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Travel Vloggers Partner With PayPal For #PoleToPole Campaign

Instagram Case Study PayPal Travel Vloggers Influencers Marketing

PayPal recently concluded their latest marketing campaign: a worldwide trot featuring YouTuber Steve Booker and a cast of adjoining travel vloggers. The campaign chronicles the travels of Booker and company "Pole To Pole" as he attempts to complete the entire journey without spending any cash. Increasingly more travel, adventure (see GoPro's latest creator grant program), tourism, and hospitality brands are seeking out top travel vloggers to execute advertising campaigns featuring the kind of aspirational lifestyle content that travels well across multiple social media platforms.   

Instagram Case Study: PayPal Partners With Travel Vloggers For Epic #PoleToPole Campaign

This case study is part of our ongoing Case Study Series. See video and select campaign examples below.

Goals
  • Primary Objective - build and drive brand awareness for PayPal's versatility by partnering with well-followed, popular, and digitally-savvy travel vloggers to reach targeted audiences and users
  • Secondary Objective(s) - produce sponsored content alongside top content creators in order to galvanize new adopters from their audiences across multiple social channels
Approach
  • Identify and partner with top travel vloggers throughout all segments of the #PoleToPole globe trot
  • Authentically showcase vlogger's use of PayPal integrated throughout key events traditionally involving cash
  • Cross-promote content throughout multiple social channels including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and travel blog sites

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Why Fashion Blogging May Be Dying A Slow, Inevitable Death

Is Fashion Blogging Dead Top Bloggers

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Is Fashion Blogging Dead?

The rise of new technology heralded a major shift in the way people consume content. As articles that were once read in magazines began to appear on websites and blogs, an increasing number of top fashion bloggers were introduced to the new online space and granted autonomy to share their personal opinions with highly engaged audiences. Now, a second digital trend shift is taking place, one which finds audiences switching from laptops to mobile devices (i.e. smartphones & tablets) and eschewing traditional publishing outlets for apps and social media platforms.

Because these mobile audiences now consume content in an entirely different way, the fashion blogging ecosphere is changing as well. While some claim that the fashion blogging bubble has burst and warn about the end of the fashion blogging era, the answer to the question “Is Fashion Blogging Dead?” may not be so straightforward.Read More>>

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Mother’s Day Edition: The Best Mom Bloggers, Instagrammers, & YouTubers

Mother’s Day Edition: The Best Mom Bloggers, Instagrammers, & YouTubers

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Celebrating The Best Mommy Bloggers, Instagrammers, & YouTube Channels

Mothers are powerful figures, both as the matriarchs of our families and as engaging bloggers and top social media influencers who use their platforms (traditional blogs, Instagram accounts, YouTube channels, or a combination of platforms, networks, and apps) to give advice to and influence the decisions of millions of other family-oriented social media users. Because mothers tend to make the majority of household purchasing decisions—in 2015, eMarketer reported that moms make around 80% of purchasing decisions, accounting for $3.1 trillion in spending—collaborating with the best mommy bloggers and family-focused social media influencers provides the best way for brands to reach this 85-million-strong consumer demographic (Pew Research).

To explore the influential power of blogs and social media accounts dedicated to motherhood and recognize the most important women in our lives, we've compiled a list of just a few of our favorite mommy bloggers, Instagram parents, and family-focused YouTubers. Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

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The Best Travel & Adventure Instagram Channels

The Best Travel & Adventure Instagram Channels

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Best Travel Instagram Accounts To Follow

It's no secret that travel-focused content creators are some of the most popular accounts on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram, with the best travel Instagram accounts attracting millions of followers who regularly see and socially engage (via likes, comments, and shares) with their favorite Instagrammers' aspirations content and/or breathtaking travel photos. As Instagram continues to grow—the platform now has over 400 million active users who share more than 80 million photos and videos every day—national tourism boards, hotel resorts, and major travel and hospitality brands are increasingly marketing with digital influencers and top travel Instagram accounts to galvanize the so-called millennial generation (18- to 34-year-olds) who now look to social media platforms for inspiration and to make decisions regarding vacations and lifestyle experiences.Read More>>

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Travel Marketing With Digital Influencers: The Next Big Thing

Travel Marketing Digital Social Media InfluencersFor the latest news and trends on top YouTubers, Instagrammers, bloggers, & Snapchatters, subscribe to our industry digest newsletter!

Travel Marketing & Digital Influencers: A Perfect Match

Popular adventure publication Outside Magazine recently published a piece entitled "The Big Business of Adventure on Instagram" wherein the article's author, Grayson Schaffer, describes the popularity of today's top Instagrammers or Instagram influencers (the names for Instagram's most-followed and/or most popular content creators) as "a seismic shift in the media world: the rise of individuals as brands unto themselves." Though Schaffer's article focuses primarily on the Instagram influencer revolution as it pertains to adventure sports, he hints at how the prevalence of digital influencers in mainstream culture is affecting travel marketing as a whole.

Because more and more consumers are taking social cues (including where and how to travel) from popular social media stars, travel brands—from airlines to national tourism departments to hospitality companies and major hotel chains—are revamping their marketing strategies and reallocating advertising budgets toward the development and implementation of influencer marketing partnerships and campaigns.Read More>>

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Reviewing FameBit’s Influencer Marketing Platform

Reviewing FameBit’s Influencer Marketing Platform

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FameBit Review: YouTube, Instagram & Vine Influencer Marketing Platform

In an effort to provide a marketplace for brands enlisting social media and digital influencers , influencer marketing platforms including FameBit were created. FameBit in 2014 became one of the first self-service influencer marketing platforms featuring YouTube influencers. Now, FameBit has expanded their platform to several other social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, and Facebook. While influencer marketing platforms are adept at certain aspects of a viable influencer campaign, like most software applications, they have varied strengths, limitations, and drawbacks.

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Digital Influencers vs. Celebrities: Who Wins?

Digital Influencers Versus Celebrities Brand Marketing

Digital Influencers Best Celebrities For Accessibility, Authenticity, & Engagement

As more companies and brands are choosing digital influencers to be the face of their brands, marketers are seeing a shift in who consumers look to for the latest trends, products, and lifestyle aspiration. According to a recent eConsultancy survey, nearly 60% of fashion and beauty brands have an influencer marketing strategy in place, and a further 21% plan to invest in one in the next 12 months. Now, entertainment celebrities who used to influence purchasing decisions with name recognition alone are taking a backseat to top fashion bloggers and Instagram stars.
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The 5 Types Of Digital Influencers You Need To Know

Types of Social Media and Digital Influencers

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5 Types Of Digital Influencers Changing How Brands Market Today

In a recent WSJ article, Donna Lagani SVP and CRO of Cosmopolitan (part of Hearst) relates how every CMO is concerned with influencer marketing and creating content alongside social and digital influencers. With rising rates of ad blocking, rising rates of social media app use, and declining rates of TV viewership, brands, and marketers of all industries are realizing just how critical digital influencers are to an effective, comprehensive, and multi-platform marketing strategy.

To learn more about digital influencers, who they are, and which types brands need to know, check out our explainer post here:

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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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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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