In the previous article, we walked through 3 social media channels including LinkedIn, Youtube, Twitter and found out how to leverage these channels to benefit your influencer marketing campaigns. This time, let’s continue our journey to analyze some of the biggest social networking sites and discover the recipe for success!
According to a 2019 survey by Mediakix, 89% of marketers found Instagram to be the most strategically important social channel for influencer marketing. With more than two-third of Instagram users aged younger than 34 years old, Instagram positions itself to be a valuable marketing platform for brands looking to reach young audiences on social media!
When hearing about influencer marketing on Instagram, most people will immediately think about young, beautiful influencers uploading visually-stunning pictures featuring the endorsed products, and that’s all! However, Instagram influencer marketing is much more than that. If not done right, influencer campaigns can create a lot of controversies, sometimes causing more damage than good. In general, there are 6 types of influencer campaigns for brands to consider, with different approaches and outcomes. Depending on the campaign’s objectives, brands can choose one that is most likely to bring the best result for them. These campaigns include:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored post
- Long-term influencer campaigns
- Instagram takeover
- Event activation
In terms of sectors, Beauty, Fashion, Travel, Fitness are top industries that partner with Instagram influencers, yet almost any industry can leverage Instagram influencer marketing, including tech brands. However, If you are a B2B company, LinkedIn would be a more suitable platform to enhance brand awareness and build trust among industry experts and professionals.
Over the last few years, Instagram has made frequent updates and added more features to strengthen its leading position. The introduction of its latest feature, Instagram Reels, has provided an alternative content type for brands to engage with audiences in a more relatable and genuine way. Some brands which have jumped onto the bandwagon include @louisvuitton, @balmain, together with influencers @junesixtyfive and @wonguy974. The launch of Instagram Reels amidst an impending TikTok ban pushed thousands of creators to jump ship. If you’re still cautious to test the waters, read our blog to find out more about how to run successful campaigns with IG Reels.
Pinterest, perhaps even more than Instagram, is home to some of the most beautiful imagery on the internet. Including Pinterest in your overall marketing strategy can help brands utilize the beautiful content they have already invested in and extend their reach to audiences on other social media channels.
An important factor to consider before capitalizing on Pinterest is of course the user demographic. 76% of global Pinterest users are female, and most of them use the platform to search for foods and drinks, style and beauty. If your brand is outside these categories, you might want to consider carefully before joining the game. In terms of geographic reach, the U.S. is the largest market for Pinterest with more than 90 million users, with most users aged between 21 to 39 years old. Promoting on Pinterest allows brands to tap into a valuable market as they make the majority of buying decisions in the US household and control more than 50% of the wealth in the US!
However, there are not many brands running influencer marketing campaigns on Pinterest as most people believe that Pinterest is just a platform to reward nice photos. Yet, the reality is: Most people use Pinterest to look for ideas and inspiration and to help guide them to make their decisions. According to Pinterest statistics, 77% of weekly Pinners have discovered a new brand or product on Pinterest, and 83% of weekly pinners buy something based on Pins they see from brands, making Pinterest an ideal platform to build brand awareness and drive great conversions.
To stand out in a virtual realm where anyone is showing their best pictures, leveraging video content is the best way to grab the audience’s attention. With the recent rise of TikTok, there is an increase in the number of video content on Pinterest as well as TikTok influencers. Hence, we recommend brands to partner with TikTok influencers who have huge followers on Pinterest (or vice versa) and maximize your video content by promoting it on both platforms.
One of the smartest and most successful influencer campaigns on Pinterest is the Halloween campaign by Sephora. Leveraging the power of user-generated content on Pinterest, Sephora created Sephora’s Beauty Board in which followers could pin their best Halloween makeup look. All users need to do is to upload their Halloween image using hashtag #Halloween and #SephoraSelfie to stand a chance to be featured by this global beauty brand. The campaign generated a buzz in the fashion community, with Pinterest influencers and normal users pinning thousands of images on the board. After the campaign, the board instantly got close to 430,000 followers!
With the increasing users and impressive engagement rate, Pinterest is a promising marketing channel for brands. To better help brands make the most out of the platform, check out Pinterest’s 2020 advertising guide explaining all the features to help brands run effective marketing campaigns.
With over 2.7 billion monthly users worldwide, Facebook is currently the biggest social network worldwide. According to Statista, India is the largest Facebook’s marketplace with 290 million audiences, followed by 190 million from the US. In the Southeast Asia region, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are the countries having the highest number of Facebook users.
In general, Facebook is a popular platform across different age groups. As of July 2020, most Facebook users were between the ages of 25 and 34 years. Although young adults were the most popular users on Facebook, the use of Facebook among older generations is seeing an increase. In 2019, users born in 1945 or earlier (the Silent generation) grew from 21% in 2012 to nearly 40% in 2019. While there is just a slight increase in the number of millennials and boomers, the use of Facebook among Gen X saw a decline. This shows the adoption of Facebook use in older adults and the early signs that young users are being shifted to other social media channels.
We do not talk much about influencer marketing on Facebook as much as we talk about Instagram, but there are a lot of ways for brands to launch influencer marketing campaigns on Facebook. Check out some of the ideas for your next Facebook influencer campaign:
Most influencers are active on more than one platform, so it is common to have the influencers feature your product on Facebook and other social media channels such as Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest. This helps you increase your reach and enhance your online presence at many touchpoints as possible.
As 45% of internet users spend more than an hour watching Facebook or YouTube videos per week, it makes sense to partner with TikTok influencers and promotes your videos on both Facebook and TikTok.
Having a giveaway or contest is the best way to build conversations around your brand, engage with the audience and drive Facebook users to your site. With this type of campaign, just ensure that you provide an appealing prize in your campaign, otherwise, people will not be interested in joining your contest.
Like their Instagram counterpart, Facebook Story is an engaging way for influencers to give your product a shoutout. Besides various filters and effects to delight your customers with good visual content, brands can also add custom links or CTA buttons to optimize the usage of Facebook Stories by driving traffic to their page.
In April 2016, Facebook launched its Live feature allowing brands to engage directly with online customers via live-stream videos. Its aim is to stay competitive with Youtube and catch up with the user’s demand for interactive content. Facebook Live is an effective tool for brands to grow their audience and connect with their followers in the most genuine way possible.
One of the most effective contents for Facebook Live is Ask Me Anything (aka AMA), in which brands invite special guests or industry experts to interact and offer live support to customers. Last May, Benefit Cosmetics invited its Chief Beauty Ambassador Annie Ford-Danielson for a 20-minute live Q&As 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 build more leads on this platform.
As the biggest social media channel, Facebook is a great platform for brands to reach diverse audiences on social media. To give brands greater accessibility to run effective influencer campaigns, our latest feature Facebook campaigns allow you to shortlist influencers, contact, track multiple campaigns and export campaign content for further reports. Contact us or Request a demo to find out more about this feature.
There’s no denying that TikTok is a powerful platform to drive awareness and conversions for your business. While YouTube positions itself as the leading platform for long-form video content, TikTok conquered the short-form video market by allowing users to create engaging, addictive content. With 41 percent of TikTok users between 16 and 24 years old, TikTok provides a lot of opportunities for brands looking to expand their reach and drive viral engagement with the young generation.
As the average TikTok engagement rate surpassing Instagram, brands are finding success collaborating with TikTok influencers to create viral content. Branded hashtag challenges are one of the biggest content trends on TikTok that help brands create videos that resonate with the audience. The TikTok challenges can take almost any form, from as simple as the #DJAtHome challenge to a difficult one like #LevelUp or a challenge with a bit nostalgia like #ImJustAKid. However, creating a viral challenge on TikTok is not as easy as it looks – you can’t just come up with any idea and expect a lot of users to follow.
Let’s take Zalora’s campaign as an example. To drive awareness and new shoppers to their fashion festival in 2019, this brand come up with a 6-day hashtag challenge #Zstylenow. The challenge was spread widely in the TikTok community as it was easy to follow, and participants had a chance to show off their fashion styles. Besides the creative idea and catchy music, ZALORA also used a financial incentive to trigger engagement with a giveaway of up to $200 in ZALORA products per winner!
Just because the hashtag challenges are everywhere doesn’t mean you cannot bring it to the next level. Last year, Nike launched an impactful TikTok influencer campaign Nulla Puo Fermarci (Stop at nothing) which aimed to inspire Italian women to get into sport and tackle gender disparity in the long term. 4 Milanese influencers were chosen and trained by Nike athletes to create dance challenges made from sport moves. These videos went viral as they received more than 100M views, 540k likes, and more than 46k challenges completed in response. By spreading meaningful, inspiring messages that have real-life values, brands are more likely to get the audience on their feet and earn customer loyalty.
Just like other influencer marketing campaigns, the key step to creating successful campaigns on TikTok is to partner with the right influencers to boost your brand awareness and reach out to the right target audience. Check out how Affable can help you find the right TikTok influencers for your next influencer marketing campaign.
Each social media channel has its own unique features and user demographics. Depending on your campaign’s objectives, brands can decide to work on one best platform or multiple platforms to create high-impact influencer campaigns. If you need more help launching your influencer campaign or discover talented content creators across social media channels, go ahead and check us out at affable.ai!
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