5 Branding Gems From The Carters

5 Branding Gems From The Carters

Photo Credit: The Carters

The Carters are music royalty. Every move they make is calculated, and there’s a lot we can learn from how they run their business. Their latest project, “Everything Is Love” is full of gems that can help you grow as an influencer.

Here’s five that come to mind:

  1. Leverage your authenticity

Extra magazine hopped on a jet with my Ebony chick. Blacker than the Essence Fest” Jay Z on The Black Effect

We were proud to see various shades of melanin take over The Lourve Museum in Paris in the ‘Apeshit’ video. But after listening to the whole album, it’s clear that The Carters are unapologetically black.

With cultural appropriation running rampant, it’s important for black and brown creators to own their narrative. Other races shouldn’t profit off of what makes us who we are. Take pride in your culture and weave it into your brand as an influencer, so you can monetize your authenticity like The Carters.

  1. Know your worth

“I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you.” – Jay Z on Ape Shit

Jay pushed the culture forward by turning down the invitation to perform at the Super Bowl. He didn’t sacrifice his dignity and the work of everyone trying to change the racial injustices in America for money.

His decision shows that if partnering with a company goes against your morals, the opportunity isn’t for you. Without clear values, you’ll underestimate your worth when working with brands.

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  1.  Numbers don’t mean everything

“If I gave two f*cks about streaming numbers, I would have put Lemonade up on Spotify” – Beyonce on Nice  

Bey wasn’t focused on pushing ‘Lemonade’ on every platform. She knew it was a work of art, so she treated it as such.

Metrics matter to brands. Your engagement rate, impressions, following, email list, etc. helps quantify your worth, but there’s a lot that shapes your influence. Talent, content quality, personality among other things are taken into consideration when working on campaigns. It’s important to intentionally grow your reach, but remember that brands are looking at your whole package.

  1. Build your legacy

“My great-great-grandchildren already rich. That’s a lot of brown chi’r’en on your Forbes list” – Beyonce on Boss

Bey and Jay have put in 20+ years in the industry to get the level of success that they have. The legacy that they’re leaving for their children and the impact they’re making in the world fuels them to keep pushing.

The work that you put in now will impact generations to come. Keep that in mind when you’re tired or considering giving up. You have to remember your why.

  1. Take risks and bet on yourself

“What would you do, you knew you couldn’t fail? I have no fear of anything, do everything well.” –  Jay Z on Nice

From starting a streaming service to dropping albums without traditional marketing, The Carters have proven to be more than musicians — they’re true artists who believe in their craft and the importance of doing things differently.

Taking risks is at the center of innovation. It’s impossible to make an impact if you always follow the status quo. As an influencer, you have the freedom to be creative and experiment on your own terms. Own it!

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A New Voice in Influencer Marketing

A New Voice in Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing isn’t going anywhere – if anything it’s only becoming more relevant, and a form of advertising that tech giants like Facebook are investing in.

As brands started to embrace this new, more authentic form of marketing, we noticed a gap in the industry. Black and brown creators were being overlooked for campaigns despite the impact they have in their community and mainstream culture.

We started Intecoo to fill that need.

Our roots are in Atlanta, but we’re on a mission to help multicultural creators across the country build better relationships with brands to monetize their influence and expand their reach. By serving as a catalyst between both parties, we make sure everyone is winning.

From identifying influencers that are the right fit for a campaign to ensuring that a brand’s message is culturally relevant to prepping creators for partnerships, we tackle diversity in influencer marketing like no other agency.

At Intecoo, influence is done differently. We’re able to genuinely create a culture of collaboration because we’re at the center of the influential community that brands want to reach and that content creators value.

We know the power of authentic relationships, and we want to stay connected with you. Here are a few ways we can keep in touch:

  1. Apply to join our influencer network to be the first considered for dope collaborations. Submit your application here.
  2. Need help with a one-off project like pitching brands or creating a paid social strategy? Hit up our team at kerry@intecoo.co.
  3. If you’re based in Atlanta, keep an eye on our emails for upcoming events that we’re hosting or that we discover in the city.
  4. Follow us on Instagram to see what we’re up to and find potential brand partnerships.
  5. Stay tuned to more blog posts about everything from e-commerce to content creation.

Cheers to authenticity, creativity and moving the culture forward!