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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.

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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Case Study: Starbucks Marketing Handcrafts Success With NYC Influencers For Its New Upscale Roastery

Case Study: Starbucks Marketing Handcrafts Success With NYC Influencers For Its New Upscale Roastery

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Starbucks Reserve Brings A Premium Coffee Experience To The Big Apple With Help From NYC Lifestyle Bloggers

Having helped turn specialty coffee into a tempting and permissible daily indulge, Starbucks has become a ubiquitous part of today’s on-the-go, cosmopolitan culture. In 2018, the Seattle-based drink giant generated $24.7 billion dollars in revenue, helping to make it the second most valuable worldwide fast-food brand—exceeded only by McDonald’s.

As the coffee chain market leader, Starbucks not only understands the food and drink industry, it’s also an expert at reaching and communicating with its customers as well. Using influencer marketing as one of its advertising methods, Starbucks has repeatedly created successful marketing campaigns across top social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram using Starbucks influencers.
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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 YouTube Pedophile Problem: Is YouTube Adpocalypse Part II Upon Us?

The YouTube Pedophile Problem: Is YouTube Adpocalypse Part II Upon Us?

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What Is The YouTube Pedophile Controversy?

The Lowdown:

  • Mainstream awareness of videos featuring young children, sexualized by congregations of predators viewing and commenting on them in plain sight, caused a furor among the YouTube and larger media community.
  • Major brands like Nestlé, AT&T, Disney, and Epic Games boycotted YouTube by pulling advertisements from the platform.
  • YouTube responded with a series of drastic measures aimed at fixing and preventing the recently exposed YouTube pedophile scandal.
  • YouTube creators have had mixed and charged reactions, with many fearing the resurgence of a YouTube Adpocalypse.

The Timeline:

  • February 17, 2019 - Matt Watson uploaded a video investigating the comments of pedophiles on videos of children.
  • February 20, 2019 - YouTube initially responded by disabling comments on millions of videos, terminating channels of users who left inappropriate comments, and reporting offenders to law enforcement.
  • February 22, 2019 - YouTube said that any videos featuring kids that received offensive or predatory comments could be demonetized while also introducing a new algorithm that would be more effective in deleting those comments.
  • February 28, 2019 - YouTube further escalated its response by stating they’d automatically disable comments on videos featuring children under 18 years of age.
  • March 1, 2019 - YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki explained that the mass suspension of comments on videos of minors is a trade-off for young creators as YouTube prioritizes child safety.

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Statistics That Show TikTok’s Insane Growth [Infographic]

Statistics That Show TikTok’s Insane Growth [Infographic]

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TikTok Users Are Growing At An Incredible Rate [INFOGRAPHIC]

Look out Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. The new kid on the block, TikTok, is ascending into the spotlight at a near exponential growth rate. As the short-form video app takes the lead across several categories, including downloads, users, and time spent, marketers need to get ahead of the trend to take advantage of TikTok's insane growth.

There are plenty of stats that demonstrate TikTok’s meteoric rise:

The data speaks for itself. In much less time than other leading social media apps, TikTok has shown promising signs of being the next go-to platform for advertisers. Many brands have already started sponsoring videos with TikTok's top creators. Needless to say, TikTok is a force to be reckoned with. Check out our infographic that illustrates TikTok's incredible growth.Read More>>

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How The Beauty Transparency Movement Is Impacting Influencer Marketing

How The Beauty Transparency Movement Is Impacting Influencer Marketing

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Influencers Are Championing The Beauty Transparency Movement

What Is Beauty Transparency?

“Beauty Transparency” Defined

Beauty transparency is a phrase that refers to ethics and truthfulness of the beauty industry as it relates to customer knowledge. The beauty industry encompasses the sales of all cosmetic products including makeup, haircare, skincare, and fragrance. This industry has long been criticized for its opaqueness, meaning that consumers have little access to critical information about industrywide practices like the quality of ingredients, retail markup, and manufacturing process. In addition, the beauty industry has been criticized for being closed off to minorities in terms of product offerings and choice of models.

Major Themes Of Beauty Transparency Movement

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As customers demand to know more about their beauty products, there has been a push for increased transparency from both brands and influencers. Some of the major themes of the beauty transparency movement include:Read More>>

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15 Steps On How To Find YouTube Influencers

15 Steps On How To Find YouTube Influencers

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Finding YouTubers For Your Marketing Campaign

Your familiarity with Instagram influencer marketing likely surpasses that of other social media channels comfortably. Instagram, after all, commands a significant space in a swelling influencer marketing industry.

how to find youtube influencers

In 2019, 65% of marketers plan to up their spend on influencer marketing and 89% say Instagram is the most strategically important social media channel for influencer marketing. YouTube, however, follows comes in close second with 70% listing it as a strategically important channel this year.

YouTube’s propensity for churning out successful influencers coupled with its pervasion among key demographics has positioned it at the forefront of influencer marketing. Consequently, finding the right YouTube influencers is increasingly more important for companies on the quest to reach its massive audience.Read More>>

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How Is Influencer Marketing Evolving With Shoppable Instagram Posts In 2019?

How Is Influencer Marketing Evolving With Shoppable Instagram Posts In 2019?

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What Are Instagram Shopping Features?

Instagram Shopping features are relatively new to the nearly 10-year-old photo and video-sharing social networking service. Shopping on Instagram enables e-commerce brands to host an “immersive storefront for people to explore your best products.” Put simply, Instagram Shopping capabilities give brands the opportunity to share products through organic posts, Stories, or the Search & Explore function—all without ever leaving the app.

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Here are a few Instagram Shopping features (we explore these and more later in the post):

  • Product tags
  • Shoppable Stories
  • Shopping tab on business accounts
  • Native payments
  • Shoppable Explore feed

First tested in November 2016, Shopping on Instagram has matured into a profitable avenue for brands to showcase their business to readily interested users. Whether through their own business profiles or through savvy Instagram influencers, brands of all kinds have been taking advantage of the Instagram repertoire of shopping features.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.

what is tiktok

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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