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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.

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?

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.

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.