What is TikTok?
For many people when you mention TikTok the only thing that comes to mind is Kesha’s legendary hit. But that time has passed, more and more people now download that “teenagers” app they swore never to get and spend hours browsing through videos of complete strangers. But this is where we see an opportunity: an opportunity for your brand to get more visibility and engagement.
So what is TikTok? TikTok is a video app: unlike Instagram or Facebook, you can only upload content in a video format. It can be anything: dancing, tutorials, life stories, weird trends, even a photo compilation and so much more. It is fairly easy to navigate, so get on board, we will tell you how to get the most out of it.
Why is TikTok good?
First off, it is the most popular overall app downloaded globally in 2020 with 850 million downloads. Now there are around 1 billion people in the world who are using TikTok and it is in the top 10 most used Social Media platforms. It is also the most growing platform. In Canada only in October 2021 it gained 108% more users. We prepared for you this infographic with TikTok Statistics. Just look at it!
Secondly, the algorithm. TikTok has a highly personalized algorithm that creates a unique For You page for every user. It bases it off of your interests, your engagement with different videos and accounts. That makes an app so addictive: it basically shows you what you want to see. And this is the reason it can attract your target audience.
Here’s what TikTok says about their algorithm:
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Even though apps do not disclose the particulars of their algorithms to avoid spammers, there are some known facts about how the algorithm actually works.
- Which accounts you follow
- What comments you write
- Videos you’ve liked or shared
- Videos you’ve added to your favorites
- Videos you’ve marked as “Not Interested”
- Longer videos you watch till the end
- Content you create
- What videos you like
- What are the hashtags on those videos
- What are the captions
- What are the sounds that you like or use the most
- What are the effects that you like or use the most
- Preferred languages
- Country you are in (they figure it out by your SIM card) – and you are more likely to be seen by people from your own country
- Categories of interest you selected as a new user
- Be at least 18-years-old Have a minimum of 10,000 followers
- Have at least 100,000 authentic video views in the last 30 days
- Have an account that fits with TikTok’s Community Guidelines and terms of service
- Have at least one valid linked digital payment account (such as PayPal) which can be used as a payment method
How to get more views on TikTok?
Some controversial TikTok technique
Here is some questionable advice you might want to think twice about before using. It can create more engagement and interaction with your video and account but it is not always positive, so be careful. In the end, it depends on what kind of image you want to create for your audience.
Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The social media landscape and its algorithms are constantly changing. The things that are trendy today, can become obsolete tomorrow. However, one thing will always remain constant, your authenticity. By showing yourself authentically on your social media channels you can reach the right customers and build the group of supporters that you deserve.