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Celebrity chefs and their Instagram strategies – More than just food porn?

Social media is a treasure trove of inspiration for foodies. From amateur cooks to Michelin-star chefs – visual platforms have also changed the way professionals are able to promote and share their talents with the world.

So, how exactly do the best chefs harness the power of Instagram? Here’s a run-down of some of the most high-profile chef channels and what they achieve. 

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Are virtual stars the next step for influencer marketing?

From the FTC’s reinforced regulations and CAP's guidance to the increase in artificial Instagram pods - the world of influencer marketing seems to have been riding a wave of scepticism in the last year.

Now, a new phenomenon has cropped up, which hasn’t done much to help perceived authenticity within the industry. It’s mainly down to Lil Miquela – a virtual/CGI influencer with an impressive 600,000 followers on Instagram.

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How Lego uses Instagram to inspire fans of all ages

Since it was founded in 1932, countless generations of children have grown up with Lego toys. As time and technology have progressed, Lego has created a whole new breed of Lego-obsessed youngsters – equally enthralled by its movie and video game franchise.

Social media continues to be an intrinsic part of Lego's marketing strategy, with visual content a key way the brand drives engagement and fosters a sense of community online. 


Snapchat is finally opening itself up to the web

Snapchat's fortunes have declined since the company went public last year.

Facing waning user growth and a full-frontal attack from arch rival Facebook, some have gone so far as to suggest that Snapchat might not be built to last.

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Is the influencer marketing bubble set to burst?

Last year, influencer marketing became a billion-dollar industry, with reports suggesting that it could be worth a whopping $2.38bn by the time 2019 rolls around.

Other research suggests a similarly positive outlook.

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Ask the experts: Paid social media trends, challenges & strategy

Next up for our 'ask the experts' series is paid social media.

We've got some consultants and agency bods to give us their opinions on everything from Snapchat to strategy, video to influencers. There's quite a lot to digest so you can use the hyperlinks below to jump between questions.

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Is Facebook preparing to tax influencer marketing campaigns?

Influencer marketing is now a billion-dollar business.

And despite challenges like disclosure rules and fraud, there's no reason to believe that it won't continue to be an important part of the way brands market their wares to consumers via social media.


Six lessons we can learn from the best stationery brands on Instagram

Some people like to follow food brands on Instagram, others are interested in fashion. For some reason, I seem to have a slightly unhealthy obsession with stationery.

Niche, I know. But it seems I’m not the only one. The hashtag #stationery has over 2 million posts on Instagram, with big brands including Primark and ASOS also jumping on the ‘stationery porn’ bandwagon.


Five reasons Instagram is beating Snapchat in the battle for brands

Instagram or Snapchat? For brands deciding which service to invest more heavily in, Instagram increasingly seems to be the winner.

Here are some of the biggest reasons why.


Snapchat opens up to the web in a big way with new Paperclip linking feature

Since its launch, popular messaging service Snapchat has only been accessible via iOS and Android apps. The Snapchat ecosystem has been totally closed off from the outside world, including the web.

That stands in stark contrast to Snapchat's biggest competitor, Facebook-owned Instagram. In 2012, it made user profiles accessible on the website, and most recently, it upgraded its mobile web app to allow users to post content. Previously, content posting could only be performed via the Instagram native mobile apps.


Five lessons retailers can learn from Wayfair’s Instagram channel

Wayfair, the US-based home ecommerce retailer, has enjoyed continuous growth over the past couple of years. It recently announced a 32% increase in direct retail sales year-on-year for Q1 2017. 

Another significant point of growth for Wayfair has been its presence on social media.


Will Instagram pods impact influencer marketing?

In 2016, Instagram scrapped its chronological news feed for an algorithmic timeline. Naturally, many users bemoaned the change, complaining that it’d make it even harder for posts to reach audiences. 

Now, it appears Instagram communities are attempting to fight the algorithm by forming Instagram pods.