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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.

Influencer Spotlight: Exclusive Interview With Instagram Adventure Powerhouse Chelsea Kauai

Influencer Spotlight: Exclusive Interview With Instagram Adventure Powerhouse Chelsea Kauai

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How Chelsea Kauai Expanded From Her Small Adventure Feed To One Of The Most Popular Instagram Travel Accounts

Chelsea Yamase, best known on Instagram as Chelsea Kauai, didn't set out to be a travel blogger sensation. As Instagram was taking off, Chelsea started as most amateurs did—creating an unscripted, highly filtered, and minimally followed feed snapshotting her food. But with a little bit of luck, grit, and a solid network, Chelsea Kauai's once little-known feed has scratched its way to the surface of more than half a million Instagram users' screens. Her followers are entranced by Chelsea's world of adventure curated with an expert's eye for design, mind for creativity, and heart for authenticity.

In an attempt to quench her own thirst for adventure and her followers' desire for artsy, travel-filled depictions and lifestyle inspiration, Chelsea has built an empire that champions all that's natural in life. Partnering with brands like Canon, KEEN, and an assortment of National Parks services, she sets out to lead a more purposeful and less stagnant life by documenting her purest intentions.

We caught up with Chelsea to find out more about her journey behind her popular travel account and to see what's in store for 2019 in an exclusive interview.

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5 Biggest Takeaways From TwitchCon 2018 (Plus Exclusive Twitch Streamer Comments)

5 Biggest Takeaways From TwitchCon 2018 (Plus Exclusive Twitch Streamer Comments)

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TwitchCon 2018 Recap & Highlights

  • Twitch Sings allows concurrent viewers to broadcast karaoke performances on Twitch.
  • Notable gaming and non-gaming brands showcased unique activations.
  • Esports commanded a huge presence with three gaming tournaments.
  • Twitch announced new and improved Twitch features Squad Stream, Highlight Editor, and moderation tools.
  • TwitchCon turnout reached 30,000 attendees, most of whom were young males.

On the weekend of October the 26th, the San Jose Convention Center hosted TwitchCon 2018. For three full days, the livestreaming giant invited the most popular gamers, artists, and brands to share their expertise and experience. Attendees also had a chance to get a first look at new games and Twitch developments, plus valuable networking opportunities.

While the Twitch.tv platform is hugely influential in the video game niche, generating a quarter of one game’s total sales, Twitch influencer marketing extends beyond just gaming. Twitch users are receptive to sponsored ads from brands of all kinds, meaning it's a level playing field for non-endemic, or non-gaming, brands. Several popular non-endemic brands have taken advantage of Twitch influencer partnerships, including Hershey’s, Doritos, Monster Energy, Nissin, and more.

Below we’ve detailed the five most important things marketers need to know about the newest games, biggest trends, and most exciting developments from TwitchCon 2018.

Related Post: Hershey's & Reese's Mashup With Ninja & Dr. Lupo

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The Top 15 Pet Influencers Whose Instagram Followings Speak for Themselves

The Top 15 Pet Influencers Whose Instagram Followings Speak for Themselves

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The Top 15 Pet Influencers Delight 22 Million Total Followers

The influencer space has expanded from fashion, travel, and fitness to pets. The “pet influencer” title is not just for cats and dogs—in the past few years, the subgroup has evolved to welcome hedgehogs, hamsters, horses, and plenty more. Despite the obvious differences in communication, top pet influencers have engagement rates, sponsorships, and audience followings very comparable to their human influencer predecessors. With devoted parents to help share their stories, these animal influencers have the unique ability to reach animal lovers of all ages—and melt their hearts.

Here we’ve compiled the top 10 pet influencers based on their uniqueness, followings, and charm. Their influence is undeniable with a combined following of 22 million. This diverse bunch of critters is making wags in the social media space and they prove that influencers come in many shapes, sizes, breeds, and species.

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Types of Influencer Marketing Campaigns Marketers Should Know

Types of Influencer Marketing Campaigns Marketers Should Know

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Influencer Marketing Campaigns: Types, Tactics, & Techniques

If influencer marketing were a climber, it would hold the record for fastest ascent up Mount Everest. As an industry, influencer marketing will be a $5-10 billion market by 2020. Around 70% of U.S. agency and brand marketers agree that influencer marketing budgets will increase in 2018. The exponential growth explains why influencer marketing was dubbed the fastest growing online customer acquisition method in 2017.

As more marketers hop aboard the influencer marketing train, many are increasingly overwhelmed with options. Aside from the most basic questions of “How do I find influencers?” or “How much should I spend on influencer marketing?,” marketers want to know “What are the different types of different influencer marketing campaigns I can run?

Separating influencer marketing campaigns into different buckets is tricky. As both brands and influencers strive for more subtle, authentic sponsorships, the line is blurred between these campaign “types.” However, understanding these general categories will help marketers understand the various approaches that they can employ in an influencer marketing strategy.

Related Post: Best Influencer Marketing Examples To See
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YouTube Creator Burnout: What Is It and What Does It Mean for Influencer Marketing?

YouTube Creator Burnout: What Is It and What Does It Mean for Influencer Marketing?

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Why All the Fuss About YouTube Creator Burnout?

Just like Facebook and Instagram, YouTube uses a complex algorithm to decide the order of videos in any user’s feed. This means that YouTube shows its viewers the videos it thinks they want to see.

YouTube regularly tinkers with its algorithm, and recent changes have upset many of its more established broadcasters. One adjustment that caused concern was the expansion of the algorithm to affect videos in viewers’ subscription feeds:

  • Before: YouTube displays a feed of videos from a user's subscribed channels in roughly chronological order.
  • Now: YouTube curates videos from a users' subscribed channels based on popularity and engagement.

For much of 2018, the algorithm favored new videos over those already uploaded. This meant that YouTube Creators felt pressured to release more and more videos at a frequent rate, in order to avoid having their videos unceremoniously shunted down subscriber feeds.

As a result, many video producers are now suffering from YouTube Creator burnout—they feel overwhelmed, on a perpetual treadmill. Many believe it is a case of “film or die,” in the YouTube rankings at least.

Related Post: 3 YouTuber Controversies That Shook The Influencer World
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Case Study: NYX Launches Halloween DC Comics Contest With Beauty Influencers [Infographic]

Case Study: NYX Launches Halloween DC Comics Contest With Beauty Influencers [Infographic]

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Instagram Marketing Case Study: NYX Influencers Are To Die For In Halloween Promotion With DC Comics & Warner Bros.

With Instagram being the biggest platform for social media influencers, it should come as no surprise that the largest brands in the world are looking to harness its potential and bring the best and brightest figures under their umbrella for online marketing campaigns.

With 35% of Americans looking for costume inspiration online and an estimated $9 billion projected to be spent this Halloween, brands like NYX Cosmetics are scrambling to procure effective influencer strategies to take full advantage of the demand.

Within the makeup and beauty industry, Halloween is a significant event for consumers, with Google search interest up 200% for DIY makeup tutorial videos around the period. An effective influencer campaign can mean brands can get a slice of the lucrative pie.

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Top 20 Latina YouTubers Influencing Online Video

Top 20 Latina YouTubers Influencing Online Video

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The Top 20 Latina YouTubers Boast 86 Million Total Subscribers

The influencer marketing industry has boomed over the past 5 years and is expected to reach $5-10 billion by 2020. The growth of social networking sites has provided a platform for connection, sparking a massive shift in marketing tactics. Through social media, influencers can connect directly to their audience, providing a substantial advantage over traditional advertising methods. Online social media influencers are simply more relatable than actors in a TV commercial.

Influencer marketing still shares the same basic principles of other marketing methods. When selecting an influencer, it’s imperative that brands choose someone who appeals to and influences their target market. In the US, there are currently around 57 million people of Hispanic descent, with over 14 million in California alone. Hispanics now make up a majority of the population in California at 39%, compared to 37% who identify as white.

With this shift in demographics, advertisers must evolve as well. Some TV commercials have made alternatives in Spanish, for example, and Hulu has begun to include similar ads. This inclusiveness is positive for the community and necessary for brands who want to make the most of rising Hispanic buying power. Fortunately, there are countless Latina influencers who carry clout.

Together, the top 20 Latina YouTubers boast a remarkable 86 million subscribers. Many of them have a primarily female audience, posting on beauty, cosmetics, health, and other female-driven topics. See our list below of the top 20 Latina YouTubers in order of YouTube subscribers.

Related Post: The 20 Most Popular YouTubers Dominating Online Video

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YouTubers Attempt To Make Comebacks With A YouTube Apology Video

YouTubers Attempt To Make Comebacks With A YouTube Apology Video

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YouTube Scandals Lead To YouTube Apology Videos

YouTubers are no strangers to controversy, meltdowns, divisive content, and everything in between. At best, an ill-judged comment or video from an online star can result in a mob of angry commenters. At worst, a backlash can cause a full-blown catastrophe for their burgeoning brand.

Fans may desert, sponsorships can go awry, and before they know it, the community that built them up brings them crashing down. Before delving into the comeback strategies, we’ll set the stage with some notorious YouTuber controversies.

Related Post: 8-Step Guide To Working With YouTube Creators
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What Marketers Need To Know About TwitchCon 2018

What Marketers Need To Know About TwitchCon 2018

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TwitchCon 2018: The Best Content Creators, Twitch Streamers, Brands, & Events

Twitch.tv, a livestreaming platform focused on video gaming, launched in 2011. Since then, it has become the hub of video-game content streaming online. Although Twitch isn’t as diverse or widely known as YouTube, it engages a large, young, and primarily male audience. Platform users spend, on average, over an hour watching content daily. With so much time spent on Twitch, the platform offers marketers and influencers a world of opportunity.

twitchcon 2018

From October 26-28th, the San Jose Convention Center will transform into TwitchCon 2018. The weekend-long event combines sessions and workshops featuring the most popular livestreamers, previews from top video game developers, and opportunities to grow your brand. Tickets are available to the public with day and full-weekend options available.

Those attending fall under one of three categories: Community, Affiliate, or Partner. Not all attendees can access every event at the convention, but the Sessions, Meet & Greets, and Expo Hall are open to all. To let the world know you’ll be at TwitchCon 2018, you can even turn on the exclusive 2018 Twitch Chat Badge.

Related Post: Is YouTube Gaming Losing To Twitch?
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Top Reasons Brands Invest In Long-Term Influencer Relationships

Top Reasons Brands Invest In Long-Term Influencer Relationships

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Why Brands Need To Invest In Long-Term Influencer Relationships

The marketing world continues to crank up influencer marketing budgets, and with good reason. An assortment of brands are experiencing benefits of influencer marketing campaigns firsthand. For an industry expected to reach $5-10 billion by 2020, not much stands in the way of influencers steering the ship. That is, so long as the marketers investing in the strategy continue to treat it as a relationship, rather than just a business deal.

long-term influencer relationships

As with any relationship, it’s probably a good idea for all parties involved to have a vested interest in sustaining the partnership. Lopsided relationships cause misalignment when it comes to measuring the return of the investment. Just as influencers invest in building long-term relationships with their audiences, brands need to have the foresight to invest in long-term influencer relationships.
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