March 30, 2023

Influencer culture is increasing in Launceston according to Dr Louise Grimmer, a senior lecturer in marketing at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.
“An influencer is someone who has the ability to influence the behaviours of others due to their real or perceived authority or status,” Dr Grimmer said.
“From a marketing perspective, influencers have large social media followings and they collaborate with brands and organisations to market products and services to their followers.”

Dr Grimmer said the rise of social media and the ability for brands to use influencers as a more ‘authentic’ way to reach customers has resulted in growth of influencers in Launceston, many of whom collaborate with local brands and organisations.
Dr Grimmer splits influencers into four categories: Celebrity influencers, industry experts/thought leaders, micro influencers who have a great deal of impact via their social media accounts and bloggers and content creators.
“You don’t need to be famous first to become an influencer. Influencers are all ages, shapes and sizes. Influencers start off on social media posting to their accounts about their lives, hobbies and interests or they post around a particular theme.
“It helps to be digitally savvy and to understand how things like search engine optimisation works. It’s also great if you have skills in photography, writing and content creation, marketing and promotion skills.
“If you become popular you will need to have business negotiation skills and I think also a high level of integrity and an ethical approach if you are marketing goods and service on behalf of brands.”

Dr Grimmer said more and more successful influencers were those who were authentic and that consumers were craving ‘real’ content, which is not contrived and which matches their own values and lifestyles.
“While we all know that much of the content posted to social media is staged and doesn’t really represent ‘real life’.

“I think the influencers who are genuine and authentic in the way they present themselves and the way they align their personal values with the brands with which they collaborate will likely have longer careers as influencers and enjoy the experience more,” she said.
Launceston born actress/blogger Cleo Massey is well known in Australia for her role in the hit television series “H20 Just Add Water” and has amassed over 90k followers on Instagram.

The actress played Kim Sertori in the popular children’s TV show from the ages of 11-15 and described that period of her life as incredible.
“Filming it was just the best start to the film and television industry that a little girl could get,” Ms Massey said.
“All through high school, I was balancing, being on set and doing schoolwork and trying to have a social life but every time I was on set, it was just like an absolute joy.
“The cast and crew were incredible. I was surrounded by mermaid tails and we filmed at SeaWorld and Warner Brothers, which was next to Movie World and we would sneak through the gates and go on rollercoasters during our break.
With 96k followers on Instagram, Ms Massey said she was being recognised more now than ever before and said the majority of her followers were H20 fans.
“It’s quite funny actually, because when we were filming H20, Instagram and Facebook weren’t really a thing, so we didn’t get those followers initially.
“There’s been a bit of a resurgence of H20 that’s come from Tik Tok, and it’s on Netflix now. I get recognised now more than I did back in the day which is super strange.
With the show now being exposed to a new generation of audiences, the actress said she has learned to understand that young fans may not know how to approach her.
“Sometimes I’ll have kids trying to film me and take photos of me and it’s kind of uncomfortable, but then I’ll have the fans that come up to me and just let me know how much they love the show.
“I love meeting fans, it’s just you have two types of fans.”
Ms Massey said the majority of people who normally come up to her were in their late 20s.
“They’re coming off and they’re like, ‘that was my childhood’. It really was such a magical show that gave kids this escape and I think it went so well overseas because of the scenery of the Gold Coast and Australia.
While living back and forth between LA and the Gold Coast, Ms Massey said she found the industry to be full of rejection and negativity which started to bring her down.
In search of creativity and hope, she started to read books and learn about the laws of attraction and the power of positivity and self love and wanted to share the word of positivity.
In 2015 she decided to start a blog called “Pass around the smile” to help herself go through the negativity she was facing.
“Sooner or later, people started reading it and enjoying it and it became a passion so quickly.
“It was never meant to be a business. It was literally a blog, because I was loving learning about manifestation and things like that. I never ever thought it would turn into anything.”
The actress/blogger has also been asked to give talks in workplaces and schools about how her business promotes positivity and said she was craving guidance as a result of the rejections she would face.
“I was in this industry where you would work so hard on an audition. I used to fly down to Sydney for literally two minute auditions and get told ‘yeah, okay, thanks’ and I was spending so much money and not hearing back from these auditions.
“I was craving guidance so I’d asked my angel cards, like, what’s coming up for me? Like, what do I need to know? And they gave me so much hope and motivation.
“I thought, I’m gonna give these out at my events and people loved getting a card and they would love the guidance and the reassurance and validation that the cards would give them. “I thought, why am I giving someone else’s cards out? Like, I should create my own? and I’m so glad I did. because now I have thousands spread around the world.”
Ms Massey shared some advice for bloggers who were interested in creating an upstart business.
“I think staying true to you,I know it sounds cliche but as long as you are yourself and you’re enjoying what you’re doing and you’re doing it for you, you’re not doing it for external validation or instant gratuity, you’re doing it because it feels good for you.”
Ms Massey is currently working alongside her mum in the Network 10 show, “Stage Mums” which is currently in pre-production.
“At the moment, I’m just really focusing on only saying yes to acting projects that feel really good and right and mostly interested in comedy now, so it’s all nice and fun,” she said.
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Sam Cawthorn is the CEO and Founder of Speakers Institute and Speakers Tribe, and is also the author of 11 books, including five International Best Sellers and has also previously been voted Young Australian Of The Year and the Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2006 his life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident which left him with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg.

Cawthorn went on to become one of the worlds most in demand global professional speakers and in 2013 he became an entrepreneur and built his training company that now runs events globally, teaching people how to master communication for influence.
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Courtney became the host of Landline in 2012 after joining the program in 1993.
She has won numerous awards for her agricultural journalism including a Queensland Media Awards for Excellence in Rural Journalism, the Radobank Star prize for rural broadcasting (QLD) as well as a number of other accolades.
In 2018 Pip was inducted in the Queensland Press Club’s Rural Journalism Hall of Fame.
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He is a former middleweight champion, having held the IBF middleweight title from 2011 to 2013, and the WBA (Super) title in 2012. He has also held the IBO middleweight title from 2007 to 2009.
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He has explored some amazing areas of Tasmania, seen some incredible scenery and met people that share a similar passion for landscape photography.
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Season 8 winners of House Rules, Launceston’s own Kimmy and Rhi Harris received $100,000 from winning the competition, on top of $30,000 which they had already won through weekly mini-competitions.
Kimmy and Rhi said having the whole of Tasmania behind them was a humbling experience.
“It’s so lovely, you can’t even describe what it feels like it’s just like everyone’s got your back and it’s so nice,” Rhi said.
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Tegan Hawes, a mother of two twin boys, decided to share her journey with IVF in 2018. Little did she know that the decision to share her personal life on social media would result in a mass social media following.
Speaking to The Examiner, Ms Hawes described her journey with IVF and revealed why she wanted to share her journey on Instagram.
After struggling to conceive for 11 years, she said she wanted to document her life on Instagram as it was easier to let family and friends keep up to date with her journey.
“In late 2019, the boys were born at 31 weeks down in Hobart. At 29 weeks when I was flown down to Hobart, I started sharing on Instagram to keep my family and friends updated, which was easier than texting everybody.
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After studying musical theatre and working professionally in Melbourne, Garwood found national and international profile teaming up with Ricky Martin on The Voice Season 3 and was one of only nine contestants invited back as an All Star for The Voice Season 8.
Having been signed to Universal Music, Matthew travels Australia performing as well as working in TV and Radio.
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The former H20 actress, has over 95k fans on Instagram, and she said the majority of her followers were fans of the show.
“It’s quite funny actually, because when we were filming H20, Instagram and Facebook weren’t really a thing, so we didn’t get those followers initially.
“There’s been a bit of a resurgence of H20 that’s come from Tik Tok, and it’s on Netflix now. I get recognised now more than I did back in the day which is super strange,” she said.
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Satria Dyer-Darmawan is a journalist for The Examiner and considers himself to be an all rounder. Originally from the Central Coast of NSW, Satria has worked in Alice Springs and North Queensland and isn't afraid to immerse himself in regional communities.
Satria Dyer-Darmawan is a journalist for The Examiner and considers himself to be an all rounder. Originally from the Central Coast of NSW, Satria has worked in Alice Springs and North Queensland and isn't afraid to immerse himself in regional communities.
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