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As more brands incorporate influencer marketing campaigns into their overall marketing strategies, studies prove that collaborating with social media influencers to produce, distribute, and promote sponsored content is now one of the most dominant ways for brands to get consumers. Influencer marketing addresses today’s disruptive advertising trends including declining television viewership, growing social media audiences, and escalating usage of ad-blocking technology.

To help brands and marketers make well-versed decisions about how to allocate priceless advertising resources, we’ve compiled the most major trends, insights, and statistics for influencer marketing in 2016.

The Biggest Influencer Marketing Statistics To Know For 2016

For a visual representation of some of the top influencer, digital, and social media statistics, “The Biggest Influencer Marketing Statistics” below. In addition to the following influencer marketing statistics, we have also developed a category page here for extra advertising statistics and trends, as well as the latest published figures in our weekly round-up.

  1. Influencer Marketing Awareness Increased More Than 90X Since 2013

At the start of 2013, Google’s Keyword Tool measured search for “influencer marketing” at less than 50 average monthly searches. Now, influencer marketing is searched well over 4,400 times on an average each month. Additionally, Google Trends also charts the enormous rise in popularity for influencer marketing as a search subject.

Interest in influencer marketing has been fueled by success from well-recognized brands (together with LG, Samsung, Coachella, Mercedes, Target, Colgate, and few more) as well as top social media influencers who have helped brands successfully promote products and services to millions of engaged audiences who spend hours each day on trendy social media channels and networks.

  1. Earned Media Value For Influencer Marketing Was 1.5X Higher Than Preceding Year

Earned media value (EMV), a measurement of the dollar spend essential to achieve equivalent (paid media) KPIs on earned media campaigns, was markedly higher for U.S. influencer marketing campaigns in 2015 than 2014.

This data supports increased effectiveness in influencer marketing campaigns and strategies year-on-year, where the highest earned media values for influencer marketing scheme were in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) food industry ($14.29 for every $1 spent), tourist destinations and travel ($12.54 per $1), and bath, body, skin and beauty ($12.21 for every $1 spent on influencer marketing). CPG also held the highest social engagement rate out of all advertiser categories, followed by home & garden and beauty.

  1. 84% Of Marketers Utilize Influencer Marketing Campaign Tactics

Demonstrating the widespread adoption of influencer marketing among marketers, a study published in eMarketer showed that nearly 85% of “marketing and communications professional worldwide expected to start at least one campaign involving an influencer in the next 12 months.” The most popular influencer tactics included content promotion, merchandise launches, and content creation.

  1. Over 80% Of Marketers Find Influencer Marketing Campaigns Effective

In the aforementioned study, eMarketer also discovered that more than 80% of marketers who had launched marketing campaigns involving social media influencers found them to be effective for driving both engagement and responsiveness. According to EConsultancy, 43% of companies say social media stars are more relevant to their marketing strategies, followed by singers (38%), models (28%), TV actors (25%), and sports personalities (22%).

  1. 60% Of Marketers Will Increase Influencer Marketing Budget In 2016

As Ad spending for brands and advertisers maintains to shift from TV to digital and social media, over half (60%) of marketers say they plan on increasing influencer marketing budgets in 2016. Influencer marketing, which leverages the reach, engagement, and endorsement of top social media stars for brand marketing campaigns, presents advertisers by a targeted system to attain millions of fans, followers, and audiences across digital and social media.

  1. 62% Of 18- To 24-Year-Olds Would Buy A YouTuber-Endorsed Product (Vs. Celebrity)

A study  conducted by Variety showed that social media influencers’ appeal, trustworthiness, and relevance resonated most with teens and younger demographics. Newer findings from Defy Media now confirm that millennial consumers are influenced by social media stars’ opinions.

For teens and millennials, “YouTubers” (or top influencers on YouTube) are much more relatable than traditional, household-name celebrities. According to a Google case study, 40% of millennial subscribers on YouTube state that their favorite YouTuber “understands them better than their friends” and 70% of teenage YouTube subscribers say they relate to YouTubers more than to traditional celebrities.

  1. The Average Person Spends 1 Hour 40 Minutes On Social Media Each Day

As reported by The Telegraph, the average person now maintains at least 5 social media accounts and spends about 20 minutes on each app. Moreover, time spent on social media networks, channels, and apps consumes more than 25% of total time spent online, a trend that may be attributed to increased access following the rise of mobile.

Furthermore, Global Web Index’s new quarterly report (which is the largest study of digital consumers surveying more than 47,000 online users) discloses Facebook’s dominance as the largest social media network; YouTube, however, is still considered “the coolest social network” by teens.

  1. Digital Ad Spend Increased 20% To $60 Billion In 2015; Estimated To Reach $100 Billion By 2020

Digital advertisement spending was $60 billion in 2015, a 20% raise from 2014 and adequate to capture one-third of total advertisement spending across each and every category. At an average yearly growth rate of 15% each year, digital advertisement spending will reach $100 billion by the year 2020.

In 2017, the internet will overtake television to be the leading advertising way, earning 36% of total advertisement spend compared to TV’s 35%. Over the most recent decade, internet advertising has risen from 6% of total global spend in 2005 to 30% in 2015, a 400% increase.

  1. 70 Million Americans Will Use Ad Blockers In 2016, A 34% Increase From 2015

In 2016, 70 million Americans will use an ad blocker, a shoot of 34% over last year’s figures. Next year, eMarketer estimates that 86.6 million people will use ad blocking software/programs, an increase of 24%. For advertisers, the increase in ad blocking method that digital ads will be less noticeable and therefore less likely to reach intended audiences. 10. Nearly 70% Of Millennials Use Ad Blockers

After YouTube launched their ad-free monthly subscription service, top YouTubers –  Pewdiepie and KickThePJ polled their Twitter audiences on whether they’d be willing to expend money for an ad-free experience. Over 90% replied “no” with 40% already utilizing ad block technology for an ad-free digital and social experience.