While Snapchat’s redesign has caused a fierce resistance among its user base—prompting an online petition with 1.2 million signatures asking Snap, Inc. to revert to the original design—creators and brands are poised to benefit from the facelift. Over the last month, the platform has rolled out a suite of analytics, started growing an e-commerce platform and opened up its advertising API while offering new advertisers free credits to give Snapchat a test drive.
Marvel’s long-awaited “Black Panther” has already shattered box-office pre-sale records and is shaping up to be the most successful movie with an almost all-black cast ever released. But the source comic book was not always as infused with such resonant ideas about racial identity, class and power. Here’s a look at the influencers who helped reframe Black Panther’s brand and identity as a powerful avatar for black representation on the big screen.
About nine months ago, sisters Alison Goldstein Lebovitz and Amanda Goldstein Marks were on the phone, cracking each other up, when they realized their conversations might make a good podcast. The ensuing Sis & Tell podcast has won a lot of fans—and grown the sisters’ personal brands—in a short time due to its intimacy, authenticity and humor. Here, the sisters provide a few tips they’ve learned along the way for brands and individuals looking to launch a podcast.
Influencer marketing is a young discipline and the rules of play are still in flux. While it can be a challenge just to identify the right brand ambassadors, the importance of the vetting process—and the involvement of your brand’s legal department—can’t be overstated. We recently sat down with Kara Hendrick, manager of global digital strategy for Velcro Companies, to let us in the “loop” about how she handles influencers—and why her company’s legal department is an essential partner.
How do you engage consumers about holding on to their clothes longer and donating instead of discarding garments? Oh, and you need to work in detergent, body wash and deodorant brands? Unilever had an idea earlier this month and it resulted in a 28-foot-high dress made of old clothes. Honest.
Are #MeToo moments part of a movement, or have they become a marketing tactic? To many, the Jan. 28 Grammy Awards fell short of the former, paying lip service to the women of #MeToo and #TimesUp without making a real statement. Most of the night’s award winners were men, with female performers like SZA—who was nominated for five awards—losing to the likes of The Weeknd and Bruno Mars.
While influencers are, by definition, solo acts, working with a few influencers on a single campaign is a lot like a team sport. Different players have their roles and everyone adds something special to help the team win. Here are five steps for brands to follow when assembling a successful influencer team.
It’s easy to get distracted by the flash if not the substance of the yearly consumer electronics show known as CES. This year’s edition was every bit as gaudy as those of past years, even without the lights on. The question, however, is what all the gadgets and promises of revolutionary capabilities mean for communicators? David Wolpert, social media manager at Bell Helicopter, offers some thoughts.
You’ll find few people who like ads interrupting their social media experience. Still, content costs and really good content costs even more, so ads are necessary. A new study from university researchers shows far more sites than originally thought are using anti-ad-blocking measures.
Many brands claim to have adopted a cause. While more consumers are becoming loyal to brands that make commitments to social causes, some view this popular form of philanthropy with skepticism. Brandy Gamoning, marketing director for NestFresh Eggs, provides tips that will help you meet this challenge with communications efforts that will raise the authenticity of your cause marketing.