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Why Hashtags are important in Influencer Marketing?

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Why Hashtags are important in Influencer Marketing?

The hashtag turned 11 years old this year. The concept of tagging social media groups or topics with a hashtag was developed in 2007 by Chris Messina, a product designer who had been working in the Silicon Valley for years and had the idea when running an internet consulting company. It was Messina’s way of developing a group organising framework for the then little-known social network Twitter.

Today, hashtags are everywhere, and they are truly powerful. In 2009, Twitter added an option for users to search for hashtags, Instagram adopted them in 2010, and Facebook did the same three years later. From simply tagging a lipstick used in creating a makeover look or a new pair of cool trainers to helping oil the wheels of social movements, hashtagging has evolved into a symbol of the digital era and has even transcended the online world and significantly impacted upon real life, with campaigns such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter reverberating around the world with the promise of real change. For any brand, regardless how big or small, hashtags are a way of improving their social media campaigns, and this is no different when it comes to a successful influencer marketing campaign.

First of all, hashtags can help improve your audience reach. In this sense, they are an extremely helpful tool that will boost a post’s engagement and make an influencer marketing campaign more successful. Furthermore, as an important means of organising content, hashtags help targeted audiences to find content relevant to them. The majority of brands use hashtags in their social media posts, and it’s not surprising considering the impact they have. It was also found that a post with at least one hashtag results in approximately 12.6% more engagement, so it’s no wonder we see so many brand endorsements popping up.

Take the shoe and clothing brand Dr. Martens, which chose a mix of influencers, from the fashion designer Dilara Findikoglu to the punk-rap duo Ho9909, for its 2017 ‘Worn Differently’ campaign, highlighting the brand’s beautiful sense of style and the ‘rebellious spirit’ that links the brand with all its influencers. The campaign is both inclusive and aspirational, with the hashtag #WornDifferent attracting more than 20, 000 mentions on Instagram, demonstrating that selected influencers resonate well with Dr. Marten’s audience, which, in turn, builds trust and helps boost sales.

Another example is the jewellery brand Swarowski, which ran the #BrillianceForAll campaign on Valentine’s Day, partnering with several gay and straight couples to celebrate diversity. The campaign included the top fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni, the model Karlie Kloss, and creative director Kim Willecke, and it has since been used over 17,000 times.

If you were wondering how to get the hashtag game right, then read on. When choosing a hashtag for your brand or influencer partnerships, always take the time to make sure it’s the right fit, as it should perfectly sum up the message you want to get across. In addition, check if another brand isn’t already using your chosen hashtag; if so, it’s better to come up with something else, otherwise no one will see your content in a sea of posts. To put it briefly, a good hashtag should be short, relevant, and unique.

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KSI VS Logan Paul - The FIGHT of the YEAR!

KSI vs Logan Paul: all fun and games or another dangerous publicity stunt?

YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul will take to the ring this Saturday to finally come to blows over their virtual feud. After Olajide KSI Olatunji (known as KSI to his fans) called out the Paul family back in February for their raucous internet behaviour, they both agreed to settle the dispute with a highly-anticipated boxing match.

US Influencer, Logan Paul, has certainly had a questionable year. From the idiotic upload of a video containing a suicide victim to frequently thrusting himself under the spotlight with yet another controversial upload, he's been the talk of the globe in 2018. Logan Paul and his challenger KSI have an impressive combined following of over 37 million dedicated YouTube subscribers and the fight is set to attract viewers from all over the world. The fight perhaps has even more spice to it, after Logan Paul walked out of the press conference promoting his bout with KSI, as his fellow YouTube star launched into attacks on Paul’s father and girlfriend. 

When KSI challenged YouTuber, Joe Weller, earlier in the year, their venue of choice, London’s Copper Box Arena, maxed out its capacity at 7,500 to witness the fight. Logan Paul and KSI are set to fight in Manchester arena - a formidable site with the aptitude to hold up to 21,000 attendees. Official ticket prices start at £35, with VIP packages up for grabs for a mind-bending £515. While these are the fees offered by authorised sales sites, rumour has it fans are paying up to £600 to get their hands on one of the tickets. 

Leveraging the platform where they first made a name for themselves, the pair have signed contracts with YouTube that has allowed the site the rights to stream the fight. For a modest - and yet to those who couldn’t care less - the price of £7.50, you can (legally) watch the streamed fight online and join the millions of anticipated viewers endorse two of YouTube's most famous faces scrapping over a few choice words. 

Logan Paul has ‘set all jokes aside’ and predicted that the fight will be ‘the biggest event in the history of the internet’. It’ll be surprising if you’re able to avoid the winner’s inevitable social media celebrations that will spam every corner of the internet for months to come. For the winner, ultimate glory over their fiercest rival, for the loser, their pride will be severely dented. If that's not enough to keep you entertained, Jake Paul (Logan's brother) and Deji (KSI's brother) will also take to the ring to settle their differences, a fight that seems to have been overshadowed by the main event.

Will you be tuning in?! For their fans and the YouTube community, this is one of the most anticipated events of 2018.

Love Island and Influencer Marketing, does it work?!

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Love Island; the marmite of British Television. Love or hate it, there is no denying its digital and social success. In its fourth consecutive series, and with 3.6 million viewers tuning in for the 2018 opening episode, an increase on the previous year’s 2.1 million, ITV Digital Studios have succeeded in channeling their following into a brand and infiltrating current culture. So what exactly are ITV doing differently to not only recapture the attention of an age who have tuned out but ensure contestants instantaneous social media fame?  

From memes on Facebook, teasers on Twitter and exclusive content on Instagram, ITV incorporates all strands of social media to engage and promote the programme. Their digital team strategically posts content across an array of platforms prior to the evening’s broadcast, which in turn ignites conversation and creates a space where viewers can discuss proceedings in real time.

Another reason Love Island bagged The 2017 Drum’s Best Use of Content on Social Platforms lies in the producers’ ability to depict reality TV as exactly that. Despite the artificial premise of the relationships, ITV succeeds in portraying the contestants vulnerabilities and emotions as authentic. In the same way that brands partner with YouTube stars for their seemed authenticity, the producers seamlessly and carefully integrate brand partnerships to boost subsequent sales. For example, the female contestants regularly style out Missguided looks which viewers can then purchase on their e-commerce platform to achieve the ‘love island look’. The clothing is selected to align with the girls’ style and viewers are not pushed to visit the site.

Brands should learn from the producers ability to integrate brand partnerships naturally into the Love Island narrative when affiliating with contestants once they exit the villa. With viewers cottoning onto the blatant artificiality of contestants’ promotion of that ‘charcoal teeth whitening stuff’ they are going to have to become savvier with how they incorporate influencer marketing into their campaigns. The fashion brand, In The Style, is a good example of a brand evolving their strategy. Over 86,000 people engaged with their recent tweet, where they told followers that Megan would not be getting a discount code. In acknowledging the inauthenticity of brands using love island contestants, In The Style actually increased engagement. However, they have also sparked mixed reactions and were compelled to release an explanatory statement for their tweet promoting the discount code #wehatejosh. Indirectly engaging with the show, poking fun at influencer marketing, the contestants and themselves, In The Style risk leaving themselves open to criticism.

With contestants leaving the villa with thousands of Instagram followers - Dani Dyer already has 1.3 million - and in some cases Chris and Kem from last years series secured a record deal (Little Bit Leave It), it is undeniable that there is an opportunity to profit from partnerships with the contestants. However, brands must be more selective with which contestants promote their products as the public become more aware of the premise of influencer marketing.

Ex-contestant Hayley Hughes has recently received major backlash for staged and inauthentic product promotion. The combination of Hayley’s status as one of the less popular contestants, coupled with an incredibly staged and poorly integrated deployment of content, led to her followers mocking and disregarding her as feed as illegitimate. For example, she received comments such as, ‘You know Hayley didn’t write it when she doesn’t even know how to spell half the words’ and ‘I’m unsubbing ur sooooo annoying’. Whilst the public view these collaborations as indisputably inauthentic, it remains uncertain how much longer brands are going to continue to partner with Love Island contestants.

 

How to measure sentiment in Influencer Marketing?

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In the past few posts we have highlighted the power of influencer marketing in this new social media age and how you can measure its effectiveness. When negotiating with agencies specialised in social, you’ll undoubtedly hear terms such as reach, engagement or sentiment analysis – all three holy grails to qualm nerves and measure branding success (if you’re unfamiliar with these, check out our post below!).

The latter, sentiment analysis, is a buzzword that has taken the online marketing scene by storm. Here we break it down for you by explaining what is meant by sentiment analysis, why it’s important, how it can be measured, and how we at Socially Powerful use it to inform our campaigns.

What is sentiment analysis?

Social media platforms have drastically changed the relationship between producer and consumer. The top-down one-way channel of communication common to traditional media has been torn down by UGC, opening up dynamic spaces for consumers to collectively and individually voice their opinions on brands. This, in turn, has made it far easier to understand how your target audience feel about your product and/or your marketing strategy, whether that be through the like/dislike ratio, influencer story polls or (and this is the most fruitful) the comment section. While engagement is a useful metric to gauge a post’s relative popularity or the amount of interest it peaked, sentiment analysis allows you to further refine and optimise your content strategies to effectively maximise ROI.

So why doesn’t everyone carry out sentiment analysis?

They do. Sentiment analysis is featured as a metric on many social media insight tools used by agencies – hence its buzz on the marketing scene. However, often these metrics are used without fully understanding how they work. Some rely on the like/dislike ratio mentioned above. Other more specialised analyses will examine the language used in the comment section, and here is where the problems arise.

Sentiment and opinions are highly subjective and open to interpretation. As such, the grammatical and syntactical conventions used to express positive or negative emotions are hard to generalise with precision.  To circumvent this, some tools such as LIWC use sentiment lexica, i.e. list of words organised by their bipolar semantic orientation (positive/negative). However, this offers only a crude interpretation of language, which ignores the intensity of a certain sentiment or the contextuality in which words are used – a feature particularly crucial as words often have multiple meanings. Even tools that incorporate valence scores for intensity (e.g. VADER) ignore the lexical features native and ubiquitous in UGC like acronyms, emojis and slang.

Other more recent attempts at sentiment analysis (e.g. Naïve Bayers classifier, Support Vector Machines, etc.) have made use of growing expertise in machine learning and natural language processing to learn and identify sentiment-relevant features of text. However, the issue with such tools and UGC is that they require large sets of validated training data which represents as many of the lexical features as possible. Such data sets of UGC are hard to acquire due to the spare and short nature of text on social media.

How then does Socially Powerful analyse sentiment?

Here at Socially Powerful we understand why sentiment analysis is hard and we, therefore, like to do everything in-house to ensure the highest degree of quality and certainty for our clients. We carry out our own comprehensive sentiment analysis, integrating easily identifiable metrics such as like/dislikes and influencer polls, validated sentiment analysis tools and analyses of multiple samples in comment sections, carried out by different expert analysts. This way ensures we cover the drawbacks of each method. It also means we can be more creative and offer a more fine-grained bespoke analysis for each piece of content.

Why is this important?

Thinking back to last year’s Pepsi-Kendall Jenner advert provides a perfect example of the importance of sentiment analysis. Viewing it on the basis of engagement, the advert was a huge success. However, as everyone knows by now, it drew widespread criticism from around the globe for its insensitive and farcical content.

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In influencer marketing, for example, an influencer may post to Instagram holding the product in hand so that it gains exposure to their followers. Any of the sentiment analysis tools mentioned above will then analyse the language in the comment section to get a rough picture of how it has been received. However, going the extra step allows us to fully understand whether the positive or negative sentiment recorded is actually directed towards the product or just other features of the post (i.e. outifts, quality of photo, background, etc.) – if the latter is the case then it is classified as neutral. In other words, it allows us to fully understand the context in which views are expressed, because ultimately it is that context that shapes our opinions.

 

 

 

 

 

Influencer Marketing will just keep on THRIVING! - Luke Williams

We caught up today with Luke Williams a fashion and lifestyle influencer from the U.K. Luke had some awesome things to say about Influencer Marketing and where he sees the industry going in the coming years.

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Could you tell us a little bit about your background and how you started to build a following?

I always wanted to focus on my health, nearly two years ago I set about aiming for a six pack and posting my progress along the way, motivating myself and helping my followers achieve their gym goals too, that’s what kick-started my following! Originally, I used Instagram for my photography and selfies really didn’t come into it- then that changed, selfies became a daily occurrence & I posted more about my life (fashion/gym/adventures) & then people seemed more interested in my profile!

Is this something you do full-time?

I own a business and I work for another company full time, 5 days a week, influencing is something I do in my spare time- the dream would be to do it full time, I love working with brands and creating fun, interesting content that creates interest, I’d class it as a hobby at the moment!

What sort of content do you create and what content works best with your audience?

I focus on health & beauty more often, taking pictures of the results & the products I use. My audience prefers to see me using the products rather than flat lays, so I try and incorporate a carousel image that encompasses both types of photography that appeal to my followers & a wider audience.

What would you define Influencer Marketing as?

Influencer Marketing is a way for people to interact with the people they follow, they can see what they do day to day, in their posts and stories, if those people admire and enjoy the content they follow, they will more than likely want to eat, drink, wear and do the same things as the person they follow, so it’s the perfect way for brands to interact with audiences at a granular level, you are the influence & as long as you are true to yourself and remain honest to your followers then your winning!

What brands have you worked with so far? How was it?

I’ve worked with Slendertone, San Miguel, Harry’s, Next Gen U, Absolute Collagen, Active Iron, Tincture London, Maille, Goodwin Smith & Harvey James watches to name a few, its been really exciting & I’ve been lucky that the brands really like me to use my own ‘tone of voice’, instead of telling me what to do every step of the way, this approach has allowed me to be more creative & it makes the whole process  so much fun!

How do you think Influencer Marketing will evolve over the next 12 months?

Its just going to get bigger and bigger- we no longer look up to billboards and adverts on massive boards in the cities, we scroll through facebook and look at social media for influence- we’re looking at our phones more than ever, so whilst we enjoy social media and being one click away from the people we admire, influencer marketing will just keep on thriving!

How has the Influencer world evolved since you began?

Its changed a lot, I didn’t really know it existed or noticed influencers promote through social media, its been a steady growth, but businesses have obviously seen the power in its success, which is why it seems to have catapulted to the current important marketing platform is currently is!

How do you feel brands are working with Influencers?

I feel brands understand the importance of choosing good influencers, they will understand the influencers they choose by looking at their social feeds initially, so they are already happy with the content & content style prior to working, I think it’s a more hands-on creative approach, allowing the brands to get exactly what they want & in turn allowing the influencers to translate that to their followers in an interesting & eye-catching way!

Have you seen any brands that you feel are doing great work with Influencers?

I think @gentlemenschuckaboo do very well, they give out beautiful products and choose really relevant influencers to talk about their brand- they create a great relationship with their influencers, which makes you want to create great content for them! @absolutecollagen are amazing and will really look after you, it’s a lovely way of working to achieve the same end goal which is success, whether it more sales or whether you become a more sought-after influencer, its beneficial to both the brand and the influencer to reap the success of a good partnership.

Do you use any software to help create content?

I’ve always used Snapseed, a photo editing app, it’s the easiest app to crop, centre, adjust and filter your photo’s, I couldn’t be without it!

How do you balance your online life with offline?

I don’t want to be on my phone constantly, so I do try to come offline as much as possible, but part of the role is to keep everyone updated with an insight of your day to day, taking a quick picture or updating a story is so second nature, it doesn’t even feel intrusive anymore, online life and offline life have merged somehow over the years.

Which influencers inspire you and look up to?

I think the @blogger_boyfriend has a beautiful feed, his pictures are stunning- I’d love to travel to some of the beautiful places he gets to experience

If you could work with any brand, who would that be?

I love fashion, so a dream would be to work with a luxury fashion brand, even if was to model Louis Vuitton socks, I’d do it!

Tell us something about you that people might not know? 

That my actual name is Luke, Stanley Dru was created from my childhood, a mixture of a town I lived in, in the Falkland Islands (Port Stanley) and the street I grew up on (Drury Street)

 What’s your favourite social platform and why?

My favourite has to be Instagram, it's so easy to use and simple to connect. Saying hello to someone thousands of miles away has never been easier and its allowed to connect to some wonderful brands and people who I wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet- Instagram has helped me work in Influencer Marketing, so for that, I’m forever grateful!

Where do you want to take your career as an Influencer?

I would love to work with huge brands and even work more in travel if I was paid to travel and enjoy some of the most gorgeous hotels out there in the most fascinating countries, I’d be on cloud nine!

 

 

Influencer Marketing Strategy - DOING IT RIGHT!

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Influencer marketing is here to stay. More than half of marketers within brands have had experience with Influencer Marketing and these figures are only going to keep rising. It’s not enough to just simply “do” Influencer Marketing, you need to have a strategy in place that’s going to deliver an ROI for your brand or business. Aimlessly partnering with Influencers and having a scattergun approach will not work, it’ll fail, and it won’t be an effective use of your marketing budget. However, do Influencer Marketing right and the stats back up the ROI “On average, businesses generate $6.50 in revenue for each $1 invested in influencer marketing”

We’re here today, to talk about the right way to do Influencer Marketing and how to implement a fool-proof strategy for your brand, moving forward.

Understand your objectives.

First and foremost, before you do anything else, you need to understand what your objectives are, what are you looking to achieve and what will Influencer Marketing deliver? You need a measurable goal. Whether that’s awareness, engagements, sentiment, views on content or sales, figure out what you want to do. Once you have the goal, you’ll be in a better position to understand what types of influencers you want to work with, as certain influencers will deliver different returns.

Understand your audience.

From here, you now look into understanding your audience. What are they interested in? What do they care about? What do they want from your brand? Who do they follow? What social platforms are they active on? Once you have figured this out, you’ll understand what influences your audience’s behaviour and you’ll know why they buy your product or at least have an interest!

Finding the right influencers.

Now, here comes the key element to any successful influencer campaign. Finding the right influencers. To find the right influencers is tricky, especially if you don’t know where to look and the industry is completely alien to you. You can either do this yourself, or you can contact us (if you haven’t already for the previous stages) and we will add our special sauce into the mix, removing the arduous process and headaches of finding the right influencers for the campaign.

Understand the influencers audience and brand.

Once you’ve found the right influencers, then comes the due diligence of understanding their brand. Influencers have an individual style, some have strong opinions and they have built their following from 0, they know what’ll work, so respect their input. As a brand, you need to understand the type of content they produce, what their audience engage with best and what they can deliver for you in terms of ROI. The key is to keep the content authentic, don’t force it, then you’ll bring value to the influencer and their audience, resulting in a better campaign performance.

Look for long-term relationships.

You’ll see many influencers endorsing different products and categories every day. Those that do this, lose credibility and the influencer's audience will start to call them out as they are constantly being fed mixed messages. A strong partnership is formed with an influencer when they really believe about the product and the brand. Brands should always look for long-term relationships over one-off posts or collaborations. With long-term partnership where you grow together, the campaigns are authentic, the audience feels the value of the brand and the brand fits with the influencers life.

Track the success.

From here, you can then start to pull together the campaign creative, the KPI’s and the content that’s going to work for the influencer, as well as your brand. Once the campaign goes live, track the content and performance relentlessly against your KPI’s, understand what works and quickly change things that aren’t. Once you’ve collected all the campaign data, see if it’s met your expectations and measure the ROI.

Remember, the best influencers are the ones who already consume, use and talk about your brand.

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"As with any industry, influencers are now having to specialize" - Zhanel Bektemissova

 Today, we caught up with Zhanel Bektemissova an influencer who began their journey back in 2009, when she moved to London. Zhanel fell in love with the city and fascinated with capturing her life as well as spending time with her new born son. Check out what Zhanel had to say about her career and the outlook for Influencer Marketing in the future.

 
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Could you tell us a little bit about your background and how you started to build a following?

I moved to London, UK in 2009 with my husband and my (at the time) 1-month old son. I was inspired by the beauty of that city and started capturing the images of my life there and shared them with my close friends on Instagram. As a stay-at-home Mom, I had time on my hands to cook a lot and to go out and share those moments with my followers. This is how my journey as an Instagram blogger started.

What sort of content do you create and what content works best with your audience?

My daily life in Berlin, my children, food (both cooked at home and when we go out), our travels, and family.

What would you define Influencer Marketing as?

To me it is a form of marketing where in order to persuade target group of customers/consumers the focus is placed on an individual (or group of individuals) who has a lot of influence on that group of people.  

What brands have you worked with so far? How was it?

To-date, I was focusing primarily on building up my following. As a result, I have not had experience of working with recognized brands yet.

How do you think Influencer Marketing will evolve over the next 12 months?

Brands will continue to focus on more granular performance metrics of influencers they choose to work with. Following and reach alone are no longer enough. Increasingly, emphasis will be made on relevance, impact and engagement. Brands have access to increasingly sophisticated tools to measure those performance criteria.

How has the Influencer world evolved since you began?

Leverage of influencers on their audiences has grown exponentially. This is not a marketing fad anymore but real-life phenomena. Although competition has grown dramatically, someone with the relatively modest following (100-200k followers) but with a very focused audience, can have an outsized influence on a particular customer niche. As with any industry, influencers are now having to specialize.  

How do you feel brands are working with Influencers?

They collaborate to create quality content that is relevant to a brand’s audience and that is designed to grow that brand’s recognition with that audience.

Have you seen any brands that you feel are doing great work with Influencers?

Levis, Desegnio, Calvin Klein, and Daniel Wellington  

How do you balance your online life with offline?

There is no balance because I love what I do. I create content as I ingest life.

Which influencers inspire you and look up to?

@rianne.meijer (Rianne Meijer) @paulienriemis (Paulien Riemis)

If you could work with any brand, who would that be?

Ralph Lauren, Levis, Asos, Zara Kids, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger

What’s your favourite social platform and why?

Instagram – easy and intuitive to use, immediate and quality feedback from my users, it is a great platform to obtain useful information

YouTube – Ability to post long quality videos, flexibility, and great tools. Having grown my following on Instagram, my next goal is to multiply my following on YouTube

Where do you want to take your career as an Influencer?

 I want to grow my Instagram following to 1mm in the next 1-1.5 years. I want to involve my children in influencer marketing and have brands approach us as a family. I also want to grow my impact in a more long-form content on YouTube. My long-term goal is for my content to make an impact across national and cultural borders.

Samantha Russell - "I didn’t know anyone in the city and was curious to learn more about my surroundings"

Today we caught up with Samantha Russell, an Influencer from the USA who's now living in London. Samantha's predominantly on Instagram and began creating content when she first moved to London two years ago and is known for her distinct and colourful style! Check out what she had to say about growing her following and the Influencer Marketing industry below!

 
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Tell us about you, your background and how you came to start on social media?

My start on Instagram was somewhat an accident! When I moved to London 2 years ago I didn’t know anyone in the city and was curious to learn more about my surroundings. I started following London geotags and hashtags on Instagram as a way to learn about cool spots around London, and eventually, I went to visit them and snap my own photos. Before I knew it, my account had grown and evolved into what it is today.

Tell us about what you do on your social channels? 

My Instagram account focuses on fun photography, vibrant colors, travel and style! I have a full-time corporate job in London, but my Instagram page focuses on my passions in my personal life.

Sum up your what you do in 5 words?

Travel in style and colour!

What social channel are you most passionate about and why?

Instagram is where you can find me! I like connecting with people and seeing how they turn ideas into photos. It’s a new form of art and I enjoy getting creative with it!

How often do you post and update your audience? What content works best for you?

I post about 4-5 times a week. I don’t want to inundate my audience with too many posts, but I also want to continuously provide interesting, bold, and new content. It seems vibrant posts of me in interesting locations are the most liked!

When did you first start seeing you were building a following? How quickly have you grown your following?

When I first moved to London, I was using Instagram as a general user, and only had 500 followers! When I started spending more time in the app and experimenting with my own photos and editing skills, I quickly saw a response. I’ve grown to over 60k followers in just under 2 years.

How do you stand out on social media? What makes you different?

I try to keep Instagram fun and am not pressured to be like everyone else. So many fashion/travel influencers have beautiful photos, but many of them seem the same to me (the same Lightroom filters, the same pose, the same comments...) I am not afraid to take risks and be BOLD in my photography, which is what I think makes me stand out! When people see a colourful, fun, stylish photo, I want them to automatically associate it with me and my personality ☺

What does your typical day look like?

I’m a working girl! But I still make time for my followers. On my commute into the office I usually respond to comments from the previous day, and interact with other users on the platform. I’ll also take 30 min or so during lunch, and then again when I leave the office. On the weekends I am exploring new places and taking more awesome photos!

Are you friends with other influencers?

Yes! Instagram has been a great way to connect with other influencers and make new friends in a new city! It’s also a great way to learn from others and be exposed to other view points and ideas.

Which influencers do you admire? Why?

@Dashleyworldtour – A fun travel couple I met while travelling! We’ve stayed in touch and I love their creative approach to photography.

@Leahshoup – She seems to connect well with her followers and is very active!

@this.is.the.milk – Beautiful photography and captions that make me laugh out loud! She’s passionate about Spain and travel and you can easily see that from her IG and her blog.

@theblondiewanderer – An Argentine abroad who takes stunning photos! She connects well with her followers and has really developed a micro community.

What are your ambitions with social media? Where do you want to take it?

I hope to cross 100k+ and be able to reach more people! I want to inspire people to be happy in whatever lifestyle they choose, and that travel doesn’t have to be out of reach. I’m all about happy vibes and just hope I can bring a smile to people’s faces on a regular basis ☺

What do you enjoy most about social media?

Connecting with people! That is the ultimate goal of social media, isn’t it? Staying connected no matter where you are in the world.

How do you think brands are working with influencers at the moment?

I think brands have realized that in order to capture the attention of people nowadays, they need to get on your phone! That’s why so many brands have turned to influencer marketing and why I think it’s working so well. I think this trend will only continue to grow.

What brands have you worked with? 

Daniel Wellington

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Sunnylife

Bubbleology

Pure Boats Amsterdam

Travelling to Portugal

Tiare Hawaii

BallieBallerson

Do you use any tools to help you with your content? 

The photoshop apps are my best friend! Lightroom and Photoshop Fix are two of my favourites, along with Snapseed.

What’s the piece of content you’ve created you’re most proud of? Why? 

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I believe this photo perfectly embodies ME – fun, stylish, colourful and HAPPY! That’s the feeling I hope to instil in my followers with every post.

What do you see as the future for Influencer Marketing? How will it evolve?

I think brands will greatly increase their influencer marketing campaigns. That also means that the competition among influencers will become harder and will force influencers to stay on top of their content.

Where can people follow you? 

Please follow me on Instagram @thecolorsofsam! >> https://www.instagram.com/thecolorsofsam/