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Millennial Marketing: Time Inc. Buys Lifestyle Blog HelloGiggles

Millennial Marketing Time Buys Zooey Deschanel Blog HelloGiggles

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Time Buys Lifestyle Blog HelloGiggles To Leverage Millennial Marketing

Last week, Time Inc. announced that they have acquired HelloGiggles, a web-only lifestyle blog and community for young women. Why? Because since its founding in 2011 by adorkable and influential “it” girl, Zooey Deschanel, the website exploded in popularity though its clever use of social media and digital influencer star power. In the time between then and now, the website has developed a active and devoted readership. Its success is profiled in Forbes’ 2011 article, “How Great Word of Mouth Went Above and Beyond for HelloGiggles.”

Time Inc. is undoubtedly an established and powerful organization, and HelloGiggles is certain to benefit from the established resources that the company offers. It’s not a one way street, though. By absorbing a young, tech-savvy organization like HelloGiggles, Time stands to draw in a whole range of advertisers who never would have purchased space in one of its print publications. Time will also bring on a slew of new, social-media-conscious employees. The purchase signifies Time’s embrace of fresh, new media and a desire to appeal to younger crowds. As AdExchanger puts it, Time Inc. "expects HelloGiggles to help infuse its other brands with knowledge about how to thrive in a digital world."

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Influencer Marketing Stats, News & Trends Week 10-19-2015

Influencer Marketing Stats News Trends YouTube Red Launches

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YouTube Red Launches, TV Ad Budgets Go Digital, IAB's Mess Up

For this week's installment of influencer marketing stats roundup, we take a high-level look at the news and trends shaping up the industry -- this time disruption from YouTube's new paywall, TV advertising, ad blocking, and millennial marketing.

  • YouTube finally unveils its long-awaited subscription service "YouTube Red". The monthly membership paywall eliminates ads, allows for offline viewing, and includes original content featuring top YouTube creators (see upcoming titles here) access to its YouTube Gaming app, and yet-to-be-launched Music app
  • In traditional Godfather fashion, YouTube muscles its new Red ad agreement onto top YouTubers (TechCrunch's "An Offer Creators Can't Refuse")
  • What everyone is wondering: "Could YouTube's New Subscription Service Affect Netflix?" (Market Realist -- see graph below)
  • Though YouTube just debuted its ad-free service, WSJ reports YouTube ad growth has surged 471% in last year -- top 1K YouTube channels grew their subscriber base by 37% and monthly views, 44%. WSJ remarks, new data finds show YouTube's depth to advertisers presenting both challenges and growth opportunity
  • YouTube's ad-of-the-decade winner, Turkish Airlines to send ten top YouTubers to Istanbul for influencer marketing campaign, #FortuneTraveller (Tubefilter). This campaign furthers the trend of travel and hospitality brands partnering with social media influencers for innovative digital marketing campaigns (see how other airlines have marketed with lifestyle bloggers here)
  • TV marketing on social platforms and channels will rise to 5% in 2016-2017, then 10% in successive 3 years (MediaPost's "Social Media To Become Bigger Tool For TV Marketers)

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Influencer Marketing News, Stats & Trends Week 10-12-2015

Influencer Marketing News Forbes YouTuber List

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GoPro, Facebook's YouTube Killer, Forbes' YouTuber List

This week's influencer marketing news, stats, and trends roundup features several industry firsts across the YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and publishing landscape.

  • GoPro launches $5M annual awards program for content creators including weekly cash awards Of $5K (for best photos, raw clips, video edits). SVP of Entertainment, Zander Lurie, keen on “sharing revenue with our user;” believes this initiative will help launch careers (cites top YouTuber successes of PewDiePie and Jenna Marbles in Adweek feature)  
  • Facebook to launch its own YouTube (Re/code)
  • Forbes publishes its first YouTuber list charting their earnings. Follows in the footstep of other traditional and mainstream publications (see Variety's second annual Digital Stars vs. Celebrities ranking) giving increasingly more dedicated coverage on the YouTuber phenomenon spearheading online video views.
  • Google To Advertisers: Spend 26% of your TV budget on us if you want to reach 15-34-year-olds (Business Insider). Announced at Brandcast (YouTube’s annual advertising event in London), this statement by Google's UK managing director, Eileen Naughton, follows Google’s Q2 statement “YouTube now reaches more 18 to 49-year-olds than any single US cable network.”
  • New Report From Millward Brown: Teens & Adults Watching Equal Amounts of Online Video vs. TV (16-45-year-olds)
  • Continuing the Hollywood digital talent arms race: UTA signs both makeup YouTuber Kandee Johnson, and Annoying Orange creator, Dane Boedigheimer. Last month WME signed Caspar Lee, Elise Strachan, and Casey Neistat (Tubefilter)
  • Just in time for the holiday rush, Reuters profiles how the phenomenon of YouTube unboxing is driving gift lists.
  • LG Electronics Australia gives phones to 30 Instagrammers in targeted effort to drive brand engagement (CMO)
  • No longer just the platform for fashion & beauty brands, mobile gaming companies are now starting to run ads on Instagram (WSJ)
  • 75% of marketers are using influencer marketing (Adweek)
  • Launched October 5 to promote Shoppable Video Ads, "Awesome Stuff Week" YouTube's new channel featuring top YouTubers reviewing products elicits over 3.4 million views to date

videos from GoPro, Facebook, and Forbes below the fold: 

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3 Best Instagram Marketing Tips

Best Instagram Marketing Tips With Instagram Influencers

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Best Instagram Marketing Tips For Brands Working With Top Instagrammers

Although Instagram has progressively unveiled more ad options and user targeting tools for brands, many top brands in the automotive, fashion/beauty, food, subscription-based (see this Forbes article "How Birchbox, Blue Apron, and BarkBox Are Creating Connected Experiences With Millennial Consumers"), financial services, travel/hospitality, and more are actively marketing on Instagram with social media influencers (Instagram content creators with hundreds of thousands of followers) in order to execute strategic high reach/return marketing campaigns.

To provide a jumpstart on how best brands market on Instagram, here are 3 best Instagram marketing tips for brands creating sponsored content with top influencers:

First, find the correct influencers:

For an in-depth step-by-step look at "How To Find Instagram Influencers," check out our dedicated post here

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What Is Sponsored Content?

What Is Sponsored Content?

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What Is Sponsored Content?

Several factors have contributed to the rise of sponsored content as an effective and powerful way for marketers to reach online audiences amidst advertising overload. The overabundance of advertising forcing itself upon consumers has caused a significant uptick in ad blocking software. Apple's iOS9 (released earlier this month) gives mobile Safari users out-of-the-box ad blocking capabilities and was seen by many as the final "nail in the coffin" for display advertising. As such, brands and advertisers are proactively exploring marketing alternatives including sponsored content, native advertising, branded content, and influencer marketing (see our post "Adblocking Wars: Advertiser Alternatives To Ads").

The American Press Institute (API) prefaces its definition of sponsored content with the following:

Sponsored content/native advertising appears in many ways. There is no single form, but rather a continuum from banner ads to social media content to large microsites with articles and videos. It is better to define sponsored content by what it does than by what it looks like.

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Influencer Marketing Case Study: Airlines

Influencer Marketing Case Study Airlines Tuula Vintage Jessica Stein

In 2015, Airline companies Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, Air France, and Air Nippon collaborated with leading travel and lifestyle influencers including Tuula Vintage and Song of Style to develop rich content while integrating their brand messaging to new audiences online. The influencer marketing campaigns are not solely focused on travel-specific blogs, rather they seek to incorporate the brand within several categories, resulting in an innovative, engaging approach for increased audience exposure.

This case study is part of our ongoing Influencer Marketing Case Study Series.

Influencer Marketing Case Study:

Goals
  • Primary Objective - Build and drive brand awareness by partnering with aspirational lifestyle tastemakers in order to reach affluential audiences
  • Secondary Objective(s) - Leverage top social media influencers' social, creative direction, and audience base to elicit engagement, ultimately driving up profitable action
Approach
  • Partner with top bloggers in multiple lifestyle categories (fashion, travel, food, wedding) including Tuula Vintage, Song of Style, and 100 Layer Cake
  • Authentically develop aspirational campaign messaging
  • Organic, timely, and relevant integration within influencer's storyline
  • Market to new audiences through adjoining blog categories

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How To Beat Ad Blocking With Sponsored Content, Influencer Marketing

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Amidst Ad Blocking Crisis, Brands & Publishers Look To Sponsored Content Options

On August 10, 2015, Adobe in conjunction with UK startup PageFair, published a report illustrating the rise of ad blocking -- ad blocking rates grew by 41% globally, and 48% in the United States (see their entire report above). With the release of iOS9, Apple's latest operating system now features mobile ad blocking capabilities. Furthermore, starting in November, Google will penalize sites with app install ads (read more on their official Webmaster blog). As seen below in Business Insider's graph, the rapid rise of ad blocking (costing advertisers an estimated $22 billion in 2015 alone) has prompted brands including Nylon to focus their marketing efforts on sponsored content (see Digiday's article on Nylon here).

Ad Blocking Stats 2015

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How To Measure Influencer Marketing Campaigns

How To Measure Influencer Marketing Campaigns

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Influencer Marketing Campaigns: How To Accurately Measure Campaign Success

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are quantifiable performance metrics/values that show whether or not a marketing campaign reaches its goals and/or business objectives. With influencer marketing campaigns (wherein a company works with a digital star and/or social media influencer to effectively drive engagement and increase direct response), brands may have specific primary objectives followed by secondary ones. KPIs are typically determined by the brand, are brand-specific, and vary depending on individual marketing campaign goals. Although they may overlap in nature, these marketing metrics fall into two categories: branding KPIs and response-based KPIs.

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How To Create Sponsored Content With Instagram Influencers

Sponsored Content With Instagram Influencers

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3 Tips For Creating Sponsored Content With Instagram Influencers

Sponsored content is a great way for brands to target and engage their ideal audience. When executed properly, sponsored content via social media influencers is a highly effective way to broaden brand awareness and promote social media engagement (see our post here for why social media engagement matters for sponsored content). Top influencers can have hundreds of thousands to millions of followers. Although there is a constant influx of new social media platforms, Instagram has established itself at the top. With 300 million active users, and 70 million average uploads a day, marketers are looking to tap into the platform’s reach.

Instagram’s premise is simple: it is a user-generated photo and video social sharing app where its users can also follow accounts based on their aspirational lifestyle interests, including brands. Many brands, such as Chandon, are targeting millennials who, earlier this year, have become the most populous demographic in the United States. Within a year, Instagram use has risen 16% among young adults (19-29) which makes it an ideal platform for marketing to millennials.

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Marketing To Millennials Through Social Media

Marketing To Millennials Through Social Media Influencers

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Marketing to Millennials Through Social Media Networks, Channels & Platforms

The days of reaching millennials through traditional print and television advertising are quickly dwindling - as reported in Wall Street Journal, many TV networks are quickly pioneering digital strategies involving top "YouTubers" (YouTube video bloggers or "vloggers") in an effort to retain millennial viewership. In a 2015 census report, millennials (18-34) have outpaced Baby Boomers to become the most populous demographic in the United States, spending an approximate $1.3 trillion annually. Millennials are highly tech-savvy and socially conscious consumers. They choose to align with brands that reflect their own set of interests, lifestyle aspirations, and expect the brand to be responsive to what the consumer wants.

At the start of 2015, Adweek published research from Salesforce reporting that a vast 70% of marketers will spend more on social this year with special emphasis to mobile and content. Brands are augmenting their marketing strategies to focus on social media and are able to target highly specific audiences through the digital or social media influencers millennials follow (YouTubers, Instagrammers, Bloggers, Snapchatters, Viners, et al.), with top accounts featuring follower counts in the millions.

As such, brands are successfully marketing to millennials through the use of social media by partnering with these top influencers to create engaging, aspirational, and authentic content. Here are best examples of how brands are marketing to millennials through social media on channels they prefer the most:

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