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TikTok Boom Helps ByteDance Match Tencent’s $80B in Sales

UTC by Bhushan Akolkar · 2 min read
TikTok Boom Helps ByteDance Match Tencent’s $80B in Sales
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ByteDance spectacular performance comes despite uncertain macro conditions and a major fall for tech companies in 2022.

Last year in 2022, TikTok parent ByteDance reported a strong 30% surge in its revenue crossing $80 billion in sales and matching other tech giants like Tencent. ByteDance’s twin video platforms TikTok and Douyin witnessed a massive boom and user activity while pulling a large number of advertisers onto the platform.

ByteDance Sales and Other Performance Parameters

In a memo to investors, the TitTok parent announced that the company’s revenue has surged by 30% from $60 billion back in 2021. This comes at a time when top social media platforms like Meta struggled big time to keep the revenue rolling in 2022.

TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin have been pulling away the ad revenue from other social media platforms as cost-conscious marketers have been making key shifts from online media and toward faster-growing video services.

At $80 billion, ByteDance’s topline is now at par with that of Tencent which raked in 554.6 billion yuan ($80 billion) last year. Interestingly, this massive growth happens just at a time when Washington is mulling an India-like ban on TikTok. A growing number of government agencies worldwide have been wiping off TikTok from their official phones.

Navigating through Multiple Challenges

ByteDance has been navigating strongly through pretty tough times when the global macro environment is quite uncertain and technology companies are facing a greater risk of recession. As we know, layoffs continue to date at some of the big-tech companies in the market.

However, beyond inflationary pressure and higher interest rates, ByteDance had to deal with greater issues at hand. In the US alone, TikTok has amassed more than 150 million monthly users thereby stirring concerns about China’s access to the data it gathers.

Recently, TikTok Chief Executive Officer Shou Chew had to sit through a hostile four-and-a-half-hour congressional hearing. On the other hand, TikTok had to also go through several structural changes in its operations in mainland China.

Back there, ByteDance joined the likes of Tencent and Alibaba in implementing unprecedented cost curbs after endless regulatory crackdowns and other Covid restrictions. Founded about a decade ago, ByteDance had to curtail some of its riskier projects which included venture investment and gaming. Douyin is currently ByteDance’s biggest cash cow and is now evolving to become an all-in app with online meal delivery, built-in purchases, and grocery features.

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