Snapchat’s got a brand-new look today. The red-hot messaging app is revamping its feed with a new design that mashes up Discover with Live Stories—the strings of photos and videos that users collect at events—with subscribe buttons, creative headlines and new placements geared at helping publishers amass big audiences. Roughly 20 publishers—including CNN, Hearst, IGN and Vox Media—produce daily custom content for Discover with Snapchat-exclusive resources and teams. IGN, for example, has a dedicated team of four staffers that put together the video game publishers’ content, while MTV has an 11-person Snapchat crew.
In exchange for reaching millions of daily views, Snapchat requires media brands to sell ads against their content as part of a revenue-sharing program. But some publishers have complained that they only receive a fraction of Snapchat’s traffic from 100 million users since people primarily use the app to communicate. The goal of the redesign, of course, is to get people to view more content from publishers alongside user-generated content from their friends.