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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:

A Marketer’s Complete Guide To Top Instagram Hashtags: 11 Best Practices

A Marketer’s Complete Guide To Top Instagram Hashtags: 11 Best Practices

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How To Leverage Top Instagram Hashtags As Part Of Your Instagram Influencer Marketing Strategy

What Is An Instagram Hashtag?

Comprised of letters, numbers, or emojis and preceded with a pound sign (#), Instagram hashtags enable Instagram to sort and organize the platform’s content, making it easier for users to filter topics.

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Instagram hashtags are a crucial tool for the blossoming Instagram influencer marketing industry. While they certainly aren’t the be-all and end-all, they are significant drivers for finding an engaged audience for your brand’s content, as well as raising brand awareness.

Similar to search terms, the more generic the Instagram hashtag, the broader your reach. The more specific and niche Instagram hashtags are, the more targeted your audience will be.

If you’re not using Instagram hashtags, then you should jot down notes from our guide to bring your hashtag game up to scratch.Read More>>

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How To Find Instagram Influencers: Advice From Agency Pros

How To Find Instagram Influencers: Advice From Agency Pros

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Tips On Finding Instagram Influencers From Marketing Agency Insiders

Hitting the 1 billion global user mark and predicted to reach a $1.7 billion influencer market size in 2019, Instagram is on a steady ascent. In 2019, 89% of marketers rated Instagram as the most important strategic social media channel in their influencer marketing strategies. Instagram is about as crucial to executing effective influencer marketing campaigns as turning the oven on when baking chocolate chip cookies.

Brands of all types seek to capitalize on Instagram marketing by partnering with top Instagram influencers for cost-effective, high-reach, and engaging sponsored posts for both branding and direct response marketing. In order to execute these campaigns, brands must first know how to find the right influencers for their campaigns. So we asked our very own marketing experts their advice on the following:

  • Biggest mistakes to avoid when finding influencers
  • Best free tools to search for Instagram influencers
  • Pro tips for identifying Instagram influencers

Before we give the ingredients for finding Instagram influencers, it helps to know the biggest errors marketers commit when trying to find them.Read More>>

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The Marketer’s Guide To TikTok

The Marketer’s Guide To TikTok

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What Is TikTok?

TikTok is a social media channel with a simple premise—users share short videos of themselves up to 15 seconds in length lip-syncing, dancing, pranking, or other comedic acts. TikTok users can add songs, effects, and filters before publishing it for the world to see.

You might be forgiven for having let social media’s latest craze sit on the periphery of your online radar. After all, short-form social video platforms have been around for several years now. From Vine to Instagram to Snapchat, recording snippets of users’ lives for the world to see has become just as much a part of the social media landscape as reading about your uncle’s political views on Facebook.

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Yet, even by the established standards of social media juggernauts, TikTok is making the kind of waves that would send chills down even the most confident boardroom executives in the industry.

It’s got everyone asking, ‘What is TikTok?’Read More>>

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7 Tips For Designing The Perfect Sponsored Instagram Story

7 Tips For Designing The Perfect Sponsored Instagram Story

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Why Businesses Should Craft A Sponsored Instagram Story Strategy

Instagram’s Rapid User Growth

Instagram has taken hold of society on a global scale, registering 1 billion total users in 2018, 500 million of which use the app daily. With its effort to cash in on the video market, the social media platform first debuted video capabilities in June 2013. Fast forward five years and it launched IGTV (Instagram TV). In between these two crucial timestamps, the photo- and video-sharing app launched Instagram Stories, a feature closely resembling rival Snapchat’s Stories.

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Instagram Stories Are An Instant Hit

A closer look at Instagram’s user numbers over the course of its existence shows impressive growth directly following the release of Instagram Stories—the full screen, vertical photo- and video-sharing feature that enables brands to immerse their audience in a unique business story.

Hovering at 500 million users when Stories launched in August 2016, the count shot up to 1 billion in just under two years. Another astonishing statistic points to Instagram Stories’ authority, as 40% of the platform’s billion users now post Stories daily.

As more brands pour dollars into non-traditional advertising options, many have begun to invest in a strong social media presence. Brands like Walmart, Wendy’s, Subaru, Starwood Hotels, and a host of consumer brands have turned to the all-powerful Instagram to elevate their social relevance.

Related Post: How Top Brands Use Instagram Stories For Marketing

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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.

long-term influencer relationships

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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