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10 Top Snapchat Influencers To Follow [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Top Snapchat Influencers To Follow [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The Top 10 Snapchat Influencers To Follow [INFOGRAPHIC]

Recently, Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that the photo- and video-sharing app now receives 10 million video plays per day, surpassing Facebook's figures and cementing Snapchat's place among the world's most popular social media platforms. As the number of engaged users grows (Snapchat currently has approximately 200 million active monthly users), both fast-rising companies and established brands are seeking ways to capture the attention of Snapchat's engaged audiences and increase brand awareness by growing their Snapchat channels. Partnering with Snapchat influencers, either through sponsored content campaigns or by allowing Snapchatters to do a "Takeover" of a brand's channel, is one of the best ways companies can take advantage of an influencer's reach, target their dedicated followers, and capitalize on Snapchat's high daily engagement rate.

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Breaking Down Dr. Pepper’s Influencer Marketing Strategy

Lycia Faith For Dr Pepper Influencer Marketing Campaign

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Dr. Pepper's #OneOfAKindLipSync Influencer Marketing Strategy Pulls From Vine and Snapchat's Finest

The soft drink giant recently enlisted the help of several top social media stars for their influencer marketing campaign, #OneOfAKindLipSync. Building on the success of Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle," Dr. Pepper sought to boost brand affinity, recognition, and social amplification by orchestrating an influencer marketing campaign that pushed their branded content across Vine, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, and Snapchat.

Dr. Pepper's influencer marketing strategy offers targeted industry insights on what to prioritize when designing a high-reach influencer marketing campaign.

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Blogger Spotlight: Fannetastic Food

Lifestyle Blogger fANNEtastic food Anne Mauney

Anne Mauney of Fannetastic Food Blog Chronicles Her Blogger Journey

Amidst her travels abroad and graduate dietetic studies, Anne Mauney started her current blog, fANNEtastic food. Anne, who holds both a Masters in Public Health and is a registered dietician in Washington DC, writes authoritatively on food recipes and fitness, while also blogging on her latest travel adventures, race recaps, and weekend outings. A quick look at both her blog and our spotlight feature reveals how there's much more to blogging than what meets the eye.

When it comes to blog sponsorships, Anne advises brands to look far beyond surface-level metrics, and instead cultivate a profitable blogger relationship by evaluating a blogger's audience engagement level and precise content alignment between the blog and sponsoring brand. For sponsored blog content, Anne deftly integrates her exercise and nutrition acumen into working with brands like Blue Apron and Bombas Socks. For the aspiring blogger, Anne also shares her tips on food photography and how the art of blogging needs to arise first from an inherent fervor.

Read below as Anne shares a wealth of truly "fannetastic" blog sponsorship tips for brands, blog strategy insights, and her personal take on social media as a leading lifestyle blogger:

How did you get started blogging?

I first started blogging in October of 2009. I had just returned from teaching English in Prague, where I had a travel blog, and I wanted to stay involved in the blogging community, but incorporate my passion for food and fitness. I was just starting my prerequisites and applying to go back to grad school to become a Registered Dietitian, so I decided to start fANNEtastic food as a way to share my journey back to school and to inspire readers to live healthier, more active lives. I started mostly sharing healthy recipes and quick meal ideas, but as I got more into fitness (and running in particular), I started sharing a lot more exercise-related training updates and adventures, too. My blog also incorporates a lot of travel recaps now - it's been fun to have the blog evolve as I have!

What was your first blog post?

My very first blog post was kind of random - it was fall, so I wrote about a cool tea mug that I'd found recently and was loving, along with some random life updates. Here it is if you'd like to see it in all its randomness: I Love Me Some Fall! I remember debating forever about starting a new blog, and finally decided to just go for it, even if I didn't have a super fancy recipe or anything to share for the first post. Sometimes I think you just have to dive in - if you wait until everything is perfectly set up/ready, you'll never start. That advice applies to life in general, in fact.

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Is Silicon Beach The Hub For Influencer Marketing Companies?

Los Angeles Influencer Marketing Companies Enjoy Strategic Startup Location And Advantages

Few locations in the world offer influencer marketing companies a startup platform like Silicon Beach. In recent years we've seen the rise of several companies (think Snapchat) right along the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica. YouTube's Space LA (one of only six locations in the world) has developed many successful tech companies tied to the YouTube ecosystem including Tongal, Zephyr, Epoxy TV, and a variety of MCNs (most notably Maker Studios -- bought for nearly $1 billion by entertainment giant Walt Disney).

Although the seriousness of Silicon Beach's tech boon may not have been recognized until late, Los Angeles is not without it's own history of technology firsts. The Los Angeles-based MySpace (bought by Yahoo) was the original, career-boosting social networking platform for many celebrities, artists, and musicians. Coincidentally, many of today's digital influencers are taking to social media technology developed right here in Silicon Beach including Venice's own, Snapchat.

What Is Silicon Beach?

Silicon Beach is a burgeoning Los Angeles tech scene alternative to San Francisco bay's, Silicon Valley. Specifically, Silicon Beach refers to the Santa Monica, Venice, Playa del Rey, and Culver City communities but the term is quickly expanding to include Los Angeles in general. Many top tech companies have recently opened offices or purchased property in these areas including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. Furthermore, "major Hollywood players like The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. have launched startup accelerators to help local tech entrepreneurs," writes Inc. magazine.

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YouTuber Spotlight: Casey Neistat, Filmmaker

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YouTuber Spotlight: Casey Neistat, Filmmaker

Casey Neistat Chronicles Daily Antics As YouTuber Celebrity Filmmaker

Maybe you’ve seen Casey Neistat on one of his daily YouTube vlogs. Maybe you’ve heard of him through his recent antics with Vogue. Or Nike. Or Apple, defacing one of their iPod ads in Manhattan. Perhaps he’s one of the Snapchat celebrities you follow. Wherever you come across the enigmatic Neistat, you can rest assured his content will always be highly entertaining, perhaps a bit provocative, and carefully (albeit subtly) crafted to elicit viewer response.

A look into Casey’s varied content matter, yields two delineating traits: he’s got a daredevil streak. But he’s also got a love for humanity. He’s the daredevil humanitarian. Brands who work with Neistat can count on him to provide unabashed commentary juxtaposed with well-paced cinematography, and a refreshing onscreen offbeat personality.

Although Casey’s career exploits began well before 2012, Nike’s “Make It Count” campaign featuring Neistat rapidly slingshot the filmmaker’s notoriety into even greater international renown. Yes, Nike provided the global audience. But it was Casey’s gut intuition about the entire campaign direction that yielded a truly viral internet short. Whatever design Nike had for Neistat, he scraped in favor of a 10-day impromptu globe trot with his friend, Max.

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Sponsored Blog Posts vs. Blog Affiliate Advertising

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Should Brands Do Sponsored Blog Posts Or Blog Affiliate Advertising?

As more and more established brands integrate digital content creators into their influencer marketing strategies, top lifestyle bloggers are being vetted by brands for major blog sponsorships and affiliate advertising opportunities. We assess how both sponsored blog posts and blog affiliate advertising work, and how they benefit brands and bloggers.Read More>>

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Smashbox Studios: How Brands Are Innovating With YouTube Content Creators

YouTubers Content Creators at Smashbox Studios

Top YouTubers, like Cassey Ho of Blogilates and Monica Church, partaking in new digital program "Made at Smashbox."

Smashbox Studios To Collaborate With Top YouTube Content Creators

Smashbox Studios debuted their "Made at Smashbox" digital program specifically for YouTube content creators in conjunction with their recent 25,000 square foot studio facility relaunch. This program epitomizes how established brands like Smashbox and other companies are tactically integrating top YouTubers into their core business operations.

The beauty, fashion, and lifestyle video blog (vlogger) niche is one of the most competitive spaces with hundreds of brands vying for the attention and product promotion for these YouTube content creators. Brands are looking for ingenious ways to connect with content creators and their audiences through YouTube, but outside of strict sponsored videos. Programs, like "Made at Smashbox" offer YouTubers professional services in exchange for massive brand exposure to their consumer audiences, fans, and followers.

How Smashbox's New Digital Program Works

YouTubers are invited to create branded video content at Smashbox's newly redesigned studio. Their new program, in partnership with Collective Digital Studio (CDS), creates value for YouTube content creators by providing a professional studio space to collaborate with MUAs, stylists, and offering a variety of photography and videography services. In turn, the Smashbox brand benefits from the direct value exposure to each YouTuber's channel and contiguous social media networks. Traditionally, beauty and make-up YouTubers film their video tutorials within their bedroom settings. As more and more content creators saturate the space, some of the top YouTubers have sought out professional studios and video services like Smashbox's new digital program in order to differentiate themselves. See our post here on the rise of top fashion bloggers.

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Blogger Spotlight: Hungry Runner Girl

Janae Jacobs started her blogging journey five years ago while recovering from a running injury. Being an avid blog reader herself, she yearned to try her hand at something new and today her blog, Hungry Runner Girl, is one of the top lifestyle blogs in the space for running, fitness, food, and family. 
In our exclusive top Lifestyle Blogger Series, Janae shares her first blog post experience (she likens it to an awkward first date scenario), how openly sharing her major life events have greatly shaped her blog, and offers veteran advice to brands on how to work with top lifestyle bloggers for everyone’s best interest. 
In the hunt for a sub-3 marathon (she ran her first one, the Salt Lake Marathon in 2010), Janae posts frequently about her race gear, how she fuels up, eats well, and balances life with her “HRG Baby.” Her sponsored content posts for Blue Apron, Bombas, NatureBox, and other top brands have delivered consistent results and been an integral part of each brand’s integrated marketing strategy.
Top Lifestyle Blogger Hungry Runner Girl

Top Lifestyle Blogger - Janae Jacobs | Hungry Runner Girl

How did you get started blogging?

I started blogging about 5 years ago. I was taking a break from running due to injury and had some free time to invest into something new. I had read blogs for years and decided that I wanted to start my own so that I could track my nutrition and training. When I first started, I thought that just my mom, friends and a few random people would read it. I had no idea that it would turn into a full-time job eventually. I am one of those lucky people that was able to turn their passion into a job!

What was your first blog post?

My first blog post was titled "Awkward." It was one paragraph long and it included one picture. I told a random story about taking an ice bath after a run and then compared my first post to a first date. I didn’t want my first post to feel forced or awkward (like a first date does) and instead I just wanted to be my usual random self and let my readers get to know me over time!

What was your breakout moment?

Anytime I have had a major life change my blog has grown. Whether it be my femoral stress fractures that I got just a few weeks before my goal race, pregnancy, the birth of my little girl, or my divorce. I notice that my blog grows with each of these events. The more open I was in those first beginning months of blogging, the more readers came, and my page views continued to grow.

Top Lifestyle Blogger Hungry Runner Girl HRG Baby

Top Lifestyle Blogger Hungry Runner Girl with "HRG Baby," Brooke.

Has anything you’ve written gone "viral?"

I can’t think of anything specific, but my personal posts seem to get the most attention. I wrote a post about women losing their periods due to working out too much and under eating. I shared my personal experience with that problem and that received a lot of attention. Posts where I talk about the feelings associated with my divorce and being a single mom tend to get shared the most.

How has blogging changed since you got started?

There is a lot more negativity out there than there used to be, but as the negativity has risen my skin has also thickened:)

Another change that I have noticed is that companies are also seeing more and more how beneficial it is to work with bloggers. Each blog has such a specific audience which is great for different companies trying to get their product seen by their target group!  

Where do you see blogging evolving?

I see there being a lot more video posts. I see less writing and more pictures. I think our world is becoming busier and busier and people don’t feel like they have time to read longer articles and so they opt for the short posts full of visuals.

What’s on your list of daily reads?

My favorite blogs include Carrots & Cake, Healthy Tipping Point, Peanut Butter Fingers, Meals and Miles, Run Eat Repeat, Daily Garnish, Fannetastic Food, NYC Running Mama, and Preppy Runner.

How do you keep up with social media?

I set specific work hours each day. I stick to those work hours like glue and a big part of that time is set aside for keeping up with social media. I consider it a part of my job, and make sure to try my best to keep up with it all!

If you had more time, what would you do more of?

This is a fun question:)  I would read, bake, cook, cycle, sleep, and spend more time writing my book. Now can somebody go ahead and add a few more hours to each day?!

What advice would you give to a blogger just getting started?

Be yourself! Blog about what you are passionate about! Your passion will come through your writing, and both you and your audience will be more excited about what you are writing about.

What advice would you have to brands looking to build a campaign or partner with bloggers?

Be open to new ideas!! Each blogger is so different, and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Work together to find the perfect fit for your product and their social media resources. For example, some bloggers have a strong Instagram presence, some do not and they are stronger on Facebook or Twitter. Some blogs do really well with giveaways, and some are better with product reviews. Come together to find a plan that works best for everyone involved.

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Learn How Podcast Advertising Is Used By Top Brands Today

How Podcast Advertising Works

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Apple Watch's latest operating system features major podcast technology.

Though podcasts, a digital audio file that's made available for download, do draw their longstanding origins from traditional public radio shows, a recent reveal of the forthcoming Apple Watch operating system "watchOS2" features dedicated podcast support for both listening and recording. A quick glance through iTunes' Podcast offerings yields a variety of enticing show topics including food, personal development, crafts, and top shows from all niches like BuzzFeed, The Late Show, and superstar athlete, Shaq (the podcast is appropriately titled, "The Big Podcast With Shaq"). WSJ reports that close to 50 million Americans listen to podcasts each month.

With podcast developments quickly on the rise (podcasts can be streamed on all Apple products including Apple TV -- read more on Techcrunch's latest article "Apple Watch Is About To Become A Perfect Podcast Machine") and big named brands like MailChimp, Toyota, Geico, and Squarespace taking to the podcast medium for untapped advertising opportunities, it's time to give podcasts a good look, check out some of their specific advantages, and finally, explore the best ways to advertise brands on podcasts.

Core Elements of Podcast Advertising

  • Pre-roll: roughly 15 seconds, the pre-roll is the advertising section that precedes or kicks off a podcast.
  • Mid-roll: runs 30-60 seconds, the mid-roll is the advertising section that's usually found in the middle third of the podcast.
  • Live read: in contrast to a pre-recorded ad read, a live read is performed at the time of the podcast.
  • Outro: the tail end of a podcast where the host can give some sort of call-to-action and direct listeners to take advantage of a brand's advertising campaign promotion (giveaway, limited time offer, promo or discount code).
  • Integration / Customization: podcast advertising sponsorships allow for both specific, high-level brand copy points and more customized organic integrations by the podcaster.
  • Direct-response: in light of podcasts' latest tech developments, CTAs provided by brands can truly propel listeners to click provided links.
  • Branding: Companies can align with influential podcasters (usually bloggers, YouTubers, or other digital influencers) who can create positive and powerful brand associations.
  • Tracking: specific promo code or dedicated landing page URL used by podcast advertisers to track KPIs of the brand's advertising campaign.

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Instagram’s New Ad Format: Why Instagram Influencers Still Matter

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Instagram's New Sponsored Ads Featuring CTA Buttons

In a peculiar and perhaps providential showdown between photo-sharing giants Instagram and Pinterest, both mobile apps debuted their new e-commerce offerings at the onset of this month to many a CMO’s delight and brands’ high hopes for a sales-laden summer. While there’s debate between which platform offers higher purchase intent or whether consumers will respond favorably to CTA buttons brandished amidst their Instagram browsing experience, it’s clear that brands looking to capitalize on Instagram’s millennial consumers will first need to understand a few key concepts before they can conquer the digital playing field. 

The New Instagram Advertising Features:

With Instagram's new advertising features, brands now have the ability to attach and link the following call-to-action buttons to their sponsored posts:
  • Shop Now
  • Book Now
  • Download
  • Learn More
  • Sign Up
New Ads On Instagram

 

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