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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.

Top Instagram Accounts: Fashion & Beauty

Top Instagram Accounts For Fashion And Beauty

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2015 Top Instagram Accounts To Follow For Fashion & Beauty

According to recent research published on Digiday, social engagement and awareness are highest on Instagram as opposed to Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. In just the second quarter of 2015, a vast majority of top fashion brands engaging in social media marketing experienced a significant 77% growth in engagement.

Brands who boast more than a million Instagram followers, including Chanel, Benefit Cosmetics, and Estée Lauder quickly built their consumer audiences by teaming up with top social media influencers on the photo-publishing platform. Though these far-reaching influencer partnerships may have originated and gained traction first with top fashion & beauty bloggers and YouTubers (ex. Bethany Mota, Michelle Phan), this trend is quickly extending beyond the beauty realm into both travel/hospitality, and automotive. Within the fashion and beauty niche, online fashion retailers and photography studios (Shopstyle and Smashbox, respectively) are partnering with top fashion influencers for highly-marketable sponsored content.

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Blogger Spotlight: Oh Dear Drea By Andrea Duclos

Influencer Spotlight Oh Dear Drea Andrea Duclos Blogger

As a veteran blogger of 15 years, Andrea Duclos started Oh Dear Drea to share her journey as a single mother. Since then, her blog has gained massive popularity for both its candid voice, enticing writing style, and beautiful, vibrant photography. Oh Dear Drea features the latest happenings and finds for natural living, vegan food, travel adventures, and home design. For sponsored blog posts, brands like Sugru, Blue Apron, NatureBox, and BarkBox regularly partner with Oh Dear Drea to co-promote their brand with excellent awareness, reach, and engagement.

Check out her influencer spotlight for a snapshot look into Andrea's blogging world, her advice to new bloggers, and her philosophy for balancing social media and life.

How did you get started blogging?

I started blogging about 15 years ago. Crazy, right? I just wanted a place to write my angst teenage thoughts and have some sort of creative outlet. At some point I stopped for no particular reason. About a year later when I became pregnant I thought I should start again, completely fresh, leaving my teenage angst behind. I deleted my old space and created a new one to document my life as a single mother. I’m not a single mother now, but I think it was good to build a real connection with people first. Even in the best of times now, people know and trust that the life they see is really the life I’m living— and I genuinely think that’s important for the reader.

Influencer Spotlight Oh Dear Drea by Andrea Duclos Blogger

What was your first blog post?

I couldn’t tell you exactly, but if I had to guess it was probably something about being bored in computer class. In my new blog, it was just a picture of me, saying ”Hi, I’m starting this space again!”

What was your breakout moment?

I’m not sure if I had a ‘breakout’ moment. My blog slowly but surely gained momentum and readers. I think people just really liked the honesty and bluntness about it. My blog felt different than a lot of the other happy family blogs out there -- I had a different story to tell and it wasn’t always happy and perfect, it was just life unfolding.

Have you ever written anything that’s gone viral?

I’m not quite sure how viral something has to be to be ‘viral’ but my most popular post to date has been “how to have a good life without spending a lot of money” —- it did incredibly well and was shared often. Which is mostly amusing to me because I said I would never write about money, but one day I sat down and wrote down all the little things we do that make us happy and it all came together, sort of perfectly.

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Can Hollywood Stay Relevant With Top YouTube Stars?

Top YouTube Stars Vs Hollywood Celebrities

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Top YouTube Stars Outrank Celebrities, But Hollywood Is Adapting To The Trend

With millions of followers, likes, and engaged audiences, top YouTube stars have become celebrities in their own right. In fact, several recent surveys show that these top YouTube stars actually surpass traditional celebrities in popularity, especially among younger audiences. In contrast to most mainstream celebrities, YouTubers retain an appeal, especially to teens and millennial consumers because their content is relatable, fresh, and approachable.

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How Travel & Hospitality Brands Are Marketing With Social Media Influencers

How Travel & Hospitality Brands Are Marketing With Social Media Influencers

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Social Media Influencers Help Travel & Hospitality Brands Reach Untapped Audiences

As more and more brands team up with social media influencers to drive engagement, reach, and newfound awareness towards longstanding brands, the travel and hospitality sector is well-poised to transition from traditional modes of advertising into the best digital marketing practices. Many of the newer and emerging social media publishing channels are visually intensive (focusing on beautifully captured photos and well-shot videos) lending itself well to capturing experiences within the travel and hospitality industries.

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Top Social Media Influencers Series 2015

Top Social Media Influencers Series 2015

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Top Social Media Influencers For Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, & Blogs

Working with top social media influencers can help brands quickly connect with millions of engaged millennial consumers eager to try new products or attend exciting events hosted by their favorite YouTuber. Recent surveys have shown that more teens in the United States relate to, take advice from, and emulate top social media influencers as opposed to even the most well-known mainstream celebrities. In light of fast-declining TV viewership (based on 2015 Neilsen data) and the rapid ascent of online mobile video, major brands are now developing company-wide influencer strategies (WSJ).

Each social media publishing platform (i.e. YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat) not only has its own roster of top social media influencers, each also presents its own set of best practices, marketing strengths, and advertising weaknesses. Unless brands are well-equipped to adeptly navigate each platform, partnering with top social media influencers and marketing agencies that understand each medium is the best way to yield maximum returns (ROI), achieve high rates of engagement, and increase brand awareness.

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Lifestyle Blogger Spotlight: Carrots N’ Cake

Top Lifestyle Blogger Carrots N Cake Christina Haupert

Lifestyle Blogger Spotlight: Christina Haupert Of Carrots 'N' Cake

Christina Haupert's blog "Carrots 'N' Cake" chronicles her journey of balancing both a love for food and a longstanding penchant for healthy living. From detailed workouts to a fit pregnancy to a variety of everyday delicious recipes, Christina shares her best tips through a spirited mix of photos and a fun conversational writing style. In addition to her blog, Christina is both a certified CrossFit & NASM fitness trainer, published author, and self-professed iced coffee lover. Her blog has been featured in several major media publications including Runner's World and Food Network; Christina herself contributes to Glamour, Women's Health, Shape Magazine, and is a Brooks Running Ambassador.

Originally started as a way for Christina to detail and share her daily eats, Carrots 'N' Cake now partners with some of the largest brands for sponsored blog posts including Blue Apron, BarkBox, Bombas, Oyster, and NatureBox. As she describes in her spotlight feature, bloggers genuinely desire to "create meaningful between themselves and the brand as well as their readers." In addition to her high-traffic blog, Christina is active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Check out Christina's interview for the best tips on blogging, how it's changed, and experienced advice for brands looking to partner with bloggers:

How did you get started blogging?

I was engaged to be married, so I wanted to shape up and look great on my wedding day, but, at the same time, I knew I didn't want to miss out on all of the "fun" foods in life. My blog is all about finding that balance between the carrots and cake.

What was your first blog post?

It was called "A Sweet Ending," and it documented what I ate that particular day, which, of course, included dessert.

What was your breakout moment?

When I landed a book deal!

Have you ever written anything that’s gone viral?

My post called "Life Advice from Murphy" did really well in the blog world.

How has blogging changed since you got started?

Readers expect a lot more from you with regard to how much of your life you share.

How do you keep up with social media? 

I really enjoy Instagram, so I end up on there a few times a day.

If you had more time, what would you do more of?

Traveling! I love it so much.

What advice would you give to a blogger just getting started?

Be consistent with your posting and do you. What makes you unique as a person will make you appealing to readers. Also, listen to your gut with regard to business decisions.

What’s your advice to brands looking to build a campaign or partner with bloggers?

Establish long-term relationships with bloggers and keep the lines of communication open. Bloggers want to create meaningful relationships between themselves and the brand as well as their readers.

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Top 20 Fashion Bloggers 2015 Edition

Top 20 Fashion Bloggers 2015 Edition

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20 Top Fashion Bloggers & Influencers Of 2015

Though newer social media publishing platforms like Snapchat and Instagram have begun to flourish, the traditional blog remains one of the best ways for advertisers to directly connect with engaged consumer audiences. Brands have been partnering with top fashion bloggers for years—recent collaborations include Cupcakes and Cashmere's line at Nordstrom, Atlantic-Pacific's brand sponsored posts for Covergirl, and We Wore What's partnership with Lancome—as a way to leverage the blogger's social influence, build buzz around new product releases, and foster a positive brand reputation among loyal readers.

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Top YouTuber Spotlight: Austin Evans

Top YouTuber Spotlight Austin EvansTop YouTuber Austin Evans

In the world of YouTube gaming and technology reviews, few names rank higher with community affinity and influence than self-professed geek, Austin Evans. Though he's been "in the game" for the better part of YouTube's entire history, Austin is quick to advise aspiring YouTubers to "be persistent," recounting the 3 years it took him to get "a handle on what makes a good video and another two years before [he] could actually deliver the content." Along the way, Austin has built a vibrant tech community and highly engaged follower base -- one that pitched in and helped him get back on his feet with a new MacBook Pro when he lost everything due to a house fire in 2014.

Now arguably one of the biggest and most respected names in tech, Austin began his YouTube journey six years ago in 2009. In the years to come, Austin, who's work has been prominently featured by Mashable and is frequently a topic of favorable discussion on reddit, ascribes his massive success to constinual learning-based growth. Earlier this year, Austin was part of tech media network The Verge's CES 2015 roundtable with other top YouTuber friends, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) and Jonathan Morrison (TLDToday).

Check out Austin's exclusive Mediakix interview feature as he details his humble beginnings to working alongside global brands like Castrol and VIZIO, shares how the YouTube vlogging world has significantly changed, and the kinds of epic projects Austin only imagined working on when starting out.

Mediakix: How did you get started making YouTube videos?

Austin Evans: In 2009 I was just getting into doing written reviews of the first batch of iPhone and iPod touch apps, a friend was starting to make video app reviews and he suggested I give it a try. I made one video on YouTube and never looked back.

What was your first video?

It was Application Review 1. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, I didn’t even own a camera at the time. I took screenshots on my iPod and recorded a voiceover using the microphone from the game Rock Band on the PlayStation. A few people liked the video though and that was all the motivation I needed to keep going.

What was your breakout moment?

You know I don’t think I ever had one big moment where everything just clicked. It’s really been a steady ride the last six years, lots of consistent learning and growth.

Has anything you’ve posted gone viral?

My first big ‘hit’ was a speed test between the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. Mashable picked it up and it got 100,000 views the first day which was huge for me. Funnily enough two years later an updated version of that video with the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 also blew up with nearly 5 million views so far.

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Top 10 Lists: Celebrity Bloggers 2015 Edition

Top Celebrity Bloggers Lauren Conrad via Cosmopolitan

Top Celebrity Blogger, Lauren Conrad of www.LaurenConrad.com

10 Top Celebrity Bloggers

While vlogging on YouTube, Instagramming, Vining, Snapchatting, and now Periscoping on newer social media platforms have taken center stage, blogging remains the original classic for sharing and documenting life’s events.
Many celebrities including Beyonce, Vanessa Hudgens “blog” by aggregating their Instagram content or Twitter feeds towards a Tumblr or WordPress template. In this instance, fan or follower engagement tends to occur primarily on the originating platform (i.e. comments, interaction primarily within originating platform with few on aggregate blog site).

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How YouTube Influencers Go Viral: Beauty Blogger Creates My Pale Skin Video

YouTuber Em Ford Makes Viral YouTube Video "You Look Disgusting"

YouTube beauty star Em Ford, of My Pale Skin Blog, is no stranger to the glaring world of beauty & fashion. A former model, Em is now working full-time at a creative agency pursuing her passion for storytelling and filmmaking. She has since developed her own beauty channel on YouTube -- her adjoining blog celebrated it's one year mark in January 2015. Em’s cheeky and straightforward video tutorials have attracted a sizeable following of 200K+ subscribers and 15M total video views.

Recently there has been an uptick in body acceptance movements, where models and YouTube influencers with seemingly unattainable standards of beauty speak out regarding body shaming, often revealing themselves "sans fards." While the response has been overwhelmingly positive, the polarity of social media comments is startling.

Em recently garnered attention with her YouTube video campaign #YouLookDisgusting. This blisteringly candid behind-the-scenes reveals the internet’s response to her video where she reveals herself with and without makeup. Her message is clear: “One challenge many face today, is that as a society, we’re so used to seeing false images of perfection, and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that it can be hard to remember the most important thing: you are beautiful.”

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