Table of contents:
- What is influencer marketing?
- The upside of influencer marketing
- Three ranks of the influencer marketing army
- Check Note
What Is Influencer Marketing?
We are all familiar with the word "influencer" as much as we are familiar with the word "coffee." Today, we will explore the meaning behind the term "Influencer Marketing."
First, we need to understand the ideology behind an influencer in Influencer Marketing. Yes, there is a difference. Just like there is a difference between customer service and customer experience (CX).
"Call it buying an audience before they buy your product, call it influencer marketing, call it what you like. At the end of the day as marketers we're all just trying to create conversations that will ultimately increase our popularity in the online world - because we know that if we're the most popular, consumers will come to us." – Kristy Sharman
The Upside Of Influencer Marketing
An influencer in this subject is a medium, through which a brand connects with the audience. Think of an influencer as the Rainbow bridge of Asgard. It isn't as fast but it will get you your audience if you do it right. (Only the worthy shall claim!)
Influencers dominate a platform. They have a voice that doesn't go unheard. They are on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitch, and basically everywhere where there is a platform for original content.
SSSniperWolf, PewDiePie, Mr. Beast, Unbox Therapy, Ninja, Tfue, h3h3 Productions, King Bach are all influencers!
Let us explore what the privileges of Influencer Marketing are:
1.Need Not Start From Scratch
Influencers have a fan base who follow them, consider their opinions, look up to them and are most likely to take action if it comes from them. You need an influencer to guide their audience into availing your service or purchase your product.
If you were to be an influencer for your own brand, it would require you a ton of dedication, time, and effort to get to the point where you have your own audience to influence. Still, the other influencers would be way ahead of you with a much greater audience than before.
If you get an influencer to promote your product, you don't have to start from scratch.
2.The Human Factor
People know that a brand is trying to persuade them into buying their service. So, why would they buy your product and not your competitor's? They would buy from you if you give your product a human touch and get influencers to talk about your brand. Influencer marketing is much like word-of-the-mouth marketing. The differentiating factor being that this new generation marketing happens on social media and the scale is large.
People always consider other people's opinion rather than believe what a brand is saying about itself. An influencer promoting your product reassures them.
Still, some might argue that an influencer is getting paid to promote a brand. If they are YouTubers, the company is sponsoring their video and they are bound to promote their sponsors. Now, this is where organic influencer marketing comes into play.
Organic influencer marketing is you winning the trust of the influencer with your product quality. Once you get the influencer to become a fan of your services or offering, they would promote your brand like crazy without even getting paid for the same! Even their fans would know the difference between a paid endorsement and a genuine promotion.
You might be familiar with the saying – "Facts tell, stories sell." Once you have a product, it is worth something. You add value to it with a story. The story might be of its origin or the inception of the brand.
The most influencing stories come from influencers themselves. An influencer's verdict or opinion matters a lot. Their stories with your product will add twice or thrice the value to your product.
I have classified influencers in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord-of-the-Rings-style categories based on their weight and impact over the audience. These personas are an important aspect of Influencer Marketing.
Three Ranks Of The Influential Marketing Army
The Elves have the biggest audience base and they can influence their audience on a massive scale. They have a ridiculously amazing number of followers and their audience takes action just on a little hint by their icon. These influencers are the biggest in the industry. For example, PewDiePie and his Bro Army - the so-called "nine-year-old" army has a mammoth 84 million subscribers.
The Orcs are the second biggest influencers in the industry. They don't have as many followers compared to the Elves but they could still manage to create a significant impact that could enhance your sales.
The Dwarves are the smallest in number but that doesn't mean that they don't have an influence. The Dwarves have a small army or "followers" in this case, which can make a difference for your brand by increasing at least a portion of your sales.
One of the most important details you need to remember is to pick out an influencer whose audience is your potential target market. You simply can't ask an influencer whose followers are kids under the age of 10, to endorse a razor or shaving cream. It's just futile.
Suppose, your influencer is a gamer/YouTuber/streamer, and you are in the PC equipment business like headphones, mouse & keyboard, monitors, etc. Then the audience following the influencer is most likely to buy from you when your brand is endorsed by their champion.
Influencer marketing is one of the most crucial methods to boost your sales and create brand awareness. The audience tends to believe the influencer rather than the brand itself. Fanatics take action as soon as their idols mention something. They are happy to mimic them.
So, you need to pick out the right influencer and impress them with your product quality to procure organic influencer marketing. On the other hand, you can just hire them to endorse your brand the old-fashioned way.
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