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Affable Review: Check us out on Influencer Marketing Hub!

February 16, 2021 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Affable Review: Check us out on Influencer Marketing Hub!”

Earlier this year, we submitted our platform to Influencer Marketing Hub, a leading industry resource for influencer marketing agencies and platforms. We’re excited to share that we received a near-perfect rating (4.5 out of 5 stars)!

So what the experts say about Affable? 

 Affable.ai is a top notch solution for brands looking to manage their influencer marketing: it provides the tools to be able to market at scale while preserving a personal touch, and its heavy reliance on data and data analysis shows a clear understanding of what makes influencer marketing so effective.

In detail, the review gives a clear picture of why Affable is a powerful tool for influencer marketing and highlights some exciting features that make Affable a cut above many of its competitors:

Negative Search

By using Negative Search, brands can use our filters to avoid working with influencers who had mentioned or been sponsored by your competitor in the past. This is a minor feature but can create a big impact! 

Unique Reach

With other platforms, brands can organize influencers into groups and view the aggregate stats of their reach. However, the total reach usually accounts for duplicates across audiences. At Affable, we go the extra step by reporting the unique reach, not the total. For example, If influencer A has 100 followers and influencer B has 100, but they share 50 of them, the real reach will be 150, not 200 followers! 

Campaign feature

The campaign management dashboard allows brands to garner a wide range of data, manage influencers and their performance, track content and provide in-depth reports. All can be downloaded and exported into a PowerPoint presentation showing a campaign overview and performance breakdown for each influencer.

For more exciting features and detailed review, you can check it out here.

 

Even as a relatively new player, Affable is already a very mature product with a lot of talent and brains behind it. But that newness also means they’re still growing, and we can see that it will only grow more useful and powerful as the developers keep adding features.

 

Receiving a 4.5/5 is a huge accomplishmen for us, and we’re still on the way to optimize our platform with more useful and powerful features. Contact us today or request a free demo to scale your influencer marketing campaign! 

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Content House: The home of social media influencers

January 27, 2021 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Content House: The home of social media influencers”

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a content house (or creator house), you’re not alone! 

In recent years, social media influencers have been taking over the internet and drawing a huge following on social media. In the quest for higher productivity and collaboration among influencers, some of them team up to create a big trend in the world of influencer marketing: A content house. So what exactly is a content house, who owns it, and how these houses can benefit brands and influencers? Here is everything you need to know! 

What is a content house??

In essence, a content house (or creator house), is a physical space for social media influencers to live together and collaborate with each other. These houses usually feature nice lighting, beautiful rooms, big gardens and stuff that support influencers in creating good content. 

So where did the concept originate from? In 2014, members of an early Youtube collab channel Our Second Life lived and worked together in a house called 02L Mansion. Soon after, YouTuber mansions were popping up all over the city. In recent years, with the increasing popularity of influencer marketing, there has been a huge growth in the demand for content houses, especially among TikTok influencers. 

@thehypehouseHype House ❤️♬ No Idea – Don Toliver

 

How do content houses benefit influencers?

Content houses are beneficial to content creators in many ways. Living under the same house, influencers can collaborate with each other and tap into one another’s following. In some houses, members must be working in the same industry so they can share their skills, experiences and support each other in content creation. A typical example is the Glam House (@theglamhousebh) founded by an LGBTQ+ trans activist and beauty influencer La Demi, where beauty influencers collaborate with brands in the beauty industry.

 

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There are some content houses that are well-known for high cost and luxurious amenities such as Hype House, Icon House, The Wave House. With about 20 influencers, Hype House is one of the largest content houses for TikTok influencers. Located in LA, this 6,600-square-foot home includes 10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, fireplaces, bars, gardens, a pool and so on. UK-based content house “Wave House” is claimed to be worth £5Million and is located in the outskirts of London.

The Hype House (source: NY Times)

 

 

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There are also some pretty strict rules for staying in these content houses. Speaking to the New York Times in January of this year, TikTok star Chase Hudson and YouTube personality Thomas Petrou shared that their members have to create new content every day. “You can’t come and stay with us for a week and not make any videos, it’s not going to work. This whole house is designed for productivity. If you want to party, there’s hundreds of houses that throw parties in L.A. every weekend. We don’t want to be that. It’s not in line with anyone in this house’s brand”, Thomas said. 

How content house benefits brands

Not only are influencers benefiting from content houses but brands and agencies can too! First and foremost, these content houses make it more convenient for brands to search for influencers, as these influencers are in groups. 

A more direct way to utilize content houses is that brands and agencies can provide such houses for influencers (free of charge) in return for a quota for the content producing. Having a number of influencers feature your products can give your brand a huge boost to reach a large audience in a short time. One of the most popular content houses in the UK, the ‘Byte House’, is headed by influencer marketing agency Fanbytes with the aim to help clients reach out to Gen Z audience via social media. In 2020, international pop star Rihanna also announced the creation of Fenty Beauty House – her own TikTok content creator hub dedicated to promoting her brand Fenty Beauty to the younger generation. 

 

With the rise in demand for content houses, especially among TikTok influencers, this is no longer a new concept but a big influencer marketing trend going forwards. For other influencer marketing trends and predictions about influencer marketing in 2021, check out our latest Influencer Marketing Report 2020 in Southeast Asia.

 

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Influencer Marketing Report 2020 – Southeast Asia

January 21, 2021 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Influencer Marketing Report 2020 – Southeast Asia”
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty to the business environment in 2020, but it also has sped up the influencer marketing wave that was coming. Cooped up at home, consumers have turned to social media to pass the time and interacted with online influencers. 

Accessing a database of thousands of social media influencers, our report provides important insights on the current influencer marketing landscape, from influencer marketing trends in 2020 to the impact of Covid-19 on influencer marketing in Southeast Asia. We also provide useful predictions about the future of influencer marketing which can help brands to gather intelligence and navigate their marketing strategies in 2021.

THE GROWTH OF IG INFLUENCERS

A prominent growth in the number of mid-tier influencers (50k-100k followers) and macro-influencers (100k-250k followers) was witnessed in 2020. This rapid growth rate hints that brands are turning toward macro-influencers to scale up their campaigns to reach a larger audience during the stay-at-home period.

Nano-influencers are also growing rapidly at 33% and is a good choice for brands looking to target niche audiences.

THE GROWTH OF IG SPONSORED POSTS

2020 witnessed a massive 20.8% growth in the number of IG Sponsored posts, as brands leveraged social media marketing to connect and engage with wider audiences.

The COVID-19 pandemic also brought about prominent year-over-year (YOY) growth in sponsored posts for Q3 and Q4 as digital channels became increasingly important for consumers.

PERCENTAGE OF SPONSORED POSTS BY TIKTOK CREATORS

Micro-influencers are receiving the most brand deals (38%) and are most popular with brands. Why is this so? Working with TikTok micro-influencers is an attractive option for brands to run cost-effective influencer marketing campaigns and use lower budgets to reach niche audiences.

ENGAGEMENT RATE BY TIKTOK INFLUENCERS

Influencers with 10k-50k followers have the highest average likes and views on TikTok compared to other influencer tiers.

As Gen Zs and Millennials value authenticity and interaction, micro-influencers are great to collaborate with. It is also highly possible for brands to reach and engage millions in minutes as TikTok influencers often have more views than their follower count.

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4 BIGGEST VIDEO MARKETING TRENDS IN 2021

November 26, 2020 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “4 BIGGEST VIDEO MARKETING TRENDS IN 2021”

In 2020, video marketing has witnessed the fastest growth with the explosion of TikTok, the launch of Instagram Reels and other platforms promoting the use of live streaming and high-quality videos. At a time when audiences have no shortage of video content, creating captivating videos that offer more than just viewing is vital for brands to deeply engage their audiences and build a loyal following. Ready to stay ahead of the game? Here are the top 4 biggest video marketing trends in 2021 for you to include in your next video marketing strategy!  

Video Marketing: Shoppable videos

In 2018, Instagram introduced shoppable photos, giving brands the opportunity to drive more business values from this platform. As the name said, these videos allow viewers to shop on the spot. Upon clicking the product price shown in the video, viewers will be redirected to the online store to complete a purchase. In some cases, the item selected is also automatically added to the shopping cart so viewers can buy it immediately without having to select it again. With its instantaneous feature, shoppable video is a powerful tool to help brands to shorten the customer journey and boost conversions with video marketing. 

Global beauty brand Maybelline has turned their Instagram profile into a shopping venue with shoppable videos and images. By clicking the “view product” icon, customers can also see other related products. To post shoppable content on Instagram, you’ll need an Instagram Business account to upload your catalog, set up listings, then integrate shoppable options in your posts. Businesses approved for Instagram Shopping can tag up to 5 products in a video. 

      

Besides Instagram, Amazon and YouTube jumped into this trend by launching shoppable features on their platforms. Pinterest also has its own version of Buyable Pins where consumers can buy products with a click of the button. This year, TikTok has also announced its partnership with Shopify to ramp up its social shopping features, so brands can reach Gen Z audiences and drive sales on TikTok. As shoppable videos are expected to be a game-changer in the Social Commerce industry in 2021, including this type of video marketing trend in your overall strategy would be a wise decision to stay ahead of the curve!

Live Stream Videos

Do you know that live videos can hook viewers three times longer and produce six times more interactions than other videos? This is because live stream videos create an immediate and intimate connection with the audience, allowing them not only to engage but also to interact with their favorite people or ongoing events.

In the first half of 2020, live stream videos made a huge impact in the eCommerce industry. As coronavirus drove people onto social media platforms, the number of sales from live streaming on social media in Southeast Asia increased from nearly 13% to 67%. Giant eCommerce players such as Shopee leveraged this video marketing trend by collaborating with relevant influencers to get in front of different audience segments. In China, the live-streaming market is thriving as Alibaba has tapped into streaming platform Bilibili to leverage anime video content, together with the entry of other platforms such as Red Live-streaming, Kuaishou (Kwai), the second hottest video app in China, and WeChat.

Besides live streaming, brands can create greater engagement with their followers in a variety of ways including live events, webinars, tutorials, Q&A, Ask Me Anything (aka AMA). Benefit Cosmetics is one of the beauty brands that has integrated Facebook Live into their marketing strategy since 2016. Last May, this brand invited its Chief Beauty Ambassador Annie Ford-Danielson for a Live Q&A session talking about makeup tips, trends, and beauty products. This is a part of their Facebook Live Series aimed to build trust, share useful content and drive more sales on this platform.

While Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are thriving with their Live features, other platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Twitch have started riding on this video marketing trend too. So if you want your business to stay relevant in this digital landscape, build genuine relationships with online customers and boost your conversions, live videos is the way to go!

Soundless videos

Do you know that 85% of Facebook video is watched without sound

With Facebook’s autoplay feature, users don’t have to turn on the volume to watch the videos as it will autoplay silently in the newsfeed. That’s why creating videos that can work with or without sound will help brands spread their messages to all who come across the videos, whether they actually hear it or not. Brands around the world have been creating some of the best videos on the internet that can speak volumes even without the use of headphones. 

One great example comes from TBC Insurance with their video Thanks To Frontliners, expressing their appreciation towards frontlines who are away from family to fight against Covid-19. Another impressive video is The True Cost Of Plastic made by WWF and Prudentials. The video targets plastic pollution, a growing environmental problem in Vietnam, urging people to take action today and switch to eco-friendly products. Besides the purposeful message, the video succeeded in optimizing the captions to grab the audience’s attention from the beginning.

 

Another tactic to make your silent video stand out in the crowd is to amaze the audience with powerful visuals! Let’s take Ikea’s creative ad as an example. In the 1-minute video, someone is “cooking” a meal using Ikea’s kitchen appliances and the final dish is a well-equipped Ikea’s METOD kitchen. The ad hooks the audiences not only by its creative, brilliant idea but also stunning, colorful visuals.

If you are a small business and don’t want to put much effort into creating videos, you can consider online video editing tools that provide ready-to-use templates and allow you to customize it to create your own videos.

 

Videos for Good

The year 2020 so far has experienced many world-changing events, starting from environmental issues (Australian bushfire), the global pandemic (Covid-19) to political conflict (Black Lives Matter protests) and many more. More than ever, brands have started including political and social issues into their campaigns, voicing their opinions through video marketing and spreading inspiring messages to the community.   

An example of a purposeful video marketing campaign comes from Estēe Lauder Singapore. In the midst of the health crisis, this beauty brand engaged their followers with a meaningful video praising frontline workers who are fighting resiliently against the coronavirus and reminding people to stay positive. 

 

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Also in 2020, Procter & Gamble decided to make a series of thought-provoking films to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Their first video The Look highlighted the bias and racism experienced by Black men in America, while their second video The Choice inspires individuals to take action to create the world we want to live in. Other global brands such as AirBnB, Shopify, Nike also supported the movement alongside millions of people sharing inspirational content around this social issue. 

 

Proud Parent from Oreo is one of the most meaningful advert in 2020 supporting the LGBT community. The ad sends an inspiring message about how important it is for parents to accept and support their homosexual children. Starring a real-life couple, this is part of a year-long ProudParent initiative to empower parents, families, and allies to come out in loud, public support of their loved ones.

 

If you want to create an ad that makes people remember your name, delivering videos that inspire is a great strategy to lead social media’s conversions, and foster brand loyalty. However, this is also a risky marketing tactic that could result in backlash or boycott if it isn’t done right. In 2017, Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner received massive backlash from audiences as it was claimed to be mocking a serious political issue. It’s important for brands to stand up for a cause, but it’s also essential to be mindful and conscious of possible reactions from the audience!

 

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Why Every Brand Needs a Social Commerce Strategy

November 16, 2020 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “Why Every Brand Needs a Social Commerce Strategy”

With increasing access to technology and a digital way of life, consumers are now buying products online and through their mobile phones. The explosion of E-commerce and shortly after, M-commerce, proves that the way business transactions are carried out is ever-evolving. More than ever, brands have to establish a strong digital presence so as to increase their touchpoints with consumers and increase visibility of their products. In particular, brands have to watch out for the latest, and most formidable new trend: Social Commerce.  

What is Social Commerce? 

According to Investopedia, “Social commerce is the use of networking websites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as vehicles to promote and sell products and services.” This trend comes as no surprise since consumers spend most of their time on their phones and are known to be influenced by brands on social media. In the past, brands used to redirect followers to online stores to make a purchase. But consumers now have the option to buy products without even leaving the social media app. 

New tools such as Facebook Shops, Instagram Shops and Instagram Checkout allow brands to meet customers where they are already browsing and shopping. Pinterest also has its own version of Buyable Pins where consumers can buy products with a click of the button. In fact, TikTok recently announced a partnership with Shopify to ramp up its social shopping features, so brands can reach new audiences and drive sales on TikTok. At present, it has Hashtag Challenge Plus which introduces shoppable components to hashtags, and allows users to add e-commerce links to their bios

The Power of Social Commerce

However, social media platforms are not the only ones ready to embrace social commerce. According to a report on “The State of Social Commerce in Southeast Asia”, 44% of consumers admitted to making “three or more online purchases in the past month” because of social media posts or ads. In fact, social media browsing inspired more than half of Gen Z consumers’ most recent fashion purchase in the United States. 

“ Social feeds are quickly becoming the modern-day trip to the mall.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic has also driven consumers onto social media platforms to engage in conversations, accelerating the social commerce revolution. Total social commerce orders in the first half of 2020 more than doubled across Southeast Asia, as compared to the same time period last year. The number of sales from livestreaming on social media platforms in the region also increased from nearly 13% to 67%, as shoppers in Singapore and Thailand spent more time engaging with sellers through live-streams.

Creating A Successful Social Commerce Strategy 

Interested to create an effective social commerce strategy? Here are 3 essential tips you can follow to create a successful social commerce strategy:  

1. Get familiar with the tools.

As social media platforms evolve, it is important for you to familiarise yourself with the social commerce features on each platform. Stay updated with the latest developments and features to get one step ahead of the competition and maximise the value of social media! Some changes in the pipeline include the expansion of social commerce on Instagram to IGTV and potentially, IG Reels

2. Create a direct call-to-action.

Social media marketing is no longer just about promoting your product, and generating top-of-funnel content to spread brand awareness. Transitioning to a social commerce strategy can consist of giving detailed information regarding price and promotions to help inform purchase decisions and encourage conversions.  

3. Influencer Marketing is Now More Relevant than Ever 

Influencer marketing has been on the rise due to increasing use of social media over the past few years. With social commerce in the picture, it is predictable that influencer marketing is now more relevant than ever as influencers are key opinion leaders on social media. 

“Influencers are like the new catalogue.” – @tylynnnguyen

A successful influencer collaboration can easily lead to a massive increase in conversion rates as transactions become more convenient on social media and users have greater efficiency when making a purchase. Consumers who are comfortable with the prices indicated in the product tag can make a direct purchase by clicking “View on Website”. Alternatively, they can browse through other similar products which might pique their interest.

Brands are now gradually hopping on to Instagram Shops, with the more successful ones integrating influencer marketing into social commerce. An example is Pomelo (@pomelofashion) which features influencers donning their outfits on their Instagram page, for consumers to take inspiration from these #pomelogirls and their beautiful outfits. Well-known Singaporean lifestyle influencer, @mirchelley, was recently featured in her #barbiexpomelo blazer, allowing Pomelo to tap into her follower community of 151k users on Instagram.

Pomelo Fashion

@iwearlovebonito by @lovebonito, is a powerful combination of influencer marketing, social commerce and user-generated content. By featuring influencers and users, the fashion brand showcases a sense of community which encourages consumers to explore what others are wearing and make a direct purchase. 

Love Bonito

Elsewhere on TikTok, Kroger pioneered a shoppable experience using the new e-commerce feature, “Hashtag Challenge Plus”. With hashtag challenges being all the rage on TikTok, Kroger prompted TikTok viewers to post videos of their dorm makeovers using the hashtag #TransformUrDorm, along with a dedicated brand page for viewers to shop their products. By working with TikTok influencers Joey Klaasen, Cosette Rinab, Mia Finney and Victoria Bachlet, the campaign received around 477 million views and hundreds of user-generated content.

Image from TechCrunch

Evidently, marketers will have to leverage on both influencer marketing and social commerce in their social media marketing strategy, especially if they are interested in increasing sales. Most importantly, brands will have to work with influencers that have high engagement rates. As engagement is more important than reach to stimulate a purchase, brands should look past vanity metrics like follower count and focus on engagement rates instead. Finding a match between an influencer’s audience demographic and your target audience is also another important consideration.  

 

BONUS: Influencer Commerce 

But influencer marketing is not just driving social commerce. Influencers are now taking over social commerce, in a new trend called Influencer Commerce which is raking in millions of dollars a year. Beauty influencers like Kylie Jenner and Jeffree Star have their own makeup lines such as Kylie Cosmetics and Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Not to mention, the number of YouTubers promoting their own influencer merchandise and many other fashion influencers with their own clothing brands. Closer to home, Singaporean beauty influencer, @xiaxue, also has her own brand called @plasticcosmetics.

Besides having their own brands, influencers have also faced massive success when collaborating with brands to create new products. @mrbaggs is an influencer familiar to luxury brands in China, having launched exclusive products with top luxury brands like Montblanc, Longchamp, Burberry, Tod’s and Givenchy. The collaboration between Mr.Bags x Burberry Pocket Bag sold out just within seconds and Mr.Bags had garnered over 4.77 million RMB in his collaboration with Tod’s.  

 

What does this mean for brands? 

The vast amount of success earned by influencers is testament to their ability to drive sales. Influencers are racking up a storm on social media and it is likely that their influence on consumers’ buying decisions will continue to grow in the near future. In 2020 and beyond, the trend will continue to accelerate and evolve as 65% of influencer marketing budgets will increase this year. 

Given the rise in social commerce, brands who can leverage on the power of influencers and their loyal follower communities will become winning brands. By making use of influencers’ creativity and expertise, brands can also create content and products which resonate with customers.  

Affable.ai is an AI-driven influencer marketing platform offering powerful influencer discovery and influencer campaign management tools. Find out how you can optimise your brand’s influencer marketing strategy with our influencer analytics platform here.   

 

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What is IG Reels and How Brands Can Run Successful Campaigns with It

August 15, 2020 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “What is IG Reels and How Brands Can Run Successful Campaigns with It”

Is Tiktok going away and IG Reels, here to stay? 

On August 5th, Instagram’s newest feature, Reels, launched in over 50 countries around the world. At the same time, Trump has signed an executive order that will effectively ban the use of popular social media platforms, Tiktok, in the U.S. 

Loved by users for its authentic and engaging short-form video content, TikTok stood out by allowing users to express themselves creatively. According to Adweek, the platform generated “the most downloads for any app ever in a quarter” in Q1 2020. 

But with social media’s biggest player stepping into the game, it is inevitable that brands will soon need to get on the new IG Reels trend. According to a 2019 survey by Mediakix, 89% of marketers found Instagram to be the most strategically important social channel for influencer marketing.

The addition of IG Reels provides an alternative content type for brands to connect with audiences in a relatable and genuine way. Instead of switching between TikTok and Instagram, brands can now centralize their campaigns in one app and marketing spend on Instagram is predicted to increase.  Eager to know more? Read on to find out how your brands can get a headstart on IG Reels and run successful influencer campaigns with Instagram’s newest feature! 

  1. What is IG Reels exactly? 
  2. How is IG Reels different from Tiktok? 
  3. Are brands really starting to use IG Reels? 
  4. How to Run Successful Campaigns with IG Reels

What is IG Reels exactly?

Instagram Reels is the latest feature of Instagram that allows users to create 15-second videos with music, features and effects. Users can edit their videos with 4 features: Audio, speed, effects and timer. Similar to TikTok, users can select one of the many effects in the effect gallery, created both by Instagram and creators all over the world. Reels in Explore will also showcase the best of trending culture on Instagram. 

How is IG Reels different from Tiktok? 

In contrast to TikTok, videos on Reels are limited to only 15 seconds. Users can also choose to share their videos publicly or just with their followers. Moreover, users are not allowed to use songs outside the IG music library and can only add their original audio by recording a reel with it. 

Are brands really starting to use IG Reels? 

Some brands which have jumped onto the bandwagon include @louisvuitton, @balmain, together with influencers @junesixtyfive and @wonguy974. But if you’re still cautious to test the waters, here’s how your brand can run successful campaigns with IG Reels! 

How to Run Successful Campaigns with IG Reels

1. Know Your IG Reels Audience 

Short-form videos are popular with Millennial and Gen Z consumers who value authenticity and engaging content. This explains why a majority of TikTok’s audience is in their 20’s or younger. 

However, Instagram is made up of a slightly older audience, with 79% of Instagram’s audience between 18 and 44 years old. By using IG Reels, brands can reach out to a more diverse audience who may be interested in short-form video content. 

For marketers struggling to reach Millenials and Gen Z consumers on Instagram, focusing their campaigns on IG Reels will make it easier for them to target their desired audience on Instagram. 

2. Integrate with other IG content formats 

Furthermore, brands should recognise that IG Reels is not a standalone feature. Understanding the plethora of tools present on Instagram will be useful to launch integrated influencer campaigns with multiple media formats.  

Instagram Live saw a 70% increase in usage in April following social distancing orders in the U.S. while the recent release of new font types for Instagram Stories excited many IG Story users. Meanwhile, long-form video content on Instagram is supported by IGTV which was launched in June 2018.  With these various features in place, brands should be mindful not to treat IG Reels merely as “a second TikTok”. 

For Instagram audiences who are not familiar with Reels yet, using other content types and features to support branded content on IG Reels will be helpful to attract views. Hence, a clever tip is for brands to share their Reels and generate awareness using Instagram Stories, IGTV and Instagram Live together. 

3. Work with Influencers on Instagram 

Brands can get the best of both worlds by working with influencers on Instagram, but with experience in TikTok. The IG algorithm will likely favor well-known influencers on Instagram with an established community of followers. At the same time, influencers who are familiar with TikTok will have the expertise to create short 15 second videos with sensational content. 

An example is Singaporean micro-influencer, @crysta.bel who has 23.9k followers on Instagram and 229.7k followers on her TikTok account. Known for her dancing and lip-syncing videos, her collaboration with @shopee_sg on Instagram received over 10k views. 


Australian Eggs is among the first Australian companies to launch influencer marketing campaigns on Instagram Reels and made an impact with short, unique and entertaining content. The video shows many different ways we can cook eggs, and in the center is a man singing beautifully while enjoying his dish (which is made by eggs, of course). The video is a part of their campaign  #EggsMyWay which targets younger audiences and captures their attention in a new way. 

 

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Surely these guys & gals aren’t the only ones who reely like their @australianeggs 🍳 🤤 A bit of fun for our first brand campaign on Reels! #eggsmyway

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With around 1 billion active users on Instagram, brands can also expect an explosion of user-generated content on IG Reels, similar to TikTok. With the launch of Reels, everyone can now be a video creator. Hence, consumers are predicted to give more attention to nano-influencers with well-defined niche and real influence in the community. To boost engagement of influencer campaigns, brands should thus keep a lookout for nano-influencers and rising stars on IG Reels to work with.  

4. Create some IG Reels challenges, why not?

We are all familiar with TikTok challenges, so how about starting the first IG Reels Challenge? #LevelUp, #OwnTheCurve or #DistanceDance are among top-performing challenges that inspire millions of audiences to watch and engage with them, and brands can totally do the same with IG Reels. 

Now, creating a viral challenge on IG Reels, of course, requires a lot of factors. Brands should bear in mind that they only have 15s to engage the audience (not 60s like TikTok video), so the challenge should be quick, simple and easy to follow. As the music is limited to IG music library, brands must take extra-effort to select the most suitable background music. Last but not least, it is essential to engage Instagram influencers to raise awareness and inspire people to join. Leveraging on IG Reels features, brands can partner with Instagram influencers and create a buzz on social media by initiating IG Reels Challenges. 

5. Don’t forget to have fun with your content

Last but not least, IG Reels is a new feature so there is lots of room for brands to explore! Make use of the AR filters and create your own catchy music to stand out from the crowd. With only 15 seconds to showcase your brand, it is important to deliver a short and sweet message which can make a lasting impression. An example is celebrity influencer, @jessicaalba, who posted a Reel of her dancing with her Honest Beauty masks in her garden, on a patio table, and even on her kitchen counter! He also posted on her feeds and receive huge engagement from her fans.

Even though some may think that IG Reels feels like TikTok, it is important not to limit your campaign to what has been done in the past. The more creative you get, the more likely you are to stand out and be an inspiration for others to follow. Start an influencer marketing campaign on IG Reels and lead the pack now!  

 

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Bi-annual Influencer Marketing Report 2020 – South East Asia

July 21, 2020 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Bi-annual Influencer Marketing Report 2020 – South East Asia”

The first 6 months of 2020 have been a difficult time for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a lot of changes to the business environment as well as to the influencer marketing landscape.

In our Influencer Marketing Report, we highlight important insights, from the key trends in influencer marketing in ASEAN countries to the impact of COVID-19 on influencer marketing. We also provide useful predictions about the future of influencer marketing to help brands better navigate their strategies in the rest of 2020 and stay ahead of the game!

ABOUT THE INFLUENCERS

In ASEAN, more than half of influencers are female (51%), yet male influencers are rising in popularity. According to the data, a majority of influencers are from Gen Z and millennials, followed by influencers in the age from 29 to 39 with 18%.

THE RISE OF NANO-INFLUENCERS

Nano-influencers (1k – 10k followers) are the most popular tier of influencers and have the highest engagement rate. They have a well-defined niche and real influence in their community. Despite lower follower counts, working with nano-influencers can help brands to save costs and reach their target audience effectively.

INFLUENCER GROWTH

Micro-influencers have become the dominant force driving influencer marketing in 2020. A prominent growth in the number of micro-influencers (10k-100k followers) is seen over other influencer tiers. An authentic and personal touch with followers has propelled these influencers to be key opinion leaders within their community.

PERCENTAGE OF SUSPICIOUS FOLLOWERS PER COUNTRY

Singapore has the highest percentage of suspicious followers among ASEAN countries, followed by the Philippines and Vietnam. Brands looking to run influencer marketing campaigns in these countries should pay particular attention to the authenticity of influencers, especially for recurrent collaborations

THE GROWTH OF IG SPONSORED POSTS

The impact of COVID-19 can be seen in the drop in growth of IG sponsored posts for Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019. However, sponsored posts in Q2 2020 have surpassed Q4 2019 with a rapid recovery of influencer marketing campaigns. As brands adapt and emerge stronger from the pandemic, influencer marketing is expected to gain traction with improved content strategies.

AUDIENCE’S DEMOGRAPHICS

According to the statistics, more than half of the followers of ASEAN influencers are female (64.9%), and a majority of the audiences are based in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.  The audience’s top interests include fashion, clothing, travel, beauty, exercises and fitness.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INFLUENCER MARKETING

The last few months have brought about significant changes to the landscape of influencer marketing. Staying at home turned audiences to seek out online entertainment options, leading to the rise of gaming influencers. Brands are practicing corporate social responsibility and raise awareness with influencer marketing. The wave of video content and eCommerce are some of the long-term impacts of Covid-19 on influencer marketing. Other interesting findings and predictions about the future of influencer marketing can be found at our blogs!

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COVID-19 Charity Initiatives in Asia

COVID-19 Charity Initiatives in Asia

July 1, 2020 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “COVID-19 Charity Initiatives in Asia”

COVID-19 is a good time for brands to practice social responsibility by giving back to the community. Charity initiatives can help to showcase what your brand stands for and your values to consumers. In particular, social media and influencer marketing is a great way to raise awareness for your marketing campaigns and charity initiatives for COVID-19.  

Popular Instagram hashtags to showcase solidarity and support for COVID-19 relief efforts include #sgunited, #kitajagakita, #supportlocal, #stayathome, #staysafe, #TogetheratHome, #FlattentheCurve, #Wereinthistogether, #GivingTuesdayNow, #HealthcareHeroes.

Now, let’s explore the COVID-19 charity initiatives by brands and influencers in Asia!

Donating Masks for COVID-19   

Brands which have stepped up include online fashion company, Pomelo, with #PomeloCares. The Pomelo Cares initiative launched has supported organisations and charities leading COVID-19 relief efforts in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. 

Using fabric originally procured for fashion items, Pomelo produced three-pack antibacterial fabric masks and transferred 100% of profits to partner health organisations such as the Red Cross. The brand has also pledged to donate more than 40,000 surgical masks to Thailand’s Red Cross. 

 

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Recognising that social media is an influential platform, Pomelo has also engaged various fashion microinfluencers, including @shleyyy, to remind people of social distancing with #PomeloGirlsAtHome. The aesthetic look showcases how it is possible to stay confident and look fabulous even when at home. You can also visit Pomelo’s website to donate a pack of 15 surgical masks to hospitals in need here

Leveraging on Existing Resources

Beyond donating masks, local firms in Singapore, Ninja Van and Night Owl Cinematics (NOC), have joined forces to distribute 100,000 COVID-19 care packs to vulnerable households (SGPaySitForward).  

Similar to how Pomelo leveraged its existing fabric resources, Ninja Van is the leading delivery company in Singapore, allowing these care packs to be delivered to the doorsteps of vulnerable individuals. According to Ninja Van’s CEO, the partnership with NOC helps to “amplify what we could do on our own” and spread the word a lot better with marketing experts and influencers. Indeed, the #sgpaysitforward campaign took off with influencers @iammichy, @b1gqing, @toshrock, @amandersings, with over 400,000 total engagement from followers. 

Another brand which leveraged on existing resources is L’Oréal Indonesia. In June 2020, this brand took concrete steps to produce and distribute 440,000 units of Hand Sanitizer free of charge for their employees, healthcare workers, and those working in the frontlines. #lorealtakespart and #weareloreal also showcased Loreal’s corporate social responsibility efforts for COVID-19 and their commitment to contribute to society. Learn more about how they pulled it off and how you can contribute here. 

By strategically using their strengths and influencer marketing, brands can thus create meaningful initiatives while building a positive brand image. 

One For One Campaign

On April 2020, Getfresh, a healthy restaurant group in Thailand, launched its charity initiative where a healthcare worker will receive a salad for every customer order which comes with an Instagram post using #getfresh141. This act of kindness received great compliments and support from their customers. In April 2020, their Instagram hashtag #getfresh141 was adopted popularly by numerous Thai influencers to support the campaign. 

Influencer Power

Influencers are also helping out with current COVID-19 initiatives in Asia. Frontliners PH, an initiative started by influencers Isabel Regino and Monica Pantaleon, helped to raise funds to send healthy, home-cooked meals to healthcare workers in the Philippines. The initiative received huge support from their followers with over 2000 meals donated as of June. 

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In response to the spike of COVID-19 cases among the migrant worker community in Singapore, influencer @preetipls also launched a campaign to raise funds for two existing non-governmental organisations (NGOs), HealthServe and TWC2, to meet the urgent needs of the migrant community during this pandemic. The campaign received an overwhelming amount of donations which was more than thrice the targeted amount of $100,000. 

The success of influencer campaigns shows that influencers are a force to be reckoned with. Utilising influencers as well as social media can help to amplify one’s message and bring greater social good in times of need. 

More Ways to Contribute with Social Media

No money to contribute? Never mind. The TikTok #CareforSG Challenge allows users to use the #CareForSG video effect to create fun and positive videos. Not only are these videos a source of entertainment in the midst of a stressful pandemic, TikTok will be donating $1 to The Invictus Fund for every video uploaded. With social media and TikTok hashtag challenges, everyone has a chance to play their part! 

Alternatively, you can donate directly to The Invictus Fund directly via their website too. 

Moving forward, brands should show empathy and consider working with influencers to create synergy with their marketing campaigns and reach a larger audience. Wondering how to stay in touch with customers and steer your business through this difficult time? Read our influencer marketing insights on “How Brands should Adapt their Strategies amid COVID-19” here.

 

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How luxury beauty and fashion brands are engaging their customers amid Covid-19

How luxury beauty and fashion brands are engaging their customers amid Covid-19

May 26, 2020 Posted by In The News 1 thought on “How luxury beauty and fashion brands are engaging their customers amid Covid-19”

The outbreak of Covid-19 has brought about a negative impact on businesses in almost every industry, but it is also a test of ability for brands’ to adapt their strategies and communicate with customers in these unprecedented times. In our previous article, we shined the light on how brands have taken proactive steps to quickly adapt to the pandemic. In this article, let’s take a deeper look at how luxury beauty and fashion brands are embracing new ideas to engage with their customers in times of crisis!  

Keeping your customers updated

Kiehl’s Singapore, Beyondthevines, and Mmerci Encore are among brands that announced the closure of their physical stores due to the retail lockdown. Even though almost every business has to close during quarantine, it is still important to keep in touch with your customers and remind them that they can always buy your products online. Better yet, you can also offer promotions or free shipping to facilitate online purchases like what Mmerci Encore did in their announcement.

 

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We love you Kiehl’s Community. 💚 #KiehlsSG

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UPDATE: Business resumes from May 13, we can’t wait to get your orders out to you! // In this season of plot twists, I wanted to reach out, check-in with some updates, and let you know that the bowl of emotional spaghetti you’re experiencing on the daily is totally normal. Nobody has all the answers, we can only take deep breaths & try to give ourselves grace. First, the not-so-great news: due to various waves of complications related to Covid-19, we’ll be pressing pause on operations for now and will resume in May. All orders made now will be shipped from May 13. We will extend free shipping for the month of May. And for the silver lining: now more than ever, we hold on to the spark within, celebrating the little rituals that keep us sane, and searching for pockets of joy in every day. During this time, we’ll continue finding other ways to serve our community. That includes reflecting on what kind of new normal we want to help create once this storm has passed. Thank you so much for your patience, and for your continued belief in us. Keep holding on and have faith. Till then, stay safe and take care. My best, Alli

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Creating video content

Engaging customers with video content is one of the strategies that beauty brands such as Beyondthevines, Kiehl’s, and Lisavontang are using at the moment. 

Online makeup tutorial is a great way to engage and educate consumers about your products. Yet the fact that many beauty brands are producing similar content makes it hard to capture consumers’ eyeballs. In order to stand out online, your videos need to have something different. 

Since the beginning of April, Beyondthevines has launched a series of videos in which makeup artist Airin Lee shares her beauty tips and makeup tutorials. What is worth mentioning here is the way they adapted their video content to current situations such as 5 Minute Makeup to prepare for Zoom meeting and Mask remedy which shows consumers how to care for their skin while wearing masks every day. 

Video content is not exclusively for the beauty industry, it can also be approached by fashion brands as well! Last month, fashion brand, Lisavontang posted a video in which Lisa, its founder and CEO, shared her experiences running the business going through this difficult time, and promoted the brand’s campaign to support the community in times of need. In the video, Lisa wore the fashion brand’s latest item and mentioned their new collection to be launched after the pandemic ends.

 

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What we’ve dealt with and how you can support global covid-relief efforts through our campaign with WHO.

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Delivering the right message

In this time of social distancing, delivering positive and meaningful messages to motivate customers is a great strategy that is worth considering. Beauty brand Estēe Lauder Singapore successfully approached this strategy with the video praising frontline workers who are fighting against the coronavirus and remind people to look for and appreciate beautiful things in life.  

Another brand that is delivering the right message is organic makeup brand Lihtorganics. While putting on makeup is not as necessary with a mask these days, Lihtorganics reminds us that makeup can help to accentuate other features like our eyes, and consumers can feel more confident by looking gorgeous and beautiful (even if it is just for a quick grocery run).   

Talking about masks, since early April, fashion brand Lisavontang started promoting its own collection of face masks with fashionable designs and high-quality materials. As face masks have become a part of our daily routine, it is unsurprising to see many fashion brands shifting their resources to produce face masks and keep up with the great demand for this item.

 

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Can’t go wrong with a SCARLET mask! @hanlihoefer looks like a mysterious sexy ninja with our silk mask! 😍LOVE! . 🚨 Use the code 15OFF to get a SGD $15 off your total order with minimum purchase of 3 pieces, perfect for adding to your collection of face masks. . FYI, for every face mask purchased, we will be donating 5 surgical masks to Contribute.sg for those who need it the most!! . Safety: our Face Masks are designed based on the N95 structure. All edges of the mask are sealed on the face, with a convex shape giving comfortable air space. A padded nose bridge helps holds the mask in place. And with an in built filter pocket feel free to add an extra layer of protection for additional peace of mind.

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Showing that your brands care

Thinking about how your brands can contribute to the communities in times of need is a great strategy to win customers’ hearts. By supporting the communities, brands can kill two birds with one stone by raising meaningful awareness and fulfilling corporate social responsibility at the same time.

Last month, Lisavontang launched a campaign in which customers buying exquisite pieces on its website would stand a chance to donate $100 USD to WHO’s Covid Relief Fund. The donation will be in customers’ names and receipts will be sent to them directly from WHO. Another brand like DrGL voluntarily donated their facial cleansers to help healthcare workers prevent facial sores from the prolonged wearing of masks. 

 

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Last week, we gathered everyone at HQ to pack a small gift of appreciations for our frontliners at Hospitals. We would like to help as much as we can in our capability to support as well. Thank you our health heroes! Lets #staysafe and #stayhealthy everyone 🙂 #Repost from @drgeorgialee 600 bottles of @drgl.skincare Skin Repair with more than 7500 strips of silicone tapes from @tlclifestylepractice delivered to the front line healthcare workers at NCID and @tantocksenghospital today. We are making our rounds. We are trying to do something for them every few weeks. Last week, we delivered lunch to the Medical ICU nurses at Seng Kang. Join us to show that you appreciate and are grateful to them 🙏 . . . #covıd19 #covid #coronavirus #istayhomefor #pandemic #survivaltips #coronaviruspandemic #safetytips #frontliners #healthcareworkers #doctorsofinstagram #nursesofinstagram #supportlocalsg #localbusinesses #supportlocalbusinesses #grateful🙏 #givingbacktothecommunity #supporthealthcareworkers

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While luxury brands have different ways to fight against the coronavirus, they are all sending a strong message that they’re ready to support the community, and that’s what the customers need to see the most in this difficult time.

 

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How brands should adapt their strategies amid Covid-19

April 21, 2020 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “How brands should adapt their strategies amid Covid-19”

The last few months have witnessed massive changes in business environment across the globe. Every industry is being impacted in some ways: Customer behaviors change, “non-essential” businesses are forced to shut down, people are shopping online more than ever. Serious questions have been asked about how brands should adjust their strategies in this unprecedented time and how to stay in touch with their customers. Here are some strategies that you can take to help steer your business through this difficult time! 

1. Embracing new content strategy

Making efforts to deliver the right message is a good way to reach out to customers, especially in the time of crisis. Recently, Nike, one of the most famous brand shoes in the world, has received good responses from followers for its message encouraging people to play sport at home during the period of self-isolation. The message was simple, yet it is believed to successfully deliver the sporting spirit while encouraging compliance with self-quarantine. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the brand’s ambassadors, also repeated the message later in his post.

Nike's message succeeded in delivering the sporting spirit while encouraging compliance with self-quarantine.

Nike’s message succeeded in delivering the sporting spirit while encouraging compliance with self-quarantine.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo, Nike's ambassadors, also repeated the message later in his post.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Nike’s ambassadors, also repeated the message later in his post

Cocacola is another brand that adapted their content marketing in response to the pandemic

Cocacola is another brand that adapted their content marketing in response to the pandemic

 

Another exciting campaign we all should learn from belonged to Kiehls. In early April, this beauty brand decided to please their stay-at-home customers by launching a series of virtual sessions on beauty and mental health! Their virtual wellness program lasted 6 days and ranged from daily skincare sessions to mask & meditation. Other beauty brands such as Dior, L’Oréal Group, Mac Cosmetics are also doing a great job in adapting their content strategy and embracing innovative ways to engage with their customers in this unprecedented time.  

Kiehls launched a series of virtual sessions in the period of self-isolation

Kiehls launched a series of virtual sessions in the period of self-isolation

 

2. Organizing virtual conference / event

Amidst the outbreak of Covid-19, many brands have to cancel or postpone their events as an attempt to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Here comes a big question: Besides social media posts, how can brands communicate with their customers at scale? It turnt out that the answer is simple: To make the event go virtual! 

HIMSS20, a Global Health Conference & Exhibition planned to take place in March 2020, had to be postponed due to Covid-19. While the organizers promised to host a virtual event at some point in the future, 1 day later, 1upHealth announced to host its own virtual health conference in the following week. They wrote on their website: “Just like you, we’re super upset HIMSS was canceled due to COVID-19. So instead, we’ve come up with the antidote, the 1st Virtual Health Conference 2020”. The conference was live-streamed on YouTube Live on March 11th, attracting thousands of online participants.

Another virtual event that received great attention from the media was the Virtual Denim Trade Show. With the cancellation of the Kingspin Amsterdam event over Covid-19, Kinspin has recently announced to host a virtual trade show taking place in April in replace of their original Amsterdam show. The act of switching from physical events to virtual one is an ideal solution not only to help brands communicate with their customers in this tough period but also encourages remote attendees to participate in the event.

 

3. Offering additional values to customers

There is no doubt that Covid-19 has created a rapid change in consumer’s buying behavior, yet this time is an unique opportunity for brands to stay ahead of the game by building strong customer relationships and strengthening their marketing position. Many brands from different industries have taken proactive steps by offering additional services to bring the best customer experience.

In the Foodservice industry, restaurants and major food chains started focusing on delivery option. In Malaysia, KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald offered takeaway service and encouraged customers to pay with cashless payment. In America, fast food chains like Subway, IHOP and other fast food chains also provided free delivery to encourage customers to eat from home without bearing the additional cost. 

In the video streaming market, Netflix Party has recently enabled the viewers to chat with each other while streaming videos on Netflix. This feature received a lot of praise as it allows people to connect with others in the self-isolation period. The new entrant Disney+ also announced to stream their movie Frozen 2 three months ahead of the schedule to bring some fun and joy to families during this challenging time.

As many schools and education institutes were closed due to Covid-19, Adobe is providing free temporary access to Adobe Connect, a web conferencing solution that allows students to learn remotely by joining virtual classrooms, training and meetings. In addition, Adobe is also offering schools with temporary at-home licenses to Creative Cloud desktop apps to facilitate distance teaching and learning.

4. Giving back to the community in time of need

According to a survey conducted by The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), 56% of consumers are pleased to hear about brands taking action to support communities in response to Covid-19! Airbnb, Heineken, Nike, Coca are examples of large corporations taking initiatives to support the community. However, you don’t need to be a big brand to fight against Covid-19. It is encouraging to see many local businesses in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, India… joining hands and doing their parts to make a difference in society.

Thinking about how your brand could contribute to the communities in time of need is a good strategy to win customer’s hearts. By giving back to the communities, brands are not only fulfilling their corporate social responsibility but also raising awareness and adding great credibility to their names. 

 

 

 

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How influencer marketing content has been impacted by Covid-19

April 1, 2020 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “How influencer marketing content has been impacted by Covid-19”

With the global outbreak of Covid-19, much of the topics taking place on social media these days have been around the impact of this fast-spreading pandemic. In response to this rapid change on social media, influencers have adapted their content in an attempt to gain more traffic and make the best of this situation.

In this article, let’s check out how influencer marketing content has been evolving amid the Covid-19!

1. Cooking tutorials instead of food review

The era of foodie reviews and fabulous pictures of 5-star restaurant dishes has been over, at least for now. With the new self-quarantine law imposed by governments around the world, everybody is staying at home and has to prepare the majority of their meals. For this reason, many food influencers have made a smart move by sharing food recipes and cooking tutorials to drive traffic to their posts.   

Filipino Chef, food influencer, Chefjayps began his series of homemade cooking tutorials in the mid of March 2020. Every day, he posts a new video showing how to make easy and simple #lockdownmeals during quarantine time. Same with Samatha Lee, a food artist who has produced more cooking tutorial videos recently and received great engagement from the audience for such change!

His series of homemade cooking tutorials has received much engagement from social media

 

Never before has Samantha Lee produced such many cooking tutorial video

Never before has Samantha Lee produced such many cooking tutorial video

 

Together with the increase in traffic for food influencers, posts related to sharing home-made food recipes or having a good time with family in the kitchen are also receiving compliments from social media.

 

2. Workout at home with Instagram fitness influencers

Doing exercises in the rise of the global health crisis is not a bad idea, right? And since all the health & fitness centers in your area are closed due to the Covid-19, there is no better way to workout than following the online instructions of professional fitness influencers!

Jordan Yeoh is among many Instagram fitness influencers and professional trainers who started their series of motivational  #quarantineworkout in the period of self-isolation. His series contains different types of workout exercises that everyone can practice at home without the support of any equipment (actually you need a bucket of water, but that’s all)!

All you need is a bucket of water, and here you go!

All you need is a bucket of water, and here you go!

 

Tinalovefitness has changed the content recently from her pictures doing workout at the gym center to workout tutorials at home

Tinalovefitness, a female Instagram fitness influencer, has recently  changed the content from pictures practicing at gymnastic center to workout tutorials at home

 

Another viral video about how to stay active and do exercise to fight against Covid-19

Another viral video about how to stay active and do exercise to fight against Covid-19

 

3. The rise of parenting influencers 

The recent closure of schools and educational institutions has led to an increase in the role of parents in nourishing and educating young children. Recently, there has been a growing number of content on social media related to homeschooling and parenting topics, in which parenting influencers frequently share their happy moments with their kids at home, while some sharing their advice to become a better stay-at-home parent. 

As there is no sign that Covid-19 can be stopped in the near future, #homeschooling is expected to be the trending topic among parenting influencers in 2020.

Aim Pintongta, a Thai influencer, shared a beautiful moment of her family baking together

Aim Pintongta, a Thai influencer, shared a beautiful moment of her family baking together

 

An influencer shared her feeling of gratitude to spend more time with her children during this time

An influencer shared her feeling of gratitude to spend more time with her children during this time

 

Malaysian influencer sharing her experience and advice for being a stay-at-home mommy!

Malaysian influencer sharing her experience and advice for being a stay-at-home mommy!

 

4. How has Covid-19 actually affected fashion influencers?

You may not notice it, but Covid-19 also made an impact on the way fashion influencers are delivering their content. They still look amazing in their beautiful sponsored outfits, yet instead of taking photos in a vibrant outdoor background, they manage to take it at home with the support of their living environment (and their images are still stunning as usual)! Let’s have a look!

Additionally, since influencers not allowed to go out, their typical monotonous high-fashion photoshoot is being replaced with simple, friendly photos taking from home. With this shift in content marketing, followers are more likely to develop a sense of personal connection with their influencers, resulting in better reach and engagement with influencer’s content. 

Sharena Delon in her picture promoting for a fashion brand, holding her babies at home is quite opposite to her normal style but still received great engagement from the audience

Sharena Delon in her picture promoting for a fashion brand, holding her babies at home was quite opposite to her normal style but still received great engagement from the audience

 

Influencers are revealing their personal lives more than ever...

Influencers are revealing their personal lives more than ever…

 

And pictures like this helped them receive more love and interaction from the audience

And pictures like this helped them receive more love and interaction from the audience

 

More than ever, social media users are spending a large amount of time online due to self-quarantine and social distancing. What we would advise influencers to do is to adjust their content strategy on social media and constantly come up with creative yet relevant ideas to make the best of the situation and stay ahead of the game.

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Top 3 content marketing trends 2020

Top 3 Content Marketing Trends to Watch Out in 2020

February 12, 2020 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “Top 3 Content Marketing Trends to Watch Out in 2020”

Content marketing is constantly changing. To increase your brand’s visibility in 2020, you should get ahead of the trend and apply them to your overall marketing strategy. Let’s dive into the top 3 content marketing trends in 2020!

1. SadFishing

In the age of social media, people are open to share their personal stories publicly. While some enjoy sharing their success or happy moments, others prefer showing their sadness or struggles to stand out from the crowd. Sadfishing is the act of posting emotional problems online in hopes that it will gain more engagement or make money from those actions.

Now, how did Sadfishing come about? All of this started back in 2019, when Kendal Jenner shared her personal problem relating to acne online. It then turned out to be a marketing campaign that she was launching. Another example is Justin Bieber, who dedicated a long post to talk about his issues. You can read his post below (If you are up for the challenge!)

Justin Bieber wrote a long post sharing his emotional issue

Justin Bieber wrote a long post sharing his emotional issue

 

Even though Sadfishing can generate huge engagement, at the same time, it can create potential counter-effects. Recently, a Canadian Youtuber “ImJayStation”, in his attempt to get more subscribers, made up the death of his girlfriend and cried on Youtube. After the truth was revealed, he cried (again) to ask for forgiveness. 

It is not wrong sharing your personal problems online, but when you use it to take advantage of other people, it becomes a problem that can backfire.

ImJayStation cried over his girlfriend’s fake death on Youtube

ImJayStation cried over his girlfriend’s fake death on Youtube

 

2. Fast advertising

The ability to quickly respond to new trends or be part of the conversation that the audience is interested in is another way to leverage content marketing. Aviation Gin’s ad is a great example of how a fast advertising launched at the right time could be a striking success!

In November 2019, Peloton’s ad for its exercise bike was asserted by many viewers that it promoted body shaming. 15 days later, Aviation Gin released a new ad, casting the same actress from Peloton video, implying that she can have a good time drinking the Gin and still “look great” without the exercise bike!  

 

 

Another fast-advertising case worth your attention is the content generated by Durex Vietnam! Their marketing content has always received great compliments and engagement from the audience for being really trendy and humorous.   

2019 North Korea–United States Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

2019 North Korea–United States Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Vietnam beat Malaysia in World Cup qualification on October 2019

Vietnam beat Malaysia in World Cup qualification on October 2019

 

3. The rise of TikTok

TikTok is a social media app that encourages users to view and create short videos using sets of music or simple video templates. This video-centric app has gained 500 million active users worldwide, ranks 6th place ahead of other platforms such as Pinterest, Twitter and Snapchat.

TikTok provides a platform for brands to create videos promoting their products. Nike’s campaign named Nulla Puo Fermarci (Stop at nothing) succeeded in Using TikTok influencers to tackle gender disparity Italian sports. The campaign went viral among Milanese young women with 100+ views, 540k+ likes and 46k+ videos responding to the challenge! 

Nike - Stop at Nothing

Nike – “Stop at Nothing” Campaign

 

BuzzFeed also began using TikTok in early 2019 after realizing that video content is likely to attract more interaction! Nifty is a widely popular post about baking hacks produced by BuzzFeed.

It is important for content marketers to adapt to changes and filter which one is suitable for their brands. Content marketing can bring about long-term benefits if it is used in the right way and goes along with meaningful message.

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Virtual Influencers and Their Unusual World

August 16, 2018 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Virtual Influencers and Their Unusual World”

If you thought social media was blurring the line between what’s real and what’s not- wait till you hear about the new crop of influencers in town! Virtual influencers, as in digital creations —who are leading the best life ever on Instagram with beautiful pictures, product promotions, basically anything that a real influencer does.

The most famous virtual influencers today are Miquela Sousa(1.3m), Shudu(128.9k Followers), Sophia the Robot(15.5k followers), Bermuda(82.8k Followers), and Blawko(72.6k followers)

Sophia the Robot was activated in 2015 and is known for being the first robot in the world to be recognized as a citizen in Saudi Arabia.

virtual influencer Sophia

While Shudu isn’t powered by artificial intelligence, she can be compared to a video game character, created by London-based fashion photographer Cameron James Wilson. What is different about Shudu, besides her existence, is that she looks incredibly real, so much so that Rihanna’s Fenty beauty reposted her image of her wearing their lipstick, not knowing she wasn’t real.

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The most popular virtual influencer on the Internet right now is Miquela Sousa. With 1.3 million Instagram followers, Miquela states in her bio that she is 19, a model/musician with an interest in Black Lives Matter, the innocence project, LGBT issues, and justice for youth. Dubbed as a digital ‘IT Girl” by Vogue, Miquela’s feed shows her dressed in Prada outfits; she has also appeared in fashion gear by Chanel, Supreme, and Vans

virtual influencer Miquela

Virtual influencers lie outside the definition of influencers who are known for authenticity as they express no real belief or preference.

“A virtual influencer, they’re the opposite of authentic. They’re completely fake.”

-Larissa Jensen, NPD Group

Despite this, brands can explore working with these influencers or better yet, making one they can control for themselves. It can greatly simplify social media marketing as the brand can decide the message of the campaign, the time to post, the kind of pictures to post without the hassle of dealing and negotiating with real influencers.

These influencers are no Kim Kardashian, at least not yet, and their following can be considered a small pool of thousands but those who are highly engaged. We’ve already covered why we believe micro-influencers are better for a brand in this post, and for those reasons, AI can power many virtual influencers with varied niches who can target different needs and trends.

Another advantage is the reduced risk of controversies. By working with a virtual influencer, brands can be assured that they will not do something that could impact their base of customers unlike real influencers, who being humans with capricious feelings, can do or say unexpected things.

Another slightly grey advantage is that the brands can decide how they want the influencer to look. There might be a tendency to make the influencer perfect-tall, thin, blemishless and unaging but at some point, this may not seem authentic and relatable to their audience.

Sure, these virtual influencers are a marketers dream- being able to place them on beautiful beaches without spending a dime on plane tickets!— but these avatars again cannot give a genuine experience of a product or service. For many social media users, word of mouth is the push for them to ‘add to cart’.

So, could these influencers overtake the hegemony of big-name influencers like the Kardashians, Selena Gomez or Ronaldo? We’re not really convinced yet as the term influencer itself is so new that to think of an unreal influencer might take some more time. However, as long as the influencer has got a profile on Instagram, Affable can accurately profile and help brands find them!

And like a virtual influencer, you no longer have to be real to resonate with real people. You just have to be online.

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6 Types of Instagram Influencer Campaigns To Add To Your Strategy

July 4, 2018 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “6 Types of Instagram Influencer Campaigns To Add To Your Strategy”

While we hear a lot of chatter about why influencer marketing is important in the digital marketing climate, it’s not often we talk about how to actually implement a strategy. Let’s learn from 6 TYPES of influencer campaigns and identify which type of influencer campaign is the best fit for your brand!

1. Affiliate Marketing

  • Goal: To obtain sales
  • Affiliate marketing is no doubt one of the most popular influencer campaign strategies. Many brands share exclusive promo codes with their influencers to pass on to their fans. Since Instagram does not allow links in posts, the brand usually creates promo codes in the influencer’s name such as ‘KIM5’ or ‘Pew20’ which helps them track precisely how much sales have been created through such a program.

Source: https://shanebarker.com/blog/influencer-marketing-examples/

 

Founded just 7 years ago, Daniel Wellington has grown to a brand worth $220 million by banking heavily on influencer collaboration. They gifted each influencer a free watch and gave them discount coupons in their name to share with their followers.

2. Giveaways

  • Goal: To increase brand awareness and exposure
  • Any sort of contest where a prize can be won grabs attention and if parceled creatively enough. Influencer campaigns involving giveaways can help you achieve various kinds of goals. Typical examples of contests include Tagging a Friend, Posting a Picture (or Selfie) with a specific hashtagCommenting on a post.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNYHOR7g6_T/?hl=en

 

KeVita, a probiotic beverage company, partnered with influencers to run a contest offering KeVita drinks and a $50 Amazon gift card. All the influencers had to do was to post about Kevita and ask his/her followers to follow @kevitadrinks, comment on the photo with their favorite KeVita flavor and tag a friend.

3. Sponsored Post

  • Goal: To reach the target audience and familiarize your brand
  • Brands can send your product or invite influencers to experience your service to get an Instagram endorsement. Most influencers do expect remuneration for their service but some micro-influencers are happy to do so for free.It’s imperative to disclose that the post is an advertisement by adding a hashtag #ad #sp #sponsored #partner to steer clear of legal trouble.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhBZDaNAg-8/?hl=en&taken-by=xiaxue

 

This kind of influencer campaign will work well if:

  • The influencer’s audience related to your brand
  • The influencer’s interests and posts align with your brand
  • The influencer’s feed is not over-filled with sponsored posts thus seeming inauthentic

 

4. Long-term Influencer Campaigns

  • Goal: To Create Brand Loyalty
  • Influencers are the new celebrities on social media, and it would be good to treat their advertising roles as such. Just as you would sign a contract with LeBron James, influencers too should find themselves at the signing end for long-term associations.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/mokyingren/

 

Jamie Lieberman, founder of law firm Hashtag Legal stated that there has been an influx of contracts that want influencers for 6 months- 1 year for a brand spokespeople role; some with morality clauses that ensure influencers don’t do anything scandalous like YouTube’s Logan Paul.

5. Instagram Takeover

  • Goal: To increase engagement
  • As the name suggests, this strategy involves taking over someone’s Instagram account temporarily and sharing content with their audience. An Instagram takeover is a mutually beneficial way for brands and influencers to collaborate and cross-promote content. It is essential to partner with highly engaging influencers to maximize your reach and exposure.

 

To promote the movie Beauty and the Beast, Disney got actor Luke Evans to take over its Instagram profile. Evans posted images throughout the day of his time at the film’s world premiere, sharing them with Disney’s massive Instagram following.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRJcyYhFDJo/

6. Event Activation

  • Goal: PR, Product Launch
  • The purpose of this influencer campaign is to collaborate with a large number of influencers to create a buzz around an event. This will create a chance for your brand to have a one-on-one interaction with influencers, let’s make it an experience that they won’t forget easily.

Source: http://www.thepersuaders.co.uk/benefit-cosmetics-badgalbang-mascara-launch/

 

While launching a new mascara in 2018, Benefit decided to create events at 3 major cities of London, Manchester, and Cardiff with social influencers to help build anticipation. Over 250 guests were invited including press and key influencers, to a space-themed event at the Cochrane Theatre in London. Due to their unique theme and reach of their influencers, they were able to achieve a total reach of 35million, 25 print articles and 15 digital pieces written.

Conclusion

When it comes to influencer campaign strategy, there really can’t be a one-size-fits-all strategy. Depending on the goal at the time of your influencer campaign, you can choose which campaigns to apply, and above all, don’t forget to find the right influencer to work with! Can you think of any other interesting influencer campaigns? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Nike Takes Top Spot In Cannes New Social & Influencer Category

June 27, 2018 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Nike Takes Top Spot In Cannes New Social & Influencer Category”

For about 70 years, the Cannes Lions festival laid out a red carpet for medias A-listers-  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg,  HBO CEO Richard Plepler to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Helen Mirren among others. This year, however,  Cannes has witnessed a slow of social media personalities invited on the grounds of their huge Instagram or YouTube followings. In another unexpected step, the annual event has added a new social and influencer category to the mix.

Considered the ultimate award for organizations working in the advertising and media world, Cannes Lions has attracted criticism from many traditionalists who believe that influencers cannot be recognized at par with traditional creativity, calling the phenomenon the ‘wild west’ of advertising.  A similar criticism was put forth when the Council of Fashion Designers of American created an Influencer Award to honor Kim Kardashian

This addition was a part of a larger restructuring of the awards with the addition of the Brand Experience and Activation, Creative E-Commerce and Social and Influencer Lions categories, intended to “put creative content back at the heart of Cannes Lions” said Ascential Events CEO Phillip Thomas.

It was Nike’s “Nothing Like a Londoner” campaign that put a spotlight on London’s sports influencers- school kids, amateurs and professionals-making them shine against the gritty and unwieldy backdrop of their hometown which took home the inaugural prize. Created by Wieden & Kennedy, this campaign went viral mostly because of how personal the influencer’s stories felt- they griped about how tough it is to train, but did it anyway. Each is one-upped by the next, boasting about their more trying circumstances as the scenes get crazier and more fast-paced. Apart from the video, the campaign was boosted on social media by the cast posting their individual scenes and linking to the next “competitor” on Instagram.

Source: https://www.econsultancy.com/blog/69814-why-nike-s-nothing-beats-a-londoner-ad-campaign-is-so-powerful

Nike created individual pieces of content that threaded together naturally into a larger piece. Dropping limited edition merchandise, and connecting with celebrities in a minor way, the campaign leveraged personal connections to London’s sports and social media scenes. Unfortunately, the three-minute long video was taken off Youtube due to legal trouble regarding the use of “LDNR.” D’Arcy noted that the jury was instructed by the festival to disregard that fact when it came to evaluating the entire list of entries.

The addition of the category is a nod to how social media has influenced a shift in the advertising world and by recognizing this Cannes will encourage many more brands to include influencer marketing into their marketing mix.

As Scott Cook, the director of eBay and Procter and Gamble, states “a brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is, it is what consumers tell each other it is.” And since consumers are thronging on social channels where influencers lead marketing efforts, influencer marketing is here to stay.

 

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