There is a plethora of product variety available to consumers nowadays. In a way, that’s beneficial to the consumers. Those in the business of selling them will have to work harder to get customers’ attention because of the increased competition.
The good news is that there are presently more opportunities to expose your goods to potential customers. For instance, influencer marketing is on the rise. Sixty-seven percent of marketers and communicators use influencers to spread the word about their content, as reported by Influencer Marketing Hub.
Let’s examine the best practises for creating and executing an influencer marketing plan in this piece. But before we get too far, let’s define some terms.
Defined: Influencer Marketing
A person with significant sway over your intended audience is known as an influencer. One of the main reasons influencers are able to accomplish this is because of the large fan bases they have developed. They have established themselves as a distinct entity in their respective fields. The people who follow them pay attention when they speak.
The goal of influencer marketing is to get influential people talk up your goods and services. Simply said, the purpose of influencer marketing is to boost revenue and popularity of a product or service.
An influencer marketing campaign can be undertaken by any company, on any platform. Marketers use influencers more frequently in certain subsets than others. The beauty, health, fitness, and fashion industries are among the most lucrative online. Instagram is, without a doubt, the most widely used medium for these submarkets in terms of total dollars spent. In second place, we have Youtube.
So why do companies use influencers in their marketing strategies?
There is great excitement about the potential of influencer marketing, but many people are confused about how it works. The efficacy of influencer marketing is undeniable. As an example of the effectiveness of an influencer marketing campaign, consider Nike’s collaboration with Michael Jordan in the 1990s, long before the rise of social media.
There have been influencer marketing programmes at the corporate level for decades, but they have often required a very sizable investment in advertising. Because of the proliferation of social media, influencer marketing has become increasingly popular. As a result, it is now possible to bring your business in front of thousands, if not millions, of people without breaking the bank.
Formulating an Influencer Promotion Plan
You will only see positive results from influencer marketing if you do it properly. And the key to success is to have a plan. In this part, we will examine the measures you must take to maximise the effectiveness of your influencer marketing strategy:
campaign. You can also aim to boost brand loyalty in addition to revenue. Or perhaps you’re looking to expand into untapped demographic territory.
From the very beginning of the campaign, you need to determine what it is you hope to achieve. These targets need to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based). Hence, to illustrate:
Generate $1000 from the sale of 1,000 bottles of fragrance
That’s an easy, accessible goal. You may do the math to see if the goal was met.
The difficulty arises when trying to establish a standard by which to evaluate success in terms of sales. Are you tracking things like the sum of all sales made through the website, for instance? If this is the case, how will you explain a sales increase that is unrelated to the influencer marketing initiative?
As you build the foundation for your campaign, you should give some thought to the following questions. Your answer might include things like promo codes, campaign-specific sales pages, and sales funnels.
Perhaps you aren’t tracking in-person sales. Engagement is one metric that might be used. No problem there. Choose an end-of-year revenue objective to guide the development of your influencer marketing campaign.
Always remember your intended audience
What if you have already identified your goals and key performance indicators? Now think about who you’re writing for. To do so, you need to develop a profile of your perfect client.
What you need is a customer persona, a fictional representation of your perfect client. The persona might be based on an actual consumer or on an aggregate of information about your ideal clientele.
Make a financial plan
When choosing an influencer or influencers to work with, it is crucial to prepare your campaign budget. You should avoid going over your allotted funds by acting carelessly. It’s also unprofessional to not compensate your influencer for their work.
Finding an influencer to work with might be expensive. Affiliate partnerships might be of interest to some. Yet, the vast majority will cost you money, either initially or on a regular basis. The influencer’s remuneration, if any, will vary depending on the specific platform and market.
Come up with a plan for making payments that works for you. But, you should check that the payment structure is satisfactory for your influencer as well.
Refine your search results
Locating brand advocates is a top priority now. I recommend making a selection of influencers so that you may evaluate their services and decide which ones are most suited for your campaign. Create your profile of an influencer based on real people you admire. In this case, keep an eye on these three influencing factors:
Check the influencer’s existing material to make sure it fits the needs of your sector. Your expectations for the content must also be met. The influencer’s fan base should also fit the profile you’ve created for them.
What is the influencer’s reach, defined as the number of people who meet your target audience’s profile description? Be wary of exaggerated follower counts that might be the result of fake accounts.
Resonance: Keep in mind that more people in your audience isn’t necessarily better. Micro-influencers are those with between 5,000 and 25,000 followers, while nano-influencers have as little as 1,000 followers and might be a good fit for your campaign. Because they are so specialised, your message may hit closer to home with them.