Drake has hit the jackpot on online roulette and wasn’t shy on sharing his wealth.

The Canadian rapper, 35, has decided to donate a whopping $1 million (£758,000) in bitcoin to basketball star LeBron James’ charity the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Drake shared his huge win in an Instagram Stories post on Wednesday, showing the moment his number came in on the spin of a wheel to his 105 million followers.

The singer nicknamed Champagne Papi finalised the impressive donation over the weekend to the charity which focuses on helping underprivileged students.

His winning bet saw him place a mammoth amount of dough on black 11 on the roulette table and his celebrations were caught on camera as the number dropped in.

As well as helping out the charity, Drake was also on hand to give a high school basketball player the surprise of his life.



The student called Michael is on the road to becoming a successful college basketballer and in a bid to help set him up, Drake fantastically donated $100k to him and his mum to help them on their journey.

Again taking to Instagram, Drake uploaded a video of the moment he surprised the youngster and said there was “no better feeling in the world” than helping others.

In the heartwarming video, Drake revealed he was with LeBron James as he met Michael and his mum. As the group embraced, Drake could be heard saying he respected both the hard work of Michael and his mum.

He then added: “On behalf of me and my brother and Stake, we want to give you this. It’s $100k and hopefully it makes this journey a little easier.”

Michael’s mum gasps in surprise before hugging the stars and asking if she’s dreaming.

The generosity didn’t end there though as Drake continued to hand out pairs of trainers and another cash cum to his son’s basketball coach.

Drake’s followers were quick to hit up the comments section of the post to show their appreciation.

Among those sending messages was celeb basketball coach Chris Matthews, who wrote: “Major moves! Keep killing it bro.”



Musician 2chainz also wrote: “Bru been solid,” while Zachery Dereniowski commented: ” Great karma.”

Drake often bets big and over the Super Bowl was said to have placed three separate bets worth almost £1 million in bitcoin.

He backed the Los Angeles Rams to win and Odell Beckham Jr to deliver a big performance and shared images of his bet on Instagram, stating: “All bets are in on the family,” in reference to his friendship with Beckham Jr.

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NFT 2022 Predictions, Reflecting, and Evolving

Last year, Clubhouse rooms were booming, artists were learning about NFTs, and nobody knew what would happen next.

The space has grown exponentially in the last year, much above anyone’s expectations. For example, from 1/1 auctions on Foundation to the PFP collecting frenzy to more sophisticated NFTs that benefit collectors, NFTs have evolved tremendously.

NFTs and the IT industry

NFTs have taken over the IT industry, so much so that The Collins Dictionary named it the term of the year. The stigma and distrust of many have attracted mainstream brands and corporations, who are investing in learning more about how the space operates and how they may participate.

Corporate experimentation has progressively grown to conviction, proving that NFTs are not merely a bubble. Celebrities including Jimmy Fallon, DJ Khaled, Steph Curry, Post Malone, and Paris Hilton to name a few, have invested in NFT initiatives.

Some controversy, drama, and fear-mongering still exist, but significant indicators of possibility, optimism, work to build the space every day. But what about next year — What’s in the cards for digital investing?

Utilities of NFTs

NFT collections sold out in the last year merely because they had 10,000 profile pictures. But as the months passed and we learned more, many found burrowing into every collection endeavor untenable. Hype can only take a collection so far, and right now, it’s useful. For a project to last, it has to be defined, distinctive, and value the collector beyond the art or name.

Tokens, airdrops, metaverse access, and commercial rights are ways collections are trying to attract collectors and sell out.

More brands will enter NFT.

With revenues hitting $ 9 billion in 2021, the possibilities are unlimited. Nike purchased trailblazers RTFKT studios, while Adidas teamed with NFT startups, including, Punks comic, BAYC, and Coinbase. Brands will continue to grow their presence in the NFT space and metaverse as 2022 progresses, and we may anticipate more eyes on the scene.

DAOs will increase.

DAOs are public, transparent, and decentralized, and instead of stock, they use tokens. They are more reliable and allow for real-time wealth distribution. A DAO allows collectors to actively participate in the project’s direction.

DAOs will continue to flourish in 2022, from votes to money and community expansion. Wyoming has identified promise despite regulatory and legal ambiguity by enacting a bill officially recognizing DAOs. Their decentralized nature is gaining traction, and we may expect additional changes next year.

Airdropped tokens

The ENS domain airdrop and the more recent $ SOS token airdrop rewarded early users and supporters with tokens. Similarly, the BAYC plans to release a token that rewards holders, while gm intends to release a $ gm token, which rewards Twitter engagement with the gm culture. These tokens stress the need to interact in the area. More token airdrops are expected in 2022, and from what we’ve seen, you should participate in any manner feasible.

NFT/Blockchain Games

Blockchain technology has enabled new ways for players to get rewarded for their time. With Crypto Kitties laying the groundwork in 2017, several NFT projects have included play-to-earn games to their roadmaps in late 2021.

The BAYC, which has partnered with Animoca Brands and will premiere in 2022. Also, The Forgotten Rune Wizards revealed intentions for a play-to-earn game, and their floor price more than quadrupled in less than 24 hours.

Known NFT figure

Loopify’s own NFT game, Treeverse, exemplifies the promise of blockchain gaming. NFT projects will continue to seek gamification in 2022. We’ll see.

The most significant event was a week-long NYC takeover that coincided with 2021 Ape Fest in the BAYC. Thousands of NFT fans descended on the city to give a face to their online character, something many had not done since joining the space.

It was an opportunity to merge digital and reality, and it was trendy. The BAYC also sponsored a warehouse party with The Strokes, Lil Baby, Beck, Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, and Questlove. On top of that, they invited apes to a real-life boat party with live music and dancing.

Following the events’ popularity, other NFT collections have started integrating IRL events into their roadmaps, so anticipate more in 2022.

NFTs will innovate

Since the start of the year, billions have entered the NFT space. Intriguingly, PFPs, 1/1s, and generative art all led the way in 2021. Due to the sheer number of similarities in the market, more original art and concepts are necessary.

Recently, a collection called JPGpeople was introduced, allowing collectors to contribute to the creation of art by putting in a word. It encouraged thinking, creativity, and most importantly, it was novel. In 2022, expect to see more innovative NFTs that don’t only demand you to click mint.

Things will change.

It’s apparent, but it’s also hidden. A lot has happened in the last year, from trends in the NFT marketplace to the price of Ethereum — to the entrance of businesses into NFTs. No one could have foreseen where NFTs would be last year and doubtful we can see the depth of them in the next year.

Given what has happened and what is predicted in the future, we can confidently state that NFTs will have an interesting year in 2022. And the boom and bust gold rush fever will make some investors wealthy.

Of course — others will lose their shirts. So don’t count your Banksies before they hatch.

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Within days of Russia’s vicious onslaught on Ukraine, citizens across the world began mobilising support online, sharing lists of organisations, charities and initiatives worthy of help.

Of course crowdfunding in the wake of humanitarian disasters is nothing new — but alongside the calls for donations to charities, for the first time, we began to see new kinds of appeals: friends sharing links to fund the Ukrainian army directly, or boasting they had just set up a Patreon subscription to buy “tanks and missiles”. Over the course of these past few weeks, crowdfunding has become an ever bigger part of the Ukrainian war effort. Should you wish to help purchase vital new equipment or weaponry, the National Bank of Ukraine has set up a handy page where you can donate in the currency of your choice (it even accepts Google Pay).

It’s proven a successful way of getting much-needed funds flowing into the military coffers: as of March 22, the National Bank of Ukraine account had raised 12.2 billion hryvnia (£313 million), which has arrived in dollars, euros, pounds and more. “It’s definitely the largest scale crowdfunding effort of this kind that I’ve seen,” says Ed Arnold, a former British Army officer, now a defence analyst at the Royal United Services Institute.

In fact, the amount raised equates to a 6.7 per cent boost to the Ukrainian annual defence budget — which was just £4.5 billion (according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database) compared with Russia’s $47 billion. And as headlines stack up of Ukrainian forces (alongside local volunteers) mounting a valiant defence, despite some seemingly insurmountable odds, the donations continue to pour in.

Volodymyr Zelensky: crowdfunding has proven a successful way of getting much-needed funds flowing into the military coffers.

“It’s almost unprecedented,” says Arnold. “But the priority is so stark in terms of what they need.” He estimates there are around 900,000 conscripts in the Ukrainian armed forces, supplemented by 25,000 foreign troops, and an unknown number mobilised from local populations and given government-issued weapons — hundreds of thousands, for sure. Either way, it costs a lot to keep them all safe, warm and fed. Understanding the position they were in, and their relative lack of resources versus the Russian army, the Ukrainian government has been savvy in expanding its crowdfunding efforts beyond traditional currencies.

Early on in the war, the country’s 31-year-old minister for digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov (also President Volodymyr Zelensky’s deputy prime minister) made a special appeal for cryptoassets via the @Ukraine Twitter account. Then at the beginning of March, Fedorov announced that Ukraine would be minting NFTs — one-of-a-kind digital assets which could be sold like property — to raise funds for the military. “This has been a chance for cryptocurrencies to shine,” says Richard Usher of the BCB Group, which specialises in cryptocurrency services. “The appeal with crypto is that it’s borderless and it cuts out the middleman. You can contribute directly. And people really want to feel like they’re helping Ukraine.”

It’s a sentiment which was echoed by Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of the founders of Russian activist group and feminist punk band Pussy Riot — and the co-founder of Ukraine DAO, one of the first organisations to harness the power of NFTs to raise funds for the army. Via Ukraine DAO she created an NFT of the Ukrainian flag, which raised $7.1 million. “The plus of crypto is it’s borderless, it’s permit-less,” she said at the time. “Nobody can stop it, even if it’s [in] the war zone. If you have access to internet, you have access to funds.”

Nadya Tolokonnikova is one of the founders of Russian activist group and feminist punk band Pussy Riot — and the co-founder of Ukraine DAO, one of the first organisations to harness the power of NFTs to raise funds for the army.

Last week, the crypto analytics firm, Elliptic, calculated that the Ukrainian government had crowdfunded $63.8 million in this way since the start of the Russian invasion, including an individual donation of $5.8 million. There is also now an official site, Aid for Ukraine, where you can donate in Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum and a range of other blockchain currencies to buy helmets, bulletproof vests and night vision sights.

Fedorov has meanwhile called on crypto exchanges to freeze wallets connected to Russian accounts. “This is not just the war against a centralised regime, this is the birth of blockchain as a backbone of global security,” Mike Chobanian, president of the Blockchain Association of Ukraine, has said.

Of course Ukraine has been fighting a war with Russia since 2014, when Putin annexed Crimea and sent troops to the Donbas, and in that time the country has learned many hard lessons. As Arnold said, the crowdfunding effort is almost unprecedented. The charity Come Back Alive (formerly Save Life in Ukraine), was founded by Vitaliy Deynega in 2014 to provide bulletproof vests to those fighting in Donbass. It has raised over $20 million to supply 100 military units since then.

A volunteer takes position at a checkpoint in a district in Kyiv, on March 20, 2022

“The state of the Ukrainian forces in 2014 was pretty appalling,” says Arnold. “They began a period of modernisation and reform in 2016 but that was still constrained by budgetary issues — so while they have made improvements, it just hasn’t been enough for the breadth of the Ukrainian professional military.” Crowdfunding initiatives helped to fill the funding gaps. “And now there’s national mobilisation — they just need so much more kit than they thought they would.” Arnold says he has personally donated around £2,000 worth of equipment left over from his tours of Afghanistan.

Come Back Alive had been raising most of its money via Patreon — a crowdfunding platform more commonly associated with artists and activists. However, on February 25, Patreon removed Come Back Alive from the site, issuing a (widely criticised) statement: “Patreon does not allow any campaigns involved in violence or purchasing of military equipment, regardless of their cause.”

Come Back Alive now stresses that it is not using the money to buy weapon systems — but, rather, armour, technology and supplies. Indeed, the equipment is all itemised on an open source document that makes slightly anxious reading: 50x thermal imaging night sights (13 million hryvnia); 2,000x pieces of body armour printed with “Putin is a Dick” (4.8 million hryvnia); and so on.

A man with his bicycle walks between debris outside the destroyed Retroville shopping mall in a residential district, after a Russian attack on the Ukranian capital Kyiv on March 21, 2022.

Arnold points out that the supplies most needed are not necessarily weapons systems in any case but simple pieces of civilian equipment. Such as mobile phones: “They won’t have enough encrypted systems for all the volunteers, so they’ll just be having to be using WhatsApp and other messaging services.” And old school mountaineering equipment: sleeping bags, rucksacks, boots, iodine tablets for purifying water, and so on. “Honestly, one of the best things you could do is go to a camping shop and send a load of kit to the Polish border,” says Arnold.

In some guises, crowdfunding is as old as war itself. Polish immigrants in the UK donated money to Polish forces during the Polish-Soviet War of 1918-21. During the Second World War, communities across Britain and the Commonwealth collected money to build Spitfires. Jamaica supplied 12 aircraft to the RAF via the “Bombers for Britain Fund” which launched in the Daily Gleaner newspaper. The difference now is that digital technology has made everything run much faster. It helps that so many in the tech industry have such close ties with Ukraine. “We basically decided to work 100 per cent for Ukraine. It’s hard to do anything else,” says Patrik Arnesson, the Swedish CEO of Ikonia, which provides a platform for artists who wish to sell NFTs of digital artworks. “It feels for me like they’re attacking my own country. I’ve spent a long time crying.”

Arnesson spent three years in Kyiv — many of his friends and colleagues are still there (though some have relocated to Lviv in the west). “I saw a country that was rising from a really tough period of war and corruption, but which had a lot of young people driven to improve the country,” he says. “What was so interesting as well was that it was driven by the people, not just the government. There was so much determination to change. And the development in those years was so great.” One of Ikonia’s NFTs is called Stand With Ukraine, created by digital artist Felipe Posada: minted in 43 million editions, available for $10, with 100 per cent of profits going to the Ukrainian charities Come Back Alive, Everybody Can (Kozhen Mozhe), and the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund. “So many NFT projects in the past have been about making crypto-billionaires richer — I have no interest in that,” he says. “But in terms of charity, NFTs can be amazing. We have no admin. We don’t ship anything. You pay $10 and all of it goes to charity.”

Early on in the war, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s 31-year-old minister for digital transformation (also President Volodymyr Zelensky’s deputy prime minister) made a special appeal for cryptoassets via the @Ukraine Twitter account

He has been heartened at the response. “Before the invasion, we reached out to creative agencies and offered to help them to create NFT products. They were interested but none of them really had time. After the invasion, we went back to them and said: ‘We’re doing this for Ukraine and we won’t charge anything if you give the money to Ukraine’. Six agencies said they want to do something. It’s quite beautiful. When it was purely for money, they didn’t have time. Now that it’s for Ukraine, they found time.”

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The value of NFTs has skyrocketed in recent months as non-fungible trading rapidly grows in popularity. So, how can you jump onboard with an NFT of your own creation?

Because the market is so saturated, it won’t suffice to simply list your NFT and wait for sales to come in. Your best bet is to partner with one of the many reputable NFT marketing agencies to help your new creation go viral and become a top-seller.

In this article, we will review the top 10 NFT marketing agencies in the market today. Let’s get started!

Best NFT Marketing Agency 2022 – Top 10 compared

In the constantly evolving world of marketing, there are a few select agencies that have proven themselves as leaders in the field of blockchain and non-fungible token (NFT) marketing. These agencies have demonstrated a strong ability to create successful NFT campaigns and execute them efficiently on behalf of their clients.

Let’s take a look at some our top picks to help you find the best NFT marketing agency for 2022.

1. CryptoPR.com?—?Best NFT marketing agency for 2022

CryptoPR is one of the best and most prominent NFT marketing agencies London has to offer. The company is composed of a highly-skilled crew that delivers best-in-class NFT marketing campaigns, specifically targeting your demographic to increase your reach.

This agency provides services such as public relations, influencer marketing, creating marketing initiatives, and social media campaigns. Even if you’re new to the business, CryptoPR discusses how they plan to increase traffic to your NFT assets, so you won’t get lost along the way.

CryptoPR has a mission to provide high quality curated marketing content for creators around the world, and they do this by partnering with some of today’s most well-known online media outlets. They work in multiple languages, making them one of the most widely accessible UK NFT marketing agencies.



Price: Negotiated depending on budget

Address: Ferdinand Pl, Chalk Farm, London

2. NinjaPromo?—?Ideal for creating an NFT-specific strategy

If you’re looking for a top-notch marketing agency that specializes in NFTs, NinjaPromo is definitely worth checking out. This agency has a lot of experience and expertise when it comes to promoting new blockchain projects and helping them grow. They understand the importance of NFTs and how they can benefit both businesses and consumers.

NinjaPromo specializes in NFT PR and marketing, so they know how to reach the right people with your message. They’ll help you create a comprehensive marketing strategy that targets key audiences and helps you achieve your desired results.

Finally, to help you guarantee exposure and reach, they offer a wide range of marketing services, including media relations, social media marketing, content marketing, and more.



Price: Price estimate provided after submitting a proposal

Address: Not Listed

3. FireCask?—?Experts in SEO and detailed market research

FireCask has been recognized as a one of the top-tier UK NFT marketing agencies with an experienced team of professionals in SEO, web development and digital marketing. The company is committed to assisting their clients from start to finish.

This agency helps its clients by providing complete service for all aspects, including production and collaboration opportunities, on your project’s material needs?—?whether it be social media management or advertisement campaigns.

FireCask depends largely on detailed market research to develop successful strategies tailored to your company. Their NFT SEO services can help your company rank higher in search results.



Price: Negotiated after inquiry; costlier than other services

Address: Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BB, United Kingdom

4. Coinbound?—?Great for networking and blockchain connections

Coinbound is a well-established NFT marketing agency that offers many opportunities for clients to promote and market their projects. With over five years in the industry, Coinbound has built strong relationships with influencers across the blockchain industry who can help spread your message worldwide through social media channels.

The agency uses almost all social media platforms to reach out to a highly engaged community of cryptocurrency investors. They will also manage your social media accounts, which can assist you in creating communities for your NFT enterprise on platforms like Telegram and Discord groups.



Price: Negotiated

5. X10 Agency?—?Provides specialized marketing campaigns

X10 is a crypto and NFT marketing agency. They specialize in DeFi, STO, and other niches within the industry. X10 has been around for quite some time now; they were originally founded in Russia but have since expanded internationally with smaller brands targeted at EMEA regions where there are more opportunities.

Some of the services that X10 offers include strategy and marketing consulting, full-service marketing campaigns, creative design and branding, as well as community management.

X10 has been able to produce some impressive results for its clients; one recent example is its SKYFCHAIN project, a platform for the cargo robotics industry, in which they were able to raise $ 6.2 million dollars as of this writing.

There are many other campaigns that X10 has been involved with, and it’s clear that the team has a lot of experience and expertise when it comes to marketing in this space.



6. Crowdcreate?—?High customer satisfaction rates

Crowdcreate is a world-leading NFT digital marketing agency with great results and high customer satisfaction rates. They have helped brands seen on the front page of Reddit, Twitter’s trending topics list for almost 5 years running. Since 2017, Crowdcreate has been specializing in driving awareness and engagement for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) projects.

Crowdcreate has a team of marketing experts with backgrounds in branding, PR, social media and digital marketing. They use this experience to help NFT projects promote their projects to new audiences and drive user adoption.

The company offers brand video and content production, which means they can help with creating marketing materials such as explainer videos, website design, and social media campaigns.

Crowdcreate has already had some great successes with NFT projects. They helped promote The Sandbox when it first launched, and more recently they’ve been working with Divine Anarchy. Overall, Crowdcreate has a great track record in helping NFT projects succeed.



7. Blockchain PR?—?Experts at spreading your brand’s message

Press releases, sponsorships, and social media postings are the core of Blockchain PR, a growth marketing business. They specialize in spreading the word about your brand through prominent newspapers, therefore they’d be ideal for most early-stage NFT businesses. NEM, Wings, and Trade.io are some of their previous clients.

They’ve also collaborated with a number of conferences, which makes sense considering their area of expertise. After all, their job is to promote their clients’ businesses, and they’ve been doing so for numerous years. The company has a wide range of services that they offer, which can be tailored to your specific needs as an NFT business.

When it comes to Blockchain PR, there are few agencies that can rival the experience and expertise of this company. They’ve been in the business for years and have helped promote some of the most successful Blockchain projects to date. If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced marketing agency, then look no further than Blockchain PR.



Price: Contact the agency

Address: Not listed

8. INORU?—?Offers a tailored marketing experience

What’s great about going with INORU is that all of their services are highly personalized. They’ve expanded their marketing offerings for NFT and related specialties after building the NFT platform.

INORU will assist you in treating your NFT and business in the market to successfully reach out in the field with unique solutions. They provide top solutions and critically assess plans, assisting in making necessary marketing changes, thanks to their seasoned staff and knowledge of NFT and emerging technology.

Furthermore, they provide you with a 360-degree range of services that help your company obtain momentum and notice. Overall, INORU is a top-tier marketing agency that can help you excel with your NFT marketing.



Price: Free quotes available

Address: Circular Road, Singapore

9. Turnkeytown?—?Straightforward, yet powerful techniques

When it comes to NFT Marketing, TurnkeyTown is one of the leading agencies. They provide complete packages for marketing services including PR and influencer programs as well social media strategy development, all while gaining popularity with your community in order to publicize what you’re offering.

TurnkeyTown provides a straightforward technique to rebuilding your business in the NFT stream. Simply set down your requirements and relax as the demands come into place and are taken care of in an orderly manner.



10. TokenMinds?—?Powerful insights into the NFT market

TokenMinds is a leading NFT marketing firm. The organization, which was founded in 2015 by three marketing specialists, focuses on marketing, growth, and fundraising, as well as offers insight on the go-to-market approach and community building.

TokenMinds is a wonderful alternative if you need advice on how to organize and advertise your NFTs. The agency has obtained some amazing outcomes for its clients, including helping companies raise up to $ 70 million through crowdfunding, on top of an impressive client roster.


Price: Starting at $ 14,900 (up to $ 34,900)

Address: Purvis St, Singapore

Why use an NFT marketing agency?

Here are four reasons why you should use a marketing agency to promote your NFT project.

1. They can help you create a marketing strategy.

An NFT marketing agency can help you create a marketing strategy that is tailored to your specific project. They will take into account your target audience, budget, and goals in order to come up with a plan that is most effective for promoting your project.

2. They understand the technology.

NFT marketing agencies will understand the technology behind your project. They will be able to create marketing materials that explain the technology in an easy-to-understand way.

3. They have experience with blockchain marketing.

Marketing agencies that specialize in non-fungible tokens will be familiar with promoting NFT projects. They will know how to target your audience and create a campaign that engages them.

4. They can help you track your results.

An NFT marketing agency can help you track the results of your marketing campaigns. They can use various tracking methods to monitor how well your campaigns are performing and how they are impacting your bottom line. This information can help you make necessary adjustments to ensure that your campaigns are as effective as possible.

How to Choose an NFT Marketing Agency?

When looking for a good NFT marketing agency, there are a few key factors to consider. The first is experience?—?has the agency worked with similar projects before? Do they have a solid understanding of the NFT space and the challenges and opportunities it presents?

Another important consideration is what services the agency offers. Will they help with all aspects of marketing and promotion, from strategy development to execution? Or do you need to hire additional services separately?

Finally, it’s important to consider the agency’s track record. Have they achieved successful outcomes for their clients in the past? What kind of feedback have they received from those clients?

Conclusion: What Is The Best NFT Marketing Agency For 2022?

CryptoPR.com ticks all of these boxes we mentioned above. The agency has a wealth of experience in the NFT space and offers a comprehensive range of marketing services that can help you achieve success with your project.

Furthermore, CryptoPR.com has a proven track record of success, with many happy clients to attest to their skills. The agency is also highly affordable, making it a great option for budget-conscious projects.

Still confused about NFT marketing agencies? Let us answer your frequently asked questions.

What are NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a type of cryptographic asset that are unique and cannot be divided into identical copies. They are often used to represent virtual assets, such as in-game items, or Collectibles.

What is the value of NFTs?

The current value of NFTs is highly dependent on the market and use cases. Some NFTs have been sold for millions of dollars, while others are only worth a few cents.

What are some examples of successful NFT marketing campaigns?

One example is CryptoKitties, which was one of the first and most successful blockchain games. It generated over $ 25 million in sales and had over 1.5 million users.

How much does it cost to hire an NFT marketing agency?

Each agency has a different pricing model, but generally speaking, NFT marketing campaigns can be expensive. Depending on the size and complexity of the campaign, prices can range from several thousand dollars to well over six figures.

What are the financial services PR agencies offer?

In general, PR agencies such as the ones listed above will negotiate pricing with you according to your finances and the services you need. Some, however, offer set PR packages with pre-determined pricing.

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“You can also trade bitcoins,” the chair of Russia’s Duma committee on energy said.

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  • Russia will accept bitcoin as payment for its oil and natural gas from friendly countries, its energy minister said Thursday.
  • Western countries still importing energy from Russia will have to pay rubles or gold, he said.
  • Pavel Zavalny said the national fiat currency of friendly buyer countries — like the yuan or lira — can also be used for trade.

Russia’s energy minister has said the country is willing to accept bitcoin in exchange for oil and gas exports from countries like China and Turkey, as sweeping sanctions over its war in Ukraine hit trade.

In a news conference televised on Thursday, Pavel Zavalny said Western countries can pay in the ruble and if they want to buy Russian energy, according to translated remarks

But for “friendly” countries like China and Turkey, the country is open to payment in their own currencies — or even in the leading cryptocurrency, he said.

“We have been proposing to China for a long time to switch to settlements in national currencies for rubles and yuan,” Zavalny said. “With Turkey, it will be lira and rubles.”

“You can also trade bitcoins,” he added.

Many buyers are increasingly shunning Russian oil in the face of Western sanctions, driving trade to bargain-hunting countries like China and India. The US and UK have imposed embargoes on its energy exports, though the European Union, which is more reliant on energy imports, hasn’t so far moved to ban the trade.

Zavalny’s remarks suggest Russia has turned to being more flexible about the use of alternatives to the euro or the US dollar — the dominant currency in international trade — for payment.

Energy is the single most important source of income for Russia. In 2021, the oil and gas trade brought in $119 billion in revenue for the country, according to Reuters.

Zavalny also said he supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to sell natural gas to hostile nations in rubles. The move sent European gas prices soaring by 30% on Wednesday, when the beleaguered ruble rose to a three-week high past 95 against the dollar.

“If they want to buy, let them pay either in hard currency, and this is gold for us, or pay as it is convenient for us, this is the national currency,” Zavalny said, echoing Putin’s demand.

It isn’t clear how Russia’s bitcoin acceptance would work with China, as Beijing last year declared all crypto-related transactions illegal. It also banned foreign exchanges from providing services to Chinese residents.

Putin said in 2021 he recognized the value in cryptocurrencies, but said it was too early to evaluate their usefulness for crossborder payments in the oil trade. Still, he said Russia was keen to ditch dollar-denominated payments.

But before its invasion of Ukraine, Russia moved to formally recognize bitcoin and other crypto-assets as currencies in early February.

Bitcoin’s price spiked around the time reports of Zavalny’s comments made the rounds. The cryptocurrency was last up 2% at $43,851 on Friday, according to data from CoinGecko.

Russian banks have been blocked from using the international SWIFT payment system, and several businesses have moved to self-sanction from carrying out services in the country.

Those sanctions have pushed Russia to find alternatives to normal channels. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde highlighted this week that the Russian private sector is using crypto to skirt sanctions.

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