1. ad19's Avatar
    From the BBM Blog


    Hot on the heels of the latest BBM release, were excited to announce that there are even more great new features on their way to BBM. This time, were focused on making your BBM chats more fun with the addition of stickers, available in the new BBM Shop!



    Unlike emoticons, stickers are bolder, more beautiful images that you can add right in to your chat. Stickers are downloaded in packs available for purchase from the new BBM Shop found right inside BBM. Each sticker pack will contain between 20-25 stickers relating to a theme or a character like CosCat, Gilberts Tales, Bubble Bot and more (we cant wait for you to meet the whole gang!). Youll also find some of your favorite characters from TV and movies in sticker form (more on that later). Lastly, many of your favorite BBM emoticons will also be available in a free BBM sticker pack so you can really get your point across in a bigger, bolder way!

    Today marks the start of the limited external beta for stickers and the BBM Shop. Im sure you have lots of questions about how stickers will work and when you can get them. Let me assure you that all your questions will be answered shortlyjust leave a note in the comments below.
    Cesare21, schmeat and cbvinh like this.
    02-21-14 11:22 AM
  2. cbvinh's Avatar
    Wow, brilliant way to monetize BBM and to attract young users all in one sweep!
    02-21-14 11:27 AM
  3. mphillips828's Avatar
    I was just about to post this...now I wonder what else BBM Shop could bring! Stickers is clearly a simple sale on the shop...$0.99 for a pack of like 20, definitely will sell...but what additional things could BBM offer within the shop!?
    02-21-14 11:49 AM
  4. nemo7's Avatar
    I got the New Download Link for BBM Beta with Stickers but dont have BB anymore xD

    Windows Blueberry
    02-21-14 01:12 PM
  5. stabstabdie's Avatar
    I was just about to post this...now I wonder what else BBM Shop could bring! Stickers is clearly a simple sale on the shop...$0.99 for a pack of like 20, definitely will sell...but what additional things could BBM offer within the shop!?
    I don't see this being a big seller.
    I just don't believe that a large portion of active bbm users will spend money to send bigger emoticons.
    It won't take long before someone screens them, crops them and posts them and people will just send them as attachments.
    02-21-14 03:16 PM
  6. cbvinh's Avatar
    It won't take long before someone screens them, crops them and posts them and people will just send them as attachments.
    Did you say the same thing about music files?
    Brandon Orr likes this.
    02-21-14 03:42 PM
  7. stabstabdie's Avatar
    Did you say the same thing about music files?
    No. I didn't.
    It's not even in the same ball park.
    You're welcome to disagree, I'm just c stating my opinion and why i think that. I don't think it's that far fetched.
    Brandon Orr likes this.
    02-21-14 03:44 PM
  8. drmike's Avatar
    Does anyone older than 20 use emoticons or emojis or these stickers? I must be outside of that market because I can't see me using these at all.

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    02-21-14 03:45 PM
  9. cbvinh's Avatar
    No. I didn't.
    It's not even in the same ball park.
    You're welcome to disagree, I'm just c stating my opinion and why i think that. I don't think it's that far fetched.
    Well, it is copyrighted material that you're saying everyone will just pirate. While some may pirate, some will want the convenience of easily dropping in a sticker without having to search through directories/files (convenience and cost trumps hassles of pirating). This, of course, is contingent on how easy it is to add stickers into BBM's and how easy it is to buy stickers.

    I can see a conflict between kids wanting more stickers and parents trying to control their pocketbook and not have their kids buy stickers on their own. Parents probably already have a system to deal with this, with music, so it shouldn't be a big issue.
    02-21-14 03:56 PM
  10. stabstabdie's Avatar
    Well, it is copyrighted material that you're saying everyone will just pirate. While some may pirate, some will want the convenience of easily dropping in a sticker without having to search through directories/files (convenience and cost trumps hassles of pirating). This, of course, is contingent on how easy it is to add stickers into BBM's and how easy it is to buy stickers.

    I can see a conflict between kids wanting more stickers and parents trying to control their pocketbook and not have their kids buy stickers on their own. Parents probably already have a system to deal with this, with music, so it shouldn't be a big issue.
    You're arguing a dumb point imo. That was just an afterthought I had, and not the reason I don't think this will sell.
    You don't seem to realize who mostly uses these things (young people), what they have little of (money), and what they have a lot of (time).
    I just don't believe that there are that many people willing to pay money for large emoticons. But what the f do I know? Someone who is smarter than me thinks it will obviously.
    02-21-14 04:02 PM
  11. cbvinh's Avatar
    Does anyone older than 20 use emoticons or emojis or these stickers? I must be outside of that market because I can't see me using these at all.
    I'm thinking the appeal is for kids too, though if they had something like classic video game characters, I can see 20+ users using it too.

    If BlackBerry were to open up stickers to third parties and do the 70/30% revenue split, like with apps, I can see this growing quite a bit. However, they should start with licensed/brand characters and curated third party stickers first before opening it up to any yahoo. Opening up to just anyone right off could dimish the quality reputation of the store before it can even get rolling.
    02-21-14 04:07 PM
  12. donmateo's Avatar
    This is neat! Interested to see how they add features to bring in revenue from BBM. I wish they would refine channels a bit more, I would like to be able to block people who keep chatting my channel. :/
    02-21-14 04:42 PM
  13. gokulesh's Avatar
    I see a lot of discounting what BlackBerry is doing. Too many nay sayers sayings this or that won't work. On one hand every one complains they are not doing enough and when they try different things lot of nay sayers. Same on BlackBerry blog too.

    From my perspective if they earn a dollar it is a dollar more than they are earning now.

    Besides this may be a test case for bbm shop. Start with something simple as selling stickers, work out the bugs and add more stuff.
    Who knows bbm music might make a come back in a different form. The possibilities are endless.

    G

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    02-21-14 04:57 PM
  14. Thesmartmale's Avatar
    Does anyone older than 20 use emoticons or emojis or these stickers? I must be outside of that market because I can't see me using these at all.

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    I'm 21 and guess what, I use emoticons more than a 10 year old kid.

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    02-21-14 05:21 PM
  15. drmike's Avatar
    I'm 21 and guess what, I use emoticons more than a 10 year old kid.

    Posted via CB10
    That's good for some people I guess. Thankfully my friends coworkers and business associates don't use them.

    I'm sure there are people who will but it's not for me.

    Posted via CB10
    02-21-14 05:27 PM
  16. vrud's Avatar
    Colored screen is not essential either but people still prefer it to b/w.

    Posted via CB10
    02-21-14 05:47 PM
  17. dusdal's Avatar
    I see a lot of discounting what BlackBerry is doing. Too many nay sayers sayings this or that won't work. On one hand every one complains they are not doing enough and when they try different things lot of nay sayers. Same on BlackBerry blog too.

    From my perspective if they earn a dollar it is a dollar more than they are earning now.

    Besides this may be a test case for bbm shop. Start with something simple as selling stickers, work out the bugs and add more stuff.
    Who knows bbm music might make a come back in a different form. The possibilities are endless.

    G

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    You. Understand

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    02-21-14 05:51 PM
  18. dusdal's Avatar
    29 been in business for a number of years and I use emoticons all the time. Same way I use facial expressions in real life.

    Also, having something like stickers available along with the launch of a < $200 device might work out quite well.

    As was said earlier, the Bbm shop is likely the more important item in this beta.

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    02-21-14 05:54 PM
  19. stabstabdie's Avatar
    Colored screen is not essential either but people still prefer it to b/w.

    Posted via CB10
    That's a bad exampke
    02-21-14 06:08 PM
  20. kyleheney's Avatar
    What if BBM Channels could act like ads... big companies create Channels, user clicks generate cash like ads do. Companies eventually pay to be on the Featured Channels page. Boom --- Revenue

    Posted via CB10
    02-21-14 06:12 PM
  21. HUNTZODIAC's Avatar
    I see a lot of discounting what BlackBerry is doing. Too many nay sayers sayings this or that won't work. On one hand every one complains they are not doing enough and when they try different things lot of nay sayers. Same on BlackBerry blog too.

    From my perspective if they earn a dollar it is a dollar more than they are earning now.

    Besides this may be a test case for bbm shop. Start with something simple as selling stickers, work out the bugs and add more stuff.
    Who knows bbm music might make a come back in a different form. The possibilities are endless.

    G

    Posted via CB10
    I agree with everything you just typed

    Posted via CB10
    02-21-14 06:47 PM

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