup, which just raised $38.3 million, has purchased Relay, a GIF-based messaging app…

November 19, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

8 Big, Fat Stats From Advertising Week Kik and ESPN show that mobile is gradually taking over digital

Advertising Week wrapped up last night after four days of marketers discussing industry issues while revealing data that show how certain ideas are working. Below are eight impressive stats that…

October 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

Snapchat's 'Crazy Engaged' Users Can't Resist a Message From Taco Bell Brands see success despite marketing in the dark

Taco Bell’s Nicholas Tran said Snapchat followers are “crazy engaged.” When the brand sends a Snap, 90 percent of friends who open a message view it in its entirety, and…

August 22, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

Funny or Die Reveals 10 Percent of Its Kik Fans Click on Video Messages 'Never seen that kind of number'

Funny or Die found a new way to boost video views. All it takes is a little Kik—help from the messaging apps' new Promoted Chats product. The digital comedy crew…

August 18, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

Disney's Frozen Coming to Messaging Apps in Sticker Form TextPride gets rights to sell characters on phones

Disney's Frozen is coming to messaging apps in sticker form. The animated blockbuster has been merchandised, advertised, digitized—and now there's a licensing deal to bring the characters to apps like…

May 30, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

All Those Kik Pics From Strangers Will Now Be Blurred Messaging app censors for safety

Mobile messaging app Kik is giving users new controls to protect against unwanted anonymous advances, the company said today. The app will censor images from strangers to limit lewd content…

May 20, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

Yahoo Buys Upstart Snapchat Rival Blink Enters secret messaging fray

Yahoo is buying its way into the discrete messaging craze with another acquisition. An app called Blink is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s latest takeover target.  Blink is a small startup with…

May 14, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

Is WhatsApp's 'No Ads' Policy Already Starting to Loosen? Report says brands could pay to reach users

WhatsApp is exploring a way to let brands message its 450 million-plus user base after all, according to a report today. The largest text messaging platform, which Facebook is buying…

March 4, 2014, 3:04 PM EST

Facebook's New Message: Email Is Dead Kills unpopular service after WhatsApp deal

Facebook is so over email. The social network is shutting down its unpopular email service in yet another sign of the supremacy of mobile messaging. Facebook has all but declared the…

February 24, 2014, 6:11 PM EST

Facebook to Buy WhatsApp for $16B Pending regulatory approval

Facebook has a deal to buy the messaging platform WhatsApp for $16 billion, the company announced. WhatsApp has more than 450 million users, according to the latest numbers from the…

February 19, 2014, 6:13 PM EST

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