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Marketing To Teens: How To Reach Gen Z With Influencers

Marketing To Teens: How To Reach Gen Z With Influencers

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Why Influencers Are The Key To Marketing To Teens

Teens in today’s economy have a massive buying power of $44 billion annually, but an attention span of only eight seconds. Because of the growing role of teens as consumers, advertisers are making bigger and bigger efforts to reach them. However, the limited attention span of the average teenager — which is shorter than that of a goldfish — makes this task increasingly difficult.

Influencer marketing offers brands a new way to communicate with their target audiences and has been particularly impactful for reaching members of Generation Z (the largely teen generation that includes individuals born between 1996 and 2010). This relatively new advertising strategy leverages the power of social media influencers to market a brand, product, or service to specific audiences.

As teens in Generation Z abandon traditional media, influencer marketing has become an essential strategy for reaching them. Here, we’ll explore why influencer marketing is one of the most effective ways to influence teenagers’ purchase decisions.

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Snapchat’s New Insights Tool: Too Little, Too Late For Top Influencers?

Snapchat’s New Insights Tool: Too Little, Too Late For Top Influencers?

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Top Influencers Weigh In On Snapchat's Insights Tool & Its Support (Or Lack Thereof) For The Creator Community

Snapchat’s relationship with influencers can be boiled down into two words: it’s complicated.

Unlike competing platform YouTube, which fosters positive creator relationships through initiatives like Play Buttons, Super Chat, its annual Rewind video, and YouTube Red, Snapchat has been repeatedly criticized for failing to support influencers. As a result, many have left the platform.

However, recent events indicate that Snapchat is turning the tide with influencers. Following an extremely successful Q4 2017, Snapchat just announced a new analytics tool called Insights. The tool will provide data to influencers, giving them the information they need to grow and thrive on the platform.

Here we’ll take a closer look at Insights, examine Snapchat’s complicated history with influencers, and discuss why influencers are central to the app’s success.

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Meet Riley Beek, The Mastermind Behind One Of Instagram’s Largest Meme Pages

Meet Riley Beek, The Mastermind Behind One Of Instagram’s Largest Meme Pages

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How Riley Beek, Creator Of The @bitc.h Instagram Page, Used Viral Memes To Build A Career

Instagram influencer Riley Beek never dreamed she would pursue social media as a career. Enter her Instagram account @bitc.h, a meme page delivering some of the internet's most hilarious content to a fanbase of over 5.2 million.

Beek satiates millennial appetites with memes poking fun at friends, relationships, school, and money. With consistent references to shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she ties in cultural references while brining a fresh perspective to everyday life.

We sat down with the accomplished meme creator to learn about her career so far, discuss her strategies for creating sponsored content, and to uncover what it takes to build a success meme page.

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in blog, Influencer Marketing, Influencer Spotlight, Instagram Influencers, Social Media Influencers

The Top 12 Ways YouTubers Make Money

The Top 12 Ways YouTubers Make Money

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Making Money Guide: How Do YouTubers Get Paid?

YouTube influencers (also known as “YouTube creators” or “YouTubers”) are making big money on the world’s largest user-generated, video-centric social network. In fact, top YouTubers earn millions of dollars per year, and many smaller creators are also making a living through the status they’ve achieved on YouTube.

Prominent YouTubers are striking it rich through a combination of ad revenue, brand partnerships, personal business ventures and more. In the post below, we’ll explore some of the direct and indirect ways YouTube creators make money on and off the platform.

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How Marketers Can Take Advantage Of SXSW 2018

How Marketers Can Take Advantage Of SXSW 2018

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A Guide To SXSW: History, Speakers, Event Marketing & More

Each year more than 421,000 marketers, influencers, and artists descend on Austin, Texas to attend South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual festival celebrating media and technology of all types. The 31-year-old gathering includes three main events: a musical festival, a film festival, and a conference.

South by Southwest 2018 is set to run from March 9th-17th. Here, we’ll detail its history in anticipation of the event, preview this year’s notable speakers, and examine how marketers can take advantage of the event, whether through networking, participation marketing or influencer marketing.

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The Top 25 Influencers Marketers Must Know In 2018

The Top 25 Influencers Marketers Must Know In 2018

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The Top Influencers Captivating Audiences Across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Amassing a large following on one social media platform is an impressive feat in itself, but the ability to diversify across multiple social platforms enables influencers to reach a whole new level of success. Today's top social media influencers are connecting with millions of fans through an increasingly wide array of mediums and formats.

Whether through social posts, Stories, or videos, top social media influencers are creating and sharing new and innovative content at practically every moment. Here, we've outlined the 25 most followed social media influencers across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. In total, the group maintains more than 890 million followers online.

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The Influencer Marketing Industry Global Ad Spend: A $5-$10 Billion Market By 2020 [CHART]

Why The Influencer Marketing Industry Will Be A $5-$10 Billion Dollar Market In The Next 5 Years

UPDATED March 6, 2018 — We first published our influencer marketing industry global market spend towards the end of 2015. Since then, much has changed in the influencer marketing ecosystem serving to reshape, disrupt, and grow the industry.

We published an in-depth study and methodology on the Instagram influencer marketing spend with advertisers possibly spending $1.6 billion on Instagram alone in 2018, and also proved to brands and the world that fake Instagram influencers and engagement could be costing advertisers up to $100 million each year — a fraudulent practice for some macro and micro influencers alike.

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The Top 4 Reasons Influencer Marketing Platforms May Fail You

The Top 4 Reasons Influencer Marketing Platforms May Fail You

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4 Major Influencer Marketing Platform Risks Marketers Must Know

Influencer marketing platforms are online databases brands can use to discover and, in some cases, work with influencers. Most are accessible by paying a recurring subscription fee and/or campaign percentage fee, and some offer additional features that help brands manage and measure campaigns.

While some brands may use platforms as an influencer marketing solution, these online tools come along with several notable risks that marketers should be aware of. Here we’ll break down the four biggest ways influencer platforms may fail marketers.

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Exclusive Interview With Trey Kennedy, Internet Comedy Star & Rising Musician

Exclusive Interview With Trey Kennedy, Internet Comedy Star & Rising Musician

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Meet Trey Kennedy, The Comedy Influencer Creating Hilarious Short-Form Video Content On Facebook & Instagram

Social media comedian Trey Kennedy started his career on the fallen app Vine but has since moved on to achieve massive success on Instagram and Facebook. In total, Kennedy maintains over 2.3 million followers across social media platforms and continues to grow.

No matter the topic, Kennedy brings creativity, relatability, and humor to his online videos and skits. His online success has also made way for a music career, which includes a 2016 EP and a soon to be released music project. We sat down with Kennedy to discuss his career thus far, his strategies for incorporating branded messaging into his content and his thoughts about the forthcoming Vine 2.

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Olympics Advertising Case Study: 3 Standout Influencer Campaigns At The 2018 Winter Games

Olympics Advertising Case Study: 3 Standout Influencer Campaigns At The 2018 Winter Games

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How 3 Major Brands Are Incorporating Influencers Into Their Olympics Advertising Strategies

Dating back to 1896, the Olympics is the world’s largest international sports competition. Every two years, thousands of athletes representing more than 200 countries converge to compete amongst the best of the best in a variety of sports.

The global and celebratory nature of the event has made it a tremendous advertising opportunity for brands of all types. Leading up to and during the games, Olympic athletes take center stage in the marketing world, routinely starring in television commercials, appearing on cereal boxes, and becoming ubiquitous across digital and social ads.

More recently, the growth of social media and influencer marketing has given way to lucrative brand partnerships online. Many brands are leveraging Olympians to publish sponsored content on Instagram and other social platforms. Here we’ll examine three standout influencer marketing campaigns that took place during the 2018 Winter Olympics from Kellogg’s, Beats By Dre and P&G.

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