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Why Brands Should Attend VidCon

Why Brands Should Attend VidCon

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Why Should Brands Attend VidCon?

Each year, YouTube creators, fans, and market industry professionals attend VidCon, the premier conference for all things online video. As video continues to dominate online content, VidCon has grown considerably in scope since its inception in 2010. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend this year's conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, CA.

VidCon was originally conceived as an event to bring popular YouTubers and their fan community together in real life. Now, the conference has expanded to host sessions, panels, Q&As, workshops and other educational programming designed for marketing professionals and brands. We spoke with Jim Louderback, the CEO of VidCon, about what brands can expect at VidCon 2018 this year.

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How Reality Stars On Instagram Make Millions [Infographic]

How Reality Stars On Instagram Make Millions [Infographic]

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Here’s How Top Reality Stars On Instagram Are Cashing In On Television Fame [Infographic]

The world’s fixation on breakout reality stars is resulting in lucrative brand sponsorship deals across Instagram. While reality stars translating their TV fame into off-screen money making opportunities isn’t a new phenomenon, the growth of social media, rise of its “influencers,” and ability to make a sizable income just off of Instagram has only recently become a reality. Instagram has provided a means for contestants on the Bachelor and other reality shows to translate their exposure from the show into a social media footprint and lasting exposure.

Just how much can top reality stars on Instagram earn? Our forecasts (detailed below) peg the median amount nearly $1 million a year. For an in-depth look at how top reality TV stars can feasibly make close to if not well over $1 million a year off of brand sponsored deals on Instagram, what percentage of their Instagram posts are sponsored, the brands working with reality TV stars, and much more, view our infographic and methodology below:

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How Do Mobile Games Make Money?

How Do Mobile Games Make Money?

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How Do Mobile Games Make Money? Most Popular Monetization Models

The meteoric rise in mobile device popularity and tech capability has fueled the extremely popular mobile app industry. Mobile games are amongst the most popular types of apps—in 2017, 80% of all app revenue came from gaming apps for both the Apple iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The global gaming market is targeted to reach $115 billion in 2018; the mobile gaming industry accounts for $50 billion dollars in all of global gaming revenue.

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It’s clear that the mobile app industry is lucrative and continuing to grow in size each year. How do mobile games make money? Game monetization is the method by which a game product makes money for its developers and copyright owners. There are various revenue models that mobile games use to generate profit.

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Interview with VidCon CEO Jim Louderback

Interview with VidCon CEO Jim Louderback

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Jim Louderback Chats About VidCon 2018 And Viacom's Purchase Of The Conference

More than 30,000 online video fans, creators, and brands will unite at VidCon US 2018, the world's premier online video conference hosted in Southern California. VidCon has attracted YouTube influencers and their fan community since its inception in 2010. As video continues to dominate all types of media, VidCon's attendance grows each year, attracting fans, creators, brands, and industry leaders from around the world. Major brands like Instagram, Entertainment Arts, and Nickelodeon co-sponsor the event, hosting everything from keynote speeches to musical performances to mini-experiential events on the expo floor. Industry professionals attend VidCon to network, attend product demonstrations, and participate in workshops.

In an exclusive interview, we spoke with of VidCon's CEO Jim Louderback about Viacom acquiring VidCon in February 2018 and how the conference has evolved over the years.

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How Instagram Meme Channels Are Evolving

How Instagram Meme Channels Are Evolving

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Instagram Meme Channels Are Big Business. Here Are 5 Ways They’ve Grown Beyond Being Just Millennial Hotspots

Up until now, Instagram meme channels were largely photo posts and the occasional short video post (usually a GIF “graphics interchange format” - a file type that allows for combining static and animated images). Many top Instagram meme channel creators often remained anonymous, amassing hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of followers in a few short years without attaching a face or personality to these accounts.

Due to their popularity, Instagram meme channels have evolved leveraging not only their massive fan bases and universal millennial appeal, but also being on the forefront of social media trends (i.e. novel uses of Instagram Stories and other emerging social media features). Check out the ways Instagram meme channels have evolved into some of the biggest brands by creating relatable memes and establishing businesses both on and off social media.
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Why Meme Accounts On Instagram Are The Fastest Growing Accounts

Why Meme Accounts On Instagram Are The Fastest Growing Accounts

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The 3 Biggest Reasons Why Meme Accounts Are The Fastest Growing On Instagram

In the past few years, meme accounts have been among the fastest growing on Instagram. Home to funny images, gifs, and short videos accompanied by culturally-relevant captions, meme accounts appeal to audiences of all types. Meme account popularity has exploded in the last couple of years. Familiar names like The Fat Jewish and Fuck Jerry are now among thousands of other memes accounts in hundreds of different categories.

In the following post, we’ll explore the factors contributing to the growth of Instagram meme accounts and get to know a of few of the platform’s most popular accounts. We’ll also examine the ways Instagram meme accounts have been successfully leveraged for influencer marketing.

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5 Facebook Stories Statistics Changing How We Communicate On Social

5 Facebook Stories Statistics Changing How We Communicate On Social

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With Stories Growing 15x Faster Than News Feeds, Here Are The 5 Facebook Stories Statistics To Know

On March 28, 2017, Facebook launched Stories within its own app of nearly 2.2 billion monthly active users (MAUs). “Until now, Facebook was just running missile tests and fighting skirmishes on the frontier. Today Facebook declares total war on Snapchat” notes TechCrunch’s Josh Constine.

Facebook had successfully debuted Stories, a Snapchat invention, with Instagram to the tune of 300 million daily active users (DAUs). Instagram reached its first 150 million DAUs in five months. For perspective, Snapchat’s entire user base is slightly over 190 million DAUs. Facebook has recognized the critical importance of Stories to a profitable future and is focused on making Stories a global hit.

Here are the biggest Facebook Stories statistics marketers need to know:

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The Top 10 French YouTubers Impacting Culture In France

The Top 10 French YouTubers Impacting Culture In France

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The Top French YouTubers Reach Beyond Entertainment

Due to its rich history, popular tourist attractions, and proximity to other prominent global destinations, France is the most visited country in the entire world. At the same time, with their crowd-pleasing personalities and humorous tone, top French YouTubers connect with millions of France natives on one of the world’s most dominant digital platforms.

After the Paris Attacks in 2015, top French YouTubers broadcasted messages of hope, love, and solidarity to their home country and the world. Along with these intimate and empathetic communications, French YouTubers offer a variety of entertaining channel topics, including music, video games, comedy, pranks, and challenges. In the following list, we’ll take a look at the top 10 French YouTube channels:

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What Happened to Facebook Live?

What Happened to Facebook Live?

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How Does Facebook Live Compare to Other Live Streaming Platforms?

Facebook Live launched in August 2015 to much fanfare. Live streaming allowed brands (and later all users in April 2016) to instantly connect with followers. Live was touted as a valuable tool for influencers, celebrities, brands, and media publishers to publish real time video content on Facebook for the first time. Brands started to use Facebook to stream live events and other video content and users quickly adopted live streaming to publish life updates to friends in their network.

During the initial launch, Facebook sourced a wealth of high-quality video content to bring attention to the new streaming service. Facebook did this by securing lucrative partnerships with major publishers, celebrities, and influencers. Fun features like Live Reactions (animated likes, hearts, and smiley faces) and Q&A in real time helped to cultivate an interactive experience for fans.

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10 Marketing Facts Every Marketer Must Know

10 Marketing Facts Every Marketer Must Know

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The 10 Marketing Facts That Will Transform Your Digital Strategy

Every year, the advertising industry evolves in new and unexpected ways. Fortunately, it's possible to keep up with the latest trends by following the hundreds of studies continually published around marketing best practices. From consumer insights to bold predictions regarding the industry's future, well-researched studies help to shape the marketing strategies of some of the world’s most powerful brands.

Below, we’ve compiled 10 of the most fascinating marketing facts from authoritative industry studies to help your business stay ahead of the competition. From influencer marketing statistics to the rise of online video, each is poised to alter the advertising landscape in coming years. Read More>>

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