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  Influencer Marketing Guides & How-To’s

From how to find the best social media influencers for your campaign to drafting up the perfect influencer agreement, read about best practices and more in our influencer marketing guides, how-to’s, and resources. Learn top tips and valuable insights on how top brands strategize, create, and manage their influencer marketing campaigns here:

Top Reasons Brands Invest In Long-Term Influencer Relationships

Top Reasons Brands Invest In Long-Term Influencer Relationships

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Why Brands Need To Invest In Long-Term Influencer Relationships

The marketing world continues to crank up influencer marketing budgets, and with good reason. An assortment of brands are experiencing benefits of influencer marketing campaigns firsthand. For an industry expected to reach $5-10 billion by 2020, not much stands in the way of influencers steering the ship. That is, so long as the marketers investing in the strategy continue to treat it as a relationship, rather than just a business deal.

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As with any relationship, it’s probably a good idea for all parties involved to have a vested interest in sustaining the partnership. Lopsided relationships cause misalignment when it comes to measuring the return of the investment. Just as influencers invest in building long-term relationships with their audiences, brands need to have the foresight to invest in long-term influencer relationships.
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Pros And Cons Of Bringing Influencer Marketing In-House

Pros And Cons Of Bringing Influencer Marketing In-House

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Why Brands Hire Agencies Vs. Build Influencer Marketing In-House

Recently, influencer marketing has expanded from a supplementary promotional expense to a major line item for many digital marketing teams. Brands spend more money on influencer marketing every year, and global ad spend is projected to hit $5-10 billion by 2020.

As influencer marketing becomes an essential part of the marketing mix, brands must decide the best approach to manage this powerful channel within their organization.

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What Constitutes An Influencer?

What Constitutes An Influencer?

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What Is A Social Media Influencer?

  • An influencer is a content creator with a social media following.
  • Social media influencers develop a following by sharing quality content that inspires, entertains, informs, and connects them with their followers.
  • Influencers start social conversations, drive engagement, and set trends amongst a receptive audience, which positions them to work with brands on sponsored content.

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What Is An Influencer Database? The Best, Most Popular Options

What Is An Influencer Database? The Best, Most Popular Options

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What Is An Influencer Database?

With influencer marketing predicted to become a $5-10 billion industry within just the next couple of years, brands of all kinds have been investing heavily in the contemporary advertising tactic. As brands and agencies invest billions of dollars into the space, tools that help them find, track, and measure influencer marketing are essential to executing a successful strategy. One popular tool used to help companies navigate this burgeoning space is an influencer database.

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Influencer databases are software-based directories that allow companies to find, research, and track influencers across the myriad social media platforms (including, but not limited to, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat). With the rise of “micro-influencers,” or influencers with fewer than 100k followers, there are now hundreds of thousands of influencers available for brands to work with. The options can be dizzying and can leave many brands wondering what steps to take to launch an influencer campaign.

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What’s The Difference Between “The Plurals” and Gen Z?

What’s The Difference Between “The Plurals” and Gen Z?

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What Marketers Should Know About The Plurals — Also Known As Generation Z

The Plurals are coming. You may know them better as “Generation Z,” but they’re on their way to becoming a colossal purchasing power worldwide, and they’re unlike any generation before them. Plurals are the generation immediately following Millennials, typically defined as being between 13-21 years of age in 2018.

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Plurals are smaller in number than the Millennials and Gen Xers before them, but they’re poised to wield a great deal of financial power, making up 40% of U.S. consumers when they reach adulthood. There are plenty of opportunities to begin communicating and connecting with the Plurals now, and marketers would do well to begin the journey of understanding them sooner rather than later.

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Top Social Stars Share Tips On How To Be An Influencer

Top Social Stars Share Tips On How To Be An Influencer

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How To Be An Influencer: Tips From 20+ Of The World’s Top Instagrammers, YouTubers & Bloggers

Top social media influencers share how they make money with brands and spill how they make a living through brand partnerships on social channels including YouTube and Instagram.

The life of a social media influencer can have countless benefits, from invitations to exclusive events to lavish travel opportunities to six-figure sponsorship deals. However, the reality of a career as a content creator is not as glamorous as it may seem. The road to building a large and engaged audience is not easy, requiring patience, determination, and a significant time investment.

Many aspiring influencers struggle with getting started, creating consistent content, and growing and monetizing channels. However, they’re not alone. Even the world’s largest influencers have encountered these same challenges, and many have shared their advice with us. Here, we’ve compiled the best tips on how to become an influencer from dozens of top creators.

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The 9 Best Ways To Detect Fake Followers & Influencers

The 9 Best Ways To Detect Fake Followers & Influencers

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The Savvy Marketer’s Guide: How To Detect Fake Influencers & Followers

In the past few years, consumer media behavior has evolved dramatically. People of all ages are spending more time online and less time consuming traditional forms of media, like cable TV. Many are even dubbing 2017 as the year cable TV died, as an increasingly large subset of consumers trade cable for social media and streaming services.

As the way people consume content has evolved, this has forced a change in which channels advertisers use to reach audiences. Advertising dollars have followed audiences, and advertisers have drastically increased their spend in social apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube. Influencer marketing has become an increasingly appealing option because it leverages the dedicated following of social media influencers to reach targeted audiences. Advertisers are estimated to spend $1.6 billion in Instagram influencer marketing alone in 2018. 

With the massive flood of billions of advertiser dollars into influencer marketing, it’s become a massive financial opportunity for influencers but also filled with challenges for advertisers. The rise of influencers has also given way to fake and fraudulent activity by some influencers. Last summer, global brands offered to pay for sponsored posts with two fake Instagram influencers that Mediakix created. Mediakix created the accounts and only purchased fake followers in order to show how easily and cheaply this could be accomplished. A Google search for “buy followers on Instagram” will have dozens of options. Mashable broke the story and it quickly went viral and was covered by news outlets on six continents.

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A Marketer’s Guide To Understanding YouTube Demonetization

A Marketer’s Guide To Understanding YouTube Demonetization

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YouTube Demonetization Cheat Sheet For Marketers

In the wake of its December 2017 Logan Paul PR disaster, YouTube abruptly altered its monetization policies, effectively making it more difficult for newer and smaller influencers to generate ad revenue on the platform.

It’s been a frantic few months for the tech giant — advertisers are demanding stricter content guidelines and stronger enforcement. Meanwhile, influencers of all sizes are frustrated with the platform’s poor communication and apparent disregard for its creators.

In April, the issue of demonetization came to head when a shooter attacked the company’s headquarters and authorities discovered she had expressed serious qualms with YouTube’s recent demonetization.

YouTube is scrambling to make drastic changes that simultaneously appease advertisers and influencers. Here we’ve provided a cheat sheet for understanding the current state of YouTube demonetization.

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Marketer’s Guide: How To Write An Effective Influencer Brief

Marketer’s Guide: How To Write An Effective Influencer Brief

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Creating An Effective Influencer Brief: The 11 Must-Include Items & 4 Common Mistakes To Avoid

In the simplest sense, an influencer brief is a document that a brand or agency provides an influencer after he/she has contractually agreed to participate in an influencer marketing campaign. Typically a one-page long document, an influencer brief is a resource meant to assist an influencer when he/she creates sponsored content for a given campaign. The document offers an overview of the campaign’s purpose and spells out what is expected of the influencer.

An effective influencer brief is one that an influencer can clearly understand and follow, and leads to measurable campaign results. Conversely, both an arduous influencer brief or one lacking sufficient detail can lead to a poor performing campaign.   

The best influencer briefs lay the foundation for successful campaigns and productive ongoing relationships with influencers. Here we’ll outline 11 essentials every influencer brief should include and examine 4 specific influencer brief mistake marketers should avoid.

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Marketer’s Guide: The 6 Essentials Of An Influencer Marketing Contract

Marketer’s Guide: The 6 Essentials Of An Influencer Marketing Contract

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6 Critical Items To Include In Every Influencer Marketing Contract

From raising brand awareness to generating sales, influencer marketing has proven to drive results for brands. In a recent survey, 62% of marketers reported that influencer campaigns increased press coverage surrounding their brand and 59% said it boosted website traffic.

However, without a detailed influencer marketing contract advertisers can fall prey to low campaign performance, FTC criticism, the backlash of influencer controversy, and more. Here we’ll outline the six essentials that marketers should include in every influencer contract.Read More>>

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