Kik users have exchanged over 1.8 billion messages with the platform’s 20,000 chatbots
After a few months of testing the waters, Kik is still bullish on chatbots and has quite a few reasons to be. Just last May at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Kik CEO Ted Livingston divulged that develop
High-tech updates to the retail experience
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MAUs be damned: Kik proposes new user engagement metrics for chat apps
Gauging your app via the number of monthly active users is dubious at best. When it comes to daily use apps, such as messaging services or social networks, that data point is all the less illustrative
Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups
I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Toronto and learned there’s more to this city than Drake calling it home and the recent successes of their professional sports teams. We made one investment the
Kik already has over 6,000 bots reaching 300 million registered users
Messenger and WhatsApp may be the 800-pound gorillas in the chat space thanks to Facebook's significant reach, but Waterloo-based Kik is rapidly building a young, dedicated audience of users that are
Chat app Kik launches a bot store and anyone can make bots for it
It seems like barely a day passes without some notable mention of chat bots in the tech industry. Now one of North America's most used chat apps has jumped on the wagon after Kik, the billion dollar m
Kik CEO Ted Livingston to discuss the future of mobile messaging at Disrupt NY 2016
Messaging is the hot topic of 2016, which is why we're tremendously excited to announce that Ted Livingston, the founder and CEO of popular chat app Kik, is confirmed as a speaker at our upcoming Tech
Messaging App Kik Begins Offering Branded GIFs
Brands, start your GIF engines. Kik, the chat app with 300 million registered users, is giving companies the chance to boost their marketing via their own GIFs on its service.
Kik Invests In Its Platform, Buys Fashion Startup Behind Popular Kik Bot
Chinese tech trends are distinctly different to North America's but today, in a move that bears parallels to WeChat-only companies, popular messaging app Kik acquired the small company behind one of t
Chat App Kik’s Newest Feature Makes Sending GIFs As Easy As Emoji
Kik, the messaging app popular among teens and young people in North America, has rolled out an interesting new feature that makes sending a GIF as easy as an emoji. As of today, the chat app now incl
Chat App Kik Introduces QR Codes To Connect Users And Brands
Mobile messaging company Kik recently landed investment from Tencent at a billion dollar valuation, and now it is borrowing a hallmark of the Chinese company's blockbuster WeChat app: QR codes.
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Kik Raises $50M From Tencent To Become The “WeChat Of The West”
Kik, the Canadian company behind the messaging app of the same name has announced $50M worth of funding from one of its partners, China’s Tencent (also the biggest internet company in China). Th
Kik Brings Music-Themed Communities To Its Mobile Messaging Service
Mobile messaging firm Kik is upping its focus on music after launching a new service to connect fans of top artists and bands via its popular chat app. Named Jam, it is designed to help Kik's 200 mill
Kik Introduces An In-Chat Browser For Its Mobile Messaging App
Facebook may be building an app platform for Messenger, but rival Kik had continued its focus on putting the entire web in chat after it upgraded its in-app sidebar browser into a full-blown browser f
Messaging Company Kik Seeking Strategic Partnerships Rather Than Sale
Kik, the mobile messaging app company based in Waterloo, Canada, is assessing opportunities to advance its service through partnerships and strategic investment with established tech firms. Contrary t
U.S. Teens’ Social Media Activity Is Diversifying, Says Pew
Anyone in tech can tell you that Actual Teens are hallowed ground. Where teens' tastes wander, the industry froths itself into a frenzy attempting to follow. For teens are a bellwether of dollar valua
Facebook’s Messenger Platform Must Go Beyond Apps And Embrace The Web
Facebook's move to turn Messenger into a platform for third-parties has been one of the company's most important decisions to date. Mobile messaging is a pivotal trend that will shape the way billions
Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content
Mobile messaging app Kik has added native video capture to its service as it lays the groundwork to offer more interactive content options for its 200 million registered users.
Chat App Kik Claims Higher Engagement Than Snapchat As It Hits 200M Registered Users
Snapchat may been in the news for its new media-centric 'Discover' platform, but a less familiar startup is pressing its claim as the most popular chat app among young people in the U.S..