Welcome Back, Jack
We have posted several updates to Twitter throughout the last few weeks for one reason: the company is innovating so quickly it's almost impossible to keep up with. At the end of this article we have one chart that will blow your mind, but it won't make any sense until we lead into it. So here we go.
Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) has literally gone from a painstaking, beyond frustrating, confounding lack of innovation to all of a sudden perhaps the most innovative company in its space. It appears that long gone are the days when the company pondered the most trivial changes to the ecosystem that took an eternity to decide upon and it appears there is one major reason: Jack is back, friends. Now here's comes Twitter.
In the latest round, we learned from Tech Crunch that Twitter has turned on location feeds.
Location tweets are critical in two ways. First, for logged in and non-logged in users alike, access to relevant information (aka tweets) will be impossibly easier. Of course, the next step is how that access makes it an innovation for advertising.
Twitter's foundation is real-time communiques and now it has added location specific targeting in real-time for advertisers and users alike. That's a win, and likely not a trivial one. But this alone isn't enough to sing the praises of oft times embattled co-founder and returning CEO, Jack Dorsey. But this is:
Twitter's official blog has been on fire of late. It just published "New ways to tap into video on Twitter." Since video is becoming the end all be all in advertising and video Tweets on Twitter have increased by over 50% since the beginning of 2016, the company has focused on innovation here.
With respect to exploring videos, Twitter writes "tapping on a video Tweet or Vine on your timeline will take you to a new, full-screen viewing experience, where more great video and Vine Tweets will be suggested below."
We wrote before that the timing of the innovation hardly a coincidence. At the Twitter shareholder meeting, which I attended, Jack Dorsey all but promised that innovation surrounding video would come before the presidential election. But there's more.
TWITTER STUNS WALL STREET
In an article we broke on June 16th, we noted that Twitter, very quietly, has just enabled 500 million more people to its advertising platform which could represent a 60% boost to revenue in the very short-term. How can that be? It's amazing what's hidden in the nooks and crannies if you look hard enough. And by nooks and crannies of course we mean in broad daylight on earnings transcripts. Here's something you may have never known about Twitter, but you do now:
Yep, that reads correctly. 500 million users are about to be monetized on top of the 310 million logged in monthly average users. I have confirmed this with the company directly, but we can see it ever so hidden in a tweet:
If you look at the bottom of that image, it reads "ads.twitter.com." In that same article where we broke this news we included a neat little image of Twitter's revenue (TTM). Here that is:
We drew in how large $1.3B is relative to the $2.37B in revenue the firm generated in the trailing-twelve-months. But there's actually more.
The praise for Jack doesn't come yet, because he did more. Twitter introduced "Insiders." Here's an image:
And here's what Twitter had to say about it:
To fully understand the importance of Insiders, we have to look at yet another innovation just introduced by Twitter called "Carousel."
MORE, MORE, MORE
Twitter Carousel takes actual tweets to create an advertising unit. Disney, Gatorade and Volvo are already participating. The most beautiful part of Carousel is that the secret weapon is of course, simply, the tweet. It happens 500 million times a day and unlike a Facebook or Snapchat post, is in fact content.
And perhaps the best part of that blog post was this little gem: "Disney pulled in Tweets from a variety of influencers on Twitter who gave their permission. "
Now with Insiders, the data analytics side of Twitter has the potential to grow substantially. Beautifully, Twitter data can only be found on Twitter. There will be no Snapchat data product or Facebook friend-voyeurism data product.
All of this has happened since June 6th. Yes, we have just gone over 18 days of Twitter's history. Now, it's time to praise Jack Dorsey and don't take my word for it, take the stock market's word for it:
You're not reading that wrong. Twitter has outperformed Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) in the last month. In fact, all four of the wunderkinds are down while Twitter is up over 14%.
Yes, Twitter has been down huge so a rise isn't exactly a big win yet, but the rise is in the face of a risk off, Brexit sale of just about everything. Twitter isn't up for sympathy points or a valuation call, it's up because it's out innovating everyone and that has not gone unnoticed.
Twitter is innovating and shareholders hope that CEO Jack Dorsey and COO Adam Bain are going to deliver the goods. As of right now, it appears they are. I side with them.
WHY THIS MATTERS
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The author is long shares of Twitter and Apple.