Influencer marketing’s indecent proposals

Recent ‘fake’ engagements by influencers show context collapse and authenticity as performance art. So, it appears that fashion influencer, Marissa Casey Fuchs pimped out her wedding proposal to the highest brand bidder. Or, at least, her fiance Gabriel Grossman did. How do we know? The pitch deck for the ‘campaign’ has surfaced. It became the focus of yet another, …

Love Island Contestants: Faking it till they make it?

‘It is what it is’ has become this year’s Love Island soundbite. But when it comes to the contestants’ social media following, perhaps all is not what it seems, according to new research. An investigation by Instagram influencer marketing service, Takumi, has exposed significant numbers of fake followers on the contestants’ profiles. Using AI powered …

How to protect brand and content promoted by Influencers

Influencers, bloggers, PR companies, communication agencies and brands create online content to create buzz and increase knowledge around a product or service. But how do you ensure regulatorily compliant content, protect content and make sure you own it? And even if getting attention is the aim, what can be done when the attention is negative …

Why PR should lead (not own) influencer marketing

As influencer marketing matures it needs better leadership not ownership by any one creative industry. PR has a core role to play in helping lead the discipline. Influencer marketing is forecast to be worth up to $10bn next year. So says MediaKix’s well-worn forecast trotted out in countless articles and keynote speeches. Last year $5bn …

Why we need to manage our news consumption

By Gemma Storey, Reuters has found that 35% of British people deliberately avoid seeing, reading or hearing the news (with many citing a range of emotions over Brexit as the motivator behind their avoidance). Fifty-eight per cent of people surveyed said that they avoided the news because it had a negative effect on their mood, and …

Phone-based video editing: More bang for your buck

Video editing on your phone has never been easier – or more sophisticated. Two of my favourite on-phone editors have just had significant upgrades, potentially making life more cushty for all of us and, increasingly, rivalling the functionality of high-level desktop editing software. Starting out: iMovie iMovie for IOS is free from Apple and superbly …

Influencer marketing after Instagram

Are there long-term downsides to Creator accounts, Checkout, and branded content ads? What are the alternative approaches and platforms? Instagram is the current powerhouse platform for B2C influencer marketers. The image-led platform boasts a billion monthly active users.There are 500 million daily active Stories users. Sixty per cent of users  seek out and discover new products on …

Depressed and depressing: the state of UK news media

There’s not much good news for UK media in the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2019. The UK is suffering from news fatigue. Media coverage of Brexit is impacting the mood of the nation according to Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2019. You can download a copy of the report by following this link. More …

New Instagram feature brings maturity to influencer marketing

Instagram’s new functionality will allow brands to turn influencer posts into ads, and it’s something we’ve all been waiting for. By William Soulier, Instagram has launched a tool that will let brands make influencer posts appear as if they are ads with the intention that they will reach a bigger audience. Up until recently, brands who paid …