The Rise and Rise of TikTok

TikTok is a short-form video hosting service that allows users to make homemade videos for others to see. It is a form of social media but has differences from others. Mostly the target ranges in age of 16 to 24 years old.

  • TikTok can be a source of brand experience – the use of video is powerful. Not traditional and allows for customization. It is a major influencer for youth. Technology is a strong influence for this generation.
  • TikTok is fast and flashy appealing to the youth target. It is more user-friendly than other sources of media even though YouTube is also important to this target. It leverages celebrity influencers and other influencers online to build its base.
  • It’s a do-it-yourself mentality, customization on your own. Appealing to the sense of independence our youth desire.

  • Companies like Dunkin Donuts have successfully used TikTok. Dunkin had a 57% increase in mobile app downloads and a cold brew coffee increase of 20% since using TikTok media.
  • Chipotle has also experienced the benefits of using TikTok. Crocs sponsored a dance challenge to demonstrate their “lightness positioning” and it was successful.
  • TikTok also gives back, they have developed a creator fund, where funds are distributed among creators based on the number of clicks they receive.


TikTok is a powerful and emerging force of media for the younger generation. Organizations just have to find the right way that fits within their strategic boundaries to harness it.

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Source: Online research, October 2023

2023-10-13T16:55:16+00:00 Health & Wellness, Innovation, Strategy|