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Exclusive Interview With Travel Instagrammer Suzanne Bruch Of @wonderful_places

Exclusive Interview With Travel Instagrammer Suzanne Bruch Of @wonderful_places

How Travel Instagrammer Suzanne Bruch Of Wonderful Places Amassed 10M+ Followers

Travel enthusiast Suzanne Bruch started on Instagram in 2012 and in the span of six short years has amassed a dedicated following of over 15 million across four accounts. Her most followed account @wonderful_places is an amalgamation of the world's most stunning destinations, ranging from Krabi, Thailand to the Swiss Alps. Bruch sets herself apart from the web's countless travel influencers by curating images and videos from some of the best travel photographers around.

We sat down with Bruch to discuss her social media career to date, the elements necessary for building a viral travel account, and her approach to sponsored content. Read on to hear from the influencer herself in an exclusive interview.

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Standout Brand Ambassador Programs From 4 Of World’s Biggest Brands

Standout Brand Ambassador Programs From 4 Of World’s Biggest Brands

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How American Express, Lululemon, Red Bull & Maybelline Win With Brand Ambassadors

It’s no secret that partnerships with social media influencers can help brands reach wide audiences around the world. Brand ambassador programs give companies the opportunity to work with social influencers, athletes, and more through a coordinated strategy.

When crafting a brand ambassador program, a company has to make decisions about which influencers to hire, how many to use, and what kind of content they want shared. Here, we’ll delve into four stellar brand ambassador programs from American Express, Lululemon, Red Bull and Maybelline.

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PopSugar Caught Reusing And Monetizing Influencers’ Photos

PopSugar Caught Reusing And Monetizing Influencers’ Photos

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How PopSugar Became Entangled In Influencer Controversy

On April 17, 2018, news outlets among the likes of Racked, The Verge, and Fashionista broke a story centered around media and technology company PopSugar and Instagram influencers. Several fashion and lifestyle influencers have come forward and accused the celebrity and fashion-centric online news site of repurposing their Instagram content, without permission, to generate profits via affiliate links.

Founded in 2005, PopSugar is more than just a source of popular culture news. The media company also sells a quarterly subscription box, its own makeup line, and until last year owned the affiliate link service ShopStyle. According to its website, PopSugar’s global audience sits at 400 million, the brand reaches one-in-three millennial women and achieves 3.1 billion global monthly content views. This is all to say, the company has the potential to earn enormous sums of money using affiliate links.

In the following post, we’ll break down the fallout of the allegations against PopSugar and discuss the scandal’s implications for the influencer industry, particularly in regards to content ownership and copyright infringement. Read More>>

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Earth Day Marketing: How Brands Capitalize With Influencers

Earth Day Marketing: How Brands Capitalize With Influencers

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How eBay, ThredUp & H&M Do Influencer Marketing On Earth Day

eBay and ThredUp are two resale brands that naturally align with Earth Day — both are sustainable to the point that they don’t produce any new products. H&M, on the other hand, is a name regularly equated with fast-fashion. A purveyor of the latest fashion trends, the brand historically hasn’t paid much thought to sustainability. In the following case study, we’ll compare and contrast Earth Day influencer marketing campaigns from each brand. All three sell consumer goods but recruit influencers to achieve different ends.

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Exclusive Interview With Viral Facebook Video Star Anthony Nguyen Of The Crazy Gorilla

Exclusive Interview With Viral Facebook Video Star Anthony Nguyen Of The Crazy Gorilla

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How The Crazy Gorilla Found Viral Facebook Video Fame

During the summer of 2011, Anthony Nguyen was approaching his senior year of high school. He and a group of friends posted a comedic video on YouTube, which amassed 5,000 views in just a week on a channel with zero subscribers. Fast forward seven years and Nguyen is still running the same The Crazy Gorilla channel with his childhood friend Ramon Guzman.

Together the pair has created some of the internet's most engaging video content — their Facebook video comparing Donald Trump to Mean Girls has 27 million views. They also have one of the first original Facebook Watch shows, Mexican Survival Guide, that's winning the hearts of millions online.

We sat down with Nguyen to discuss his social media journey in-depth, the ingredients necessary for creating viral content, and the current state of the influencer industry, particularly as it relates to YouTube MCNs. Get to know the motivated and insightful creator here.

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YouTubers vs Celebrities: Introducing The New Class Of Pop Culture Royalty

YouTubers vs Celebrities: Introducing The New Class Of Pop Culture Royalty

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Top YouTube Influencers Outperform Celebrity Sponsorships

As of Q4 2017, YouTube now has 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs). Viewers across the globe flock to the site each day to view content from their favorite YouTube creators (also know as YouTubers or YouTube influencers). Today's 20 most popular YouTubers have more than 430 million subscribers combined, eclipsing America's population by more than 100 million.

Prior to the rise and popularity of social media and success of influencer marketing, advertisers worked with traditional celebrities (those who got their fame from TV, acting, or modeling) to reach audiences and illicit sales. As audience and demographic/generational time spent differences have shifted (i.e. the decline of TV vs. rise of time spent on social and mobile devices), brands like Apple are now finding that YouTubers outperform celebrities and sometimes by a long shot.

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How Brands Like KFC, South Park & More Are Marketing With Top Twitch Influencers

How Brands Like KFC, South Park & More Are Marketing With Top Twitch Influencers

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The 5 Standout Twitch Influencer Sponsorships Marketers Must See

More than 15 million users spend an average of nearly two hours a day watching Twitch live streams. The sheer amount of time users dedicate to the platform makes it an excellent avenue for advertising.

Here, we’ll examine how five top brands partner with Twitch influencers to drive traffic and purchases, and offer clear takeaways for marketers.

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8 Coachella 2018 Brand Activations You Can’t Miss

8 Coachella 2018 Brand Activations You Can’t Miss

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The Coachella 2018 Brand Activations & Influencer Partnerships Marketers Must See

Coachella 2018 has already proven to be a standout event for influencers, brands, and attendees. The festival’s first weekend was marked by a historic Beyoncé performance that’s being lauded as quite possibly the greatest Coachella set of all time.

Last year Coachella drew a total attendance of 750,000 people. Though official numbers aren’t yet available, 2018 attendance is expected to match or even exceed last year.

Apart from last weekends physical attendees, millions tuned in online to watch the event live. Over the course of the first weekend, YouTube’s official live stream garnered 41 million live views from 232 countries. Beyoncé’s performance attracted 498,00 simultaneous viewers, shattering a record for the most viewed Coachella performance in history.

Brand activations also drew the attention of thousands in-person online. Here we’ll break down the top influencer sponsorships executed at Coachella week one. Read More>>

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Auto Brand Marketing Case Study: Maserati, Jeep & More Drive Success With Influencers

Auto Brand Marketing Case Study: Maserati, Jeep & More Drive Success With Influencers

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How Top Auto Brands Maserati, Jeep & More Execute Influencer Marketing Campaigns

Last year, U.S. auto industry sales dropped for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. After years of strong performance, annual sales dipped by a small but still noticeable 1.8%.

To combat the ever challenging car market auto brands of all types are turning to influencer marketing to win and retain customers. Here we’ll examine how automakers among the likes of Maserati, Jeep, and Land Rover are adapting their marketing strategy for social and winning.Read More>>

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What The 19th Coachella Music Festival 2018 Holds For Brands & Advertisers

What The 19th Coachella Music Festival 2018 Holds For Brands & Advertisers

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What Marketers Should Expect At Coachella 2018

Each year, thousands descend upon Indio, California to attend Coachella. The world-famous music festival has been around since 1999 and costs anywhere from $429 to over $1,000 to attend. If its past musical acts are any indication, the musical festival is squarely for millennials. Famously, the 2012 event featured a 2Pac hologram. Coldplay, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga have also performed.

Coachella 2018 looks to be as major as ever for festival goers, marketers and brands, and the general public observing from afar. In preparation for its start on April 13, here we’ll discuss Coachella unprecedented marketing potential, the 2018 brand experiences to watch out for, and the festival's connection to influencer marketing. Read More>>

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