Apple’s creating a new sticker economy, and Kim Kardashian is going to dominate it

“Stickers are worth hundreds of millions of dollars to chat platforms,” Joon Ian Wong writes for Quartz. “The virtual tchotchkes earned $268 million for the chat app LINE last year.”

“Kim K is way ahead of the curve. Last December she released a hit sticker app called Kimoji, that for $1.99, lets users paste custom-made images of herself into their messages. It’s by far the biggest money-maker among celebrity-emoji apps on the App Store, according to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower. Kimoji is on track to make over $2.8 million in revenues worldwide this year,” Wong writes. “As Apple lays the foundations for its own sticker economy, with an overhaul of iMessage in iOS 10 due in a few months, none other than Kim Kardashian West is waiting in the wings to capitalize on it.”

“When stickers are baked in to iOS 10, Kimoji’s opportunities to make money are going to explode,” Wong writes. “The Kimoji app is still quite fiddly because it’s a keyboard app. Users have to activate it in their phone’s settings before it’s available. By contrast, a version of Kimoji released as a native sticker app for iMessage would be frictionless.”

More info, including the top Kimoji and their official names, in the full article here.

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30 Comments

      1. You have your fantasies, I have mine. Unfortunately the ones for all things Kardashian & West only end up with a tombstone to eradicate this sad trash plague on the culture. Harsh yes, but penultimately necessary. I know I’m not alone here.

    1. See, you could have softened it a bit, and stayed consistent with the title. Though I myself would not wish death upon them.

      For example “I can only wish they have an in-person meeting with Jobs.”

      1. I dunno, I thought my original comment was dry but pretty funny, riffing on the word “dominate.” I’m all for saying devastating things in funny/clever ways. But I couldn’t be more serious in my vehement dislike of all things barf-inducing & zero nutritional value Kardashian & West.

        This gives rise to an idea to create a technology that would erase from view, as set by the user, any and all references to certain lame cultural phenoms, essentially resulting in their “deaths.” I would use it in a heartbeat, though in a certain sense using it the wrong way may make us even more polarized as a culture than we already are.

  1. For the not so famous, be the first with some cleaver stickers and you stand a chance of earning some spending money. That, until someone else copies you and releases a free version.

  2. Ohmygosh boys, this is what I’ve been waiting for

    Did you boys see the episode where Chloe and Kramer are on the beach and she is trying to walk in heels in the sand:? That is EXACTLY how I feel when using emojis

    They are so little. And so hard to say. Stick it in me because I’m ready for these stickers

  3. The day that these narcissistic “K-Clan” gets an invite to speak at an Apple event, is the day I stop promoting Apple products. To family, friends and acquaintances.

  4. I switched from iMessage to LINE about 2 years ago because I wanted the stickers. I’ve bought maybe 30 dollars worth – Hello Kitty, Peanuts, Mickey, Rilakkuma, etc. I like the animated stickers, and Themes. I’m not a Kim fan, but there are reasons why she has become so popular. Wanting someone to die because you think they are a blight on the cultural scene is intellectual macho nonsense.

    1. Years ago, having viewed the film “Idiocracy”, I thought that there was no possibility of human civilization eventually devolving to such an extreme nadir. You have proven me wrong.

      1. I use Line, and when I first heard about stickers I thought they were frivolous and silly. What I didn’t appreciate was how *extraordinarily* useful they are with communication between people who do not share the same first language. The world’s most common language is bad English, and that’s because it’s the second language of most people throughout a huge portion of the world. And many of those people who can speak some amount of English cannot read or write it well at all. Stickers break down those barriers. Yes, there’s no need for Kardashian stickers, but the general idea is valuable.

  5. Admit it you guys. If Kim Kadashian walked into your local Walmart you wouldn’t care if her I.Q. was eleven or if she was wearing mismatched pink jammies. You’d be ogling her and trying to get her autograph “for my wife”

  6. From sticky platforms to sticker platforms, society’s slow descent into sticktopia has begun. We still have a fighting chance if we can rescue the children.

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