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Influencer marketing is a powerful way to reach your target audience, build trust and credibility, and boost your brand awareness. But what exactly is influencer marketing, and how can you get started with it?
In this blog post, we will answer these questions and more. We will explain what influencer marketing is, why you should do it, how to find and work with influencers, and what types of influencer marketing campaigns you can run. We will also share some examples of successful influencer marketing campaigns to inspire you.
What is influencer marketing?
Influencer marketing is a form of social media marketing that involves collaborating with influencers – people who have a large and engaged following on social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and others. Influencers are seen as experts, trendsetters, or opinion leaders in their niche, and they can influence their followers’ behavior, preferences, and purchasing decisions.
Influencer marketing works because people trust the recommendations of influencers more than traditional ads or celebrities. Influencers have built a loyal and authentic relationship with their audience, and they only endorse products or brands that they genuinely like and use. When an influencer promotes your product or brand, they are essentially vouching for you and transferring their trust to you.
Why influencer marketing?
There are many benefits of influencer marketing for your business. Here are some of the main ones:
- It helps you reach a relevant and engaged audience that is interested in your niche or industry.
- It boosts your brand awareness and reputation by exposing your product or brand to new potential customers.
- It generates social proof and word-of-mouth marketing by showcasing real user experiences and testimonials.
- It drives traffic to your website or landing page, where you can convert visitors into leads or customers.
- It increases your sales and revenue by influencing purchase decisions and creating loyal customers.
- It provides valuable content for your social media channels, website, or blog, which you can repurpose or reuse for other marketing purposes.
How to find influencers?
Finding the right influencers for your brand is one of the most important steps in influencer marketing. You want to work with influencers who are relevant to your niche, have a sizable and engaged following, share your values and vision, and have a good reputation and credibility.
There are different ways to find influencers for your brand. You can use online tools such as Influencer Marketing Hub or Tagger by Sprout Social, which allow you to search for influencers based on keywords, hashtags, location, platform, category, audience size, engagement rate, and other criteria. You can also browse through social media platforms or hashtags related to your niche and see who is creating popular or trending content. You can also ask for recommendations from your existing customers, partners, or industry peers.
How to work with influencers?
Once you have identified the influencers you want to work with, you need to reach out to them and propose a collaboration. You can contact them via email, direct message, or through their preferred platform. You should introduce yourself and your brand, explain why you are interested in working with them, what are your goals and expectations, what are the benefits for them, and what are the terms and conditions of the collaboration.
You should also be clear about what type of influencer marketing campaign you want to run with them. There are different types of influencer marketing campaigns that you can choose from depending on your objectives. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Sponsored posts: This is when you pay an influencer to create and share a post about your product or brand on their social media channel. The post can be a photo, video, story, reel, live stream, or any other format that suits the platform and the influencer’s style. The post should include a clear disclosure that it is sponsored by your brand (e.g., using hashtags like #ad or #sponsored), as well as a link to your website or landing page.
- Reviews: This is when you send an influencer a free sample or trial of your product or service in exchange for an honest review on their social media channel. The review can be positive or negative depending on the influencer’s experience. The review should include a clear disclosure that it is based on a free product or service provided by your brand (e.g., using hashtags like #gifted or #freebie), as well as a link to your website or landing page.
- Contests and giveaways: This is when you partner with an influencer to host a contest or giveaway for their followers. The contest or giveaway can be related to your product or brand (e.g., asking followers to comment on why they want to try your product) or not (e.g., asking followers to tag their friends or share a post). The prize can be your product or service, a gift card, a discount code, or anything else that appeals to the influencer’s audience. The contest or giveaway should include a clear disclosure that it is sponsored by your brand (e.g., using hashtags like #contest or #giveaway), as well as a link to your website or landing page.
- Product and content collaborations: This is when you co-create a product or content with an influencer. The product or content can be related to your niche or industry (e.g., a limited edition product line, a custom design, a curated collection, etc.) or not (e.g., a podcast episode, a blog post, a video series, etc.). The product or content should include a clear disclosure that it is a collaboration between you and the influencer (e.g., using hashtags like #collab or #partner), as well as a link to your website or landing page.
- Long-term ambassadors: This is when you establish a long-term relationship with an influencer who becomes an official representative of your brand. The influencer agrees to promote your product or brand on a regular basis, as well as participate in events, campaigns, or other activities related to your brand. The influencer should include a clear disclosure that they are an ambassador for your brand (e.g., using hashtags like #ambassador or #brandpartner), as well as a link to your website or landing page.
- ‘Takeovers’ on your platforms: This is when you invite an influencer to take over your social media channel for a certain period of time (e.g., a day, a week, etc.). The influencer creates and shares content on your behalf, such as behind-the-scenes, tips and tricks, Q&A sessions, etc. The content should include a clear disclosure that it is a takeover by the influencer (e.g., using hashtags like #takeover or #guestpost), as well as a link to the influencer’s social media channel.
How to measure influencer marketing?
The last step in influencer marketing is to measure the results of your campaign and evaluate its performance. You need to track and analyze the metrics that are relevant to your objectives and compare them with your initial goals and expectations. You also need to collect feedback from the influencers and their followers and see what worked and what didn’t.
Some of the metrics that you can use to measure influencer marketing are:
- Reach: This is the number of people who saw your influencer’s post or content. You can use tools like Google Analytics or Facebook Insights to track the reach of your campaign.
- Engagement: This is the number of people who interacted with your influencer’s post or content. It includes likes, comments, shares, saves, clicks, views, etc. You can use tools like Instagram Insights or YouTube Analytics to track the engagement of your campaign.
- Traffic: This is the number of people who visited your website or landing page from your influencer’s post or content. You can use tools like Google Analytics or Bitly to track the traffic of your campaign.
- Conversions: This is the number of people who performed a desired action on your website or landing page from your influencer’s post or content. It can be signing up for a newsletter, downloading an ebook, making a purchase, etc. You can use tools like Google Analytics or Shopifyto track the conversions of your campaign.
- ROI: This is the return on investment of your campaign. It is calculated by dividing the revenue generated by the campaign by the cost of the campaign. You can use tools like Influencer Marketing Hub ROI Calculator or Tagger by Sprout Social ROI Calculator to track the ROI of your campaign.
Influencer marketing examples
To wrap up this blog post, here are some examples of successful influencer marketing campaigns that you can learn from:
- ABSOLUT Planet Earth’s Favorite Vodka Campaign: This was an award-winning campaign that involved 95 influencers from different niches and backgrounds who shared their passion for sustainability and social justice while promoting ABSOLUT vodka. The campaign generated 68.4M total potential impressions, 7.714M views, and 739.4K comments, likes, and shares
- H&M Fall Studio Collection: This was a global campaign that involved 22 influencers from different countries who showcased their personal style while wearing H&M’s fall collection. The campaign generated 12M impressions, 1.2M engagements, and 4K mentions2.
- Dunkin’ Donuts on National Donut Day: This was a fun campaign that involved eight influencers who created engaging content around Dunkin’ Donuts’ products and offers on National Donut Day. The campaign generated 37M impressions, 3M engagements, and 10K store visits3