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Creating sponsored content with top social media influencers has yielded powerful and proven results for marketers, brands, and advertisers. See the best sponsored content examples with YouTubers, Instagrammers, Snapchatters, Viners, and bloggers here.

Case Study: How American Express Works With Top Instagram Influencers

Case Study: How American Express Works With Top Instagram Influencers

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#AmexAmbassadors on Instagram Are The New Faces Of American Express

American Express is one of the biggest players in the world of advertising. Its ad spend is upwards of $2.4 billion annually, earning it a spot on AdAge’s list of world’s largest advertisers in 2016. With ten-figure ad spend, it’s no surprise that American Express has positioned itself at the forefront of the rapidly growing $1B Instagram influencer marketing industry.

In this case study, we explore how American Express leverages the influence of hundreds of top Instagram influencers "#AmexAmbassadors" in order to promote its Platinum card to consumers.

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A History Of FTC Violations In Digital And Social Media Marketing

A History Of FTC Violations In Digital And Social Media Marketing

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The 4 FTC Cases That Have Shaped Online And Influencer Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is over a century old, and it’s constantly changing the way it approaches the task of protecting consumers from false and misleading advertising and unfair business practices. Social media and online marketing have presented some of the greatest FTC challenges to date. As social media evolves, so too do the requirements surrounding disclosures and endorsements.

In the last three years, several key cases have shaped the way the marketing and influencer communities approach sponsored and native advertising content on their channels and platforms. From video game console manufacturers to entertainment networks, several companies have learned the hard way that the FTC is serious about disclosures and consumer protections.

Here are the four key cases that have shaped the history of FTC violations in the digital and social media marketing landscape.

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Bots Are Out, Pods Are In: Instagram Pods Are The Newest Social Hack

Bots Are Out, Pods Are In: Instagram Pods Are The Newest Social Hack

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Instagram Pods: The Newest Influencer Hack Making Bots Obsolete

Building an organic following on Instagram isn’t easy. In the past, would-be influencers crammed dozens of hashtags into captions for discoverability or turned to bots and fake followers to boost their numbers.

In light of Instagram’s algorithmic feed re-ordering, though, some Instagrammers are turning to a new trend called “pods.”

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Lessons Learned From The Lord & Taylor FTC Case

Lessons Learned From The Lord & Taylor FTC Case

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What The Lord & Taylor Case Can Teach Us About FTC Compliance In Influencer Marketing

Just over two years ago, department store Lord & Taylor partnered with Nylon and Instagram influencers for a marketing campaign to promote a specific piece — a paisley dress — from its new Design Lab. The dress appeared on 50 influencer channels on the same day, and Nylon ran an article and posted a photo to its own Instagram account promoting the dress.

This is the way of new media advertising. In order to reach consumers effectively, advertisers have to find them where they’re spending time. Native advertising on social media platforms and on publishing websites is an effective method for reaching audiences in a way that’s natural and targeted. But when it failed to require disclosures from its influencers and from Nylon, Lord & Taylor found out the hard way that native advertising isn’t exempt from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and regulations that protect consumers from deceptive advertising practices.

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What Is A Machinima Gaming Video? Definition, History, & Best Examples

What Is A Machinima Gaming Video? Definition, History, & Best Examples

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What Is A Machinima Gaming Video & How Does It Fit Into YouTube Video Game Culture?

Machinima has a rich and storied history that extends beyond video games and YouTube. One of the most notable creative efforts in the world of gaming videos, machinima combines storytelling, gameplay, and cinematic skill.

Machinima isn't as common as Let’s Plays or Walkthroughs (likely because they take more time and effort to script, capture, and produce), but it does have a unique kind of viral potential because it often involves creators combining fandom, technique, and an original story or take on a popular game.

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The Top 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes To Avoid

The Top 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes To Avoid

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Avoiding These 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes Will Set Brands Up For Success

Influencer marketing efforts are getting bigger, more effective, and more sophisticated all the time. Influencer marketing is a $1 billion industry on Instagram alone. From Coachella to Walmart's social good campaign to brands partnering with influencers on Facebook Live, advertisers of all types are using influencer marketing to spread the word about products, brand values, events, promotions, and more.

By partnering with influencers for product placements, endorsements, sponsorships, giveaways, collaborations, or other types of influencer marketing campaigns, brands can reach audiences with authentic and trusted voices. Influencer marketing campaigns take a variety of shapes, but involve marketers setting goals, aligning messaging, selecting influencers, creating timelines, outlining deliverables, and structuring influencer agreements and contracts among many other steps and processes.

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Lessons Learned From Fyre Festival’s Fantastic Flop

Lessons Learned From Fyre Festival’s Fantastic Flop

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Fyre Festival Failed Spectacularly — Here's What It Can Teach Us About Influencer Marketing

Denizens of the internet will no doubt by now be well-acquainted with Fyre Festival, the festival tailored to elites that fell apart last week while the internet watched, rapt. Fyre Festival was promoted by models, celebrities, and influencers and drew attendees who were willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a ticket.

Promised exclusive access, luxury accommodations, top-notch catering, and VIP treatment, festival guests soon found themselves without food, shelter, or an expedient way off of the Bahamian island that was supposed to be the site of 2017’s most legendary music festival. Given how the events of Fyre Festival unfolded, that might have been the singular promise that co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule managed to keep.

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Influencer Spotlight: Interview With @doyoutravel’s Instagrammer, Jack Morris

Influencer Spotlight: Interview With @doyoutravel’s Instagrammer, Jack Morris

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Jet Setting With Instagrammer & Travel Photographer Jack Morris Of @doyoutravel

Jack Morris is the world traveler and professional photographer behind doyoutravel, his travel-focused Instagram account with over two million followers. He's known for his dreamy photographs of the most scenic places on Earth and is admired for his incredible lifestyle as a travel Instagrammer and a top Instagram influencer. 

Using Bali as his home base, Morris and his girlfriend, Lauren Bullen, traverse the globe in search of one-of-a-kind experiences, adventures, and the perfect shot. Check out Jack Morris’s exclusive interview with Mediakix as he highlights the behind-the-scenes perspective on his journey, his photos, and how he keeps up the nomadic lifestyle.

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How To Run A Social Media Giveaway With Influencers

How To Run A Social Media Giveaway With Influencers

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The 5 Must-Have Steps For Launching A Successful Social Media Giveaway With Influencers

Giveaways and contests are wildly popular on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube. Drawing interest from diverse groups of people and compelling audiences to interact with branded content and messaging in a unique way, giveaways are capable of providing a lot of value to brands, and involving influencers in giveaway efforts has the power to spread the message farther and wider with an impactful sense of authenticity.

There are a number of moving parts that make up giveaways and contests, though, and knowing how to manage them can help brands and marketers avoid headaches (and FTC ramifications) along the way. Here are the keys to doing successful social media giveaways with influencers:

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Instagram Marketing Case Study: Walmart’s Partnership With Feeding America

Instagram Marketing Case Study: Walmart’s Partnership With Feeding America

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Case Study: How Walmart Uses Cause Marketing & Instagram Influencers

In April, Walmart kicked off its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, in partnership with Feeding America. Walmart has a longstanding history of being a highly charitable company, ranking 2nd on Fortune’s 20 Most Generous Companies of the Fortune 500 list and donating a total of $1.6 billion to charitable causes in 2016.

This year, the social media portion of Walmart’s annual campaign is playing a larger role than ever before. Walmart is not alone in combining cause marketing with social media, a technique we saw in Stella Artois’ social media campaign with water.org.  Given that 87% of consumers say they would switch from one brand to another if the other brand supported a good cause, charitable campaigns can aid marketers on both the strategic and altruistic front.

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