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Why Are Micro-Influencers a Better Bet Than Fake Famous Influencers?

Check out my new TikTok video below (follow me on TikTok here) and then scroll down for a whole bunch of Luscious Links relating to this important marketing trend: 

Micro-Influencers!

Because TikTok is literally re-defining user-generated content (UGC), it has become the breeding ground for a new wave of audience-specific, Micro-Influencers. For example, here’s a TikTok video that explains this trend.

The Forbes article that’s at the beginning of that TikTok clip is called, “How Marketers Can Leverage Partnerships In The World Of Paid Fan Content.” Authentic Fans = Micro-Influencers. They are loyal and, well, authentic. Read more.

Micro-Influencers are NOT “Fake Famous.” That’s what “influencers” used to be. 

For a sharp indictment of what most people think about when they think about “influencers,” check out the documentary, “Fake Famous” on HBO Max.

Thanks to the Fake Famous documentary, I found NYTimes tech journalist, Taylor Lorenz. Then, via Instagram, she showed me “granfluencers,” a particular flavor of Micro-Influencers. So much for the lame concept “TikTok is just a bunch of teenagers dancing.” NY Post got this.

The source itself TikTok calls this trend, “Community Commerce.” i.e. commerce that’s being done within communities which are micro-spheres of influence: Read their article.


Bonus, Free Resource: I created this 20-minute video mini-workshop, “Why TikTok is Important for Business Marketing.” It includes 4 illustrative video clips. Check it out.

Short-Form Social Media Videos: Learn How TikTok & Others Are The Next Big Thing in Marketing

TikTok is the leading example of one of the most important trends in social media marketing: Short-Form Social Media Videos. Please check out this quickie, one-minute video to learn more and the two videos mentioned are also below:

As a joyful explorer of this new video frontier, this week in my Luscious Links email blast, I featured two illuminating videos:

1. One is a virtual TED talk by a young, Chinese principal at Boston Consulting Group. It’s packed with research and examples.

2. The second drills down even deeper and uses #FilmTikTok to brilliantly explain and SHOW how TikTok works, and that’s something good to know if you care about where social media is going. In fact, if you are in business, in any form, this matters! Short-Form Social Media Videos are our future!

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