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Influencer Marketing For Tech Brands

September 8, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Influencer Marketing For Tech Brands”

Nowadays, more and more tech brands are collaborating with social media influencers to promote their products. They are looking for influencers who can help them reach out to their target customers, engage with them and create content that impacts the buyer journey. Below are various reasons why influencer marketing is such a powerful tool for tech brands:

  • Promoting products in a new and engaging way
  • Increasing brand awareness and extending reach to potential customers
  • Improving SEO with backlinks
  • Getting instant results

Adding the face of a well-known influencer is a great way to boost sales and create a campaign that can resonate with the audiences. Check out how tech brands can collaborate with social media influencers to get the most out of influencer marketing campaigns!

Giving Promo Codes and Links

Giving discounts using promo codes is a great way to tickle the fancy of the audience whilst measuring the effectiveness of your influencer campaign. @servmy, a mobile platform that provides a one-stop vehicle management experience, partnered with a number of Malaysian influencers to spread the word for its car service using personalized promo codes such as “NAFISZ10”, YUKIDANCE10, “WCC10”. Links are also placed in the influencer’s captions and Instagram biography to make it more convenient to download the app.

 

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🚗🛠 Don’t like going to the workshop? Want mechanics will come to your doorstep or anywhere you want for your car maintenance? . I think I found something useful for all car owners! Have you guys heard of an app called SERV by @servmy? I just discovered it & it made my life A LOT easier! ⚙️ . The SERV App offers a “service on the go” features like grabcar / foodpanda but SERV deploys MECHANICS to you! 👨🏻‍🔧 . SERV App also provides accident assistance contact in case of breakdowns and also can battery change nationwide! I could even renew my car insurance and road tax using a few clicks.. . Not only that, once the service is done, all the details of the car’s health will be recorded in the SERV App. This will give you the ability to have full control/information about your car! . So easy and convenient! Dah tak payah risau cari bengkel / harap my dad to settle my car dah, I can do it myself now. Im a big boy now 😅 haha . I have more good news! For those yang nak try the SERV app, use my promo code ‘NAFISZ10’ to get RM10 rebate . Promotion is only available for 1 month je okay? . So hurry up & install SERV now at serv.my/mobile.html . Seriously… You won’t regret it! 👍🏻 . #SERVdulu #SERVkanpayungsebelumhujan

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Guess how many times did my car breakdown while I’m in the middle of driving this year? 🙈 ( Got scolded by my dad every time when it happen haha ) – But now with @servmy main feature “Service-On-The-Go”, where their mechanic can come to the rescue anywhere 💪🏼 Book at least 1 day before and they’ll be there! Use code “YUKIDANCE10” to enjoy RM10 off ! – The App also provides accident assistance contact in case of breakdowns and also can battery change nationwide! I could even renew my car insurance and road tax using a few clicks. How convenient ! – Fast Fast download the app lo at serv.my/mobile.html or click on @servmy bio ⬇️ Don’t wait till your car breakdown like me only download 😂 ! – Regular car maintenance is a must 🔧 It’s important to maintain our car health than repairing car breakdowns ! #SERVdulu #SERVkanpayungsenbelumhujan

Bài viết do Y U K I • 유키 (@yuki_dance_) chia sẻ vào

In a short post promoting @paymayaofficial, Filipino actress @bernardokath encouraged her followers to download this e-wallet app for contactless transactions and use her referral code “PAYMAYAKATHNIEL” when they register. Using referral codes is another way for tech brands to track the performance of influencers and receive instant results (increase in the number of app downloads), without giving away any discounts. 

Collaborating with micro-influencers 

Working with micro-influencers is a powerful marketing strategy, especially for tech brands that want to get their products noticed without spending huge money on influencer marketing. 

Snapask, a mobile app that helps students get personalized learning help from online tutors, is one of the tech brands that has invested heavily in influencer marketing. Marketing to parents, @snapasksg partnered with a number of parenting influencers in Singapore to feature their products such as @princessezyt, @belandbray, @jauzchen. They are all micro-influencers with high engagement rates and a diverse follower base from ASEAN countries. Before getting into partnership with influencers, make sure they are a good fit for your brand.

Check out our comprehensive list of Top Micro-influencers in Southeast Asia to discover engaging micro-influencers to partner within your niche.

 

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🇸🇬Count on me Singapore!🇸🇬 For your kids’ homework? You can count on @snapasksg app!!! . . Ever since I was introduced to @snapasksg app, there has been no turning back! It is literally to me, a life savior! . . It all starts with a question, “Rhy, have you done your homework?” and I am supposed to turn into a professional teacher immediately 😂. Or “Mummy, do you know how to solve this question?” and I need to suddenly become the “know everything” mum 😅. . . Fret not! With @snapasksg, all you need to do is to press a few buttons and viola, you will have someone to “teach” your kids or “solve” the problem almost immediately 🙌🏻. Confirmed one of the app that I used most frequently on a monthly basis 🤣. . . Since August is a month of celebration for our nation, the National Day special discount is still ongoing! . . 🇸🇬Unlimited Advance Package is now $155.00 only! (U.P $168.98) 🇸🇬30 Sessions Package is now $55. (U.P $68.98) . . Hurry, don’t miss out on the good deals and let’s support local 👍🏻. Check out @snapasksg NOW❣️ . . #snapasksg #whyschool2020 #educationsg #sgparenting #sgig #igsg #sgmummies #sp #sgfaves . . #clozette #discoverunder4k #sgmummy #mummysg #sgmums #sgmoms #sgparent #aug20twenty23 #sg_influencers #sgfamily #sgparenthood #sgparents #sgmummyblogger #koolsunz #sginstagram #momof3

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More #redandwhite with @snapasksg! 💟 . Bel told me one day some of her classmates are still not using @snapasksg which I found unbelievable so she asked me to share with y’all again! . We are so close to the exams now, so make the best out of《Majulah! Snapask》packages! From now till end of August, @snapasksg 30 Sessions Pack is $55 (U.P.$68.98) and Unlimited Advance Package is $155.00 (U.P.$168.98)! . Bel also shared with me that those of her classmates who tried @snapasksg were thankful to her too for introducing this useful app! After all, you can download the @snapasksg app for a FREE trial and then decide later whether you want more? FFF though, don’t forget the promos above finishes end August!! . . #snapasksg #whyschool2020 #educationsg #sgparenting #sgig #igsg #sgmummies #sgfaves #sp

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Still in that National Day holiday mood with @snapasksg 🇸🇬 ! . To celebrate our Nation’s 55th Birthday, @snapasksg, the phenomenal global learning and tutoring app trusted by more than 3 million students is now having a National Day promotion! . 👉 Sign up for their Snapask 30 Sessions Pack for only $55.00! (Original price at $68.98) Or go unlimited for @snapasksg Unlimited Advance Package to ask all the questions you need answered anytime, anywhere at only $155.00/month (Original $168.98). . Join us and over 3 million students in A Better Way to Learn with @snapasksg! Just Snap and Ask! 😉👍⭐ . . #snapasksg #whyschool2020 #educationsg #sgparenting #sgig #igsg #sgfaves #sp

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Showing people how to use your app

With video content being the king of content marketing, why not make a short video showing how quick and easy it is to install and use your app? Last month, @damogo_id, a mobile app solution to help reduce food waste, collaborated with micro-influencer @wimboprakoso to show how to use the app step-by-step. The video was short, concise and engaging to watch, gaining over 2000 views. 

Besides posting videos on Instagram, tech brands can level up the game by collaborating with TikTok influencers to create viral videos. Another exciting alternative is to try out and adopt Instagram’s newest feature, IG Reels in your campaigns!

 

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Guys! Tau ga kalo skg sudah ada aplikasi yg punya visi untuk mengurangi sampah dan limbah makanan atau biasa kita sebut Food Waste? Mengurangi stock makanan yg berlebih di resto atau cafe dgn menjual dgn harga 30 – 90% LEBIH MURAH! . eeeeiiitttss, @damogo_id bukan berati yg dijual makan sisa ya guys, FRESH FOOD! Mulai dr makanan jadi, sayur, & buah fresh. Metode pembayarannya juga mudah ga ribet kok! Kalian bisa download aplikasi ini di App Store & Playstore dgn link bit.ly/DamoGo . Ohya sementara masih hanya beroperasi di daaerah #Yogyakarta ya! Yuk, kita sama-sama rescue food bareng DamoGo!👍🏽 . #damogo #foodtech #foodwaste #waste #wastemanagement #playstore #appstore #download #unduh #rescuefood #aplikasi #orderonline #sampahmakanan #makan #makanan #jajan #minum #minuman #sayur #buah #vegetable

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If your app is easy to use, a short post introducing the app and its features is also good to go. The secret to capture social media’s attention without using video is to come up with stunning pictures showcasing how convenient and simple it is to use the app. Promotional posts from @ronnycakes and @coffee.and.crayons_ are two typical examples of this type of content.

Sharing a Good Deal

If you’re going to offer a good deal to your customers, make sure you spread it as widely as possible so you can raise your brand awareness. Last June, transgender beauty influencer @mskataluna made a shoutout for the dating app Fiori and a chance to win $5000. As Fiorry is known as a dating app for transgenders and non-binary people, partnering with @mskataluna was a smart move to get their new app noticed by the transgender community. 

Another example comes from the partnership between foodie app @chopesg and @_shixuanxuan, when the influencer urged the audiences to order food from Chope to receive discount vouchers.

 

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Giving my day the boost it needs at @engscharsiew_bugiscube . But the best part? I saved $3.50 here because I bought discounted vouchers from ChopeDeals (@chopesg)! . . I had a go at their small dry wantan mee and the noodles serving is so big its so worth the money! I especially loved their boiled wantan which has umami that literally MELTS in my mouth. OMGOSH! 🤯 . My friends and I especially enjoyed our dining experience there because the uncle owners were so friendly and hospitable we would definitely return again just for their service! ☺️ If you’re constantly on a struggle to find a nice meal under a tight budget, you should totally check out ChopeDeals. They have many dining deals under $15, suitable for everyday meals! 🤑 #ChopeSG #ChopeDealsSG #sp

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Unboxing your products

Unboxing videos are easy to make and also engaging to watch. Nowadays, most unboxing videos are about beauty or high-tech products, however other brands with tangible products can follow this trend too! Last May, @rhomedal_aquino uploaded a part of his unboxing video on IG, in which he is folding the Samsung phone. This 15s video received more than 4k views and lots of comments from his followers, mostly expressing their surprises and complimenting this feature.

If your products are complicated or have many features, you can focus on showing off the most outstanding feature or show the audience how to use your product step-by-step (unboxing Google Nest Mini is an example). Following this, your unboxing videos will be able to give much more insight and value to the audience over a simple reaction video. 

 

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#unboxing #galaxyfold Ceritanya… . . Potongan video lama dr youtube gw 😁 Link in bio

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No matter what industry your brand is operating in, you can always collaborate with social media influencers to enhance your online presence and promote your products in an exciting way. Ready to get a headstart in influencer marketing? Reach out to us for more information or request a demo to find out how to run a successful influencer campaign!

 

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4 LESSONS LEARNT FROM INFLUENCER MARKETING FAILURES

September 1, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “4 LESSONS LEARNT FROM INFLUENCER MARKETING FAILURES”

Nowadays, influencer marketing has become one of the core strategies of digital marketing. Collaborating with the right influencers allows brands to reach out to their target audiences, increase brand awareness and drive purchasing decisions. However, not all influencer campaigns are rainbows and sunshine. Some of them involved errors and controversy, ended up causing more damage than good

In this article, we’re going to analyze some of the influencer marketing failures and unpack the lessons so brands can avoid making such mistakes in their future marketing campaigns.

Pepsi & Kendall Jenner

In April 2017, the global drink company Pepsi released an ad starring famous model Kendall Jenner. In the 2:48 ad, Jenner was being photographed when she happened to notice a protest march happening on the street. After a few eye contacts with the protestors, she decides to join the protest, before walking up to a police officer and offering him a cold Pepsi. When the officer drinks it, the crowd goes wild and the ad ends with everyone applauding, cheering and hugging each other.

The ad went viral after less than 24 hours, but not in an expected way. Receiving massive backlash from audiences, the beverage giant was claimed to be mocking a serious political issue by solving it with a can of soda! Besides, the ad seemed to show the exact opposite of what could happen if someone tries to approach a policeman in the protest! 

 

Among those who criticized Pepsi was Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. She wrote a sarcastic tweet in response to the ad: “If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi.” The tweet had 144k retweets and over 260k likes! Facing a lot of pressure, Pepsi decided to remove the ad and wrote a tweet to apologize publicly.


Takeaway: Targeting social or political issues in an advertisement is a risky strategy that could result in backlash and boycott if it isn’t done right. While it’s important for brands to stand up for a cause and deliver an ad that inspires, brands should be conscious of possible reactions from the audience and carefully consider whether the risk is worth taking.

BooTea and Adidas

The following examples of influencer marketing campaigns showcase how influencers should not endorse a product online!   

BooTea, a popular health and detox brand, made an epic mistake when they partnered with famous influencer Scott Disick. When promoting BooTea Shakes to his 23M followers, Scott Disick made a direct “copy and paste” of the instructions given by the marketing team by accident. Here’s what he posted as his caption: 

“Here you go, at 4pm est, write the below. Caption: Keep up with the summer workout routine with my morning @booteuk protein shake!”

Upon noticing the mistake, he quickly deleted the post but not before others have seen it, captured it in the form of a screenshot and shared it all over the internet!


You might be surprised to know that Scott is not the only one who committed this type of mistake. Supermodel Naomi Campbell also copied the exact instructions given by the brand and used it as a caption for her photo promoting a new pair of @adidasoriginals

Mashable made an interesting point when they questioned if this error is truly an accident or a trick to bring more attention to the brand. Whether such mistakes are intentional or not, we might all agree that posts like this would add zero or very little positive value to the brand’s image. 

Take away: While many people blame the influencers for being too careless, brands may need to share their responsibility in these failures, too. The desire to make the most out of influencers can result in influencers promoting products in an inauthentic or unnatural way. That’s why it is essential for brands to form a good relationship with influencers and make them love their products before advertising. In the end, the audiences will only trust your brands if they see the influencers truly enjoy your products and not just promoting it for the sake of monetary benefits.

Adidas and Volvo

In 2017, Kendal Jenner landed herself in trouble again with another controversial ad. She was chosen to be the ambassador for Adidas Originals and was featured in Adidas’s campaign Originals. The ad was beautiful and stunning, yet all people talked about was the mismatch between Adidas and Kendall Jenner. Many people felt that the sportswear giant failed to deliver their message as they worked with a supermodel when they should have cast a real athlete whose story is inspiring and relevant to the brand’s message.  

 

Another example of collaborating with the wrong influencer is the campaign between Volvo and fashion blogger Chriselle Lim. Chriselle is known for producing authentic content and aesthetic pictures featuring her lifestyle, beauty and fashion. This explained why in the post promoting Volvo, Chriselle received mixed reactions from her audience as the product was not a good match to her niche. Comments reflected that her photo looks “fake” and is not aligned with her usual style at all.  

 

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Now that Allen and I are parents we are making more of an effort to live a clean & eco friendly life. And it all starts with the little things such as the products we use everyday. Although we want people to continue #drivingdirty to help save water in California, I’m happy that @VolvoCarsUS is introducing an eco-friendly car wash solution called Consciously Clean. I’m that girl who rarely washes her car (anyone else like me? 🙋🏻), but when I do I cringe by all the toxins that are used and all the water that is wasted. It’s the little things that we do that makes the biggest difference. 🌎 Edited: After seeing all the comments I wanted to clarify… I’m not saying that I’m perfect and live a complete 100% eco friendly life, but since I’ve become a mom I have become more aware of the toxins that we use everyday. I’m only human and striving to become better everyday, and that is the message I wanted to send to you guys. By all means I did not mean that I was perfect..I still have a long ways to go. Thank you for your support and for understanding

Bài viết do Chriselle Lim 🌟 (@chrisellelim) chia sẻ vào

Takeaway: These influencer marketing failures show us that by partnering with the wrong influencers, brands are more likely to confuse their potential customers and invite unnecessary criticism to their campaigns. High follower count is not the ultimate factor for brands to select the right influencers. There are many other factors worth considering such as their suspicious followers, influencer brand’s affinity, audience demographics and so on. Hop over to our blog to discover 4 things that you should look at to pin down the most suitable influencer. 

Huawei Fake Selfie

To prepare for the launch of the newest Nova 3 phone, Huawei partnered with Egypt actress and Influencer Sarah Elshamy in their 30-second ad. The video shows a couple having a great time and using Huawei to capture their beautiful moments. There was no controversy around the ad, not until Elshamy released behind-the-scenes photos, revealing that the selfies taken by Huawei were actually taken by a professional DSLR camera! 

This is actually not the first time Huawei has been caught using DSLR photos as samples of smartphone shots. In 2018, the smartphone brand posted a beautiful picture, showing what could be done with the Leica-engineered dual-cam P9 smartphone, yet the picture was then caught to be taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and a $2,100 lens. 

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Take Away: It is understandable for Huawei to use professional equipment to give the best shot, yet it would be nicer if the brand was more honest and advertised products based on what they really can deliver. Making misleading advertisements can badly hurt a brand’s reputation and end up damaging the customer’s trust in that brand. At a time when audiences are seeking more authentic content, transparency and authenticity are the keys to pull off an influencer campaign that resonates with the audiences

Bonus: Huawei & Gal Gadot

Now, this is not an example of influencer marketing failures, but it is still an interesting case worth your attention. In 2018, Gadot became Huawei’s US brand ambassador for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and was featured in their video ad. Later on, she has been caught tweeting about Huawei by using… Twitter for iPhone. This little funny detail was called out by YouTube tech influencer @Marques Brownlee, attracting up to 57k likes and 14.3k retweets and comments in his discovery!

The tweet was soon deleted then replaced with a new one. Explaining the mistake, Gadot told CNET through her publicist that she had a member of her team post the video, and that person used his/her personal device to upload it without noticing the device used would be visible to others. This accident showed that a lot of things can go wrong in an influencer campaign, and the only thing that brands could do is to plan carefully and predict any faults that can possibly happen.

 

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4 Viral Marketing Strategies to Attract Millenials and Gen Z

August 22, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “4 Viral Marketing Strategies to Attract Millenials and Gen Z”

What are Millenials and Gen Zs looking out for? 

Viral marketing reaches wide audiences at a low cost and generates active discussion about the brand. Social media is the ideal platform for viral marketing campaigns as it facilitates the sharing of popular content. With the right influencer and a touch of creativity, brands can easily trend on social media and capture the attention of consumers. 

Yet, creating a viral marketing campaign is not that easy. Most viral marketing campaigns are accidental rather than intentional and brands have to be on a constant search to find out what resonates with their audience. With Millenials and Gen Zs forming the largest audience on social media, it is especially important to know what appeals to them.  

Struggling to find the recipe for viral content? Here are some tips on how to create viral content to attract Millenials and Gen Z consumers on social media! 

1. Start a Hashtag Challenge 

Contest and giveaways are one of the most common tactics brands use to increase awareness on Instagram. Hashtag challenges have a tendency to go viral with well-known challenges like the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, Pepsi’s #pepsicanbalance and Guess’s #InMyDenim. Not only can hashtag challenges give your brand a boost quickly, they often leave a lasting impression on consumers too! 

One of the most successful hashtag challenges in 2019 is the #RibenaLightChallenge. Playing a pun on the product’s name, @ribenasg collaborated with Singaporean influencers including @debbwie, @naomineo_, @jazephua, @syarif.ig and @speishi. The goal of the challenge? To take a picture of anything and make it seem like it’s floating. With over 90k total engagement from its campaign, Ribena successfully grabbed consumers’ attention and was able to differentiate its new product from the original.    

 

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Here’s my attempt at the #RibenaLightChallenge, what do you guys think? 😛 Ribena has been my favourite childhood drink since young and the all new Ribena LIGHT now is equally enjoyable, if not even more yummy!! It’s HALF the sugar content but STILL THE SAME GOODNESS! 😍 Now is the chance for you guys to win $200 worth of Grab vouchers! 😛 To participate in the #RibenaLightChallenge, 1. Simply take a picture of anything and make it seem like it is floating. Be as creative as possible! 2. Tag @ribenasg and hashtag #RibenaLightChallenge (remember to set your account to public!) 3. The 5 most creative entries will win $200 worth of Grab vouchers each 💵 Good luck! ✨ #sp

Bài viết do DEBBIE.S (@debbwie) chia sẻ vào


With more and more popular hashtag challenges on Tiktok and Instagram, brands should consider using this wildly successful tactic. And as always, tapping on popular influencers can help you get started by engaging their followers so as to generate awareness of your hashtag challenge. 

2. Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

If you pay close attention, it is hard to miss out this trait among all the viral marketing campaigns on social media —  Creativity. For any campaign to go viral, it is important for your content to stand out from the rest. 

New digital mobile service provider, @gigaexperience, recently launched a #DitchYourGlitch campaign in June with @melissackoh, @sethluicious, @heylookitsdionne, @roxannejy and @xiaxue among many others. Followers saw a “glitchy” and unloadable post on these influencers accounts which led to a ton of confused comments about what was really going on. 

The big question mark left in the air successfully drew a great amount of attention to the #DitchYourGlitch campaign, making it viral instantaneously. Shortly after, influencers revealed @gigaexperience which aims to get rid of glitchy posts by offering the fastest network connection.

 

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Thank you guys for expressing concern on my “glitchy”, unloadable post yesterday. Slow connections can be so frustrating, and I know some of you even tried to restart your wifi! It was a prelude to today’s exciting news: giga has launched their newest, best plan, 40GB at $20 (no contract, price reverts to $30 for 40GB after 12 months), powered by Singapore’s fastest network. With no hidden fees, it’s time to #ditchyourglitch and enjoy the fastest network connection. giga is also the only telco to offer FREE rollover data across all plans, so there will be no wastage of unused data! Join me in the #gigaexperience family and enjoy more data for less! #sp

Bài viết do Melissa Celestine Koh (@melissackoh) chia sẻ vào

But, creating thought-provoking content is not the only way to launch a viral marketing campaign. @pizzahut_sg collaborated with @sgagsg, to come up with a sweet and funny pun for its heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine’s Day. 

Want a “Pizza my Heart”? With an innovative product and a catchy phrase, the post got over 18k likes as consumers reacted to the cheesy pizza puns. Similarly, brands can consider adding humour to their campaigns and throw in a pun or two.

  • Tip: Content that goes viral often triggers an emotional response in people. By appealing to consumers’ emotions, especially the positive ones like laughter and amusement, creating viral content for millennials and Gen Zs is no longer a difficult challenge! 

3. Video Content is The King of Content Marketing

The rise of Tiktok is one of the top content marketing trends to watch out in 2020. According to Adweek, TikTok generated “the most downloads for any app ever in a quarter” in Q1 2020. 

Video content is expected to be the future of influencer marketing, especially as short-form videos continue to gain traction on social media. 

Highly unique and creative content on Tiktok encourages users to be themselves which resonates with millennials and Gen Z’s search for authentic and relatable influencers. Dettol’s TikTok challenge even comes with a unique song that users can dance to. According to AdAge, the wildly successful #handwashchallenge got an impressive 9 billion views in just 4 days!   

@dannyahboyHaha! I’m joining this challenge too ! During this time, remember to wash your hands and love yourself ~Do the #Han#dwashChallenge with me!#ad#

♬ Hand Washing Song – Viruss


To ride on the wave of user-generated content, Instagram recently released Instagram Reels. A new kid on the block, it is targeted to recreate Tiktok’s viral video trend. The new short-form video editing and sharing feature on Instagram allows users to create 15-second entertaining videos. 

  • Tip: With Tiktok banned in India and Tiktok ban in the US, more consumers will be turning to IG Reels in the coming months. Hence, brands should consider familiarizing themselves with IG Reels so as to launch viral video campaigns in these markets.    

 

4. Trendjacking 

Content discovery is an important process of creating effective content by knowing what your audience is interested in. In particular, a viral content marketing strategy needs content that resonates with your audience. 

So, what is trendjacking? Make a quick guess and the straightforward answer would be to hijack a trend. According to MultiView, trendjacking happens when brands and organizations notice something that is gaining a lot of attention online and then interject themselves into it. It is a strategy closely related to real-time marketing which focuses on current relevant trends. 

The #10YearChallenge is a prime example of a trend that took social media by storm in 2019. Brands had happily hopped on the bandwagon to compare how they were like 10 years before versus how they were like in 2019. For @digibankid by DBS in Indonesia, the post helped to demonstrate the technological transformation of the brand. Compared to 10 years ago, customers can now conveniently transfer money via the digibank app instead of a physical machine. The creative post also helped to increase awareness of its electronic banking solutions. 

Beyond being involved in online trends, relating to trends occurring in daily life can make a significant impact as well. With QR codes disguised as SafeEntry checkpoints, Circles.life “wanted to create a fun way to subtly get netizens to scan the code and get updated on its eSIM launch”. To spread awareness of its campaign, Circles.life also partnered with SGAG which resulted in over 30,000 likes on Instagram. 

 

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Classic @circleslifesg, putting QR code for your newest eSIM that resembles SafeEntry – this kind of thing, confirm must be you guys!

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Overall, the trick to create a viral marketing campaign is to produce relatable content that audiences will share with their community. And marketers have to realize that’s more than just creating great content. 

To encourage sharing behavior among your audience, it is important for brands to keep their ears to the ground. After all, whatever is happening around us might be the next million-dollar viral marketing idea! 

 

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Leverage Your Influencer Campaigns With Fitness Influencers

August 18, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Leverage Your Influencer Campaigns With Fitness Influencers”

In the last few months, Instagram has exploded with engaging home fitness workouts created by Instagram fitness influencers. Workout videos, especially on Instagram Live, has become an ideal way for fitness influencers to keep their audience engaged while practicing social distancing.  

As health becomes the top priority on consumers’ minds, fitness influencers have been gaining massive followings during the pandemic. Hence, now’s the golden opportunity for brands to work with fitness influencers and increase brand awareness to potential customers. 

In the previous article, we discovered the Top Trending Fitness Micro-influencers in Southeast Asia, but in what ways brands can work with them to leverage their influencer campaign, let’s find out now!

Hosting Live Workout Sessions

Last May in the Philippines, Nike launched a Community Workout series, partnering with Filippino fitness micro-influencers @tanyamariaaguila and @monicaracestheworld to stream workout sessions on Instagram Live. 

The live streaming series was a part of their #playfortheworld campaign which encourages their customers to stay healthy and active during the stay-home period. The idea was well-received on social media, and the post featuring Nike’s workout session made Tanya and Monica the influencers with the highest engagement rate in the Philippines in May 2020!  

@Bioresg is another brand that executed a brilliant influencer marketing campaign by hosting workout sessions. They partnered with fitness macro-influencer, @roxannegan_, to provide their audience with regular home workouts. In the post featuring @Bioresg, Roxanne emphasized the importance of using sunscreen Biore UV Athlizm to protect our skin against UV rays, even when she is practicing indoors. 

Leveraging Video Content 

With video content being the spotlight on social media, producing engaging videos is the key to attract Millenials and Gen Z consumers.

You may know #movemoreathome, a campaign that has gone viral recently launched by @rexonathailand. With the aim of inspiring people to get up on their feet during self-quarantine, Rexona collaborated with a number of Thai influencers, including celebrities, fitness influencers and even dancers. Influencers were made to share videos of them exercising or dancing to dynamic background music. By partnering with Tiktok influencers too, the campaign quickly became a hit and received high engagement rates, especially among younger audiences.  

But, fitness workouts are not the only way to have fun with video content. Recently, Thai fitness influencers @thisisbebe, who is a famous pilates performer, amazed her followers with a video featuring @slimmadrink. Instead of showcasing her graceful pilates moves as usual, the opening of her video was made up of energetic dance movies which was totally unexpected. This dancing part came as a surprise for her followers, rewarding her with a whopping 170k views!     

Another example of how we can be creative with video content is from student-athlete @kerstinong. In her video post promoting @underarmoursg, she challenged herself with single-leg hops over up to 7 shoeboxes. The video quickly gained popularity and became one of the most-viewed videos on her Instagram feed.

Holding A Virtual Race  

Have you heard about “virtual race”, the latest running trend in the world?

Virtual Race is a race in which participants will run alone and connect their phones to a GPS-tracking app to measure results. Joining the virtual race, runners can avoid social gatherings, which is important to keep them safe from coronavirus, but still feel as if they’re a part of the crowd! 

Last July, as the annual Pocari Sweat Run was canceled due to coronavirus, Pocari Sweat Indonesia decided to launch the first virtual race in Indonesia, namely Pocari Sweat Run Virtual 2020. The event is scheduled to take place on August 16 at 06:00 – 08:00, Jakarta Time. To spread the word,  @pocarisportid partnered with reputed fitness influencer @melanieputria. With such an innovative virtual event, the influencer campaign immediately generated great attention on social media as well as the running community in Indonesia.

Asics Global Running Day Virtual Run is another virtual race that is worth your attention. Unlike the Pocari Sweat Run, this race aims to encourage women to run more but also to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundations in the region, and the National Cancer Society of Malaysia. Holding a race with a good cause is a great way for brands to contribute to society in times of need and showcase what your brand stands for and your values to consumers.

 

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It was Global Running Day yesterday – did you manage to get a run in? No chance to meet up with friends to run together this year because of what’s happening, but @asicssg has an Asics Global Running Day Virtual Run that you can be part of. This virtual run aims to empower women and will be raising funds for the Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundations, and the National Cancer Society Malaysia. The event is open from now till Sunday, 7 June, and all you need is a GPS-tracking app like Asics Runkeeper to participate. There’s 3km, 5km and 10km – it’s free but sign up by tomorrow at web.42race.com/race/asicsgrd2020. P.S. Thanks for the new running gear, Asics! #globalrunningday #asicssg #virtualrun #getfit #lovefit #fitforlife #fitness #fitnesseveryday #instafit #igfit #activelife #runforlife #runningsg #sgrunning #instarunners #IGrunners

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Sharing Inspirational Stories

Nike’s video commercial is a perfect example of how brands can connect with their customers by sharing inspirational stories. Unlike most videos nowadays which are created only for amusing purposes, Nike’s videos are rooted in personal yet inspiring stories about the athlete’s journey to attaining success.

In 2019, Nike successfully spotlighted tennis legend, Rafael Nadal, in their commercial ad named Rally. The video is a combination of different rallies where Nadal never fails to put in relentless effort to earn each of his points in different matches. And the message at the end of the video is still stuck in viewers’ minds: “Crazy dreams take crazy effort.”

 

Beginning is another 60-second commercial ad from Nike that inspires the audience by featuring professional basketball player, LeBron James’ journey to become one of the greatest players in NBA history. The video showcases how he had emerged from poverty in a small and humble city in Akron. At the end of it, James expresses his hope that children in the world will not have to start with a “humble beginning” like he did.  

 

Telling stories that inspire is the recipe to an engaging marketing campaign. While not every brand will be able to reach out to legendary sports players, brands can always partner with local athletes and trending fitness influencers in the community to spread the story about determination and motivate consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle! 

 

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5 Important Lessons To Learn From Influencer Scandals in 2020

July 29, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “5 Important Lessons To Learn From Influencer Scandals in 2020”

Social media influencers, as the name says it, have the power to influence people with their words. Hence, there are many factors for brands to consider when it comes to choosing the right influencer. Besides the basics of not buying fake followers, nowadays it is important for influencers to produce authentic content which online audiences are looking for. However, sharing their own ideas and opinions on social media is like a 2-edged sword, which can either boost their reputation or create unexpected consequences that could damage their career.

In particular, cancel culture , which refers to “removing of support for public figures in response to their objectionable behavior or opinions”, is raging. A recent study by Zeno Group of 8,000 people across eight countries found that consumers in Singapore, Malaysia and China were more likely to act against brands with such behaviour appearing strongest among Gen Zs and Millennials. 

In understanding the changing social media environment, let’s find out some of the most talked-about influencer scandals this year and the 5 important lessons to take away from it! 

1. Be careful when mentioning politics

It is not a wise idea to voice your political opinion on social media, especially when it goes against the crowd and could lead to controversies. Recent examples from @Xiaxue and Sean Buranahiran show us that influencers should be really careful when speaking up about politics.   

This July, famous Singaporean blogger and social media influencer @Xiaxue broke the internet with her Instagram story attacking female Singaporean politician Raeesah Khan. The trouble hasn’t stopped there. A few days later, a lot of her old tweets which claimed to be racist and offensive were dug up, putting her in the subject of police reports and petitions for racist content on social media. In Singapore, the hashtag #PunishXiaxue immediately became the No.1 trending topic on Twitter. Many brands that partnered with her before have also started distancing themselves from her, in response to the crisis.

Source: Independent.sg

Source: Independent.sg

 

Another example of influencer scandals comes from Sean Buranahiran – a popular social media influencer and Youtuber in Thailand. The trouble all started when Sean shared with his fans about joining a tree-planting event in Chiang Mai. He met the Deputy Prime Minister there and described that “he is kind of sweet”. Although this comment might seem unharmed, it created a backlash from the audiences who support the pro-democracy movements in Thailand. Unlike @Xiaxue, Sean did not raise any of his political views, yet in the context of Thailand being a politically divided country, it is better to be cautious when creating content related to politics.   

 

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(With the Governor of Chiang Mai, giving jobs to people who were left unemployed during the COVID-19 crisis) วันนี้ผมได้เรียนรู้จาก ท่านผู้ว่าราชการเชียงใหม่หลายอย่าง . ทำความเข้าใจเรื่องไฟป่า และปัญหาอื่นๆ ในเชียงใหม่ ในงานโครงการ ฟาร์มตัวอย่างต้านภัยโควิด-19 ที่ศูนย์อำนวยการจิตอาสา พระราชทานจัดขึ้น เพื่อช่วยเหลือประชาชนที่ตกงาน และ ให้เขาได้ลงมือทำตามแนวทางศาสตร์พระราชา ได้ทั้งความรู้ติดตัว และรายได้ในเวลาเดียวกัน . ขอบพระคุณท่าน พ.ต.อ. ปิยะพันธ์ ภัทรพงศ์สินธุ์ รองผบก.ภ.จว.เชียงใหม่ ที่เมตตาผมและทีมงานให้เข้าไปศึกษา เรียนรู้ครับ 🙂

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2. Racism is another sensitive topic to avoid

Besides politics, racism is another topic that influencers should be mindful of. Last May, Former Miss Universe Malaysia Samantha Katie James received a storm of anger with her Instagram stories saying black people “chose to be born as a colored person”, and claiming that “it seems like the ‘whites’ won”. Her comments were, of course, heavily criticized by the Malaysians. It even led to a petition to strip her title due to “her ignorance and lack of self and privilege awareness”. 

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Singaporean influencer Sheena Phua also got into the same trouble last year by calling the Sikh men “2 huge obstructions” as they were blocking her view at a concert. Later on, she had to apologize on social media and explained that she didn’t mean to be racist at all.

 

3. Actions can send a religious message

Religious issues can sometimes be amplified by influencers as well. Muslim social media star, Amena Khan has publicly announced her removal of the hijab, an obligatory Islamic head covering. In her video which attracted over 630k views, she said: “A couple of days ago I stopped wearing my headscarf and I feel like the incongruity of me not wearing it in my personal life and then putting it on in my videos, it didn’t feel right. It’s not good for you and it’s not good for me, for my sanity.”

Yet, she is not the only influencer taking off the hijab. Popular Muslim influencers Dina Torkia, Asya Al Faraj and Bushra Sheikh have sparked similar controversy on social media from removing their hijab. Many followers were let down by the decision of these influencers to “leave” the hijab-­wearing community while others cheered on their authenticity and courage. 

While wearing the hijab is “a deeply personal one” for Amena, there is concern about the choices her followers will make in response to her decision. With the amount of attention on influencers today, it is highly likely that decisions made by influencers can impact the community and drive social change. 

4. Pay attention to how you phrase posts

Besides avoiding sensitive topics, influencers should be mindful of the way they communicate as well. This April, a Singaporean TikTok influencer boonkikikiki uploaded a video, in which she said “If there’s something you always wanted to do [….] and by the end of circuit breaker you have not accomplished that, or even worse, you have not even started, you never lacked time! You lack discipline! Time for you to get your sh*t together, and start accomplishing your goals!”.

The post went famous, but probably not the way she planned. While some claimed that her points were valid, others felt offended and annoyed. Later on, Boonkikikiki went on to explain that she just wanted to motivate people to get their tasks done. Although she might have had a good intention, the content itself and the way she delivered it was definitely a big problem here.   

5. Be transparent with what you communicate 

After generating a backlash over his political comment as mentioned above, Sean’s critics were also raising questions over his charity activity. In particular, he was accused of misspending 875,000 baht in the fund which he had raised to help the wildfire in Chiang Mai and was the subject of the police investigation. Later on, Sean clarified his spending on social media, yet people were still not convinced and continued raising questions up to now. This whole scandal wouldn’t have happened if he had been transparent about his spending in the first place.

Remember the Daryl Yow controversy? Back in 2018, the saga with Singapore-based photography influencer plagiarising other’s work had taught many influencers about the importance of genuine content and transparency.

(Comment Translation: Where is my donation money!? Why it doesn’t go to the wildfire as you mentioned? What are you waiting for? Does all the money go to your expensive house and cars? If this is not revealed, you might have used all those donation money!)

In a world where everyone is using techniques and trickery to stand out on social media, influencers should consider honesty and transparency as their core values to build up long-lasting relationships with their audience. 

Get a free copy of our Influencer Marketing Report 2020 – South East Asia to keep updated with the latest influencer marketing trends in 2020 and predictions on influencer marketing!  

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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 influencer marketing changes after Covid-19

How influencer marketing changes after Covid-19

May 2, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “How influencer marketing changes after Covid-19”

Will influencer marketing stay the same after Covid-19 ends? Probably not.

The last few months have brought about significant changes to the landscape of influencer marketing: Many businesses have to close temporarily, travel influencers are losing their jobs; brands are finding new ways to reach out to customers. In this challenging time, some brands are effectively adapting their strategies to stay connected with their customers, creating new influencer marketing trends that can last very long after the pandemic ends.

Let’s dive into it now, and here are our predictions of influencer marketing after Covid-19!

1. Video marketing is going to thrive in 2020

Before Covid-19, video content has been predicted to be the future of influencer marketing. This prediction was secured by the rise of TikTok, a popular video-centric platform that had up to 500 million monthly active users only 3 years after its launch.

Amid Covid-19, TikTok became one of the most downloaded social media apps in Q1 2020 as the number of installs reached up to 1 billion worldwide. Given the current situation that people are staying at home more than ever, TikTok is rising as a great source of entertainment which allows users to create funny clips with creative video templates and a set of trendy music. Some brands have started including TikTok in their influencer campaign strategy as a new way to engage with their audience.  

Dettol India, a brand of cleaning supplies and disinfectant, has recently capture social media’s attention by launching TikTok #HandWashChallenge, in which they partnered with Indian TikTok influencers with millions of followers to spread the word for their campaign. The videos quickly became viral with more than 8 billion views in just 4 days. Up to now, the challenge has surpassed more than 60 billion views one month after it started off. Although there is no report that Dettol’s sales increased after launching the challenge, the brand successfully captured social media’s attention and raised awareness about their products.

Together with TikTok, live content on IGTV, Facebook and Youtube are also expected to thrive in 2020.

2. Influencer marketing and eCommerce are going hand in hand

Life under self-quarantine has brought about a big shift in consumer’s shopping behavior. As people are spending more time on the internet, they’re also buying more things online. 

In late February, RedMart, a Singapore’s leading online supermarket site, saw a great increase in online grocery as people were rushing to stock up on essentials. Now the demand is off its peak, yet it is still higher than normal. In the U.S. market, Amazon hired 100,000 new employees in March 2020 to support their warehouses and delivery network in response to the surge in demand for online purchases amid Covid-19. 

As the line between social media and E-commerce is more blurred than ever, brands are taking this opportunity to strengthen their social media presence via influencer marketing. A typical example of this collaboration is Tokopedia, one of the most popular Indonesian e-marketplace. Last month, this firm partnered with a number of Indonesian influencers to spread the word for their products as well as the promotion of free postage to facilitate online shopping in the period of self-isolation.

Liketoknow.it is another e-commerce platform that is emerging amid Covid-19. This new platform allows influencers/bloggers to make a commission from sales of products they wear in their posts. Last month in Vietnam, the website has increasingly been mentioned by a lot of influencers who had their items featured on the website.

3. User-generated content (UGC) is the next big thing

Before Covid-19, user-generated content has already been appreciated by brands as it promotes authenticity and personalization to influencer posts, thus attracting more engagement. 

Amid Covid-19, user-generated content has proved itself to be an effective influencer campaign strategy. As a result of social distancing, people are spending more time online than ever, looking for more personal connections with others online. Understanding that need, many brands have adopted this type of content to generate more engagement from the audience.    

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. 

4. Brands are going to place more emphasis on conversion rate

It goes without saying that the goal of influencer marketing can vary depending on the brand’s strategy in different periods. However, with the recent outbreak of Covid-19, the uncertainty in business environments has urged marketers to look for ways to optimize their budget and maximize the benefits of influencer campaigns. With that in mind, placing great emphasis on the conversion rate seems to be an ideal influencer campaign strategy.

Recently, Ai Home, the first Malaysian smart home and full-range lifestyle gadget retailer has partnered with many influencers to spread the word for their promotion using promo codes with influencers’ names such as “Joenne”, “Chailing”. This brand also captured social media’s attention by creating #AiStayHomeChallenge, in which influencers encourage their followers to upload their pictures and tag 3 friends to join the challenge with them. By integrating different types of influencer campaigns (affiliate marketing and creator contests), Ai Home successfully built up brand awareness and was able to kept track of their sales conversion through influencer marketing. 

 

While there are lots of predictions about influencer marketing landscape after Covid-19 ends, one thing we all agree is that influencer marketing will continue thriving! With people increasingly using social media, brands that have not yet caught up on using influencer marketing now realized the benefit of being able to connect and engage with their consumers via social media influencers.

As social media influence is turning into a billion-dollar industry, Affable is one of the best influencer campaign platforms that help you choose the right influencers and measure the effectiveness of your influencer marketing campaigns. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or experience your free trial at https://www.affable.ai! 

 

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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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influencer marketing content has been impacted by covid 19

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.

All examples and pictures mentioned in this blog are obtained by Affable’s Content Discovery tool.

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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.

Are you planning an influencer marketing campaign? Affable can help you choose the right influencers and give you a custom report of how well your influencer campaign performed. Check out affable.ai for a free trial!

 

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