CMA probe to ‘name and shame’ celebrities in breach of influencer guidelines

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an investigation into whether celebrities and influencers on social media are making paid promotions sufficiently clear.

Guidelines enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) require influencers, who can have millions of followers, to clearly disclose commissioned or incentivised posts with tags such as ‘#ad’ or ‘#sponsored’. As part of the investigation, the CMA has contacted a large number of influencers -...

Twitch-based influencer marketing platform PowerSpike lands $500K as esports boom

Do the names shroud, tfue, dakotaz and ninja sound familiar?

Probably not, but they are some of the top 10 most-watched gamers on the Amazon-owned live-stream platform Twitch, and together they racked up over 10m in viewing hours in just the first week of this month.  

Ninja in particular - a self-titled “professional Battle Royale player” - accounted for 4.8m of those hours alone, and recently surpassed landmark 10m Twitch followers who currently...

12% of UK Instagram influencers are still buying fake followers

Despite surging popularity in the emerging marketing channel, it seems a large chunk of influencers still refuse to play by the book in order to make a quick buck.

A study by independent campaign measurement firm CampaignDeus found 12% of UK influencers to have bought fake Instagram followers in the first six months of 2018. The findings were based on analysis of nearly 700,000 posts, identifying ‘bot-buyers’ by those with low UK followings, inexplicable jumps in follower count and subpar...

By Mark Jones, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Influencer Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How to let influencer marketing ease the death of display ads

What do shag carpets, landlines, and display advertising all have in common? The heyday for each has long since passed. And in the case of display ads, a shiny and new alternative — one that blends word-of-mouth buzz with high frequency — has emerged: influencer marketing.

It’s easy to understand why influencers have more reach than website banners or YouTube adverts. Our company did a joint study with Nielsen on consumer conduct, and we found that

Can the year of the influencer thrive through National Day campaigns?

With Mother’s Day and Easter disappearing into the distance for another year, many brands will be analysing the performance of their themed marketing campaigns. This year, there is even more of a compelling argument to include influencers in this strategy.

The 2017 festive season saw around half of young people purchase products promoted by popular influencers on social media - no wonder 2018 has been dubbed ‘The Year Of The Influencer’. With Father’s Day not far behind, brands...

By Aaron Brooks, 16 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience, Influencer Marketing.

The three priority tasks of the Chief Influence Officer for 2018 and beyond

2017 has seen a systemic change in influencer marketing. Innovative brands such as Nissan UK have integrated influencer marketing throughout the customer journey, making it an integral part of their marketing and communication strategies.

Other organisations have moved from experimentation to transformation, now acknowledging how influencer marketing is transforming workflows, processes and expertise across multiple...

Tapping into the power and influence of online reviews

Every day we make simple and complex decisions. There are a lot of factors that go into our decision-making process. Some factors are very clear, others are subtler.

Take a moment to think about the last time you made a big purchase – a new computer, a winter coat, or an all-inclusive holiday package. To start your purchase journey, you probably checked out a brand’s digital channels: a website, a Facebook page or a blog. While there, you might have quickly posted something to your own social...

By Dayle Hall, 09 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Experience, Influencer Marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Marketing an ICO: cryptocurrencies, influencers and indaHash

The term ‘ICO’ or initial coin offering burst into the collective consciousness in a big way in 2017. The funding strategy went from being a novel idea thought up in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space to a way for companies to raise millions of dollars in a matter of hours.  

With the money raised through ICOs in the last year rocketing to over

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Instagram cements its place as an influencer marketing hotspot in 2017

 

Influencer marketing really came into vogue in 2017. While the principle of utilising famous people to sell your products is nothing new, the concept has undergone a major evolution in the last few years as it merged with social media.

Instagram has positioned itself right at the heart of this growing section of digital marketing. As a mainly picture-based network with around 800 million users (as of September 2017),...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 16 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The many faces of beauty influence

The Beauty sector is probably one of the most dramatically impacted by the surge of social media influencers.

From “Mega-Influencers” such as Zoella and her 43M audience who have become celebrities in their own rights all the way to the thousands of young women who have built a following of a few tens of thousands, we estimate that there are around 25,000 beauty influencers in the US alone.

Despite such a plethora of choice, we were very surprised to see very different brands, targeting very...

By Nicolas Chabot, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Half of young Britons purchased influencer-promoted products in 2017

Influencer marketing campaigns have proved to be an effective strategy in 2017, with over half of young adults in the UK purchasing an item that has been promoted by an influencer.

New research by affiliate network affilinet polled 2,293 UK adults aged 18-30 on what they thought had most affected their purchasing decisions over the last 12 months. The results show that young consumers are more likely to look to YouTubers, bloggers and other influencers as sources of purchase information.

63% of those surveyed...

Millennials, culture and brands: an interview with Amplify’s Krupali Cescau

Millennials – those who have come of age in a period of vast technological change – are a sought-after group among marketers. They are internet savvy, smartphone-wielding and eager to establish themselves as valued workers and prospective property owners.

They are also not a single, uniform entity.

For marketers, who already have a habit of pigeonholing people into conceptually neat categories, the need to acquire as much user data as possible has made understanding what makes young consumers tick...

What does the Twitter character-limit increase mean for influencer marketing?

Twitter is currently in the process of rolling out a doubling of the 140 character limit that has defined it since its launch.

“We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming,” said Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen.

The issue of ‘cramming’ effects al languages aside from Japanese, Chinese and Korean, where it is possible to convey more...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

10 ways your influencer marketing strategy could fail

With YouGov estimating that 47% of online consumers in the 18-24 age demographic are now using ad blockers, influencer marketing can be seen as a silver bullet to circumvent the murky world of digital display ads.

According to a recent survey by Linqia, 94% of those who have used the strategy believe it to be effective, yet 43% of companies report being only in the experimental stages.

With so many brands apparently experimenting, we’re bound to see (and often enjoy) a few hiccups with their efforts....

By William Soulier, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Fake followers and the influencer marketing ecosystem

In the world of influencer marketing, the number of followers or subscribers an individual has is a key metric.

For companies that look to connect influencers to brands, the number of people that an influencer can reach is an important part of the initial pitch. Even if there is no guarantee that a brand’s message will connect with said audience, having a lot of followers at least means that a certain amount of people is going to see it.

But what if a proportion of those followers are fake?

The issue bubbles up into...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Surviving the influencer marketing gold rush: 6 lessons from B2B tech marketers

Influencer marketing has become top of mind for every CMO. But while the road to success seems clearly paved for consumer-facing brands, many B2B organizations are struggling to formulate a framework to adopt influencer marketing in a meaningful way.

Since I wrote Return on Influence in 2012, the practice of influencer marketing has evolved significantly.

Many of the early adopters from five years ago having grown into mature, sophisticated influencer marketing programs.

B2B marketing is at a crossroads

Yet,...

By Mark Schaefer, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Influencer marketing - is the hype justified?

Influencer marketing is one of 2017’s hottest topics, and one of the fastest growing segments in marketing.

It has been proven that influencer marketing offers a much higher return than conventional media channels. This does not come as a surprise though, as the new stars of social media, the so-called influencers, have an important impact on the purchasing decisions of their followers.

Their loyal community of fans trusts the recommendations of their idols. Influencer marketing done right benefits from...

By Jan Homann, 13 June 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Women rule the world of social influence

In the emerging world of influencer marketing women tend to hold more sway then their male counterparts.

In fact, according to a global survey of over 2,000 digital influencers by IndaHash, it is a certain kind of woman that rules the social media influencer roost.

68% of social media influencers are female. To put this in context, a City University London study found that 55% of UK...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Working with influencers: monetizing social dialogue

At one time, TV was advertising's golden child in reaching the masses. You would create a commercial, hold the door open, and welcome consumers as they came to you.

But that was then.

Today, your customers (especially Millennials) crave two-way brand interactions. If you want to generate organic conversations around your brand, discover influencer marketing.

People and Their Secrets

We all love a good secret, which is why “Hey, have you heard about this?” gets our attention.

We eagerly bend forward and...

By Justin Rezvani, 13 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.