The Top 20 Instagram Micro-Influencers That Have Yet To Be Discovered

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THE 20 TOP MICRO-INFLUENCERS ON INSTAGRAM TO FOLLOW BEFORE THEY’RE FAMOUS

Social media’s growth across both new and existing apps and platforms has fueled the rise of new, upcoming and original content creators and influencers. Instagram, in particular (and now perhaps also TikTok) is a common starting point for creators looking to build a following. As such, Instagram has become a hub for “micro-influencers” — social media influencers and creators with more than 10,000 followers but less than 50,000.

The effectiveness of influencer marketing has prompted brands to partner with instagram micro-influencers, who are often viewed as a way to reach smaller and niche audiences. Due to their smaller size, micro-influencers may maintain a higher degree of reliability to their audiences and their recommendations may be more akin to word-of-mouth advertising.

In addition to compiling a list of the top micro-influencers on Instagram across several popular categories, we also share best tips and practices on how to find the best micro influencers below.

How To Find Micro-Influencers On Instagram For Your Brand

When evaluating micro-influencers there are many factors to consider and steps needed in crafting the perfect micro-influencer campaign. Influencer marketing can be tricky and nuanced, therefore brands need to be strict with their vetting process with micro-influencers and be up to date on their do’s and don’ts. A few big ones are:

  • Don’t choose micro-influencers strictly by their number of followers.
  • Do consider the performance of their previous sponsored content (as this is a good measure of success for your potential campaign).
  • Do check to see if they have consistently high engagement with positive sentiment throughout their content.

Brands can jumpstart their search for micro-influencers by looking through their existing brand tags and/or topic hashtags and seeing who is already aligning with or promoting their brand. Instagram also has a built-in profile suggestions feature: once you’ve found a suitable micro-influencer, hit the down button on their Instagram profile to see similar/related accounts.

Want to ensure your brand finds and partners with only the best micro-influencers? Talk to one of our influencer experts today.

Here are the top 20 Instagram micro-influencers establishing their expertise in fashion, travel, food, fitness, and photography:

FASHION
ADAM GONON – 49.7K FOLLOWERS

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Adam Gonon is a fashion influencer based out of New York City. His page looks less like an Instagram profile and more like a well crafted magazine. The 28-year-old is known for his fresh, business-casual looks and owns an online store for men. His fashion sense has garnered sponsorship opportunities with Maserati and alcohol brands like Bacardi.

TREY BRYANT – 34.8K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Fashion Influencer Trey Bryant

Trey Bryant is a trending men’s fashion expert based in Atlanta, Georgia. His sense of high-end American fashion has caught the attention of his 30,000 followers. His fresh style ranges from suits to casual looks.

LITTLE RED FASHION HOOD – 32.5K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Fashion Influencer Little Red Fashionhood

Ali aka Little Red Fashionhood is a trendy fashionista based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Ali is an example of a micro-influencer with an extremely loyal following — she receives nearly as many comments as likes on her posts. With less than 35,000 followers she has already worked with major brands like Hyundai, Spanx, Green Chef, JustFab, and BevMo.

TIA KIRBY – 14.2K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Fashion Influencer Tia Kirby

Tia Kirby is a fashion and lifestyle influencer based in Mansfield, Texas. Her mission is “to inspire others to learn and love themselves while discovering & enhancing their own individual style and beauty.” Tia frequently promotes her favorite black-owned businesses and has partnerships with JCPenny and Walmart.

TRAVEL
LAUREN CAREY – 33.4K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Travel Influencer Girl Gone Abroad

Lauren’s Instagram is a traveling account of her adventures around the world. At each stop, she writes about the lessons each place has taught her. Her page is an inspiration for many travel seekers wishing to explore the corners of the world.

DAN CARTER – 30.4K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Travel Influencer Dan Carter

Dan Carter is a full-time photographer and adventurer capturing some of the most beautiful landscapes worldwide. His journeys have taken him from the snow-tipped mountains of Iceland to the white beaches of South Africa.

ADAM NORTHWEST – 27.2K FOLLOWERS

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Adam Northwest is a proud husky dad and traveller with a passion for hiking. Along the way, he captures the beautiful scenes of nature. While Adam may not have a high following, his Instagram account shines by the amount of positive audience sentiment in each post. His engagement has attracted top brands like Lull Mattress, Coleman, and T-Mobile.

CHELSEA MARTIN – 23.7K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Travel Influencer Cheslea Martin

Chelsea Martin is a travel advisor creating content in some of the most luxurious locations in the world. In addition to her popular Instagram account she is the founder of her own travel agency, Passport to Friday. Her travel expertise has gained her numerous sponsorships with hotels and a partnership with remote healthcare company SteadyMD.

FOOD
ELIZABETH MOYE – 42.0K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Food Influencer Elizabeth Moye

Nutritionist and health coach, Elizabeth Moye is a wellness guru to her audience of 42,000 on Instagram. In college, she battled an eating disorder which compelled her to help others build a healthy relationship with food. Her channel is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and she showcases delicious dishes.

AMANDA HOLTZER – 37.0K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Food Influencer Amanda Ghee

Amanda Holtzer is a popular dietetic intern dedicated to simple and  sustainable nutrition. Her aesthetically pleasing feed includes healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that adults and children alike can enjoy. Some of her recent sponsorships include Fabletics, Sabra, and Jojo’s.

JESS LARSON – 34.0K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Food Influencer Plays Well with Butter

Micro-influencer Jess Larson, also known as “Plays Well With Butter” on Instagram, cooks healthy flavor-filled recipes. Her recipe blog has a wide variety of categories to choose from with recipes that take less than 100 minutes.

MARY SARGE – 18.3K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Food Influencer Mary Sarge

Mary Sarge is a passionate mother who knows a thing or two about cooking and DIYs. Her happy, friendly energy makes it impossible not to trust her recommendations. With less than 20,000 followers Mary has already featured big name partnerships on her Instagram. Her notable sponsorships are Kroger, ADT, Ghirardelli, Sam’s Club, and Tom’s.

FITNESS
ALEX CALLAHAN – 44.6K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Fitness Influencer Alex Callahan

A yogi from Boulder Colorado, Alex Callahan shares her personal journey in wellness, fitness, and spirituality with her small tribe of 45,000 followers. Her modest following allows her to develop close relationships with her followers, sharing personal life learnings through her passion for yoga. Michelob Ultra, Aerie, and MVMT are just a few of the brands leveraging her raw and vulnerable approach to Instagram content.

TOM BLISS – 34.7K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Fitness Influencer Tom Bliss

Fitness influencer Tom Bliss brings together high-quality advertising that packs a punch. Tom’s content is a blend of workout videos, product reviews, fashion, and the occasional recipe. Tom’s popularity has garnered him a long-term sponsorship from Under Armour.

ALLEN SWAN – 22.1K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Fitness Influencer Allen Swan

Allen Swan is an expert in men’s fashion and fitness. The former basketball player and model is known for his online fitness training videos and partnerships with small-scale brands.

KANOA GREENE – 16.9K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Fitness Influencer Kanoa Green

Kanoa Greene has built a strong following through her fitness content centered around hiking, yoga, and HIIT. Her vulnerability has helped her develop a strong connection with her followers who look to her for inspiration. Kanoa has attracted many top brands including Nike, Muscle Milk, Propel, and Victoria’s Secret.

PHOTOGRAPHY
CONNOR TRIMBLE – 45.1K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Travel Influencer Connor Trimble

As an adventure and lifestyle photographer, Connor Trimble has created sponsored content for Canon and Lululemon. He is a rising star on TikTok as well, sharing his serene footage to over 30,000 followers. Influencers with a high aptitude for photography are the perfect fit for brands looking to go above and beyond with their advertisements.

ERIC MATT – 42.9K FOLLOWERS 

Top Micro Influencer Photography Influencer Eric Matt

Eric Matt’s vibrant Instagram account highlights his passion for adventure and talent for photography. His rich photos pop off the screen which makes him an asset to advertisers.

BEN HESS – 41.5K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Photography Influencer Ben Hess

Ben Hess specializes in cinematic content — action scenes, music videos, and even workout videos. Cinematographers such as Ben often utilize the IGTV feature on Instagram, which allows users to upload long-form content at a larger file size compared to regular Instagram posts. Ben recently partnered with Lumix to film a music video for IGTV.

JOSHUA WINDERS – 15.9K FOLLOWERS

Top Micro Influencer Photography Influencer Joshua Winders

Joshua Winders is a full-time explorer with a passion for photography. On a typical day, Joshua captures the American frontier in ways never seen before. Joshua further brings his content to life through his long-form captions and story-telling.

Meet Street-Style Guru & Social Media Powerhouse, Delaney Childs

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Delaney Childs has always loved fashion, but it wasn’t until she graduated from college, moved to LA, and bought her first camera that her influencer journey really kicked off.

She started out by creating her very own lifestyle blog, The Styled Seed, which revolves around everything fashion, beauty, and fun. The title came from the idea that every seed starts out small, growing into something beautiful over time — and that’s exactly what Delaney has done with her social media presence.

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By sharing her always-evolving arsenal of style tips and tricks with her growing list of followers, she’s built quite the following and fan base across several social media channels.

As of 2020, she has 162K subscribers on her self-titled YouTube channel, 133K on TikTok, and an impressive 420K followers on Instagram.

Delaney is always on the lookout for new trends, new adventures, and new inspiration. Get to know her and find out what she’s planning next in her exclusive interview here:

1. Tell us a bit about how you got started as an influencer. What was the most difficult part?

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I started posting fashion photos as a hobby and a way to express myself creatively. The hardest part was just learning about the industry, navigating my way through it, and sticking to it.

2. You’ve said before that photoshoots are a daily occurrence. What does your weekly content creation schedule look like?

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I usually do some sort of content creation every single day. From taking IG photos, filming YouTube and IGTV videos, TikToks, and staying up on Stories daily – there is always some form of content to be made!

3. What’s your style forecast for 2021? Any up and coming brands on your radar?

Instagram influencer interview

I’m loving the funky trends that are coming into style and I’m thinking we’ll see more of them in 2021. Lots of vintage and retro inspired pieces. I’ve been trying to discover more small brands lately and I’m looking forward to their success in 2021.

Lightning Round Questions:

4. Sneakers or boots?

Sneakers!

5. In your opinion what’s the most underrated winter staple? Summer staple?

Berets for winter! A go-to tote bag for summer adventures!

6. Favorite city you’ve been to so far?

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New York!

7. Who is your style icon?

Love Hailey Bieber’s style!

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8. Many influencers pick a single niche, but you cover fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and everything in between (especially on your YouTube channel)! What are the pros and cons of covering multiple genres?

The pros are it allows me to express myself more. I can share so many facets of my life and I love that. I’m also able to connect with different people on different levels this way.

The cons would be that it can become a bit overwhelming and trickier to navigate sometimes. But it’s 100% worth it to me.

9. What do you think is the biggest misconception about becoming an influencer? Any tips for accelerating Instagram growth?

That it’s easy.

It’s a fun career, it’s flexible, it’s creative – but it is not easy.

I don’t think any job is easy. To grow I think you must be consistent, genuine, and never give up!

10. Brand partnerships are a central element of being an influencer. When you started publishing sponsored posts, did your fans respond any differently to them?

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Not really. My audience has always been very supportive of me. I think they enjoy growing with me as well – when I get an exciting brand partnership my community usually celebrates it with me which is so special.

11. How do you decide which brands to partner with? What values are most important to you in a brand partnership?

TikTok fashion influencer

I love working with the brands I grew up shopping because it’s truly a dream come true.

I also love working with small businesses and supporting them on their new ventures.

I simply make sure that I enjoy and genuinely like each product/clothing item/etc. when working with a brand so that I can confidently stand behind it.

12. What are you most excited about for the new year? Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?

I’m looking forward to new ventures and self growth in the new year. I’m hoping we’ll be able to travel again in 2021 which is something I love to do. I’ll also be launching my own brand “boyed” in 2021 – stay tuned for the magic!

The Best Influencer Marketing Case Studies: Campaigns From Top Brands, Influencers, & More

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Influencer Marketing Case Studies From Nearly Every Industry & Vertical

We’ve gathered our most popular influencer marketing case studies that have helped inform and shape the industry, highlighting the most successful advertisers, brands, and social media influencers.

Our studies pull from all different industries, showcasing a variety of influencer partnerships in beauty, gaming, travel, and more. Check out our list of the top 50 influencer marketing campaigns for inspiration in the upcoming year.

Use the directory below to jump to a specific case study, otherwise keep scrolling to see our entire list of the top 50 case studies:

Influencer Marketing Case Studies From Top Brands & Campaigns

Combined with a rapidly growing user base of young millennials and Gen Zers, TikTok has found itself in the enviable position of being the hottest influencer marketing tool of the year. Here are 10 TikTok marketing campaigns that show just how useful the platform can be to brands and marketers.

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These popular brands are using small influencers AKA “micro-influencers” to amplify their messaging and create a big impact.

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Dunkin’ warms up their influencer marketing strategy by partnering with nano-influencers to generate positive buzz for the company’s new espresso line. Find out how the influencers’ engagement rates fared in light of their small-sized followings.

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Gymshark has long leveraged fitness influencers as a top priority in the company’s marketing strategy, so it is no surprise the sportswear company was one of the first brands to dive into TikTok influencer marketing. Read how Gymshark utilizes top top TikTok creators here.

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These eight popular brands have adapted and adjusted their marketing initiatives to acknowledge the global health crisis and support their homebound users the right way during the coronavirus outbreak.

See how companies like Oreo, REVOLVE, P&G and more are partnering with influencers on Instagram and TikTok here.

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Gillette changes up its traditional sports-centered marketing by fostering a diverse roster of influencers including mommy bloggers, gay influencers, and more.

See the stats from over 40 analyzed Instagram sponsored posts here.

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Hilton partners with well-established travel influencers to reveal a proposed list of Seven Urban Wonders, each location spotlighting one of Hilton’s worldwide luxury resorts.

Meet the travel and photography influencers in this case study who continue to bring travel-envy to more than 3 million Instagrammers.

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Evaluate the effectiveness of Fabletics micro-influencers and learn about the company’s campaign goals, combined results, ambassador program and more here.

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The mobile dating app Hinge partnered with some of Instagram’s most hilarious meme accounts and relatable lifestyle influencers to promote the re-brand of their app to eliminate “swipe-culture.”

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89% of marketers consider the ROI from influencer marketing to be comparable to or better than other marketing channels. In the case of Warby Parker, the company attributes their $2 billion valuation to their use of social media influencers.

Check out the eyewear brand’s campaign in this influencer marketing case study.

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The mobile gaming industry represents nearly half of the $115 billion global gaming industry. Take a look at how five of the biggest mobile game manufacturers leverage successful YouTube creators to help generate awareness for their most popular apps.

Example of Youtube Gamer

Pantene teams up with African American social stars to leverage influencer-created YouTube and Instagram video tutorials for their #GoldSeriesCollection campaign.

See how Pantene’s targeted campaign reached an engagement rate of over 12% here.

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See how lifestyle bloggers with an active following on social media can optimize brand exposure by produce short-form sponsored posts on Instagram, while also creating longer, nuanced content on their respective blogging websites.

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The global gaming market is projected to bring in upwards of $120 billion in revenue in 2019 and continue to grow through 2021.

See how Playstation partnered with male and female gamers to increase brand engagement and bridge the gap between tech audiences and gamers here.

Playstation Influencer example

To promote its #FaceAnything campaign, skin care powerhouse Olay looked to nine fearless female influencers to attract a diverse audience, challenge stereotypes, and invite women to embrace their true beauty.

We list the key adjustments influencers and marketers are making to their messaging amid COVID-19.

See the brands & influencers who are making a difference by partnering with health incentivized non-profits.

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Nike has long partnered with athlete influencers, and as the influencer marketing landscape evolves, Nike continues to adapt by partnering with some of the biggest YouTube influencers to promote its products.

Example of a Nike Influencer

EOS recently launched a lip balm line formulated by top beauty stars around the world.

Our in-depth case study shows the long-term campaign strategy from creation to post-launch: including influencer events, influencer selection, giveaways, unboxings, and more.

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Instagram influencers promoting Headspace’s meditation app interact with their followers on a deeper level through engaging discussions and long-form captions.

Check out the mindful app’s case study here.

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Pet influencers, luxury influencers, and pro-surfers collaborate with top auto brands to capture a wide range of influencer audiences.

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Dyson recruited some of the top dogs of Instagram to raise product awareness and generate lighthearted social content. See how humor and relatability helped Dyson’s social reach and brand perception in this influencer marketing case study.

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Influencer marketing is a rapidly growing industry with legalities to match. FTC violations and contract breaches are just some of the issues that can devastate a healthy influencer partnership. In this case study example, Alo Yoga and influencer Dana Falsetti tackle the dispute of sponsored content ownership.

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Travel is one of the fastest growing influencer marketing categories, with 40% of millennials weighing the “Instagrammability” of a location before booking a trip.

Check out how travel and lifestyle brand Away partners with influencers to create inspiring modern travel content here.

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82% of consumers report that they would follow the recommendations of a micro-influencer.

See how top brands in beauty, CPG, fashion & more find success with their micro-influencer strategy here.

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Hulu teams up with influencer athletes and gets candid about influencer pay rates in their humorous #HuluSellsOut Instagram campaign.

See the campaign specifics and the results from more than 50 analyzed sponsored posts here.

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Luxury jewelry brand Tiffany and Co. partners with Jack Morris, a millennial travel influencer, to spotlight the company’s sustainability efforts.

Check out our Tiffany & Co. case study here.

Tiffany and Company Travel Influencer

Coca-Cola experiments with micro- and macro-influencers in their latest global Instagram influencer campaign. Utilizing fewer than 30 diverse influencers, see how they managed to generate an average engagement rate over 8%.

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Last February, just over half (54.7%) of U.S. adults celebrated Valentine’s Day by buying gifts for their significant others, friends, or pets. Estimated spending reached $19.6 billion, just short of 2016’s record $19.7 billion. See how five brands touch on consumers’ conflicting emotions towards the holiday to speak to a wide variety of audiences.

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Mike Bloomberg, 2020 presidential hopeful reached over 60 million users by partnering with the most popular meme accounts on Instagram. See the twenty sponsored posts and learn social media’s reaction to the political takeover.

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Doritos shows the true power behind TikTok with their SuperBowl #CoolRanchDance ad featuring Lil Nas X.

See how the hashtag challenge campaign turned success from TV to TikTok here.

TikTok Hashtag Challenge Doritos Case Study

80% of marketers found influencer marketing to be effective for their marketing goals, based on our 2019 survey. Ancestry DNA has taken advantage of the millennial travel trend by partnering with mid-tier Instagram influencers in their influencer marketing campaign based on #DNATravel.

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KFC is known for its bold non-traditional marketing initiatives, they were one of the first non-gaming brands to advertise on Twitch, and earlier this year they embraced one of the year’s top social trends in a CGI influencer campaign starring Virtual Colonel Sanders, complete with concordant brand sponsorships.

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Oakley takes their affiliate program to the next level by sponsoring more than 15 top influencers’ competitive pursuits.

See how the sportswear company grew their social presence while generating ROI in this Instagram case study.

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Choosing the right influencer for a one-off influencer campaign is a detail-oriented task based on plenty of make or break variables. See how Bumble’s multi channeled influencer partnership with celebrity athlete Serena Williams, proved to be a match made in brand authenticity heaven.

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87% of consumers stated they would purchase a product based on values—because the company advocated for an issue they cared about. Underwear brand MeUndies has formulated a strong and consistent value-oriented influencer marketing strategy to boost awareness of their company’s progressive, ethical, social, and environmental initiatives.

MeUndies Example

Brands such as American Express, Peet’s Coffee, Reef, HP, and more capitalized on the substantial social trends surrounding Coachella by collaborating with social media stars to create brand-sponsored content while at the event.

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Many brands and advertisers opt to pause, postpone, or redirect their marketing efforts amid a recession or pandemic.

Here are 6 brand case studies that show how companies in different verticals have repositioned their marketing amid COVID-19 and the onset of the 2020 recession.

Biotechnology company 23andMe looked to increase awareness of their genetic testing services and looked towards YouTube creators and Instagram influencers to share their own personal identity narratives.

23 and Me Influencers

Instagram now has over 1.5 billion active users and the app has become one of the top platforms for influencer marketing. See how three of the largest U.S. brands leverage multiple American Instagram influencers for their social media power, and how an Olympic-favorite brand fits non-athlete influencers into their strategy.

Influencers for the Olympics

With 15 million daily active users and the average user spending 95 minutes on the streaming site, Twitch is not a platform to pass over for influencer marketing campaigns. Its popularity is increasing so rapidly that brands outside gaming are competing for a position in this new marketing environment.

Check out our Hershey’s brand case study featuring two of the biggest Twitch streamers.

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Airbnb welcomes home mega-influencers and achieves immense campaign reach in this Instagram case study.

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American Express works with #AmexAmbassadors” on Instagram to promote its Platinum card. See the campaign details here.

Example of Tash Oakley Influencer campaign

Fast food giants go head to head with influencers. In the three different Instagram campaigns, learn how each mega-brand leveraged social media stars to highlight new menu items and super size their reach to Millennials.

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Target partners with a diverse group of social media stars to spread body positivity on Instagram.

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Top tier influencers and social media personalities partner with Chase to generate “better banking” awareness. See how leveraging these stars helped Chase resonate with Millennials on Instagram.

Influencer example for Chase

A close-up look at competing brands Nikon and Canon and how they each approach influencer marketing campaigns by working with well-established photography influencers.

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Pottery Barn warms up with bloggers over the holiday season to generate festive curated content.

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See how Uber gains marketing momentum and drives promotion success among Millennials with fashion and lifestyle influencers.

Learn the Instagram case study specifics here.

Google, Samsung, Xfinity, and others partner with tech and non-tech influencers as well as vloggers in YouTube campaigns that generate millions of views from their niche audiences.

Example of YouTuber Campaign

Discover how alcohol brand Budweiser launched the #ReactionChallenge campaign with five (mostly) Latin-American YouTube influencers as a component of a giant international sponsorship for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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30 Affiliate Marketing Statistics Every Marketer Must Know

30 Statistics That Prove Affiliate Marketing Is Winning With Marketers

In 2016, U.S. retailers spent $4.7 billion on affiliate marketing. Astoundingly, by 2020 U.S. affiliate marketing spend is expected to rise to $6.8 billion.

Today, affiliate marketing is implemented across a wide range of social media — YouTubers often include affiliate links in video descriptions to highlight the products they mention or the clothes they’re wearing. Similarly, bloggers frequently place affiliate links within product reviews posted on their blog.

The use of affiliate marketing strategies has become increasingly relevant as consumers demonstrate a preference for online shopping, and content creators and influencers look for the best ways to generate revenue across digital and social media.

The Affiliate Marketing Statistics Marketers Should Know

The growth and importance of affiliate marketing is becoming undeniable. By leveraging affiliates, marketers are able to reach untapped audiences with built-in trust. Here we’ve gathered the most relevant affiliate marketing statistics marketers must know. Click to skip to the following section:

  1. Over 80% of brands use affiliate marketing programs.
  2. The annual affiliate marketing spend overall is approximated at $12 billion.
  3. Affiliate marketing worldwide spend is increasing at a 27% Compound Annual Growth Rate or CAGR.
  4. The interest in the search term “affiliate marketing” has been steadily on an incline for the past 5 years.
  5. Influencers receive a 1-10% commission for affiliate marketing with Amazon.
  6. 15% of the total digital media revenue is generated from affiliate marketing.
  7. In recent years, the content pool generated by affiliate marketers has grown by 175%.
  8. According to 38% of all marketers, affiliate marketing is among the top customer acquisition methods.
  9. Fashion is the biggest niche in affiliate marketing — accounting for 23.27% of all affiliate programs on the web.
  10. Sports/outdoors makes up 18.16% of all affiliate programs online.
  11. Travel, gardening, electronics, business, education, and finance belong to the top 9 niches.
  12. 50% of affiliate-generated traffic originated from mobile devices as of 2017.
  13. In the U.S., annual affiliate marketing spending is projected to hit the $6.8 billion mark.
  14. Vouchers made up 30% of U.S. affiliate marketing sales in 2018.
  15. Affiliate marketing generates 16% of all e-commerce sales in the U.S. and Canada.
  16. It’s possible to make well over $1,000 in a single sale.
  17. Of the 35% of affiliates who earn more than $20,000 per year, 12% make over $75,000 in affiliate income.
  18. Awin affiliates earned over $700 million last year.
  19. Successful companies built off of affiliate commissions include Groupon, Moneysupermarket Group, Cuttina Media, and Internet Brands.
  20. Amazon Associates remain dominant in the affiliate marketing landscape with a market share of 42.85%.
  21. Next to Amazon Associates, the six biggest affiliate networks are VigLink, CJ Affiliate, SkimLinks, Rakuten, ShareASale, and Awin.
  22. Affiliate marketing is responsible for as much revenue generation as email marketing.
  23. While content marketing costs 62% less than ads, it’s known to generate as much as 3 times more leads.
  24. 65% of merchants that use via affiliate marketing said that it produced 5-20% of their annual revenue.
  25. Search ads, display ads, email, and tech partners are responsible for only 1% of affiliate marketing sales each.
  26. Although “pay per call” affiliate marketing is more intensive, it’s enjoying a high conversion rate of 10-15%.
  27. For travel sites, comparisons drive 20% of sales — coupons at 21% and cashbacks at 24%.
  28. In 2017, affiliate marketing generated 5 billion clicks and 170 transactions worldwide.
  29. Cross-promotion between desktop and mobile device users is one of the trends in affiliate marketing in 2019.
  30. AI and voice search are among the biggest affiliate marketing trends.

1. Over 80% of Brands Use Affiliate Marketing Programs

Affiliate marketing continues to increase in popularity among advertisers, in part due to its performance-based nature. More than four out of five brands use affiliate marketing to generate revenue, and data has shown publishers use the strategy even more.

80% of brands and 84% of publishers leverage affiliate marketing.

To measure the use of affiliate marketing among top advertisers and publishers, Forrester surveyed over 150 advertising VPs (limited to U.S. companies generating a minimum of $200 million in revenue) and the same number of U.S. publishers by site traffic.

2. The Annual Affiliate Marketing Spend Overall is Approximated at $12 Billion

While this is just an estimation, the continued growth of affiliate marketing is prevalent among all sources. According to one study that tracked U.S. affiliate marketing expenditures (from 2010 through the present), the U.S. affiliate marketing spend will likely reach $8.2 billion by 2022 — up from $5.4 billion in 2017.

3. Affiliate marketing worldwide spend is increasing at a 27% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)

Compared to the majority of sales channels, this is quite an impressive figure. 10% is considered a strong growth rate for most small-medium businesses, with lower figures being more likely with larger companies. This places the affiliate marketing industry well above average.

4. Search interest for “affiliate marketing” has increased 300% in the past 5 years

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According to Google Trends, interest in affiliate marketing has increased drastically of late. In fact, the July 2020 search for “affiliate marketing” peaked at the highest search in 11 years.

In five years, affiliate marketing’s popularity ranking soared from only around 25 to 100 worldwide, an increase of 300%! Google considers a value of 100 as “peak popularity”, with a value of 50 being only half as popular.

The popularity in the U.S. has fluctuated more widely, with popularity beginning around a rating of 42 before bouncing to reach its current ranking of 82. While the difference isn’t quite as dramatic, the trend clearly shows a consistent and sustained increase in affiliate marketing.

5. INFLUENCERS RECEIVE A 1-10% COMMISSION FOR AFFILIATE MARKETING WITH AMAZON

Since 2017, creators on Amazon have earned on average a 4% commission through advertising Amazon product links in their content.

Creators can earn up to a 10% commission for promoting luxury items, and on the other end of the spectrum, a 1% commission for promoting video games.

BuzzFeed and The New York Times are two examples of the publishing giants that drive readers to Amazon products through Amazon’s affiliate network.

In April 2020, amid the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon decreased the commission rates for many product categories in one of the biggest Amazon Affiliate announcements since 2017.

Some product categories were hit harder than others — for example, commission rates for grocery products dropped from 5% to 1% while rates for furniture and home improvement products experienced a 5% decrease in commission.

6. 15% of the total digital media revenue is generated from affiliate marketing

Even in 2020, publishers still generate the majority of their revenue from traditional advertising. According to The Affiliate Marketing Report from Business Insider, however, affiliate marketing is growing faster.

U.S. affiliate marketing spending increases annually by 10.1%, indicating that affiliate marketing is becoming more widely accepted by mainstream media publishers.

7. In recent years, the content pool generated by affiliate marketers has grown by 175%

Many product reviews, comparison articles, and recommendation listicles may be from affiliate marketing. High-quality content naturally sells better than mediocre blog posts, so the majority of affiliate-created content may be quite useful.

All in all, the steady increase of affiliate content has made it much easier than it used to be to make an informed decision about what to buy and where to buy it.

8. According to 38% of all marketers, affiliate marketing is among the top customer acquisition methods

Despite the vote on affiliate marketing’s efficacy being less than unanimous, a substantial segment of the marketers polled believed it to have substantial merit as a means of reeling in new customers, right up there with email marketing and traditional advertising methods.

Although many didn’t cite affiliate marketing as one of their top choices, the majority still incorporated an affiliate program into their overall marketing strategy.

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9. Fashion is the biggest niche in affiliate marketing — accounting for 23.27% of all affiliate programs on the web

After analyzing data from 550 affiliate programs across 6 networks and sorting the affiliate programs into 20 broad categories, fashion ranked first, accounting for 18.7% of all major affiliate programs.

This comes as no surprise, and the next other high-ranking niches shouldn’t either:

10. Sports and Outdoors is the second-biggest niche making up 18.16% of all affiliate programs online

Next up was the sports and outdoors category, with 14.6%, followed by health/wellness and beauty at 11.1%.

11. Travel, gardening, electronics, business, education, and finance belong to the top 9 niches

The popular categories and niches that thrive tend to have one of two critical qualities – visual appeal, problem solving, or both.

Aesthetically pleasing gardening and travel images automatically provoke clicks, and the tutorials and recommendations that often accompany them are genuinely helpful.

Meanwhile, categories like finance and electronics often involve detailed, informative content that helps the audience to make educated decisions about potentially expensive purchases.

12. 50% of affiliate-generated traffic originated from mobile devices as of 2017

Of all the stats on this list, this is one of the most telling. Even three years back, half of affiliate content was first viewed on mobile. While some customers may have completed their purchases on desktop, mobile devices were responsible for half of all affiliate-generated leads.

Since 2017, our collective use of mobile devices has only increased. While there isn’t an updated affiliate marketing statistic for mobile, it’s highly likely that an even greater percentage of affiliate traffic begins on-the-go today.

13. In the U.S., annual affiliate marketing spending is projected to hit the $6.8 billion mark

Affiliate marketing is nothing new, but in recent years it has proven its merit as an effective sales channel with affiliate marketing spend to hit the $6.8 billion mark in 2020.

Further analysis predicted that affiliate marketing will influence up to 14% of online purchases in the U.S. this year.

The total impact in the U.S. market will equate to roughly $70 billion in sales. While affiliate marketing is highly unlikely to replace other tried-and-true marketing methods entirely, it’s likely that we’ll see this trend continue to grow for some time.

14. Vouchers made up 30% of U.S. affiliate marketing sales in 2018

Some marketers have debated the value of discount codes, but the facts don’t lie. With nearly a third of U.S. affiliate marketing sales in 2018 traced back to vouchers, they’re clearly a useful tool in the affiliate marketing arsenal.

Research has also found that 83% of respondents’ shopping choices were influenced by the appearance of a discount code. Discount codes make it more enticing to buy greater quantities at a time than they normally would.

15. Affiliate marketing generates 16% of all e-Commerce sales in the U.S. and Canada

When you’re considering such massive markets, 16% is nothing to scoff at. The U.S. in particular is a prime target for affiliates — currently, the U.S. is the most lucrative market to focus on.

Nearly 64% of affiliates worldwide target U.S. consumers contributing to that 16% figure.

16. It’s possible to make well over $1,000 in a single sale. Some top-paying affiliate programs even reward marketers with $8,000 in one conversion

It goes without saying that the price of the products being sold by affiliates influence how large of a sale they can make. It’s no accident that many of the most successful affiliates work in a few key niches. With higher-priced items, however, like expensive apparel, fitness equipment, or electronics, a $1,000 sale is entirely feasible.

17. Out of the 35% of affiliates who earn more than $20,000 per year, 12% make over $75,000 in affiliate income

Many people interested in the affiliate marketing industry wonder what the affiliate marketing average income is.

While the majority of affiliates earn up to $20,000 on a yearly basis, there is still a large portion of affiliates that go beyond this mark.

Out of the 35% of affiliates who earn more than $20,000 per year, 12% make over $75,000 in affiliate marketing income. Of the 35% of affiliates who earn more than $20,000 per year, 12% make over $75,000.

18. Awin affiliates earned over $730 million last year

After acquiring ShareASale, another massive affiliate network, the network distributed $734 million among its 100,000 plus contributors. This places Awin among the top affiliate programs of 2020, competing with sites like eBay Partner Network, Rakuten, Clickbank, and, as always, Amazon Associates.

19. Successful companies built off of affiliate marketing include Groupon, Moneysupermarket Group, Cuttina Media, and Internet Brands

Statistic: Revenue of Groupon from 1st quarter 2009 to 2nd quarter 2020 (in million U.S. dollars) | Statista

Nothing is quite as convincing as a success story. Of all the companies built off affiliate commissions, Groupon is about as good as it gets.

In the 2nd quarter of 2020, Groupon generated global revenues of $395.6 million dollars and currently has 53 million active users. As of October 2018, Groupon had already sold an astounding 1.5 billion Groupon deals!

20. Amazon Associates remain dominant in the affiliate marketing landscape with a market share of 42.85%

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While Amazon Associates may not offer the highest commission rates, the other benefits of working with Jeff Bezos’s big name giant are plentiful enough to keep Amazon’s affiliate program in the top spot.

Amazon Associates has over 50,000 websites and the comfort of working with a large and reputable brand is one reason new affiliates flock to Amazon Associates. The bigger reason? Virtually limitless products in any niche.

21. Next to Amazon Associates, the six biggest affiliate networks are ShareASale, SkimLinks, Rakuten, CJ Affiliate, VigLink, and Awin

These affiliate networks are the most impressive options for 2020. These affiliate networks are listed in order of market share according to the Alexa top 100. While they each have their pros and cons, the best network for those looking to become an affiliate depends on what items they’d like to promote, preferred commission rates, and personal sales goals.

22. Affiliate marketing is responsible for as much revenue generation as email marketing — each channel accounting for 16% of US e-commerce orders

Email marketing used to be the tried-and-true method, but affiliate marketing is giving it a run for its money. With most email providers routing ads to a dedicated “promotions” folder, it hasn’t been hard for affiliate marketing to catch up.

Today, affiliate marketing is one of the four main sources of e-commerce sales.

23. While content marketing costs 62% less than ads, it’s known to generate as much as 3x more leads

The reason content marketing is so effective is simple. Content marketing is designed to answer your audience’s questions. How well does a product work? How long does it last? Are the materials high quality? What’s the return policy like?

With content marketing, affiliates help build brand trust, generate new leads, and improve conversions. Because affiliate marketing content comes from a real person, customers often find it more authentic than traditional ads.

24. 65% of merchants that use affiliate marketing said that it produced 5-20% of their annual revenue

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In addition to this positive response, 85% of merchants stated that their affiliate marketing budgets increased or stayed the same from 2015 to 2016.

While affiliate marketing isn’t a perfect solution, one reason it has held popularity over the past five years is that it effectively introduces customers to new products and offers without interrupting quality content.

As web users become increasingly intolerant of pop-ups and gimmicky ads, plus the growing effectiveness of ad-blocker apps and email filters, affiliate marketing may gain even more of an edge.

25. Search ads, display ads, email, and tech partners are responsible for only 1% of affiliate marketing sales each

For those who dream of becoming a full-time associate marketer, this stat’s a good one to know. The most popular and methods were loyalty and cash-back programs at 43% and voucher codes at 30%, contributing to a total of 73% of total affiliate sales.

26. Although “pay per call” affiliate marketing is more intensive, it’s enjoying a high conversion rate of 10-15%

Like “pay per click” advertising, pay per call works by affiliate marketers directing potential customers to interact with a company. The only difference between the two is how they connect.

Instead of getting paid for every click you generate as an affiliate, you get paid by how many sales calls you direct to the company. While it’s effective, it only works well for specific industries.

Pay per call marketing is popular among service-oriented businesses that schedule appointments over the phone, or companies that sell virtual products such as insurance policies. Despite its limited applications, if it works for your niche, it’s likely to work very well.

27. For travel sites, comparisons drive 20% of sales — behind coupons at 21% and cashbacks at 24%

Anyone who has searched flights on sites like Expedia or Priceline is already familiar with this simple, yet effective, business model. By making it easy to compare destinations, hotels, and flight prices, travel sites offer enticing deals paired with a great deal of convenience.

This type of comparison is responsible for 20% of sales in this niche. Coupons are also even more popular, with cashback offers showing the biggest draw.

28. In 2017, affiliate marketing generated 5 billion clicks and 170 million transactions worldwide

Despite not being the unanimous top choice among all marketing professionals, affiliate marketing generates impressive results. While these statistics have yet to be updated for successive years, these figures are undoubtedly higher than they were in 2017.

29. Cross-promotion between desktop and mobile device users is one of the trends in affiliate marketing in 2019

The differences in preference between millennials and boomers are well documented. Their preferred technology usage is one of the main differences.

While older generations consistently lean toward email marketing to make their purchases, millennials and Gen Z are often shopping on mobile.

33% of those in the 18-34 age bracket claim they always opt-in to push notifications, with an additional 30% in this age range often doing so.

30. AI and voice search are among the biggest affiliate marketing trends

Recent reports predict that the number of people using digital assistant devices, like Alexa and Google smart speakers, could hit 4 billion in 2020, 5 billion in 2021, and 6.4 billion in 2022.

Users typically phrase questions differently when speaking instead of typing, influencing the popularity of varying search results. Specifically, voice queries tend to be longer and phrased as questions.

The words chosen can give affiliate marketers a hint at how close they are to making a sale.

By making it easier to determine whether a potential customer is just doing research or is ready to buy, voice search is likely to play a greater role in affiliate marketing during the next few years.

Case Study: Fabletics Marketing Strategy Flexes Style And Comfort With Fitness & Fashion Influencers

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In a push to secure more of the athleisure market, Kate Hudon’s brand is linking up with Fabletics ambassadors. To better understand the Fabletics influencer marketing strategy, we sampled a set of Instagram sponsored posts featured in their campaign and evaluated the effectiveness of Fabletics influencers.

Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: Fabletics Influencers Get Active On Instagram And IRL

Co-founded by award-winning actress, Kate Hudson, Fabletics is a women’s activewear company aimed at offering stylish, quality clothing at an affordable price. An “athleisure” company with a strong e-commerce presence and 34 North American retail locations, Fabletics has grown year-after-year, boasting an annual revenue of more than $300 million.

Having a Golden Globe winner at the helm of your brand is an incredible asset for any company, but Fabletics marketing strategy includes partnering with many influencers across various social platforms to reach their target demographic. Fashion and lifestyle blogger, Amber Feldman, of Trendy & Spendy, writes that she showcases two outfits per month as part of her Fabletics ambassador partnership. Offering an influencer application on their website, Fabletics has a finely-tuned influencer program that’s been successfully collaborating with influencers for years.

Fabletics Influencer Marketing Campaign Encourages Followers To #KickButtLookCute

The front page of Fabletics.com features the hashtag #MyFabletics, where fans and members are encouraged to upload and share their styled-out photos. #MyFabletics has been used across Instagram 53,013 times, while the less brand-specific #KickButtLookCute has been tagged 4,491 on the platform.

Fabletics influencers using these hashtags often feature themselves wearing the brand’s latest styles, while detailing aspects of the gear inside of the caption. Many Fabletics influencers offer workout and/or lifestyle tips, with some using the space to open up about their own hopes and struggles.

Goals

  • Raise awareness around the Fabletics brand, clothing offerings, and consumer options.
  • Communicate Fabletics’ brand values.
  • Promote engagement by inspiring fans to join the Fabletics movement.

Approach

  • Channel: Instagram
  • Influencers: Sample of 12 female influencers in fitness, fashion, and lifestyle categories.
    • Three were nano-influencers, while nine were micro-influencers.
    • Most of the sampled Fabletics ambassadors also had their own blog.
    • Influencers represented a diverse range of women with different backgrounds, ethnicities, body types, and personal styles.

Preview Of Influencers

Themes

  • All Fabletics influencers are active on Instagram. Their sponsored posts featured high quality images that emphasized the influencer wearing a Fabletics outfit.
  • Captions tended to be long, with many Fabletics influencers offering personalized messages that included inspirational tones and encouraging words.
  • Hashtags featured in the sampled posts included #MyFabletics, #KickButtLookCute, and #MoveInFabletics.
  • The influencers didn’t include promo codes in their posts, but some referred followers to shopping links within their bios.
  • Fabletics influencers denoted the sponsored nature of their post with the hashtag #ad.
  • Each Fabletics influencer posted approximately one sponsored ad per month, with some influencers posting more frequently.
  • Fabletics used their official Instagram account (1.1 million followers) to engage with their influencers in the comments section of the posts.

Results

Combined Results (56 posts)

  • Social Reach
    • Instagram followers targeted: 177,212
  • Engagement
    • Likes: 59,981
    • Comments: 3,426
    • Engagement rate: 9.41%

Sarah Vadnais Takes Fabletics For A MotoX Spin

Fashion influencer, Sarah Vadnais, brings her personal style to 3,812 followers through her finely-curated Instagram feed. Vadnais’s May 23rd post stood out from many other Fabletics promotions, showcasing the nano-influencer on a motocross bike in a blooming wild-flower field.

The one with the fewest followers of the sampled Fabletics influencers, Vadnais was able to procure the campaign’s highest engagement. Generating 1,791 likes and 24 comments with her MotoX post, Vadnais achieved an impressive engagement rate of 47.61%.

Frances Flores Shows Off Bold Fabletics Solids Against A Weathered City Backdrop

Frances Flores, better known as Shaped by Frances on Instagram, posts creative and dynamic yoga photos for her 20,000 followers. Noting that she’s a Fabletic ambassador in her bio, Flores is most often pictured in athletic wear throughout her feed.

With a commanding and graceful stance, Flores shows off her Fabletics gear while looking into the camera. Captioning the image in both English and Spanish, Flores encourages her fans to “step up your game” and “evolve.”

Flores garnered 3,471 likes—the highest among sampled posts—with her May 15th photo. Her post also attracted 14 comments, resulting in an engagement rate of 17.43%.

Madison Fichtl Praises Morning Yoga As A Remedy For Jet Lag

Lifestyle blogger, Madison Fichtl, offers fans a wide range of content through both her Instagram feed and blog. Showcasing stylish clothing and “must have” items, as well as giving lifestyle, travel, and shopping tips, Fichtl’s posts are eclectic, enchanting, and engaging.

In her July 17th post, Fichtl is pictured in Fabletics gear walking with dog, Charlie, as she shares tips for beating jet lag and extols the virtues of her Fabletics leggings.

With 25,300 followers, Fichtl was the most-followed influencer of those samples in the Fabletics influencer marketing campaign. Garnering 1,808 likes and 58 comments, Fichtl achieved an engagement rate of 7.38% with her July 17th post.

Takeaways

  • The Fabletics influencer marketing campaign boasted a high overall engagement rate of 9.41%.
  • Complimenting the influencers’ tastes and lifestyles in areas such as fashion, travel, and fitness, Fabletics influencer posts feel organic and authentic.
  • Long-form, personalized captions that speak candidly to an influencer’s audience can help drive higher engagement.
  • Instead of focusing on one-off partnerships, Fabletics influencer marketing seems intent on investing in long-term relationships with their ambassadors.

The Growing Trend Of Influencer Events

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By now we’re familiar with many of the most common techniques employed by brands in influencer marketing. Whether it’s a long-term partnership with an influencer or a push on a special day, competitors are always looking for campaigns with variety to stand out in a crowded space.

What Are Influencer Events?: How Brands Dedicate Events To Influencers

With budgets for influencer marketing increasing year-over-year, brands and marketers are wondering what the next big type of campaign is for the industry.

This brings us to influencer events; an increasingly popular type of campaign in which influencers are invited to exclusive gatherings, getaways, or mainstream events in order to promote products and services for brands.

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The primary appeal of these campaigns lies in the influencer A-listers which power them, brought together by brands looking to maximize potential reach by getting big-hitters on social media in the same room. Why this trend has picked up more recently and the different kinds of influencer marketing events you can expect to see is what we investigate below.

Types Of Influencer Events By Category

Beauty Influencer Events

These are the types of influencer events that are among the more established in the industry. Makeup brands are keen to get influencers in the same posts for extra bang for their buck. They often have the means to bring together mega influencers to feature in sponsored posts.

Influencer marketing events can be extravagant. Tarte Cosmetics, for example, are well known for gifting their sponsored influencers elaborate all-expenses-paid trips to Bangkok or Hawaii, to name a couple. Naturally, these trips lend themselves well to video formats beyond Instagram, with YouTube beauty vloggers enjoying the benefits too.

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Fashion Influencer Events

Similarly, influencer events in fashion is a common occurrence, as you might expect. You’ve got the usual suspects, such as Revolve Festival at Coachella—an event organized by the online retailer which attracts some of the biggest names in the industry.

Such was the popularity of this year’s event, Revolve rented out an entire hotel, hosting 140 influencers. Chief Brand Officer Raissa Gerona refers to it as their “Super Bowl”, with co-founder Michael Mente noting it’s a bigger event for the brand than Cyber Monday. Revolve’s influencer marketing events don’t end there either, with the brand noted for flying influencers all over the world for fashion shoots.

Other brands are getting in on the act too. Outdoor clothing company Backcountry recently hosted a 4-day influencer event in Moab, Utah, for sponsored creators. From climbing to yoga, some of the biggest influencers of the outdoors and travel scenes were invited to the event, giving Backcountry a ton of exposure.

Fitness Influencer Events

Fitness brands have been comfortable with influencer marketing as long as any fashion or cosmetic retailer. Companies like GymShark lead the way with gathering the industry’s biggest stars to act as their ambassadors.

As opposed to other industries, GymShark’s gatherings, as with other well-known fitness brands like Myprotein, often involve meet-ups or challenges, mixing influencers with the public for exposure.

This strategy is evident with other brands too, such as Lululemon and their large-scale events promoted on Instagram. Their ambassadors can typically be found heading up smaller events like hosted classes. There is certainly an emphasis across fitness brands on more interaction with the public than aforementioned beauty or fashion brands.

Gaming Influencer Events

Gaming lends itself perfectly to influencer events. Large mainstream events, like TwitchCon, provide the perfect opportunity for brands to pair up star influencers of the gaming industry for big promotions.

It’s worth noting that many of the brands who engage with gaming events are non-gaming brands, like Hershey’s and Doritos—an indication of the mainstream appeal of gaming influencers.

In a sense opposite to fashion influencer events, fans flock to massive stadiums to watch their favorite gamers streaming at events.

Larger mainstream brands are keen to make influencers, particularly top streamers, the main attractions at expos. Expect to see this trend continuing at gaming conventions by partnering top pro gamers and brands for events like the upcoming Evo 2019 and BlizzCon 2019.

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Blogger Influencer Events

Aside from influencers who distinctly fall into categories, there are also campaigns launched by brands not necessarily seeking to target a very specific audience. These will typically involve bloggers who don’t fall so readily into one industry or another. Lifestyle influencers are a good example of this and are popular with brands for their wide appeal across a range of sought-after demographics.

For example, Macy’s, in a recent launch of limited edition watches, sponsored influencers from a variety of backgrounds to help promote the line. Models; shoe designers; software designers—diverse disciplines brought together by a brand to promote a product typically outside of their field.

Other Influencer Events

There are some influencer events that don’t really fit into any of the established events that we might be used to seeing. Instagram’s Kindness Prom, for example, invited influencers to an event in Venice, California to raise awareness of cyberbullying. It also follows the company’s enhanced bullying feature, a new algorithm which aims to combat bad behavior on the platform.

How To Throw An Influencer Event

There are several considerations to make before organizing an influencer marketing event. The elephant in the room is the cost. This, of course, depends on the industry and the type of event needed. Those Tarte getaways, for example, were estimated to set them back a cool $300,000. Be prepared to set aside an appropriate budget to pull off an influencer event.

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Tips For Hosting An Influencer Event

  • WiFi – Get off on the right foot by having a reliable wifi connection for your influencers. At the end of the day, the whole point of them being there is to create content and upload to social media, typically at specific times. Don’t rely on their unlimited data plans!
  • Agenda – Have a clear and detailed plan for when and where you need your influencers during your event. As you can see, despite flying its ambassadors halfway around the world, Tarte still has a clear and specific itinerary for its influencers. Don’t be too constrictive, though, they’re not going to want to feel like their on the job 24/7, so allocate downtime.
  • Giveaways – If you’re familiar with the sight of influencers having giveaway competitions for their fans, it’ll be because a brand is keen to have a longer-lasting campaign than could reasonably be expected with an event. Events are short, but influencers can continue to do giveaways long after its ended, meaning more exposure for the brand.
  • Location – This can be make or break for an event. And it doesn’t necessarily mean flying your stars to a tropical island. It just means having a finger on the pulse of what your audience wants to see. There’s a good reason cosmetic brands fly beauty influencers to Tahiti and gamers have just as much impact in-front of a computer monitor.

How To Plan An Influencer Event

  • Have the audience in mind: It’s no good planning an incredible event for your influencers if your target audience is not interested in it. As we just touched on, location is everything; there would be little point in flying a gaming influencer livestream to Hawaii for a shoot.
  • Make it stand out: Influencers are spoiled for choice, with invites to events left and right. Make your event interesting and shareable. Remember; they’re content creators—if they haven’t got their phones out and engaging with the event then it’s not interesting enough for them.
  • The hashtag: Give your event a specific hashtag for influencers to use and be clear about what your expectations for it are during the campaign.

How To Get Influencers To Come To Your Event

You likely know the answer to this one already, but if you want to attract influencers to your event you’re going to have to pay up to get them to attend. Don’t rule out inviting smaller influencers to your event (especially if they’re local), as they often provide great ROI and are eager to get involved.

Once attendance is sorted, be prepared to foot the bill for other expenses too—hotels, flights, activities, food and drink. Be prepared to have swag bags on standby to keep them interested and engaged.

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What To Expect With Influencer Events In 2019 & Beyond

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the biggest influencer events and meet-ups are led by the biggest brands. They are typically invite-only for influencers and can be very exclusive even in those spheres.

These events will likely continue to be headed by big brands; particularly the more extravagant ones, but events of all sizes are likely to increase in popularity. Expect to see this trend increase in popularity as brands look to improve their strategies and look for new avenues to expand their influencer marketing output.