Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) Adds 500 Million Logged Out Users
Twitter has apparently just enabled 500 million more people to its advertising platform which could represent a 60% boost to revenue in the very short-term.
TWITTER: THE SILENT STORY
Sometimes in capital markets we find situations where firms do not communicate well with the public. The cacophony that this phenomenon usually brings surrounds firms hiding bad news in footnotes or MD&A in the financial statements. The hope is that no analyst will read the fine print while the firm satisfies its fiduciary responsibility to disclose material information.
Twitter is the opposite of this. While I have called the company the most powerful communication tool ever built -- the next step in evolution from the Telegraph to the Telephone and now to Twitter, the company is not particularly adept at communicating news about itself.
But this isn't about hiding news that would otherwise be considered "bad." Twitter seems unwilling to share information that is good.
Diatribe aside, here is some absolutely enormous news about Twitter that we discovered... in a tweet.
Here's the back drop. I spoke with Dave Rivinus from Twitter IR a few months ago to verify information that was shared by the company earlier. Here it is, straight from CML Pro:
A non-trivial portion of that non-logged in traffic is likely coming from Google (GOOGL) Search -- a partnership that drives billions of impressions a day on Twitter content. To give those numbers some context, here is the all-time trailing twelve month revenue chart for Twitter:
We have drawn in how much $1.3 billion looks like relative to the $2.37 billion in revenue the firm generated in the most recent year.
Now, it's almost unbelievable that the start of production advertisement delivery to 500 million more users wouldn't be huge news for Twitter, but this is how I learned about it:
Given the numbers we just reprised above, this is absolutely gargantuan news. TWTR appears to have turned on a hose that could add 60% to the company's top line without a major shift in the underlying technology. The 500 million logged out users are in addition to the 310 million monthly average users that are logged in. That's why the tweet above reads 800 million people.
While TWTR stock has been pummeled, the company does have a compelling and differentiated offering that even the mighty Facebook can't claim.
This feels like jump up and down good news. Like pop champagne bottles good news. But, here we are, with a tweet, and nothing else.
TWITTER: WHAT'S GOING ON
Just a few months ago Twitter added Silicon Valley superstar Natalie Kerris as the firm's Global VP of Communications. Natalie was responsible for communications under Steve Jobs, famously working on the iPhone. Re/code wrote a story about her hiring. Here's how that story reads:
The article goes on to read "Now, Twitter has two people in place to try to reclaim its narrative. Last month, it also brought on a new CMO: Former American Express executive Leslie Berland."
Given the talent Twitter has to tell its story with these two execs, we are left to wonder, perhaps even more so this time, why the firm does not communicate it's critical news to the normal media outlets.
I met Natalie -- she's as impressive as her resume would have you think. My best guess is that this does not fall on her shoulders or those of Ms. Berland. This feels like an internal battle that communications and marketing is losing.
Yet, while the silence from Twitter grows yet louder, the positive developments are too. In just the last few weeks we learned about Twitter Carousel and Twitter Insiders, two other innovations with the possibility of driving greater revenue to Twitter. We wrote about both on June 9th:
We learned about both from either a Tweet or the company's official blog -- not a press release.
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