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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.

Case Study: Pet Influencers Cast As Dyson’s Instagram Influencers

Case Study: Pet Influencers Cast As Dyson’s Instagram Influencers

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Dyson Branding Sniffs Out Pet Influencer Roster

While social media influencers have quickened their growth over the last few years, it may have escaped notice that humans aren’t the only beneficiaries of the booming market. Furry friends have been increasingly valuable commodities for marketers, with some pet influencers commanding thousands of dollars a post.

Brands far and wide, from Google to 20th Century Fox, have been partnering with pet influencers to take advantage of the undeniable influence of beloved pets. Universally loved and unlikely to cause trouble with unfiltered opinions, pet influencers present a unique opportunity for a diverse set of companies looking to resonate with audiences endeared by pets.

Dyson branding has used dog influencers in the past, predominantly featuring a playful tone that is typically a hallmark of these influencer campaigns. Pets make a natural fit for Dyson, a brand who features landing pages directly speaking to pet owners. Dyson markets its products as vacuums capable of heavy-duty chores, including the cleanup of the inevitable pet fur and other messes. As the Instagram user mark glides past 1 billion, Dyson is keen to target consumers (especially those with pets) to spread awareness and perhaps, some pet-induced humor.Read More>>

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What Are Mid-Tier Influencers?

What Are Mid-Tier Influencers?

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  • Definition: Mid-tier influencers are Instagram influencers with a follower count between 50,000 and 500,000.
  • More established than micro-influencers and less famous than macro-influencers, mid-tier influencers fill the space in between.
  • Brands partnering with mid-tier influencers can expect sponsored content to produce solid conversions, high engagement, and an overall positive ROI.

First, What Are Instagram Influencer Tiers?

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As the influencer industry undergoes constant construction, it’s hard for marketers to gain solid footing on the ever-evolving landscape. Likewise, when it comes to the reach of social media influencers, the line between high and low-quality influencers is often amiss. That’s due to the lack of industry standards that properly categorize influencers by size, leading to the inability to find the right influencers and unmet expectations on the brand side.

The Standard Terminology In Influencer Marketing (STIM)

We’ve set out to define an industry-wide Standard Terminology in Influencer Marketing (also known as STIM). STIM breaks down influencers into five main influencer tiers by the number of Instagram followers:

  • Nano-influencers: 1,000-10,000 followers
  • Micro-influencers: 10,000-50,000 followers
  • Mid-tier influencers: 50,000-500,000 followers
  • Macro-influencers: 500,000-1 million followers
  • Mega-Influencers: 1 million+ followers

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The industry is most familiar with micro- and macro-influencers (and the differences between them), but new levels of influencers have emerged to accommodate the expanding space. You can learn more about the hottest new tier, nano-influencers, but we’d like to turn your attention to the lesser-known albeit powerful group: mid-tier influencers.Read More>>

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The 10 Top Travel Instagram Influencers Whose Journeys You Should Follow In 2019

The 10 Top Travel Instagram Influencers Whose Journeys You Should Follow In 2019

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Top Travel Instagrammers Embark On Wild Adventures

Many have made it their new year’s resolution to travel more in 2019. With 195 countries to explore across the globe, it can be difficult knowing where to start. But with the help of Instagram and its well-traveled influencers, people can find inspiration and seek knowledge about popular travel destinations. As a rising photo-sharing platform, Instagram offers one of the best avenues for top travel influencers to post striking shots of their trips abroad and document stories of their wandering adventures.

On top of documenting the places they’ve visited by dropping pins and sharing wondrous images, but top travel Instagram influencers also explore different cultures, lifestyles, food and more. From being self-taught photographers to leaving their 9-to-5 job, these Instagram influencers have created a travel community and even started social movements. With a fresh start to a new year, we’ve identified travelers who are embarking on unique and authentic journeys—ones definitely worth following this year. Join these top 10 travel Instagram influencers to inspire your wanderlust in 2019 and beyond.Read More>>

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Case Study: Gillette Gets Personal With Influencers

Case Study: Gillette Gets Personal With Influencers

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Gillette Gifts Customized Shaves With Instagrammers

As the holiday season drew to a close and the commercial endeavors of America’s biggest brands wound down their Christmas operations, we at Mediakix thought there would be no better time than to look at an Instagram influencer marketing campaign that stood out from the crowd last year. We’ll be analyzing how Gillette’s marketing strategies pulled in social media influencers from summer last year through the holiday period, and more specifically, how the brand successfully harnessed Instagram’s thriving audience.

Previously, Gillette marketing has employed brand influencers on Instagram to compete with flourishing competition from direct-to-consumer brands such as Harry’s, Dollar Shave Club, and Billie, all of which have used social media marketing to great effect in recent years.

In response to these emerging brands and their adept use of social media marketing—often designed to take aim at Gillette, the Goliath of the business which has lost chunks of its market share—Gillette has honed its influencer marketing strategy by utilizing star power, including standout athlete influencers.

Gillette’s marketing strategy was very much in the same vein as previous years, using various influencer tiers to endorse their products in the run-up to the most lucrative season of the year for brands. To better understand the extended performance, let’s explore Gillette’s Instagram influencer marketing strategy.Read More>>

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Case Study: Pottery Barn Adorns Blogger Homes For The Holidays

Case Study: Pottery Barn Adorns Blogger Homes For The Holidays

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Pottery Barn Marketing Decks The Halls With Boughs Of Holiday Home Bloggers

The holiday season brings about a spike in consumer spending that many brands look to procure. According to the buying guide, WeAreTop10, Americans spend more than $1 trillion on gifts during the holidays, with purchases by Gen Xers averaging $782, and Millennial spending averaging $609.

With more than three-quarters taking place online, social media platforms have become effective gateways for consumers to be exposed to different products and services. Influential bloggers, who balance long-form content on proprietary websites with short-form posts on social platforms, have become go-to resources for shoppers seeking information and inspiration. Leading up to and during the holidays, bloggers can be powerful voices to connect engaged consumers with brands looking to promote their wares.

Related Post: Most Notable Influencer Marketing Campaigns Of 2018

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5 Most Notable Influencer Marketing Campaigns Of 2018

5 Most Notable Influencer Marketing Campaigns Of 2018

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The Best Influencer Marketing Campaigns Of 2018

In 2018, the influencer marketing industry has continued to show signs of impressive growth. Global spending on influencer marketing campaigns by companies has increased substantially from $500 million in 2015 to a projected figure of at least $5 billion by 2020. As large and small brands continue to allocate more and more money to their influencer marketing budgets, successful campaigns with influencers of all followings are becoming vital components in their marketing strategies.

Meanwhile, in the midst of this Holiday shopping season, influencers will once again be a hot commodity for brands. National Retail Federation data estimates a sales increase of 4-5% from last year for a total of $721 billion, in addition to an online sales surge of 15% to $97 billion spent this Christmas. With influencers finding greatest success marketing to the coveted Millennial and Gen Z markets, this festive season is just the icing on the cake for the flourishing influencer brand campaigns in 2018.

With the year drawing to a close, let’s take a look at some of the very best influencer marketing campaigns of 2018.

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How Influencers Choose Which Brands To Partner With: Exclusive Insights From 50+ Influencers

How Influencers Choose Which Brands To Partner With: Exclusive Insights From 50+ Influencers

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Influencer Brand Partnership: What Do Influencers Look For In A Brand Partnership?

Over the years, we at Mediakix have made an effort to connect with top social media influencers through exclusive interviews. Our goal has been to ask influencers for the information that both marketers and consumers yearn to know so that the influencer marketing industry can continue to mature. Through the strong relationships we build, we gain transparency and insights into the world of influencers, which helps us produce more impactful campaigns and influencer brand partnerships.

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As many influencers try to understand what brands look for in influencer partnerships, it’s just as important for brands to understand what influencers look for in brand partnerships. We’ve compiled responses to some of the most investigative questions from our interview series—How do influencers decide which brands to partner with? And what advice would they give to brands looking to work with influencers?

Related Post: Pros & Cons Of Long-Term Vs. One-Off Influencer Partnerships
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What Is A Brand Influencer?

What Is A Brand Influencer?

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Definition: What Is A Brand Influencer?

A brand influencer is an individual who leverages his/her social media prowess to authentically engage and connect audiences and brands—meaning a social media influencer partners with a brand to create sponsored content. In today’s consumer-driven landscape, it’s increasingly more common for advertisers to tap brand influencers in order to achieve marketing objectives.

In the age of social media, consumers are no longer solely at the mercy of blatant, unnatural, and suspicious advertising. Instead, consumers have taken to social media to build vast networks of peers whose opinions they trust, value, and share. Whereas brands used to dictate what they were in the eyes of consumers, consumers now define brands. As Adstream puts it, “consumers are the ones driving the advertising process.” This colossal shift in power from brands to consumers has led brands to adopt new strategies that harness this resounding word-of-mouth model—influencer marketing.

Influencer marketing roots advertising in the hands of credible, authentic, and relatable individuals with a powerful social media presence otherwise known as influencers. Since social media influencers succeed where traditional ads fail, brands derive measurable value from working with them. Brand influencers act as extensions of brands, lending their voices and opinions on products, services, or topics to the social sphere. More importantly, brand influencers have established trust with their organically grown social followings. That is to say, brand influencers haven’t bought fake followers or feigned influencer status.

Related Post: Are Fake Influencers Deceiving Brands?Read More>>

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What Are Nano-Influencers?

What Are Nano-Influencers?

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What Are Nano-Influencers?

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Nano-Influencer Definition

A nano-influencer is defined as an Instagram influencer with between 1,000 and 10,000 followers. Nano-influencers’ audiences are small, niche, and highly engaged— the smallest following of all tiers of influencers (with tiers defined based on the total number of Instagram followers).

Compared to everyday Instagram users, nano-influencers might not seem distinct. Nano-influencers are users who post sponsored Instagram posts by partnering with brands.

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“Everyone who’s on Instagram has that friend who is just really popular and is racking up ‘likes’ and comments and has great content,” explained Obviously CEO Mae Karwowski in a recent New York Times story. These Instagram power users are prime candidates for becoming nano-influencers.

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10 Celebrities On The Quest For YouTube Stardom

10 Celebrities On The Quest For YouTube Stardom

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YouTube Celebrities: Top Celebs From The Mainstream Are Making YouTube Their Second Home

YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing website with over a billion users, has upended the media landscape since it launched 13 years ago. A billion hours worth of content is consumed every day and its biggest influencers earn tens of millions of dollars every year from ad revenue and partnerships.

The platform has become a gold mine for influencers looking to build their brand and ingratiate themselves with a worldwide audience. Coupled with the growing reality that the lines between traditional media and YouTube are becoming increasingly blurred, it is natural that celebrities from the silver screen and beyond should look to YouTube as an increasingly viable outlet for their talents.

Provided they steer clear of controversy, YouTube can provide an existing star with the perfect forum to improve their brand, launch new brands, connect with fans, or exhibit their work to wider audiences. Just look at how Victoria Beckham and Rihanna—both famous music artists who have discovered new creative outlets—have recently transferred their fashion and beauty artistry to the creator’s video hub. This move represents an industry-wide trend—one worth keeping a watch on in the coming year.

While celebrities-turned-YouTubers run rampant, check out our pick of 10 celebrities with YouTube channels worth following in 2019.

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