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FTC Endorsement Guidelines For 2018 [Infographic]

FTC Endorsement Guidelines For 2018 [Infographic]

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The Updated 2018 FTC Endorsement Guidelines: What Brands Must Know For Sponsorships On Social Media & With Influencers [Infographic]

The FTC's new endorsement guidelines for sponsored content rests on a simple assumption: consumers are likely to react differently to recommendations that come from trusted friends (or social media stars) than from people who receive compensation to endorse a product. To that end, the FTC is attempting to create more transparency in sponsored social media content by placing more onus on brands (and in some cases, on influencers too) to openly divulge the relationship between companies and the digital stars who recommend their products or services.

While the FTC now offers more guidance on exactly what it expects proper disclosure to look and/or sound like—the agency even published a simple Q&A to address marketers' basic concerns—the ever-changing nature of social media makes establishing a set of clear-cut rules nearly impossible. Instead, the FTC offers a number of guidelines that brands can follow to convey a reasonable degree of transparency to digital media/social media consumers.

Based on our experience developing sponsored social media content for global brands, we've identified what we believe to be the most important FTC endorsement rules below.
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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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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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How Blogging Has Evolved Since 1994

How Blogging Has Evolved Since 1994

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How The History & Evolution Of Blogging Provided The Framework For Sharing Content Online

Creating and sharing content is one of the fundamental pillars of existing online. Before Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or even MySpace, there were blogs. From the first blog in 1994 to the rise of vlogging, blogging has come a long way and has changed shape many times. Today’s blogs don’t look anything like they did 20 years ago.

Micro-blogging and social media have transformed the landscape, and when bigger companies and publishers began posting online, the landscape of content on the internet shifted permanently. The history of blogs is the history of the internet, and their evolution provided the framework for the online world as we know it today. Let’s look at the evolution of blogging to learn more about where blogging’s been, how it’s changed, and where it’s headed.

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What Are KOLs? Key Opinion Leader Definition, Examples & More

What Are KOLs? Key Opinion Leader 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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