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The latest industry news on top social media influencers, YouTube creators, and influencer marketing stats, trends & analysis presented in our weekly roundup series.

Why Amazon, Time Inc., And Adobe Are Getting Into Influencer Marketing

Why Amazon, Time Inc., And Adobe Are Getting Into Influencer Marketing

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Here's Why Amazon, Time Inc., And Adobe Are Getting Into The Influencer Marketing Industry

There’s no question that influencer marketing is growing — it’s on track to become a $5-10 billion market in the next few years. As brands and marketers begin to find new ways to partner with influencers and witness firsthand the benefits of these partnerships, influencer marketing becomes more and more vital for brands big and small. It should come as no surprise, then, that some of the world’s largest companies are looking to get into influencer marketing on a deeper level. Companies like Amazon, Time, and Adobe are finding their way into the influencer market in order to capitalize on the growing trend and push the industry forward.

They’re far from the only ones. Last year, Google bought influencer marketing platform FameBit in an attempt to get in on influencer marketing. Before that, The New York Times acquired influencer marketing agency HelloSociety.

Though each company’s involvement is different, they’re all evidence of an evolution in influencer marketing and they all speak to a single core message: Influencer marketing is exploding and everyone wants in.

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What Instagram Shoppable Post Tags Mean For Influencers & Brands

What Instagram Shoppable Post Tags Mean For Influencers & Brands

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How Instagram Shoppable Posts Will Impact Influencer Marketing

Instagram’s rolled out a new feature that’s going to change how we use Instagram, but it’s not available to most users. Shoppable posts will allow brands to tag specific products in unpaid posts that will lead users out of the Instagram to a brand’s website where the tagged product can be purchased.

Originally made available in beta for big brands like Warby Parker, Kate Spade, and J.Crew, but are now available for all Instagram business accounts. Though the feature isn’t available to all users, it’s a momentous change that may have influencers and brands adjusting to new best practices for advertising on Instagram.

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What You Should Know About The YouTube Ad Fiasco

What You Should Know About The YouTube Ad Fiasco

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Advertisers are pulling their ads from YouTube following the discovery that ads were being run alongside extremist videos containing offensive content and hate speech without advertisers' knowledge or permission. Over 250 advertisers have frozen ad campaigns on YouTube, including AT&T, Verizon, McDonald’s and Toyota.

This stems from an investigation from The Times, which found that ads for big brands were served on sites with offensive, extremist, or hateful content and were running before inappropriate content (like a pro-ISIS video and a video promoting an East African jihadist group with Al-Qaeda affiliations) on YouTube.

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A First Look At Facebook Stories vs. Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories

A First Look At Facebook Stories vs. Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories

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First Look: How Does Facebook Stories Stack Up Against Instagram & Snapchat?

If there was any lingering doubt as to whether or not Facebook is coming for Snapchat, it ought to be cleared up with the introduction of Facebook Stories, a brand new feature that closely mimics Snapchat’s raison d’être. Facebook Stories, like Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories, consists of disappearing photos and videos with skins, masks, filters, and frames that users can broadcast to their networks. Facebook-owned Instagram rolled out its Stories feature in August 2016 and all but halted Snapchat’s growth in new users.

Facebook Stories is rolling out now and is already available for most users. Here’s what the new feature means for Facebook, for Instagram, and for Snapchat.

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Is A $1 Billion Dollar Industry

Instagram Influencer Marketing Is A $1 Billion Dollar Industry

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How Big Is Instagram Influencer Marketing? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Since 2011, Instagram has been one of the fastest growing social media platforms. In the past six months alone, it’s added over 100 million users and growth shows no signs of slowing. With over 600 million global users (80% of whom come from outside of the U.S. and over 400 million of whom check Instagram every day), Instagram is one of the most far-reaching and highly engaged social media networks in existence today. It’s also become one of the largest pieces of the nascent influencer marketing industry.

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How Many People Use Instagram?

How Many People Use Instagram?

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Here's How Many People Use Instagram Every Day

Instagram’s enjoying a bonafide boom. After introducing a slew of new features in 2016 (Instagram Live, Instagram Stories, and an algorithm chief among them), Instagram saw impressive growth in its user base. Now threatening Snapchat with its competing feature set in Stories, Instagram shows no sign of slowing down.

Over a third of all social media users are on Instagram, and as Instagram’s feature set continues to expand (with the most recent addition being Instagram Galleries), Instagram’s user base will likely continue to grow, too.

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Is Cristiano Ronaldo’s $1B Nike Contract Considered Influencer Marketing?

Is Cristiano Ronaldo’s $1B Nike Contract Considered Influencer Marketing?

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Understanding How Nike’s $1B Cristiano Ronaldo Deal & Marketing With Social Media Influencers Works

Soccer megastar Cristiano Ronaldo and sports apparel giant Nike are now bonded for life. Like basketball greats Lebron James and Michael Jordan, Ronaldo has recently become part of a select few athletes offered (and signed to) a lifetime Nike contract worth $1 billion.

Several outlets including Forbes, Business Insider, and The Street have noted Ronaldo's impressive social media influence and reach as a top draw for Nike — even going as far to say that the soccer star's combined social media following of 240M offers more value than Snapchat's 158M daily active users (DAUs).

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5 Infamous YouTuber Scandals That Shook The Industry

5 Infamous YouTuber Scandals That Shook The Industry

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How 5 YouTuber Scandals Shaped The YouTube Influencer Community

Being in the spotlight can be great for an influencer’s career, but for a few top influencers on YouTube, it’s also meant that missteps, mistakes, and poor decisions are very public. YouTubers have seen a fair number of scandals in the last few years, from FTC violations to pranks in poor taste.

And much like celebrity missteps, when there’s a scandal afoot, it tends to make the news.

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What You Need To Know About Instagram Galleries

What You Need To Know About Instagram Galleries

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How Instagram Galleries Could Change Instagram For Brands And Influencers

Instagram’s feature library is expanding again, this time with Instagram Galleries, which allow users upload up to ten photos at a time in a carousel. This feature’s been available to advertisers for some time, but it rolled out to all users last week. Galleries joins Instagram Live and Instagram Stories in pushing Instagram forward and far beyond simple one-photo sharing.

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The Best Social Media Apps For Live Streaming [Gifographic]

The Best Social Media Apps For Live Streaming [Gifographic]

Which Is The Best Live Streaming App? Facebook Live, Live.ly, Live.me & More

Live streaming is becoming more and more ubiquitous, and with its rise on a number of social platforms comes the inevitable difficulty of deciding which one to use. Between Facebook Live, Instagram Live, YouTube Live, Live.ly, and Live.me, there’s a bevy of features to sort through.

Though most platforms have similarities and generally accepted feature standards, each one is a little bit different and offers users different capabilities and experiences where broadcast, discovering, and sharing videos are concerned.

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