An Interview with Paul Gray from KIK

An Interview with Paul Gray from KIK

Michael Becker speaks with Paul Gray, Director of Platform Services at Kik.  Kik is a Smartphone messaging app used to send GIFs, photos, and text messages. It differs from other messengers because it is a private messaging channel contrary to Instagram and Snapchat, which are much more broadcasting focused.

Becker and Gray examine how marketing has evolved in the case that consumers are beginning a conversation with brands using Kik’s promoted chats. Kik recently helped with a Burger King campaign (see image above) driving engagement around the return of their chicken fries. Listen to the interview to hear how brands like Burger King are giving traditional chat bots a personality and ultimately driving consumer engagement.

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Michael Becker is an intentionally recognized identity & personal information management solutions strategic advisor, speaker, entrepreneur, and academic. He advises companies on personal information economy business strategy, product development, business development, and sales & marketing strategies. He also represents them at leading trade groups, including the Mobile Ecosystem Forum. Michael is an advisor to Assurant, Predii, Privowny, and Phoji. He is the co-author of Mobile Marketing for Dummies and a number of other books and articles related to mobile marketing, identity, and personal information management. He is on the faculty of marketing of the Association of National Advertisers and National University. A serial entrepreneur, Michael founded Identity Praxis, co-founded mCordis and The Connected Marketer Institute, was a founding member of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), and was on the MMA board of directors for ten years and was MMA’s North American Managing Director for three years. In 2004, Michael co-founded iLoop Mobile, a leading messaging solutions provider. In 2014, Michael was awarded the 2014 Marketing EDGE Edward Mayer Education Leadership Award for his commitment to marketing education.


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