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Google Acquires FameBit, Influencer Marketing Platform For Branded YouTube Videos

Google Acquires FameBit Influencer Marketing Platform YouTube Creators

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Google Purchases Influencer Marketing Platform FameBit To Better Connect Creators & Advertisers

On October 11, 2016, Google acquired FameBit for an undisclosed amount (rumored to be $15M). FameBit, an influencer marketing platform, previously raised an undisclosed seed round in September 2013 and subsequently $1.5M in another seed round summer of 2014 from Third Wave Digital (and its founder Allen DeBovoise), Silicon Valley venture capital firm and startup accelerator 500 Startups, and Science (also an investor in Dollar Shave Club and DogVacay), among others.

Google's FameBit purchase is a significant event for the influencer marketing industry—the tech giant's acquisition of its first influencer marketing outfit not only marks the industry's immense growth and popularity, but also influencer marketing's viability as a core strategy and channel for advertisers, social media apps and networks, and its ecosystem of millions of social media influencers, fans, and followers—all things Google is keen to be a part of.

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Is YouTube Penalizing Top Content Creators?

YouTube Demonetization Top Content Creators Stars

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How YouTube's Demonetization Policy Will Affect Content Creators & Advertisers

As audiences turn to social media platforms in record numbers, advertising on YouTube is now one of the most effective ways to reach audiences. One Google study even reports that marketers can reach 56% more 18- to 49-year-olds using YouTube ads compared to prime-time broadcast television commercials. YouTube's recent efforts to make the platform more advertiser-friendly by "demonetizing" (i.e. removing advertisements from) videos that feature profanity, violence, or otherwise explicit content, however, has prompted outcries from top content creators and set what some see as a dangerous precedent of censorship.

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The Facebook Video Statistics Everyone Needs To Know

The Facebook Video Statistics Everyone Needs To Know

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The 12 Biggest Facebook Video Statistics Marketers Need To Know For 2018

UPDATE February 6, 2018 — Facebook continues to grow, as does its video initiatives. In its Q4 2017 earnings call, the company announced its ongoing dedication to video in the next three years and drew particular attention to Facebook Watch and the launch of Watch Party, a feature which allows for shared viewing. It also announced updates to its video recommendations in order to “encourage meaningful interactions.” The changes have reportedly significantly decreased time spent on the platform.

In light of Facebook’s 2017 earnings call and in the interest of keeping this post as current as possible, we’ve updated the following statistics to reflect the newest information available. The original text remains intact, with updates noted above select sections.


Digital video is booming. Globally, traffic from online videos will constitute over 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2020 (Cisco), and eMarketer estimates that U.S. spending on both mobile and desktop video advertising will reach nearly $10 billion in 2016, more than a 23% increase than last year. By 2019, the total U.S. digital video advertising spend is projected to eclipse $14 billion—nearly 50% of that figure ($6.86 billion) is attributed to mobile video.

Shortly after Facebook launched its live streaming video platform "Facebook Live," The New York Times shared the following insight:

Videos represent a potentially transformational form of journalism because they let stories unfold organically, live, and with the audience able to change the experience.

Facebook Live and Video have already impacted how we consume and deliver content on the largest social media network. See the biggest Facebook video statistics in 2017 and Facebook trends driving massive user behavior shifts here:

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How Do Instagram Influencers Make Money?

How Do Instagram Influencers Make Money?

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How Top Instagram Influencers Strike It Rich

UPDATE May 5, 2017 — Instagram influencer marketing has grown at an incredible rate over the last year. Instagram’s added more features, more users, and more compelling reasons to choose it over competitors like Snapchat. Influencer marketing on Instagram is a $1 billion market. In order to keep this post as accurate and valuable as possible, we’ve updated some key statistics and figures with the latest information from Instagram. We’ve preserved the original text of the article and added clearly marked updates below select passages.

Since it's inception at the end of 2010, Instagram has expeditiously grown to be one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, especially for Millennials and teen audiences. The photo-sharing app now claims over 400 million active users, and the platform’s top social media stars, known as Instagram influencers or “Instagrammers,” have amassed huge followings by consistently posting aspiration photos and regularly engaging with fans.

UPDATE: As of April 2017, Instagram has over 700 million users. Its Stories feature (a major factor in Snapchat’s stalling growth) sees over 200 million active users.

Because they command the attention of millions and have developed relationships with thousands or even millions of users, today’s top Instagrammers are in a unique position to collaborate with brands to make a living doing what they do best—creating and sharing incredible content to their engaged audiences across their social media channels. Exactly how much these social media stars can make through influencer marketing sponsorships and collaborations, however, may surprise you.

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Snapchat’s Breakout Moment: The Coachella Snapchat Story

Snapchat’s Breakout Moment: The Coachella Snapchat Story

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Coachella Story Illustrates Snapchat Advertising Potential

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine have all amassed enormous audiences over the last decade (Facebook alone claims 1.59 billion users worldwide), but in recent years, the disappearing photo and video app Snapchat has been making big waves in the social media scene. Since is was launched in 2011, Snapchat has grown to approximately 200 million active users and now boasts 8 billion video views a day, making it an ideal platform for marketers looking reach young, attentive consumers through influencer marketing partnerships or the app’s native advertising services (see more remarkable Snapchat statistics here).

In a wildly successful marketing effort, Coachella took to Snapchat, the millennial platform of choice, to showcase their event to millions of targeted, future festival goers worldwide. With Coachella, Snapchat demonstrated its intense appeal to Millennials and flexed its social media marketing muscle in one of the largest user-generated live broadcasting displays.Read More>>

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What is a YouTube MCN?

What is a YouTube MCN?

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YouTube MCNs: Everything You Need To Know

Over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month. Finding a way to monetize these massive audiences, however, can be challenging for both content creators and brands looking to develop sponsored content with YouTube's most prominent digital influencers. In the wake of YouTube stars' escalating popularity and increased social reach, Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) have emerged to help content creators produce high-quality videos and manage their advertising revenue streams. On the brand side, MCNs provide a vital link between YouTuber and companies by facilitating lucrative influencer marketing partnerships and giving brands access to a digital influencer's large social following.

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Best YouTube Sponsorship Examples From Tech Giant, Samsung

YouTube Sponsorships Samsung YouTubers Channels

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Here's How Samsung Creates YouTube Sponsorships With Top YouTubers

With over 1 billion active users, YouTube is well-positioned for immense growth and to receive traffic, audiences, and time spend from TV. In the later half of 2015, Bloomberg reported that Americans now spend more time on social apps and watching mobile video than TV. As such, many advertisers, brands, and publishers are seeking to market on the world's biggest mobile video platform, YouTube.

On YouTube, top YouTube influencers and YouTuber channels command a vast share of YouTube's core demographics. With millions of subscribers each and billions of video views, brands are eager to partner with top YouTubers to create relevant content that espouses brand messaging and is shared among fans. See how top tech brand Samsung creates standout YouTube sponsorships with top YouTube stars here:

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What Is A YouTube Influencer Agency?

What Is A YouTube Influencer Agency?

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YouTube Influencer Agency: What You Need to Know

When YouTube was launched by PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005, no one could have predicted the video sharing platform would one day become the third-most visited site in the world (behind only Facebook and Google). Within a year, YouTube was the planet’s fastest growing website, and soon a legion of magnetic YouTube personalities - known today as “YouTubers” - were amassing large, engaged audiences and creating videos that received millions of views each. As the platform emerged from infancy, companies began forming to help top YouTubers monetize their popularity and build an infrastructure to accommodate this new type of influencer-driven marketing, among them the YouTube influencer agency.Read More>>

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YouTube Trends From Robert Kyncl’s CES 2016 Keynote

YouTube Trends Statistics Digital Video CES 2016

Watch YouTube's Chief Business Development Officer Robert Kyncl's CES 2016 speech here. For the latest authoritative marketing news, trends, and stats on social media stars and influencer marketing, subscribe to our industry digest newsletter! 

The 10 Biggest YouTube Trends & Digital Video Stats From Robert Kyncl's CES 2016 Speech

In his CES 2016 keynote speech, YouTube's Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl presents both statistics and upcoming trends for both YouTube and the digital video industry. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is an annual consumer electronics and technology tradeshow held in Vegas. While CES 2016 (January 6-9) featured everything from single-seater drone copters to smart fridges to 8K TVs, Kyncl's keynote presents a critical, one-of-a-kind, forecast for marketers and brands complete with the latest YouTube trends and stats.

Read here to see the biggest YouTube trends from CES 2016 and what lies ahead for the digital video industry:

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Richest YouTube Stars: The YouTube Millionaires List

Richest YouTube Stars: The YouTube Millionaires List

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The Top 10 Richest YouTubers Made A Combined $70.5 Million In 2017 (Over A 30% Increase From 2 Years Prior)

UPDATE May 31, 2017 — We first published this list at the end of 2015, and naturally, a lot has changed since then. YouTube has over 1.5 billion users, and YouTube recently announced that the number of channels with 1 million or more subscribers is up 75%. In order to keep this list as accurate as possible, we’ve updated it to reflect the top 10 highest paid YouTubers for 2017. Most of the same names that appeared on this list in 2015 are still on it today, but there are a few new additions and a few YouTubers no longer ranked among the top ten. We’ve preserved the text from the original article, highlighting any updates, and tracking changes in metrics in order to get a better long-term view of the landscape of richest YouTubers.

Launched in 2005, Internet juggernaut YouTube presented content creators (commonly called "YouTubers") with an entirely new opportunity to produce videos for large, engaged audiences. Since then, the platform has earned attention for its impact on pop culture and its effect on the marketing landscape. The changes to the latter have been so pronounced, in fact, that Forbes published their first list of top-grossing YouTube stars in October 2015 to illustrate the commercial viability of social media stars for both brands and consumers. Today, these top YouTube content creators have become mainstream celebrities in their own right and made millions in the process.

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