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What Is A Brand Ambassador? Definition, Core Traits & Examples

What Is A Brand Ambassador? Definition, Core Traits & Examples

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What Are Brand Ambassadors And How To Best Leverage Them

Consumers are inundated with massive quantities of information and brands on a daily basis and businesses are now having a hard time learning how to stand out in all the noise. Consequently, brands have begun embracing a new trend: brand ambassadors. Fueled by the time people spend on social media, brand ambassadors are increasingly chosen based on their followers and engagement on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and/or other apps and platforms.  

In order to understand why brands are using brand ambassadors to reach consumers, it’s important to identify the characteristics of an ideal brand ambassador and break down what exactly they can do for brands.

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The Top 4 Reasons Why Influencer Programs Fail

The Top 4 Reasons Why Influencer Programs Fail

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Why Influencer Programs Fail (And How Marketers Can Fix Them Before They Do)

In a digital landscape crowded with content and advertisements, influencer marketing has proven a powerful and effective method for rising above the noise to connect to consumers authentically through creators they trust. Nearly 85% of marketers are employing influencer marketing tactics to reach audiences, and more than 80% of marketers find influencer marketing effective.

Not every influencer program is set up for success, though. When influencer programs fail, it’s often because creators and managers failed in one or more key areas. To understand how and why influencer programs fail (and how to avoid these common pitfalls), see our list below.

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Exclusive Interview With Top Instagrammer And Entrepreneur Karina Irby

Exclusive Interview With Top Instagrammer And Entrepreneur Karina Irby

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Bikinis, Bodies, And Business With Top Instagrammer Karina Irby

Australian designer and founder of Moana Bikini, Karina Irby is one of the rising stars and entrepreneurs of Instagram. With nearly half a million followers on her business’ Instagram page and 650,000 followers on her personal account, Karina has effectively leveraged Instagram to grow her company and personal brand, standing out in the midst of the influencer frenzy.

In contrast typical to Instagram influencer accounts, Karina emphasizes the less-than-perfect realities of being a girl with a non-photoshopped body, and her level of authenticity has contributed greatly to her brand. Learn about how Karina has built her message on social and how she approaches branding on Instagram in our exclusive interview.

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How Blogging Has Evolved Since 1994

How Blogging Has Evolved Since 1994

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How The History & Evolution Of Blogging Provided The Framework For Sharing Content Online

Creating and sharing content is one of the fundamental pillars of existing online. Before Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or even MySpace, there were blogs. From the first blog in 1994 to the rise of vlogging, blogging has come a long way and has changed shape many times. Today’s blogs don’t look anything like they did 20 years ago.

Micro-blogging and social media have transformed the landscape, and when bigger companies and publishers began posting online, the landscape of content on the internet shifted permanently. The history of blogs is the history of the internet, and their evolution provided the framework for the online world as we know it today. Let’s look at the evolution of blogging to learn more about where blogging’s been, how it’s changed, and where it’s headed.

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The Top 9 Instagram Stories Statistics That Show Its Massive Influence

The Top 9 Instagram Stories Statistics That Show Its Massive Influence

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These Top 9 Instagram Stories Statistics Show How Much It’s Changed Social Media In Just One Year

UPDATE November 16, 2018 — Instagram Stories continues to grow at an astonishing pace. The feature is now just over two years old and shows few signs of slowing down with the addition of features like the questions sticker, emoji slider, and other new stickers and filters.

While Instagram Stories was once doubted by skeptics as a mere Snapchat knockoff, Instagram Stories has quickly become an entity of its own. High adoption numbers and users’ willingness to forget that it was once a clone of Snapchat Stories is making Instagram’s two-year-old feature a success among users, content creators, businesses, and advertisers alike.

We’ve compiled the most relevant Instagram Stories statistics to show how Stories are shaping the world of social media:

1. 400 million people use Instagram Stories every day.
2. 2/5 of Instagram's 1 billion user-base post Stories daily.
3. Snapchat's total number of users is less than half of the number of Instagram's Stories users.
4. Snapchat influencers are posting 2X more content on Instagram Stories than their native app.
5. Instagram Stories has increased the amount of time spent on Instagram to more than 28 minutes.
6. 1/3 of the most-viewed Instagram Stories come from business accounts.
7. The most popular face filter and sticker are the puppy ears and vibrant location sticker, respectively.
8. 1 in 3 daily Instagrammers say they have become interested in a product they saw on Stories.
9. 70% of Instagram Stories are watched with sound.

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What Is Participation Marketing? Definition, Best Examples & More

What Is Participation Marketing? Definition, Best Examples & More

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Why Marketers Use Participation Marketing To Create Lasting Relationships With Consumers

There’s more content on the internet than even the most engaged and curious internet user could ever hope to consume. As brands, publishers, social media networks, and creators compete for the attention of audiences, engaging users long-term is becoming more difficult. Participation marketing comes with a simple goal: To build relationships with consumers through ongoing experiences with brands.

As studies show that Millennials — who will represent nearly a third of total retail sales by 2020 — value experiences over possessions, it’s important for brands and marketers to consider how they can offer meaningful consumer experiences. Participation marketing is about creating a relationship between brands and their consumers, and that relationship is vital to marketers’ success.

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What Are KOLs? Key Opinion Leader Definition, Examples & More

What Are KOLs? Key Opinion Leader Definition, Examples & More

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What Are Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) And What Do They Mean To Brands?

When we talk about influencers and influencer marketing, we often talk about the most recent developments in the world of digital influence. The concept of influencers isn’t new, though. A wide variety of industries and marketers have been using Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) since well before the social media boom, and today’s social media influencers are opinion leaders who operate in a new digital and mobile arena.

Influencer marketing is a key pillar of many brands’ marketing strategies because it gives marketers an opportunity to introduce a powerful human element to their messaging. According to Nielsen, 92% of consumers say that they’re more likely to trust personal recommendations over ads, making that human element a vital component of a successful campaign. In a digital landscape that’s crowded with advertisements, brands that devise innovative ways to use key opinion leaders will find themselves able to stand out in the eyes of consumers.

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Exclusive Interview With Top Instagram Travel Photographer, Jennifer Tuffen (@izkiz)

Exclusive Interview With Top Instagram Travel Photographer, Jennifer Tuffen (@izkiz)

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Jennifer Tuffen's Love Of Travel & Photography Brings The World's Most Beautiful Places To Instagram @izkiz

Jennifer Tuffen (also known as @izkiz on Instagram) has a love of travel that runs deep. Raised on exciting family holidays and riveting tales of her grandfather’s travels, Tuffen has become a world traveler and top travel photographer on Instagram. Her photos are bright, idyllic, and capture the beauty of some of the world’s most remarkable locations.

We spoke with Jennifer Tuffen about her journey to becoming a top travel influencer, how she distinguishes herself from the thousands of other travel influencers, and what’s next for her career. Learn about the woman behind the stunning travel photography of @izkiz in our exclusive interview below.

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Is Snapchat Dead As An Influencer Channel?

Is Snapchat Dead As An Influencer Channel?

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As Snapchat Influencers Move On, Is Snapchat Dead As An Influencer Platform?

Since the launch of Instagram Stories in August 2016, Snapchat’s run into stagnating growth, a successful IPO followed by tumbling stock prices, and plenty of criticism about its treatment of creators on the platform. Now lagging far behind Instagram Stories in daily users (DAUs), with just 166 million DAUs to Instagram’s more than 250 million, the question of whether or not Snapchat is dying has become more urgent: Is Snapchat, as an influencer channel, dead?

While it may remain popular with younger users who use it to communicate with friends and follow the influencers who remain on the platform, Mediakix found that top Snapchat influencers are posting 25% more on Instagram Stories. As creators become frustrated with Snapchat’s lack of support for top creators, its uneven performance, and missing tools, it seems likely that Snapchat’s mass exodus to Instagram Stories may well continue.

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3 Reasons Why Instagram Stories Are Winning For Marketers

3 Reasons Why Instagram Stories Are Winning For Marketers

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Instagram Stories Aren't Just Slowing Snapchat's Growth — They're Taking Ad Dollars, Too

A year after Instagram Stories launched, it’s seen some outstanding results. Snapchat may once have ruled the ephemeral messaging game, but Instagram Stories halted Snapchat’s growth and stole the thunder from a highly anticipated IPO that fell flat under the weight of unmet expectations. Where Snapchat added just 8 million daily active users, increasing from 158 million to 166 million between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017, Instagram’s Stories feature alone sees more than 250 million daily users.

Instagram Stories isn’t just a hit with users, though — marketers are winning big with Instagram Stories, too. It may once have been the home of square photos but with a bevy of new features, Instagram's become a marketing power house and the clear choice for advertisers. Here’s why Instagram Stories is coming out on top for marketers who are looking to reach large audiences through ephemeral messaging.

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