How to get TikTok famous?

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How to get TikTok famous?

TikTok was the world’s most downloaded app in the world in 2020, and it has 800 million active users.

Average time on the video-only app roughly doubled in 2019 in many countries, overtaking Facebook’s social media platforms.

TikTok is most popular among younger people.

It is "designed to make addicts of its users; the company uses artificial intelligence to predict what videos will tantalise you, programming an endless stream to distract people for hours," reports the Financial Times.

Influencer Marketing Hub advises those wanting to become TikTok famous to: "Create disruptive content, identify your niche, piggyback on influencers, and invest in advertising."

"In theory anyone can become 'TikTok famous' – you don't have be a reality-TV star, or celebrity sportsperson to make viral videos," writes BBC Business.

Here's Tab's take on how to set about becoming a famous TikToker:

Post loads of content

“There is no such thing as posting too much on TikTok,” says Grant Beene, who boasts 1.4million followers.

“If you can post three TikToks a day you are gonna grow quicker than someone who posts once a day.”

Science guru Nick Uhas who carries out experiments for his over seven million followers says you should “post as often as you can.”

"If the app’s algorithm favours your videos, they’ll be shown to tonnes of people who have never seen or heard of you," writes the Skill Share blog.

"Most popular videos are funny, entertaining, educational, relatable, impressive, or surprising.

"Others inspire us or make us feel sentimental or nostalgic," it adds.

When you first post your short clip, it will be shown to a small group of users.

Based on how these people react – how many likes, comments, and shares it receives – the platform's algorithm predicts whether it’s worth showing to others.

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Know the latest trends

"Use trends to your advantage," recommends Nick Uhas.

Skill Share Blog explains: "This is because people often browse through collections of videos related to a single trend, so your video will have a much better chance of getting discovered.

"All this being said, try to still incorporate your niche into your video.

"You can jump on a trend but put your own spin on it so your content remains on brand."

  • Don't forget to use hashtags – three to four work well – so the TikTok algorithm can categorise your content
  • Be sure to duet or stitch other people’s videos to get in on a conversation or trend and showcase other creators in your niche
  • Be unique
  • Use the tools the app gives you

Create Disruptive Content

Influencer Marketing Hub writes: "You’ll need to unleash your wildest, wackiest side while cooking up TikTok content.

"Challenges, skits, gymnastic feats, comic performances, makeup and fashion, and magic and illusion are some of the genres that can get traction.

"Youngsters, who make up 41 per cent of TikTok’s user base, love the uninhibited vibe of the platform.

"Out-of-the-box and original content work here."

How to make money on TikTok?

Some of TikTok's biggest influencers are earning up to a whopping $5million (£3.5million) a year.

Alicia Breuer, 17, from Milton Keynes, is racking in an eye-watering £10,000 a DAY thanks to her viral lip-syncing videos.

When she's not mining the words to popular songs from The Bee Gees, Drake, the Sugarbabes, Alicia is making fashion and beauty "transition" clips to show off her wardrobe and makeup skills.

Once Alicia's TikToks started to blow up on the platform and rack up millions of views, it didn't take long until she was signed by digital talent manager Jessica Henig of Unlocked Branding.

The easiest way for TikTok influencers to earn money is by making direct arrangements with brands.

"If you count your followers in the thousands, you can start to look at monetising TikTok," says Influencer Marketing Hub.

Some of the ways influencers can earn money on TikTok include:

  • Promoting brands in your videos
  • Creating live videos and receiving tips from your viewers
  • Cross-promoting your promotions on your other platforms such as YouTube

If you own a business, TikTok marketing could potentially be a great channel for your brand, says Brandtastic's blog.

Jake Sweet, or Surfaceldn as he's known to his 7.4million followers on TikTok, enjoys perks like party invites.

He added: "I do get money through promotions.

"I've done work with people like Amazon Music, rappers Trippie Redd and Juice Wrld."

BBC Business adds that he gets his paid work through a company called Fanbytes, one of the digital agencies which have sprung up to service him and fellow influencers.

Other agencies include OP Talent which signed gaming star KSI, and Gleam Futures, which snapped up YouTuber Zoe Sugg.

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