How Big is the Creator Economy?

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Is the creator economy the best thing since sliced bread?

Good question! Adobe decided to find out. It conducted a study to understand how creativity is changing around the world, getting insights directly from those at the front line of online creativity: creators in the Creator Economy.

The study shows that, across the globe, the Creator Economy is booming!

What is this ‘creator economy’ thing anyway?

The creator economy refers to a sector in which independent content creators monetise their skills, artistic endeavours, and even themselves. They might be creative artists, designers, gardeners, sports people, activists, etc. — what they have in common is that they are truly passionate about their subject. 

According to, more than half of these creators post their work on Instagram. The other half use YouTube, Twitch and other social media platforms.

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How big is the creator economy?

Well, it’s big…very big…in fact, huge! Adobe’s report on the creator economy found that, in the territories it surveyed, an average of 23% of people are creators. This means that almost 1 in 4 people are contributing to our online spaces. Across 9 markets, 303 million people are creating their own content.

Which countries are creating the most content?

Here’s the surprising part: Spain, which has the second smallest population of the countries surveyed (47 million), has the second largest concentration of creators at 36%. Korea, which has only a slightly higher population than Spain (52 million), was close behind on 34%.

Brazil topped the poll in both of these metrics — it has the highest number of creators (106 million) and also the highest concentration (50%). 

Markets like Brazil, Spain and South Korea have the highest concentration of creators while markets like the US, Brazil and Germany have the biggest creator populations.

Another surprising finding was that the United States has 20 million fewer creators than Korea, despite having a significantly higher population: 328 million compared to Korea’s 213 million.

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How can you tap into this phenomenon?

These statistics make content creation sound like a no-brainer in terms of business strategy, right? However, in our blog post The Evolution of Enterprise Video, we looked at the challenges of video production. The good news is: that blog post also reveals the solution to those problems!

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We’d be delighted to have a chat with you about how our video management platform can give you a massive leg-up in the creator economy by making your content creation easier. So, click here to request a free demo of Overcast’s platform.

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In our last few blog posts about the creator economy, we delved into the size of the creator economy, which countries are creating the most content, the age profile of creators, how much income you could generate, and becoming an influencer — all based on data from Adobe’s ‘Creators In The Creator Economy’ global study.

Now we’re getting into the fascinating stuff in relation to creator economy trends! How happy are content creators? What influences their state of mind? Do happier creators make more content? And where are all of these content-happy campers?

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Anyone who creates content will know that it takes absolutely ages to produce quality content, so is there enough moolah from that content to make it a full-time activity?

Adobe’s ‘Creators In The Creator Economy’ global study shows that an average of 6 in 10 creators devote all of their working hours to creating content. South Korea boasts the highest percentage of full-time creators at 75%, with France close behind on 71%.

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What size is the creator economy?

Boom! The creator economy grew exponentially between 2020 and 2022. More than 165 million people have started creating their own content since 2020, according to Adobe’s ‘Creators In The Creator Economy’ global study. Brazil showed the highest increase at 69% with Korea a close second at 62% and Spain in third on 57%.

But who are the creators, where are they operating, and what kind of content are they creating?

Why Video Marketing?

Marketing has always been a core element of business success and it continues to evolve as social media expands with new social platforms being added to the mix.

TikTok has shaken up the video marketing landscape over the past few years and more US marketers now use TikTok than YouTube for influencer marketing, but TikTok still sees significantly lower usage than Instagram (eMarketer, Dec 2021).

Solutions to Creating and Distributing Enterprise Video

The benefits to enterprises of using video, for both internal and external business functions, are boundless. Video has emerged as a very critical element of a company’s content marketing strategy.

The Creator Economy has generated a video-first approach for creators. This offers a wealth of opportunities to enterprises. However, it also creates several challenges. The first one relates to the creation of the video content: interest outpaces ability.

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