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The Top 4 Reasons Why Influencer Programs Fail

The Top 4 Reasons Why Influencer Programs Fail

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Why Influencer Programs Fail (And How Marketers Can Fix Them Before They Do)

In a digital landscape crowded with content and advertisements, influencer marketing has proven a powerful and effective method for rising above the noise to connect to consumers authentically through creators they trust. Nearly 85% of marketers are employing influencer marketing tactics to reach audiences, and more than 80% of marketers find influencer marketing effective.

Not every influencer program is set up for success, though. When influencer programs fail, it’s often because creators and managers failed in one or more key areas. To understand how and why influencer programs fail (and how to avoid these common pitfalls), see our list below.

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What Are KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders)? Definition, Examples & More

What Are KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders)? Definition, Examples & More

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What Are Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) And What Do They Mean To Brands?

When we talk about influencers and influencer marketing, we often talk about the most recent developments in the world of digital influence. The concept of influencers isn’t new, though. A wide variety of industries and marketers have been using Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) since well before the social media boom, and today’s social media influencers are opinion leaders who operate in a new digital and mobile arena.

Influencer marketing is a key pillar of many brands’ marketing strategies because it gives marketers an opportunity to introduce a powerful human element to their messaging. According to Nielsen, 92% of consumers say that they’re more likely to trust personal recommendations over ads, making that human element a vital component of a successful campaign. In a digital landscape that’s crowded with advertisements, brands that devise innovative ways to use key opinion leaders will find themselves able to stand out in the eyes of consumers.

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Is Snapchat Dead As An Influencer Channel?

Is Snapchat Dead As An Influencer Channel?

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As Snapchat Influencers Move On, Is Snapchat Dead As An Influencer Platform?

Since the launch of Instagram Stories in August 2016, Snapchat’s run into stagnating growth, a successful IPO followed by tumbling stock prices, and plenty of criticism about its treatment of creators on the platform. Now lagging far behind Instagram Stories in daily users (DAUs), with just 166 million DAUs to Instagram’s more than 250 million, the question of whether or not Snapchat is dying has become more urgent: Is Snapchat, as an influencer channel, dead?

While it may remain popular with younger users who use it to communicate with friends and follow the influencers who remain on the platform, Mediakix found that top Snapchat influencers are posting 25% more on Instagram Stories. As creators become frustrated with Snapchat’s lack of support for top creators, its uneven performance, and missing tools, it seems likely that Snapchat’s mass exodus to Instagram Stories may well continue.

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3 Reasons Why Instagram Stories Are Winning For Marketers

3 Reasons Why Instagram Stories Are Winning For Marketers

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Instagram Stories Aren't Just Slowing Snapchat's Growth — They're Taking Ad Dollars, Too

A year after Instagram Stories launched, it’s seen some outstanding results. Snapchat may once have ruled the ephemeral messaging game, but Instagram Stories halted Snapchat’s growth and stole the thunder from a highly anticipated IPO that fell flat under the weight of unmet expectations. Where Snapchat added just 8 million daily active users, increasing from 158 million to 166 million between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017, Instagram’s Stories feature alone sees more than 250 million daily users.

Instagram Stories isn’t just a hit with users, though — marketers are winning big with Instagram Stories, too. It may once have been the home of square photos but with a bevy of new features, Instagram's become a marketing power house and the clear choice for advertisers. Here’s why Instagram Stories is coming out on top for marketers who are looking to reach large audiences through ephemeral messaging.

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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 5 Online Advertising Trends Marketers Should Know

The Top 5 Online Advertising Trends Marketers Should Know

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Online Advertising Trends Show That It's Set To Become The Biggest Advertising Medium In The World

Online advertising as a vital part of the marketing landscape is nothing new. To not be focused on internet advertising in 2017 is to be woefully behind the times. As internet advertising grows and matures, though, trends and patterns are emerging that tell us about the role of internet advertising in the marketing world and about where it’s headed.

In a recent presentation for the Internet Trends Conference, Kleiner Perkins presented the top internet trends for 2017. Reviewing the state of ad spend, ad blocking, mobile growth, and more, Kleiner Perkins laid out the state of advertising in the digital realm and highlighted some key trends that speak to where it’s headed. Here are some of key takeaways and trends in online advertising.

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What Does Amazon Spark Mean For Influencer Marketing?

What Does Amazon Spark Mean For Influencer Marketing?

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How Will Sponsored Content On Amazon Spark Affect The Influencer Marketing Landscape?

Last week, Amazon unveiled a new feature called Spark — a feed within its mobile app that allows users to post photos and tag products available for purchase on Amazon. On some level, this photo posting and tagging is a more native, more transparent version of what users are already seeing on Instagram. With the rapid rise of influencer marketing on the platform, sponsored content has seen a major uptick, which means more posts with products and brands attached.

Amazon Spark is like an Instagram feed without the pretense of social sharing, and plenty of influencers are already using the feature to post photos and highlight products from sponsoring brands. Here’s what you need to know about Amazon Spark and the influencers who are creating sponsored content for it.

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How Major Publishers Are Marketing With Social Media Influencers

How Major Publishers Are Marketing With Social Media Influencers

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How BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, And The New York Times Are Marketing With Social Media Influencers

It isn’t just brands that are using influencers anymore — publishers are getting onboard, too. Leveraging social media influencers’ power and pull for original and branded content, publishers are boosting traffic and upping the efficacy of content created in partnership with brands. In a world where ad blockers are putting a serious dent in publishers’ ability to bring in ad revenue, they’re finding new ways to drive traffic and step out of the traditional (ergo blockable) advertising.

Influencers are proven experts when it comes to reaching and engaging audiences, which makes them a natural fit for helping publishers capture audience attention. BuzzFeed, Refinery29, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and more are building influencer networks to strengthen the performance of branded content and are even using some influencers in original content to drive traffic and boost advertising demand.

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What Are “Micro Influencers?” Definition & Examples

What Are “Micro Influencers?” Definition & Examples

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How Micro Influencers Fit Into The Influencer Marketing Landscape

When we think of influencers, we often think of mega stars with millions of followers on social media. By now, most people on social media are familiar with high-profile influencers posting sponsored content in partnership with major brands, but there’s opportunity in marketing with smaller influencers, too. There have been initial studies supporting higher engagement with micro influencers.

A recent Digiday article highlighted how working with micro influencers can have its pitfalls, though. “Everyone talks about how these “micro influencers” have such high engagement,” an anonymous marketing executive said, “but who cares about a 20 percent engagement rate on a post when only 10 people liked it?”

Micro influencers have been touted for high engagement rates, but as the Digiday article points out, these aren’t the only metrics relevant to marketers. As the influencer marketing industry continues to grow, it’s important that marketers understand the role that micro influencers play in the industry, the pros and cons that come with working with micro influencers, and how they might prove effective for some marketing goals and strategies and ineffective for others.

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What Is An Instagram Influencer? Definition, Examples, & Insights

What Is An Instagram Influencer? Definition, Examples, & Insights

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An Inside Look At What Is An Instagram Influencer?

Instagram has seen dramatic growth in the last year, expanding its feature set and adding over 200 million monthly active users. With the introduction of Stories, a Snapchat-like ephemeral content feature, Instagram has become one of the most important and relevant social media platforms in today’s landscape.

Plenty of creators are on the platform looking to capture the attention of Instagram’s massive user base and usher in their own share of Instagram success. These Instagram influencers amass large followings through compelling content and their ability to connect and engage with their followers. Instagram influencers come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be a key asset for marketers trying to target active audiences.

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