9:10 am–9:50 am PDT
Not long ago, influencer marketing was a trend. Every year-end report marketers could get their hands on invariably had a chapter in the lines of “The Rise of Influencers” or “Why Influencers Are Here to Stay.” This made sense in the past because this marketing tactic – powered by social media – began in the mid-2000s and was considered an emerging solution that lived under content creation, community management, or paid media.
Today, influencer marketing is a critical part of the marketing mix. In fact, it’s expected to grow to a $15 billion industry by 2022, up from $8 billion in 2019, according to Business Insider Intelligence estimates.
Our Top 10 Trends Influencing 2020 is a manifestation of where we see the Influencer space going and how marketers can really make an impact. Fake followers, vanity metrics and overly polished content are some of the challenges brands have faced when partnering with influencers. To build trust is increasingly difficult for brands amid an ever-so pervasive and disruptive landscape, where the digital medium itself is challenged on many fronts. But, in the face of disruption also lie great opportunities for businesses who are looking to earn trust and authentically engage with their audiences.
10:00 am–10:45 am PDT
12:20 pm–1:00 pm PDT
Influencer marketing has exploded in recent years and it is no secret why. Brands have realized the value of influencer partnerships and are dedicating a sizable portion of their marketing budgets to content creators that align well with the brand and their target market. Creators can leverage their skills, expertise and social presence to monetize their influence, while brands are able to reach new and key audiences in unique ways.
Join Abrams Artists Agency agent Jade Sherman, creator and influencer Andrew East, and Home Chef influencer marketer Lauren Hurt as they demonstrate what a successful partnership looks like. Learn how to employ specific strategies that are mutually beneficial and result in a win-win situation for both the creator and the brand.
1:00 pm–1:45 pm PDT
How many people would you expect to watch a two-minute video about an academic medical center? UK HealthCare, the health system of the University of Kentucky, wanted its brand story to ignite its social media audience like never before. It needed influential people in the area and its own employees to amplify the power of the story and connect the brand to the audiences it serves. UK HealthCare’s Geoffrey Blair and Cornett’s Jason Falls will explain how harnessing micro-influencers and a hunch about the Facebook algorithm drove more than a million views from a community of about 300,000.