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Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the business of influencers, creators, and social-media platforms. Sign up for the newsletter here.
In this week’s edition:
The top influencer marketers at brands
A new TikTok influencer mansion is born
Creators struggle to make money on YouTube Shorts
Netflix and HBO Max take the streaming wars to TikTok
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Effective influencer-marketing execs know when to give up control. And they find creative ways to promote their brands in partnership with digital creators.
We are recognizing the top 17 influencer marketers at brands.
Here are a few examples:
Tressie Lieberman is behind Chipotle’s influencer campaigns, like the David Dobrik burrito.
Melanie Cohn helped launch “The Charli” drink, a collaboration between Dunkin’ and top TikTok creator Charli D’Amelio.
Brian Yip manages growth at Honey and has planned several campaigns with YouTube star MrBeast.
Some influencers are bunking together in “collab” houses as a way to cross-promote each other’s accounts.
The Crib Around the Corner is a new TikTok house launching in Los Angeles this month.
The group features seven Black creators who have amassed over 20 million followers on TikTok.
Dan Whateley and I spoke with the members of TCATC about their content-planning process:
Members of TCATC have gained fans by making comedy videos and skits.
The group has been meeting virtually about once a week to discuss the type of content they want to make.
Instead of ring lights, the group leans more on equipment like soft-box lights, studio lights, and shotgun microphones to help filter out any background noise.
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Streaming-video services like Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu are leaning into TikTok to promote shows and films.
Dan, Ashley Rodriguez, and Sydney Bradley spoke with marketers, influencers, and TikTok’s west coast sales lead about the surge.
Here’s what they said:
Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Apple TV Plus all bought splashy video takeover ads or ran influencer-marketing campaigns on TikTok in the past year.
The race among streaming-video brands to get attention on TikTok showcases its growing importance for marketers looking to reach a young audience.
Streaming brands will often hire creators to make a string of videos rather than a one-off post.
YouTube Shorts feature leads to subscriber growth but revenue still lags
Jake Fellman is a creator with nearly 3 subscribers on YouTube.
Screen shot of Jake Fellman/YouTube
YouTube’s new TikTok-like feature has led to subscriber growth for some creators. But it’s hard to make money from.
Jake Fellman has gained nearly 3 million YouTube subscribers from posting the vertical videos, called Shorts.
I spoke with Fellman who said that his videos saw a huge spike in viewership after they were picked up by the algorithm.
Here’s what Fellman said about the feature:
The bulk of his 1.7 billion YouTube views come from the Shorts shelf, which doesn’t earn any ad revenue.
About 10% of his channel’s views come from outside the shelf, which has allowed him to earn some money directly from the platform.
It’s still unclear whether he can earn a sustainable income off these videos.
Have more information on YouTube Shorts? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More creator industry coverage from Insider:
Mailchimp announced a new Patreon integration for its users (Mark Stenberg)
The University of Florida is paying YouTubers Cody Ko, Noel Miller, and David Dobrik $120,000 total to speak at a virtual event.
Mark Cuban is cofounding a podcast app where creators can broadcast, record, and monetize live conversations.
This week from Insider’s digital culture team:
Kanye West's media appearances are rare, so thousands of people joined a Clubhouse room they thought he was in.
Karwai Tang/Getty Images, Clubhouse
On Wednesday, a Clubhouse room appeared to feature Kanye West and it drew thousands of listeners.
Kat Tenbarge reported that the “interview” was actually a recording of Zane Lowe’s 2019 podcast with him.
At the time Insider joined the room, more than 4,600 people were listening. There was nothing about the room’s branding that would suggest the audio was actually from Lowe’s 2019 interview.
More on digital culture:
Rebecca Black released a “Friday” remix to celebrate 10 years since the original song came out.
A lawyer accidentally turned into a kitten during a court’s Zoom call.
A woman went viral after she sprayed Gorilla Glue on her hair and ended up in the ER.
Here’s what else we’re reading:
Clubhouse is allowing conspiracy theories about COVID-19 to spread unchecked (Diyora Shadijanova, from Vice)
How talent manager Keith Dorsey created one of the first major all-Black content houses (Kalhan Rosenblatt, from NBC News)
TikTok vowed to be more diverse but some Black TikTok creators say little has changed (Kalhan Rosenblatt, from NBC News)
Young Black leftists are creating their own space on TikTok (Noella Williams, from Teen Vogue)
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