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Cannabis Influencers: Marketing Cannabis Brands Through Social Media

Cannabis Influencers: Marketing Cannabis Brands Through Social Media

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Cannabis Marketing In The Age Of Social Media Influencers

Legality of Marijuana In America

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in recent years, due to widespread expansion of medical marijuana and even full legalization of weed at the state level in the U.S. Use of recreational marijuana has become increasingly mainstream, a trend led by states that have chosen to legalize. Canada officially legalized marijuana this month, further expanding the Western weed economy.

Marijuana is still illegal under U.S. federal law, which classifies cannabis as a Schedule I substance. Federal regulations around illicit psychoactive substances make advertising a challenge.
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Spotlight On Silicon Beach Brand: The Honest Company

Spotlight On Silicon Beach Brand: The Honest Company

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Silicon Beach Spotlight: The Honest Company Stands Out With Influencer Marketing

Most people know of the technological prowess of Silicon Valley. The area has long been known as the birthplace of many prominent startup companies, Apple, Google, and Facebook included. Silicon Valley is no longer the only significant California startup hub. Now, an area of LA county coastline has become fondly known as Silicon Beach. From Santa Monica to Culver City, this section of Los Angeles has become a prime location for startups, influencers, and influencer companies alike. Silicon Beach is home to notable companies like Snapchat, Youtube’s Space LA, and Maker Studios. Collectively, Mediakix estimates that Silicon Beach startups are worth over $155 billion in valuation.

Unlike Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach attracts a more diverse range of companies. Among these, the most popular niches are fashion, fitness, entertainment, and media. With businesses of this style and caliber, and an idealistic location like Los Angeles, influencer marketing is a natural pairing. The city and beaches attract both rising and established influencer talent, providing influencer marketing companies and brands with convenient connection to popular social media influencers.

The Honest Company's Marketing Approach

 

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An abundance of brands has already elected to begin influencer marketing campaigns. Among these is The Honest Company. Founded in 2011, The Honest Company produces eco-friendly baby, self-care, home, and health products. Influencer marketing through brand ambassadors has served the company well.

The mission of the Honest Company, as told by founder Jessica Alba, is to empower families to lead happy, healthy lives. The focus of their products is to provide organic, environmentally safe solutions for women and their babies. They also wanted to fit the needs of Millennial moms by offering natural products they knew they could trust. To sell that brand image effectively, the Honest Company needed to generate a real connection with their customers. In addition to ultra-responsive social media posts, influencer marketing was one essential tool they used to achieve a strong customer connection.

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How Brands Can Capitalize On Kid Influencers

How Brands Can Capitalize On Kid Influencers

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Brands Use Kid Influencers To Maximize Marketing Efforts - Are You Kidding?

Major brands have revved their marketing engines as they race to the new kids on the block — kid influencers. Influencer marketing is nothing new, but the advent of social media marketing in the 2010s opened the door to influencers of all shapes and sizes. As the use of social media by kids and teens grew increasingly acceptable, it became possible for young people to emerge as powerful online influencers. Today, kid influencers pack a powerful marketing punch for many big-name brands.

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Companies like Target, Band-Aid, and CoverGirl are turning to school-age stars to promote their products. To better understand how pint-sized influencers have caught the attention of corporate power-players, one must understand the history behind it.

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Case Study: Visit California Nonprofit Takes A Tour With Travel Influencers

Case Study: Visit California Nonprofit Takes A Tour With Travel Influencers

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Instagram Marketing Case Study: Nonprofit Taps Travel Influencers To Promote California Tourism

With U.S. travel revenue up in 2017 and more growth predicted this year, travel influencers are expanding alongside the industry on social platforms. Hospitality and other travel-oriented companies have used influencers on social media to help raise awareness around their brands and entice people to explore destinations and use their services.

According to data compiled by MDG Advertising, more than 90% of Millennials post their travels on social platforms, and 30% of travelers in the U.S. use social media for inspiration. UK-based Schofield’s survey from last year found that “Instagrammabilty” was an important factor for 40% of 18-33 year-olds when choosing a vacation. Despite numbers like these, travel brands with a social presence or influencer marketing campaign aren’t guaranteed success online. Some travel brands have started to rethink their influencer strategies as they assess effectiveness and navigate evolving regulations.
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Why Athlete Influencers Are So Effective

Why Athlete Influencers Are So Effective

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Top Professional And Socially Relevant Athlete Influencers Attract Brands As Their Impact Is Felt Online

For years, professional athletes have been used to endorse a variety of brands, products, and services. Michael Jordan’s partnership with Nike, recognized by many as the archetypal athlete endorsement deal — which produced a successful spinoff brand — has been modeled by many other partnerships that have resulted in several billion dollars worth of contracts.

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Across sports, athlete deals continue to grow and evolve. Not only have sports, telecommunication, automobile, beverage, hotel, technology, and many other companies upped their antes, but athletes from a variety of disciplines, including surfing, motocross, base jumping, and other unconventional sports are partnering with brands to promote their wares.
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Case Study: Marriott International & SanDisk Europe Get Their Kicks On Route 66

Case Study: Marriott International & SanDisk Europe Get Their Kicks On Route 66

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Influencer Marketing Case Study: Marriott International & SanDisk Europe Navigate Influencer Marketing

Brands looking to get their messages out into the world are increasingly turning to influencer marketing as a means to reach their target audiences. However, in an ever-crowding space, with consumers placing a premium on authenticity and transparency, well-planned, crafted, and executed campaigns are more vital than ever.

Hospitality company, Marriott International, and technology enterprise, SanDisk, are no strangers to influencer marketing. Each has worked with influencers over the years in an effort to realize their individual brand and marketing goals.

For Marriott, the hospitality space is filled with competitors that keep active and relevant social media accounts. Looking for fans to replicate the journeys of the social media sensations they follow, charming images and videos of hotel destinations are regular features on popular travel, lifestyle, and other influencer feeds.

SanDisk’s products may not have the visual allure of a sprawling sunset or five-star suite, but their storage solutions offer people in the visual arts the ability to transfer and store the compelling images they record and produce. Looking to engage with various media enthusiasts, SanDisk has used influencer marketing to promote their technology products to today’s digital creatives.
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How Instagram Influencers Are Changing The Wedding Industry

How Instagram Influencers Are Changing The Wedding Industry

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For Better Or For Worse, The Wedding Industry Is Under The Veil Of Wedding Instagram Influencers

Before you read this article, take a moment to open Instagram and search the term “wedding”. As you’ll soon discover, the tag #weddingphotography includes more than 17 million posts. Similarly, #weddingdress rings in just over 20 million, while the tag #wedding appears in nearly 128 million posts. While some of these posts come from soon-to-be brides and grooms, many of them are, in fact, the work of wedding Instagram influencers.

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Those tags represent only three out of hundreds. The pressure on soon-to-be-married couples to have an Insta-worthy wedding is sky-high, and that’s exactly what wedding Instagram influencers want. By subtly marketing stunning, awe-inspiring wedding photos, social media influencers effortlessly reel in loads of faithful followers. Dress sales and new trends inevitably follow. Whether or not we care to admit it, the wedding industry is inarguably under the sway of social media influencers.

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Top Hotel & Hospitality Brands Working With Travel Influencers

Top Hotel & Hospitality Brands Working With Travel Influencers

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Travel Influencers Help Hotel Brands Reach Their Target Audiences

Travel influencers have created some of the most popular accounts and channels on social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube. Bringing the world to their followers, they offer picturesque images and videos, as well as recommendations on sites to see and places to stay. Hospitality brands looking to engage with consumers interested in travel have partnered with travel and other influencers to entice future residents to their hotels and resorts.

While many hotels are seeking to tap into the power of influencers, The Atlantic reports that some online personalities — both legitimate and otherwise — regularly push hotels for free stays in exchange for promotional posts. According to the piece, prestigious properties can receive a dozen or more messages per day from individuals claiming to be influencers. As a result, some hotels have created special application forms for influencer requests, while others have even banned influencers altogether.

Influencer marketing is on the rise as the hospitality industry also experiences impressive growth. Hospitality companies looking to catch the wave of influencer marketing can look to the successes of other hotel brands for insight into what works within the travel space.

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Has Twitch Surpassed YouTube?

Has Twitch Surpassed YouTube?

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Twitch Vs YouTube: Who Will Become Champion Of Livestreaming?

YouTube and Twitch’s battle for livestream supremacy reached new heights in August 2018 when online celebrities Logan Paul and KSI exchanged blows during an amateur boxing match inside of the UK’s Manchester Arena. Developed as a $10 pay-per-view (PPV) for YouTube, the event brought in 860,000 paid streams on the platform. During the same time, however, pirated streams on Twitch reached 1.2 million — the largest of them broadcasting to 400,000 viewers. While legitimate purchases and illegal streams don’t make for an apples to apples comparison, the situation highlights a growing Twitch vs YouTube rivalry that’s playing out in real-time.

YouTube debuted livestreaming for select users in April of 2011. Two months later, Twitch.tv, launched as a gaming spinoff of livestreaming site Justin.tv. Twitch’s built-in audience and dedicated platform made it a hit among gamers, with popularity eventually eclipsing that of its predecessor.

YouTube didn’t offer a dedicated service for gamers until 2015 when Twitch was already a leader in the category — having been purchased by retail giant Amazon the previous year. Since then, the Twitch vs YouTube struggle has continued to grow as the two platforms vie for the attention of gamers and other livestreamers.

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Case Study: Olay’s Cause Marketing With Influencers

Case Study: Olay’s Cause Marketing With Influencers

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Influencer Cause Marketing Case Study: How Olay Achieved An Instagram Engagement Rate Higher Than 8%

Brands recognize that launching a cause marketing campaign enables them to tug at the heartstrings of a generation that values corporate social responsibility. To potentiate those effects, brands have connected their causes to influencers in the same camp. Influencer cause marketing helps brands harness the power of influential tastemakers while also defining their mission to support a cause near and dear to many consumers’ hearts.

Today, social media has given many movements the tools to spread their message with a resounding impact. Influencers add yet another layer, which is why many brands invest in this strategy to amplify their cause. Especially in a saturated digital environment, brands find it quite difficult to cut through the noise. Instagram, however, empowers brands by handing them a megaphone to reach their audience.

Within the beauty industry specifically, one can imagine how competitive the market is when it comes to promoting products that seem to make the same revelatory claims. In order to distinguish amongst a crowded space and drive ROI, beauty brands like Olay can leverage Instagram influencer marketing coupled with good old-fashioned cause marketing.

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