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  Influencer Marketing

Here you’ll find our latest articles, roundups, case studies, influencer marketing examples for top social media influencers, YouTubers, bloggers, Instagrammers, Viners, Snapchatters & the brands they collaborate with for high-reach advertising campaigns.

Case Study: Headspace Marketing Taps Influencers To Flex Mental Health

Case Study: Headspace Marketing Taps Influencers To Flex Mental Health

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Headspace Helps Lifestyle Influencers Alleviate Holiday Hecticness

In an era when emails, texts, updates, and other notifications keep the world moving ad nauseum, meditation apps like Headspace are leveraging technology to help people become more mindful and present. Launching in 2010, Santa Monica-based Headspace’s stated mission is to “improve the health and happiness of the world.” As part of a strategy to make sure its mindfulness message is heard, Headspace has collaborated with lifestyle influencers in areas such as health, fitness, and style.

In 2019, nearly two-thirds of marketers are increasing their influencer marketing budgets. However, as the space becomes more crowded, audiences risk experiencing influencer fatigue. For brands looking to rise above the clutter, a new kind of mindfulness will be required when designing and launching influencer campaigns.

Instagram Influencer Households Tout The Value And Virtues Of Headspace’s Family Plan

A growing interest in self-care and wellness has made practices such as meditation more popular and palatable. With the advent of smartphones, companies like Headspace have met this enthusiasm with a delivery system that’s both convenient for the consumer and effective for its company mission.

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While Headspace is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play, the company also offers paid subscription services with added features. For their recent campaign with lifestyle influencers, Headspace marketing focused on the company’s new family plan.Read More>>

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12 COACHELLA 2019 BRAND ACTIVATIONS YOU CAN’T MISS

12 COACHELLA 2019 BRAND ACTIVATIONS YOU CAN’T MISS

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The Best Coachella 2019 Brand Activations & Influencer Partnerships

After weekend one of Coachella 2019 came to a close, the festival unsurprisingly proved to be a standout event for influencers, brands, and attendees. With performances by headliners, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande, this year also showcased a historic set by BLACKPINK and an amusing performance by Billie Eilish. While festivalgoers may have remarked about the fest’s seemingly shrinking attendance, its stature within the festival community still dwarfs many other popular music events.

Last year, Coachella drew more than 119,000 attendees each day (700,000 attendees in total over both weekends). Though official numbers aren’t yet available, 2019 attendance will likely put up similar numbers.

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Apart from physical attendees, millions tuned in online to watch the event live. YouTube will continue its livestream coverage into the second weekend for the first time this year, acting as the event’s exclusive livestream partner for the ninth year in a row.

Brand activations drew the attention of thousands in-person, but they reached into the millions online. Marketers love Coachella—here, we’ll break down the top influencer sponsorships and brand activations executed at Coachella 2019 during week one.Read More>>

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30 Top Instagram Influencers Who Rise Above The Rest In 2019

30 Top Instagram Influencers Who Rise Above The Rest In 2019

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Top Instagram Influencers Reach More Than 141M Followers

Instagram’s user base continues to climb, reaching 1 billion users in 2018. Instagram sponsored posts are steadily rising, with 6.1 million total sponsored posts expected by 2020. And, the Instagram influencer market has swelled, approaching $2.3 billion by 2020.

No doubt, Instagram presents marketers one of the ripest channels for influencer marketing. With 2019 in full swing, many top brands are months into running Instagram influencer marketing campaigns—89% of marketers list Instagram as the most important influencer marketing channel. But who are they working with?

There may be hundreds of thousands, if not, millions of top Instagram influencers across practically any category imaginable. While factoring in the niche appropriate for your brand’s campaign is important, it’s worth knowing the top Instagram influencers across the board. These Instagram stars take the meaning of sensational to new heights, partnering with major brands to work on creative and impactful influencer marketing initiatives.

Give these 30 top Instagram influencers a follow, and see if any of them are in your league.Read More>>

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5 TOP BRANDS LAUNCHING MICRO-INFLUENCER CAMPAIGNS

5 TOP BRANDS LAUNCHING MICRO-INFLUENCER CAMPAIGNS

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Why Brands Should Develop An Instagram Micro-Influencer Strategy

Instagram Micro-Influencer Campaigns

By 2020, spending on Instagram influencers is projected to reach $2.3 billion. Brands of all types are supplementing traditional advertising with Instagram influencer marketing to acquire customers online.

micro influencer campaigns

As influencer marketing industry has swelled to $5-10 billion, two primary terms have emerged to distinguish influencer tiers: micro-influencer and macro-influencer. Micro-influencers are social media users, typically on Instagram, who have 10,000 to 50,000 followers. Macro-influencers are those with between 500,000 and 1 million followers.Read More>>

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Case Study: Memeathon Features TikTok Celebrities

Case Study: Memeathon Features TikTok Celebrities

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TikTok Influencer Marketing Case Study: TikTok Celebrities Walk The Red Carpet In Memeathon

Rising social network, TikTok, has been on a growth-charged path lately. With 660 million app downloads worldwide and 500 million monthly active users, the platform has quickly become the digital world’s hot spot for short-form, music-centric videos.

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Successfully cultivating a community of TikTok creators, online personalities from other prominent networks—such as Instagram and YouTube—have started to join TikTok’s ranks. Celebrities like Jimmy Fallon have also become a part of the influx, connecting with TikTok’s audience through the app’s unique format and popular user challenges.Read More>>

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Top 5 Influencer Marketing Fails: When Influencer Marketing Goes Wrong

Top 5 Influencer Marketing Fails: When Influencer Marketing Goes Wrong

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Influencer Fails: Learning From Influencer Marketing Gone Wrong

Despite flourishing as one of the hottest industries in the digital marketing space, Influencer marketing is still a relative newcomer in terms of practices and strategy. As platforms, brands, creators, and even governing bodies attempt to define this new landscape, mistakes are bound to occur.

After apparent teething issues which have yet to be fully solved, the FTC has been spending its efforts revising and evolving its guidelines to accommodate modern advertising on digital platforms. This is primarily in response to campaigns deemed to be sailing close to the wind with regard to ethical advertising standards.

Unfortunately for brands and influencers, this won’t always save them from committing poor decisions and influencer marketing fails in this as-yet unrealized world. Lack of judgment has been prevalent with influencers, some seemingly doing their best to torpedo their online careers, but brands must be careful too in order to avoid common pitfalls and legal issues.

Whether it’s a brand lawsuit or an influencer scandal, it seems like one controversy or another is right around the corner in this industry. Knowing the do’s and don’ts of an influencer marketing campaign; using a robust strategy for your brand; understanding a rapidly evolving environment—these are vital to keeping your campaign from derailing.

We’re going to examine some of the biggest influencer marketing fails the industry has had the misfortune of witnessing, as well as how they could have been avoided. These instances will likely serve as reminders that influencer marketing can be a volatile field.Read More>>

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30 Top Gaming Influencers To Follow In 2019

30 Top Gaming Influencers To Follow In 2019

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30 Top Gamers Have More Than 340M Subscribers Across Major Gaming Platforms

By 2021, the global gaming market is expected to exceed $180 billion in revenue—a 30.6% increase from $137.9 billion in 2018. In the last few years, gaming has grown more significant on existing platforms like YouTube and Facebook, but it has also spurred the creation of dedicated livestream gaming platforms, like Twitch and Caffeine.tv.

Even staying up-to-date on gaming terms has proven crucial to understanding the industry’s growing value. As a result, the gaming community has evolved to include a wide variety of gaming influencers in different gaming niches.

From the top female YouTube gamers and the overall top gaming YouTubers, to the top female Twitch streamers and most followed Twitch influencers, online gamers have established an impressive cross-platform presence. As these gaming platforms duke it out, most gamers are maximizing their presence across multiple gaming platforms.

As the gaming industry landscape diversifies more, brands interested in partnering with the leading gaming influencers need to keep up with the changing tides. To help, we’ve collected a list of the 30 top gaming influencers in 2019 (nine of which are females) who reach more than 340 million subscribers on their top gaming channels:

  1. PewDiePie
  2. VanossGaming
  3. Markiplier
  4. Ninja
  5. Jacksepticeye
  6. DanTDM
  7. KSI
  8. SSSniperWolf
  9. W2S
  10. Syndicate
  11. TFue
  12. IHasCupquake
  13. Shroud
  14. tsm_myth
  15. Gaming With Jen
  16. LDShadowLady
  17. Aphmau
  18. Summit1g
  19. Tim The Tat Man
  20. Dakotaz
  21. Riot Games
  22. Pokimane
  23. DrDisrespect
  24. DrLupo
  25. Little Kelly Minecraft
  26. Nightblue3
  27. ImaQTpie
  28. LIRIK
  29. StacyPlays
  30. KittyPlays

Read More>>

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Case Study: Hilton Marketing Strategy Globe-Trots To 7 Urban Wonders With 7 Travel Influencers

Case Study: Hilton Marketing Strategy Globe-Trots To 7 Urban Wonders With 7 Travel Influencers

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Hilton Journeys With Travel Influencers On Wondrous, Wanderlust Campaign

In today’s strategically curated social media landscape, hotels and resorts have become popular settings for users to showcase their outings and adventures. Creating increased awareness around destinations and amenities alike, hospitality brands have also been investing in influencer marketing as a means to woo more followers and customers.

While hotel brands have reaped many likes and comments from travel influencers bringing the world to their followers, fake and disingenuous influencers have also begun to take advantage of hotels and restaurants looking for exposure. In this way, today’s brands are learning that influencer marketing isn’t a plug-and-play practice but, rather, requires research, planning, and thorough implementation.

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Recognized for its social media and influencer campaigns, Hilton’s marketing strategy has enabled its family of brands to succeed within a competitive space. With 267,000 followers, the company’s flagship brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has one of the most popular Instagram accounts within the hospitality industry.Read More>>

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Are IGTV Ads Around The Corner? What The Recent Uptick In IGTV Videos In Your Feed Means

Are IGTV Ads Around The Corner? What The Recent Uptick In IGTV Videos In Your Feed Means

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Instagram Is Promoting IGTV Videos In Its Main Feed To Boost Popularity Among Advertisers & Influencers—What It Means For IGTV Ads

What Is IGTV?

IGTV is Instagram’s foray into long-form, vertical video content on mobile.

Launching last summer, it is the first major update to the platform since Instagram Stories came about in 2016 and looks to move Instagram into a space long dominated by YouTube.

In the seemingly everlasting rivalry between Facebook and Google, IGTV represents a new attempt from the former to compete with YouTube and set up shop as an alternative destination for both businesses and creators in the $1.7B Instagram influencer marketing industry.

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IGTV is, of course, closely tied to the main Instagram platform—the same accounts are used across both formats and it can be accessed either through Instagram or via the standalone app. Instagram has also sought to assuage fears about IGTV’s struggles to attract eyes by featuring aspects of IGTV with the main app; primarily by having previews of IGTV videos appear in the main Instagram feed, causing views to subsequently skyrocket.Read More>>

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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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