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15 Steps On How To Find YouTube Influencers

15 Steps On How To Find YouTube Influencers

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Finding YouTubers For Your Marketing Campaign

Your familiarity with Instagram influencer marketing likely surpasses that of other social media channels comfortably. Instagram, after all, commands a significant space in a swelling influencer marketing industry.

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In 2019, 65% of marketers plan to up their spend on influencer marketing and 89% say Instagram is the most strategically important social media channel for influencer marketing. YouTube, however, follows comes in close second with 70% listing it as a strategically important channel this year.

YouTube’s propensity for churning out successful influencers coupled with its pervasion among key demographics has positioned it at the forefront of influencer marketing. Consequently, finding the right YouTube influencers is increasingly more important for companies on the quest to reach its massive audience.Read More>>

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How Is Influencer Marketing Evolving With Shoppable Instagram Posts In 2019?

How Is Influencer Marketing Evolving With Shoppable Instagram Posts In 2019?

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What Are Instagram Shopping Features?

Instagram Shopping features are relatively new to the nearly 10-year-old photo and video-sharing social networking service. Shopping on Instagram enables e-commerce brands to host an “immersive storefront for people to explore your best products.” Put simply, Instagram Shopping capabilities give brands the opportunity to share products through organic posts, Stories, or the Search & Explore function—all without ever leaving the app.

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Here are a few Instagram Shopping features (we explore these and more later in the post):

  • Product tags
  • Shoppable Stories
  • Shopping tab on business accounts
  • Native payments
  • Shoppable Explore feed

First tested in November 2016, Shopping on Instagram has matured into a profitable avenue for brands to showcase their business to readily interested users. Whether through their own business profiles or through savvy Instagram influencers, brands of all kinds have been taking advantage of the Instagram repertoire of shopping features.Read More>>

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The Marketer’s Guide To TikTok

The Marketer’s Guide To TikTok

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What Is TikTok?

TikTok is a social media channel with a simple premise—users share short videos of themselves up to 15 seconds in length lip-syncing, dancing, pranking, or other comedic acts. TikTok users can add songs, effects, and filters before publishing it for the world to see.

You might be forgiven for having let social media’s latest craze sit on the periphery of your online radar. After all, short-form social video platforms have been around for several years now. From Vine to Instagram to Snapchat, recording snippets of users’ lives for the world to see has become just as much a part of the social media landscape as reading about your uncle’s political views on Facebook.

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Yet, even by the established standards of social media juggernauts, TikTok is making the kind of waves that would send chills down even the most confident boardroom executives in the industry.

It’s got everyone asking, ‘What is TikTok?’Read More>>

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What Is The Best Social Media Channel For Influencer Marketing?

What Is The Best Social Media Channel For Influencer Marketing?

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How To Choose The Right Social Media Channels For Influencer Marketing In 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for influencer marketing—ad spend is ramping up, and 65% of marketers plan to increase their budgets for 2019. As a growing number of companies invest in influencer marketing, marketers tend to ask a familiar set of questions. How do you find the right influencers, publish successful sponsored content, and measure the ROI of your campaigns?

Before answering any of those questions, marketers need to determine which social media channels are best for their influencer marketing strategy. This can be difficult to decide because social media platforms—and the influencers they host—are constantly evolving. Every year, social networks add new features, introduce new content formats, and either grow, lose, or shift their audience. These fluctuations are hard to keep track of, and they inevitably have implications for influencer marketing.

As we kick off 2019, let’s dig into the most important features and considerations when selecting the right social media channels for influencer marketing.Read More>>

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Top 50 TikTok Creators To Start Following Now

Top 50 TikTok Creators To Start Following Now

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Top TikTok Creators Are Igniting The New “It” App

TikTok (previously branded as Musical.ly) is breaking growth records as the leading channel of binge-worthy, short-form video content and shows no signs of slowing down. In September of 2018, TikTok was the most downloaded social media app in the United States, quickly generating user growth comparable to top social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

 

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TikTok currently has over 500 million users and is the separate international entity of China’s app Douyin, owned by ByteDance. TikTok has officially filled the holes in Viners’ hearts, but time will tell if it will incur the same fate as the extinct platform. Similar to Vine, TikTok’s unique medium supports a niche environment of TikTok creators who have skyrocketed to fame through their innovative and entertaining content.Read More>>

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Is Influencer Marketing Actually Effective? [Infographic]

Is Influencer Marketing Actually Effective? [Infographic]

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How Do Marketers Rate Influencer Marketing Effectiveness?

Influencer marketing happiness abounds in 2019. At the close of 2018, we took the temperature of the influencer marketing industry across a community of marketers in our 2019 Influencer Marketing Survey. The results? Let’s just say influencer marketing is still hot and has hit a teenage growth spurt. This spells out a bright future for influencer marketing strategies heading into 2019 and beyond.

Below are key influencer marketing statistics:

  • 80% of marketers find influencer marketing effective.
  • 71% of marketers rate the quality of customers and traffic from influencer marketing as better than other marketing sources.
  • 89% of marketers say influencer marketing ROI is as good or better than other marketing channels.
  • 65% of marketers plan to up their influencer marketing budgets in 2019.

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Case Study: Bumble Dubs Serena Williams Super Bowl Queen Bee

Case Study: Bumble Dubs Serena Williams Super Bowl Queen Bee

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Bumble & Serena Williams Put The Ball #InHerCourt

Female-driven dating and networking app, Bumble, is a brand on a mission. Looking to encourage equality and shift gender dynamics, Bumble promotes itself as both a service and a movement.

Adept in the promotional tools of today, Bumble is no stranger to utilizing influencer marketing to broadcast its message. In the brand’s latest partnership with tennis phenom, Serena Williams, Bumble aired a commercial created entirely by women during Super Bowl LIII—the first in the game’s history.

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Case Study: Ancestry DNA Links Up With Instagram Influencers

Case Study: Ancestry DNA Links Up With Instagram Influencers

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Ancestry Marketing Is Rooted In Influencers

If you found out your great-great-grandmother was born and raised in Dublin, would you be on the next flight to Ireland? Many Millennials are doing just that. Ancestry DNA has made it possible for anyone to track their lineage, not through paper but by blood. For less than the price of a ticket to Disneyland, anyone can discover the nuances of their genetic heritage. An intriguing prospect to begin with, Ancestry DNA propelled their service’s appeal to new heights by calling in the big guns—Instagram travel influencers.

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Instagram influencers, like down-to-earth Millennial Zach Morris, have enormous appeal to young travelers, with over 40% of those under the age of 33 considering a destination’s “Instagrammability” when planning their next vacation. Ancestry marketing has capitalized on the travel influencer marketing trend, inspiring customers to use their Ancestry DNA test results to get in touch with their roots.Read More>>

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Fyre Festival Influencer Marketing—The Surprising Thing Fyre Festival Taught Us About Influencer Marketing

Fyre Festival Influencer Marketing—The Surprising Thing Fyre Festival Taught Us About Influencer Marketing

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What Marketers Can Learn From The Fyre Festival Influencer Marketing

It is unfortunate that one of influencer marketing’s most successful acts is also the one that most people would prefer to forget. In most respects, 2017’s Fyre Festival was a chapter of errors and an unmitigated disaster. However, it also stands as a case study showing the power of influencer marketing. The Fyre Festival influencers did their job—but the heightened expectations were crushed by an ominous reality.

 

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Before delving into the detailed embers of the Fyre Festival’s that burned out before it began, we summarize key learnings:

  • Fyre Festival promotions worked exceedingly well through the use of influencer marketing.
  • Instagram influencers shared posts of orange squares that spread like “wildfyre,” creating hype and ultimately selling out the event.
  • Influencers did not properly disclose their sponsored content.
  • The Fyre Festival brand built a fraudulent business and deceptive ploy that influencers (and customers) had no way of knowing was a lie.

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CGI Influencers: Why Brands & Consumers Should Pay Attention

CGI Influencers: Why Brands & Consumers Should Pay Attention

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What Is A CGI Influencer?

CGI stands for “computer-generated imagery.” Put simply, it’s the process of creating pictures through the use of computers. Currently, this technology is being applied to create eerily realistic CGI Instagram models. Because CGI influencers operate as robots or artificial intelligence, they are virtual social media influencers.

By now we’re all comfortable with the notion of social media influencers of all kinds. From fashion bloggers to tech vloggers to monkeys and pigs to funky grandmas, nearly every facet of life seems to be covered in one form or another through online influencers. If you’re not surprised by a Bahamian raccoon having picked up 1.5 million followers on Instagram, then you’re probably not surprised by much—or so you would think.

That is because none other than CGI influencers, or virtual influencers, are roaming the world of social media and making big impressions on what would otherwise be considered a market for sentient beings.Read More>>

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