Influencer marketing is a collaboration between a company and an influential person promoting it. Celebrities have been replaced by content creators known as “thought leaders” with more expansive audiences and a greater sense of rapport through which to promote the brand. Around 86% of companies used influencer marketing in 2018, indicating that thought leadership is crucial to maximizing your social media campaign.
To maximize potential for your influencer marketing campaign, here are some ideas to keep in mind:
Your goals must be defined and communicated so that the influencer you work with can help you achieve them. Objectives might include:
If you want to increase loyalty, then audience engagement is paramount, while a large number of followers may be more important if your goal is brand awareness. Once you’ve defined your objectives, it’s important to communicate them clearly and confirm with the influencer that they are able to support you in achieving them.
The world of social media marketing divided influencers into different categories: mega, macro, micro, nanos, and advocates, each providing their own advantages. It’s important to consider the reach you’re looking for when choosing a thought leader for a collaboration.
Determining if someone’s ideas and their style of communication are a match for your brand can be tricky, so it’s important to cover off on some basics before collaborating to make sure there is a natural connection to your brand’s mission. You may want to review the content they’ve created and shared on their channels and scan for potentially harmful content that you wouldn’t want associated with your brand. Remember that a thought leader can only be as effective as the alignment with the brand, regardless of the power in their message.
It’s important to collaborate with someone whose audience will resonate with your brand, and by determining what your target audience is most likely to respond to, you can identify the thought leader who matches those key elements.
Pay attention to the industries represented by a thought leader’s work, and ensure that fits in with your brand’s sector. You can perform a target analysis to understand your audience and find out what sites they are frequenting, including those outside your own industry. In deepening your understanding of your target audience, you’re able to facilitate a deeper connection with an influencer.
Scoping out which thought leaders are creating the most impact for your competitors is key. You can try browsing relevant hashtags to see examples of successful, and unsuccessful, social media marketing. Taking note of those with a look and feel like the one that you want to portray can help you identify which direction to point your chosen influencer in so that your content is presented alongside the brands you wish to compete with.
In the end, the idea is to find someone with a large enough following to support your goals through curated, quality content. However, you must remember that followers are only as valuable as the level of engagement an influencer is willing to provide. Once you’ve found the right match, you’ll be able to delegate some of the most challenging aspects of a campaign and focus on the bigger picture.