Meet Ben Phillips – he makes £2,000 a second and also you would possibly
recognise his face.
The 22-year-old has change into a phenomenon on the social
He has 1.three million followers on the platform, which permits
customers to submit six-second movies (Perez Hilton has fewer than
His video clips primarily contain him taking part in innocent pranks on
folks in Cardiff, although he first grew to become well-liked on Vine for
the lovable clips he made with “Dr” Harley, the three-year-old son
of his former girlfriend.
Ben, from Bridgend, additionally has 470,000 likes on his Fb web page
and 15,000 followers on Twitter. His
clips have clocked up greater than 287 million loops.
So he has been observed by a number of the world’s main corporations,
and may now make £12,000 for a sponsored Vine,
reports Wales Online.
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That’s what Ford Europe paid him, in response to Buzzfeed Information,
to make a video for them, the final Vine he made that includes
“I went over to Germany and bought all of the pictures I wanted of the
automotive, got here again, after which completed off the pictures of Harley,”
Phillips instructed Buzzfeed Information.
Ben mentioned he was anticipating a payment of about £200.
“I believed that will be superb, that’s like 4 tanks of
petrol. I had a Ford Fiesta and I believed that will be
“I used to be extra enthusiastic about going to Germany with Ford, staying
in a lodge with inclusive drinks, I used to be loving it.
“So the very last thing on my thoughts was cash.
“However once they supplied it me it was the equal to £2,000
“I used to be like, ‘Wow.’ It made me realise that I might make Vine,
or being a social influencer, a full-time job.”
Ben now has a group of 12 folks engaged on advertising and marketing and has
been signed up by a New York-based social media company.
He’s additionally commonly featured on The Lad Bible, the viral
publishing phenomenon, which has greater than 9 million likes
on its Fb web page.
One Vine posted from a
McDonald’s clocked up 9 million loops and prompted him
in 2014 to cease working in his mum’s shoe store.
Since then he has additionally completed adverts for BT, Peugeot, Nokia, and
Ben instructed Buzzfeed he does not like to speak about how a lot he
will get paid and says his focus stays on making Vines “to make
folks smile”, utilizing the funding to pay his means.
However he mentioned a Telegraph report in September, which mentioned he
earned £12,000 for one Vine, was correct and that subsequent
advert offers have been round that quantity.
However his recognition has led to his Vine account being lately
“hacked” and all his movies being deleted (which is why we
cannot submit any of his Vines right here).
“I am pondering it is due to all of the latest press I have been
doing about my success with
Vine,” he instructed BBC’s Newsbeat.
“All the pieces’s gone from my first ever Vine proper to date.
It is like recollections, a photograph e book that has been deleted.”
Ben says he’s by no means been crushed up because of his pranks.
Most individuals he confronts simply appear bemused.
“Often the individual laughs and to be sincere I’ve solely been instructed
‘Please are you able to not submit it on the web’ thrice and in
entrance of them I’ve deleted the video.”
Ben instructed BBC’s
Newsbeat the expertise has “utterly modified my life”.
“I keep in mind hitting 10,000 [followers] and pondering that was
superb,” he mentioned.
“It was by no means my intention [to be paid] for making Vines for
“Somebody despatched me a message saying certainly one of their family members was
dying and so they have been all spherical their mattress watching the Vines.
“I’ve made one thing large on a telephone display screen. I am inside
everybody’s pockets. Does it get any higher than that?”