Celebrity endorsement has been a well-known marketing tactic for some time. However, lately it has become even more prevalent due to the social media world-take-over. Celebrities are able to quickly and easily take pictures of themselves wearing or using a certain product, and instantly post it to social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook. This allows brands to reach millions of potential consumers in just a few minutes, or even seconds.
The fashion industry in particular benefits hugely from celebrity endorsements. A picture posted of a well-liked celebrity wearing a shirt from H&M, for example, immediately gives the brand credibility. People want to be like celebrities – especially millennials. They want to imitate their image – buy what they buy, and wear what they wear. Selena Gomez’s social media posts are currently worth $500,000, putting her in the top six social media influencers. Her social media following is increasing by around 200,000 followers every day. Imagine the reach a fashion brand can achieve just by Gomez posting a picture of herself in their product.
As a society, many of us are constantly emerged in social media. We are continuously looking at Instagram, Facebook and Twitter on our devices, and many of us also follow a number of celebrities on these platforms. Through these platforms, we are able to see into the lives of the rich and famous, making it easier than ever to copy their lifestyles, especially their clothing choices. Fashion is something that is a major factor in many peoples lives, and celebrities are often viewed as fashion icons. This shows just how impactful a simple post to social media can be.
By: Kirsten Matthewman