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Global network Sermo announces Middle East’s top lifestyle influencers

Leading global luxury and lifestyle communications network, SERMO, has launched its fourth annual Influencer Index – its analysis of the top digital influencers and “ones-to-watch” in its 18 markets worldwide. The Index is designed to help clients keep on top of the ever-growing influencer talent pool. Fashion icon and entrepreneur Dana Al Tuwarish was named as the top luxury lifestyle influencer from the Middle East, while fashionistas Parvané Barret and Rhea Jacobs have been named as the top micro influencers in the region.

This years’ Index focuses on the audience behind each influencer by adding a new layer of analysis: audience demographic data – who each influencer actually talks to, where their followers are located and what their interests are. Tanya Hughes, president of SERMO Communications, comments “This is the new gold standard in influencer marketing, just as readership data is crucial for media title selection. Visibility on audience data allows us to have a more accurate view on influencers’ brand fit (and goes beyond vanity metrics such as large follower and engagement numbers). Analysis of this data, as you’ll see from the report, busts assumption and presents content creation and collaboration opportunities that can make campaigns work harder.”

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The 2018 Index updates the network’s global and local rankings of influencers using its proprietary 70:30 digital influence algorithm – 70% data (an influencer’s total audience reach) + 30% human judgement (a score based on SERMO agencies’ experiences of the influencers’ professionalism, creativity and peer influence). SERMO partners use this algorithm when designing bespoke influencer marketing campaigns for clients at both local and global levels. SERMO has partnered with influencer relationship management technology provider Traackr again on the data element of the Index.

The 2018 Index includes:

-Eight global influencer marketing trends to watch out for this year – including the increasing importance of Instagram Stories for reaching under 25s, WeChat mini-programs driving sales, and the rise of male influencers

-An overall top 18 global influencers in luxury and lifestyle (SERMO’s top ranking influencer from each country) with local top 10 lists for each of SERMO’s 18 markets (with the addition of Malaysia, this year)

-Two micro-influencers from each market – the up-coming or niche influencers that network agencies consider to be ‘ones-to-watch’

To download a copy of The 2018 SERMO Influencer Index, click here.

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SERMO’s global top 18 luxury lifestyle influencers

Jessica Stein (@tuulavintage) – Australia

Bruno Rocha (@hugogloss) – Brazil

Ye Si (@gogoboi) – China

Carin Olsson (@parisinfourmonths) – France

Philipp Stehler (@philipp_stehler) – Germany

Sue Chang (@suechangg) – Hong Kong

Kritika Khurana (@thatbohogirl) – India

Suzanne Jackson (@sosueme_ie) – Ireland

Veronica Ferraro (@veronicaferraro) – Italy

Daphne Charice (@daphnecharice) – Malaysia

Dana Al Tuwarish (@daneeda_t) – Middle East

Ewa Chodakowska (@chodakowskaewa) – Poland

Nastya Ivleeva (@_agentgirl_) – Russia

Yoyo Cao (@yoyokulala) – Singapore

Aida Domenech (@dulceida) – Spain

Negin Mirsalehi (@negin_mirsalehi) – The Netherlands

Jim Chapman (@jimchapman) – UK

Sonya Esman (@sonyaesman) – US

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To see who the top 10 luxury lifestyle influencers are in the Middle East see page 21, and for the Middle East ‘ones-to-watch’ see page 33.