How This Influencer is Disrupting Social Media with Purpose-Driven Content


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His name is Jerome Jarre, and he’s turning social media influence into smiles, solar powered light and empowered youth.

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Likes, followers, subscribers, Insta-fame, quick money. While these concepts are relatively new, their power to turn your life and career upside down is undeniable.

Social media is no longer just a form of self-expression, now it’s a way to make money and change the world… if you choose so. I’d like to introduce you to a person who’s redefining how we think about social media.

His name is Jerome Jarre, and he’s turning social media influence into smiles, solar powered light and empowered youth.

He’s the first social media celebrity to not just run a social good campaign in partnership with a large brand, but to make it the primary focus of his work.

A French native, traveler, and natural entrepreneur, Jarre became famous for his joy-filled comedic six-second Vine videos (R.I.P. Vine), which were a result of pushing his own boundaries and overcoming a fear of strangers. What made Jerome different from the get go is his contagious passion for life. His inimitable, innocent joy and aliveness. Every piece of content he shares, from his squirrel series to the #UglySelfieChallenge, radiates authenticity and good intention.

Soon after becoming social media-famous (at one point he was the fourth most followed individual on Vine), he created a Vine influencer agency (R.I.P. Vine) with marketing personality Gary Vaynerchuk, appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show, was caught hanging out with Ashton Kitcher and Robert DeNiro, and Snapchatted from the Valentino runway with the cast of Zoolander 2 in Milan. He also was offered $1 million. by Pepsi, which he famously turned down because it didn’t align with his values.

It would have been easy for Jerome to take the road well traveled and go to Hollywood, date a starlet or two, release a capsule collection with Topshop, and get his own TV show deal (“Keeping Up with Jerome And His Squirrel”).

Instead, he deleted all his Vine posts and took a break from social media.

I don’t know what exactly Jerome did during his digital detox, but scrolling through his Instagram captions makes me think he spent most of the time meditating in a cave. Whether or not that’s the case, it’s obvious that Jarre spent a heck of a time going inward and connecting to his purpose. What he came back with is changing the course of social media history.

What Jarre realized is profound: instead of turning down collaboration offers from brands that he doesn’t align with (I hear that his rate for a Snapchat story is $35,000), he could turn it all around and work with large budget companies on his terms. His terms happen to be focused on global happiness and living outside your comfort zone.

“The truth is social media has totally redistributed who has influence and power, and that a positive & healthy revolution would be possible right now if celebrities and social media stars could stop spending their lives selling sugared water and take their chance to change the world,” Jerome posted on Instagram (with a shoutout to radishes).

How does he do it?

By creating authentic, purpose-driven content around important causes that makes you smile and doesn’t give you a choice but to engage. Whether the goal is making a stranger smile or providing solar power to an underdeveloped community in the Philippines, it’s all driven by a larger purpose.

3 MONTHS AGO MY FRIEND JUANPA FOUND ME DEPRESSED SEATING BY A POOL IN LOS ANGELES. HE GOT VERY UPSET TO SEE ME LIKE THAT & HE TOLD ME THAT IT WAS TIME TO GO BACK TO MY MISSION, TO GO BACK TO SOCIAL MÉDIA & TO GO BACK TO HELPING OTHERS ? 3 MONTHS LATER.. WE ARE IN THE PHILIPPINES & WE ARE DOING IT TOGETHER ? WE HAVE LIGHT UP A VILLAGE & A SCHOOL WITH @LITEROFLIGHT & WE'VE AUTO-FINANCED IT 100% USING SOCIAL MEDIA ?? THANKS TO YOU @ELJUANPAZURITA I NOW HAVE A DÉFINITION FOR WHAT A GOOD AMIGO IS : A GOOD AMIGO IS SOMEONE THAT GENUINELY CARES ABOUT YOU BECOMING THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF. A GOOD AMIGO CAN MAKE YOU FORGET ALL YOUR FAILURES, ALL YOUR HEARTBREAKS & ALL YOUR PAST PAINS & A GOOD AMIGO IS SOMEONE THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING IS STILL POSSIBLE ? I WISH EVERYONE TO FIND A FRIEND LIKE THIS AND EVEN IF I DON'T PHYSICALLY KNOW 99% OF YOU ALL FOLLOWING ME I HOPE I GET TO BECOME A GOOD AMIGO TO YOU ALL. CHEERS ?❤️

A photo posted by JÉRÔME JARRE (@jeromejarre) on

For example, he ran a social media based crowdfunding campaign in which “likes” were the currency. Instead of the usual direct relationship between brands and influencers (like sponsored content and endorsements), he engages his community and gives everyone a chance to participate in creating change by simply giving an Instagram “like”. This one time he turned 150K Instagram likes into a lit up village in the Philippines:

“Social media makes us the most powerful generation ever, but only if you use it right,” says Jerome in Marketing Your Creativity For A Cause discussion. “We’re not using social media at its full capacity. We were given this free space ship, and we use it to go grocery shopping instead of going to the moon.”

As social media gets more crowded and the focus starts truly shifting from quantity to quality, it’s important to stay connected not only to your purpose as a publisher/influencer/creator, but to a bigger purpose, and find new creative ways to shine light on causes that we support. Thank you, Jerome for setting the bar high and reminding us and a whole generation of social media-obsessed youth to connect to things that count.

DEAR FOLLOWERS ? WHEN VINE STARTED I REALLY BELIEVED VINERS WERE GONNA CHANGE THE WORLD WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. THAT'S WHAT EXCITED ME. HOW MUCH CHANGE IN THE WORLD WE WERE GONNA BE ABLE TO CREATE. NOT THE FAME. NOT THE MONEY. AS SOCIAL MEDIA STARS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE THE NEW HOLLYWOOD I HAVE BEEN LESS & LESS ATTRACTED BY THIS WORLD ? AND YOU PROBABLY HAVE NOTICED THAT. I AM SORRY IF I HAVE LET YOU DOWN. IF YOU WANTED ME TO BE IN LOS ANGELES COLLABORATING WITH EVERYONE. I LOVE ALL THE CREATORS I MET THROUGH THIS ADVENTURE, TRUST ME, 99% OF THEM ARE BEAUTIFUL PERSONS, BUT IN MY HEART SOMETHING IS MISSING. MORE PURPOSE. THERE IS ALSO TOO MUCH SUFFERING AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ? AND I BELIEVE WE SHOULDN'T ACCEPT THAT. SO THIS POST IS ME OFFICIALLY TURNING THE PAGE FROM THAT CHAPTER OF MY LIFE. SHOULD HAVE DONE IT A LONG TIME AGO. BYE BYE CHASING VIEWS & VIRAL HITS. FROM NOW ON I AM GONNA MEASURE MY LIFE ONLY ON NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED. AND I WILL USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO DOCUMENT THAT JOURNEY & TO INVOLVE YOU AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. IT STARTS RIGHT NOW ?

A photo posted by JÉRÔME JARRE (@jeromejarre) on

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Ksenia Avdulova

Social Media Strategist, Blogger, Breakfast Criminals

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Ksenia Avdulova is the founder of Breakfast Criminals, an award-nominated wellness brand known for its influential social media presence and offline experiences that merge food, mindfulness and transformation. Through visually stunning and vulnerably magnetic storytelling, Ksenia spreads the message of being the most radiant version of yourself through choosing how you start your morning. Sharing recipes, mindfulness practices, and tools for creating a deeply loving connection with yourself and others, Ksenia positively impacts thousands of people every month. When not putting together breakfast bowls or leading retreats in remote, lush jungle locations, Ksenia leads workshops that empower women and men to get clear on their life vision and then give them tools to use social media to manifest their wildest dreams.



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