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Keeping up with the next generation of social climbers

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March 10, 2017 | 10 min read

Depending on how you define influencer marketing, you could say it has been around as long as traditional marketing has. The first radio soap operas were initially created so that soap powder could have influence on their target audience as long ago as the 1950s. Product endorsement from well known celebrities are nothing new either. From George Clooney’s partnership with Nespresso to Kim Kardashian’s partnership with JetSmarter – the private jet app (Oh, to be famous) and every celebrity that exists social partnerships with strange teas that promise to make you thinner. But, we are now amidst strange times. Social Media and niche communities of interest have meant that influence can now be extended purely though people’s social channels – hence the birth of the ‘social influencer’.

It might be bold to say it, but I’ll go ahead anyway - the influencer marketing market place lacks sophistication in some areas and even lacks competence in others. But why is this? Is it because there is a disconnect between the way that campaigns happen and even between young audiences at the end of the influencers content and the people putting the briefs together?

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Keeping up with the next generation of social climbers

There’s no denying that influencer marketing works, and that’s why everyone wants to do it. 67% of Generation Z would rather see ‘real people’ endorsing a brand and consider them more important and credible than ‘traditional’ celebrities. Typical campaign click through rates can be between 0.05% and 0.2% where as with influencer campaigns, we’re looking as high as 10-40%.

Generation Z really do love these social influencers. They feel a deep connection to the talent on a personal basis. It’s a new way to ‘fan girl’ and a great way for brands to reach different audiences.

Everyone wants to try it and the markets becoming overcrowded which is why we saw the need for some tact. Hence the birth of Social Circle. Not only do we manage influencer campaigns, but also we are trying to create an industry standard for influencer marketing. We’ve created a platform that connects brands and social influencers plus a data analytics tool that allows you to live track your campaigns.

Organising influencer campaigns has many layers and many people are involved in the process. Essentially, a brand is buying into a person rather than a space. This can cause confusion for more traditional media buyers and even for traditional PR agencies that are used to free editorial coverage.

The demand for influencers is going crazy. As with anything new, every one wants a piece of the action and it’s no wonder the market place is changing so frequently and so drastically. Influencers now have agents and prices for talent seem to be plucked out of the air dependent on what an influencer needs to get by, rather than more sensibly on what their value actually is. Judging an influencer by subscriber numbers seems ludicrous to us – firstly, a lot of people watch YouTube without subscribing to any channels and the likelihood of someone unsubscribing to channels they have out grown is slim to none.

If you compare some of the biggest YouTube talent’s views with their subscriber numbers, they’re actually getting quite a small watch rate. We had to find a way to make sense of the soaring prices and keep everything fair and so, we came up with our own metric for effectively measuring talent – an engagement metric. What this means, is that we take every interaction that someone can have with a piece of social content created online and give it a value. For example, if you look at Twitter, a retweet is far more valuable than a view because you are naturally expanding the reach and audience of the content.

What this also means is that we are able to figure out suitable Cost Per Engagements when it comes to working with social influencers and we know when we are overpaying. We tend to ‘buy’ at £0.01 - £0.16 CPE yet some of our favourite YouTubers charge over £1 per engagement.

Through the tracking on our platform and the metrics we have created, we are able to monitor not only the big names, but also find the up and coming ones – the social climbers. These are the people to watch – they don’t necessarily have management nor are they necessarily used to brand collaborations but they are often most reasonably priced and also, most excited for brand work opportunities meaning lots of added value.


1. Daz Games

Daz Games

Reach: 5,227,162

Avg. views: 2,806,782

Avg. engage: 2,876,342

1,408,594 subscribers

146,099 views per video

-5% average views growth

1% subscriber growth

Daz Black

Daz Black

Reach: 4,248,201

Avg. views: 2,962,566

Avg. engage: 3,047,043

280,588 subscribers


2% average views growth

1% subscriber growth

Beginning his career on the now defunct platform Vine, it has been fascinating to observe both Daz’s growth, and his approach to maintaining career longevity, especially when faced with the prospect of losing your entire following.

His decision to create two channels, one for comedy content which is longer form than his Vine content (which suits the YouTube platform better), and one for gaming content, which is incredibly popular with his particular demographic of young males.

With both of his channels prominent in our Social Climbers database, it’s no wonder that he is our top Social Climber for the month, and we look forward to continuing to watch and track his growth.

2. Nile Wilson

Nile Wilson

Reach: 41,620

Avg. views: 93,277

Avg. engage: 95,786

41,620 subscribers

93,277 views per video

660% average views growth

159% subscriber growth

Nile’s channel was relatively unknown only one month ago, and compared from then to now, his growth has soared through the roof. A young Olympic gymnast, he creates content around his sport in a relatable manner for his peer age group audience. He has experimented with more clickbait over the past two months, and it has indeed paid off. It is this model of Hero - Hub - Help content which has driven traffic through his viral hits and into his brilliant more day-to-day content.

3. Sonic State

Sonic State

Reach: 93,942

Avg. views: 2,181

Avg. engage: 2,258

93,942 subscribers

2,181 subscribers

679% average views growth

0% subscriber growth

4. Flik’s Gaming Stuff

Flik's Gaming Stuff

Reach: 134,440

Avg. views: 6,209

Avg. engage: 6,511

134,440 subscribers

6,209 views per video

346% average views growth

0% subscriber growth

5. Steejo


Reach: 32,009

Avg. views: 4,711

Avg. engage: 4,836

30,108 subscribers

4,616 views per video

348% average views growth

1% subscriber growth

Uploading a whopping 8 times a day - every 3 hours - it’s no surprise that Steejo has made his way onto our radar. A Scottish gaming YouTuber with an incredible backlog of gameplay, his content averages views from the mid hundreds all the way to the high tens of thousands. His approach to tackling the YouTube algorithm is a unique and modern one, however his consistency yields a channel which, with dedication, only continues to grow exponentially.

6. Coreross


Reach: 70,544

Avg. views: 9,828

Avg engage: 10,407

70,544 subscribers

9,828 views per video

288% average views growth

1% subscriber growth

7. AlmaDeutscher

Alma Deutscher

Reach: 25,798

Avg. views: 101,305

Avg. engage: 102,299

25,798 subscribers

101,305 views per video

285% average views growth

1% subscriber growth

Twelve-year-old Alma’s YouTube channel is by no means the most impressive thing about her - a musical prodigy, she has just debuted her first full length musical opera in Vienna, which she wrote entirely by herself. A master composer, pianist and violinist, she posts her performances and practice videos to her YouTube channel, with consistently high viewership, even though her uploads are perhaps less frequent than other YouTube channels.

8. Exxkun


Reach: 43,916

Avg. views: 10,836

Avg. engage: 11,243

43,916 subscribers

10,836 views per video

305% average views growth

0% subscriber growth

9. Beckie Jane Brown

Beckie Jane Brown

Reach: 90,415

Avg. views: 32,328

Avg. engage: 115,605

287,604 subscribers

17,856 views per video

2% avg. views growth

0% subscriber growth

10. Suzy Lu

Suzy Lu

Avg. views: 8,987

Avg. engage: 9,388

72,082 subscribers

8,987 views per video

227% average views growth

4% subscriber growth

Matt Donegan, Managing Director, Social Circle.

Tel: 020 7748 9237



Twitter: @socialcircle_

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