Creator Trends 2023 – Creatorpreneurs And Tier ll+ Cities Lead as Creator Economy Surpasses $100 Billion  

A report on creator economy by Classplus

  1. Rise of Creatorpreneurs:
  • The creator economy, once dominated by entertainers, is now witnessing a significant shift towards education and knowledge sharing, giving rise to a new breed of creators- “infopreneurs”.
  • Today, nearly 2X as many creators prefer to establish themselves as sustainable business owners rather than chase celebrity influencer status with books and podcasts witnessing the biggest y-o-y growth in creation.
  • Sectors such as personal development, health & fitnesspersonal finance, etc., have seen significant growth, indicating a strong demand for creator-led educational content.
  1. Growth:
  • The e-learning industry is projected to exceed $460 billion by 2026, representing a vast opportunity for creators in the educational space.
  • On Classplus alone, the earnings of non-academic creators have soared 2X increase from the previous year. The number of creators using the platform has also grown by 300% from 2021.
  1. Shift From Social Media to Other Digital Learning Products:
  •  Fearing the unpredictability of ad revenue and seasonal brand deals on social media, creators are diversifying their income streams and turning to entrepreneurship to build sustainable revenue through digital learning products.
  • 77% of creators said algorithm changes had a moderate-to-significant impact on their audience engagement. Additionally, 25% of creators estimated they’ve lost $1,000-$9,999 in revenue due to algorithmic changes, and 24% estimated $10,000-$49,999 in losses.
  1. 2023 Saw The Rise of Fin-fluencers
  • The rise of the creator economy has coincided with an increase in financial awareness among retail investors. The number of investor accounts has surged from 3.93 crore in December 2019 to 13.23 crore by the end of October 2023.
  •  Trading and investment education has emerged as one of the largest categories for Classplus. Year on Year, the number of “finfluencers” using Classplus to monetize their content has increased.
  • This is because more individuals are looking to enhance their financial literacy and investment skills.
  1. Upskilling For Professional Growth:
  • Creator-led courses are gaining traction as alternatives to traditional education system. The appeal lies in its flexibility and accessibility, allowing individuals to upskill at their own pace from anywhere at an affordable cost. (The course listings on Classplus range from 1k to 50k INR.)
  •  The demand for online creator-led courses is soaring with coding, digital marketing, and personality development witnessing remarkable growth.
  • Professionals are also engaging with leaders from major tech companies for 1-on-1 mentorship and consultations.
  • In the last three years, over 5 million learners have upskilled themselves on skills like digital marketing, coding, communication, etc from Classplus powered apps.
  1. Boom in New Categories of Infopreneurs:
  • Social Media has become a medium for successful business owners to share their expertise and insights, thereby enabling others to start and grow their own micro-businesses.
  •  This trend is significantly empowering individuals, particularly women in Tier II+ India to generate income and start successful ventures. Around 70% of the audience accessing courses by these creators using Classplus are from Tier II+ cities and towns.
  •  Some courses gaining momentum-
  1. Organic Farming
  2. Makeup Art
  3. Jewelry Designing
  4. Cooking & Catering
  5. Tailoring
  1.  Increasing Focus on Health and Well-Being
  • Around 94 per cent of Indians are worried about their own and their family’s health and feel that lifestyle changes like exercising, yoga and dieting will benefit their health and overall wellbeing. People are spending more on gym memberships, yoga classes, and curated diet plans.