You’ve built a revolutionary new product or created an imaginative new brand. Congrats! Now, how do you draw the attention of customers who will love your product or service?
There are dozens of effective digital marketing strategies to explore. Depending on your budget, most of them will work to varying degrees. However, professional digital marketers say that influencer-created content outperforms company-created content 51% of the time. Additionally, 92% of consumers worldwide say they trust earned media over all other advertising methods.
It’s easy to see why influencer marketing has become a popular way to launch a new product or increase brand awareness. People trust the people they follow on social media platforms, even with the advertisement disclosure. (I’m sure we can all admit the instances we’ve been #influenced to make a consumer decision).
So, how can you generate brand awareness through influencer marketing? Let’s dive into what influencers bring to the table, how to hire influencers, and why you should focus on long-term relationships.
Even pre-internet days, it was an established principle that word-of-mouth marketing was extremely effective, usually considered second to none.
Influencer marketing capitalizes on the concept of word-of-mouth marketing. Although the definition of an influencer is often subject to debate, for the sake of this conversation we will consider them anyone with a medium-to-large social media following. Influencers are typically focused on a specific niche, like fitness or travel influencers. People follow influencers because they’re interested in their niche and the content they post about it.
Brands approach influencers and content creators to promote products or services that are related to the influencer’s niche. For example, a website that helps people find hostels might approach Instagram travel influencers to recommend the site’s services to their target audience through Instagram Stories, posts, and more. It’s important to note that finding niches that are aligned between the brand and the creator increase the feeling of authenticity, and often positively impact engagement.
How do influencers help your brand? There are a few notable ways that they leverage their expertise, niche, and following to help your product launch or brand awareness campaign:
Influencers have so many valuable attributes to offer your product launch or brand awareness initiative. However, you need to make sure you work with the right influencer for your company—one that not only boosts your organic social media marketing, but also shares common goals. It’s time to talk about how to find and how to hire influencers for your business.
It’s an entirely too common mistake - a business wants to explore influencer marketing and starts spamming partnership requests in comment sections. From the influencer’s perspective, this is often a red flag. Like dating, great relationships go through familiar phases, so how do you find and contact influencers in a productive way?
We’re going to discuss the typical way to find and contact influencers, but you can also work with an Instagram marketing agency to skip these steps and have expert guidance.
You don’t have to look far to start finding social media accounts with large followings within your niche. Searching keywords is surprisingly effective after a recent update, so search the keywords you already know are related to your business.
With different types of influencers available, the real difficulty is finding social influencers that are right for your business or product. Use these tips to help find the perfect influencer:
You’ve found a few accounts that you’d like to work with. What’s next? You need to reach out in a genuine way.
You need to understand how to ask influencers to promote your product. Look in the comment section of any account with over 10,000 followers and you’ll likely see dozens of companies posting sponsorship requests. Is the influencer even interacting with them?
The majority of influencers with experience almost always will ignore comments about sponsorships. This is largely due to many of those offers being scams or overall fake. Comment offers do not have a good reputation.
Instead, read the influencer’s bio and see if they’ve listed a preferred contact method. Many influencers will have an email setup specifically for sponsorship offers. Others will say “DM to work together” or something similar. If the account lists a preferred method of contact, use it.
Direct messages are usually fine if there is no preferred contact method listed. Follow these guidelines to make contact with the influencer:
It might take time, but you’ll find the right influencer for your brand and business with consistent effort.
You might start by learning how to ask an influencer to promote your product, but ideally, that won’t be where the partnership ends. If you’ve found an influencer that creates high-quality content and you enjoy working with, keep working with them.
You don’t need to continually skip around to different accounts. Instead, seek to form lasting relationships with effective influencers and keep building awareness of your brand or product launch.
Are you looking for expert guidance with influencer marketing? Working with an influencer marketing agency that has a skilled management team and existing relationships with many reputable influencers could be the solution to find your perfect influencer match. Contact us today to start maximizing your influencer marketing budget.