5 Mistakes You’re Making with Consumer Influencer Marketing
It’s no secret social media has changed the way consumers seek information, especially when it comes to making purchase decisions. Impressive statistics supporting word-of-mouth and influencer marketing are often thrown around- consumer-to-consumer word of mouth generates more than twice the sales of paid advertising, brand advocates are 70% more likely to be seen as a good source of information by people around them, 90% of consumers trust peer recommendations, only 33% trust ads, etc. Influencers hold a lot of power in the consumer market, but only if they are utilized correctly. Here are five mistakes you’re making with influencer marketing, and how to correct them.
1. Choosing quantity of quality
A lot of things are better in mass quantities: cookies, syrup and warm spring days. The rule does not necessarily apply to followers on blogs or social networks. While the goal is to reach as broad an audience as possible, one does not want to risk source credibility or send a message in a misguided direction. When activating consumer influencers, one should be sure he or she has a relationship with his or her following. Having 1000 followers is not impressive if the source does not have a personal relationship with at least a handful of them.
2. Forgetting to consider brand fit
Choose consumer influencers that fit the personality and lifestyle of your brand. Essentially, an influencer is a personification of a brand; his or her job is to accurately convey a brand’s message to its target audience. Make sure to consider age, gender, demo- and psychographics. Although it may sound like common sense, selecting a millennial beauty blogger as an advocate may not be successful in reaching boomers who would be interested in a new fishing pole.
3. Assuming authenticity
Many factors play into a source’s authenticity: originality, quality and frequency of posts, number or followers, expertise in an area, and so on. However, authenticity cannot be measured in each of these factors alone. Do your research. Read his or her posts and take note on how genuine they appear. Do followers interact with the source? Does he or she support his or her opinions? With ways to purchase followers and bots that can spam webpages, simply having a large following is not evidence enough to prove as a credible source of information. In addition to credibility as a person or expert, ensure the source only promotes or critiques brand or products he or she is passionate about. If someone is promoting multiple brands and products at once, their opinion loses credibility.
4. Not Building a Foundation.
Just as important as a consumer influencer having a relationship with their following is the person having a relationship with you or your brand. A credible source should not be willing to advocate for a brand it has little or no connection with. Get to know an influencer before asking him or her to reach out to his or her networks. Make sure they have enough information to form concrete opinions and share substantial evidence with their followings.
5. Not tracking engagement
After investing the time to mobilize the perfect group of consumer influencers, it would be a waste to not see where your efforts have led. Is it worth continuing this brand-activist relationship? Measure the influencer’s engagement levels and affect of his or her following. Be sure to also follow up with the influencer him or herself to gain insights to how they felt working with the brand.
Consider these tips while choosing your next influencer(s) to ensure a successful campaign. Don’t forget the importance of following him or her from beginning to end!