The Evolution of Influencers, From the 1700s to Today

Influencer marketing is a great way for companies to boost their reach and get their name out to the world. Tapping into the social followingsof celebrities and social media icons is an effective way to get new fans and customers, and while it may feel like it’s at its height right now, influencer marketing actually has an old history. In fact, it dates all the way back to the 1700s.

The famous potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood tapped into royalty, getting kings, queens and other nobles to endorse his pottery line. Later, in 1905, Fatty Arbuckle, an American silent film actor, comedian, director and screenwriter, became the first recorded celebrity to endorse a product, which was Murad Cigarettes.

But today, when we think of “celebrity” or “influencer,” stars such as Selena Gomez, Cristiano Ronaldo and DJ Khaled come to mind. And that’s because these celebrities have followings so massive, an endorsement or ad by them is sure to get customers swayed to buy a product or try a service. Read more

Rose Leadem – Entrepreneur – 6 Aug 2017