An Influencer’s 5 Influencer Marketing Rules: Insights From Millennial 20/20

YouTuber Alfie Deyes is one of the original online influencers—and he shared all his thoughts on working with brands at Millennial 20/20 London…

This month, we spent two days at Millennial 20/20 London, learning from brands and startups reaching Millennials and Gen Z—and the topic of influencers came up again and again. From panels on user generated content to successful retail marketing, to say it was a hot topic is putting it lightly. But we also got the rare opportunity to hear from the influencers themselves—including a Q&A with Alfie Deyes that pulled back the curtain on how influencers really feel about influencer marketing.

If you haven’t heard of Alfie Deyes, you haven’t been paying attention to the world of YouTube fame. Deyes has been posting a daily video of his life nearly every day since 2009, amassing over 5.5 million subscribers to his channel PointlessBlog, and almost 4 million to his channel PointlessBlogVlog where videos receive millions upon millions of views. Did we mention he’s also got two bestselling books, over 4 million Twitter followers, a clothing line, a third YouTube channel, and that he’s one half of Zalfie, the most famous vlogging couple around? Deyes is one of the original YouTube influencers, and has turned his video-posting hobby into an empire in the eight years since he started. As he tells it, “When I started in 2009, YouTube, social media, there was no job – no one earned money from doing this. It being my job now, and all these cool opportunities, I never dreamt any of this would be possible. Right now I’m living a life I never thought I would be able to live.” Of course, as a successful OG YouTuber, he’s no stranger to influencer marketing, and at Millennial 20/20 London, he gave the audience an unfiltered look at how he feels about working…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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