BCMA Influence

The BCMA Influence global Chapter has been launched in recognition of the challenges that brands face in this often-complex sector

The business of Influencer Marketing has grown exponentially in the past year, with an ever-increasing number of brands entering the market. BCMA Influence has been launched, following a wide-ranging consultation amongst members to understand and identify the key issues facing brands, agencies, producers and platforms.

The BCMA will be commissioning research, producing best practice guides and extending its accreditation scheme to give additional confidence to brands that are planning to engage with Influencers as part of their marketing strategy.

Gordon Glenister, Global Head of Influencer Marketing, BCMA Influence

Gordon spent the previous 11-years heading up the UK promotional merchandise association, BPMA, so brings a wealth of experience to the organisation. He has also held a number of senior sales and marketing positions within major international brands. Gordon has been an award judge for the BPMA student design competition, the Institute of Sales Management and the Institute of Promotional Marketing. He is a qualified digital marketer and has been the publishing director of the successful Product Media magazine. He was instrumental in the launch of the first association trade show which was a huge success and subsequently followed the launch of Merchandise World. Gordon launched the first ‘Promotional Products Week’ and also the UK’s first online education programme for the promotional products industry. More recently he has run his own membership consultancy.

I am truly excited about driving this new channel forwards. The BCMA is best placed to ensure best practice and truly support influencers, agencies and brands alike.” Gordon Glenister, Global Head of Influencer Marketing, BCMA Influence

If you would like more information about BCMA Influence please contact Gordon Glenister, Global Head of Influencer Marketing on gglenister@thebcma.info

Council Of Influencers (Advisory Board)

Louise Simpson, Content Creator, Three Little Tinkers
Louise Simpson a content creator, author and illustrator. Louise founded the Three little Tinkers and is an incredibly talented artist and writer and has recently published her first children’s book.  Her beautiful new book, Creature Features, is a combination of pictures that would inspire and engage children along with facts that their parents would enjoy reading and that they didn’t necessarily know before but also a book that’s not too long.

Charlie Wild, Co-Founder, The Travel Project
The Travel Project started in 2016 when founders Charlie and Jess quit their jobs in advertising to conduct an experiment. They wanted to see what would happen if they travelled the world guided solely by the creative community of Instagram. This innovative use of the platform took them on a year long adventure around the world, giving them access to unique local experiences and building a global community of 24K+ people as well a network of 150+ influencers. By ‘hacking’ Instagram’s global network and using it as a tool for real world connectivity the couple gained unique insight into the future of the platform, story telling and influencer marketing. This in turn led to the creation of The Travel Project Ltd as the couple set about sharing their knowledge and experience with businesses looking to find their online voice. With experience as consumers, marketers and influencers The Travel Project Ltd offers a 360 approach to story telling.

Jess Last, Co-Founder, The Travel Project
The Travel Project started in 2016 when founders Charlie and Jess quit their jobs in advertising to conduct an experiment. They wanted to see what would happen if they travelled the world guided solely by the creative community of Instagram. This innovative use of the platform took them on a year long adventure around the world, giving them access to unique local experiences and building a global community of 24K+ people as well a network of 150+ influencers. By ‘hacking’ Instagram’s global network and using it as a tool for real world connectivity the couple gained unique insight into the future of the platform, story telling and influencer marketing. This in turn led to the creation of The Travel Project Ltd as the couple set about sharing their knowledge and experience with businesses looking to find their online voice. With experience as consumers, marketers and influencers The Travel Project Ltd offers a 360 approach to story telling.

Fab Giovanetti, Founder, Make An Impact
Fab is a business mentor, published author, influencer-specialist, best known as the founder of the Health Bloggers Community. Serial start-up founder and professional troublemaker, she is obsessed with avocados and helping people making an impact in health and wellness. Sounds like you? Learn how you can get a bit more Fab in your life. I’ve been mentoring health & wellness professionals and bloggers for over 5 years. If you have magnificent dreams, and big, sequin-style boss pants ready to be filled, this is the right place. The beauty of mentoring is that each person will benefit from it in their own way: streamlining workload, finding the best tools for a more efficient marketing strategy, creating and executing an efficient PR and media plan, creating your first product/service.

Rob Eades, Founder, Lean Student Chef
As a student at university, I always played a lot of sport and I loved to cook. As with many students, I was very limited by my budget, so had to come up with novel ways to keep my nutrition levels up in order to fuel my active lifestyle. Such a challenge led me to create The Lean Student Chef. Having been pestered for recipes, fitness tips and help with cooking healthy and delicious food on a budget, my initial idea was to share the recipes that I created with just my friends. It soon became apparent that the demand exists far beyond my initial expectations for my recipes. It is my hope that my page can help as many people as possible, in order to maintain a balanced lifestyle without the associated expense. That is why I create recipes that anyone can follow and enjoy, be that Vegan & Vegetarian recipes, Fakeaways, Specials, Brunches & Breakfasts and even Sweet Treats sometimes!

James Bamsey, Content Creator, Founder, Bamsey Digital
With over 4 years experience in the industry & a reach of over 20,000,000, Bamsey Digital has been created to help brands bring their social media goals to life. Whether it’s starting from scratch and creating social media channels for new business or growing an already established online presence, there’s many ways that we can help you. Come and say hey & get the conversation started.

Alexandra Galviz, Founder, Authentic Alex, Branding and Strategy Coach
Alex was Head of Training and Development for a Foreign Exchange broker by the time she was 24 years old. Finding herself a round peg in a square hole she spent a considerable amount of time learning about what her values, passions and skills were. Unable to find a role that aligned with all of the above, Alex decided to create her own portfolio career. In December 2017 LinkedIn named her in the top 12 most influential writers in the UK. Her readership has grown to almost a million. Her mission is to inspire, motivate and empower professionals to share their own stories and to to give them the tools and strategies to lead an authentic and fulfilled career. She is a sought after speaker, trainer, writer and community creator. 

Anthea Biggs, Lifestyle & Family Blogger
Anthea began her career as a classical musician and composer. After a career break to start a family she found herself searching for a creative outlet that would work around family life. Initially using social media as a platform to share her interiors and styling tips, as Anthea’s audience grew she was able to showcase her creative abilities and become and active member of the content creator community. “I love the problem solving aspect of taking a clients brief and creating something that answers that brief in my own unique creative style.” Anthea describes herself as a cushion faffer, coffee drinker and flatlay lover. Her instagram page offers small windows into her interiors, parenting and lifestyle. This year will see the launch of her website giving further scope to offer interiors and styling tips to her audience and professional content creation services.

Akeem GriffithsBig Brother Consultant
Akeem Griffiths is originally from the Rhondda Cynon Taff which is based in South Wales. He now spends the majority of his time in London. He is best known for appearing on the reality television series Big Brother in 2018 in which he was announced the UK runner up. Since leaving the Big Brother house Akeem has been involved in television & radio interviews, special guest appearances, modelling, charity work and public speaking. Akeem is currently the Operational Manager for one of the leading UK fashion brands G.Salvatore ltd (GSalvatore_UK).

Chris ‘Sacriel’ Ball, Live Streaming Gamer 
Sacriel is the premier strategic combat and survival specialist on Twitch, and one of the largest streamers in the UK. Sacriel provides high-educational analysis alongside high-level tactical approach in anything he does, seasoned with his signature recipe of dry British humour. Sacriel has grown a fully global audience since starting on Twitch in early 2012 and was nominated for ‘Streamer of the Year’ at the 2017 Esports Industry Awards. A lover of innovation, Sacriel has a long history of setting a higher standard of excellence for all streamers, being the first ever to implement a subscription loyalty program (praised in the Twitch retrospective) that is still unmatched to this day, and also created a wildly successful giveaway system. Sacriel’s regular content features non-stop tactical action, an eager passion to learn and teach, and the famous mature community, self-named ‘The 42nd!’ Sacriel also has consulted on several games during their development process, including, DayZ, Subnautica, COD Blackout, Breaking Point.
 
John Adams, Dad Blog UK
John Adams is a dad of two young daughters, Helen aged ten and Izzy aged six. He’s married to Gill and they live in the South East of England, very close to London. His blog tells his story as a father. It’s not, however, a usual story. Back in 2011, he gave up his career in communications to become the main carer for his children and run the family home. His wife, meanwhile, continued to work full time and fulfilled the traditionally male role of breadwinner. Time does not stand still and families go through different phases and stages of development. Over the years his status has changed depending on the needs of their children. At times he has been a stay at home dad. At other times he has worked part time. These days, both of the children are at school allowing him to work from home during school hours as a blogger and freelance writer. Even so, he remains the at home parent. He does the school runs, ensures the kids have school uniform to wear and occasionally helps out at school. He does the grocery shopping, cooks most of the meals and get the kids to their various after school activities. He answers to a number of different titles, but often refers to himself as a school run dad.

Tom Sharman, Head of Social, Campus Society
At age 20 Tom Sharman has achieved a considerable amount. Tom is Head of Social at Campus Society. The world’s fastest growing student community aiming to inspire and engage students to shake up education. Prior, he worked at start-up agency, TwelveA.M. (co-founded by SB.TV’s Jamal Edwards MBE) and Ogilvy & Mather Group where he led the social media efforts for it’s innovation facilitator, Ogilvy Labs. Tom has founded his own agency DOUP, which in 8 months, grew to 22 employees, whilst he still attended university. He is the Head of Social for We Are Social Media, the fastest growing social media publication, and has recently been appointed Trustee for BIG STOP Charity, helping to engage and inspire teenagers globally throughout their 2017 initiatives. Tom is a prolific writer and speaker.

Adam Cam, Instagram Growth Specialist & Mentor
Adam is a model and Instagram star who is also a Confidence Coach who helps to eliminate anxiety and help others regain control of their life. He posts a variety of motivational posts as well as modeling pictures on beaches and in studios. He posted his first picture to Instagram on June 11, 2014. Adam specialises in growing Instagram pages for Influencers, Coaches, Bloggers, Consultants & Small Brands.

 

Industry Steering Group

Tom Curtis, Managing Partner, Executive Creative Director, Mediacom
Tom joined MediaCom way back in 2000 with an art degree and a 2-year stint at another agency under his belt. Since then he’s had five very distinct roles: Planner, Head of Visualisation, Joint Head of MediaCom Create, Creative Director and now Head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising UK (whatever some of the those mean). As a merged UK and Worldwide department specialising in content creation, production and distribution, the MBA London team is responsible for the delivery of projects for both local market and international clients.Although now in a managerial role, Tom still loves a bit of Photoshop.

Megan Falconer-Taylor, Director of Product & Commercial Strategy at Influencer Intelligence
Megan Falconer-Taylor is the Product Director for Celebrity Intelligence, responsible for leading strategy and shaping the product roadmap across commercial, research and technology and operations. Drawing upon the latest digital technologies and industry intelligence, Megan has been driving transformative growth and innovation that has ensured the product is market leading and future proofed. Her 10 years of experience within the talent marketing industry, combined with her strong stakeholder and management skills, has helped create a powerful network that Celebrity Intelligence trusts and thrives on.

Rich Keith, Managing Director, Fourth Floor Creative
Rich is the co-founder and MD of Fourth Floor Creative, a fast-growing creative agency that works with online creators to set-up high-quality commercial deals and premium services, enabling them to get on with making amazing videos and livestreams. Rich has spent over 20 years working in the media, much of it running media brands in the videogames sector. For the past five years, he’s worked with YouTube phenomenon the Yogscast, dubbed the ‘UK’s kings of YouTube’ by the BBC. Fourth Floor Creative was set up in partnership with the Yogscast. Rich is also a visiting professor at Sunderland University, consulting on new media trends.

Jo Burford, Head of Creator Solutions, Whalar
Jo Burford is Head of Creator Solutions at Whalar, an influencer marketing platform that aims ‘to liberate the creative voice’. She oversees Whalar’s creative community as well as it’s in-house content, including social media channels, online magazine and video based learning centre, plus their PR, marketing, events and partnerships. She has worked on influencer campaigns for the likes of the UN, River Island, Net-a-Porter, Grey Goose, and more.

Dylan Wyn Pugh, Head of Commercial, Red Bull
A content evangelist, Dylan WynPugh leads the Commercial team at Red Bull, partnering with brands to create epic content that inspires people to maximise their time and talent. Having started his career planning and buying media (Group M / DentsuAegis), he’s spent 10 years evolving the business models of multi-platform publishers (The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun) to compete in this modern, digital age, and is currently an ongoingadvisor for multiple video-based start-ups.

Sarah Penny, Head of Content – Fashion & Beauty Monitor and Influencer Intelligence
As Head of Content, Sarah creates and manages the global content strategy for the Fashion & Beauty Monitor and Influencer Intelligence – the leading platform for talent and influencer marketing partnerships. the products are both part of the Econsultancy product family. This includes management of all content output and targets, ensuring agreed content strategy supports the business growth ambitions. This is a senior position within the marketing portfolio at Centaur Media, and as well as content delivery the role is targeted on driving both efficiencies and cost where appropriate.

Scott Guthrie, Independent Influencer Marketing Consultant
Scott works with brands, agencies and influencer marketing platforms to generate meaningful results 
from smarter influencer marketing decisions. He offers strategic advice and practical know-how about influencer marketing best practice across the entire influencer marketing workflow. Scott has extensive commercial experience heading functions ranging from media relations, client services and operations to product management and marketing across industries including communications and financial services. His career spans FTSE 100 companies and start-ups covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa and most recently Asia Pacific. Scott is a published author having written chapters in five business books and provided columns and quotes for leading industry media titles. These include PR Week, PR Moment, and City AM.

William Soulier, CEO & Co-Founder, Talent Village
William Soulier is the CEO and Co-founder of Talent Village, an influencer marketing platform. Talent Village offers premium influence solutions for brands to build meaningful campaigns with highly engaged influential talent on Instagram. William started his career in wine and spirits sales, before specialising in digital marketing within the luxury space, helping brands shift to mobile-first online strategies. During that time, he was exposed to the power of influence, and saw a clear need for brands to collaborate with professional talent on social media to ensure authenticity and generate greater engagement. 

Tim Jones, Global Head of Research & Insights, Mirriad
Tim is a leading figure in the research and insight arena globally with considerable experience, a deep knowledge, and interest in research and analytics. Experience centring across the media, marketing and advertising industry where he have worked on product development strategies, marketing and advertising planning and generating sales revenue. Commercially driven adhering to complex cross product revenue goals and delivering actionable insight from data. Experience that spans a range of leading advertising, media and technology companies where he has managed and built successful teams. Driving best research practice through industry associations, including chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau Europe research committee. He has a deep understanding across media with experience of planning and buying on TV, Press and across multiple digital platforms. International experience gained from global and EMEA roles.

Hannah Monds, Managing Director EMEA, Tagger

Hannah Monds is Managing Director EMEA at Tagger, the award winning Influencer Marketing platform that allows brands, agencies, and media companies to maximise their influencer strategies throughout the planning, discovery, activation, and reporting phases. Her many years of experience in the media industry have allowed her to build up a wealth of knowledge across the board when it comes to executing successful media plans. With a focus on the international media landscape, Hannah is extremely well connected globally and is committed to going above and beyond, offering only the highest quality of service to her clients. With a truly consultative approach, Hannah is devoted to educating her clients about influencer marketing and how best to utilise the Tagger platform to get the most out of their campaigns.

Professor Jonathan Hardy, BA MA PhD FHEA, University of East London

Jonathan Hardy is Professor of Media and Communications. He is recognised internationally as a leading theorist of media political economy and for specialisms including media-advertising relationships, media systems, and media policy. He teaches and writes on the political economy of convergent media; international communications and comparative media systems research; the relationships between media and marketing communications; digital journalism; communications law and regulation; media policy and reform. He teaches and writes on media industries, marketing communications, policy and media reform. His books include Critical Political Economy of the Media (Routledge 2014), Cross-Media Promotion (Peter Lang 2010) and Western Media Systems (Routledge 2008).

Jo Farmer, Partner, Joint Head of Commercial, Lewis Silkin

Jo leads the firm’s Brands & Intellectual Property group and advises clients on their advertising and marketing campaigns and exploitation of intellectual property rights and content. Her clients include brand owners, content creators, communications agencies and media platforms.  Jo is named as a leading individual for advertising and marketing in Chambers & Partners and is also cited for brand management work in the Legal 500. Outside of work, she lives in St Albans and spends most of her time being a chauffeur to her twin sons and generally running around after them.

Francisco Hernández, Chief Strategy Officer, Influencity

Francisco is the Chief Strategy officer for Influencity, the global Influencity Marketing Automation platform used by many of the worlds leading agencies and brands. He is responsible for the global expansion strategy and investor relations, with a keen interest in helping the IM industry grow and mature. More than 20 years experience as founder of International startups and Managing director both in the Marketing and Financial sectors. Specialist in growing businesses from inception to multi million euros yearly revenues and starting from 1 person structures to the growth of teams to over 60 people. With mixed British/Spanish nationality, Francisco has worked both in London and Madrid and speaks both languages fluently.

Influencer Groups

We are planning to form specific interest groups for particular sectors, as detailed below:

This is not an exhaustive list and we can add more as we progress. If you’d like to join the BCMA and any of the special groups, then please see here

Latest News

New study into labelling published by the ASA – Research on labelling  https://www.asa.org.uk/resource/labelling-of-influencer-advertising.html

UK Bloggers Survey 2019 – The definitive guide to Influencer Marketing from Vuelio
Download your free copy here

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/celebrities-pledge-to-clean-up-their-act-on-social-media

Influencer Marketing Regulation

Here is a selection of our most useful resources related to Influencer Marketing from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA);

https://www.asa.org.uk/news/new-guidance-launched-for-social-influencers.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/resource/influencers-guide.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/recognising-ads-native-advertising.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/recognising-ads-social-media.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/recognising-ads-blogs-and-vlogs.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/video-blogs-scenarios.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/news/new-video-for-vloggers-bloggers-and-brands.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/affiliate-marketing.html

https://www.asa.org.uk/resource/recognition-of-advertising-online-marketing-to-children-under-12.html

Here’s a podcast by Blogtacular and a webinar with Influencer Intelligence from earlier this year;

https://blogtacular.com/podcast/episode-36-asa-cap/

https://influencerintelligence.econsultancy.com/resource-article/vZ/New-influencer-marketing-guidelines-the-rules-marketers-need-to-play-by/

Here’s a link to the European Advertising Standards Alliance details – http://www.easa-alliance.org/ (and some advice on the ‘country of origin’ principles – https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/remit-country-of-origin.html)

Social media endorsements: being transparent with your followers
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-media-endorsements-guide-for-influencers/social-media-endorsements-being-transparent-with-your-followers