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What marketers need to know about WhatsApp Business

When Facebook bought the popular messaging service WhatsApp for approximately $20bn in 2014, some observers questioned how Facebook would ever make its money back, let alone profit.

And for good reason: at the time of the acquisition, WhatsApp had a meager $10m in revenue.

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Will messaging apps be the next walled gardens?

WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell believes that when it comes to walled gardens, "the more the merrier." And it looks like he just might get his wish.

That's because throughout the digital economy, walled gardens seem to be sprouting.

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from September 2016

WhatsApp and chicken nuggets are just two reasons why you should enjoy September's selection of APAC digital marketing stats.

And don't forget, Econsultancy subscribers can peruse the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium, for more stats.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Snapchat evolves, Twitter sells (?), Facebook is rapped by the Germans.

As ever, there's been plenty of digital news this week. Here's your handy roundup.

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Instant messaging: An introduction to the future of communication

At Facebook’s F8 conference earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg said “(Instant messaging) is going to be the next big platform for helping you connect with all kinds of services in new ways".

When you bear in mind this is a man who spent the best part of $22bn buying WhatsApp, you can be pretty sure he’s going to be right.

But where is instant messaging heading and what does this mean for marketers?

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Mobile search, WhatsApp, same-day click-and-collect, digital currency and autonomous cars.

It's just another week jam-packed with digital news.

Commence your catch-up...

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Five pioneering examples of how brands are using chatbots

The chatbots are here, and while it remains to be seen whether they are a useful technology or merely a passing fad, many brands are already putting them to work.

Here are five examples.

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The latest messaging app unicorn: India's Hike

Global messaging powerhouses Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp face a new challenge from India, and it's a big one.

When most people think of messaging in Asia, names like WeChat (China), Kakaotalk (Korea) and LINE (Japan) come to mind.

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Is Instagram's blocking of social cross-promotion a harbinger of things to come?

With most brands active in multiple social channels, it's no surprise that many seek to cross-promote their various social accounts.

But could the ability to do that be severely curtailed in the future? Instagram's behavior suggests that it could.

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Private messaging is social's next big ad frontier

Messaging is one of the hottest social channels today, but it's also one that's hard for businesses and marketers to access.

That could, however, be changing.

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Three dark social channels with a billion active users & how to use them

While marketers are justifiably attracted to the Facebooks and Twitters of the world, stats from Radium One show that nearly 70% of global sharing activity takes place in dark social channels.

These are channels in which sharing activity takes place out of public view.

But just because dark social channels are harder to work and track doesn't mean that marketers should ignore them.

In fact, there are now a number of dark social channels that are just as big – and even bigger – than Facebook.

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The rise of dark social: Everything you need to know

You’d be forgiven for thinking the term ‘dark social’ refers to some kind of demonic get-together during which attendees feast on blood to please their overlords. 

While potentially irksome to social media managers, dark social is somewhat less sinister than the above. 

It simply refers to social sharing that can’t be accurately tracked, i.e. the stuff that isn’t picked up by web analytics platforms. 

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