3 ways that less influential influencers can help your business

Influencer marketing often focuses on harnessing major influencers who have the highest reach and authority. Such campaigns are on the rise, as we highlighted in this recent article, 84% of marketers said they would launch at least one influencer campaign within the next twelve months. Yet, collectively, other influencers can be important as advocates or detractors. Whether its fans mentioning your brand on Twitter, colleagues sharing your articles on LinkedIn, or disgruntled customers posting negative reviews, influencers are everywhere. And whilst you can’t control what the public say about you, you can engage with individuals who are your biggest fans and ensure that your customers hear their voice. The first question you might be asking is, do influencers really matter? Does your business really need them? Here are 3 examples that illustrate the difference you can make by harnessing influencers who aren't necessarily important by…

5 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rates with Micro-Influencers

Does size really matter? When it comes to influencer marketing it does, but not in the way you think. Influencers with a smaller following tend to have a much bigger impact on conversions. They’re called micro-influencers. And although they have fewer followers than top influencers and celebrities, their reach extends to a highly-relevant, targeted audience that is more likely to buy your product. In this post, you’ll learn all about micro-influencers, and how you can work with them to boost your conversions.

A Closer Look at Micro-Influencers

Micro-influencers, as their name suggests, are influencers who have a relatively small following compared to other influencers. There is no exact number of followers to define these influencers, but some general qualities can be outlined. According to Mavrck, they are “everyday consumers” with a following size of 500-5,000 people. Based on this definition, micro-influencers are like regular people, just…

The Art of Listening: Put your Influencers’ Needs Before Your Own

Today there are over two billion active social media accounts worldwide, growing by 12 percent in the last 12 months. For all the media hype that still surrounds the world of social networks, there is one thing people have come to accept: it’s not going anywhere. Virtual networks are built on the illusion that everyone likes everyone, and everyone can be “friends.” However, what is truly needed in order for people to build meaningful relationships with each other is the synchronicity of shared experience. That’s because no matter how “friendly” your interactions may be, they are not in person. One challenge organizations often encounter in implementing influencer marketing programs is taking those first few steps to engage with influencers. There’s often this moment of fear that you might not be following best practices, offending someone, saying the wrong thing –…

Practical ideas and tools to improve influencer marketing

Ever wondered why Dr. Phil bears an influence over its audience? The simple answer is because he was able to impose his knowledge and expertise in psychology through an effective medium. There may be better doctors than Dr. Phil. However, the fact that he was featured on Oprah, whose show reaches out to millions of viewers on a regular basis, gives him an edge over other practitioners. As more people hear his advice to his patients and the fact that Oprah vouches for his expertise quickly made him an influential psychologist.

The anatomy of influence

There are lots of things marketers can learn from Dr. Phil as an example of influencer marketing. Being knowledgeable about a particular subject does not automatically make you an online thought leader. Moreover, writing comprehensive and high-quality posts about your…

Use these tools to speed up your influencer outreach

These tools are especially useful for content marketers who are regularly producing content and need a structured and scalable way of managing their outreach efforts. They help to identify the types of site and key people within your niche that may link to or share your content in order to help amplify your message. Tools such as Kred, Klout and Followerwonk (Twitter specific tool) focus on assigning scores to online users, surfacing those who are likely to be most influential for your given content, search or topic.

Why are these tools important to digital marketers?

They help digital marketers to identify, analyse and contact relevant PR, blogger and other key influencer contacts, usually with the aim of creating backlinks or sharing content. [si_guide_block id="27934" title="Download Expert Member resource – Influencer outreach guide" description="Engage influencers…

In a survey by eMarketer, 84% of marketers said they would launch at least one influencer campaign within the next twelve months.

It’s no secret that the world of marketing has been somewhat flipped on its head in the last few years. What with the vast inbound advancements in social media, growing dominance of online content and ever-increasing desire of brands to be seen as approachable personas, marketing professionals have had to change and adapt faster than ever before. However, there is one group that has ridden this wave of change better than any other, and has subsequently found itself at the very top of the inbound marketing pile: influencers. Using influencers in your marketing strategy can often seem daunting and expensive, with no guarantee of success. What follows is an exploration of this prominent trend, what we can learn from it, and how best it can be implemented for 2017.

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Chart of the Day: New research highlights increasing importance of the different types of influencer marketing

If you think of the changes that the rise of digital media have wrought in marketing, the rise of importance of earned media to support online PR and influencer marketing has to be one of the largest. A new in-depth report from Traackr starts by explaining 6 different types of influencers. This highlights the different opportunities from influencer marketing - like their previous infographic on 10 types of individual influencers. The report then goes on to assess the overall importance of influencer marketing in larger organisations. This chart shows that, although it's not seen as a primary investment by many (just around one quarter), integrating into other activities is seen as important by more (just over half). The importance of influencer marketing…

Chart of the day: Celebrities and influencers on YouTube lead the way with earnings.

YouTubers with over 7 million followers are earning $300,000 on average, Facebook and Instagram accounts with over 7 million followers are also getting over half that amount too. Even just 100 thousand followers on Twitter can lead to earnings of around $2000, but on YouTube an average of $12,500. Twitter seems to be on the cheaper end, whilst YouTube is the most expensive platform for influencer marketing. Posts on Facebook can cost $75000 for influencers who have over 3 million followers. Source: The Economist  Our expert level resource, Influencer Outreach Guide shows you how to use to find and monitor influencers using social media Find out more about the rise of influencer marketing  …

With the news that social influencers being a big hit with hard-to-reach men online, recent research suggests that brand ambassadors and ongoing relationships with brand ambassadors are the most effective forms of influencer marketing.

The study was conducted online with 1,753 influencers and 102 marketers, by Tapinfluence and Altmeter and investigated marketers impressions of influencer marketing and discussed how they are using it. Ongoing ambassadorships and product reviews are the most effective forms of influencer marketing, as ranked by marketers. Only Less than 11% believe affiliate marketing links are effective, whilst many marketers are also using brand ambassadors for mentions of event coverage, relationships are crucial to the long term success of this form of marketing. The study also found that only 50% think sponsored content is the most effective form of influencer marketing, yet almost 82% use sponsored content, whilst 52.5% use brand…

Launching a brand 'Snapchat Takeover'

Snapchat now has over 130 million daily active users and is growing rapidly. Snapchat is popular with users of 20s and under, so potentially, it's a great way to reach younger consumers as it's offering grows more mature. Top influencers on Snapchat are able to get 300,000-400,000 views on a post on their story.

What is a Snapchat takeover?

A Snapchat takeover allows a brand to reach a large larger audience than would otherwise be possible. It works by a brand letting a popular 'Snapchatter' or other social media influencer/celebrity take over their branded Snapchat for a day or just a few hours. During this time the During this time, the influencer directs their followers to watch their takeover on the Brand's Snapchat, thus referring a large volume of traffic. It's a novel tactic and has proven effective for the big name brands that have tried it, like McDonalds, Disney and…

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