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10 Influencer Marketing Tips for a Successful Campaign

by Meaghan Carroll | 2 weeks ago

When 90% of marketing agencies, brands, and professionals say they believe influencer marketing is an effective form of marketing, it’s worth talking about some best practices that brands can use to implement or improve their campaigns. Below, we’ll cover 10 fundamental tips that can help boost your efforts.

1. Define What a Successful Influencer Campaign Is 

Before you begin any type of marketing campaign, it’s vital to set goals. These goals can start out broad, such as “attract more followers” or “grow awareness with the 18-25 age demographic, and then you’ll drill down into specific metrics to measure success. This is even more important for an influencer marketing campaign, since you’re likely tying their compensation to these goals. 

The most common measure of influencer marketing success is conversions/ sales, according to Influencer Marketing Hub

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The metrics that matter to your team will be specific to your brand and also depend on what the influencer excels at (building hype, launching conversations, driving conversions through subscriptions or one-time sales, etc). 

You should also take into account which social media platforms you’re using for influencer marketing. Over 67% of marketers report using Instagram for influencer marketing, but there’s also been a huge increase in TikTok influencer marketing as well, according to the State of Influencer Marketing 2021 Benchmark Report. 

Some possible metrics you could explore for your campaigns include:

2. Have a Clear Audience in Mind

Identifying a target audience for the campaign is another way to ensure you see success in your influencer efforts. You’ll want to identify the demographic, whether it’s a broad group or or lesser known niche, before hiring an influencer. This will help you choose someone who’s deeply connected with the audience while also being appropriate for the industry and channels that you’re targeting.

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When researching your audience, it’s helpful to separate your research into two categories: demographic insights and psychographic insights.

Demographic information includes age, gender, family situation, ethnic background, careers, and locations. Psychographic information looks at what your target audience values, what type of lifestyle they have, how they behave online, which special features they find appealing, etc. 

Some tools that can help you organize all of this information and help you research your audience further include:

3. Invest in Micro-Influencers

Whether you’re part of a large or small business, working with different types of influencers and different follower sizes can help your overall success. Often, brands may think about celebrities and macro-influencers as the only option, but micro-influencers — which typically have between 10,000 and 100,000 followers — can be extremely beneficial to certain campaigns. 

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Here are some reasons why working with micro-influencers can boost your overall influencer strategy:

Check out these examples of brands successfully partnering with micro-influencers

4. Utilize Organic Content in Conjunction With Sponsored Content

When utilizing sponsored posts, it’s important to think about using an influencer’s own audience via organic content rather than promoting it to a wider potential customer base. It often feels more natural to their audience and can yield better results, as their audience already has a high degree of trust in them.

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It’s important to remember that some social channels are actually designed to perform better with non-sponsored content, which will make an influencer’s community-building skills even more valuable. Organic content tends to work well on social media sites like:

Additionally, when posting organic content, keep these best practices in mind to boost exposure even more:

5. Know the Differences Between B2B Influencers and D2C Influencer Marketing

The success of your influencer program starts with understanding which type of influencer will be best for your brand. B2B and D2C influencers bring different skills to the table and may have different expectations about working with your team. 

In a nutshell, B2B influencers are usually experts working in a particular niche industry, or with a specific product. They often partner with a single company in their industry, or a few at most. D2C influencers tend to have more generalized knowledge and aren’t as exclusive with their partnerships, which means they may receive more offers from brands in various industries. 

Pro Tip

Here are some factors you should be aware of when you’re weighing a partnership with a B2B or D2C influencer: 

B2B Influencers 

D2C Influencers

6. Make Influencers Want to Work With You

It can be challenging to get good influencers to work with new brands if they know very little about your company. You’ll need to do outreach and provide them solid reasons to choose you when you don’t have the luxury of being a huge, exciting brand.

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Some ways you can entice influencers to work with (and return to work with) your brand include:

7. Participate in Cross-Account Social Media Content

Another way to ensure a successful influencer campaign is to engage with influencers on social media as your brand. You can maximize the effectiveness of this by shouting them out when you see them doing something cool, commenting on their posts, and sharing influencer content that is industry-related but perhaps not about your product.

Additionally, create quality content yourself that lists prominent, exciting influencers, promote it on relevant channels, and make sure they’re tagged in it so they feel the love too. See if you can get into a consistent back and forth with potential partners or brand ambassadors.

Pro Tip

Organically engaging with influencers in a non-sponsored format can take some creativity. You can try some of these tactics:

8. Create a Running List of Influencers You’d Like to Work With

On a similar note, you don’t want to wait around until you’re thinking of launching an influencer campaign to start searching for influencers. Have a list of noteworthy influencers and content creators in your industry or brand community circles that you can draw from when you’re ready. Follow our previous tips to strike up and nurture these relationships. 

This practice gives you plenty of backup options in case one falls through. It also allows you to keep an eye on their posts to see if their content is evolving in a direction you’re still interested in. 

Pro Tip

Monitoring influencers can feel a bit tedious but it’s extremely important. You’d hate to be in the position of signing contracts only to realize the influencer posted something a few years ago that doesn’t align with your brand values anymore. 

Here are some examples of how to monitor the potential partners on your list:

9. Have Realistic Expectations

With influencer marketing, it can be challenging to set expectations, but it’s important to think realistically about the impact an influencer can have in the time frame you’re setting. To gauge the performance or return on investment (ROI) you should expect, take a look at industry benchmarks or campaigns on a similar scale. Also, review any performance data you have from any other influencer marketing campaigns. This will help curb any unrealistic expectations you and your team might accidentally have.

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Find a provider of industry benchmarks to look at each quarter to compare your influencer campaign metrics. Mavrck’s Influencer Marketing Benchmarks report is a good start. This report is complimentary as long as you have a company email address to share. It’s especially helpful because it breaks benchmarks down by social channel. 

10. Track Your Influencer Performance and ROI

Marketers are always looking for good ways to tie campaign costs and qualitative signs — like shares, comment sentiments, or social proof — to concrete results. In fact, 67% of marketers attempt to measure the ROI from their influencer marketing campaigns, according to Influencer Marketing Hub. As we covered earlier, the most common method to measure ROI is by tracking conversions or sales. 

The key here is to have the tools you need to accurately monitor progress toward your goals, whatever they are, so you can make data-driven decisions throughout the campaign (and in the future). 

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When it comes to measuring ROI, you’ll want to identify key performance indicators (KPIs). Some categories of KPIs include:

Other things to think about when measuring the ROI of an influencer campaign include your administrative costs and the individual impact of each influencer.

Utilize These Top Tips With Popular Pays for Your Next Influencer Marketing Campaign

Putting all of the tips and marketing tactics covered in this article together can help you find the best influencer for your brand, as well as ensure your campaign is a success. If you’re looking for an agile marketing platform to help streamline each stage of the process, check out Popular Pays today.

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