How to Be The Next Snapchat App Billionaire -The Hidden Secret

How You Can Be the Next Big Thing In Social Media Apps


Everyone wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, or the next Evan Spiegel. Chances of being an overnight billionaire with a brilliant app are slim to none. That is, unless you do this…

Give to the people what Snapchat won’t.

If you do that one simple thing, you could be the next icon in the social media world. The door is wide open, and I’m shocked that nobody is walking in. The opportunity is now, and the time frame for Snapchat to be able to do whatever it wants, rather than what the users want, is about to end.

There are two different ways to break into the social media app creation kingdom:

1) Create a new social media app based on a concept that nobody has ever seen.

2) Perfect a concept that already exists, and snatch the audience for your own.

We’ve seen this happen in the past, both scenarios. But these are the only ways to make it happen. And out of the two choices, the second one sure takes a lot less brain power and sheer luck.

So here’s your chance, genius programmer. This is your gift. You can have this for free. Will you be the one who takes this advice and runs with it, to the land of billionaire app developers? I guess that’s up to you. On to the goods.

Do These Things that Snapchat Won’t, & You’ll Own the Market

1 - Offer Ownership of Favorite Filters

The one thing that makes the Snapchat experience so much fun is when you find a filter that really works for you. That also is the worst part of the user experience. Why? Because Snapchat removes lenses after a certain period of time.

No matter how popular or in-demand, Snapchat thinks its a good thing to take away lenses and keep new ones in rotation. But the bad thing is, they keep replacing the best with lenses that really suck. And it’s getting worse over time.

They also keep changing the best aspects of lenses, like removing the voice changing effects and replacing it with a slimmer variety of external voice effects that are hard to understand. This has ruined the entire user experience for many.

For creatives, you can forget becoming well-known for using certain lenses to create “character roles”, because the lenses don’t stay forever. And sadly, the best are gone for good, unless you pay $5.99 to have them for 24 hours.

Do This - create a new social app that allows the users to own the best face changing and voice changing lenses forever, and they will use it forever.

2. Make it More Social

Snapchat is the least social “social media” app. They’ve made a few attempts to give it more social interaction, like with the creation of groups, but it just doesn’t cut it.

The common criticism of Snapchat since day one is the fact that they have not nailed the social interaction aspect of the app. It’s still too disjointed. The design and functionality is not conducive to social interaction and growth.

Do This - make your Snapchat clone app more social by adding an aspect of interaction that promotes more visibility of networking, and it will grow an audience like wildfire.

3. Take Out the Clutter

Let’s face it… Snapchat is messy, cluttered, and disorganized in its design. And they don’t make it any better by constantly changing the format on a monthly basis. There’s no central theme to the app, and it lacks direction.

As soon as you figure out the changes, and how to navigate around the app, they run an update and put you back on square one. There’s nothing more frustrating and mind-boggling. I have seen great improvements, only to have them vanish within a week or two after they have been implemented.

I still can’t figure out if Snapchat is a social media app, or a news app. And there’s so much jumbled mess in the “Discover”, “Subscriptions”, and “For You” section, I rarely ever use it.

Snap Inc. apparently thinks they know best when it comes to delivering what we want. But they’re definitely not doing a good job of reading our minds.

Do This - bring back the simplicity and focus of your Snapchat clone app, and listen to the users when it comes to making updates and improvements rather than guessing on their behalf.

4. Make Uploading Actually Work

I don’t know what happened since the inception of Snapchat, but one thing has definitely gotten worse by the minute… the ability to upload snaps.

I’m not sure if this is a problem with the app, or if it’s network congestion that would be causing the problem. But I do know that there are other social media apps with certain Snapchat-like features who aren’t experiencing the same problem.

There’s nothing worse than uploading the funnest story you’ve ever done, only to find out a few hours later that half the snaps didn’t make it through the process, leaving your brilliant story making no sense whatsoever to your big audience.

Whatever it was that allowed snaps to easily post back in the old days needs to come back. Fast. The least they could do in the meantime is acknowledge the problem to the user base. But that might be asking too much (sarcasm).

Do This - make your Snapchat clone simple enough that uploads actually, well, upload. Cut any and all of the extra crap if it hurts the one function that the app is built around.

In Summary…

Some genius programming hack is going to be smart enough to take this advice seriously, and become the next billionaire app developer. Could it be you? Who knows. But if someone doesn’t act on it fast enough, the Facebook/Instagram juggernaut will figure this out and make the final modifications to their apps that put the final nail in the Snapchat coffin.

Carlton Flowers
The SnapPro

November 2018 Snapchat Update Fail - Audio Mods Gone Wrong!


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Well Snapchat has done it again with the latest update that took place just before Halloween. There are some small differences that were made in an attemp to enhance the user experience, but the main change has ruined the entire platform for me and has flushed the fun right down the toilet by changing one single thing…

The audio enhancements attached to certain filters.

The filters in the Snapchat lineup that include audio modifications have been a hit with users. They make your snaps more fun and entertaining, adding a nice dose of “silly” to your creative offerings.

Up until now, certain lenses come with a voice changing effect that you can’t turn off. In the recent update, they have taken away the voice modifications that go with these lenses, and have replaced that with an audio icon that lets you pick from 4 difference voice effects.

On the face, this seems like a great idea. But Snapchat seriously dropped the ball. Why? Because the two most usable voice alterations are gone. When you tap the audio icon on the lower left, you now have the ability to change the voice effect on any lens. But we are only given 4 choices.

The voice effects include the annoyingly high-pitched voice mod, the seriously-low voice mod, a robot effect, and the warble effect. I find these to be the four most useless voice mods out of everything they have previously offered.

Missing from the lineup are the two best voice mods, including the slightly higher pitched version, and the slightly lower pitched version. The great thing about these two are that you can still understand what is being said after the modification. But they left them off the list. Why?

The “big mouth” lens has been one of the most popular and long-lasting lenses in the lineup, and it was connected to the slightly-higher pitched voice mod. That’s gone. Now you’ve got to either use the natural audio, or pick from the 4 worst voice mods that I mentioned above. This puts a big dent in my user experience.

I’m already raw about Snapchat dumping my favorite filters that I use for certain character roles that I entertain my following with. That’s enough to make me give up on the app, but I’ve stuck with it, up until now. Take away my favorite voice mods, and now you’ve left me with NOTHING, Snapchat! I’m not a happy snapper!

I’d sure love to hear the opinion of others on this recent update. Do you find this change as annoying as I do? Does it enhance, or ruin your user experience? Will Snap Inc. ever get a clue, and decide to start serving up what the USERS actually want, rather than senselessly mixing up the platform every few months?

Tell me what you think. I’m ready to here it!

Carlton Flowers
The SnapPro

Why Snapchat Sucks - Change These Things Or Watch Your Market Vanish

Where Snapchat Misses The Mark - Are They Losing Touch?

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It’s 2018, and Snapchat has hit its peak. But they aren’t safe sitting on top of this mountain of success. If they don’t address these handful of annoyances and user concerns, the market dominance they now enjoy will start to fade to oblivion.

Could Snapchat become the next Vine, or maybe even experience a slow demise until they get to the MySpace graveyard? It’s entirely possible, especially if the leadership doesn’t pull their heads out of their rear ends and start taking action on what I see as huge icebergs that will sink the ship.

What surprises me is that it doesn’t seem that any of the major tech channels are covering these issues. So it’s time for the Gadget Guru himself to take the bull by the horns and lead the way. Let’s get into the meat of why Snapchat SUCKS in 2018!

Uploads Suck

I didn’t notice this problem until late 2017. Uploading to Snapchat was never a problem when I first registered my account and became a rabid snapper. But apparently it’s a big problem now. If I upload multiple snaps, you can almost guarantee that half or all of the snaps won’t make it to the timeline on the first try.

This problem might be due to the sheer number of Snapchat users are actively using the app in 2018. It might also be due to network congestion across the cellular infrastructure. Whatever it is, it sure would be nice to hear the head honchos at Snapchat publicly address the issue, and at least confirm what the roots of the problem might be.

This is super frustrating, because Snap stories that are missing individual snaps render the story useless. There’s nothing worse than noticing several hours after the fact that half of your story snaps didn’t upload. When posting in story mode, and making an important point, you don’t get your message across very well when half your snaps in the beginning or middle of the string don’t upload.

What makes this problem even worse is when you are moving from a Wi-Fi area to a cellular 4G LTE area. You can almost guarantee that the snap uploads will fail. And it’s the same in reverse. As soon as you hit a Wi-Fi signal coming out of 4G LTE coverage areas, the snap uploads will bomb.

As small as the videos are with Snapchat, you wouldn’t think there would be as big of an upload problem as what we are seeing recently. I’ve had better luck uploading 2 or 3 minute long videos to YouTube and Instagram, so it can’t be the network alone.

There has to be a better way of doing this, even if it means reducing the video quality of snaps. A lower quality snap is better than a high quality snap that won’t upload!

Get this fixed now, Snapchat, before my head explodes!

Favorite Lenses Don’t Last

I see absolutely no reason why Snapchat has to pull the best lenses and not bring them back for months on end. This is a major problem for the serious Snapchat story producers that use the lenses for character roles.

Right when the popularity of some of the characters I create out of the lenses get mega-popular, Snapchat takes them away! Sometimes I have to wait months for them to return, and when they do, they might only last for a day.

Several years ago, Snapchat allowed users to purchase their favorite lenses for $0.99 each. I don’t know why they felt this was a bad thing. There has been ZERO talk of buying your favorite lenses ever since. And that really sucks!

If Instagram/Facebook Stories had the filters that Snapchat has dropped, I would make a permanent switch. Someone is going to figure this out one of these days, and when they do, Snapchat will left in the dust.

Give us what we want, Snapchat, because user experience is what makes your future secure! If that means allowing us users to purchase our favorite lenses, or even keeping ALL of the lenses open for perpetuity, GET IT DONE!

Android Glitches Are Rampant

If there’s one thing about Snapchat that makes my head want to explode, it’s the Android glitches. I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and my Snapchat experience is definitely inferior to the iOS build. It’s a night-and-day difference.

One of the glitches that I don’t see ANYONE reporting about is the changing of the font size when adding large text. For some reason, the large text gets blown up about 25% bigger than what was selected, after the snap gets uploaded. This really sucks when your words run off the edges of the screen.

Since there is no such thing as editing on Snapchat, the only choice you have when this glitch occurs is to delete the story or deal with the lack of readability. That stinks, Snapchat, and I’m convinced that it can’t be THAT hard for your developers to fix the problem.

In Conclusion…

I sincerely hope that Snapchat doesn’t go down the pathway of Apple, where arrogance prevents them from listening to and serving the user base. I love Snapchat, and it’s my favorite app. But they’ve got to stay on top of these things and start communicating in order to remain on the cutting edge of social media.

If these issues gain traction and the head honchos at the Snap Headquarters don’t address it fast, the Facebook/Instagram juggernaut is going to eat them alive. I don’t want to see that happen, because I’m always rooting for the little guy.

In the meantime, do YOU have some super Snapchat snafu that ensnares you when you snap? I want to hear about it! And I’d love to hear your feedback on what you think about the Snapchat snafus that make the experience suck for me too.

Carlton Flowers
The Supreme SnapPro

Snapchat Story Turnoffs - 5 Annoying Things that Kill Your Following


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If you don't want your new Snapchat friends to be "once-and-done" visitors after they see your story, you better pay attention! I've compiled a list of 5 things that are major Snapchat "turn-offs". If you aspire to be a SnapPro with a huge audience of rabid fans that come back every day to see what you are doing, stay away from these five things:

1. Inside Jokes

When you post snaps to your story that nobody can understand but your best friend, you're not going to attract visitors. This alienates people and makes them feel like an outsider, and not a friend. If your general audience can't understand the meaning of your snap without an explanation, it's not going to make you Snap-famous. Don't do it.

2. Annoying Sounds

When your viewers open your story and screeching sounds violate their eardrums, it doesn't take a half a second to get swiped to the next story. Loud wind noise, rattling paper, shrieks, random machine noise, you name it. If it hurts your viewer's ears, they ain't coming back to endure it again.

3. Random Nonsensical Snaps

First of all, nobody wants to see a shaky, herky-jerky video of your feet or some dark hallway. If there's no purpose to the snap, who wants to be bothered with it? These days, people are so busy that they will resent you for wasting that valuable ten seconds of their life that they'll never get back. And you better believe they won't be motivated to navigate back to your story the next time you pop into the lineup.

4. Unplanned Stories

As the saying goes, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". If you want to be the next Snapchat reality show star, you have to realize that reality TV isn't reality. It's all carefully planned. My advice for building a repeat audience? Plan out what you're going to do a day ahead of time. They call it "My Story", not "Mindless Jabbering". Take the hint. Plan it out and create a story, and give your viewers a reason to follow along.

5. Meaningless Pictures

Every now and then, I come across snap stories that include pictures of random objects that have no message or meaning. Wanna bore your audience to tears and brand yourself as a Snapchat Dud? Post pictures of your shoe, your front door, or the dog sitting on the floor. That will guarantee you a spot on the "who-not-to-watch" hall of fame list. If you're going to post a picture, give it meaning. And make it a meaningful part of your story or theme.

So there you have it. If you see yourself doing some of the things I've mentioned, make yourself a solid plan to improve. Take notes, and write down your plan of action. Stay tuned because I'll have another set of 5 things to avoid that keep you from growing your viewership.

Now that you know what not to do, check out my other posts for ideas on how you can produce and direct an entertaining Snapchat story line like a Hollywood mogul! Now get out there and create some awesome content, and start growing your following!

Carlton Flowers
The SnapPro

Becoming a Snapchat Pro for the Regular Joe


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I’m astounded that there are relatively no resources in book stores or online courses on how to create celebrity status on Snapchat through high quality content creation. Everything I’ve found out there is geared towards corporations that have the budgets to plop down $80,000 or more a month for professional ads.

But there’s nothing out there for the average hustler who’s trying to come up in the world and use Snapchat for leverage.

I recently read a book on Amazon called “The Snapchat Marketing Blueprint”. Thank goodness, I got to read the book for free since I’m on the Kindle Unlimited program. I would have asked for a refund of the $19.99 advertising price had I been fool enough to pay for it.

I read the book expecting to get some grassroots ideas on using Snapchat for marketing a small business, or your personal brand. Judging from the title, I thought I would see an actual step-by-step blueprint to follow.

It was nothing of the such.

The book was verbose, had a ton of fancy $10 corporate-speak words, and gave ZERO advice for the average Joe who wants to use Snapchat for marketing purposes. The “Blueprint” part was nothing more than telling stories about Fortune 500 companies who have spent half a million dollars or more, and what they got for their investment.

It was an utter disappointment. But it was a motivating moment. After trying a handful of books about Snapchat, and discovering that none of the content is valuable, I’ve decided to start teaching on this topic. I’ll be blogging about some of my best tips right here, and I plan on writing a book in the future.

There is a rather sketchy "guru" out there selling a Snapchat marketing program for $300, and I’m super curious to know how good the content is. But I’m not taking the chance on wasting the money just to be nosy. But my goal will be to provide a superior product at a fraction of the cost.

Until then, I'm going to share some of my best tips and advice for those of you looking to create top quality Snapchat content, or your own Snapchat "Reality TV" show. If you have questions, post them in the comments and I'll be glad to provide my advice!

Carlton Flowers
SnapPro King