Report: Influencer marketing to surpass $13 billion

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Practically unheard of just five years ago, influencer marketing has quickly become a staple for brands in the social space. In 2016 influencer marketing account for less than $2 billion in advertising budgets. In 2021, influencer marketed is expected to account for more than $13 billion in ad spending.

But despite the influx of ad dollars to influencer campaigns, many influencers themselves say the pandemic has made what they do more difficult. About one-third (38%) report fewer collaboration options now that pre-pandemic, 26% say budgets have been reduced, and 13% note there are more influencers now which is impacting their pay.

According to researchers about one-fifth (23%) of influencers made at least $50,000 last year. Other interesting findings from their report include:

• 8% of influencers are making $200,000 per year or more
• 47% say working with brands is harder now than before the pandemic
• About 50% have opened new revenue streams because influencer campaign payouts/income have decreased
• 45% of influencers have between 10,000 and 100,000 followers across social platforms

Lifestyle and food content remain the top niches for most influencers, with travel, beauty, and DIY/crafts rounding out the top five. Most influencers use Instagram, Facebook, and personal blogs/websites to share content (90%+), but 79% have also moved into Pinterest, 47% to YouTube, and 31% to TikTok.

More data from’s report can be accessed here.



Kristina Knight is a freelance writer based in Ohio, United States. She began her career in radio and television broadcasting, focusing her energies on health and business reporting. After six years in the industry, Kristina branched out on her own. Since 2001, her articles have appeared in Family Delegate, Credit Union Business, and with Threshold Media.