Chrissy Teigen is the latest celebrity to announce she's over Snapchat, following in the footsteps of Rihanna and Kylie Jenner. According to financial expert John Hagensen, negative feedback from high-profiled names with legions of fans could result in big economic blows for the company.
"'Influencers,' as they are often referred to, drive much of the growth of social media platforms, and this is directly why their endorsements, or lack thereof, significantly impact stock prices," Hagensen, who is the the founder and managing director of Keystone Wealth Partners, tells MarieClaire.com.
On Saturday, Tiegen shared with her almost 10 million Twitter followers in the tweet below that she was fed up with the messaging app due to its latest redesign and insensitive ad about Rihanna. On Monday, according to , shares opened up 0.6%, at $16.44 per share. However, they quickly fell as much as 1.5% soon after. Hagensen adds that the stock went down as much as 2.8%, but ended down only .7% for the day, which totals about $100 million.
"I stopped using snap," Teigen announced over the weekend. "The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll...no bueno."
The Rihanna poll Teigen is referring to is an offensive ad that many users saw pop up on their feeds around early March, which posed the question "Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown?" The poll seemed to make light of the former couple's from February 2009.
Amidst the backlash from that advertisement, Rihanna called out Snapchat herself in the post below, which caused the company's shares to fall 5%, .
In late February, Kylie Jenner tweeting that she doesn't use the app anymore caused its stock to lose $1.5 billion in value.
However, the stock market changes all the time, so do these share losses reflect long-term effects? Hagensen tells MarieClaire.com that the effects can be temporary, but once it starts to snowball (like when three major celebrities oppose the app), the decline can be catastrophic.
"[The losses] are often only temporary, until they aren't," Hagensen explains. "What I mean, is that if that starts a trend and the snowball starts running down the hill, [the effects] can be very lasting. Anyone remember Myspace?"
Hagensen also recommends that investors look into alternate forms of investment rather than relying solely on social media apps that are often dependent upon celebrity endorsement for financial gain.
"As an investor, this is exactly why diversification is so critical," he says. "How can anyone predict the next Jenner tweet, and who would want their life's savings dependent on the next Kardashian headline? Buy index funds and ETFs and rebalance your account. This way you can get back to enjoying reality TV for entertainment value rather than your retirement account value."