Our latest guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly...of influencer marketing

1. The rise of influencer marketing agencies

With $1.9 billion spent on influencer marketing in the US and Canada alone, it’s clear that influencer marketing is no longer a passing market trend. And with the growth of influencer marketing has come the rise of agencies and networks that exist to help companies and influencers connect. Sounds perfect for both parties, right? Not necessarily. While this approach may help retailers achieve short-term influencer impression goals, many influencers claim that agency involvement can make it harder for them to form long-term relationships with brands—a key factor when creating original, relevant content. On the other hand, influencer agencies see their existence as a sign that the industry has matured. Gone are the Wild West days of influencer marketing—agencies’ involvement is meant to make sure brands are getting the scale, benchmarks, and results they deserve. But which approach is best for your business? Read the full article.

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An army of lovers: the surprising new stars of influencer marketing

influencer army

Once a function of PR, but now very much embedded within everyone’s marketing strategies, influencer marketing is the biggest game in town. And by big, we mean soon-to-be $15 billion big. Yep, you read that right.

But, in the light of recent reports highlighting the difficulty in the influencer driven game, is it time to think again? We explore the past, present and future of influencer marketing, and take a look at the technology that’s helping marketers engage millions of genuine voices with genuine influence, delivering genuine results.


Let’s start by going back – and I mean way back, when internet just about reached every household. Gone were the days of super-expensive billboards and celebrity driven ads. This was a new dawn, apparently saving us from marketing overload, where everything was measurable, where scale kept prices down and where campaigns could be tweaked or switched in a heartbeat.

Then the internet broke.
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Influencer plus referral equals an instant classic

First things first: can we all agree that ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is pretty much the greatest achievement of the 1980s? That’s right: greater than mixtapes, greater than Speak & Spell, maybe even greater than Ms. Pac-Man. But, in spite of its gargantuan greatness, ‘FBDO’ is fundamentally flawed. Why? Because it seems to suggest that ‘borrowing’ someone’s car inevitably leads to it being driven backwards, through a plate glass window, into a tree.

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Alternative influencer: the rise of the nano-influencer

Alternative Influencer

Were you at the Buyapowa Client Summit last week? If not, what on earth were you doing instead? You missed some big announcements about the year ahead, a spectacular panel from industry leaders and three excellent keynote speeches.

But don’t worry. We captured the best bits for you to enjoy later, including this presentation from Buyapowa’s very own Director of Client Success, Robin Bresnark, where he discusses the future of influencer marketing, taking in the topics of ‘Murder She Wrote’, standing on horses and sweet potato pie along the way.

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