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Snap tries to win over advertisers ahead of IPO

Jae C. Hong / AP

A successful public debut depends on more than impressing Wall Street bankers. Snap is also trying to win over major advertisers for multi-year ad-spending deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the WSJ reports.

Why it matters: Big ad commitments will help Snap live up to its potential $25 billion valuation by convincing public investors that the company is worth betting on.

Speed bumps: Some ad buyers tell WSJ that they're looking for Snapchat to keep improving usage metrics (something the company is working on). While Snapchat is seen as a good way to promote products to young audiences, it isn't yet a persistent media-buy must like Facebook or Google.

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