For the past years, we have only relied with word of mouth as one of our most effective strategies to spread awareness about something that we want people to know about. But as society continues to evolve together with the technology, social media has emerged and become a vital part of our daily lives. And for the business perspective, it has also become essential for brands to use these platforms in order to reach more audience and promote their respective products and services. Due to this, a massive rise of social media influencers was noticed by many of us, and this trend continues to grow as we move on to a brand-new decade.
As the competition gets tough for the social media stars to secure collaborations with different brands, let us check these ten influencers who amassed a huge following through their social marketing strategies.
The Swedish Youtuber known to many as PewDiePie started his channel in 2010 by uploading Let’s Play videos, a series in which he plays different horror and action video games. His channel continued to grow and after two years, he reached his first million subscribers, calling them the BroArmy. With this, his contents also expanded, varying with different videos such as playing video games for charities, comedy segments, vlogs, music videos, and meme reviews.
He became the most subscribed YouTube channel from 2013 to early 2019, then lost the spot to T-Series, an Indian music record label and film production company. Nevertheless, he maintained the title of being the most subscribed and most viewed channel operated by an individual, with a whopping 102 million subscribers and 24 billion views. Because of this, The Sunday Times named him as the most influential digital figure across a variety of social media platforms.
Although his sponsorships and tie-ups with big brands such as Revelmode and Google Preferred were short-lived, and have seen his show Scare PewDiePie got cancelled because of the controversies that he was involved with, it was still impressive to see him get back on his feet and remain as one of the most influential people in 2019.
Aside from his YouTube career, he also got his hands full on his other ventures. In 2019, he decided to join DLive, a new live streaming platform which he currently has 752K followers. With the help of other game developers, he also launched his own video games such as PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist, PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator, and PewDiePie’s Pixelings. He also has his own PewDiePie Merch and Tsuki, a clothing brand which he co-owned and co-founded with his wife, Marzia Bisognin-Kjellberg. Both clothing lines are widely accepted by fans, and Tsuki has now opened a pop-up store in Toronto.
Now recognized as the wife of PewDiePie, Marzia Kjellberg, formerly known as CutiePieMarzia, is an Italian influencer who also started her career by uploading contents on YouTube in 2012, focusing on beauty, fashion, interiors, books, DIYs, photography, video editing and graphic designing. She also shared her travel vlogs and hauls with Felix and other friends. Her channel became one of the most popular in beauty and makeup genre which garnered over 16 million views.
On October 2018, she uploaded her last video and announced her retirement on YouTube, and her channel has accumulated 128 million views right after her statement. Although some fans were saddened to see her leave the platform, still, many fans wished her good notes, and her YouTube channel has maintained an impressive 7.67M subscribers.
Moving on to other ventures, she continued to market herself by designing her own clothing lines, such as Lemon, Amore, and Tsuki, and launched other products such as home décors, nail polishes, and fragrances. She also decided to have her own subscription box wherein she partners with other beauty brands in which she feels right to promote because of the multi-benefits of the products for the skin; is vegan, and cruelty free. With this, a lot of brands reached out to her and in turn, her subscription box is well received by consumers and fans.
On July 2018, she launched Mai, her personal brand in which she features her hand-made jewelleries, potteries, and other home décor designs.
Her products are always sold out, which shows that her hand in business is getting positive reviews, and her influence is still bright despite her lack of activeness in some social media platforms in the recent months.
Another YouTube star who is known for his playthroughs of indie and horror games, Mark Fischbach aka Markiplier, joined the platform on March 2012. Because of his series of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Five Nights at Freddy’s, his channel immediately grew and in 2014, he was ranked 61st at the Top 100 Channels on NewMediaRockstars.
Like many other social media stars, he also had his shares of ups and downs. Despite taking a short break from YouTube in 2015 following the death of his friend Daniel Kyre, Markiplier went back, and his channel has gained 10 million subscribers. Due to this incident, he used YouTube and his other platforms to spread awareness about suicide attempts and encourage everyone who has been battling depression to seek for help. In 2017, his contract with Revelmode was also cancelled when the subnetwork disbanded as a result of PewDiePie’s controversies at the time.
After dealing with these unfortunate events, he uploaded an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure style video called “A Date with Markiplier”. Due to the positive reviews of this, his channel has grown into 15 million subs. In 2019, he released another interactive video with the same style called “A Heist with Markiplier”, a YouTube Originals production in which he was named as one of the producers.
Following the success of A Heist, he launched another YouTube channel called Unus Annus with fellow Youtuber Ethan Nestor wherein they will upload a video everyday and after a year, the said channel along with the videos will be deleted permanently. Unus Annus quickly became popular and garnered 1.5 million subscribers in just five days.
Mark’s other ventures consist of his own merchandise, and a clothing brand called Cloak which he created with Jacksepticeye. He has also voiced the character 5.0.5. in the Cartoon Network series Villainous. And in 2019, he also co-produced and appeared in a post-apocalyptic audiodrama podcast titled Edge of Sleep.
Seán, who goes by the name Jacksepticeye, joined YouTube in 2007 but only started uploading videos in 2012. He quickly rose to fame in 2013 when PewDiePie mentioned him in one of his videos. From being a fan, he eventually became good friends with Felix, and in turn, he received more recognition and gained fans of his own. Even though his videos contain a lot of swearing, it appears that people react to this positively, and he now has 23.1 million subscribers on his channel. He was also ranked as the most-subscribed channel in Ireland.
As part of Revelmode, he hosted a charity livestream in 2016 called Cringemas together with PewDiePie, Markiplier, and other fellow youtubers for the benefit of AIDS victims. They reportedly raised over $1.3 million, and he has since continued to do other charity livestreams, whether on his own or in collaboration with other people. One of the recent successful charity livestream he did was collaborated with Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in 2019, wherein they raised over $260,000 for the benefit of the charity SameYou, an organization that helps increase neuro-rehabilitation access after brain injury and stroke.
Because of his friendship with PewDiePie, he too had been dragged down with the controversies and lost his contract with Revelmode. Nevertheless, the two remained good friends up to this day.
Venturing on his own, he signed a contract with Disney Digital Network and has been featured in various projects such as Disney XD and Polaris: Player Select. He also went on tour in US with How Did We Get Here tour and in Europe with Game Grumps for Ready Player 3 tour.
In May 2018, he uploaded a video of him with Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool. It seemed like the two formed a good friendship that Jack announced that he will be having a cameo in an upcoming movie of Ryan called Free Guy. He was also present in the yellow carpet premiere of Detective Pikachu in Japan, in which Ryan starred last year. Due to this exposure, he landed himself with a couple of new gigs interviewing some of the biggest Hollywood stars such as Jason Momoa, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Heart, and Jack Black.
His other ventures consist of running his own merch and Cloak, a clothing brand that he co-founded with fellow youtuber Markiplier.
Before becoming a successful entrepreneur and internet personality, GaryVee started in humble beginnings. He began his first business at the age of 7 with a lemonade franchise, and by selling baseball cards and toys worth thousands of dollars through his high school days. By the age of 14, he joined his family’s wine business by bagging ice in which he earned $2 per hour. After graduating college, he eventually assumed control of the business, renaming Shoppers Discount Liquors into Wine Library. It was one of the first e-commerce platforms for alcohols, and because of the transition, a massive growth in sales was recorded from $3 million to $60 million a year. It was also during this time that he launched the YouTube channel WineLibraryTV, explaining variations of wines. His engaging contents were brought to the attention of Ellen Degeneres and Conan O’Brien and he was invited to be on their show.
He signed a book deal with HarperCollins and launched his first book in 2009 called Crush It!, the international bestselling book wherein he tackles his principles on media, marketing, and communication. This was the start of his journey on becoming a five-time New York Best Selling Author.
In 2011, Gary decided to step away from the wine business and focused his attention on VaynerMedia, a social media-focused digital agency which he co-founded with his brother AJ. In 2016, the company reportedly grossed $100 million in revenue, and has provided services with large names such as GE, Johnson and Johnson, PepsiCo, Chase, and more. They also partnered with Vimeo to connect filmmakers and brands for digital content.
In 2017, Gary formed the Gallery Media Group and entered the publishing business by acquiring women’s magazine PureWow, and later launched ONE37pm. The same year, Apple launched Planet of the Apps, a reality tv series in which he, and the other cast members will evaluate the pitch from different app developers in order to secure investments from them.
Practicing the building of personal brand, he launched DailyVee, a vlog which shows his life as a CEO. His active presence on social media enabled him to accumulate over 12M as of today.
Kylie rose to fame at an early age when she appeared on E! reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians alongside her sisters Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, and mom Kris. At the age of 14, she and Kendall collaborated with PacSun, a clothing brand that sells lifestyle apparel designed for teens and young adults.
She also launched her own cosmetic line called Kylie Lip Kit, and later renamed it to Kylie Cosmetics in 2016. Due to her popularity and influence among youth on social media, Time magazine listed her, and her sister Kendall, as one of the most influential teens in the world. In 2017, she made it into the list of Forbes Celebrity 100, making her the youngest person to be featured on the list. In 2018, New York Post cited her as the most influential celebrity in the fashion industry. And in 2019, she was back on Forbes list, naming her as the world’s youngest billionaire at age of 21.
The 25 year-old internet personality began his career by posting Vine and YouTube videos. In 2014, he became one of the most followed personality on Vine, Twitter, and Instagram. He also started his acting career in the same year, starring in the film called Expelled. In 2015, he appeared on more various shows such as American Odyssey and The Outfield. And in 2016, he starred on Netflix’s reality series called Chasing Cameron.
On August 2019, he revealed that he has been struggling with addiction, depression, and family trauma. Since then, he used his social media platforms to influence and raise charitable causes for those who are also battling the same problems to help them access better treatments.
Trevor is a South African comedian who currently hosts Emmy and Peabody award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central, and eventually got international recognition for his successful stand-up comedy career. In 2016, his autobiographical comedy book called Born a Crime was published and gained critical acclaim, topping the list as New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the best books by Newsday, Esquire, NPR, and Booklist. In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter named him one of “The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media”, and Time listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He also made appearances in Black Panther and American Vandal.
What started out as a regular day for Tyler, Coby, Cory, Cody, and Garrett betting on sandwiches via basketball shots in their backyard became the birth of the 2nd most subscribed channel on YouTube. Dude Perfect has quickly gained popularity by uploading videos depicting various trick shots and stunts completed with upbeat music. The group also hold many Guinness World Record such as world record for the longest basketball shot, the longest Lego walk in barefoot, and the longest pea blow in one breath. Due to their video contents, they have since worked with some of the biggest personalities such as football player Aaron Rodgers, NBA star Chris Paul, actor Paul Rudd, tennis player Serena Williams, and many more.
Huda Kattan, an Iraqi-American makeup artist, beauty blogger, and entrepreneur, started her career when she moved to Los Angeles. Among her first clients were Eva Longoria and Nicole Ritchie. She was employed by Revlon as a makeup artist when she returned to Dubai, and that’s when she launched her own cosmetic line called Huda Beauty, wherein one of her most popular clients is Kim Kardashian.
Her fanbase and business massively grow, and in 2017, she was ranked No. 1 on the “2017 Influencer Instagram Rich List”, which she earns $18,000 per sponsored Instagram post. Forbes also named her as one of the Ten Most Powerful Influencers in the World of Beauty, and was chosen by Time as one of The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet.
If you are planning to start an online career or business, be sure to involve yourself with different social media platforms and utilize them wisely to learn more about your target audiences. Check out these influencers that are mentioned above, and take time to carefully study their approach on how they became successful in dominating the world of internet, and use it to your advantage.
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