HotToks: Alix Earle & Mielle Hair Oil, TikTok 2023 Trend Report, and FYPM's Best & Worst
January 9, 2023
Updated Sep 18, 2023
Welcome back to HotToks, where we explain 'the why' behind each viral TikTok trend, tap into key cultural moments, cover app updates, and share how to plan your TikTok marketing strategy. This edition we report on the Alix Earle and Mielle Hair Oil controversy, everything you need to know about the TikTok 2023 Trend Report, and a bonus peek into F*** You Pay Me's Best and Worst List of 2022.
While it’s nice that Mielle is getting recognition, long-time Black and brown consumers are anxious that the brand might raise their prices and change the formulas to suit their white consumers better. They’re also worried that there’ll be less and less of a product catered specifically for the Black community—one that’s already heavily underserved in terms of haircare. And those are valid concerns. Just look back at the 2015 Shea Moisture re-formulation that faced backlash from women with natural hair.
TikTok Trend Report 2023: Everything You Need to Know
TikTok has recently released a 2023 Trend Report to gain more insight into what’s happening in this new year and a new era of TikTok. Here’s the download:
Trend Force #1: Actionable Entertainment
We will witness a move towards tailor-made content on the platform because they are the most beneficial in inspiring people to take action. TikTok-first entertainment will inspire people to test out new products, ways of thinking, and behaving.
92% took an off-platform action as a result of feeling positive emotion on-platform
72% took an off-platform action as a result of reviews from creators they trust on-platform more than any other platform
Trend Force #2: Let’s Go For a (Joy-)Ride
With the help of TikTok advice, people are finding more ways to take care of themselves. In 2023, messaging in general (on- and off-platform) should speak to inspire and encourage people to give themselves more grace. People are looking for more meaningful ways of self-care to prioritize themselves and their health in the new year.
40% of TikTok users say “lifting their spirits” is a key motivating factor for making a purchase decision
Trend Force #3: TikTok Communities Here to Stay
TikTok communities are relatable, spark joy, and add value to our daily lives, inspiring us to take action. It’s about finding people who understand each other and building safe spaces to connect. So much of TikTok’s success can be credited to it being unfiltered and real. It’s a place for people to ask questions, get answers, and spark discussions. Naturally, we want to feel aligned with the creators we watch, so relatable content is here to stay.
60% of users who took an off-platform action agree that TikTok creators are more influential than celebrities
Bonus: FYPM’s Best and Worst List 2022
Influencer information-sharing platform F*** You Pay Me (FYPM) published findings on companies influencers liked and didn’t like working with in 2022. The study consisted of data from 7,285 influencers, and it’s a full-on tea ceremony.
The best companies, according to influencers, are the ones that “treat influencers like humans” and “invest in their relationships with these people,” says Lindsey Lugrin, the founder of FYPM, and they are: Adobe, Amazon, Michaels, BioGaia, Empress 1908 Gin, Hero Cosmetics, Bob's Red Mill, Samsung, CurlSmith and Fera Pet Organics. The worst companies, according to influencers, are those that “view influencers as interchangeable, easily replaced, and focus on output and acquiring creative assets for as cheap as possible,” and they are: Crown & Paw, Glamnetic, MVMT, VIVAIA, GOLI Nutrition, Revive Superfoods, Fashion Nova, Truly Beauty, NAKD and Daniel Wellington.
Takeaway: For influencer partnerships in 2023, brands should foster long-term, meaningful relationships with their influencers instead of treating influencers as if they were interchangeable, easily replaced, and trying to squeeze out as many assets for as little compensation as possible.