New York, New York: Consumer engagement across social media contributes to record-high valuations in 2020 with the majority of the included sports and entertainment celebrities listed being valued, for the first time ever, above $1 million per post, according to D’Marie Analytics annual top 10 highest valued social media influencer list.
The primarily female-dominated list also includes notable celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. D’Marie Analytics, a Bloomberg Portal style platform for influencer insights, confirms that COVID accelerated the growing trend of brands tapping influencers and doubled down in 2020 on user-generated content from celebrities and influencers to stabilize sales during this difficult year.
*(Via LA Focus) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Senate Seat, ending a campaign from progressives in the state to fill the seat with another Black woman. But some Angelenos believe he may have instead turned up the heat on himself and the campaign to have him recalled.
*Bono, Halsey and Pharrell will be joining the cast of SING 2, along with returning stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly and Nick Kroll. Also joining the cast are Bobby Cannavale, Letitia Wright, Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti … in Holiday 2021, according to Rolling Stone.
*(Via CultureBanx) – Clubhouse is the hot new invite-only audio social media platform giving much of the world FOMO (fear of missing out). The app launched during this dreadful pandemic but quickly reached a $100 million valuation, after only raising $12 million in funding.
Like many new social media entities, there are always those who dominate with creative ways to stand out, keeping the followers coming. Can Clubhouse be the app to finally give credit and compensation where it’s due?
LOS ANGELES — The quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast anticipates positive economic news on the horizon.
After the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S., the Anderson Forecast’s March report was followed by two downward revisions, and the June and September releases charted the pandemic’s impact on the California and national economies. The December forecast offers hope of a robust recovery from the current recession, based on the assumption that mass vaccinations would clear a path toward a new, productive normalcy for many industries.
*OAKLAND, Calif. — Dictionary.com today announced it has named pandemic the 2020 Word of the Year. The choice encapsulates an unprecedented year in which the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted every sector of society and defined the context for all the many other consequential events of the year, including racial injustice, an economic downturn, climate disaster, political division, and rampant disinformation. And just as the pandemic upended life in 2020, it also reshaped language, requiring a new vocabulary for a new reality. The event drove not only record searches for new or unfamiliar terms, but a record in the number of related additions made to Dictionary.com.
The efforts being made towards the wide-scale production of driverless cars has seen both progress and setbacks recently. While Cruise recently deployed five of its experimental driverless cars in San Francisco, Uber has sold its own unit dedicated to driverless vehicles to Aurora. Self-driving cars have long been desired not only by portions of the public at large, but major companies invested in the potential financial gains that such an innovation would equal. Uber’s sale indicates that there are a number of issues standing in the way of driverless cars, while Cruise’s decision to put driverless cars on the road makes clear that the ambition behind the vehicles remains.