Is the Beauty Industry Controlled by Influencers?

Do you remember a time when your favourite glossy magazine influenced the beauty products that you purchased? It would be the beauty editors’ reviews that would make or break a product. Now though? Do you even read magazines? Do you know who the beauty journalists are? Do they have any…

Where Did the Virtual Influencers Go?

It was around this time last year when I first learnt of virtual influencers. I was in the midst of writing my dissertation (those three weeks went by quite quickly) and came across the term while researching influencer marketing trends. Related: How I Wrote My Dissertation In Three Weeks I…

Can Influencers Help #FlattenTheCurve?

There are many ways of getting information out far and wide in today’s world. We have the news on TV, online and in the papers, we have social media and we have word of mouth. Donald Trump would ask that you don’t listen to or read the news on channels…

Should Influencers be Certified in Advertising?

Probably my biggest pet peeve within the influencer marketing industry is when influencers don’t declare adverts, sponsored posts, affiliate links or if something has been gifted. There has been so much press surrounding this, so much information from the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) and even the general public (who often…

Dealing with Diversity in Influencer Marketing

A recent report on influencer marketing in the US caught my attention this week in terms of diversity within the industry. There were a lot of very interesting facts and figures; some shocking, some expected. The report was titled, “The State of Influencer Equality™” by IZEA and was published in…

Cancel Culture Needs to be Cancelled

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on Twitter and other social platforms labeling celebrities and social stars as ‘cancelled’. For any little mistake they make, the whole world labels them as finished, career over, no way of return. It seems that we are all very quick to judge…

#FridayFive: Five New York-Irish Influencers to Follow

Before I moved to New York, I used to follow a lot of people that already lived there to give me motivation and inspiration to hopefully move there myself one day. Their Instagram posts and stories were forever making me jealous but also giving me that drive and determination to…

Does Influencer Marketing Belong in the Sports Industry?

Last week Twitter went a little crazy over an ad from Manchester City Football Club asking for influencers to attend their home games and to try to recruit more fans for the team. A little embarrassing to say the least, it led me to think – can influencer marketing work…

#FridayFive: Five Influencers Killing the Game

Influencers. What would my life be without them. There’s reason to love them or loathe them what with their free trips to exotic destinations or getting paid thousands of pounds for Instagram posts, but you have to give it to them; a lot of them create amazing content worth every…

How Instagram Hiding Likes May Affect Influencer Marketers

I had a post almost ready to go tonight about Instagram hiding likes and the reasons I welcomed the idea. The blog was actually titled ‘Why I Sometimes Wish Social Media Didn’t Exist’ because the hiding of likes got me thinking of all the other reasons I don’t like social…