Creators with Influence Podcast is produced by the American Influencer Council – AIC. The AIC is a the sole 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association representing the community of social media career creators, professional influencers and influencer brand marketers in the United States. It is headquartered in New York City.
The AIC strives to advance structures of professional standards, small business development, research of the creator economy, and to promote the influencer marketing trade.
“It is mission-critical for the AIC to support professional development and to produce programming that helps destigmatize the business of influencing. “Creators with Influence’ celebrates a new generation of digital-first solopreneurs who are purpose-driven, inclusive, and multifaceted—removing the stigma of influencing starts by taking back the narrative,” says Qianna Smith Bruneteau, AIC Founder and series co-host. “Influencers, career creators, and those who identify as hybrids deserve to feel esteem for their craft and trade. We’re excited to join the global podcasting community, for our guests to share knowledge, and for listeners to collect actionable business insights.”
“This series aims to share the stories of individuals building brands, forging community, and cultivating niche expertise. We can demystify creator culture by introducing the general public to diverse groups of digital media professionals. Thanks to the creator economy, we are redefining self-employment and creative labor,” adds Karston ‘Skinny’ Tannis, an internationally recognized multimedia creator, co-host of Creators with Influence and AIC Founding Member.
For the AIC, making a positive impact on society starts with investing in education and providing professional career development for tomorrow’s digital advertisers. The AIC champions digital marketing education at the university level and supports creative multimedia vocations.
Many digital creators are by-products of a trial and error, experiment-driven, test-and-learn culture. Without guidance from brands nor social media platforms, today’s established influencers and career creators had to learn the ins and outs of a startup industry through hands-on experience. The AIC harnesses the combined expertise of our Members to share knowledge with the next wave of solo entrepreneurs.
We advocate that education is a powerful agent of societal change. From career creators to influencer marketing directors, to talent agents, to social media platform executives, to Chief Content Officers, and to influencer marketing professors, we champion that influence comes in many forms. The influencer marketing industry offers varied professions that can be pursued successfully after college.
Like a networking medium, a trade association provides a community forum where members can gather to share knowledge, crowdsource ideas, and drive change around shared interests that impact professionals working in the influencer marketing industry.
Yes. The AIC strives to unite U.S.-based influencers and career creators across all fields and creative disciplines.