Paid Media Vs Owned Media Vs Earned Media: What Marketers Need To Know

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The Distinctions Between Paid, Owned, & Earned Media: A Marketer’s Quick Guide

According to recent eMarketer projections, spending on digital advertising will reach $191.09 billion in 2021, just $11 billion short of triple the $67.5 billion valuation for U.S. television advertising spend. Since 2016, digital ad spend has greatly surpassed television as the dominant form of media advertising in the United States. For brands to succeed in the increasingly competitive digital media landscape, marketers must know the salient differences between paid, owned, and earned media, and how these different types of content all contributes to a comprehensive marketing strategy.

What Are The Differences Between Paid, Owned, & Earned Media?

Because different types of media create different ways to engage with consumers, paid, earned, and owned media all offer different value to marketers. The three types of media that brands may create and/or invest in are:

What Is Paid Media?

As the name implies, paid media is any type of media or content—TV ads, billboards, radio ads, video/pre-roll ads, display/banner ads, native ads on social media platforms, etc.—that a brand pays to be seen by audiences. Paid media also includes influencer marketing and promoted posts, and brands often used these strategies to amplify the reach of owned media by boosting its exposure (and thereby making it paid media) to larger audiences.

Paid Media Example:

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In this example of paid media, American Express paid to have their Twitter tweet promoted (i.e. appear on feeds of Twitter users who don’t necessarily follow the brand). On social platforms, paid media is often accompanied by disclosures such as “sponsored,” “advertisement,” or “promoted.”

What Is Owned Media?

Owned media is any content that a brand completely controls, such as a website, blog content, and social media channels (i.e. a brand’s YouTube channel, Instagram account, Snapchat account, etc.). Because brands “own” the audience—as opposed to paid media, where a brand pays for audience attention, or earned media, where a brand leverages the audience of another user—this type of content provides a valuable way for brands to speak directly to consumers. Owned media is primarily driven by content marketing efforts.

Owned Media Example:

This short film was produced by Acura and appeared on the brand’s YouTube channel. If Acura were to promote this content to appear at the top of YouTube’s search results or on users’ Facebook feeds, it would then become paid media; if a user shares the video on their own social channels, it would then become earned media.

What Is Earned Media?

Earned media refers to any type of social media exposure gained through word-of-mouth/recommendations/conversations about the brand. Earned media is typically acquired through owned and paid media efforts, and can include user-generated branded content (such as using branded hashtags), shared viral videos, brand mentions, positive reviews, or any other type of branded or brand sponsored media that is shared by ordinary social media users.

Earned Media Example:

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Canon encouraged ordinary social media users to share positive brand experiences on their own Instagram accounts with the hashtag #CanonExplorerOfLight (an example of earned media) for a chance to be featured on Canon’s brand account (an example of owned media).

Why Marketers Must Know The Differences Between Paid, Owned, & Earned Media:

For a brand’s marketing efforts to be completely effective, all three types of media must converge and feed into one another. Thus, it’s important to know and understand how each form of media contributes to, magnifies, and supplements the other. The Old Spice social media marketing campaign (shown below) used all three forms of media—paid media by promoting their content through influencer marketing, owned media by showcasing the Dream Runner content on their website, and earned media via social media content created by ordinary users (UGC)—to reach and engage with consumers.

For brands, owned media is the most valuable type of media because it allows companies to market directly to consumers (and control the message) without paid cost. Owned media audiences are also the most likely to be loyal fans and regularly engage with the brand, though crafting great owned media can be difficult.

Because developing a comprehensive marketing strategy requires an in-depth knowledge of how paid, owned, and earned media all interact and amplify the other, brands often partner with an advertising, or digital marketing, or influencer marketing agency that knows how to create, produce, promote, and leverage all three types of media to succinctly accomplish brand campaign goals.

Crypto Influencer Marketing Best Practices

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How To Succeed In Crypto Influencer Marketing

The global cryptocurrency market cap has reached over $2 trillion, with the US market expected to surpass $2.2 billion by 2026. The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2027, 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies are digital assets that allow pseudonymity, peer to peer purchasing, smart capabilities, and blockchain technology.

There are more than 4,000 cryptocurrencies and hundreds of companies listed as crypto exchanges, wallets, or services. More than half of the crypto market’s value is vested in altcoins, or meme-coins.

Crypto Influencer Marketing Partnerships

For many consumers the largest obstacle in cryptocurrency is education and experience in trading. For FinTech and crypto brands looking to advertise with influencers, selecting the right influencer can accelerate their audience’s willingness to learn or invest in cryptocurrency.

An experienced influencer marketing agency will build an influencer strategy that best communicates your product’s unique value proposition. Connect with an influencer expert to help your company stand out in the cryptocurrency market.

Top Crypto Influencers To Follow in 2021

1. Vitalik Buterin – 2.1M TWITTER FOLLOWERS

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Vitalik Buterin is the co-founder of Ethereum and the world’s youngest crypto billionaire. Predominantly posting on Twitter to his 2 million followers, Vitalik is one of the most active speakers in cryptocurrency.

2. BitBoy Crypto – 1.1M YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS

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One of the largest crypto influencers, Ben Armstrong, known as “BitBoy Crypto” has over 2.7 million TikTok followers and 1.14 million YouTube followers. While TikTok is Ben’s most-followed platform, he is widely recognized for his YouTube content and his community members, known as the “BitSquad”. One of his long-term sponsors is ByBit.

3. Ivan on Tech – 400K YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS 

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Ivan has been creating crypto content on YouTube since 2017. Some of his videos include “Building a Blockchain in Under 15 Minutes” and “Creating Your Own Cryptocurrency in 2021”. As one of the earliest blockchain creators, Ivan now manages his own blockchain academy.

4. The Blockchain Boy – 300K TIKTOK FOLLOWERS

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Lucas has 300,000 followers on TikTok and is a key content creator in the tight-knit #Cryptok community. “The Blockchain Boy”’s TikTok account is sponsored by Coinbase, Binance, and KuCoin. Lucas has already leveraged his fast investment fame to Discord where he hosts a community of 20,000 members.

5. CryptoWendyo – 152K TIKTOK FOLLOWERS

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Over 152,000 users tune in to Wendys’ TikTok for her daily crypto news. 70% of her TikTok followers are from the U.S. and over half of her followers are over the age of 35. Her most recent sponsorship is a crypto enthusiast networking meet-up sponsored by Blockfolio. Wendy also has affiliate links from Voyager, Celsius, and Crypto.com.

Cryptocurrency promotion has long been an area of regulatory action for social media platforms. As fraudulent scams pertaining to altcoins gain traction in 2021, we can expect there to be further regulations in the future.

While advertising regulations fluctuate across social platforms, influencer marketing remains one of the most popular strategies for cryptocurrency advertising. Partnering with a specialized influencer marketing agency can ensure blockchain/cryptocurrency companies are successful and compliant in their advertising strategies.

Crypto Influencer Marketing Examples

D’Amelio Family Pockets Crypto Wallet Sponsorship

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Regulated crypto exchange and wallet, Gemini, partnered with macro-influencers on Instagram to grow reach and awareness. Lala Anthony, Loren Gray, and Cameron Dallas were a few of the influencers chosen for the campaign indicated through the hashtag #GeminiPartner.

The D’Amelio Family scored the highest engagement rate of the campaign at 14%. While the influencers chosen were not relevant to the crypto or financial space, the campaign intentionally aimed to introduce cryptocurrency to users with little to no prior knowledge of digital assets.

DAO Maker Markets With Micro-Influencers On #Cryptok

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DAO Maker has long-term partnerships with many mid-tier and micro-influencers on TikTok like Han Dol Kim (@handolkimtt), Joshua Jake (@itzjoshuajake), and TikTok account @rivercrypto. While each influencer has under 125k followers, the creators have multiple videos mentioning DAO Maker.

Collectively, the influencers are able to boost awareness and conversion rates through their small targeted audiences. The crypto influencers also serve as conversation leaders in the comment sections of their videos, providing users with additional product education.

Crypto Influencer Marketing Do’s & Don’ts

  • Do employ authentic advertising practices to build positive brand perception.
  • Do be open minded to smaller, community specific social channels like Reddit, Twitter, Discord, and Telegram.
  • Do consider influencer activations like conferences, influencer events, and meet-ups.
  • Don’t pay influencers or talent agencies in cryptocurrency
    • To ensure front end costs are covered most influencers and talent agencies prefer traditional payment.
    • For altcoin advertisers specifically, paying influencers traditionally will help avoid the perception of a fraudulent promotion.

THE 10 BEST INFLUENCER MARKETING EXAMPLES WITH TOP INSTAGRAMMERS, TIKTOKERS, & YOUTUBERS

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FROM KENNETH COLE TO EXXONMOBIL, HERE ARE THE BEST INFLUENCER MARKETING EXAMPLES TO CHECK OUT

Instagram and YouTube are two of the biggest influencer marketing platforms in existence today. Brands of all types are harnessing these platforms—as well as emerging apps like TikTok, to create authentic sponsored content with the help of influencers. 

To demonstrate how major brands are partnering with influencers across social, we’ve analyzed ten successful influencer marketing examples across four major social channels. The influencers involved range from a comedian to a stuntman, but common among all is the use of personal flair and inventiveness to showcase brands.

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100+ Branded Hashtag Challenges: Best Examples, Tips & Trends for Marketers On TikTok

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100+ Branded Hashtag Challenges on TikTok: Campaign Tips & Analysis

As the leading short-form video platform, TikTok is singular from other platforms in its power to encourage user-generated content (UGC), generate communities, and create viral trends that go far beyond the app. Hashtags play an integral role in building these communities by grouping similar content together and allowing for new trends to emerge.

In a TikTok hashtag challenge, a user records themselves doing a specific action or ‘challenge’, inspiring the audience to complete the challenge or reinvent their own version. In this way, hashtag challenges have the ability to tap into the wildfire effect, reaching audiences far beyond the initial following of the first creator’s post.

TikTok estimates over 35% of its user base participate in hashtag challenges, which is why so many companies are sponsoring their own hashtag challenge on TikTok, (called Branded Hashtag Challenges) to build brand recognition and awareness.

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Branded Hashtag Challenges are one of the five different TikTok ad formats (listed below) marketers can choose or combine depending on their budget & campaign objectives:

  1. In-feed Ads
  2. TopView Ads
  3. Brand Takeover Ads
  4. Branded Effects
  5. Branded Hashtag Challenge

What is a Branded Hashtag Challenge?

The Branded Hashtag Challenge is the largest-scale ad format on TikTok and offers the most touchpoints for users to drive mass awareness. The two main components of a Branded Hashtag Challenge are 1) a sponsored banner on TikTok’s Discover page and 2) a sponsored challenge page. It is important to note companies can optimize their reach through additional TikTok ad offerings in combination with the Branded Hashtag Challenge (e.g. TopView ads, In-feed Ads, or a shoppable in-app experience via TikTok’s Hashtag Challenge Plus feature).

Discovery Page Banner

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This placement of the sponsored banner is considered prime real-estate on the app— requiring a minimum of $150,000, which is why Branded Hashtag Challenges are typically utilized by large, recognizable brands.

Sponsored Hashtag Challenge Page

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When a user clicks on the sponsored hashtag, it leads to the hashtag challenge page which features the brand logo, challenge description, a sponsorship disclaimer, and the ability to link to the company’s website/or a shoppable landing page.

Most companies opt to partner with popular TikTok creators to create “Official videos” that inspire UGC and drive authentic engagement. Leveraging TikTok influencers to create content for your brand’s hashtag challenge not only sets the tone for the challenge but leverages their expertise as a popular creator to drive collaboration and engagement through their loyal audience.

Keep reading to see top Branded Hashtag Challenge Examples or click below to skip to our comprehensive study:

100+ Branded Hashtag Challenges: Analysis, Findings & Campaign Results

3 Examples of Branded Hashtag Challenges on TikTok

Branded Hashtag Challenge #1: Laura Mercier ‘Sets’ a Transition Trend With #ReadySETGo

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Laura Mercier promotes their loose setting powder by creating a ‘makeover’ challenge where users showcase the product result before & after using the product itself as a video transition effect. The cosmetics brand enlisted five beauty influencers with a combined reach of 19.6 million to launch their branded hashtag challenge. #ReadySETgo has received over 8.1 billion impressions and 2,500 pieces of UGC.

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Campaign Takeaways:

  • Laura Mercier integrated their product authentically with front-of-mind placement
  • Establishing a challenge centered around community values (beauty) increased appeal to the target audience
  • The makeup brand included a product giveaway contest as part of the challenge to promote user incentive and engagement

Branded Hashtag Challenge #2: Netflix’s #What’sYourPower Envisions UGC Success

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Netflix is the most frequent advertiser of Branded Hashtag Challenges on TikTok, averaging about one campaign each month. In their #WhatsYourPower campaign, Netflix animated their challenge with an interactive Branded Effect that determined users’ superpowers. The challenge produced over 100,000 user-generated videos and included 6 influencer-created sponsored posts.

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Campaign Takeaways:

  • The challenge inspired creativity by providing users with themed choices
  • Netflix partnered with influencers across different categories (special effects, beauty, comedy, etc.) to reach different targeted audiences and maximize engagement across TikTok’s different communities
  • The challenge brought personality and life to their brand through special effects and allowed users to incorporate real-life scenarios

Branded Hashtag Challenge #3: #ASOSFashunWeek Goes Virtual

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11 fashion/lifestyle influencers created catwalk looks for the campaign and provided coupon codes within their captions. As a part of the Branded Hashtag Challenge, ASOS implemented the Hashtag Challenge Plus feature—allowing users to easily browse products directly within the app via a shoppable Explore tab. The results? Over 10,000 users posted a video using either their campaign sound or Branded Effect. Utilizing influencers, Branded Effects, coupon codes, and TikTok’s built-in shopping experience, ASOS provided multiple opportunities for audience interaction in their #ASOSFashunWeek campaign.

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Campaign Takeaways:

  • By optimizing partnerships with top influencers and TikTok’s ad solutions, ASOS created a ‘virtual runway’ where users could explore & purchase products without leaving the social media app.
  • Utilizing a ‘meme’ aspect in their branded sound increased popularity
  • ASOS chose mega-influencers on TikTok with different age/gender demographics to broaden their target audience

Campaign Results & Metrics From Analyzing Over 100 Branded Hashtag Challenges on TikTok

From July 2020 to March 2021, over 105 Branded Hashtag Challenges launched on TikTok. Analysis of these campaigns reveals average campaign metrics, influencer trends, and insights on TikTok advertiser behavior. See our findings here:

The top three most popular types of TikTok Branded Hashtag Challenges are 1) sponsored challenge, 2) contest, 3) Hashtag Challenge Plus. The average duration of a sponsored banner on TikTok’s Discovery page is 3-4 days. An average of 14 brands advertise on TikTok via a Branded Hashtag Challenge every month.

The average Branded Hashtag Challenge generates 6.1 billion views. Samsung’s #VideoSnapChallenge is the highest viewed branded hashtag challenge with over 27 billion views during the studied period.

Top 5 Highest Viewed TikTok Hashtag Challenges:

  1. Samsung: #VideoSnapChallenge, 27 billion views
  2. L’Oréal Paris, Carol’s Daughter, Urban Decay, NYX Cosmetics, and Maybelline: #LetsFaceIt, 16.9 billion views
  3. Bose: #CancelTheNoise, 13.6 billion views
  4. Cheetos: #ItWasntMe, 12.1 billion views
  5. Beats Electronics: #BeatsDaisyChallenge, 10.6 billion views

Brands Advertising On TikTok: Branded Hashtag Challenges

84% of large brands advertising on TikTok through Branded Hashtag Challenges have posted less than 100 videos on their brand’s TikTok account. This finding shows that while brands of nearly every industry are jumping to advertise on TikTok, most brands are still hesitant to commit to TikTok as an active brand channel.

In fact, 11% of brands advertising on TikTok through Branded Hashtag Challenges do not have an official user account on TikTok. Some brands include KOHLER, Marc Jacobs, Midea, Hormel Foods, and Burt’s Bees.

While most brands do not actively post a high volume of TikTok videos to their user account, two top brands Amazon Prime Video and RedBull have established branded channels on the platform. Amazon Prime Video has created over 1,800 TikTok videos, more videos than Addison Rae. RedBull is also one of the largest content-producing brands on TikTok, with over 2,540 TikTok videos.

Brand analysis finds food and beverage companies to be the most frequent industry to advertise on TikTok through Branded Hashtag Challenges. 1) Food/Bev, 2) Entertainment, 3) Beauty, 4) Fashion, and 5) Tech/CPG represent the top five brand advertiser categories.

500+ TikTok Influencer Partnerships Through Branded Hashtag Challenges

Brands typically partner with anywhere from 1-25 influencers per Branded Hashtag Challenge. The chart below shows an upward trend of companies partnering with more TikTok influencers per campaign than they were previously in 2020.

TikTok influencer Michael Le is the most common influencer brands partner with for Branded Hashtag Challenges. In the nine-month period Le created content for seven sponsored challenges:

  • Crocs: #StrapBack
  • Moncler: #MONCLERBUBBLEUP
  • Amazon: #PajamaJam
  • Apple: #AirPodsJUMP
  • American Eagle :#InMyAEJeans
  • Got Milk?: #GotMilkChallenge
  • Bliss: #ThisIsBliss

Avani and The Wilking Sisters were also high on the list as the most sought after influencers for Branded Hashtag Challenges. Each influencer participated in five campaigns from July 2020 – March 2021:

  • Avani: Marc Jacobs: #PerfectAsIAm, Amazon Prime Video: #ChemicalHearts, PacSun: #DoPacSun, Essie: #exprESSIEyourself, Fila: #UptheBeat
  • The Wilking Sisters: Marc Anthony Hair Care’s #StrictlyCurls, Amazon’s #PajamaJam, McDonald’s #HereforRMHC, #BoseAllOut for Bose, MAC Cosmetics: #MoodFlip.

Of the 530+ influencers who participated across 105 TikTok campaigns, 68% were mega-influencers, influencers with over one million followers. Mid-tier influencers (50,000 – 500,000 followers) are slightly more preferable to be chosen for partnerships in Branded Hashtag Challenges than macro-influencers (500,000 – 1,000,000 followers), with mid-tier influencers representing 16% of influencers used in Branded Hashtag Campaigns.

How Influencers & Celebrities Are Creating For Good Amid Coronavirus

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With lockdowns, shelter-in-place orders, and quarantines in effect around the world, people are confined to their homes passing the time online and on social media. Statista estimates that social media usage during the month of March rose by 32%. Coronavirus may be the first global pandemic chronicled across social media — people are looking to online news sites and social media to find updates, voice their opinions, and entertain themselves.

Many brands have already taken the initiative to launch coronavirus influencer marketing campaigns. Most have been met by positive reactions while some influencers have made headlines during the outbreak for the wrong reasons.

Many influencers are using their social presence to aid, encourage, and inspire others. We share how influencers are responding to Coronavirus and share examples of influencers who are taking the extra step by creating charitable content for social good.

3 Primary Ways Influencers Are Responding To Coronavirus

COVID-19 has caused many influencers to rethink their social content strategy and re-align sponsorships. The lockdown presents an opportunity for influencers to engage differently with their followers, have well-being and mindfulness conversations during times of adversity, and for some, use their social clout to generate donations for COVID-19 relief charities and nonprofits.

1. AMPING UP CONTENT

  • Many influencers are using their time in isolation to up their content by creating IGTV tutorials, hosting Instagram LIVEs, and posting more frequent Stories.
  • Influencers are taking the opportunity to create specific at-home tutorials including loungewear clothing hauls, DIY crafting for kids, self-care routines, etc.
  • Goodwill Content: A study shows that 88% of influencers are actively seeking ways their content can help small businesses during economic hardship.
  • Coronavirus Influencer Trends: Boredom is bringing influencers to TikTok. Many Instagram-focused influencers have created TikTok accounts in the wake of the national lockdown.
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  • Fitness influencers are energizing followers by posting at-home fitness workouts and challenges.
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2. Business As Usual

  • While nearly 50% of influencers recommend brands acknowledge COVID-19 in current campaigns, some influencers are partaking in campaigns with a “business as usual” approach.
  • The same study shows that while influencers are worried about seeming insensitive during the pandemic, they are more concerned about a lack of collaboration opportunities.
  • In a transparency effort, most “business as usual” influencers are careful to clarify any posts that include content taken before the quarantine — especially travel influencers.
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3. Social ‘Media’ Distancing

  • Some influencers are taking this period to take a social media break altogether. These influencers are welcoming the systematic downtime to escape work and also possibly avoid creator burnout.
  • While many influencers are postponing partnerships that may come across insensitive during these times, some influencers like Sina Duvinage of popular account @happygreylucky are pausing content altogether before deciding how to best serve their quarantined followers.
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How Influencers Can Continue To Adapt During Coronavirus

  • Leverage their platform(s) to share a socially positive voice
  • Utilize ‘Swipe up’ links in Instagram Stories to share health information, donation links, etc.
  • Take the time to connect with their followers without “capitalizing” on the moment

12 Influencers And Celebrities Creating For A Cause During Coronavirus

Health officials have repeatedly stated that the millennial generation is the core demographic that’s going to help stop the spread of coronavirus around the globe.

Well managed, close relationships with influencers can help companies and brands continue to deliver high-quality content during uncertain times. Influencers work as ambassadors for brands by providing valuable exposure and trust through relevant and appealing influencer content.

Here are 12 examples of influencers and celebrities using their influence to address and aid communities:

1. DR. LESLIE KEEPS KIDS SAFE ON TIKTOK

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Dr. Leslie was one of the first TikTok influencers to address the coronavirus back in January and has since grown her platform to over 560K followers. Her first coronavirus video generated over 4.2 million views and her light-hearted humor resonates with her Gen Z audience.

Dr. Leslie answers health questions, busts coronavirus myths, and incorporates TikTok challenges in her content to stay relevant and peak viewer interest.

2. COLOR ME COURTNEY PROMOTES SMALL BUSINESSES

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Macro-influencer Courtney Quinn was quick to shift her usual content to focus on COVID assistance creating a small business movement where her followers promote their favorite businesses and business owners could share the best ways to help.

Her audience praised her for her quick thinking initiative and Courtney received more than 3x the average number of comments on her post. The candid influencer known for her motivational captions also launched a #ColorMeChallenge to help her followers through quarantine.

3. TIKTOK QUARANTINE CREW TELLS BACHELOR FANS TO WASH THEIR HANDS

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Reality TV star and influencer Tyler Cameron forms TikTok supergroup @TheQuarantineCrew keeping over 560K Bachelorette fans entertained.

The crew made headlines when Hannah Brown, Tyler’s famous Bachelorette-ex joined the quarantine party fueling romance rumors. The friend group creates comical TikTok skits, many of which provide users with relevant health information.

4. BEAUTY YOUTUBER CARLI BYBEL PLAYS FANS’ MONTHLY BILLS

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Early on in the Coronavirus outbreak beauty guru Carli Bybel took to her YouTube channel to give back to her fans. In the “Get Ready With Me” video Carli announces the worldwide giveaway will have two winners, and each will have all of their bills paid for the month of April.

The contest took place on Instagram and YouTube and Carli further promoted optimism by requiring giveaway contestants to each share “a positive thing they are taking away from this scary time.”

5. DUDE WITH SIGN ADVOCATES BEST HEALTH PRACTICES WITH WHO AND INSTAGRAM

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Seth Phillips, aka dude with sign is a @fuckjerry influencer who captured America’s heart by sharing first world grovels on a cardboard sign. His simple content garners millions of likes per post and has allowed him to work with Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Bieber.

On March 16, he partnered with Instagram and the WHO to create a 6 picture post to publicize best health practices to his over 7 million followers. His blunt approach was well received with a 32% engagement rate, 12% higher than his average.

6. INFLUENCERS JOIN TV ROSTER FOR NICKELODEON LIVE! SPECIAL

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A study shows that 75% of Gen Z and Millennials want to become YouTubers when they grow up. With the line between celebrities and social media stars becoming increasingly blurred it is not a huge surprise that social media influencers account for almost one-fourth of Nickelodeon’s LIVE programming talent.

YouTubers David Dobrik and Emma Chamberlain, and TikTok stars Addison Rae, Annie Leblanc, and Charlie D’Amelio were some of the influencers included in the children’s channel event. The “#KidsTogether Nickelodeon Town Hall” sought to answer children’s questions about COVID-19, and share how kids can make an impact during the health crisis.

7. DAVID DOBRIK AND HIS VLOG SQUAD SHOCK THE INTERNET WITH CORONAVIRUS GIFTING SPREE

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The recently crowned “Favorite Male Social Star of 2020” returned to YouTube after a month break only to surprise fans with one of his biggest giveaways. The star drove around Los Angeles gifting families in need video game consoles, $10,000 checks and even cars!

David’s generous video immediately started trending worldwide on Twitter. Fellow YouTube vlogger @RyanAbe tweeted, “David Dobrik shooting $10,000 checks out of a t-shirt cannon at random people from his car is the kind of energy I needed to see in the world right now.”

5 Celebrity Influencers Rising to the Cause During Lockdown

1. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER TEAMS UP WITH TIKTOK TO FEED FAMILIES AROUND THE U.S.

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With a $3 million donation, TikTok announced a new partnership with the former governor’s charity to provide relief to families during the virus outbreak. His After-School All-Stars program was quick to modify their operations to help children and families affected by the nationwide school closures.

While the partnership may take some by surprise, TikTok has long been a fan of the Terminator. In April 2019 TikTok excitedly welcomed Mr. Schwarzenegger to the app in a newsroom post that launched the #LikeArnold trend.

2. @STASSIEBABY AND DOORDASH ENDORSE #DOYOURPARTCHALLENGE FOR @FEEDINGAMERICA

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Anastasia Karanikolaou better known as @Stassiebaby, is a celebrity influencer whose high-profile friendship with Kylie Jenner has helped her amass to near 8 million Instagram followers.

Using her platform for good, Stassie posted a video starting the #DoYourPartChallenge. The challenge has since collected over 1,082 posts and caught the attention of @doordash who eagerly assisted by gifting meals.

3. SELENA GOMEZ TAKES TIME TO SHOW FANS HOW TO HAVE #SAFEHANDS

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In a video post notably different from her usual content, Selena Gomez showed her 176 million followers how she washes her hands. The actress/singer got candid with her followers in the one-minute long video, showing she too is abiding the stay at home orders.

Her raw approach to the #SafeHands hashtag challenge was viewed more than 5.6 million times and the star tagged a chain of celebrities friends to help continue the health-conscious trend.

4. JOHN KRAZINSKI SPREADS SOME MUCH NEEDED ‘GOOD NEWS’

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John Krazinski created ‘Some Good News’ in hopes to make people smile amid the chaos of COVID-19. While the one month old channel has only 12 videos, it has raked up 2.3 subscribers with an exceptional average of 4.3 million views per video.

Synonymous with its name the channel features uplifting, positive news stories and is filled with celebrity guest appearances. Oprah, Steven Spielberg, and Martha Stewart are just a few of the big names who have virtually joined the news show.

5. KYLIE JENNER ALTERS COSMETIC OPERATIONS TO FOCUS ON CREATING HEALTHCARE NECESSITIES

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Kylie Jenner joins a posse of business owners who are switching operations to make COVID-related products in wake of the health crisis. The CEO announced that her cosmetics brand will be producing hand sanitizers to be donated to emergency and healthcare workers. The makeup mogul is just one of the many celebrities who are giving back to the community by making considerable coronavirus donations.

Case Study: EOS Lip Balm Marketing With Instagram Influencers

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The cosmetic industry has always felt most at home on Instagram, and influencer campaigns for beauty brands often bring in enviously high engagement rates. Rising beauty influencers have become the foundation of many brand campaigns, giving a much-needed personal touch to marketing. In short, they’ve become a central part of the beauty industry’s attempts to better resonate with consumers.

Instagram Influencer Marketing Case Study: EOS Lip Balm Marketing Tags Beauty & Lifestyle Influencers

In the latest EOS lip balm marketing campaign, the brand features six new additions to their Flavor Lab lip balm line. A total of 19 influencers were involved in the creation of the new flavors, with many more involved in the wider influencer campaign.

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The precautions EOS took for this campaign are worth noting—though they helped create them, the 19 influencers are not featured on the product packaging in any way; and the influencers involved were all trusted, long-term partners on EOS’s books. Perhaps wary that audiences are pushing for more transparency from beauty brands and influencers, EOS employed a strategy which was conscious of this trend.

Goals

  • Drive awareness of EOS’s six new lip balm flavors for their Flavor Lab range.
  • Drive positive engagement using a diverse roster of various influencers tiers.

Approach

  • Channel: Instagram
  • Influencers: Beauty and lifestyle influencers
    • Sample of 35 influencers: 15 micros; 6 megas; 5 mid-tiers; 5 macros; 4 nanos

Preview Of Influencers

Themes

  • Hashtags use among influencers was consistent across the campaign, with #eosgift and #eosflavorlabs the most prominent. Other hashtags included:
    • #eosproducts
    • #eosflavorlabs
    • #eosgift
    • #eosgifted
  • Each influencer shared one post in June announcing the product line launch; two influencers in our sample uploaded two posts.
  • Instagram caption varied in length; some were long while others were medium-length. The vast majority had a unique slant to them as opposed to being cut-and-copy branded messages.
  • Caption content varied with some doing giveaways, others unboxings, gifts, or standard promotions.
  • All posts were tagged with @eosproducts and #EOSFlavorLab.
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Results

Social Reach

  • Instagram followers targeted: 15,312,216

Engagement

  • Likes: 757,618
  • Comments: 17,833
  • Engagement rate: (overall average): 3.30%

Aspyn Ovard Hosts Giveaway For Customized Box

YouTuber Aspyn Ovard has the second-largest following of the influencers in our sample, with 2.2 million followers on Instagram in addition to her 3.4 million subscribers on YouTube. Ovard uploaded two posts; one was a standard promotional post more in-line with others; one was a promoting a giveaway for one of her fans to win a customized box of the whole range of lip balm products.

Ovard scored an impressive 8.39% engagement rate for the post, the highest of any one upload for the campaign. She garnered 162,869 likes and 5,016 comments. As a demonstration of how successful giveaways can be, the increase in likes between this post and her other post was 4%—for her comments it was a 1,267% increase.

Adelaine Morin Steps Her Campaign Up A Gear

Adelaine Morin is another of the six mega-influencers for the EOS lip balm marketing campaign, but wasn’t one of the 19 influencers involved in the creative process in establishing the line. Her post features her using EOS’s lip balm while cheekily posing out the window of her car.

With 83,999 likes and 8,995, she accrued an impressive engagement rate of 7.75%. It’s worth noting that the comment count was the highest of the campaign—without the added incentive for followers of a giveaway of any kind. That’s a truly significant number and a good example of an influencer who commands substantial loyalty from her fan base.

Adri Reynoso Draws Fans In With EOS Gift

Adri Reynoso is the smallest influencer of our sample—a nano-influencer—with just over 2,000 followers. Her post is more personal than many others, with the product featured next to her illustration of a lavender latte to complement the Flavor Lab flavor of the same name.

Reynoso drew 71 likes and 22 comments for an engagement rate of 4.29%, performing better than the 3.3% campaign average. It’s important to point out that the post features the tags #eosgift and #eosproducts but not the required #ad or #sponsored. Marketers should take precautions to ensure there’s no complications arising from a campaign.

Julia Fodor Serves Up Fruity Flavors

With 51,000 followers, Julia Fodor is an emerging mid-tier influencer with what would be considered a modestly substantial following. Her post consisted of her showing off three flavors of lip balm in various settings, including being served on a plate accompanied by fruit.

Despite her efforts to inject some personal creativity into her post, she only got 541 likes and 16 comments for an engagement rate of 1.09%—the lowest of the campaign. In addition, it’s worth strongly considering the inclusion of sponsorship tags to keep all the bases covered.

Takeaways

  • EOS lip balm marketing was successful in leveraging a wide variety of influencer tiers.
  • Mega-influencers performed well, with three of the six performing higher than the campaign engagement rate average.
  • Nano- and micro-influencers performed better on average (3.2%) than mid-tier and macro-influencers (2.4%).
  • Many of the influencers were long-time collaborators, with EOS likely recognizing the importance of associating the right personalities with their brand over time.