This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best possible experience. See our Cookies Policy.

PMG Digital Made for Humans

Old Dog, New Tricks – Influencer Marketing & Furry Friends

4 MINUTE READ | June 3, 2016

Old Dog, New Tricks – Influencer Marketing & Furry Friends

I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of the internet’s most famous furry friends, Marnie the Dog. I stood in line for four hours (yes, four hours) to meet her… four hours in line to meet a dog. You can’t even have a conversation with a dog, and, if I’m being honest, I’m not a huge dog person. But I stood in line for 240 minutes anyway. My entire interaction with Marnie lasted about fifteen seconds. Those fifteen second included: a huge gust of wind blowing my hair in every which way, terrible quality lighting, me saying something along the lines of, “wow, this dog smells awesome”, and, eventually, a picture with Marnie. Were the 14,400 seconds of standing in line worth it? Absolutely.

And, in case any #haters out there don’t believe me, here is a picture to prove it:

Marnie is a part of a subset of internet users who work in influencer marketing. According to TapInfluence, influencer marketing is “a type of marketing that focuses on using key leaders to drive your brand’s message to the larger market. Rather than marketing directly to a large group of consumers, you instead inspire/hire/pay influencers to get out the word for you.” Some of the most famous influencers include Viner Jerome Jarre, YouTuber PewDiePie, and beauty blogger Zoella. The common thread between these people?

To boil it down:

Who are influencers? – Influencers are trendsetters on social media platforms (think tech bloggers, YouTube beauty gurus, Vine comedians)

What do they post? – Influencers will:

Why will they post? – They’re either paid by your brand or so inspired by your brand that they want to post about it

How does this work? – According to Forbes, “audiences are skeptical of advertising and will often tune out messages from brands they’ve forgotten they’d followed on social media. But when they see content from an individual they like and trust, they are much more likely to accept the content and buy.” People, especially teenagers and millennials, trust influencers, in fact, 60% of teens are more likely to believe and buy from YouTube stars than mainstream celebrities (source: Variety)). Influencers aren’t celebrities, they aren’t paid endorsers, they are simply authentic people on the internet who post what they want to post.

Okay, so at this point you might be wondering, “Wait, how can Marnie be an influencer? She’s a dog, she can’t talk, how can this work?”And I’ll tell you: Our internet furry friends are some of the most beloved (and most followed) social media users. For example, Grumpy Cat has 1.5 million followers on Instagram – that’s more than Martha Stewart, Bob Saget, Mandy Moore, and Rachel Bilson have PUT TOGETHER. Brands began to catch on to fame of internet pets and have started using animals as influencers – Grumpy Cat was the face of Friskies, Boo the Dog worked for Virgin America, Sir Charles Barkley the Frenchie influenced for Aesop/Nordstrom, and our old pal Marnie was featured in a JetBlue Instagram post.

To bring it back around, would I stand in line for four hours to meet household name, television celebrity, AND spokesperson/endorser Bob Saget? No, probably not. Would I be tempted to purchase from JetBlue if Bob Saget was the spokesperson? Again, probably not, and like, y’all, he was the dad on Full House… But would I do those things for millennial-adored, Instagram famous Marnie? Heck to the yes, and that’s the power of generation-inspired and social-media-driven influencer marketing.

Insights meet inbox

Sign up for weekly articles & resources.

Featured image courtesy of: marniethedog.com/.


Posted by Elizabeth Birdsong

Related Content

thumbnail image

Get Informed

What to Know About Reddit

5 MINUTES READ | October 1, 2020

Get Informed

Will Instagram Reels Overtake TikTok?

4 MINUTES READ | August 7, 2020

Get Inspired

Why You Should Tap TikTok Influencers Now

4 MINUTES READ | July 29, 2020

thumbnail image

Get Informed

What to Expect During Big Tech’s Big Week

5 MINUTES READ | July 27, 2020

Get Informed

Understanding the Recent TikTok Tensions

7 MINUTES READ | July 14, 2020

Get Informed

Understanding the Genius Bar Index

4 MINUTES READ | July 13, 2020

thumbnail image

Get Informed

Recovery Decelerates as Consumers Opt to Stay Home

11 MINUTES READ | July 9, 2020

Get Informed

Cases Surge, Businesses Decide What To Do Next

4 MINUTES READ | July 6, 2020

Get Informed

Companies Reassess Priorities While Consumer Demand Remains Low

11 MINUTES READ | July 2, 2020

All POST