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Maria Bailey

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Author and CEO of BSM Media, Maria Bailey is a trendsetter and thought leader in influencer marketing. Her expertise in both the mom and millennial influencer markets is recognized by Ad Age, Wall Street Journal, CNN, New York Times, Billboard Magazine, as well as hundreds of other media outlets. Maria's latest book, Millennial Moms, 202 Facts Marketers Need to Know to Drive Sales and Build Brands, offers insights and strategies on capturing the business and loyalty of the still-emerging millennial market. In her spare time, Maria trains for her next marathon or ultra (26 and counting) and spends time with her family.

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  • Unilever Bans Influencers Who Buy Followers by Larissa Faw (MAD on 06/18/2018)

    Great article Larrisa.   Agencies need to do a better job screening influencers as well.  It doesn't take a lot of work to determine questionable growth in followers. 

  • 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Working With Millennial Mom Influencers by Maria Bailey (Engage:Moms on 01/15/2016)

    Hi Judy, you are correct that Pinterest is a huge playground for moms and an excellent resource for social listening. It's the source for the Mason jar example in Tip #2. I offer solutions to avoid these common mistakes within the content above; search online playgrounds for influencers, become a social listener to identify moms talking about your product or brand, look at a bio/About section to identify offline influencers and finally, give influencers with smaller numbers a chance. They're often more interested in an authentic relationship that will prove more valuable in the long term. I hope this helps clarify your comment. Thanks for your feedback. 

  • 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Working With Millennial Mom Influencers by Maria Bailey (Engage:Moms on 01/15/2016)

    Hi Steve, thanks for your comment and the link. You are absolutely correct that bloggers (we like to call them influencers) must disclose their work, including monetary and product compensation. It is incumbent on agencies to communicate the necessity for disclosure, as the FTC would look to the bigger fish in the chain! I appreciate the share.

  • Moms Spending Big Money On Connected Toys For Their Kids by Maria Bailey (Engage:Moms on 02/19/2016)

    Hi Laurie, thanks for your comment.  The survey size was 300 moms in the U.S., 178 children (ages 4-18, majority of respondents in kids survey - 54% - were in the 7-9 year old range). More survey results are available that I'm happy to send you. Email me (maria@bsmmedia.com) to request a copy.

  • Alpha Moms, Tiger Moms And Me -- The Accidental Influencer by Maryanne Conlin (Engage:Moms on 02/17/2011)

    I love seeing you use the term Power Moms. My newest book is titled, Power Moms. I think that marketers need to look at moms thru numerous lenses.

  • The Eight Truths For Talking To Alpha Moms by Kimberly Jackson (Engage:Moms on 12/22/2010)

    I agree that Alpha moms are the target but marketers need to remember that every subset of mothers have alpha in their group. There are alphas in groups of Beta moms in fact. Alpha is best definited as the influencer or mavens in each subset of mothers. It's also important to remember that an alpha mom for one product is not always an alpha mom for another. For example: a fitness alpha mom would not be an alpha mom for a fatty food product. Know your the alpha moms you need to target and then apply the great suggestions Kim has made here.

  • Moms Can Put the 'Happy' in Holiday Sales by Maria Bailey (Engage:Moms on 10/13/2010)

    Melissa have you seen this article regarding the move downward in age of the brands you mentioned. Moms of all ages will have to run from the malls! http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-10-11/business/sc-biz-retail-children-1012-20101011_1_aeropostale-clothes-branding-experts

  • New Year, New Trends by Maria Bailey (Engage:Moms on 01/06/2010)

    So sorry that some non-BSM Media were cut due to space. Here's some you might want to check out: NightAgency did a great program with moms using video for PurexInsiders called "Sheet Happens". Method did a great job bringing local moms together with a series of mom mixers last year in homes stock with their products. Huggies did a fun campaign with video in which they enlisted local moms to be city hosts to their Huggies mobile. What I've learned from a decade of being in the mom space is that I tend to test trends I believe will be taking with my own brands and clients before proclaiming them trends that work for all. Once I've seen success firsthand I then feel comfortable sharing them with the world. It's my science background at work! Thanks for your interest.

  • Gt Conectd 2 The WM by Howard Goldberg (Engage:Moms on 10/28/2009)

    Interesting article however I would challenge the term "working" mom and warn marketers against segementing moms into "working" and "stay at home" segment. The reality is that moms have redefined the term "working". Two thirds of moms are now running some type of business from their homes and while they often will not term themselves "working moms" they are generating income and interactinging outside of the home with women business owners and consumers. Today's Gen Y and Gen X moms are using terms such as "hybrid" moms, "in-home working moms", "at home working moms", "total 180 moms" and "part-time working moms". However if you ask them if they are working mothers, they will say they are stay at homes because they place more value on their role as an in-home mother than an in-home business owner. These women are loyal to the same brands that they use in their personal life when purchasing for their companies. A big upside for companies who win their loyalty.

  • Millennial Mom 101 by Brandon Evans (Engage:Millennials on 10/23/2009)

    Great article and right on target. Thanks for accurately sourcing my research. Appreciate it. Millenials moms are very important to the consumer base of mothers. Close to 4 million millenials will become moms next year.

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