The word "authenticity" has reached its pinnacle in the social media space. Of course, consumers and hospitality brands both want content to feel warm, adventurous and welcoming, but with today’s influencer-heavy reliance, defining the term has become more and more difficult.
There’s little doubt social media influencers have a tremendous impact on marketing products. From makeup, fashion and beauty, to travel and everyday consumables, influencers are a tremendously effective means of targeting large and niche audiences, with strong engagement, and eventual increase in sales figures.
Vacation planning was once a meticulous process of flipping through Lonely Planet and Rick Steves books, or sitting down with a travel agent to finalize regimented tours. Today's social-focused guests learn more about potential vacation prospects with a swipe of their finger, whether searching for unique tourism locations, food options or beautiful hotel lobbies. Some even go as far to find the perfect Instagram-worthy vacation photo opportunities.
Influencer marketing’s explosive rise resulted in the destruction of one of its hallmark values: authenticity. However, it’s social media stars themselves who might be our only hope to bring the “real” back to influencer marketing in 2019. We break down five influencer trends for the new year that hint at a positive upswing.