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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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Coachella 2016 Marketing Case Study [PDF Download]

Coachella 2016 Marketing Case Study [PDF Download]

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Coachella 2016 Marketing Case Study Look: American Express, Revolve & Lokai [PDF Download]

With hundreds of thousands of attendees and social media audiences that number in the millions (in 2015, Coachella's Snapchat Story reached 40 million users), the 2016 Coachella Music and Arts Festival has become the ideal place for companies looking to increase brand awareness and engage the event's large, millennial audiences through official sponsorships, brand-sponsored parties, and/or influencer marketing campaigns.

In our Coachella influencer marketing case study, we examine how three different brands—official Coachella sponsor American Express, big non-sponsor retailer Revolve Clothing Co., and small accessory-maker Live Lokai—developed and implemented distinctive strategic influencer campaigns at Coachella 2016.

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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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Brand Sponsored Instagram Posts Series

Best Sponsored Instagram Posts Campaign Series

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The Best Brand Sponsored Instagram Posts From Top Digital Stars

For this week's installment of our Best Brand Sponsored Instagram Posts (see last week's here), we take a look at some of the most recognizable brands sponsoring Instagram posts with top digital creators, YouTubers, bloggers, or Viners on Instagram in place or in addition to Instagram's native advertising offering "Sponsored Ads" (to see the difference between Native Advertising vs. Sponsored Content vs. Influencer Marketing, see our article here).

Brand sponsored Instagram posts can be a high ROI advertising channel for marketers seeking to leverage the established reach and engagement of top digital and social media influencers. With properly aligned and executed sponsored Instagram post campaigns, brands and advertisers can drive both awareness and conversions online in a profitable manner. To learn more about how to work with Instagrammers (including "How To Find Instagram Influencers"), see all our Instagram resources, guides, and how-tos here.

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

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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

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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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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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Top Fashion Bloggers On Snapchat To Follow

Fashion Bloggers Influencers On Snapchat To Follow

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The 9 Best Fashion Bloggers On Snapchat To Follow

From front row seats at marquee fashion events to headlining and speaking at business industry events, top fashion bloggers are the tastemakers that revolutionize and set the trend for brands and consumers, alike. With over 100 million daily active users and 4 billion daily video views, Snapchat is the latest social media platform consumed by a user base that's largely (71%) below 34 years old. Similar to growing their audiences on newer media platforms including YouTube, Instagram, and previously Facebook, many top fashion bloggers are doing the same on Snapchat.

Many fashion brands including Burberry and Rebecca Minkoff are now debuting complete fashion collections first on Snapchat and partnering with high-reach fashion bloggers to share the latest items, feature a Snapchat takeover, or drive targeted traffic/awareness to sales or dedicated landing pages for Snapchat marketing campaigns.

Check out these top fashion bloggers on Snapchat and get a glimpse of what they post about on their channel. Here are the 9 top fashion bloggers on Snapchat:

Best Fashion Bloggers On Snapchat To Follow Chriselle Lim

Chriselle Lim (chrisellelim), of The Chriselle Factor, is a Los Angeles-based fashion blogger. Her Snapchat provides a glimpse into her personal and professional life, often focusing on her family and life as a top fashion blogger. She frequently features her daughter and behind-the-scenes snaps. Lim also uses Snapchat to promote her brand collaborations, such as Estee Lauder and Dior.

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Do Brands Prefer Digital Influencers Over Celebrities?

Digital Influencers Preferred By Brands Over Celebrities

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Why Brands Prefer Digital Influencers Over Celebrities

Celebrities have long been a prominent part of the marketing landscape. For decades, brands have tried their best to get the world’s most recognizable stars to be a part of their campaigns, many allocating millions upon millions of dollars to securing the right celebrity endorsement. As social media marketing channels and platforms amassed substantially large user bases (YouTube has over a billion users, Instagram recently broke 400 million monthly active users), brands began looking to digital influencers or social media stars to produce unprecedented levels of social engagement for targeted advertising campaigns online.

In conjunction with Entertainment Weekly's 25th anniversary, the publication celebrated with their EW Fest, which featured a dedicated panel of digital influencers who are changing the face of the Internet. The takeaway? The entire concept of "celebrity" is changing. As EW Fest panelist and Vine star Marcus Johns puts it, “social media has leveled the playing field. There’s this element of ‘Hey, I can be that too.’” Similarly, top entertainment and business publications (including Variety's "Digital Stars Popularity Grows Versus Mainstream Celebrity" and Forbes) have been profiling the massive growth and influence of digital influences over celebrities and, many traditional Hollywood agencies are now securing top digital creators as a mainstay of their talent roster.

Smart marketing managers are taking note of this industry-wide shift. When it comes to campaign strategy and performance, it's difficult to compete with the digital influencers of today in terms of channel reach and audience engagement. Here are a few reasons why brandsprefer working with digital influencers and social media stars over high-profile celebrities:

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