As many as 56% of social media influencers are working in the metaverse with 60% of influencers viewing themselves as creators in virtual worlds.
This is according to a study by IZEA Worldwide, a provider of influencer marketing technology, data, and services for brands. The study, which polled 1,034 US internet users ages 18 to 60-plus examined how social media influencers are leading the way into virtual worlds.
The report is the first in a series of research studies focusing on influencers’ key roles in adopting new trends, technologies, and platforms in and around the metaverse.
Key Insights for Influencers and the Metaverse:
72% say they are considering or are already making money in the metaverse.
85% have played virtual world games like Minecraft and Fortnite.
Key Insights for Consumer Adoption of the Metaverse:
Top activities of those looking to participate in the metaverse include gaming (68%), exercising (53%), and watching media (48%).
When asked what is holding consumers back from joining the metaverse, 20% said they are waiting for virtual reality (VR) technology to become more affordable and 12% are waiting for VR tech to improve.
66% of consumers looking to join the metaverse expect to purchase a VR device in the next three years.
Key Insights for Brand Sponsorships in the Metaverse:
90% of influencers and 72% of social media users support brand sponsorships in virtual world games.
73% of all respondents who have played virtual world games have seen sponsorships in those games, and 42.2% remember the brand names.
Respondents named Chipotle, Coca-Cola, Clorox, Google, Marvel, Cartoon Network, Nike, Red Bull, Skillshare, and Skittles as brands they have seen in the metaverse.
Key Insights for Brands that are Building the Metaverse:
15% of social media influencers and 6% of social media users surveyed own VR devices.
Of the consumers surveyed who already own VR devices, 50% own a PlayStation VR, and 48% own an Oculus (Meta) Quest 2.
Consumers rank Apple and Amazon above Facebook, Microsoft, and Sony as the brands they believe will build the most compelling virtual reality experiences of the future.
Ted Murphy, founder and CEO of IZEA, said: “We believe the future of virtual worlds is as vast as the web itself and will fundamentally alter brand collaborations and how they are executed.
“Our research shows that influencers are early adopters of these new platforms and share our excitement around the opportunities available in the rapidly developing metaverse. IZEA has already been executing collabs in the metaverse with customers and expects this trend to accelerate as adoption spreads.”