Awkward moments, dumb things we all do, relationships gone wrong: these are the themes of skits by YouTube Short’s king, Alan Chikin Chow. His comedy videos, shot with a few fellow actors, have attracted more than 30 million subscribers to Chow’s YouTube page. The trove of followers has helped Chow ink brand deals with companies including Netflix, McDonald’s, Coachella, and Old Spice.
Creators. Influencers. Streamers. Vloggers. Whatever you call them, these powerful social media personalities are calling the shots in entertainment and advertising.
This year, the 50 honorees on our second annual Forbes Top Creator list harnessed their combined 2.6 billion followers to haul in an estimated $700 million in earnings. That’s up more than 20% from 2022’s $570 million score. To rank the world’s Top Creators, Forbes crunched data on the earnings, follower counts, engagement rates, and entrepreneurial activities of thousands of internet personalities with the help of the creator marketing firm, Influential.
The result: The fifty people tapping their massive fan bases to reshape the worlds of media, marketing, entertainment, and taste.
0:00 Introducing Alan Chikin Chan
0:10 What Is The Alan Chikin Chow Brand?
0:54 Alan’s Viral Moment
1:46 The Moment Alan Knew His Brand Had Business Potential
3:09 How Alan Creates Content For A Global Audience
4:18 “I Think Of My Videos Like A Mad-Lib”
4:47 How Alan Monetizes The @AlanChikinChow Brand
6:15 How Alan Built His Strategy By Studying YouTube
7:33 Turning Alan The Creator Into Alan The Entrepreneur
9:02 What Brands Need To Consider Before Partnering With Creators
9:36 How Alan Balances The Creative And Business Sides Of The Brand
10:27 The Challenges Of Being A Top Creator
11:21 Alan’s Goals For Himself And The Brand
13:17 Alan’s Dream Collaborator
Read the full story on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2023/09/25/top-creators-2023/
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