Messaging Apps are growing massively with various attractive features. You know there are tons of Instant messengers out there with instant chat, secret chat, sticker chat, comic chat, snap chat, video chat, voice chat, group chat and just too many to list. Once upon a time messages were seen only in the form of typing text characters. Communication via the typing of textual messages has become time-consuming with so many exciting and easier alternatives available. Today, consumers on the leading edge aren’t even using words.
Nowadays stickers sent while chatting has become a game-changing trend. Instant messengers (Messaging Apps) are rapidly integrating wonderful and trending stickers for expressing our emotions. A sticker is a detailed illustration of a character that represents an emotion or action that is a mix of cartoons and Japanese smileys like emojis; but before there were stickers, there was emoticons and emojis.
Stickers are popular as giveaways and handouts at events because everyone likes stickers; they are the one throwback product to childhood that people can relate to at any given time. People are looking for unique and efficient ways to express emotions without having to spell out their emotions, and obviously, stickers are easier and much more fun. The whole sticker craze started in Asia where typing out messages in the local linguistic characters (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Zhuang) can be tedious and slow.
Messaging apps have built their own Sticker Markets where they offer awesome free and paid stickers to their users. Each sticker market has enriched their collections with lots of classic designs, animations, fictional characters, inspirational, cute animals, cartoons, comedy stickers and much more out there. After entering one’s sticker market or shop you just need to choose the sticker set that you want. If you choose a free sticker set, it will be automatically downloaded to your device and be ready for use.
Stickers originated in Japan in 2011 when a Korean Internet company called Naver began developing Line in Japan. In early 2012, the app and the profile of the characters featured in Line’s sticker collections grew quickly. This is why Line’s user generated Sticker Market made $75M during its first year.
That’s why Messaging Apps are concentrating on Sticker Markets but not all of them just yet. All business models are about making money and of course in that respect Stickers can deliver that and a sticker market can prove to be even more profitable.
Here are 9 popular messaging apps which have their own Sticker Market.
9) BBM Sticker Market:
Stickers for BBM provides you thousands of funny and cool stickers. BBM tries to keep up with industry biggies like Line, KakaoTalk, Facebook Messenger, WeChat or other messaging services. They announced in February 2014 regarding their Sticker Market under the name BBM Shop where you can get emoticons, stickers, and characters like CosCat, Gilbert’s Tales, Bubble Bot and much more.
8) Facebook Messenger’s Sticker Market:
In June 2013, Facebook launched its first branded sticker pack for messaging — a collection based on the new Universal film Despicable Me 2.
7) Kik’s Sticker Market:
Kik has introduced their Sticker Market in 2013 just on iOS and android devices.
6) Hike Messenger’s Sticker Market:
Indian popular Messenger Hike is growing day by day and recently became the second most popular messaging app overcoming WhatsApp. Stickers have been one of the great features that have shown great acceptance in the Asian apps like hike messenger. Hike has also introduced a set of new expressive and fun stickers in their Sticker Shop which include a pack full of Expressions, a predicted Bollywood pack, etc.
5) ringID’s Sticker Market:
Canadian based Messaging app ringID ’s sticker market is calm and cute. They have their own creative designers who make creative and awesome stickers for their users which are totally free of cost. Enjoy your conversation with thousands of colorful and expressive stickers on ringID. Their official brand fictional character is named as Riri – A sweet orange girl to complement their overall theme color.
4) Viber’s Sticker Market:
Viber announced its sticker market at the very end of 2013 in its 4.0 versions with over 1000 unique, funny, expressive stickers as Viber’s CEO “Talmon Marco ” confirmed. Viber’s sticker market is covered with its vibrant violet color theme and their stickers are mainly designed by freelance designers who create their required sticker packages. You can get some amazing stickers for free and may even spend a little for some others.
3) KakaoTalk’s Sticker Market:
South Korean mobile messaging app KakaoTalk has introduced their emotiocons/sticker market in 2014 to join the sticker market party for fighting to gain some of the sticker market shares from Line. KakaoTalk has already built a strong Sticker Market even after its late arrival in the industry.
2) WeChat’s Sticker Market:
In January 2011, a new messaging app was launched with its official operations from China owned by Tencent named WeiXin. In April 2012, they changed to WeChat from WeiXin .Finally, WeChat’s sticker market was revealed in September 2012, named as sticker Gallery it is constantly growing with new characters to love and share. Their official blog represents a chatterbox where they share the story behind the creation of upcoming stickers.
1) LINE’s Sticker Market:
Line’s sticker shop has various sticker sets which have been gradually introduced to their users. I think Line has the strongest sticker market compared to others. Users are able to purchase virtual stickers from original makers, well known official characters, and user created stickers. Only Line gives the opportunity to sell user-created stickers upon its approval by Line.