Instagram, Twitch, and other platforms helped creators make nearly $7 billion, study says

uploadscardimage936250413961a0-7152-413e-8b62-5d339a2279ef.jpg950x534__filtersquality90Creators in the U.S. are earning more than ever on internet platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr — nearly $7 billion, according to a new study.

The sprawling 97-page report by the Re:Create Coalition analyzes how many people in the U.S. are creating online content, where in the country they’re located, and how much they are earning. According to the study, nearly 17 million Americans earned an estimated $6.8 billion across nine internet platforms in 2017.

The Re:Create Coalition, a group which advocates for fair use and balanced copyright law, conducted the research in order to update its previous findings from 2016 on what it calls “America’s New Creative Economy.” The most recent report found a nearly $1 billion increase in earnings and more than 2.4 million additional creators over the one-year period between studies.

Instagram and Twitch both experienced the largest jump in total revenue earned by creators over the year with a 49.5 percent and 30 percent increase, respectively.

Of the nine platforms analyzed in the study, Instagram is the top creator platform with 5.6 million Americans generating an income on the service. WordPress, Tumblr, and YouTube also have millions of U.S. users earning from each platform.

The report estimates that of the nearly 17 million U.S. content creators earning online, less than 117,000 make more than $10,000 a year. While that number may sound low, Techdirt points out many of these platforms are enabling people to create income via avenues that didn’t exist years ago.

Re:Create Coalition included an addendum explaining how its findings are conservative —it looked at just nine platforms, and only used data provided by the platforms and analysts. The study also only analyzed independent creators, leaving out, for example, mainstream Hollywood talent and music industry stars.

Even without major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Kickstarter, iTunes, Spotify, and Patreon, the study found a burgeoning creator industry made possible by the internet.

Out of all the U.S. states, researchers found that California has the most people generating earnings online with more than 3.2 million creators, followed by New York with nearly 2 million creators, and Texas, with more than 1 million creators. However, even states with the smallest number of creators — such as Wyoming and North Dakota — saw a double digit percentage increase in creators between 2016 and 2017.

8 Instagram Trends to Watch in 2019

Activity-indicator-32018 is rapidly ending, and it’s time to look forward. Staying ahead of the trends will keep your business competitive and encourage greater engagement from your intended audience.

Like any list of projected trends, this is just an estimation. No one can see into the future and discern what the most successful Instagram marketing campaign will be. However, based on the rapid growth rate of Instagram with more than a billion active users and trends that have worked in the past, experts have made a few likely predictions. Real Instagram followers are probably looking for the following trends as we roll into the new year.

1. Buying Direct on Instagram

“Got an e-commerce store? If so, you need to be using Instagram’s Shopping feature,” says expert marketer Neil Patel. “Like, right now. It improves product discovery on the app by condensing and making information available in one place.”

He explains that when customers see a product they want to purchase on Instagram, they’re more likely to finish the transaction rather than abandoning the cart. People are naturally impulsive when it comes to making purchases, and the more hoops they have to jump through, the more time they have to change their minds.

Read full article here. 

Facebook Is Tops with Everyone but Teens

The number of Facebook users in the US will inch up 0.9% this year to 169.5 million. While growth has plateaued, Facebook is still the most used social network among all age groups, except for teens.

Here’s how the top social networks rank among the following age groups:


In 2016, Snapchat surpassed Facebook as the most popular social network among US teens. Snapchat will continue to add users ages 12 to 17, while Facebook will continue to lose users in that cohort. In fact, we estimate Snapchat will add 1.2 million new users in that age group by 2022, while Facebook will lose 2.2 million.

Snapchat has been more popular than Instagram among US teens for years. In 2018, 16.4 million 12- to 17-year-olds will use Snapchat, compared with 12.8 million for Instagram. Snapchat will remain dominant among teen users through 2022.

As eMarketer first reported in February, teen usage of Facebook is declining. This year, 11.5 million people in the US ages 12 to 17 will be on the platform, down from 12.1 million in 2017. By 2022, the number of Facebook users in that age bracket will drop to 9.3 million.


Read full article here. 

5 Key Insights into Effective Instagram Stories Performance [Report]

Instagram Stories is now up to 400 million daily users, and Facebook executives have noted that the Stories format is on track to become the primary social sharing platform, overtaking the News Feed before the end of the year.

The trends indicate that you should be considering where Stories fits into your social media marketing strategy – but given it’s such a new and different format to master, how can you know what you should be aiming for?

What qualifies as ‘good’ Instagram Stories performance? What type of Stories content should you be posting?

Lucky for you, the team at Delmondo have got your back. Delmondo, a social analytics company, has been specifically focused on the evolution of the Stories format, developing the industry standard for reporting both vertical video and Stories (Snapchat and Instagram) performance.

Given this, the company is perfectly placed to provide insights into key Stories trends and usage – which they’ve done in their latest report, which highlights their findings from over 5,000 Instagram Stories over the last six months.

Here are five key insights from the report

1. Stories Reach

First off, the Delmondo team have sought to put together accurate benchmarks for Stories reach.

Of course, this is difficult because every brand is different, but the Delmondo team have separated their findings by vertical to try and hone in their figures.

Instagram Stories completion rates [chart]

As you can see, the average reach rate for Instagram Stories is around 7.2% of your Instagram following, with significant variations dependent on your sector. As noted, this is not definitive, but it may help give you a better idea of what success looks like in terms of your Stories performance.

Read full article here. 

10 Ways to Step Up Your Instagram Stories Content

insta_stories_ex3This year, more businesses are going all in on Instagram Stories, with the Stories format quickly becoming the hottest social media option. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says so – according to Zuckerberg, Stories are on track to overtake the News Feed as the primary form of social sharing.

Momentum for Stories is clearly building – and as such, if you’re looking to create your own Stories content in order to connect with your audience, it’ll take more than simply being present. You’ll also need to step up your Stories game to compete with rising attention in the space.

Luckily, there are a ton of different ways to brand your Instagram Stories – using these simple features, in a consistent way, can add a heap of personality to your Stories, and help you build a recognizable brand aesthetic.

In this post, we’ll explain the importance of Instagram Stories, how to customize your content, and outline the various features you can use to optimize your Instagram Stories strategy (CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE)


Instagram Stories now lets its 400M users add soundtracks

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 9.03.35 AM.pngThe right music can make a boring photo or video epic, so Instagram  is equipping users with a way to add popular songs to their Stories. TechCrunch had the scoop on the music feature’s prototype in early May, and now it’s launching to iOS and Android users in 6 countries including, the U.S. Thanks to Facebook’s recent deals with record labels, users will be able to choose from thousands of songs from artists including Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and Guns N’ Roses. The launch could make Instagram Stories more fun to post and watch in a way that copyrights won’t allow on Snapchat, while giving the app a way to compete with tween favorite

Read full article here.