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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.

How Many People Use Instagram Stories? [User Growth Chart]

How Many People Use Instagram Stories? [User Growth Chart]

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See How Instagram Stories Doubled Its Users In Just One Year

Though Instagram Stories has been around for just over a year, the feature has quickly become one of the most popular avenues for sharing social media content. Regarded as a more user-friendly and discoverable Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories is popularizing in-the-moment content, and is quickly being adopted by audiences and influencers alike as their preferred social media platform.

Instagram Stories already has nearly twice as many daily users as Snapchat, and the feature’s immense popularity and continued expansion have significant implications for audiences, influencers, and marketers alike.

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8 Statistics Showing How Snap Is Struggling

8 Statistics Showing How Snap Is Struggling

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The 8 Statistics Summarizing The Snapchat Train Wreck

It’s been 9 months since Snap’s IPO, and according to its most recent earnings reports, the company is facing some major growth challenges. In the face of poor revenue and declining growth, Snap seems to finally admit that it needs to overcome major experience hurdles and that better address the looming presence of Facebook.

Though Snap’s struggles aren’t new, its earnings report is certainly a clear warning for the platform to tighten up. To better understand Snap’s position in the industry, we’ve compiled the most relevant statistics from its Q3 earnings report and recent studies.

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When Will Instagram Reach 1 Billion Users?

When Will Instagram Reach 1 Billion Users?

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Will Instagram Ring In 2018 With 1 Billion Monthly Active Users? At Its Current Pace, Yes.

Instagram announced 800 million monthly active users and 500 million daily active users on September 25, 2017. Instagram has come a long way since it launched in 2010. When it was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $1B, it had 30 million users. With last year’s introduction of Stories and improved messaging functionality, Instagram not only stole Snapchat’s thunder, but seemed to accelerate its own user growth.

In the year following Instagram Stories’ introduction, Instagram grew by an additional 100 million users, and it continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. In the past 5 months, Instagram added an average of 653,595 users per day.

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The 13 Biggest Influencer Marketing Trends To Know For 2018

The 13 Biggest Influencer Marketing Trends To Know For 2018

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The Influencer Marketing Trends For 2018 And What They Mean For Businesses

In just a few years, influencer marketing has gone from an ancillary expense in many brands’ online marketing budgets to its very own digital advertising category. As we look forward to 2018, the influencer marketing space is expected to broaden its scope, extend its reach, and strengthen its impact.

While the growing landscape brings with it many exciting opportunities, new challenges will also arise. From measuring ROI, to federal regulations, to fake influencers, to evolving technologies and platforms, the coming year looks to have big implications for both influencers and the brands that partner with them.

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YouTube Adjusts Monetization Policy In Response To Influencer Criticism

YouTube Adjusts Monetization Policy In Response To Influencer Criticism

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YouTube’s Monetization Policy: History, Recent Developments & Influencer Marketing Implications

In the span of its 12-year history, YouTube has accumulated more than 1 billion users and has become a gathering place for influencers and fans. For some, it has become a place to make a living. The number of YouTube channels earning $100,000 is up 50% year over year, and 7 out of 10 YouTube subscribers report relating more to YouTube creators than traditional television/movie stars.

YouTube’s monetization policy has been a controversial issue within the influencer community for the past several months. In light of influencer complaints, YouTube just announced changes to its monetization algorithm that will, if successful, help creators generate greater ad revenue on videos. Here, we’ll break down the history of YouTube’s monetization algorithm, the steps YouTube is taking to improve it, and how it affects the influencer marketing industry.

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The Past, Present & Future Of Snapchat Discover

The Past, Present & Future Of Snapchat Discover

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What Is Snapchat Discover?

The image messaging mobile app, Snapchat launched in September 2011 and in six years has amassed 166 million DAUs. Originally, Snapchat connected individuals and peer groups. However, on January 27, 2015, Snap Inc. announced the launch of Snapchat Discover, a feature that repositioned the app as a distributor of news.

Snapchat Discover gives users the option to view Stories created by publishers and TV networks, among the likes of CNN and The New York Times, that create disappearing Stories comprised of text, image, and video.

As of late, Snap Inc. has taken pointed measures to transform Snapchat Discover. Perhaps in response to increasing competition and in search of profit, Snapchat is leaning into video and expanding what outlets can do on Discover. Here we’ll break down Discover’s history, explain how the feature works, outline its recent developments, and discuss its future.

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FTC Endorsement Guidelines For 2017 [Infographic]

FTC Endorsement Guidelines For 2017 [Infographic]

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The Updated 2017 FTC Endorsement Guidelines: What Brands Must Know For Sponsorships On Social Media & With Influencers [Infographic]

The FTC's new endorsement guidelines for sponsored content rests on a simple assumption: consumers are likely to react differently to recommendations that come from trusted friends (or social media stars) than from people who receive compensation to endorse a product. To that end, the FTC is attempting to create more transparency in sponsored social media content by placing more onus on brands (and in some cases, on influencers too) to openly divulge the relationship between companies and the digital stars who recommend their products or services.

While the FTC now offers more guidance on exactly what it expects proper disclosure to look and/or sound like—the agency even published a simple Q&A to address marketers' basic concerns—the ever-changing nature of social media makes establishing a set of clear-cut rules nearly impossible. Instead, the FTC offers a number of guidelines that brands can follow to convey a reasonable degree of transparency to digital media/social media consumers.

Based on our experience developing sponsored social media content for global brands, we've identified what we believe to be the most important FTC endorsement rules below.
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How Instagram’s New Branded Content Policy Will Affect Influencers & Brands

How Instagram’s New Branded Content Policy Will Affect Influencers & Brands

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What Marketers Must Know About Instagram’s New Branded Content Policy

The Instagram influencer marketing industry has grown tremendously over the past several years, and is expected to reach a value of over $2 billion by 2019. As the industry grows, rules and regulations are beginning to catch up with influencers and brands. The FTC issued warnings to over 90 top influencers earlier this year, and the recent CSGOLotto scandal marked the first case that charged individual influencers.

The FTC isn’t alone in moving towards stricter regulation of sponsored content. In late August, Instagram announced its adoption of Facebook’s branded content policy, which requires that all branded content be clearly marked using Instagram’s new paid partnership tag.

This shift in Instagram’s policy has major implications for the influencer marketing industry as a whole. Here, we break down what Instagram’s branded content policy is, how it fits in with FTC guidelines, and what it means for the future of influencer marketing on Instagram.

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Snapchat Stories Use Is Down 33% In 6 Months

Snapchat Stories Use Is Down 33% In 6 Months

Top Social Media Influencers Are Using Snapchat 33% Less Just In Last 6 Months (And Posting On Instagram Stories 2x More)

Instagram Stories launched in August of 2016. In only one year, Instagram Stories has grown to over 250 million users while contributing to Instagram's overall audience of 700 million. Instagram Stories mimicked many of Snapchat's Stories features but offered an easier to understand interface and much easier discoverability of content and users. In February 2017, we tracked how top Snapchat influencers were using (or not using) Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories six months after the launch of Instagram Stories.

Mediakix does sponsorships with many of the top social media influencers. After the launch of Instagram Stories, we noticed a decline in Snapchat influencer inquiries. We conducted a follow-up in August of 2017 (6 months later) and looked at the same top influencers to further assesses the Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories usage trends from top influencers.

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YouTube Gaming’s Sponsorship Program Is A Game Changer For Creators & Marketers

YouTube Gaming’s Sponsorship Program Is A Game Changer For Creators & Marketers

How YouTube Gaming's Sponsorship Program Will Alter The Future Of Gaming Monetization

YouTube’s sponsorship expansion represents a significant step for YouTube Gaming. Placing it in direct competition with leading gaming site, Twitch, the YouTube Gaming sponsorship program, which allows fans to sponsor their favorite creators, is likely to encourage influencers and their fans to use the platform more.

The sponsorship program may serve to boost YouTube’s presence in the live streaming space, helping it keep up with other popular live streaming platforms such as Twitch and Facebook.

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