Advertisers are supposedly paying insanely high rates to get their ads on Snapchat

In January Snapchat launched a news curation tool, Discover, with big-name partners like CNN, ESPN, and Vice. And apparently, the publishers and their ad partners are loving Snapchat.

Discover allows publishers to curate five of the day’s most popular stories in a mobile-friendly format and sell accompanying video ads. If a publisher sells a campaign, they get to keep 70% of the revenue. If Snapchat sells the campaign, revenue is split 50/50.

Recode’s Kurt Wagner dug up a little dirt on Snapchat’s rate card. His industry sources say advertisers are paying $US100 CPMs — twice as much as most video ad products can command online, and an absurd amount more than publishers can command for banner ads.

CPM is ad-industry shorthand for the cost per 1,000 ads shown. With Snapchat Discover, CPMs are determined by each publisher, Wagner says, so that $US100 isn’t set in stone. Advertisers are buying into a guaranteed number of ad impressions or views. (The 11 launch publishers on the platform are CNN, Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, ESPN, Food Network, National Geographic, People, Vice, Yahoo! News and Warner Music.)

“Industry sources say that on average, publishers are getting around 10 cents a view for their ads, which are seen anywhere from 500,000 times a day to a million times a day,” Wagner writes. “That means publishers are able to command $US50,000 to $US100,000 a day for their stuff.” He notes that ESPN has been able to sell ads across Snapchat and its web properties for $US100,000 per day.

Digiday previously reported that advertisers were paying about $US0.15 per view on Snapchat Discover. DailyMail’s U.S. CEO Jon Steinberg, who says he’s loving the Snapchat Discover partnership, told Digiday he was happy to speak with advertisers about $US50,000 per day spends on the platform.

Fill rates don’t seem to be particularly high for Snapchat though, although ads may be few and far between on purpose to create a better user experience. If you check out a publisher’s portal on Discover, it’s pretty hard to find an ad. It’s also unclear why Snapchat didn’t launch Discover in the fourth quarter, when advertisers typically have a lot of their annual budget left to experiment with new properties and products. The first quarter, and January in particular, is typically planning mode — not spending mode — for ad agencies.

But from the sound of things, advertisers and publishers are beaming over the new revenue and promotional opportunities Snapchat’s experimental platform is bringing.

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