Influencer Marketing

J.C. Hutchins on Winfluence

Podcasting’s First Big Hit Made an Influencer a Published Author

When you get down to the core of what an online influencer is, these are people who leverage self-publishing tools like blogs, social networks, photo and video sharing sites to create content. Those that create compelling content or engage an audience of people around that content, or both, accumulate a following of people they have …

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HypeAuditor on a Laptop

HypeAuditor Responds to Misleading Use in Fake Famous

Influencer marketing analytics company HypeAuditor contacted me Friday night to offer a response to Fake Famous director Nick Bilton’s use of its software in the documentary. Bilton runs his fake follower-driven influencer Dominique Druckman through an unnamed software—clearly HypeAuditor to anyone who knows the interface—and makes fun of her 66 (out of 100) score, implying …

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Ted Wright on Winfluence

Is Influencer Marketing Word of Mouth or Not?

Word of Mouth has been called the holy grail of marketing. Some of the world’s best marketing case studies center around brands with great word of mouth, or WOM programs. The Harley Davidson Owners Group, Maker’s Mark Ambassadors, Fiskars Scissors, Pabst Blue Ribbon’s hip resurgence—all classic Word of Mouth case studies.  But Word of Mouth …

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SAG-AFTRA Opens Doors to Unionization of Influencers

The influencer world just became significantly more legit as SAG-AFTRA unveiled a plan to allow anyone who is paid to advertise products via their individual social media platforms to be covered by the union. The qualification puts Instagrammers, YouTubers and TikTok-ers in the same union and professional qualification as screen actors and television and radio …

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Carusele's Jim Tobin & Erin Ledbetter on Winfluence

How Carusele Innovates & Drives Performance-Based Influence Marketing

It’s hard to dig deep into social media marketing or influencer marketing and not come across the name Jim Tobin. He started one of the first social media agencies at Ignite Social Media in 2007. When he saw influence marketing becoming its own thing, he launched a second firm called Carusele which helps brands and …

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Nick Bilton on Winfluence

Does Fake Famous Miss the Boat on Influencers?

Nick Bilton‘s HBO documentary Fake Famous portrays influencers as superficial, purposeless and purveyors of staging their lives, followings and engagement. The film is compelling and certainly exposes the worst practices of social media influencers trying to just create fame. But it leaves out the rest of influencers, I would argue most of them, that build …

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Targeting Customer Acquisition - A Dartboard

Most Brands Overlook The Best Acquisition Strategy for Influence Marketing

If your company sells beauty products, you probably have a nice list of beauty influencers you work with. If you sell a food or beverage product, your influencer list is probably full of people who write or post about food and beverage. If you sell sneakers, your influencers are shoe enthusiasts and so-on. Can you …

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Media Trust Gap - Trust

New Data Illustrates the Media Trust Gap and Opportunity for Influencers

In the early chapters of Winfluence – Reframing Influencer Marketing to Ignite Your Brand, I cite the Edelman Trust Barometer a few times. It is important in a published book to establish some factual basis for the argument you’re making, or the topic you’re covering. I pointed to a combination of studies, including Edeman’s annual …

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