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Best Instagram Campaigns – Brand Sponsored Posts

Best Instagram Campaigns Brand Sponsored Posts Logan Paul Dunkin Donuts

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The Best Instagram Campaigns - Brand Sponsored Posts From Top Viners, Bloggers & YouTubers

Although Instagram recently opened their Sponsored Ad platform for all businesses "big and small," many of Instagram's prime demographics and market have already voiced their disdain for the platform's native ad increase. In a recent market research study, VentureBeat found that more than 50% of Instagram users hate seeing more Sponsored ads.

For the first installment of our Best Instagram Campaigns Series, we take a look at some of the most recognizable brands opting to sponsor Instagram posts with top digital creators, YouTubers, bloggers, or Viners on Instagram in place or in addition to Instagram's Sponsored Ads. While there are many brands marketing with creators on Instagram, the following curated examples represent the best Instagram campaigns for standout, creative brand integrations with adjoining social engagement (see our post here for why social media engagement matters for sponsored content).

See which brands and creators collaborated for this week's best Instagram campaigns - brand sponsored posts:

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3 Ways Marketers Can Beat Declining TV Viewership

TV Viewership Declining What Marketers Need To Know

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With Quickly Declining TV Viewership Rates, Here's What Marketers Need To Know

It is no secret that traditional TV viewership is losing its audience fast. With the rise of services like Netflix and Hulu - as well as individually produced video content streamed on platforms like Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook Video - cable is no longer the holy grail of in-home entertainment. MediaPost projects that, by 2019, "connected" TV viewership through online streaming services will hit 200 million, representing a whopping 78.1% of U.S. households.

This, of course, poses a problem to companies who have traditionally relied on TV advertising spots to get the word out about their products and services. However, savvy companies have already begun carving a space out for themselves in this rapidly changing media landscape by turning to the Internet. The marketing industry is changing with the times, and new developments are being made every day. Here are three ways that marketers can beat declining TV viewership:

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How Social Media Influencers Are Driving Ecommerce For Retail Marketing

Retail Marketing With Social Media Influencers Driving Ecommerce Sales

See popular YouTuber Casey Neistat's video for J.Crew below plus many other brand-influencer campaign examples below. For the latest authoritative marketing news, trends, and stats on social media stars, subscribe to our industry digest newsletter today!

5 Ways Social Media Stars Are Driving Ecommerce For Retail Marketing

In a recent 2015 study analyzing how the biggest brands advertise with influential bloggers, five out of the top ten brands included traditional, "brick and mortar" retailers (Nordstrom, Target, Old Navy, Express). Amidst much newer startups and solely ecommerce businesses (e.g. Blue Apron, NatureBox, and ShopStyle), the study brings to light how traditional retailers are driving ecommerce sales by partnering with popular social media stars to reach vast audiences who already shop and browse online.

Fortune's recent market study with eMarketer identifies the largest brick and mortar retailers competing with ecommerce leader, Amazon. As Amazon's direct and closest competitors, several of these traditional retailers included in Fortune's study (including Nordstrom and Target in top ten blog advertisers) are engaging with top bloggers, Instagrammers, Snapchatters, and YouTubers to drive conversions online for retail marketing.

As an emerging and high ROI channel for retail marketing, many traditional brick and mortar retailers (e.g. Lord & Taylor, Dick's Sporting Goods) are partnering with top digital influencers for longer-term collaborations oftentimes resulting in completely sold-out items. See how these brands are working with popular social media stars to effectively drive ecommerce for their retail marketing campaigns here:

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Ad Blocking Statistics: What Marketers Need To Know

Ad Blocking Statistics Marketers Need To Know

via PageFair and Adobe's 2015 Ad Blocking report here. For the latest authoritative marketing news, trends, and stats on social media stars, subscribe to our industry digest newsletter!

The Ad Blocking Statistics Marketers Need To Know

In September, Apple released a new iOS with built-in ad blocking technologies. Since then, advertising and marketing news has been awash with talk of ad blocking. The practice of ad blocking is growing in popularity and, certainly, widespread usage will pose a challenge to publishers who rely on ads to fund free content and to brands who purchase exposure.

But the industry has already begun to adjust and, as discourse continues, inventive new ways to overcome these challenges are bound to be developed. For now, it's essential for marketers to stay engaged and aware of the facts surrounding the issue of ad blocking.

Check out our article for all the ad blocking statistics marketers need to know:

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How Lynda.com Markets With Popular YouTubers

Popular YouTubers Partner With Online Learning Company Lynda

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Popular YouTubers Help Online Learning Company Lynda.com Drive Sign-ups

With over a billion users watching hundreds of millions of hours each day, many companies are partnering with influential and popular YouTubers to help drive awareness, engagement, and conversions for products and services. Top YouTubers and channels can consistently receive hundreds of thousands of views per video and feature millions of avid subscribers who tune in for the latest video content direct from their favorite YouTubers.

Although many advertisers and publishers are currently being adversely affected by the rising use of ad blockers (ad blockers prevent many forms of display, banner, and also pre-roll video ads), savvy marketers are turning to sponsored content with influencers as a viable, well-targeted, and high return alternative to digital ads.

Acquired by LinkedIn for $1.5 billion in April 2015, online learning company veteran Lynda.com advertised prolifically with popular YouTubers throughout 2015 to help drive sign-ups, conversions, and awareness for their service. Collectively, Lynda's sponsored content with popular YouTubers reached a subscriber audience of over 46 million.

See sponsored video examples and how Lynda marketed with popular YouTubers and channels including Rooster Teeth, Good Mythical Morning, The Fine Brothers, The Game Theorists, Veritasium, and many others here:

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Why Instagrammers Are The New Bloggers

Why Instagrammers Are The New Bloggers Love Taza Naomi Instagram

Instagrammers Are Now "Blogging" On Instagram

In New York Magazine's recent post "Why Instagram Captions Are The New Blogging," author Kyle Chayka illustrates how even the most unlikely characters and personas (e.g. The Rock) are apt to post "lengthy" in-depth captions and stories on Instagram. Instagram, which began in 2010 as a simple photo-sharing app, now has over 400 million active users and with its 2,200 character limit for each photo, many Instagrammers are beginning to share lengthier captions in a similar fashion to personal blog sites.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Instagram with its ample caption limit effectively allows for both and with its massive adoption rate among many key demographics, Instagramming may just be the new form of blogging for today's social influencers to authentically share both words and pictures.

Read our post to see examples and why Instagrammers are today's new bloggers:

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Best Snapchat Marketing Tips

25 Best Snapchat Marketing Tips

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25 Best Snapchat Marketing Tips

This week, Snapchat announced that they receive upwards of 6 billion daily video views. With that type of engagement, the company is poised to surpass Facebook and YouTube in terms of popularity. It’s no secret that Snapchat is the next big, mainstream social media platform. Millennials, advertisers, publishers, and brands of all industries (from AT&T to Dominos to Condé Nast) have already jumped on board.

To see exactly which brands have executed Snapchat marketing campaigns, check out our post "50+ Brands Using Snapchat Marketing." Out of these brands, many have achieved Snapchat marketing campaign success by partnering with prominent social media influencers and top Snapchatters.

We’ve culled the best Snapchat marketing tips we could find and compiled them. In developing your brand’s Snapchat presence, be sure to take a look at the advice offered in the articles listed below.

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Facebook Copyright Problems & Video View Growth

Facebook Copyright Problems Facebook Video Views Growth

image via In a Nutshell - Kurzgesagt's YouTube video "How Facebook Is Stealing Billions Of Views"

As Facebook's Video Views Grow, So Does Its Copyright Problems

In the ad dollars arms race for a dominant video publishing network and social platform, it seems that mega-players Facebook, YouTube, and most recently Snapchat are releasing bigger, astronomical, and unfathomable numbers for most video views in any given period. Whereas YouTube boasts more than 1 billion users (and is slated to reach 8 billion video views per day), 11-year-old Facebook announced last week that it's hit 8 billion video views -- doubling from 4 billion in roughly 6 months. Days after Facebook's announcement, Snapchat made one of their own: the 4-year-old mobile video app is now at 6 billion video views (tripling since May).

With these kinds of impressive video view numbers being generated and touted, video creators (many who stand to lose or gain significant amounts of revenue dependent on each platform's policies) have delved deeper to provide insights on how these views are generated, where Facebook's top viewed videos are sourced, and an inside look at Facebook's copyright infringement process.

When Facebook first announced in July that it'd start sharing ad revenue with video content creators, VidCon co-founder and top YouTuber Hank Green took to blogging platform Medium to explain how Facebook was stealing from creators in article "Theft, Lies, And Facebook Video." Yesterday, popular educational channel Kurzgesagt published an explainer video detailing the nature of Facebook video views, and the existing creator problems with Facebook copyright with the adjoining text:

"Facebook just announced 8 billion video views per day. This number is made out of lies, cheating and worst of all: theft. All of this is wildly known but the media giant Facebook is pretending everything is fine, while damaging independent creators in the process. How does this work?" - Kurzgesagt

Check out Kurzgesagt's informational video below.

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Native Advertising vs Sponsored Content vs Influencer Marketing

Combining Native Advertising With Influencer Marketing

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Learn The Differences Between Native Advertising, Sponsored Content & Influencer Marketing

Although the terms native advertising, sponsored content, and influencer marketing are oftentimes used interchangeably with varying degrees of overlap, differences do exist between these popular forms of advertising. Learning the differences between native advertising vs. sponsored content vs. influencer marketing can help marketers determine whether or not one format is better suited than another for each marketing objective.

See below for platform-specific examples and a bulleted list of notable differences between native advertising vs. sponsored content vs. influencer marketing:

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50+ Brands Using Snapchat Marketing

50+ Brands Using Snapchat Marketing

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How 50+ Brands Are Using Snapchat Marketing

A relative newcomer to the word of social media apps, platforms, and networks, Snapchat has quickly become a mainstay among teenagers and millennial audiences. According to Snapchat's own demographic research, more than 60% of American 13- to 34-year-olds use the app, with the majority of users falling in the 18- to 24-year-old demographic—a highly-coveted age range for brands and marketers. The app also boasts over 100 million daily active users who watch an estimated 8 billion "Snaps" each and every day.

Related Post: Snapchat Statistics Every Marketer Should Know

It should be no surprise, then, that marketers, brands, and major publishers have started leveraging Snapchat's most popular features (like Stories, which allows users to stitch Snaps together to create a daily narrative) to promote upcoming events, show behind-the-scenes footage, or partner with top social media influencers for Snapchat Takeovers or other influencer marketing collaborations.

To help companies understand Snapchat's role in today's every-expanding social media marketing landscape, we've compiled some of the most useful coverage on brands using Snapchat marketing to effectively reach and engage new audiences. See the following articles to learn how the world's top brands have been using Snapchat marketing to drive user engagement and increase brand awareness.

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