What is a Social Media Superstar?

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By: Courtney Moser

Lights, camera, action? More like post, share, go viral (am I right, influencers?).

With 1.6 billion people on Facebook, 400 million on Instagram and 320 million on Twitter, it’s clear that the world of social media is a cluttered one. The digital revolution has given many people a platform and voice, but between all of the posts and noise, it can be hard to stand out. Unless you’re a social media superstar, that is.

A social media superstar is someone who is famous because of their social channels, as opposed to someone who is already famous for something else and has social channels. Did you get that? The superstars’ fame is social-media made.

“Now more than ever, fame is accessible, and it creates a different breed of famous person. You can release a funny photo… You can create a social media account for your adorable pet, or post inspiring or funny videos about your life. You can change the world, if only for twenty-two seconds,” writer Sarah Klegman said of the changing fame landscape.

Social media superstars have not only used technology to their advantage, they’ve discovered an alternative path to fame and earned digital influence. Typically, they have a total reach of more than one million. There’s a wealth of interesting stories of social media superstars, across many different networks such as YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and more. Even if a superstar is famous because of, or known specifically for a certain network, they still have a presence on the rest of them for cross-promotion and increased reach – a great takeaway for all marketers. This Social Media Today article on YouTube celebrities, for instance, said: “No single successful YouTuber is to be found without any of the big three: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”

What are these superstars doing right? First and foremost, they have a definite target audience. They have a following that connects with them – whether niche or more broad – and it isn’t one sided. Engagement is the next critical aspect to social media stardom. Consistent posting, cross-promotion and responsiveness are all important for high levels of engagement. After all, if you have a loyal follower who constantly comments on your videos or asks questions about your photos with zero acknowledgement or feedback, won’t they eventually just stop trying? Social media is all about connecting and sharing, and superstars only rise up with the help of others.

What else sets social media superstars apart? Have you worked with any superstars in influencer marketing campaigns? Share your insight with us in the comments!

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