Platforms like Instagram, Facebook and TikTok are full of coronavirus-themed memes which provide some much needed comic relief in this unprecedented time of crisis.
According to influencer marketing database Obviously, engagement on TikTok increased 27% from February to March 2020, meaning it’s not just screen time that’s increasing, but audience numbers too.
People are looking to creators for content
This change in consumer behaviour and engagement is creating an ideal environment for content creators and influencers.
To capitalise on soaring audience figures, Australian creators like Alright Hey! and Tom Smallwood are producing topical content that pokes fun at working-from-home, using hand-sanitizer, or social distancing, and audiences around the world are lapping it up.
Content that would usually accrue 100k views per post, like a corona-themed TikTok from Tom Smallwood, last week reached 11.7m views and 2.5m likes, just under half the population of Sydney.
It’s the limitations in media options that make this period so unique. Typically, brands have a diversity of options when selecting the best media to reach audiences, be it outdoor, radio, TV or digital. However, for the coming months, digital is surfacing as the key way to reach engaged and attentive eyes.
Amplify director Alex Reid said this period of social distancing is changing the way brands reach audiences.
“With people unable to leave the house, connecting with online creators has become the primary way brands are able to reach and engage not just young people, but everyone,” Alex said.
“Our creators are seeing a sizable uptick in audience viewership and engagement. And it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.”
What can we expect?
How long this situation will last remains unclear, but it’s likely that as a result of this digital-centric period, we will see a fundamental shift in how audiences engage media far into the post-corona future.
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