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The latest news, trends, case studies, how-to guides & resources for popular YouTubers, Instagrammers, top social media influencers, & the brands they work with.

Case Study: Starbucks Marketing Handcrafts Success With NYC Influencers For Its New Upscale Roastery

Case Study: Starbucks Marketing Handcrafts Success With NYC Influencers For Its New Upscale Roastery

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Starbucks Reserve Brings A Premium Coffee Experience To The Big Apple With Help From NYC Lifestyle Bloggers

Having helped turn specialty coffee into a tempting and permissible daily indulge, Starbucks has become a ubiquitous part of today’s on-the-go, cosmopolitan culture. In 2018, the Seattle-based drink giant generated $24.7 billion dollars in revenue, helping to make it the second most valuable worldwide fast-food brand—exceeded only by McDonald’s.

As the coffee chain market leader, Starbucks not only understands the food and drink industry, it’s also an expert at reaching and communicating with its customers as well. Using influencer marketing as one of its advertising methods, Starbucks has repeatedly created successful marketing campaigns across top social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram using Starbucks influencers.
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How To Find Instagram Influencers: Advice From Agency Pros

How To Find Instagram Influencers: Advice From Agency Pros

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Tips On Finding Instagram Influencers From Marketing Agency Insiders

Hitting the 1 billion global user mark and predicted to reach a $1.7 billion influencer market size in 2019, Instagram is on a steady ascent. In 2019, 89% of marketers rated Instagram as the most important strategic social media channel in their influencer marketing strategies. Instagram is about as crucial to executing effective influencer marketing campaigns as turning the oven on when baking chocolate chip cookies.

Brands of all types seek to capitalize on Instagram marketing by partnering with top Instagram influencers for cost-effective, high-reach, and engaging sponsored posts for both branding and direct response marketing. In order to execute these campaigns, brands must first know how to find the right influencers for their campaigns. So we asked our very own marketing experts their advice on the following:

  • Biggest mistakes to avoid when finding influencers
  • Best free tools to search for Instagram influencers
  • Pro tips for identifying Instagram influencers

Before we give the ingredients for finding Instagram influencers, it helps to know the biggest errors marketers commit when trying to find them.Read More>>

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Case Study: TikTok Marketing Campaign Rides On Instagram Influencers’ Coattails

Case Study: TikTok Marketing Campaign Rides On Instagram Influencers’ Coattails

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Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: TikTok Marketing Campaign Cooks Up Delish Content With Popular Instagram Food Creators

TikTok is a video-centric social media app hot on the heels of popular platforms including YouTube, Snapchat, and of course, Instagram. Offering users the ability to express themselves through quick clips set to popular music (available via the platform’s expansive library), the app has become a fashionable channel for lip-syncing, dance, comedy videos, and more.

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Particularly popular with Gen Z, TikTok reported 500 million worldwide monthly active users in June 2018. The massive numbers have led popular influencers and celebrities on other social platforms to establish their presence on TikTok as well. In kind, advertisers looking to connect with fans have begun collaborating with top TikTok creators to ride on the success of the buzzy, meme-like network.Read More>>

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Case Study: Gymshark Influencers Dive Into TikTok Frenzy

Case Study: Gymshark Influencers Dive Into TikTok Frenzy

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Influencer Marketing Case Study: Gymshark Influencers Take A Bite Out Of TikTok

In September 2018, TikTok was the most downloaded social media app in the U.S. On a worldwide scale, the app achieved the same feat in Q4 2018. With more than 500 million global monthly active users, the rising short-form video network is now being included in conversations alongside more established platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube.

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Businesses are also taking notice of TikTok’s potential as a marketing channel. On average, TikTok users are younger than other popular platforms while the community has a strong foundation in music (formerly Musical.ly). For fitness clothing brand, Gymshark, TikTok offers a means to reach and engage a distinct audience and demographics.

Founded in 2012, UK-based Gymshark came alive in the age of mobile social media. Utilizing influencer marketing to reach its customers, Gymshark has become an exciting global clothing competitor. The company reached 52.8 million in sales during the summer of 2018 and forecasts potential nine-digit revenue in the coming year. While companies capable of producing such numbers make many smart moves along their ascent, one of Gymshark’s go-to tools has been well-designed influencer marketing campaigns.Read More>>

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How The Beauty Transparency Movement Is Impacting Influencer Marketing

How The Beauty Transparency Movement Is Impacting Influencer Marketing

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Influencers Are Championing The Beauty Transparency Movement

What Is Beauty Transparency?

“Beauty Transparency” Defined

Beauty transparency is a phrase that refers to ethics and truthfulness of the beauty industry as it relates to customer knowledge. The beauty industry encompasses the sales of all cosmetic products including makeup, haircare, skincare, and fragrance. This industry has long been criticized for its opaqueness, meaning that consumers have little access to critical information about industrywide practices like the quality of ingredients, retail markup, and manufacturing process. In addition, the beauty industry has been criticized for being closed off to minorities in terms of product offerings and choice of models.

Major Themes Of Beauty Transparency Movement

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As customers demand to know more about their beauty products, there has been a push for increased transparency from both brands and influencers. Some of the major themes of the beauty transparency movement include:Read More>>

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15 Steps On How To Find YouTube Influencers

15 Steps On How To Find YouTube Influencers

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Finding YouTubers For Your Marketing Campaign

Your familiarity with Instagram influencer marketing likely surpasses that of other social media channels comfortably. Instagram, after all, commands a significant space in a swelling influencer marketing industry.

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In 2019, 65% of marketers plan to up their spend on influencer marketing and 89% say Instagram is the most strategically important social media channel for influencer marketing. YouTube, however, follows comes in close second with 70% listing it as a strategically important channel this year.

YouTube’s propensity for churning out successful influencers coupled with its pervasion among key demographics has positioned it at the forefront of influencer marketing. Consequently, finding the right YouTube influencers is increasingly more important for companies on the quest to reach its massive audience.Read More>>

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The Marketer’s Guide To TikTok

The Marketer’s Guide To TikTok

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What Is TikTok?

TikTok is a social media channel with a simple premise—users share short videos of themselves up to 15 seconds in length lip-syncing, dancing, pranking, or other comedic acts. TikTok users can add songs, effects, and filters before publishing it for the world to see.

You might be forgiven for having let social media’s latest craze sit on the periphery of your online radar. After all, short-form social video platforms have been around for several years now. From Vine to Instagram to Snapchat, recording snippets of users’ lives for the world to see has become just as much a part of the social media landscape as reading about your uncle’s political views on Facebook.

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Yet, even by the established standards of social media juggernauts, TikTok is making the kind of waves that would send chills down even the most confident boardroom executives in the industry.

It’s got everyone asking, ‘What is TikTok?’Read More>>

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What Is The Best Social Media Channel For Influencer Marketing?

What Is The Best Social Media Channel For Influencer Marketing?

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How To Choose The Right Social Media Channels For Influencer Marketing In 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for influencer marketing—ad spend is ramping up, and 65% of marketers plan to increase their budgets for 2019. As a growing number of companies invest in influencer marketing, marketers tend to ask a familiar set of questions. How do you find the right influencers, publish successful sponsored content, and measure the ROI of your campaigns?

Before answering any of those questions, marketers need to determine which social media channels are best for their influencer marketing strategy. This can be difficult to decide because social media platforms—and the influencers they host—are constantly evolving. Every year, social networks add new features, introduce new content formats, and either grow, lose, or shift their audience. These fluctuations are hard to keep track of, and they inevitably have implications for influencer marketing.

As we kick off 2019, let’s dig into the most important features and considerations when selecting the right social media channels for influencer marketing.Read More>>

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Top 50 TikTok Creators To Start Following Now

Top 50 TikTok Creators To Start Following Now

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Top TikTok Creators Are Igniting The New “It” App

TikTok (previously branded as Musical.ly) is breaking growth records as the leading channel of binge-worthy, short-form video content and shows no signs of slowing down. In September of 2018, TikTok was the most downloaded social media app in the United States, quickly generating user growth comparable to top social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

 

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TikTok currently has over 500 million users and is the separate international entity of China’s app Douyin, owned by ByteDance. TikTok has officially filled the holes in Viners’ hearts, but time will tell if it will incur the same fate as the extinct platform. Similar to Vine, TikTok’s unique medium supports a niche environment of TikTok creators who have skyrocketed to fame through their innovative and entertaining content.Read More>>

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Is Influencer Marketing Actually Effective? [Infographic]

Is Influencer Marketing Actually Effective? [Infographic]

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How Do Marketers Rate Influencer Marketing Effectiveness?

Influencer marketing happiness abounds in 2019. At the close of 2018, we took the temperature of the influencer marketing industry across a community of marketers in our 2019 Influencer Marketing Survey. The results? Let’s just say influencer marketing is still hot and has hit a teenage growth spurt. This spells out a bright future for influencer marketing strategies heading into 2019 and beyond.

Below are key influencer marketing statistics:

  • 80% of marketers find influencer marketing effective.
  • 71% of marketers rate the quality of customers and traffic from influencer marketing as better than other marketing sources.
  • 89% of marketers say influencer marketing ROI is as good or better than other marketing channels.
  • 65% of marketers plan to up their influencer marketing budgets in 2019.

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