Trump Proves Celebrity Sells, Even Amid NFT and Crypto Paranoia

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on January 5, 2023

The power of a well-known name or tight community can be seen everywhere. It is particularly valuable when trying to sell something, as shown by the success of Trump Digital Trading Cards, an NFT project seeing great success despite a declining economy, crypto scrutiny, and a major drop in the value of NFTs as a whole.

Built-in markets are still gigantic winners: There are plenty of projects suffering as funding dwindles and the economy worsens, but others are still going strong. Trump Digital Trading Cards is a great example of that, with the Trump name driving the project’s success.

  • According to the statistics gathered at the time of writing the article, the Trump trading card NFTs were sold 1201 times in the last seven days. Moreover, the sales volume exceeded $313,000.
  • The trading cards are collected by over 15,000 owners, with a total of 45,000 tokens available.
  • The top card went for $22,900, and many others sell for thousands of dollars.

While the trading cards are not owned by Trump or his companies, his name and die-hard community are enough to help make the NFT project a success. He has an almost cult-like following, and it is enough to make Trump-related ventures popular.

Communities have long driven NFT success: It is not just celebrity followings that have an effect on success. In general, communities and followers of any type are an important aspect of success, especially for NFT and crypto projects.

It is especially important for long-term growth since many trades and discussions take place between members of a community. Moreover, the support is just as important to the artists or creators as it is to the entire project.

A great example is the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), which is one of the most valuable collections in the world. However, beyond its market cap, it also stands out for its cultural influence, and a lot of that comes from the community. Owning a BAYC NFT is all about becoming part of something, and the benefits play a role in that.

  • BAYC owners become part of a private online club and can attend exclusive in-person events.
  • The ownership of NFTs with strong communities is a status symbol, which is why many owners use it as a profile pic on social media.

Communities will also spread the word about a project they are passionate about and stick with it through thick and thin. On the other hand, if a project has a weak community or following, it might find itself abandoned the moment something new comes along or times get tough.

Celebrity can backfire: While celebrity and a strong following help projects, they can also backfire. Once again, the Bored Ape Yacht Club stands out as a prime example. Celebrities enhanced the brand, drawing a lot of attention and investments, but there is now a class action lawsuit claiming the endorsements caused NFT values to balloon, ultimately losing people money.

  • The class action names 37 defendants, including Kevin Hart, Madonna, and Jimmy Fallon.
  • Many worry about the power of celebrity influence when it comes to volatile markets like NFTs and cryptocurrency.

It is not the celebrity endorsement to backfire. Kim Kardashian paid over $1 million to the SEC to settle a crypto scam lawsuit. Mark Cuban also faced heat over a crypto “Ponzi scheme” after he promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency trading platform and brokerage Voyager Digital.

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Spencer Hulse is the Editorial Director at Grit Daily. He is responsible for overseeing other editors and writers, day-to-day operations, and covering breaking news.

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