How do you sell products and services into the association market?

As a former director general of the British Promotional Merchandise Association and the founder of Membership World I am well placed to answer this question. There are literally thousands of associations around the world from tiny specialist niche communities to large multi-million pound companies. Members join because there Is an implied value in the services the association offers and this might vary from specialist education, industry topic conferences, social events and networking opportunities.

For the supplier the association offers an opportunity to align themselves with the organisation either as a specialist supplier member or allowing themselves to have a tailored approach in their message that is likely to be similar. For example selling an insurance service to lawyers, needs to be focused in the specific needs they may have. Also a consideration is are you aiming to provide a service for the association, or their members or both?

Here are a few ways in which you can work with associations

  • Consider joining a community that already has access to the sector for example Membership World has a vetted partner program that links suppliers with membership organisations. There are others as well. You can attend conferences and events where they will be present. Some of these you will be able to feature in newsletter, webinars and roundtable advertising promotions
  • Make sure that the offer is tailored to the industry body in any meeting and presentation. If you are offering a service for the association members too, consider a rebate or commission structure for the association as well as a benefit for members.
  • Do your research to make sure you know the key influencers in the association, they may not just be executive team members but Board members too who in many cases sign off on new projects
  • Connect with entrenched suppliers to the community and see if you can find affinities where you may support each other in a symbiotic relationship
  • Run a webinar or event yourself and promote through Google/ Facebook/ Linkedin ads with a clear focus on your audience being associations
  • Sign up to newsletters like Associations Now, Associations Management International and pitch an idea for an article
  • Create a piece of industry leading research and use this as a sign up. I have done a number of industry leading reports. This has been a great way to facilitate leads

Look at prospecting on certain industry types of association – finance. For example if the United States there are over 400 national associations for banking and finance, 700 for business, 500 for education, 800 for manufacturing, and 1,100 for science.

First of all, associations, may also be called Institutes or Royal Colleges if in the medical sector and governing bodies so ensure you understand all the different types of terminology. When it comes to your product or service it might be an idea to do some buyer profile mapping. Small organisations often have skills spread across a few staff members, eg they may not have a dedicated marketing or IT project manager, it falls under the membership or the CEO.

When you make your first association pitch use this as a test run to refine to others so you really understand how they tick. Remember in most cases membership bodies primary aim is to grow and retain its members as well as offering supporting services to drive revenue streams. On top of that they will have a wider focus on growing the recognition of the industry and educating those within it

Your final proposal should include

  • An executive summary of how you would meet the association goals
  • A company profile on your service offering and your ability to sustain a long-term relationship
  • Your experience in working with trade and membership associations - a testimonial from an existing customer might be a good idea
  • Your offering, services offered, length of period, any rebates available
  • A marketing or content calendar
  • Final summary of next steps and what actions both parties need to take to ensure success

About the Author:

Gordon Glenister is an international expert on influencer marketing and membership. As 11 years at the helm of leading trade association, he has been instrumental in the setting up of the influencer channel of the Branded Content Marketing Association and also the Meetings and Events Support Association.

Interview with Hon Ian Gooding-Edghill Minister of Tourism – Barbados set to expand in 2024

The Welcome Stamp set up during the Covid outbreak from Barbados has been so successful that the Barbados Government has extended the program. There has been tremendous interest from those wishing to work remotely from a tropical destination. Not only can you bring your family, but you can also use it to influence your friends to come too which also boosts our tourism numbers, says Hon Ian Gooding-Edghill, Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Barbados.

Speaking at World Travel Market, the minister is keen to not only update the travel industry as to what’s happening in Barbados, but also to understand how Barbados is performing as a destination compared to other Caribbean islands. He commented that Virgin Airways has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and British Airways are planning a wonderful platinum anniversary celebration. Barbados carriers currently fly out of Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow, so the Tourism Board is keen to strengthen other airline partnerships too.

The minister points out that they are not fully recovered from 2019 visitor arrivals, but he did share the spend has increased. The new Wyndham property has opened on the island with 417 rooms, giving thousands of extra room nights on an annual basis. They’re also other hotels under construction ready to open in 2026. And in relation to the MICE market, the Wyndham hotel is one of the largest conference facilities in the island.

Building on Excellence: Saluting Black Women’s Achievements

Building on Excellence: Saluting Black Women's Achievements

This Black History Month's theme, "Saluting Our Sisters," encourages us to pay special tribute to the invaluable contributions of women of colour to our city's life. From pioneering activists and cultural icons to contemporary trailblazers, these remarkable changemakers, challengers, and disruptors have made an indelible mark on their industries and society, enriching the UK's diverse cultural tapestry. Shannon Walker, award-winning diversity champion and founder of Comms Consultancy Social Disruption, shares a list of influential and inspirational individuals in the Black community to follow and celebrate this Black History Month and beyond.

Leading Influencer Marketing Expert, Gordon Glenister shares his shortlist

“Black women historically have been the backbones of their homes, society and the leaders of change. It’s an honour to build on the strong shoulders of women in the past and salute some incredible wave makers continuing to do great work today.”
- Shannon Walker

1. Shakaila Forbes Bell

Pioneer Shakaila is a formidable force in the world of fashion psychology. As an acclaimed author and pioneer in the field, she's made a profound impact, helping global brands understand their consumers better to producing ground-breaking research to address the under-representation of Black models in fashion media. Notably, Shakaila is the celebrated author of "Big Dress Energy" and holds the honour of being the world's first Black individual to achieve a master's degree in fashion psychology.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

2. Claudine Reid MBE

A frequent presence on top entrepreneur lists, Claudine Reid is an acclaimed businesswoman, renowned speaker, and a prominent figure celebrated for her exceptional contributions to the community across various sectors. Reid continues to inspire, setting a powerful example, leaving behind a legacy of enduring positive change and helping others realise their capacity for more.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

3. Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Dr. Aderin-Pocock is an award-winning British space scientist, science educator, and science communicator. Notably, she holds the prestigious role of Chancellor at Leicester University, making history as the first Black woman to do so.

Social Media Profiles: N/A

4. Hayley Mulenda

A globally acclaimed Multi-Award Winning International Speaker, Author, and Change Agent, Hayley Mulenda has impacted tens of thousands of lives worldwide with her compelling story of turning pain into purpose. Her uplifting Instagram page spreads positive messages of hope, love, faith and empowerment.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

5. Marsha and Chyloe Powell

Marsha and Chloe Powell are a testament to the transformative power of unity and sisterhood. These inspirational entrepreneurs turned their personal grief into a powerful force for positive change by founding "BelEve." Through this remarkable organisation, they empower girls to chase their dreams, reshaping the narrative of female leadership and offering a valuable support network of role models. The Powell sisters serve as a compelling reminder that unity and sisterhood inspire continuous drive and a relentless pursuit of success.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●Marsha’s LinkedIn Profile | ●Chyloe’s LinkedIn Profile | Company Website

6. Fisayo Longe

Fisayo Longe is the creative force behind the Kai Collective, a fashion brand designed to empower female confidence and inspire self-expression.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

7. Cydney Helsdown

Mum, content creator and “liberator” @cydenythelight is a passionate champion for self-acceptance, advocating for the liberation of women's bodies from beauty standards. With unwavering dedication, she strives to assist women in rediscovering their self-worth and embracing their authenticity, thus fostering an engaged, positive community of fellow mums and women, young and old, inspired to view themselves in a new light.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram

8. Irene Agbontaen

A global tastemaker and opinion influencer, Irene Agbontaen is a pivotal figure at the crossroads of fashion, music, and culture. Her extensive network and cultural relevance make her a highly respected figure in these industries.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile | ●Business Instagram

9. Khalia Ismain

Khalia Ismain is a passionate social entrepreneur who has recently assumed the role of Black Entrepreneurs Programme Manager at Lloyd's Bank. She is also the driving force behind Jamii, a groundbreaking online marketplace and discovery platform that empowers Black creators and makers in the UK.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

10. Kike Oniwinde

Kike Oniwinde is the CEO and Founder of The Black Young Professional Network, a dedicated leader empowering the next generation of Black professionals. Under Oniwinde's guidance, the network connects, educates, and inspires young Black talent, advocating for diversity and inclusion. Oniwinde's vision shapes a brighter, inclusive future for all young Black professionals.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

11. Antoinette Oguntonade

Property personality Antoinette is one half of Brickz with Tipz with her husband, a curated space that simplifies the complexities of property and finance in a relatable manner, welcoming individuals to navigate these fields with ease.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram

12. Jasmine Douglas

As the Founder of the online community "Babes on Waves" (BOW), Jasmine Douglas leads the Young Innovators program, connecting underrepresented individuals with meaningful opportunities and fostering positive change.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

13. (Dr) Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

Highly sought-after as a speaker and presenter, (Dr) Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is the co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise, Stemettes. She's been recognized as one of the most influential women in tech and continues to make impactful contributions in this field.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

14. Lydia Amoah

Lydia Amoah is a dynamic speaker, coach, consultant, and accomplished author. Her unwavering passion for fostering authentic, inclusive lives shines through every facet of her work. The eagerly awaited "The Black Pound Report," authored by Lydia Amoah, is a profound exploration of the UK's Black, Asian, and Multi-Ethnic consumer spending power, revealing untapped potential and profitable opportunities.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

15. Bianca Miller

Bianca Miller is an award-winning entrepreneur, renowned workshop facilitator, and internationally recognized professional speaker. She is the visionary founder of Hian skin and hosiery, making waves in the beauty and fashion industry.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

16. Ayesha Ofori

Ayesha is a multi-award winning investment manager, wealth adviser, and property specialist. She is also the visionary founder of the Black Property Network (BPN), a dynamic platform connecting professionals in the real estate industry.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

17. Izzy Obeng

Izzy Obeng is the visionary founder of Foundervine, a social enterprise specialising in digital start-up and scale-up acceleration programs. Her work since 2018 has significantly impacted the digital entrepreneurship landscape.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

18. Vanessa Kingori

Publishing powerhouse, Vanessa Kingori is a notable figure in the world of fashion and media. She is known for her role as a chief business officer at Condé Nast Britain and as a Vogue European business advisor. She has made significant contributions to the fashion industry and played a pivotal role in the business aspects of Vogue in the UK.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

19. Nina Lopes

Nina Lopes is an inspiring mother, content creator and resilient stage 4 cancer patient. Her moving journey is shared with her supportive Instagram community, providing hope and strength to many facing similar challenges.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram

20. Yvonne Bajela

Yvonne is the founder and principal of a UK-based venture capital firm, Impact X Capital. Her firm focuses on investing in companies led by underrepresented founders at the seed and Series A stages, helping to shape the future of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

21. Shannon Walker

Contributor Shannon Walker is an accomplished changemaker, distinguished for her recent inclusion in PRWeek's esteemed "30 Under 30" list for 2023 and her well-deserved recognition at the "Black Representation in Media (BRiM) Changemakers Awards." Her exceptional expertise lies in transformative 'people-first' digital and influencer communications, underpinned by a strong commitment to purpose and inclusivity, which she ardently champions through her company, Social Disruption.

Social Media Profiles: ●Instagram | ●LinkedIn Profile

If you’d like to talk about how to build or develop your influencer marketing strategy or how to connect with the right influencer marketing agency for your brand, get in touch. I’d love to chat.

Gordon Glenister is the author of a new book, Influencer Marketing Strategy. Learn:

  • How To Build An Influencer Strategy
  • What Makes A Great Influencer
  • About The Rise Of Clubhouse And Tik Tok
  • About Future Digital Trends For Connecting With A Digital Customer

Order your copy at: Gordon Glenister | Membership and Merchandise Specialist London

Find out more at: https://gordonglenister.com/influencer-marketing-strategy-book/

How Much Do Virtual Influencers Make Online?

Posting on social media has become a lucrative business, with top content creators earning millions. But there is a new trend emerging: virtual influencers.

These personalities have the same presence and power as regular influencers, but they only exist in the digital world.

RANT Casino calculated how much these virtual influencers could make in a year from sponsored Instagram posts alone.

How much could Instagram's most popular virtual influencers earn in a year?

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Lu do Magalu - £12.7 million

First in the rankings is Lu do Magalu: a social media star in Brazil with over 6.4 million Instagram followers, created by Brazilian retail brand Magalu. Originally focused on content such as unboxing videos and product reviews on behalf of the company, Lu now also shares her life and takes a stand on political matters, such as advocating for LGBT rights. Lu is no longer just a sales tool, but a fully fledged influencer.

As one of the most loved and well-known influencers in Brazil, this non-human icon could earn over £12.7 million per year on Instagram alone.

CB of Casas Bahia - £6.4 million

Second in the rankings is CB, another product of a Brazilian retail giant, this time Casas Bahia. Like Lu do Magalu, CB’s content is not exclusive to product advertisement for the brand; he shares his love of video games, movies, memes and more with his almost 4 million Instagram followers.

This animated virtual teen has the potential to earn over £6.4 million on Instagram alone.

Any Malu - £481K

Third in the rankings is Any Malu: a virtual influencer turned Cartoon Network star who has the potential to make over £481K from her Instagram presence alone. The animated figure from Brazil has over 3 million YouTube subscribers as well as over half a million followers on Instagram.

Originally created by production company Combo Estúdio as a marketing tool, Any Malu began making videos on YouTube and is now the star of her own animated Cartoon Network television show: O (sur)real mundo de Any Malu (English: Any Malu's Surreal World).

Noonoouri - £135K

Next up is Noonoouri: a digital style icon who has made waves in the fashion world. The animated character has worked with the likes of Dior, Valentino, MiuMiu, Kim Kardashian and more; a list that most real-life influencers only dream of. Noonoouri also brings awareness to social issues and advocates for animal rights to her over 400K followers on Instagram.

From her Instagram platform, Noonoouri could be making over £135K per year.

Leya Love - £119K

Next in the rankings is a virtual influencer with a bigger mission: Leya Love is an ambassador for the “World Awareness Movement” and encourages her 383K Instagram followers to embrace positivity and love the planet.

With the platform she has built from spreading her positive messages, the virtual activist and influencer could make £119K per year from Instagram.

Do you want to earn $12,000 per post on TikTok?

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Do you want to earn $12,000 per post on Tiktok?

With this in mind, Tipalti analyzed the streaming landscape of mid-2023 to reveal the highest-earning gamers on TikTok. 

You can view the full research here: Gamer Revenue Report

The Highest Earning Gamers On TikTok 

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Nikolarnreal name Nikola Anicic, is the highest-paid streamer on TikTok.

A  retired Serbian professional Apex Legend player who used to compete for Team Singularity, Nikolarn creates gaming content covering games such as Counter-Strike, Apex Legends and Valorant. He is also a prominent crypto enthusiast. A single sponsored post on Nikolarn’s TikTok could cost up to $12,690

Ibai Llanos Garatea, commonly known as Ibai, is the second highest-paid gamer on TikTok.

Ibai is an ex-content creator for G2 Esports, is co-owner of esports team KPO and regularly streams video games such as League of Legends on Twitch, as well as streaming sports commentary and “Just Chatting” videos. With 16 million followers on TikTok, a single sponsored post on his account could be worth $12,675.

British streamer and social media sensation TommyInnit has the third most valuable TikTok presence.

With a single post from his account being worth up to $9,635/ Real name Thomas Simons, TommyInnit is one of the youngest streamers in Tipalti’s report and has over 12 million followers on TikTok.

The study also looked at which gamers earnt the most on Instagram.

The Highest Earning Gamers On Instagram

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AuronPlay comes in first place with potential earnings of almost $50,000 per Instagram post.

With 18.8 million followers on the platform, the majority of posts offer a more personal window into the streamer’s life than his content on YouTube and Twitch, which has a greater focus on gaming and entertainment.

In second place is El Rubis, who earns a potential $46,984 per Instagram post.

Like AuronPlay, El Rubius uses his Instagram account as more of a personal blog in which he shares moments from his day-to-day life with his 17.7 million followers.

The streamer with the third most valuable Instagram account is Ninja, real name Richard Tyler Blevins, with a single sponsored post on the account worth over $32,700.

Ninja is arguably one of the most famous streamers out there, producing content for a range of videogames including Halo 3, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.

Further study insights:

  • The streamer with the highest potential earnings on YouTube is GeorgeNotFound, who could be making up to $44,300 per sponsored video.
  • Félix Lengyel, known on Twitch as xQc, has 11.80m subscribers and can earn up to $16,088 per video.

Climate Change Influencers – Are They More Relatable?

Climate Change Influencers – Are They More Relatable

Climate Change Influencers – Are They More Relatable

UN secretary general, António Guterres, just rang the alarm bells with an urgent call to "massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe. Our world needs climate action on all fronts: everything, everywhere, all at once,” after scientists issued a final warning to act now on the climate crisis before it's too late, in the latest release (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

As the fastest growing investment vertical today, the swift growth of climate tech innovation offers a ray of hope that we are, at last, putting our money where our mouth is to create businesses that deliver an economy where nature and the people and animals in it come before profit. Since 2010, the number of climatetech companies increased by 4x to reach over 44,500 in 2022.

Here's a list of some of the influencers playing a leading role in pushing forwards the growth of climate tech and businesses that are truly sustainable:

1. Marianne Lehnis is Founder of The Green Techpreneur - a unique marketplace and magazine about and for climate tech startup founders and investors where she aims to make insight and opportunities available to every aspiring climate entrepreneur. She’s the host of The Climatetech Founders’ podcast and a Forbes climate tech Contributor.
●LinkedIn Profile

2. Going Green Media - travel the world making high-quality videos of greentech projects and sharing these on their Instagram. They’re bringing more awareness to the opportunities around climate innovation and progress.
●Instagram

3. Tim Steppich runs ClimateU - a European networking platform and marketplace to connect climatetech startups, investors, and talent. He’s been listed on Forbes 30 under 30. (Germany based).
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4. Les Mood is the Founder of Greentech Talks, where he features conversations with greentech professionals and leaders. He’s also a top voice on LinkedIn for tech and innovation. (US based).
●LinkedIn Profile

5. Julia Pyper is host of award-winning podcast, Political Climate – a biweekly podcast on energy and environmental issues in America and around the world. Presented by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and in partnership with Canary Media.
●LinkedIn Profile

6. Gordon Bateman is the founder of Investor Ladder – a network of over 1000 active investors with a climate tech focus. He is shaking up the investment sector with the UK's most inclusive investor summit, Climb23, in Leeds – with a focus on affordability and a free virtual broadcast of the event to democratise access to investment opportunities.
●LinkedIn Profile

7. Gemma Styles - none other than THE Harry Styles’ sister - with 9.6 million followers on Instagram, Gemma is making waves for the environment as a campaigner for pre-loved clothes and fair fashion. She the host of the top-rated Good Influence podcast.
●Instagram

8. Venetia La Manna is a fair fashion campaigner, activist, founder of Remember Who Made Them, and host of All The Small Things podcast.
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9. Sophia Kianni is a young climate activist and the founder of Climate Cardinals, a non-profit youth-led project that makes climate change information more accessible to non-English speakers with a focus on languages spoken in regions that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
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10. Mark Thackeray believed in climate tech long before it was popular to do so. In 2010 - he was laughed at and called a treehugger when he was the first UK market player to develop crowdfunding opportunities exclusively for climate tech startups. He’s since played a pivotal role in helping the UK climatetech sector develop through The Green Techpreneur marketplace, connecting startups with opportunities for expansion to push the sector forwards.
●LinkedIn Profile

11. Alison Heppenstall is founder of Climate Action for Associations (CAFA) the not for profit collective that harnesses the influence of membership organisations to accelerate climate action. Ali identified that associations play a critical role in reaching the targets set out in the Paris agreement, but often lack the skills and know-how to implement action. . An Accelerator for the UN backed Race to Zero, CAFA also delivers a certified carbon neutral and a certified net zero association service for any membership association regardless of size, sector or geography.
●Climate Action for Associations Website
●LinkedIn Profile

If you’d like to talk about how to build or develop your influencer marketing strategy or how to connect with the right influencer marketing agency for your brand, get in touch. I’d love to chat.

Gordon Glenister is the author of a new book, Influencer Marketing Strategy. Learn:

  • How To Build An Influencer Strategy
  • What Makes A Great Influencer
  • About The Rise Of Clubhouse And Tik Tok
  • About Future Digital Trends For Connecting With A Digital Customer

Order your copy at: Gordon Glenister | Membership and Merchandise Specialist London

Find out more at: https://gordonglenister.com/influencer-marketing-strategy-book/

How Will ChatGPT Affect Creator Jobs

ChatGPT

How Will ChatGPT Affect Creator Jobs

As a large language model, ChatGPT has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. While there are many potential benefits to using a language model like ChatGPT, there are also concerns about the impact it could have on creators and their jobs.

One of the biggest concerns is that ChatGPT could replace human creators in certain industries. For example, ChatGPT could be used to create written content such as articles, product descriptions, and social media posts. This could potentially eliminate the need for human writers, who may find it difficult to compete with a machine that can generate content at lightning speed.

Another concern is that ChatGPT could lead to a decline in the quality of content. While ChatGPT is capable of generating text that is coherent and grammatically correct, it may lack the creativity and nuance that human creators bring to their work. This could result in a homogenization of content, where everything starts to sound the same.

Despite these concerns, there are also potential benefits to using ChatGPT in the creator industry. For one, ChatGPT could free up time for creators to focus on more high-level tasks, such as strategy and ideation. Additionally, ChatGPT could be used to augment human creativity, rather than replace it. For example, a writer could use ChatGPT to generate ideas for a story, and then use their own creative abilities to flesh out the details.

Ultimately, the impact of ChatGPT on creator jobs will depend on how it is implemented and used. If it is used to supplement human creativity, it could lead to more innovative and engaging content. However, if it is used to replace human creators entirely, it could have a negative impact on the industry as a whole.

It is important for creators to stay informed about the latest developments in technology and to be adaptable to change. While ChatGPT may pose a threat to certain jobs, it could also create new opportunities and possibilities for creators who are willing to embrace it. By staying ahead of the curve and learning how to work alongside technology, creators can ensure that they remain relevant and valuable in the ever-changing landscape of the creator industry.

If you’d like to talk about how to build or develop your influencer marketing strategy or how to connect with the right influencer marketing agency for your brand, get in touch. I’d love to chat.

Gordon Glenister is the author of a new book, Influencer Marketing Strategy. Learn:

  • How To Build An Influencer Strategy
  • What Makes A Great Influencer
  • About The Rise Of Clubhouse And Tik Tok
  • About Future Digital Trends For Connecting With A Digital Customer

Order your copy at:Gordon Glenister | Membership and Merchandise Specialist London

Find out more at: https://gordonglenister.com/book

Who Were Social Media’s Most Successful Fit-fluencers In 2022

Partly fueled by months of lockdown, the fitness influencer (or fit-fluencer) business has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. With gyms closed and exercise possibilities limited, social media became many people’s go-to resource for workout programmes, and fitness and nutrition advice.

In the UK, who can forget the massive popularity of trainers like Joe Wicks (who also raised nearly £600k for the NHS) or Lucy Windham-Read, army corporal turned personal trainer.

Brands like Peloton saw massive, rapid growth as people invested in home workout equipment to help them maintain their fitness whilst stuck indoors (though Peloton has found that a return to normal has hit sales, and 2022 has seen the brand further battered by negative press surrounding supply chain problems, product fails and even deaths).

But what of the individuals who peddle their fitness and image advice in 2022? How successful are they financially? Where are they really making their money, and who is at the peak of their performance?

Heydiscount.co.uk, one of the UKs leading online discount code sites, has compiled a fit-fluencer rich list report looking at who is in the best shape as we head into 2023.

The report looks at average earnings across Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, and assesses who has the fastest growing audiences.

 

Richest fit-fluencers across all platforms

1. Pamela Raif

Pamela tops the list as the richest fit-fluencer – with estimated total earnings across all platforms reaching a whopping £22,142 per post.

Pamela has been posting her health and fitness routines since 2012, starting on Instagram before building a YouTube channel. Today her workout videos regularly get up to 45 million views, and she boasts the largest social following plus the highest average earnings per post at £22,142.

Pamela Reif – YouTube

 

2. Not far behind is the second richest fitness influencer, Cassey Ho, with estimated total earnings of £21,896 per post.

Cassey began posting pilates videos in 2009.Today, her business empire selling her brand of activewear and fitness accessories earns her an average of £21,896 per post.

blogilates – YouTube

 

3. Third in the overall rich list is Kayla Itsines who earns a respectable average of £14,000 per post

Australian personal trainer Kayla began her career by posting her clients’ weight loss progress images on Instagram. She thenestablished her business empire by publishing a series of e-books and now earns an average of over £14,500 per post.

Kayla Itsines – YouTube

 

Richest TikTok fit-fluencers

1. Demi Bagby

Topping the list of TikTok earnings at £10,907per post is Demi Bagby.

Demi discovered CrossFit after being paralysed for 3 months, and began posting her fitness workouts and challenges on TikTok. She quickly gained a following of 14.4 million and now has over 14 million views on the platform.

Demi Bagby (@demibagby) Official | TikTok

 

2. Roland Pollard

Next on the TikTok rich list is Roland Pollard with earnings per post of £4,772.

The former cheerleader achieved TikTok stardom during the pandemic with his videos of him and his daughter performing impressive cheerleading stunts, gaining 6.4 million followers.

Roland Pollard (@rolandpollard) Official | TikTok

 

3. Justine Becattini

TikTok earnings per post: £3,334

Justine is better known online as Juju Fitcats, and earns £3,334 per TikTok post. She began her career on YouTube in 2017, before expanding to other platforms and has also published two cookbooks and regularly competes in CrossFit competitions.

Juju Fitcats (@jujufitcats) Official TikTok | Watch Juju Fitcats’s Newest TikTok Videos

 

Richest Instagram fit-fluencers

1. Kayla Itsines

Instagram earnings per post: £38,241

One of the top-ranked fit-fluencers overall, Kayla Itsines tops the list on Insta earning a massive £38,241 per post. As well her hugely popularebooks teaching women workouts and nutrition, the personal trainer and author has launched her own app, which she reportedly sold last year for £233 million.

KAYLA ITSINES (@kayla_itsines) • Instagram photos and videos

 

2. Michelle Lewin

Instagram earnings per post: £37,801

Venezuelan fitness model and bodybuilder Michelle Lewin is up next. Michelle grew up in extreme poverty, before discovering bodybuilding and fitness modelling at 17. She now has around 15 million fans on Instagram and earns £37,801 per post.

Michelle Lewin (@michelle_lewin) • Instagram photos and videos

 

3. Jen Selter

Jen Selter’s fitness, lifestyle and recipe posts have built up a following on Instagram of over 13.5 million and put her third place for Instagram earnings, at over £33,000 per post.

Jen Selter (@jenselter) • Instagram photos and videos

 

Richest YouTube fit-fluencers

1. Raul Diaz

Raul Diaz is a cheerleading coach from Dallas, Texas who first shot to TikTok fame posting comedy videos and stunts from his cheerleading gym.His YouTube channel currently has over 2 million subscribers and earns him a massive £314,636 per video.

RaulD33 – YouTube

 

2. Cassey Ho

YouTube earnings per video: £151,491

No. 2 in the overall league table, Cassey Ho also takes second place for YouTube earnings, making £151,491 per video. The pilates instructorbegan with YouTube videos choreographing classical pilates moves to top 40 hits and her blogilates channel today has 7.77 million subscribers.

blogilates – YouTube

 

3. Jesse James West

YouTube earnings per video: £88,585

22-year-old Jesse James West, has become a YouTube star by posting his workout routines, with a growing audience of (currently) 2.15m million subscribers. He earns an estimated £88,585 per video plus cashing inon his own fitness clothing and accessories.

Jesse James West – YouTube

 

Most influential fit-fluencers with the biggest social following

1. Pamela Reif

Total Followers: 18,945,600

Richest fit-fluencerPamela Reifalso has the highest total follower count, at nearly 19 million across the three platforms. She initially built a following on Instagram posting about health and fitness routines before starting a YouTube channel.Now her workout videos regularly get up to 45 million views.

 

2. Demi Bagby  

Total Followers: 17,512,000

Demi Bagby is a 21-year-old CrossFit athlete and adrenaline junkie who posts content on sports ranging from sky diving and surfing to skateboarding and gymnastics to over 17.5 million fans across Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

 

3. Jen Selter

Total Followers: 15,954,300

Jen Selter’s fitness routines and nutritional advice have currently gained her a combined total of more than 15.9 million followers. She began her career on Instagram, seeking encouragement for her own fitness journey then built her careerproviding fitness routines and nutritional advice to inspire others.

 

You can read the full report and get some deeper into the stats here Fit-Fluencers – Social Media’s Most Successful Fitness Gurus 

To me, the two biggest take-outs are:

  1. The rather obvious conclusion that there is massive potential in the fit-fluencer market
  2. Finding your authentic niche is key to success

 

A word of caution for aspiring fit-fluencers

The market is massive, there’s no doubt about it. But there’s also a lot of concern about the connection between body image and mental health, and how the, sometimes unrealistic, images posted by influencers can have a negative effect.

This article from the US National Federation of Professional Trainers highlights some interesting ‘red flags’ relating to some of the less wholesome aspects of the industry, and is worth a read: Fit-fluencer Red Flags (nfpt.com)

 

If you’d like to talk about how to build or develop your influencer marketing strategy or how to connect with the right influencer marketing agency for your brand, get in touch. I’d love to chat.

Gordon Glenister is also the author of the book, Influencer Marketing Strategy. Learn:

  • how to build an influencer strategy
  • what makes a great influencer
  • about the rise of Clubhouse and Tik Tok
  • about future digital trends for connecting with a digital customer

Find out more and order your copy at: Influencer Marketing Strategy Book By Gordon Glenister – Gordon Glenister

The 2022 Youtube Rich List

Did you know that YouTube is the second-most visited website on the internet (after Google), boasting 14.3 billion visits per month, more than Facebook and Wikipedia. Although content creation platforms like TikTok and Instagram are growing rapidly in popularity, YouTube still outstrips them by far.

As a leading expert in influencer marketing, I’m always interested to see who is actually making the big bucks in the world of content creation, so when the latest report YouTube Rich List report from CashNetUSA landed in my inbox, it was great timing.

The report looks across the world at the big picture, and examines major territories.Using SocialBlade’s database of YouTube channel data, CashNetUSA found the top-earning channel in every country/region and was able to estimate the channel’s lifetime earnings.

There’s quite a lot of information, but I wanted to share some of the main highlights with you.

For the full detail, you can also read the complete report here.

 

First, just how big is YouTube?

It’s big.

694,000 hours of video are streamed on the platform every minute, while 500 hours of content are uploaded every minute.

Compare this with Netflix, which, despite streaming feature-length movies, commands just 452,000 streaming hours per minute.

It’s been possible to earn a living from content creation on YouTube since 2007, and a 2019 survey revealed that there’s a whole generation of kids who, having grown up with it, see being a YouTuber as a future to aspire to.

 

What do the world’s biggest overall earning channels have in common?

Maybe then, it’s no surprise that the answer is: kids. The report highlights that YouTube’s Global Rich List is dominated by content created for children.

  • The highest earning YouTube channel: American kids’ channel Cocomelon, earning an estimated $282.8m since its creation in 2006. At time of writing, it has over 147million subscribers, which means that (excluding channels run by media organisations), it tops the popularity list.
  • In five out of six continents, the most profitable channel was content made for kids. Russia’s Like Nastya ($167.5m) and Argentina’s El Reino Infantil ($102.2m)
  • American YouTuber FGTeeV has earned the most of any gaming channel, making over $47m so far.

The 2022 Youtube Rich List

It’s worth looking at a few other popularity stats at this point. We’re looking at specifically at the Rich List, but it’s interesting to see where some of the highest earners sit within the ‘most subscribers’ list too.

Source: Most subscribed YouTube channels 2022 | Statista

 

Let’s look at what the Rich List revealed by continent.

 

North America

Cocomelon, Babadun VanossGaming Among Continent’s Top Earners

With three-quarters (73%) of U.S. adults reporting that they use YouTube, the US market is huge.

More than 22,000 channels currently boast more than one million subscribers, and YouTubeaccounts for 27%of North America’s mobile video traffic.

As we’ve already seen, with more than 136 billion views on their videos, children’s channel Cocomelon tops the league table of YouTube earnings in North America, and has racked up more than 136 billion views to date.

Against Cocomelon’s $282.8m, next highest earners entertainment channel Babadun, Mexico ($39.3m) and VanossGaming, Canada ($31.3m) may seem small fry, but those are pretty big earnings.

 

South America

Once again, kids’ content is king, with El Reino Infantil (‘the children’s kingdom’) in English out-earning even its closest rivals, at $102.5m. It’s famous for its sing-along videos, which have attracted the attention of some big names.

Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are among YouTube’s 25 largest markets for views, with 274 billion in Brazil alone.

 

Europe —Gaming Channels Dominate but Like Nastya Tops The List

Europe accounts for 27% of YouTube’s global viewing figures, with the U.K., Russia and Spain among its largest markets.

Gamers are higher on the popularity (and therefore, Rich) list here with a gaming content channel being the highest earner in 16 of 45 countries.DanTDM, UK ($39.8m) and Jacksepticeye, Ireland ($32.5m) are the two highest earning gaming channels in Europe.

Once again, though, top of the earnings tree is content for kids, with Russia’s Like Nastya way ahead of the competition at $167.5m.

Like Nastya differs from some of the other kids’ channels in that it belongs to, and is presented by, Nastya herself. Anastasia (Nastya) Radzinskaya is originally from southern Russia, but she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and moved with her parents to the United States. Her channel, which includes her own music videos, as well as videos of her with her parents, encourage kids to explore the world with her, and are hugely popular, with over 102 million subscribers.

 

Middle East and Central Asia

The Middle East has seen some rapid growth in YouTube channels recently, with the number of channels growing by 160% between 2015 and 2018. The region now has more than 200 channels with over1 million subscribers.

Once again, the wealthiest channel is aimed at children, with Jordanian platform Toyor Al-Jannah (toyoraljanahtv) (which translates as the Birds of Paradise channel) earning nearly $54m. The channel was one of the Middle East’s first child-dedicated YouTube channels, and includes a mixture of songs and videos aimed at children of different ages.

Vlogger Shifa (aka shfa2) comes, by the standards of the rest of the world so far, a fairly close second, at $43m. But before you get too excited about the prospect of a non-gaming, non-kid-centric channel coming high up the earnings list…Shifa’s channel, containing videos of her playing, at school etc is managed by her mum.

Mohammed Moshaya Al-Ghamdi (aka mmoshaya), next in line $34m is styled as ‘the largest family vlogger in the Middle East’, and features an entertaining mix of sketches and family challenges.

 

Rest of Asia and Oceania

The CashNetUSA report excluded many official Bollywood and K-Pop channels from its figures in this region, focussing on individual channels. And, in common with the rest of the world, it is children’s content that thrives here, with India’s ChuChuTV earning $81.6m.

The last decade has seen significant YouTube growth in the Asia-Pacific region, andIndia or South Korea are home to half of YouTube’s 20most subscribed channels. PewDiePie, offering a variety of entertainment videos is quite a success story rivalry with 111 million subscribers (earnings not stated though).

 

Africa

With only around 22% of Africa’s population having internet access, the continent has traditionally represented a smaller market, but there are signs of change here. Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa all have at least 300 channels with more than 100,000 subscribers.

For once it’s not kids’ content that dominates here, with Egypt’s حِرف إبداعية في 5 دقائق (Creative Crafts in Five Minutes) being Africa’s highest-earning channel, at $8.7m. The life hacks and how-to guide ranging from creative projects to household fixes have together been viewed more than 4 billion times.

Arabic language channels are popular across the continent, too, including Algerian cooking YouTuber Oum Walid ($4.9m).

 

The complete report includes a searchable table of results at the bottom, so if you’re interested in looking deeper into the numbers, head on over to the full report here.

In summary…

  1. Content for kids dominates YouTube earnings.

According to the report, five of the 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all time* were published by channels specifically creating content for children. For the Wikipedia list of the YouTube top 30, click here.

With around 34% of parents in the US regularly allowing their kids to watch YouTube content (but 61% reporting unsuitable content, it’s not surprising that channels based solely on stuff for kids are popular. (figures according to Pew Research Center)

  1. Gaming is the second highest earning genre. YouTube has always been popular with gamers, and videos of Minecraft, the world’s best-selling video game, have been viewed more than a trillion times.
  1. YouTube is still growing. Despite competitors like TikTok and Instagram, YouTube’s mainstream popularity means that its growth shoes no sign of slowing down.

 

What does all this mean for you? If you’re a YouTuber (or aspire to be) it might be tempting to think that your chances of success are less if you’re not a kids’ creator or gamer. But remember that, with 694,000 hours of video being streamed on the platform every minute, there’s room for everyone, and with the right approach, you’ve got the potential to earn a living whatever your niche.

 

To talk about how, get in touch.

If you’d like to talk about how to build or develop your influencer marketing strategy or how to connect with the right influencer marketing agency for your brand, get in touch. I’d love to chat.

Gordon Glenister is also the author of the book, Influencer Marketing Strategy. Learn:

  • how to build an influencer strategy
  • what makes a great influencer
  • about the rise of Clubhouse and Tik Tok
  • about future digital trends for connecting with a digital customer

Find out more and order your copy at: Influencer Marketing Strategy Book By Gordon Glenister – Gordon Glenister 

*The most viewed YouTube video of all time? Baby Shark. If you really need reminding, click here (But don’t blame me for the earworm!)

The 2022 Youtube Rich List

Most Inspiring Workplaces in London

Inspiration seekers, this is for you!
These are the most inspiring spaces to work from in London

From breathtaking views over the iconic city of London, to Yoga in nature and the most luxurious palm tree courtyards – remote and hybrid workers will find inspiration in these stunning locations sourced and vetted by Othership.

Most Inspiring Workplaces in London

Lobby at Hart Shoreditch Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton

Aspire to inspire: London never ceases to surprise and workplaces are no exception. 

Stuck in a rut? Whether you call it writer’s block or creative fatigue, maybe all you need is a change of location. Othership curated a list of the most inspiring places to work from in the capital and their Instagram accounts.

 

beyond Aldgate Twer

Why it’s inspiring: Breathtaking views from the 16-floor glass building with huge windows and plenty of natural light.

Location: Within Aldgate Tower, just 3 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery.

The catch: Day passes are available for £50 per day, monthly coworking memberships for £160 per month or a private office for £499 per month.

https://www.wearebeyond.work

 

Landmark London

Why it’s inspiring: Luxurious interior in an indoor palm tree courtyard from 1899 make it feel like a holiday at the French Riviera – perfect for a calm and relaxed mind!

Location:
Next to Marylebone train station

The catch:
The place is very popular and hotel guests are given priority in the lobby.

https://www.landmarklondon.co.uk

 

Senate House library

Why it’s inspiring: Surrounded by bookshelves, smoking minds and plenty of natural light at antique-looking desks.

Location:
Between Russell Square, Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road.

The catch:
Not everybody likes the type of quiet of a library.

https://www.london.ac.uk

 

The Lodge Space

Why it’s inspiring: Yoga and Pilates classes in a studio overlooking Southwark Park, breathing workshops, massage treatments, plant powered kitchen and the interior of a wooden cabin with a Balinese-inspired secret garden.

Location:
Between Canada Water and Surrey Quays

The catch:
It’s too inspiring to think of any negatives.

https://www.thelodge.space

 

Hart Shoreditch

Why it’s inspiring: A spacious lobby with lots of natural light and tables that invite for team collaboration.

Location:
Between Old Street and Shoreditch High Street.

The catch:
As any hotel lobby, it can get a little busy at times.

Book via Othership

 

FBC Clerkenwell

Why it’s inspiring: Family run co-working space with seating by the window overlooking Clerkenwell, plenty of plants and great coffee to keep the mind awake.

Location:
Clerkenwell, closest tube station is Farringdon.

The catch:
It can be quite busy and a little noisy.

https://www.gofbc.co.uk

 

Mainyard Studios

Why it’s inspiring: Aimed at creatives in multiple locations in East London with music studios, sewing machines, wood workshops and desks in a warehouse setting.

Location: Leyton, Walthamstow, Hackney Central, Hackney Wick, Tomwer Hamlet

The catch: It might be a little too creative for some.

https://mainyardstudios.co.uk

 

The Co-Dalston

Why it’s inspiring: Rustic interior in a small, friendly setting with a bar serving coffee, bagels and Argentinian pastries. For an even more relaxed mind, there is a back garden with plants and decorated in white and baby pink.

Location:
Between Dalston and Haggerston.

The catch:
It’s a bit harder to reach with the Overground being the only public transport connection.

https://theco-spaces.com

 

Town Sq Islington

Why it’s inspiring: Start Up Club and a collaboration with the local council – community at heart in one of the most vibrant areas of London, Shoreditch. Plus, very affordable coworking memberships.

Location:
Around the corner from Old Street.

The catch:
The interior looks like a corporate office without any personal touch.

https://www.townsqislington.co.uk

 

Work From – by The Hoxton

Why it’s inspiring: Stunning interior over two floors with breath-taking views towards all sides of London, a Yoga studio and a beautiful terrace to enjoy a drink after work.

Location:
Southwark by Blackfriars Bridge

The catch:
Coworking memberships for £350 per month.

https://workingfrom.thehoxton.com

 

Moxy London Stratford

Why it’s inspiring: A modern and vibrant interior make this hotel lobby a truly inspiring space for creative minds.

Location:
Next to Stratford station and the Westfield shopping centre.

The catch:
The lobby can get busy towards the end of the day.

https://www.marriott.com

 

If a change of location stimulates your mind and make you more productive or you would simply like to try as many different workspaces as you can, head over to Othership and find you next hot desk.

Most Inspiring Workplaces in London