SYLO Featured in The National’s Article on Fake Followers

The National has just published an article diving into how influencer marketing space can tackle fake followers and grow as a whole. SYLO‘s Co-Founder and COO Erick Schwab was featured in the article, giving his insight on this topic. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Fake followers (essentially social media accounts masquerading as real but controlled by automated systems) can be unmasked by companies such as Sylo, by looking for patterns of activity that are automated in nature. As a result, they can begin to assess who are the fake influencers, too.

“You can use technology to look like an influencer,” says Schwab. “There have been studies where people launched Instagram accounts and built up enough numbers over three months for brands to want to work with them. But by monitoring things like reach of posts, how content is consumed and how it’s responded to, we are able to measure the things that really matter.”

The gold rush that characterised the early days of the influencer industry will slow down now, he says, as a consequence of all this scrutiny. “It’s going to become divided into professionals and amateurs,” he says. “Some people will have a genuine influence over an audience that a brand will pay for, and that advertising will be worthy of those dollars.”

Read the full piece by clicking here!

Want to learn how SYLO is providing third-party audience and data verification for the influencer marketing space? Contact us here!


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SYLO Featured in The New York Times!

As a follow-up to The Follower Factory article that was published in February 2018, The New York Times just released another article to explore how agencies are using technology to fight influencer marketing bot and fraud issues. SYLO’s technology was included in this article, along with insights from SYLO’s Co-Founder and COO, Erick Schwab. Mediacom was one of the agencies featured in the article:

““In the absence of direct pressure on the platforms, it’s a way for advertisers to take more control of their own spend and not be at the mercy of the platforms themselves,” said Jeff Semones, head of social media at MediaCom, which has recommended SYLO to clients.”

Read the full article by clicking here!

Want to learn how SYLO is providing third-party verification and data transparency to the influencer marketing space? Contact us here!


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Will This Algorithm Solve the Biggest Problem Facing Influencer Marketing?

Content Decoded‘s David Beebe has released the latest video in his series, as well as an accompanying article, on what’s needed to prevent the influencer marketing space from stalling in 2018. The first video featured SYLO‘s CEO, Brett Garfinkel, and can be viewed by clicking here. This latest video features tech entrepreneur, Michael Montero, to discuss the biggest threat to influencer marketing. Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments or by emailing!

View the whole series by clicking here!

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Our Take on #Bloggergate

Over the past week, the #bloggergate situation has grabbed the influencer marketing world’s attention as it continues to escalate between the two involved parties. These parties in question are Elle Darby, a British beauty blogger, and Paul Stenson, owner of White Moose Café and Charleville Lodge in Dublin.

Content Decoded‘s David Beebe posted a complete rundown of the situation, what should have been done instead, and what it means for the influencer marketing space. For the deep-dive video interview in his article, he reached out to Brett Garfinkel and Erick Schwab, co-founders of SYLO, Inc. which empowers the Influencer Marketing industry with third-party measurement to get their opinion on the situation.

The full article can be read by clicking here.


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Influencer Marketing’s Big News Day

Thursday, January 11th, was a big day in news for the influencer marketing space. From Facebook’s Newsfeed algorithm changes to Google’s changes to promote brand safety and ad transparency, SYLO has rounded up the latest articles which tackle how these announcements will affect the influencer marketing space.

1. Google Preferred and Ad Transparency

Sparked by the outrage caused by Logan Paul’s “suicide forest” video, a January 11th article in Bloomberg Technology stated that, “Google told partners that it plans to use both human moderators — the company recently announced it will have 10,000 employees focused on the task — as well as artificial intelligence software to flag videos deemed inappropriate for ads.”

Google then followed this up with a blog post on January 16th in which they outlined their plans for “stricter criteria for monetization on YouTube,” the manual reviews of Google Preferred channels, as well as their plans for more “transparency and simpler controls over where ads appear.”

Here at SYLO, we wholeheartedly support this approach, particularly for the manual review of posts. This will greatly increase transparency, authenticity, and brand safety in the space, and it is a practice that SYLO has employed from the beginning.

2. Facebook’s Newsfeed Algorithm Changes

Also, on January 11th, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media platform’s algorithm will start prioritizing friend’s posts over brands and publishers in the News Feed. This is a good thing for the influencer marketing space, as addressed in great detail in this Digiday article.

Here at SYLO, we believe that Facebook will prioritize creators that have built a strong community, have a two-way interaction with fans, and create authentic content. Moreover, it speaks to how important creators are to the social media space in general. Social media platforms (including YouTube, as mentioned above) are making adjustments to better support a growing ecosystem of quality content creation. As featured on Inc. (also on January 11th), Facebook also recently launched two new tools, an app and a Facebook for Creators website, to further empower creators to create quality content on the platform.

The Facebook Newsfeed algorithm change is yet another reason for brands to allocate more budget into the influencer marketing spacebesides already being a workaround for ad blockers, they are also now a workaround for this new Facebook algorithm.

3. Influencer Talent Agencies Called Out

Finally, on January 11th, another Digiday article dove into how influencer talent agencies are amplifying their social numbers that they report for campaign and creator success. As stated in the article, “Brands often preach “quality” engagement but seek big numbers, which means influencer networks are often scrambling to make up big goals.”

This is the biggest threat to the influencer marketing space stalling in 2018. If those who are matching and executing the influencer marketing campaigns are allowed to continue to self-report, success metrics will continue to be inflated and risk brand safety and creator authenticity. This is why standardized measurement was adopted by every other form of legitimate advertising media, and it needs to be adopted by the influencer marketing space if we are to justify the investments and increase budgets into the space going forward.

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Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of 2017

SYLO launched the SYLO Blog in June 2017 with the announcement of our third-party measurement standard for influencer marketing, and since that month have seen a 149% growth in views of our blog posts. Below, we’ve pulled together recaps and links to the most read SYLO blog posts of 2017all of which can give tips for your 2018 influencer marketing strategies!

1. Influencer Marketing in Desperate Need of Verification and Transparency

Digital marketing is under major scrutiny these days. CEOs of major international corporations (P&G, Unilever, Bank of America) are threatening to pull their marketing dollars if companies and platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and, to an extent, Google) don’t solve their reporting and measurement problems. Marketers are tired of spending their budget dollars without the safety net that is independent third-party verification and measurement, which builds trust and establishes credibility. This carries over into influencer marketing, which has massive potential but is sorely lacking when it comes to verification and measurement. Read more by clicking here!

2. Can Anyone be a Social Influencer?

Technology is enabling anyone and everyone to declare herself or himself an “influencer.” On the one hand, any of us can be an influencer in the most literal sense: co-workers, friends, family, acquaintances, strangers, and pets can influence our decisions and views all day long, whether it be in-person or online. On the other hand, in the realm of influencer marketing, brand marketers should be focusing on “creators” rather than just “influencers” – and if they’re going to use these two words synonymously – then no, not everyone can be an “influencer”. Read more by clicking here!

3. Is Influencer Marketing Still Experimental?

Answer: If you’re activating your first few campaigns then yes, it’s experimental. However, the costs will balloon up quickly, making its ‘experimental’ status unsustainable in the long run. That’s why it’s important to plug influencer marketing into your core marketing mix as soon as possible. Treat it as you would any other media you purchase so it can be evaluated equally against contributes to your overall goals. Integrating influencer marketing into your core marketing strategy and benchmarking it against past practices allows you to see its effectiveness in relation to everything else you’re doing. It also gives you an opportunity to measure the impact that influencer marketing is having on your other marketing mediums – what it boosts and by how much. Read more by clicking here!

The SYLO Team wishes all of our readers the happiest of holidays and much success in influencer marketing and beyond in 2018!


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SYLO Empowers Influencer Marketing Industry with Third-Party Measurement

What Nielsen is for TV and comScore for Website Traffic, SYLO is Influencer Marketing’s standardized campaign measurement

NEW YORK, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SYLO, Inc. today announced its launch of third-party analytics and standardized reporting for the influencer marketing industry. Trusted by several Fortune 500 companies, agencies, and influencers, SYLO’s measurement system calculates individual “SYLO Scores” for every piece of content posted by influencers across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Because SYLO does not execute influencer campaigns, the company can truly give third-party, independent campaign metrics, benchmarks, and insights on campaign performance to brands as well as influencers.

The demand, by both brands and influencers, for independent validation and reporting inspired media industry veterans Brett Garfinkel and Erick Schwab to build SYLO. The SYLO Score is generated by a proprietary algorithm that gathers and weights influencers’ engagement, consumption, and reach metrics on each piece of content.

“Just as Nielsen did for TV and comScore did for website traffic, the influencer marketing industry needs a standard scoring system to rely on as more and more marketing budget dollars are being allocated towards influencer campaigns,” explains SYLO CEO, Brett Garfinkel. “The SYLO Score provides just that, arming brands and influencers with the confidence that they are working with the right people and the right type of content on the right social platforms.”

Mountain Dew and SYLO formed a partnership in 2016 to build out a brand-led influencer team, Mountain Dew Green Label, and measure its performance. Oby Enyia, Brand Marketing & Media Strategy at Pepsico, said, “Third-party measurement in influencer marketing is just as important as it is for all other kinds of media that brands purchase. From this measurement comes a number of capabilities and deep audience insights that allow us to develop trusted partnerships with influencers to tell better and more relevant stories to the audiences who follow them.”

“The need for a standardized cross-platform scoring system is a significant one and will help us collectively begin to measure true apples-to-apples inputs, KPIs, and outcomes,” said Shannon Pruitt, a content marketing pioneer and President of North America at The Story Lab, one of the leading agencies activating content across social media. “As the influencer marketing space continues to evolve, content marketers need a measurement system that truly informs and attributes value to their storytelling and creative strategies.”

David Beebe, formerly VP, Global Creative and Content Marketing for Marriott International, and adviser to SYLO, added, “The need for a single, standardized metric and reporting really hit home when I’d execute a campaign and receive several different reports detailing the performance of that one campaign. With the plethora of data out there, the industry can’t just pick and choose what metrics they want—they need one scoring system, taking into account all of the performance data available, to justify their campaigns.”

About SYLO

Founded in 2016 by a team of content marketing and technology industry veterans, SYLO empowers the Influencer Marketing industry with third-party measurement. At a time when influencer marketing measurement must mature, brands and influencers now have mutually beneficial, independent, cross-platform validation and standardized reporting. The SYLO Score and campaign analyses provide brands with the confidence that they are working with the right people and the right type of content on the right social platforms. Learn more at