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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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Exclusive Interview With Top Instagram Artist, Amanda Oleander

Exclusive Interview With Top Instagram Artist, Amanda Oleander

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Influencer Spotlight: Meet Amanda Oleander, Instagram Artist & Periscope Standout

California-based artist Amanda Oleander (@amandaoleander) maintains a devoted following of nearly half a million on Instagram alone. Her impressive portfolio of work can be summed up in a single word: honesty. Perhaps best known for her illustrations, Oleander captures the uniquely human moments of private life. Whether it be snuggling with warm laundry that's just come out of the dryer or eating pizza in bed.

We sat down with the talented artist to discuss her creative process, her advice for growing a following online, and how she approaches sponsored content. Hear from Oleander herself in an exclusive interview below.

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Instagram Restricts API: Disrupts Influencer Marketing Overnight

Instagram Restricts API: Disrupts Influencer Marketing Overnight

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Instagram Drastically Changes Its API In The Wake Of Facebook Woes

Facebook is arguably in the midst of its biggest crisis in company history. In March 2018, a New York Times investigation revealed that voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica accessed and used the user information of approximately 50 million Facebook users to deliver targeted ads to influence voting behavior in government elections. Facebook has since said that the information of up to 87 million people may have been compromised. Instagram is one of the social apps that Facebook owns (the other major social app Facebook owns is WhatsApp).

The data breach is the biggest in Facebook’s history and highlights the platform’s failure to protect personal data. It also raises questions about the longevity of Facebook’s business model. Can a company safeguard its users’ data when that user data is central to generating revenue?

In the wake of the disaster, Facebook is overhauling the ways it manages user information. Most recently, the company altered Instagram’s API (application programming interface) — the software system that gives third-party apps and developers access to user information.

Many in the influencer industry — influencer platforms, influencers, and more — depend on user information accessed through Instagram’s API to conduct business and gather audience intel. These companies use the API to gather influencers' audience data, demographics, follower count, engagement, etc. As such, the change has had a significant impact on the influencer marketing ecosystem overnight.

Here we’ll outline the timeline of Instagram’s API changes, discuss the significance, and hear from industry insiders to gauge what the future holds.

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Exclusive Interview With Travel Instagrammer Suzanne Bruch Of @wonderful_places

Exclusive Interview With Travel Instagrammer Suzanne Bruch Of @wonderful_places

How Travel Instagrammer Suzanne Bruch Of Wonderful Places Amassed 10M+ Followers

Travel enthusiast Suzanne Bruch started on Instagram in 2012 and in the span of six short years has amassed a dedicated following of over 15 million across four accounts. Her most followed account @wonderful_places is an amalgamation of the world's most stunning destinations, ranging from Krabi, Thailand to the Swiss Alps. Bruch sets herself apart from the web's countless travel influencers by curating images and videos from some of the best travel photographers around.

We sat down with Bruch to discuss her social media career to date, the elements necessary for building a viral travel account, and her approach to sponsored content. Read on to hear from the influencer herself in an exclusive interview.

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