Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and the IV Vitamin Drip: The Celebrity Effect on Social Media Marketing

What if there was a product that could offer a quick fix for the common cold, cure the dreaded hangover after a long night out, give you an energy boost after pulling an all-nighter on your presentation, or just generally help you feel better and younger?

Sounds too good to believe, right? Then, add the celebrity endorsement power of Rihanna, Madonna, Adele, Kim Kardashian, Simon Cowell, along with many other talented athletes and artists who have been seen using these products and espousing their benefits on social media, and these factors combine to create a powerful strategy for IV vitamin therapy companies to promote their services.

Why does it matter if celebrities are seen on social media using your products? Let’s explore the celebrity effect upon companies.  

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What is IV Vitamin Therapy?

First off, what the heck is the IV Vitamin Therapy? Intravenous (IV) therapy delivers liquid substances into a vein and is the fastest way to deliver medication, vitamins and fluids throughout the body. IV therapy began in the 1830’s and became widely used in the healthcare industry after the 1950s. IV vitamin therapy is also referred to as vitamin drips. Typically, only 40% of over-the-counter vitamins ingested orally is absorbed into your body while vitamins administered intravenously will absorb at 99.9%.

Over the last few decades, companies have begun to offer IV vitamin therapy at spas specifically designed to provide these services and with mobile services at homes or concerts. Originally marketed as a hangover cure, these companies have now expanded the appeal of their product to include remedies for allergies, anxiety, depression, fatigue, colds and flu, along with being heralded as one of next big beauty treatments.

Incredible, right? These are amazing claims, but alas, scientific research has not quite caught up to validate these claims or to evaluate the safety of regularly receiving these treatments. You should consult a medical provider prior to jumping on the Kardashian IV Therapy bandwagon.

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The Celebrity Effect

Does seeing a celebrity using a product affect a consumer’s purchasing decision? Yes, it does. One Taiwanese study showed that consumers remembered products associated with a celebrity better than other products. If you happen to be a fan of that celebrity, you’re more likely to place a higher value on that product. Your subconscious suggests to you that using the product is a way to emulate that celebrity’s desirable traits.

Does this mean that I’m going to run to the store to get one of the newest endorsed product by Ryan Reynolds, Aviation Gin? Not necessarily. Seeing your product used on social media by a celebrity mainly builds consumer confidence, preference and brand awareness through social media — especially when your target may include the social media savvy Generation Zers and Millennials.

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It’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Remember Rihanna’s backlash at Snap Chat on Instagram? Stock prices dipped after the backlash but the company regained its losses later that week.  While this only had short term effect, it does not help the company’s image in the court of public opinion, especially with losing support of an influential celebrity in Snap Chat’s targeted market segment.

Does it work?

Yes, celebrity social media endorsements do contribute to the perceived value of a product or service. According to a report from Marketwatch, a simple brand signing of a celebrity or athlete can increase sales by an average of 4%. The social media presence of a celebrity using a product contributes to consumers’ trust and brand awareness, and promotes your product while influencing consumer purchase intentions.

Is this another Kardashian endorsed prepaid credit card? Will we see a resurgence in Trump Steaks and be happily grilling them over Labor Day weekend? Or brushing our teeth with a Justin Beiber singing toothbrush with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen AquaFresh toothpaste? Hold on… having a celebrity endorsement does not guarantee your product or marketing strategy is successful.

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Keep in mind that celebrity endorsements are not enough to guarantee success in attracting new consumers or gaining acceptance in an emerging market. Gaining the endorsement of Justin Beiber or Rihanna may not necessarily matter to the consumers in your targeted market segment.  Companies must continue to demonstrate their value to consumers and show them how they’re providing benefits and value in real and tangible ways.

Summer Fun in Salem, Oregon

There are countless opportunities for social media to provide a positive influence for businesses. We have compiled a list of the recreational industries that are utilizing social media to get the word out in Salem. If you are looking for something to do in the Willamette Valley this summer, be sure to check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms.


Elizabeth Infante at Barrel and Keg. Restaurants and Bars use social media to showcase their selection of ciders and beer and promote tastings and other events. When searching of a six pack, be sure to check Facebook for the availability of your favorite brews. B&K has a knowledgable staff and great selection, plus they are dog-friendly!

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Reed Warner at Rogue Brewery, Independence, Oregon.  Rogue uses social media to attract visitors to their farm. Families and friends enjoy relaxing here in the beautiful Oregon summer weather, while learning a little bit about Rogue and the ingredients used in their products.

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Raymond Penney at the Salem capitol mall, a hot spot for city wide events including: Winter Brewfest, Hoopla and Cherry Blossom Day. Social media is an integral part of the strategy to get people to these events.

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Brett’s dogs, Libby and Hank at Minto-Brown Island Park in Salem, Oregon, a large municipal park with an off-leash area for our rambunctious rascals. Government managed parks use social media to advertise events, hours of operation, coordinate volunteers, as well as raise awareness on relevant issues surrounding the use of the park, like sea turtle hatching season and water advisories.

Facebook.com – Minto-Brown-Island-Park

Brett Moore outside Homegrown Oregon Cannabis dispensary in Salem Oregon. Social media marketing is important for dispensaries due to the fact that legalized cannabis is a brand new market in the 21st century. The retail landscape is bloated with the “green rush” – in Denver, there are more dispensaries than Starbucks. Social media is a way to differentiate your store through brand awareness and deal advertising.

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Take a look at our other Summer Fun in Salem blogs on Socialmba.org.