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YouTube Gaming’s Sponsorship Program Is A Game Changer For Creators & Marketers

YouTube Gaming’s Sponsorship Program Is A Game Changer For Creators & Marketers

How YouTube Gaming's Sponsorship Program Will Alter The Future Of Gaming Monetization

YouTube’s sponsorship expansion represents a significant step for YouTube Gaming. Placing it in direct competition with leading gaming site, Twitch, the YouTube Gaming sponsorship program, which allows fans to sponsor their favorite creators, is likely to encourage influencers and their fans to use the platform more.

The sponsorship program may serve to boost YouTube’s presence in the live streaming space, helping it keep up with other popular live streaming platforms such as Twitch and Facebook.

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Why Social Media Video Is Trending With Audiences

Why Social Media Video Is Trending With Audiences

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8 Reasons Why Social Media Videos Are Hugely Popular With Audiences 

In just a few years, social media videos have become a ubiquitous part of the online and digital landscape. Today, approximately 81% of the US population is using social media and spending an average of 5 years and 4 months in a lifetime of it. While TV is in decline, social media videos continue to grab the attention of not only social media users seeking a quick dose of entertainment but also mainstream audiences.

For advertisers, social media videos are attractive due to their dynamic nature and ability to reach and message global audiences across many social media apps and channels. Studies have shown that viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch a video in comparison to 10% when they read text. Moreover, videos on social are bolstered by the social media platforms on which they exist (e.g. Facebook has over 2 billion monthly active users and over a third of the entire Internet population is on YouTube). Here we go over eight reasons why social media video is trending with audiences.

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Amazon’s Marketing Strategy With Social Media Influencers

Amazon’s Marketing Strategy With Social Media Influencers

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Amazon Marketing Case Study: How Amazon Partners With Influencers For Audible, Prime Day & More

Amazon is the biggest e-commerce website in the world and continues to grow rapidly, with new features and options for its audience every day. Whether it’s the newest digital TV series or its smart home Echo, Amazon is seemingly specializing in every industry. To break into new industries, Amazon markets to new audiences through influencer sponsorships on social media.

This Amazon marketing case study explores how Amazon advertises a variety of products and services by leveraging Instagrammers, YouTubers, and influencer marketing.

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What Is A Brand Ambassador? Definition, Core Traits & Examples

What Is A Brand Ambassador? Definition, Core Traits & Examples

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What Are Brand Ambassadors And How To Best Leverage Them

Consumers are inundated with massive quantities of information and brands on a daily basis and businesses are now having a hard time learning how to stand out in all the noise. Consequently, brands have begun embracing a new trend: brand ambassadors. Fueled by the time people spend on social media, brand ambassadors are increasingly chosen based on their followers and engagement on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and/or other apps and platforms.  

In order to understand why brands are using brand ambassadors to reach consumers, it’s important to identify the characteristics of an ideal brand ambassador and break down what exactly they can do for brands.

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Exclusive Interview With Top Instagrammer And Entrepreneur Karina Irby

Exclusive Interview With Top Instagrammer And Entrepreneur Karina Irby

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Bikinis, Bodies, And Business With Top Instagrammer Karina Irby

Australian designer and founder of Moana Bikini, Karina Irby is one of the rising stars and entrepreneurs of Instagram. With nearly half a million followers on her business’ Instagram page and 650,000 followers on her personal account, Karina has effectively leveraged Instagram to grow her company and personal brand, standing out in the midst of the influencer frenzy.

In contrast typical to Instagram influencer accounts, Karina emphasizes the less-than-perfect realities of being a girl with a non-photoshopped body, and her level of authenticity has contributed greatly to her brand. Learn about how Karina has built her message on social and how she approaches branding on Instagram in our exclusive interview.

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SponCon, Podghazi, Instapurge: The Darkside Of Instagrammers

SponCon, Podghazi, Instapurge: The Darkside Of Instagrammers

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Instagram Influencers Uncovered: Instapurge, Podghazi, & SponCon

Top social media stars are today’s celebrities, and none are more recognized than the best Instagrammers. The top Instagram influencers are followed by millions of devoted fans on the Internet and have become icons in popular culture. Instagrammers are living the life: not only are they creating content that they are passionate about, but they are also getting paid through brand sponsorships.

Naturally, thousands are following suit. The number of aspiring influencers is leading to an influx of content to individual users and the saturation of content is making it more difficult for influencers to stand out. So difficult in fact, that influencers are turning to means other than unique content to capture the attention of audiences, including fake activity. Simulated engagement has captured the attentions of everyone around the world, and we break down the three most significant trends regarding fake activity on Instagram: Instapurge, Podghazi, and #SponCon.

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Are Fake Instagram Influencers Deceiving Brands?

Are Fake Instagram Influencers Deceiving Brands?

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How Anyone Can Get Paid To Be An Instagram Influencer With $300 (or Less) Overnight

The Instagram influencer market size is currently $1 billion. That figure is set to double by 2019. With brands investing heavily in the influencer marketing space to reach millennial and Gen Z audiences on Instagram, some influencers are taking advantage of this market demand by buying fake followers and engagement to artificially inflate their clout.

While influencers both large and small are suspected of purchasing fake followers and engagement, this practice can be more lucrative and commonplace for smaller, starting, or micro influencers. To prove whether or not it's possible for accounts with fake followers and engagement to secure brand sponsorship deals, Mediakix created two fictitious Instagram influencer accounts grown completely with bought followers and engagement (likes and comments) and applied to campaigns on popular influencer marketing platforms.

To prove whether or not it's possible for accounts with fake followers and engagement to secure brand sponsorship deals, Mediakix created two fictitious Instagram influencer accounts grown completely with bought followers and engagement (likes and comments) and applied to campaigns on popular influencer marketing platforms.

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Guide: How Do Social Media Influencers Make Money?

Guide: How Do Social Media Influencers Make Money?

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The Top 7 Ways Influencers Make Money Through Social Media

Social media influencers are creating a new class of celebrity. They may not come from the entertainment industries like traditional celebrities, but many of them have millions of fans and some of them have found a way to translate those massive followings into millions of dollars each year.

By getting creative with brand partnerships, patronage, advertising, and more, plenty of influencers are making a living on social media. Instagram, YouTube, Vine, and Snapchat accounts have launched entire careers and acted as springboards for major entrepreneurial ventures. There are a wealth of opportunities on social media, many of them quite lucrative. To get a better sense of the potential revenue streams open to influencers, see our guide below.

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The Top 10 Patreon Statistics Marketers Need To Know

The Top 10 Patreon Statistics Marketers Need To Know

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The Top Patreon Statistics Prove That It's Changing Influencer And Creative Communities

Since launching in 2013, Patreon has undergone dramatic growth. There are more fans pledging more money to artists on the platform than ever, and it’s having a demonstrable impact on creative and influencer communities. As creators find more ways to monetize, their content and ability to connect with audiences grow stronger. Patreon is helping creators make a living while they create and, in doing so, is fundamentally altering the way creators work and interact with fans.

From Simone Giertz to Hank Green and host of creatives in between, Patreon creators are redefining what it means to make a living in art. Patreon’s success paints a picture of a robust network of fans who are active and engaged in communities surrounding creative work. These statistics prove that top influencers and creatives are drawing big crowds who are invested in their work and success.

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The 9 Mobile Gaming Statistics That Show The Dominance Of Gaming Apps

The 9 Mobile Gaming Statistics That Show The Dominance Of Gaming Apps

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The 9 Astounding Mobile Gaming Statistics That Prove That Mobile Is Taking Over

While the novelty of mobile gaming may be a thing of the past, mobile games have never been more sophisticated and complex. The billion-dollar industry has attracted entrepreneurs, investors, advertisers, content creators, and of course, gamers, and it's still growing rapidly. Revenue and user bases grow each year and will continue to grow with new developments like synchronous multi-player formats and live streaming opportunities.

We’ve found the top 9 mobile gaming statistics that demonstrate how mobile games have grown in the last few years and how the industry will only get bigger.

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