All those winky face, pizza, dancers and eggplant emojis could soon be used to trigger ads across the Twitter network. Just in time for World Emoji Day on July 17-yes, that is a thing, the social media platform is giving advertisers emoji keyword targeting for Twitter Ads.
According to Twitter, over 110 billion emojis have been Tweeted since 2014. Advertisers will now be able to target users that have tweeted with a certain emoji or engaged with tweets with a certain emoji, with the help of select Twitter Official Partners: AdParlor, Amobee, HYFN, Perion,SocialCode, and 4C.
“Emojis have become a ubiquitous way for people, publishers, and brands to express their feelings,” Twitter Ads API Product Manager Neil Shah wrote in a blog post. “This new feature uses emoji activity as a signal of a person’s mood or mindset.”
Now, brands can:
- Connect with people based on their expressed sentiment
- Target people who Tweet food emojis
- Reach people based on their passions
With emoji targeting, Domino’s and Pizza Hut could target people who use the pizza emoji. Brands could identify which sports team you support through the use of national flag emojis. According to the Unicode Standard, there are up to 1,851 emoji characters supported on current platforms, up to and including Unicode 9.0. The options for brands are pretty expansive.
The feature is rolling out to advertisers globally today.
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