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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.

Pros And Cons Of Bringing Influencer Marketing In-House

Pros And Cons Of Bringing Influencer Marketing In-House

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Why Brands Hire Agencies Vs. Build Influencer Marketing In-House

Recently, influencer marketing has expanded from a supplementary promotional expense to a major line item for many digital marketing teams. Brands spend more money on influencer marketing every year, and global ad spend is projected to hit $5-10 billion by 2020.

As influencer marketing becomes an essential part of the marketing mix, brands must decide the best approach to manage this powerful channel within their organization.

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How Instagram Influencers Are Changing The Wedding Industry

How Instagram Influencers Are Changing The Wedding Industry

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For Better Or For Worse, The Wedding Industry Is Under The Veil Of Wedding Instagram Influencers

Before you read this article, take a moment to open Instagram and search the term “wedding”. As you’ll soon discover, the tag #weddingphotography includes more than 17 million posts. Similarly, #weddingdress rings in just over 20 million, while the tag #wedding appears in nearly 128 million posts. While some of these posts come from soon-to-be brides and grooms, many of them are, in fact, the work of wedding Instagram influencers.

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Those tags represent only three out of hundreds. The pressure on soon-to-be-married couples to have an Insta-worthy wedding is sky-high, and that’s exactly what wedding Instagram influencers want. By subtly marketing stunning, awe-inspiring wedding photos, social media influencers effortlessly reel in loads of faithful followers. Dress sales and new trends inevitably follow. Whether or not we care to admit it, the wedding industry is inarguably under the sway of social media influencers.

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Top Hotel & Hospitality Brands Working With Travel Influencers

Top Hotel & Hospitality Brands Working With Travel Influencers

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Travel Influencers Help Hotel Brands Reach Their Target Audiences

Travel influencers have created some of the most popular accounts and channels on social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube. Bringing the world to their followers, they offer picturesque images and videos, as well as recommendations on sites to see and places to stay. Hospitality brands looking to engage with consumers interested in travel have partnered with travel and other influencers to entice future residents to their hotels and resorts.

While many hotels are seeking to tap into the power of influencers, The Atlantic reports that some online personalities — both legitimate and otherwise — regularly push hotels for free stays in exchange for promotional posts. According to the piece, prestigious properties can receive a dozen or more messages per day from individuals claiming to be influencers. As a result, some hotels have created special application forms for influencer requests, while others have even banned influencers altogether.

Influencer marketing is on the rise as the hospitality industry also experiences impressive growth. Hospitality companies looking to catch the wave of influencer marketing can look to the successes of other hotel brands for insight into what works within the travel space.

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Has Twitch Surpassed YouTube?

Has Twitch Surpassed YouTube?

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Twitch Vs YouTube: Who Will Become Champion Of Livestreaming?

YouTube and Twitch’s battle for livestream supremacy reached new heights in August 2018 when online celebrities Logan Paul and KSI exchanged blows during an amateur boxing match inside of the UK’s Manchester Arena. Developed as a $10 pay-per-view (PPV) for YouTube, the event brought in 860,000 paid streams on the platform. During the same time, however, pirated streams on Twitch reached 1.2 million — the largest of them broadcasting to 400,000 viewers. While legitimate purchases and illegal streams don’t make for an apples to apples comparison, the situation highlights a growing Twitch vs YouTube rivalry that’s playing out in real-time.

YouTube debuted livestreaming for select users in April of 2011. Two months later, Twitch.tv, launched as a gaming spinoff of livestreaming site Justin.tv. Twitch’s built-in audience and dedicated platform made it a hit among gamers, with popularity eventually eclipsing that of its predecessor.

YouTube didn’t offer a dedicated service for gamers until 2015 when Twitch was already a leader in the category — having been purchased by retail giant Amazon the previous year. Since then, the Twitch vs YouTube struggle has continued to grow as the two platforms vie for the attention of gamers and other livestreamers.

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Case Study: Olay’s Cause Marketing With Influencers

Case Study: Olay’s Cause Marketing With Influencers

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Influencer Cause Marketing Case Study: How Olay Achieved An Instagram Engagement Rate Higher Than 8%

Brands recognize that launching a cause marketing campaign enables them to tug at the heartstrings of a generation that values corporate social responsibility. To potentiate those effects, brands have connected their causes to influencers in the same camp. Influencer cause marketing helps brands harness the power of influential tastemakers while also defining their mission to support a cause near and dear to many consumers’ hearts.

Today, social media has given many movements the tools to spread their message with a resounding impact. Influencers add yet another layer, which is why many brands invest in this strategy to amplify their cause. Especially in a saturated digital environment, brands find it quite difficult to cut through the noise. Instagram, however, empowers brands by handing them a megaphone to reach their audience.

Within the beauty industry specifically, one can imagine how competitive the market is when it comes to promoting products that seem to make the same revelatory claims. In order to distinguish amongst a crowded space and drive ROI, beauty brands like Olay can leverage Instagram influencer marketing coupled with good old-fashioned cause marketing.

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Hotel Brands With The Biggest Instagram Accounts

Hotel Brands With The Biggest Instagram Accounts

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Popular Hotel Instagram Accounts That Stir Our Wanderlust

Chock-full of alluring images and videos depicting the world’s most exciting getaways and destinations, Instagram is a travel fan’s dream. Thanks to globetrotters, weekenders, and other excursionists, the hashtag #travel has been used more than 323 million times on the platform.

Hospitality and travel businesses have looked to capitalize on the popularity, with many attracting impressive online followings with their hotel social media efforts. Successfully growing brand awareness through platforms like Instagram, hotels can increase their exposure and showcase their relevance to target audiences.

Travel influencers have also helped move the needle for hotel social media. Partnering with online personalities who document their travels, hotel brands entice followers into replicating influencer vacations, adventures, and other kinds of journeys.

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How Audiences Perceive Influencer Sponsored Content

How Audiences Perceive Influencer Sponsored Content

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What Do Social Media Users Actually Think of Influencer Sponsored Content?

From the niche bloggers of the early internet to the social media celebrities of today, influencers have grown and evolved into a multifaceted group servicing a variety of different categories and demographics over a number of different platforms. In 2018, influencers reach almost every corner of the digital landscape, making them widely known to online users, brands, as well as government agencies and watchdog groups. It's no wonder the influencer marketing industry global ad spend is projected to reach $5-10 billion by 2020.

While brands had previously been more averse to influencer partnerships, the business world has begun to accept that online creators are today’s trendsetters and tastemakers. Last year, influencer sponsored content with the hashtag #ad nearly doubled, boasting a 198% increase over the previous year.

Utilizing word-of-mouth techniques augmented by the tools of social platforms, influencers are making a real impact for brands. Still, some influencers fall short, broadcasting inauthentic content and/or coming across as opportunistic in their sponsored posts. Moreover, some influencers engage in deceptive tactics, such as purchasing fake followers, likes, and comments, which further erodes trust.

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Consumer Watchdogs Focus On Regulating Influencers

Consumer Watchdogs Focus On Regulating Influencers

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The Leash Is Tightening On Social Media Influencers

Influencer marketing’s meteoric rise hasn’t come without its share of growing pains. Most recently, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into improper disclosure of sponsored influencer content.

The CMA’s crackdown isn’t the first attempt at regulating influencers. The UK’s advertising regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), already has rules in place for paid influencer content. However, the CMA worries that these, as well as other consumer protection laws, are not being properly observed by influencers.

In the United States (US), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has established guidelines for influencer content paid for by brands. Platforms like Instagram and YouTube have also offered their own solutions to the issue, each launching “paid tags” to be used in conjunction with sponsored posts.

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Instagram & YouTube Influencer Case Study: Canon Vs. Nikon

Instagram & YouTube Influencer Case Study: Canon Vs. Nikon

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Instagram & YouTube Influencer Case Study: Canon Vs. Nikon Photography Influencers

It’s no secret that Canon and Nikon are competitors. But when it comes to concocting the secret sauce of both brands’ marketing strategies, it appears the photography product manufacturers tap the shoulders of social media influencers. While we don’t examine each brand’s influencer marketing as cohesive campaigns, we can gather insights into individual influencer initiatives to understand how each brand leverages and execute this tactic.

Examining Canon & Nikon Through The Lens Of Influencer Marketing

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Canon has multiple Instagram accounts representing different countries across the globe, and each handle has worked with different sets of influencers. In one of their largest influencer initiatives in 2016, they launched the #TagYoureIt campaign in partnership with Jamie Chung and 11 other influencers. Since then, they’ve also partnered with Instagrammers, such as actress Zoe Kravitz, to support their #LiveForTheStory campaign, as well as talented photographers, like Chelsea Kauai, for their #ShootForGreatness campaign. Further, they’ve worked with YouTubers, like photographer, Jessica Kobeissi, for professional photoshoots and product reviews.
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What Constitutes An Influencer?

What Constitutes An Influencer?

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Influencer Definition And How It Became A Thing

The term “influencer” may seem like a fairly new addition to our lexicon, but first uses date back to the 1660s. Still, its application to social media—relatively new in its own right—is a more recent phenomenon.

While the “very first” commercial influencer may be lost somewhere in the annals of history, product packaging and magazine adverts of yesteryear provide a breadcrumb trail that tracks the early evolution of influencer marketing. From Aunt Jemima, to the Marlboro Man, to Santa Claus, fictitious characters have offered tried and true ways to establish a personalized connection between products and consumers.

Celebrity product endorsements, another form of influencer marketing, first appeared in the 18th century, where royalty was used to advertise the prestige of luxury goods. As celebrity endorsements evolved, popular figures in the arts, such as actors and musicians, as well as athletes and businesspeople, were tapped by brands to promote a variety of products and services.
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