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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.

Why Athlete Influencers Are So Effective

Why Athlete Influencers Are So Effective

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Top Professional And Socially Relevant Athlete Influencers Attract Brands As Their Impact Is Felt Online

For years, professional athletes have been used to endorse a variety of brands, products, and services. Michael Jordan’s partnership with Nike, recognized by many as the archetypal athlete endorsement deal — which produced a successful spinoff brand — has been modeled by many other partnerships that have resulted in several billion dollars worth of contracts.

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Across sports, athlete deals continue to grow and evolve. Not only have sports, telecommunication, automobile, beverage, hotel, technology, and many other companies upped their antes, but athletes from a variety of disciplines, including surfing, motocross, base jumping, and other unconventional sports are partnering with brands to promote their wares.
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Why Is Travel The Fastest Growing Influencer Category?

Why Is Travel The Fastest Growing Influencer Category?

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Millennial Priorities Popularize Travel Influencer Marketing

A substantial increase in traveling in 2018 was forecasted by a survey conducted by The GO Group. 33% said they planned on traveling more in the upcoming year vs. 21% in 2016. Lower airfares have helped, but they’re not the only factor contributing to the rise in vacations. If bargain airfare isn’t the biggest reason, what is?

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The once predominant baby boomer generation is now taking a backseat to the new players in town: Millennials. According to Pew Research, the Millennial population has officially overtaken boomers. Due to generational shifts, marketing strategies have adapted to cater to the masses.

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A recent study by Stackla discovered that 70% of Millennials perceive social posts or reviews from family members and friends to be most impactful. Millennials are also the most tech-savvy generation so far, spending more time perusing online social media than any previous generation. These elements are a large part of the reason influencer marketing is growing so quickly.

Meanwhile, the priorities of Millennials & Gen Z are different than those of their predecessors. While baby boomers prioritized major purchases like homes and cars, Millennials tend to spend money on experiences, opting to try ziplining, surfing, or exploring a new country over a luxury vehicle. Millennials love to travel, and they are willing to splurge on it, making them the most lucrative generation for the travel industry. Travel influencer marketing has only fueled the fire.
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Is Caffeine.tv the New Twitch?

Is Caffeine.tv the New Twitch?

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Caffeine.tv Vs Twitch: Video Game Livestream Showdown

Caffeine.tv is the latest entrant onto the video game livestreaming scene. This places it in the same market niche as Twitch, arguably the most dominant livestreaming video platform. Among the pack of contenders includes YouTube, which has battled back and forth with Twitch to command the gaming livestreaming space.

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Caffeine has a clean, almost Spartan, interface. The lack of clutter on-site helps ensure that streaming is real-time, with no noticeable delay. However, users may find it unnerving to enter a channel on Caffeine intending to lurk, only for the streamer to give the viewer a personal welcoming sound-out call. Compared to Twitch, Caffeine shows signs of promise amongst the gaming community.
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What Is Earned Media Value?

What Is Earned Media Value?

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Earned Media Value (EMV): What It Is, Why It's Important, How To Measure It

Earned media refers to any type of social media exposure gained through word-of-mouth, recommendations, or conversations about the brand. This form of media includes user-generated content, reviews, brand mentions, or any other form of content that is shared by social media users in relation to a brand.

Although typically acquired through paid and owned channels, earned media functions as an uncontrolled media, or only partially controlled with a comprehensive marketing strategy. For example, Target featured an Instagram image of two young girls happily styled in Target clothing that had originally been shared by the mother. Since the post was not sponsored by Target, it represents an off-the-cuff method in which the brand monitors for positive brand experiences to then feature and amplify on its own accounts. Yet, the uncontrollable aspects of earned media haven’t stopped brands or marketers from attempting to measure its value.

 

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More recently, brands have turned to influencer marketing, a form of both paid and earned media, as authentic recommendations and branded shares from a trusted person are much more appealing to Millennial consumers than ads. Nielsen reported 83% of global respondents trust recommendations from people they know, while 66% trust consumer opinions online. Thus, brands have unleashed the power of influencers upon their impressionable audiences. But measuring the ROI of both this tactic and earned media has brought an onslaught of confusion.Read More>>

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Case Study: Marriott International & SanDisk Europe Get Their Kicks On Route 66

Case Study: Marriott International & SanDisk Europe Get Their Kicks On Route 66

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Influencer Marketing Case Study: Marriott International & SanDisk Europe Navigate Influencer Marketing

Brands looking to get their messages out into the world are increasingly turning to influencer marketing as a means to reach their target audiences. However, in an ever-crowding space, with consumers placing a premium on authenticity and transparency, well-planned, crafted, and executed campaigns are more vital than ever.

Hospitality company, Marriott International, and technology enterprise, SanDisk, are no strangers to influencer marketing. Each has worked with influencers over the years in an effort to realize their individual brand and marketing goals.

For Marriott, the hospitality space is filled with competitors that keep active and relevant social media accounts. Looking for fans to replicate the journeys of the social media sensations they follow, charming images and videos of hotel destinations are regular features on popular travel, lifestyle, and other influencer feeds.

SanDisk’s products may not have the visual allure of a sprawling sunset or five-star suite, but their storage solutions offer people in the visual arts the ability to transfer and store the compelling images they record and produce. Looking to engage with various media enthusiasts, SanDisk has used influencer marketing to promote their technology products to today’s digital creatives.
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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.

Related Post: Influencer Marketing Industry Predicted To Reach $5-10 Billion By 2020
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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.

Related Post: Top Video Game Statistics Marketers Need To Know
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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.

Related Post: Guide To Beauty Influencer Programs
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