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What Is #Sponstagram And What’s In Store For Influencer Marketing On Instagram?

What Is #Sponstagram And What’s In Store For Influencer Marketing On Instagram?

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#Sponstagram Is Changing The Marketing Landscape, But FTC Violations Are Changing Its Course

Sponsored content on Instagram is becoming as commonplace as brunch pics. Instagram has seen massive growth in the last year, adding over 200 million users and launching Instagram Stories, a Snapchat-like feature that, on its own, outscores Snapchat in daily active users. Going hand-in-hand with Instagram’s growth, the influencer marketing industry on Instagram has seen major gains.

Influencer marketing on Instagram alone will be a $1 billion industry in 2017 and is projected to increase to over $2 billion by 2019. Sponsored posts on Instagram, or #Sponstagram, is a major (and growing) phenomenon, which may lead to more regulation and monitoring from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and from Instagram itself.

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The Top 10 Patreon Creators Funded By Their Followers

The Top 10 Patreon Creators Funded By Their Followers

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The 10 Most Well Funded Patreon Creators On Social Media

Patreon is changing the way that artists live and work in the 21st century. Artists have unprecedented opportunities for exposure, but monetizing that exposure and making a living is still difficult in the age of ad blockers and free access to art. Patreon is changing the model by connecting creators directly to their audiences and giving fans the opportunity to support creators with small recurring pledges. There are over 50,000 creators on Patreon, and the top creators have tens of thousands of patrons.

It’s tempting to compare Patreon to Kickstarter with its tiers, pledges, and goals, but there’s a fundamental difference in Patreon campaigns, which are often sustained efforts. It’s not about creating a single project, but contributing to a creator’s ongoing work. We’ve compiled a list of the top creators on Patreon who have continuing support from a massive stable of engaged fans.

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Will Celebs And Influencers Use Instagram’s New Paid Partnership Tag?

Will Celebs And Influencers Use Instagram’s New Paid Partnership Tag?

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Instagram Is Adding A Paid Disclosure Tag, But Will Influencers Use It?

Influencer marketing is a $1 billion industry on Instagram, but improper disclosure of sponsored content on the platform is a huge problem and Instagram is finally taking steps to remedy it. The company announced that it’s introducing a new tool to help brands and influencers more clearly disclose paid posts and content.

With the introduction of the Snapchat-like Instagram Stories feature, the platform has been drawing in new users and adding over 200 million users in just under a year. Instagram’s incredible growth means that protecting the health of its community is more important than ever, and that’s part of the motivation behind the new tool. Transparency is key to maintaining trust in the relationship between creators and fans. A community that becomes overrun with sponsored posts that aren’t properly disclosed — intentionally or not — erodes the sense of authenticity that’s central to Instagram's success.

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How To Do Cause Marketing Right With Influencers

How To Do Cause Marketing Right With Influencers

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What Marketers Can Learn From Top Examples of Cause Marketing With Influencers

Influencer marketing has seen rapid expansion in the last few years. It began as a marketing experiment when brands partnered with the biggest social media stars to promote their brands and products, but now it’s a full-fledged industry that’s worth over $1 billion on Instagram alone. The world’s largest and most intrepid brands are using influencer marketing and partnering with major charities to associate themselves with good causes.

With 87% of customers willing to switch from one brand to another based solely on association with a good cause, social and environmental responsibility is a priority for consumers. Marketing and advertising efforts are more effective when brands partner with causes, too — 95% of respondents in a survey of college students said that they were less likely to skip a brand’s ad if it was promoting a partnership with a cause.

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The Top 5 Differences Between Marketing To Millennials Vs. Gen Z

The Top 5 Differences Between Marketing To Millennials Vs. Gen Z

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The 5 Biggest Ways That Marketing To Millennials Is Different From Marketing To Generation Z

For marketers, young people are a coveted demographic. Millennials and Gen Z represent an enormous (and growing) amount of purchasing power and, thanks to the internet and social media, they’re accessible in more places and more ways than ever before.

Marketing to millennials isn’t the same as marketing to Gen Z, though. Beyond their different needs and tastes, these generational groups approach online advertising and purchasing differently, and brands and marketers will have to adjust if they want to reach them effectively.

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Influencer Spotlight: Exclusive Interview With YouTuber Behind Cooking Channel SORTEDfood

Influencer Spotlight: Exclusive Interview With YouTuber Behind Cooking Channel SORTEDfood

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How SORTEDfood Went From A Group of Friends In A Pub To One Of The Most Popular Cooking Channels On YouTube

SORTEDfood started with scribbled recipes in pubs. Now, eight years and over 1.7 million YouTube subscribers later, friends Ben, Barry, Mike, and Jamie are helping anyone who lacks the knowledge or confidence in the kitchen to become a stellar home chef. They’ve partnered with brands like Co-op, Ford, Android Pay and more to bring fresh content to an audience on YouTube that’s full of food enthusiasts, first-time chefs, and pros looking for new challenges.

Through recipes, challenges, cooking lessons and more, the SORTEDfood team is changing how millions approach food. We caught up with Jamie Spafford — one of the founding members of SORTEDfood — to get the inside scoop on the journey behind one of the largest online cooking shows and to find out what’s coming next from the SORTEDfood team in an exclusive interview.

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Advertising On Dating Apps Broken Down In 7 Statistics

Advertising On Dating Apps Broken Down In 7 Statistics

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7 Top Dating App Advertising Statistics That Will Guarantee A Swipe-Right On Your Next Campaign

Dating apps are the definition of modern love. Where people once cast their nets far and wide looking for romance, dating apps have scooped up and hand-delivered romantic connections for everyone’s convenience. The convenience of online dating paired with the universal pursuit of love has made dating websites and apps extremely popular platforms with large user bases and plenty of marketing opportunities.

We’ve compiled the most important statistics on dating apps and online dating, including online dating demographics, attitudes, and advertising opportunities.

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What Marketers Should Be Aware Of When Marketing With Micro Influencers

What Marketers Should Be Aware Of When Marketing With Micro Influencers

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Beware Of These Key Aspects When Marketing With Micro Influencers

The influencer marketing landscape has undergone dramatic changes in the last few years. Most of the world’s top brands use some form of influencer marketing, and their influencer marketing tactics have permanently changed the industry. Some brands are now working with micro influencers instead of or in addition to the biggest influencers on social media.

Micro influencers are known for being less expensive and having higher engagement on their social media channels, but marketers aren’t always seeing the returns they expect from their micro influencer efforts. It’s left many skeptical about the efficacy of micro influencers, even as the industry continues to grow. This is what marketers need to know about micro influencers.

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What Marketers Need To Know About Influencer Marketing Whitelists

What Marketers Need To Know About Influencer Marketing Whitelists

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What Marketers Need To Know About Influencer Marketing Whitelists

Vetting has always been a crucial part of influencer marketing, and brands are catching on to its importance. Influencer whitelists are becoming increasingly common as advertisers prioritize brand safety in the wake of controversies like PewDiePie’s anti-semitic remarks and the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

Trusting the wrong influencers can put brands at risk if an influencer says or does something controversial. Whitelists mitigate some of that risk by highlighting influencers who don’t post controversial content or have never worked with competing brands, allowing brands to partner with brand-safe creators.

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The Top 10 LGBTQ YouTubers & Social Media Influencers To Follow Right Now

The Top 10 LGBTQ YouTubers & Social Media Influencers To Follow Right Now

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The Top 10 LGBTQ YouTubers & Social Media Influencers Have An Impact On The World By Being True To Themselves

June is Pride Month, which means that social media is full of rainbow flags, pictures from Pride celebrations, and messages of acceptance and equality. Some of the biggest creators and influencers are prominent members of the LGBTQ community, and their visibility in online communities has helped countless fans come to love and accept themselves.

These influencers have created moving coming out videos, lent their talents to charitable causes, and made themselves a beacon for anyone in the LGBTQ community that felt unseen or unconsidered. Influencers have the power to make a real difference, and these top 10 LGBTQ social media influencers are proof that being true to yourself can have a real impact.

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