How Brands Use Influencers & Celebrity Marketing to Appeal to Gen Z

The right celebrity will forever remain an authority figure for a brand’s audience.

When the lifestyle of a celebrity ties in well with a brand, it is very simple for the average consumer to trust a brand and its message delivered by a celebrity.

Brands have been able to thrive off of millennial engagement via traditional celebrity endorsement, whether that is with a sports icon or Hollywood starlet. However, as millennials age, the focus shifts to what appeals to Generation Z: those born between 1996 and 2010.

The current 2 billion that make up Gen Z (27% of the world’s population) are the first to grow up with the internet at their fingertips. These are the individuals that trust the everyday person on social media, rather than the apparent celebrity appearance.

With an average attention span of 8 seconds, Gen Z craves transparency and instant connection to a brand. That is a large reason why Snapchat and Instagram have their highest usage from that age category.

Here are three simple influencer marketing tips to help brands thrive:

  1. Use short video clips

With Snapchat and the recent roll out of Instagram Live, it is simple for an influencer to send out a brief message to their following on a very personal level. With a brief, yet impactful influencer video, your brand can tap into an audience that will respond and trust your message.

Social media influencer Logan Paul has provided brands such as Doritos, Dunkin Donuts, Nike, and Verizon all immense success due to short video blasts. His message is concise, exciting, and immediately grabs the audience’s attention without having to stop for brand recognition. Brand recognition becomes instantaneous, because the videos are lively and provide a direct viewer appeal.

Visual content will always remain more appealing than simple text, especially with Gen Z.

  1. Ensure your brands message aligns with influencer personality

Unlike any other portion of social media users, Gen Z has an innate desire for a personalized experience with a brand. That is why the influencer market is so vast. Young people can immediately associate an influencer with an experience they have had or desire to accomplish.

Therefore, your brand’s message must directly align with the influencer chosen. The influencer doesn’t have to be colossal to have peak brand appeal. Micro-influencers, or those who have a niche in the influencer market, will play an integral role for developing brands in 2017.

These individuals are cheap, can instill immediate trust with Gen Z, and can successfully reinforce the niche appeal of certain brands. When a micro-influencer’s niche can match that of a brand, success is imminent.

  1. Store creative trust in the influencer

An influencer is an influencer for a reason. They either have an interesting quirk, style, or persona that appeals to a massive social audience. Brands will have to relinquish a lot of creative control and allow the influencer to take over.

It may be daunting for creatives to accept, but it’s a reality of influencer marketing. After all, it is the creativity of the influencer that granted their widespread appeal and the brand’s interest in the first place.

The more a brand trusts its influencer, the more the consumer will trust the given brand.

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Celebrity Marketing: Changes for Pages on Facebook Offers New Opportunities for Businesses

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Facebook has been improving its site to make it easier for marketers to reach their consumers.

Since 2007 Facebook has allowed marketers to create their own profiles and over 45 million businesses have them, according to Facebook. But since 2012, Facebook has not made any major updates to marketer’s profiles.

Creating a Facebook page can be very beneficial to companies. According to Facebook, over 1 billion people look at least one Facebook page a month, while the number of people writing to businesses through their pages nearly doubles every year.

One way to attract consumers to business’s page is with the use of celebrities. Facebook has a huge celebrity presence. Many celebrities have fan pages that users can “like”. A celebrity’s pages are a way they can communicate with their fans, talk about upcoming projects, and post pictures. Because of a celebrity’s impact on Facebook, pages that feature celebrities are more likely to be looked at. It is a good idea for businesses to have a celebrity post the link to the business page on their own page. That way businesses can reach new consumers through the celebrities fan base.

One thing businesses need to be wary about before investing time into Facebook pages is the demographic they are trying to reach. A recent study by Business Insider Intelligence showed that teens still use Facebook but they no longer see it as “the most important social network“.  Instead,Instagram has taken this spot. So, if consumers are younger, Instagram might be the better choice for businesses.

5 things you need to know about the Facebook updates:

  1. Facebook is handing out “very responsive badges” for companies that respond to 90% of the messages they receive within 5 minutes. This will help consumers know which companies will respond to their comments and it also shows what businesses really care about your consumers.
  2. Pages can set up e-Commerce shops through Shopify software so that companies can sell directly from their page. Facebook will not take a cut of the profit or limit how many products can be included.
  3. Pages can list the specific services the business provides.
  4. There will be the option to have links on top of the pages that allow consumers to call or message the business.
  5. To make pages more mobile user friendly, there will be tabs on the top of pages where people can go to specific sections instead of having to scroll through the entire page.

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Digital Celebrities Pull Millennials Away From Movies and Television for Celebrity Marketing

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4 reasons to book a digital celebrity for your next marketing campaign.

Knowing which celebrity appeals to your demographic can make or break a campaign. If the celebrity isn’t highly recognizable or influential then they’re not the right person for the brand. So, who are the right celebrities for millennials? You may automatically think Emma Stone or Bradley Cooper, but think again. Digital celebrities, such as Youtube stars, may be a better spokesperson for your brand.

Traditional TV viewership by 18-24 year-olds has dropped about 32 percent from 2011 to 2015, according to a study by Nielsen and analyzed by MarketingCharts. That decrease in TV viewers has resulted in an increase in social media users. Viewers ages 13-24 watch an average of 11.3 hours of “free” online video content per week compared to 8.3 hours of regularly scheduled TV, according to a 2014 study by Defy Media.

Here are 4 reasons why millennials admire digital celebrities and why the online celebrities are a better option for certain brands:

Digital celebrities are more relatable: According to the Defy Media study, 67 percent of millennials stated digital outlets deliver content they can relate to versus 41 percent for TV. Viewers get a look in to the everyday lives and personalities of digital stars; they see where they live, meet their families, and learn their hobbies. This makes digital stars less distant and more personable than celebrities that are only seen on the big screen.

Digital celebrities are more accessible: You can’t really take a quick break to watch an entire movie but you can for a six second video. With over 85 percent of millennials owning smartphones (Nielson), it is incredibly easy for social media celebrities to have their work reach a large number of viewers. The celebrities themselves also become more approachable than traditional celebrities by sharing authentic content on platforms with user interaction.

Digital content is basically free: You don’t need a monthly subscription to Netflix, movie pass, or ITunes gift card to enjoy these celebrities’ work; all you need is a computer or smartphone. Digital stars shine on social media platforms, such as Youtube, Instagram, or Pinterest, which are all free to use.

Digital celebrities have greater influence: If millennials are more frequently exposed to digital celebrities’ content and feel as though they genuinely connect to their personalities, the celebrities are more trustworthy and believable. In fact, the Defy Media study found that 63 percent of all respondents said they would try a product or brand recommended by a YouTube personality, while only 48 percent stated that TV and movie star powers had influence, regardless of age.

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Celebrity Marketing: Adding An Athlete Can Improve Your Brand’s Bottom Line

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Three interesting facts and tips about athletes and endorsements

Choosing the right one

Choosing an athlete for your brand is one of the more difficult parts of celebrity marketing.  Brands look for different characteristics in athletes both on and off the field.  On the field characteristics generally speak for themselves; anything to do with skill level, performance, potential ability, or style of play all help brands make a decision on which athlete they want to use for their campaign.  As a result many brands look to sign players with the potential to become the next superstar.  For example, Steph Curry signed a variety of deals with multiple brands as he started to emerge as an NBA talent. Then, in 2015, Curry won the MVP and the NBA Finals, making him infinitely more valuable to brands.  The brands who signed him prior to his breakout season benefited immensely from this.

Another important aspect to consider when signing athletes to deals is their off the field qualities.  Things like their personality or charisma, how well they interact with fans, their looks, and their background are all important.  A good example is David Beckham, who ticks off all the good measurables from that list. Combined with the fact that he is a world class player it is no wonder Beckham is such a sought after name in the advertising industry.

Finally, it is important to consider how the athlete is viewed by the targeted audience. Ensuring that the sport is popular in the campaign’s region and making sure the demographic in question likes the team the athlete plays for are both important things to consider when choosing an athlete.

Adds 4% to sales

Athletes can bring plenty to the table in terms of success. A study by Harvard Business School concluded that athletes bring in up to 4% more in sales than other celebrities.  This number may sound relatively small but it translates to gains of over 10 million dollars annually.  In addition, this study also concluded that an athlete’s performance over time goes hand in hand with sales.  For example, if a player wins a championship, the amount they bring in for the exact same promotion or ad rises.

How much the athletes make

A contributing factor in signing an athlete to a brand is the endorsement money.  This is one area that athletes are especially keen on.  This is because endorsements tend to make athletes much more money than their typical salary.  According to a study by Forbes, LeBron James makes 53 million dollars from endorsements, compared to only 19 million from his salary and winnings.

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How to Target In-Demand Celebrities Who Match Gifting Goals for Celebrity Marketing

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Four strategies to increase celebrity gifting results.

Gifting is the act of giving a brand’s products to high-profile, trend setting celebrities. The goal is for the celebrity to be seen with the gift, increasing brand awareness. This celebrity marketing tactic works best when there is either coverage of the celebrity using the product or when the celebrity talks about the gift with friends and news of it spreads through word-of-mouth.

The best way to ensure that celebrity gifting will have the desired effect is to identify your marketing goals and know what it takes to achieve them.

Here are four general objectives of celebrity gifting and strategies to help reach them:

Social Posts: If your goal of gifting is for the celebrity to take a picture or write a post about the gift, the best approach is to send gifts to celebrities within your budget or to those who will be most likely to sincerely enjoy the gift. Unfortunately, as social media has evolved, celebrities now expect to be paid for posts about gifts. The only time compensation is not needed is when the celebrity loves the product and has been using it a long time. Even then, some celebrities still ask for money.

Get it in the hands of influencers: Use the most direct line you have to the celebrity, whether that is their home or publicist’s address, to guarantee they will personally see the gift. As trend setters, just getting gifts in the hands of people with influence can have a big impact. Celebrities who truly like and/or use your product are much more likely to talk about it within their circle of friends and put the word out in interviews or on social media.

Make a brand image/statement: gift BIG. In order to make an impression on both the celebrity and the public, put together gifts that are bigger than life. Personal, creative and extravagant gifts will stand out to celebrities among the loads of other gifts they receive. With a unique gift, they will be more inclined to both talk about it with friends as well as post about it on their social media pages.

Get a picture placed in a publication: As explained in a previous post, set-up shots are pictures taken that look “real” but are actually coordinated on behalf of the brand. In order to create a good set-up shot, and have it appear in a publication, it is best to hire a specialized photographer who has expertise about which celebrities look good in the media right now and ones who can virtually guarantee a placement.

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Celebrity Marketing: How to Target a Specific Market Using Social Media

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Celebrities who appeal to different age groups are changing almost as fast as social media evolves.

When using social media for marketing, it is important to know demographics of each platform.  For example, if if a brand is using a vlogger in their early 20s or late teens, it would be wiser to have them promote a product on Snapchat than promote on Google+.  According to Statista, 28.5% of Snapchat users fall into the 18-24 age range, while only 13.3% of Google+ users do.

18-24 – Ideal celebrities for this market are ones that have a large following of younger people.  Taylor Swift did a post on Tumblr asking why Apple’s new music program had a free period where artists were not paid.  This post gained over 89,000 likes and produced an outcry from 18-24 year olds in Swift’s favor.  In terms of platforms, her demographic frequently uses Snapchat (28.5% of the app’s users) and Tumblr (25.7% of the app’s users).  Facebook still commands the most users of any social media platform. The platform has simply transformed into a much broader mix of ages, ceding much of its former power to newer apps.

25-34 – This age group is arguably the most marketable of all.  Influencers who typically post pictures on Instagram or Pinterest would be ideal for this demographic; such as interior designers, fashion designers, or foodies like Martha Stewart. This demographic falls in the range of about 20-25% of users on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  This group’s difference over others is it makes up more Pinterest users that the other age brackets.

35-44 – This demographic has a noticeable drop off in the amount of users on all social media platforms.  However, 35-44 year olds make up the majority of users on LinkedIn, and are only 3% behind the 25-34 age group on Twitter.  They also have a strong presence in Google+. Although the 35-44 age group may not have an extremely large audience on Twitter, they have enough of a presence for the celebrity’s message to get across effectively. (For example – Larry King)

45+ – There is a large shift in the amount of users with each platform with this age group.  The top three in order are Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest.  An example of an influencer on Facebook and LinkedIn is Bill Gates, who is older and can connect better with this demographic.  For companies targeting people of this age or higher on social media, a good bet would be to promote their product through Facebook and LinkedIn.

For a more detailed look at social media demographics, check out these survey results from the Pew Research Center.

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Celebrity Marketing: How to Successfully Promote Your Brand Using Pinterest

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A staggering 87% of people surveyed said Pinterest engagement helped them decide what product to purchase.

Pinterest is a fast growing social media site that allows users to create their own virtual “pin boards” on which they can post photos and share with followers and Pinterest users.  Over the past few years, Pinterest has taken off and become one of the most popular social media sites, only behind Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Here are three ways brands can work with celebrities:

Working with popular celebrities:  Along with posting content on their own pages, brands can enlist the help of celebrities to promote their products.  Ellen DeGeneres is a good example.  With nearly 435,000 followers on Pinterest, her boards get many views, making her a good option to promote products.  One of her boards is “Ellen’s Gift Ideas” where she identifies products that make good gifts.  Each post includes a picture of the product and the brand that sells it; often linking back to the brand’s website.

Linking back to brands:  Diane Keaton’s posts include links back to brand homepages.  While she does not typically promote a brand with her posts, every few images do have a link.  She posts her thoughts on the product showing people who view the board she cares and vouches for it.  Her posts generally receive from 20 to 90 “re-pins” or shares from other users, which further extends the number of views the product and its website receive.

Promoting blogs:  Celebrities do not always promote brands, however, some like Jessica Alba, promote fashion blogs. For example, Style.com or other similar websites do not sell goods but instead make money from page traffic.  These blogs often show off products that are gifted to them by various companies, helping those brands as celebrities re-direct potential customers to various blogs.Pinterest chart

From a marketing standpoint, there is a lot of potential and opportunity for brands to create their own boards and promote their products in a visually appealing manner.  Having a Pinterest page as a brand opens up more ways to market products by being able to organize and display campaign visuals, as a result, drawing more customers to the brand’s main website.

Although Pinterest is fairly young compared to Facebook and Twitter, it has recently taken a big step in becoming one of the more influential social media sites out there today.  Pinterest is already a huge influencer on buying according to a Millward Brown study and a “Buy” button grows its potential.  With this new addition to the site, expect to see more brands utilizing Pinterest to sell their own goods along with celebrities promoting those products.

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