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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Quote of the Day: “Most social media is an echo-chamber for immaturity.”—Male, 30, MD

Violent video games don’t cause violent behavior, according to “one of the most definitive [studies] to date.” At a time when several states are considering tacking on extra taxes to violent video games, the Oxford Internet Institute’s study found that playing content considered violent did not cause 14-15-year-olds in the U.K. to act more aggressively. The study’s co-author says that previous studies have been influenced by “researcher biases” that led to studies that gave “undue weight to the moral panic surrounding video games.” (GamesIndustry.biz)

A new rosé brand is winning over Millennials with its Instagrammable bottle. The Wonderful Company, known for brands like Fiji Water and Pistachios, brought a new wine brand to market just in time for Valentine’s Day—and it’s already outselling their other labels. JNSQ (an acronym for the French phrase “je ne sais quoi”) sells rosé and sauvignon blanc that come in glass containers designed to look like retro perfume bottles. Influencers and a national marketing campaign helped propel the brand. (Adweek)

Minecraft for mobile made more money than ever in 2018. According to Sensor Tower, the gaming sensation’s mobile version raked in $110 million last year, rising 7% from last year. In addition, 48% of that revenue came from the U.S., followed by just 6.6% from Great Britain. All eyes may be on Fortnite, but the Minecraft Effect still has a hold on young gamers, and Gen Z & Millennials still rank the game as one of their favorites. (Venture Beat)

Nostalgic Millennials can soon set sail on a Golden Girls-themed cruise. The experiential, adults-only cruise will include themed activities like a “One Night in St. Olaf Dance Party,” a game of Ugel and Flugel, and a costume contest for fans dressed up as the main characters. There will also be plenty of trivia, bingo, and cheesecake on this five-night experience aboard the Celebrity Infinity. This isn’t the only cruise ship catering to adults recently; Virgin’s first cruise ship is 18-and-up-only and even has a tattoo parlor on board. (People)

Daquan, the meme account with 12 million followers, is teaming up with All Def Media for a slate of original content. The premium videos will signal a departure from what Daquan is known for: gritty, homemade content that ranges like blurry SpongeBob SquarePants screenshots transformed into memes via clever captions. The new videos will debut across All Def Media and Daquan’s social channels, which include Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, IGTV, and YouTube. (Tubefilter)

Quote of the Day: “I think social media can bring light to issues that are of importance such as animal rescue and environmental awareness.”—Female, 22, MI
 

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