4 New Kinds Of Influencers That Brands Should Know

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

Some new types of influencers are catching young consumers' attention, meaning they're sure to attract ad dollars from companies that wants to reach the coveted demo. Here are four kinds to keep an eye on...

Influencers are having a very real impact on purchases and purchase intent. According to our recent survey on the topic, 43% of 13-36-year-olds say that if their favorite online celebrity were to recommend a product, they would be more likely to buy it. And even more importantly, 42% have already purchased something that an online celebrity (blogger, vlogger, YouTuber, Instagrammer, etc.) has spoken about or recommended.

According to Lyst, what influencers wear has a direct effect on fashion brands' web traffic. When Selena Gomez wore a red Vetements tracksuit, searches for the luxury streetwear brand spiked 410%. Meanwhile, one Off White look from Rihanna prompted searches for the brand to rise 370% with the specific blouse she wore garnering over 3,000 views within two days. The trend continues across the industry, showing how important the Influencer Effect is for fashion brands. The impact, and tough competition, has encouraged even bigger traditional brands to jump on the trend. Under mounting pressure from Amazon, Walmart is leveraging the Influencer Effect to win over young consumers. Digiday reports that since June, Walmart has had 30 influencer partnerships with brands like Mondelez and Bigelow, creating product pages featuring online creators like Nicole Weisman and Atsuna Matsui. Walmart is also working to bring embedded buy buttons to influencer’s blogs, and so far, 15 blogs (including The Craft Patch and The Color Palette) have integrated the feature into their posts.

Now that the big brands are on board, what’s next? Well, for one thing, platforms and agencies that…

 
 

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Amazon wants to steal away YouTube creators to bolster their own platform, Twitch. They’re reportedly offering multi-million dollar deals to influencers ranging from Gigi Gorgeous to Will Smith, hoping their large followings will follow them off of YouTube. So far, Twitch has 15 million daily users compared to YouTube’s 1.9 billion but Twitch’s SVP promises “a steady drumbeat of lots of new content.” They’re also reportedly looking to double their ad revenue in the next year, and their foothold on video games like Fortnite is sure to help. (Bloomberg)

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