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Case Study: The Unlikely Hero in the Journey of a Tiffany’s Diamond

Case Study: The Unlikely Hero in the Journey of a Tiffany’s Diamond

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Jack Morris (@doyoutravel) is someone you might think of as “the cute boy next door.” The 27-year-old travel influencer is frequently pictured barefoot and shirtless with a bandana around his head as he savors the stunning scenery that surrounds him. The boyish charm really comes to life in action shots such as Morris swinging on a rope in the Philippines, skateboarding through the hills of Turkey, and jumping from ocean cliffs in Greece. With images like these, it isn’t hard to see why Jack Morris has amassed 2.8 million Instagram followers.

Morris’ casual, boy-next-door appeal makes him an obvious candidate for promoting millennial-focused brands with products for millennial-sized budgets. Less obvious is Morris’ fit as an influencer for luxury brands, so it may come as a surprise that he recently collaborated with high-end jewelry retailer Tiffany and Co. But look a little deeper and you’ll see plenty of reasons why Morris and Tiffany’s is an unlikely match made in heaven.

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Case Study: How Dating App Hinge Works With Instagram Influencers

Case Study: How Dating App Hinge Works With Instagram Influencers

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Hinge Worked With Influencers to Rebrand and Relaunch Their App

Over the years, New York-based Hinge has worked diligently to carve out its niche in the uber-competitive world of online dating. Founded in 2011 by Justin McLeod, Hinge app was released in February 2013 in a market largely dominated by online sites such as OkCupid, Match, and eHarmony. At launch, Hinge’s free app had a similar function to Tinder, offering swipeable profiles of prospective partners. However, in an ever-crowded space — which would come to include rivals such as location-based Happn and female-empowering Bumble — Hinge struggled to find its unique point of difference among today’s busy daters.

Rebranded as “The Relationship App,” swipes are gone, an Instagram-like format has been adopted, and subscription plans range from $5-13 per month. Now with 100K+ app installs on Google Play and a recent acquisition by Tinder parent company, Match Group, Hinge seems to finally be having its moment. Hinge App describes itself as an “alternative to swipe culture by creating smart matches and natural conversations among people who are on the same page. That’s why 75% of our first dates turn into second dates.”
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Is Instagram The New YouTube?

Is Instagram The New YouTube?

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Will Instagram Replace YouTube With Launch Of New Long-Form Video Platform (IGTV)?

Since launching at the end of 2010, Instagram has grown to over 1 billion users, stole Snapchat’s thunder with Instagram Stories, and affected global social media usage trends for an entire generation. Now, with news of a much more robust video and long-form content hub on the horizon, it looks like the Facebook-owned app has a new target: to be the next YouTube.

With YouTube reeling from advertiser and creator turmoil and Snapchat struggling to monetize and with Instagram’s growth exploding, Instagram has an opportunity to firmly establish itself as the new online and digital video leader for global audiences and smartphone users. Learn about Instagram’s new video platform and why the once minimalist photo-sharing app is poised to be the new YouTube.
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Here’s How To Scam Your Way Into Free Hotel Stays As An Instagram Influencer

Here’s How To Scam Your Way Into Free Hotel Stays As An Instagram Influencer

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The Wild, Wild West That Is Instagram Influencer Marketing

The explosive growth of Instagram and influencer marketing has created a perfect confluence of brand dollars and aspiring would-be influencers. The Instagram influencer market alone was forecast to be over $1B in 2017. Instagram just announced over 1B users and a staggering user growth rate of over 200M users in less than one year.

With millions of dollars up for grabs, the market has drawn in a plethora of people aspiring to build their following and get paid for posting to their Instagram feed. Brands pay top Instagram influencers tens of thousands of dollars for a single sponsored post. Top social media stars also regularly travel to top global destinations at no charge in exchange for coverage of hotels and resorts on their Instagram. The Atlantic recently reported that top hotels and resorts can receive up to 20 inquiries per day from influencers looking for free stays in return for social media features.

All the potential perks and income from being an influencer draw in hundreds of thousands of people who yearn to be one. Becoming an influencer is a time-intensive process and costly as well. The NY Post shared the story of a woman who went over $10,000 in debt while trying to become an Instagram influencer. That effort and cost only resulted in her gaining 12K followers. Fashionista reported that it would cost up to $31,400 per year to keep pace with the fashion and beauty standards to be a female lifestyle Instagram influencer.

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How Reality Stars On Instagram Make Millions [Infographic]

How Reality Stars On Instagram Make Millions [Infographic]

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Here’s How Top Reality Stars On Instagram Are Cashing In On Television Fame [Infographic]

The world’s fixation on breakout reality stars is resulting in lucrative brand sponsorship deals across Instagram. While reality stars translating their TV fame into off-screen money making opportunities isn’t a new phenomenon, the growth of social media, rise of its “influencers,” and ability to make a sizable income just off of Instagram has only recently become a reality. Instagram has provided a means for contestants on the Bachelor and other reality shows to translate their exposure from the show into a social media footprint and lasting exposure.

Just how much can top reality stars on Instagram earn? Our forecasts (detailed below) peg the median amount nearly $1 million a year. For an in-depth look at how top reality TV stars can feasibly make close to if not well over $1 million a year off of brand sponsored deals on Instagram, what percentage of their Instagram posts are sponsored, the brands working with reality TV stars, and much more, view our infographic and methodology below:

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How Instagram Meme Channels Are Evolving

How Instagram Meme Channels Are Evolving

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Instagram Meme Channels Are Big Business. Here Are 5 Ways They’ve Grown Beyond Being Just Millennial Hotspots

Up until now, Instagram meme channels were largely photo posts and the occasional short video post (usually a GIF “graphics interchange format” - a file type that allows for combining static and animated images). Many top Instagram meme channel creators often remained anonymous, amassing hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of followers in a few short years without attaching a face or personality to these accounts.

Due to their popularity, Instagram meme channels have evolved leveraging not only their massive fan bases and universal millennial appeal, but also being on the forefront of social media trends (i.e. novel uses of Instagram Stories and other emerging social media features). Check out the ways Instagram meme channels have evolved into some of the biggest brands by creating relatable memes and establishing businesses both on and off social media.
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Why Meme Accounts On Instagram Are The Fastest Growing Accounts

Why Meme Accounts On Instagram Are The Fastest Growing Accounts

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The 3 Biggest Reasons Why Meme Accounts Are The Fastest Growing On Instagram

In the past few years, meme accounts have been among the fastest growing on Instagram. Home to funny images, gifs, and short videos accompanied by culturally-relevant captions, meme accounts appeal to audiences of all types. Meme account popularity has exploded in the last couple of years. Familiar names like The Fat Jewish and Fuck Jerry are now among thousands of other memes accounts in hundreds of different categories.

In the following post, we’ll explore the factors contributing to the growth of Instagram meme accounts and get to know a of few of the platform’s most popular accounts. We’ll also examine the ways Instagram meme accounts have been successfully leveraged for influencer marketing.

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The 9 Best Ways To Detect Fake Followers & Influencers

The 9 Best Ways To Detect Fake Followers & Influencers

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The Savvy Marketer’s Guide: How To Detect Fake Influencers & Followers

In the past few years, consumer media behavior has evolved dramatically. People of all ages are spending more time online and less time consuming traditional forms of media, like cable TV. Many are even dubbing 2017 as the year cable TV died, as an increasingly large subset of consumers trade cable for social media and streaming services.

As the way people consume content has evolved, this has forced a change in which channels advertisers use to reach audiences. Advertising dollars have followed audiences, and advertisers have drastically increased their spend in social apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube. Influencer marketing has become an increasingly appealing option because it leverages the dedicated following of social media influencers to reach targeted audiences. Advertisers are estimated to spend $1.6 billion in Instagram influencer marketing alone in 2018. 

With the massive flood of billions of advertiser dollars into influencer marketing, it’s become a massive financial opportunity for influencers but also filled with challenges for advertisers. The rise of influencers has also given way to fake and fraudulent activity by some influencers. Last summer, global brands offered to pay for sponsored posts with two fake Instagram influencers that Mediakix created. Mediakix created the accounts and only purchased fake followers in order to show how easily and cheaply this could be accomplished. A Google search for “buy followers on Instagram” will have dozens of options. Mashable broke the story and it quickly went viral and was covered by news outlets on six continents.

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Standout Mother’s Day Influencer Marketing Campaigns From Herbal Essences & More

Standout Mother’s Day Influencer Marketing Campaigns From Herbal Essences & More

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Mother’s Day Marketing: How P&G And The Wonderful Company Partner With Influencers

Herbal Essences and Teleflora belong to two of America’s largest business conglomerates. The former is owned by P&G, a multinational consumer goods corporation that owns 66 brands. The latter is a member of The Wonderful Company, a corporation that maintains an impressive portfolio of names including FIJI Water, Wonderful Halos, and JUSTIN Wines. In the following case study, we’ll examine standout Mother’s Day marketing campaigns from both to see how America’s biggest businesses implement influencer marketing.

The National Retail Federation predicted that 86% of Americans would celebrate Mother’s Day this year, with the average person spending approximately $180. Divided by category, 35% of consumers planned to shop at department stores, 31% planned to shop online, and 29% planned to shop at a specialty store like a florist or jeweler.

Mother’s Day presents an opportunity for consumers of all ages to celebrate their mothers. The holiday also gives brands a chance to capitalize on purchases consumers might not normally make, whether on jewelry, flowers, or other specialty gifts. Female-centric brands and carriers of products specific to the holiday (flowers, jewelry, candy) are especially poised to take advantage.

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How Today’s Biggest Luxury Brands Execute Influencer Marketing

How Today’s Biggest Luxury Brands Execute Influencer Marketing

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Luxury Brand Marketing: How Tiffany & Co. And Swarovski Work With Influencers

Swarovski and Tiffany & Co. are two brands synonymous with luxury and tradition. The former was conceived in 1985 by Daniel Swarovski in Austria, and the latter was founded even earlier in 1837 by Charles Lewis and John Young in New York City. Both are jewelry giants, employing upwards of 7,000 people and generating billions in sales each year. In the following case study, we’ll compare influencer marketing campaigns from both brands and explore how each leverages influencers to reach different ends.

The luxury goods industry itself is incredibly lucrative. Globally, from top-tier jewelry and cosmetics to cars, it generates more than $570 billion each year and attracts consumers with money to spend. As the popularity of luxury goods continues to grow brands within the space are looking for new ways to separate themselves from competitors. The use of social media influencers, in particular, has allowed luxury brands of all types to position themselves as simultaneously aspirational and attainable to consumers.Read More>>

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