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Top Trending Fitness Microinfluencers in Southeast Asia (SEA)

July 10, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Top Trending Fitness Microinfluencers in Southeast Asia (SEA)”

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused the fitness industry to go digital. While gyms near you might be closed, home fitness has seen a huge uptake as a promising alternative which is nearly as intense as a gym workout.

Looking to engage stay-home consumers? The spotlight is now on fitness influencers who are leading the trend with their home fitness workouts. As more people shift towards home workouts, fitness influencers have seen a spike in engagement and in direct-to-consumer sales. Motivating and fun influencers inspire consumers to keep in shape, aside from all the quarantine snacking. After all, who doesn’t want to get fitter and kill some time during self-isolation?   

In particular, we are zooming into microinfluencers in the fitness industry. Despite having a smaller audience, fitness microinfluencers are more niche-based and have higher observable engagement which is meaningful for brands to tap on. Overall, the benefits of working with microinfluencers are plenty, as mentioned in our previous blog post. 

Influencers with Viral Home Fitness Workouts

One of the viral trends you might have heard of is Chloe Ting’s workout videos. With more around 10.2M subscribers on YouTube, Chloe’s workouts are beginner-friendly and need little to no equipment. Her most-viewed video, “Get Abs in 2 Weeks”, has since earned 150M views. She also has other free home workout programs which fit perfectly with stay-home consumers who are looking to kill time and achieve their fitness goals.

And if you’re not a part of the trending #ChloeTingChallenge, we have another rising fitness influencer closer to home – Jordan Yeoh. The Malaysian ‘durian seller’ turned fitness instructor saw a rapid subscriber growth, attracting audiences with his unique live home workout videos. Besides surprising his followers with home gym workouts using household objects, he also showcases fun workouts with his daughter in his videos. 

 

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Biceps + Legs + Shoulder + Chest + Daddy’s little girl’s core workout

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Fitness Microinfluencers On TV

Chai tow kway (fried carrot cake) chef, Walter Tay, is one of the rising fitness microinfluencers, who has the attention of Singapore’s fitness community. Known as the Hawker Hunk, Walter extends his influence to sharing home workouts on television programme, Home Together, by @mediacorpch5

Another fitness microinfluencer to note is Kirstie Gannaway who is known for her appearance on Channel NewsAsia’s adventure and lifestyle guide, This Weekend. As a female boxer, her posts combine both beauty and strength and she also motivates her followers with inspirational captions.

 

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In the darkness we get the chance to see what we couldn’t when we were blinded by bright lights 💡 📸Photography by @bangbing_b8

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As traditional media warms up to social media influencers, brands can target microinfluencers to reach audiences across a variety of channels.  

Fitness Mums

Next on our radar are the fitness mums of Instagram! These super mums are true #fitspo, as we all know how busy mums can be. Working out, however, seems effortless for @thatmomoffour who has 4 children. On top of that, she is also co-founder of @triumfitness, playfully engaging her daughter and dog to teach virtual classes with her from home.   

@kellylatimer, or “Sienna’s Mummy” as she calls herself, also showcases the precious mother and daughter bond she has with her daughter. Including fitness activities into their daily life, Kelly features this active lifestyle with her family in her posts and collaborations with @samsung_sg.  

 

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✖ letting off some steam ✖ We run. We sweat. We play. We sweat so much. She is always running. We are always working out. We are rolling on the floor. We are enjoying this time together, because these moments are precious. I am an essential service, so I am working outside right now. And that is a little scary. We meet people. So, whilst Sienna is getting sweaty at home, and I am potentially germy whilst out, I am ever thankful for the little things like @samsung_sg’s Hygiene Steam Cycle. The steam rises up from the bottom of the drum and removes up to 99.9% of bacteria from the laundry. So, go be a child, sweetheart. Cuz the great outdoors, is truly very great. And mama knows you’re safe. #sgunited #stayhomesavelives #stayhomestayhealthy #samsunghomeappliances #siennajamieloi #letthemplay #quickdrive #1000hoursoutdoors #childhood #withGalaxy #GalaxyNote10plus #ad

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And if you are looking for some beautiful and elegant yoga poses to go with your brand, fitness microinfluencer @hanadoesyoga recently had a successful Mother’s Day collaboration with @sudio by integrating wireless earphones into her workout.

 

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how are you mamas treating yourself on Mother’s Day this year? previously, i’d have told the fam to not bother me and let me have a day all to myself – there was a time when the kids were small, when i had to lock myself in the toilet for some alone time while they bang down the door to let them in. #truestory #ihavephotoevidence 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 but now, as they’re older and doing their own things and finding their own space without me, i find that i *do* want them to bother me a teensy bit more. also, now, i‘m the one having to bang down their doors… 😂 anyway, happy Mother’s Day to mamas new and old out there! ps: you can treat yourself to these sweet @sudio wireless earphones. use the code ‘hanadoesyoga’ for 15% off! #sudio

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Student-Athletes Microinfluencers

Within the fitness microinfluencer community, student influencers provide a valuable connection to the youth. Young teens now have a big following on social media which can help brands achieve a takeoff with their Gen Z marketing strategy

Full-time student-athlete, @kerstinong, has 11.3k followers and engages her followers with creative content using @underarmoursg shoeboxes for her single leg hops.

On the other hand, SMU Business student, @janaechua, has an aesthetic feed filled with fitness content and shared about the trampoline fun she experienced @BounceSingapore. As millennials are constantly looking for new activities to do with friends, recommending fun and entertaining activities only shows that she knows her audience too well. 

 

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Recently, I was given the opportunity to embark on a fun entertainment trail and I had so much fun! I went to @BounceSingapore with my gal pals where we tried to shoot hoops, do flips (in which we failed but we tried) and also trailed along the climb wall! If you’re looking for a new activity to do with your friends, you should definitely check out Bounce at Cineleisure 😊🥰 Here’s a promotion not to miss: a special Double Deal available from now till 17 April (weekdays only)! At just $52, 2 jumpers can enjoy 2 hours of jump, slushies and grip socks! Bask in some youthful energy, as Cineleisure is a great place to hangout with its diverse yet affordable range of entertainment options! @CathayLifestyle #CathayEntertainmentTrail #CathayLifestyle @TheGoodFolks #bouncesingapore

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Leveraging on student microinfluencers in the fitness community not only helps brands to reach out to campuses, but also sends a powerful and relevant message to the younger audience.

Ready to start your own influencer marketing campaign and discover other fitness microinfluencers? Find out how to find the right influencers

 

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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 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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How travel influencers have been impacted by Covid-19

How travel influencers have been impacted by Covid-19

April 9, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “How travel influencers have been impacted by Covid-19”

Travelling in the midst of Covid-19 is certainly not a good idea, right?

However, when your income depends much on travelling, staying at home has a cost. As the travel and tourism industry have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, travel influencers are definitely facing a hard time in their career. But to what extent travel influencers have been impacted by the pandemic, and how they are adjusting their strategy to cope with difficults situations, let’s find out now!

How travel influencers have been impacted by Covid-19 

First, let’s take a quick look into the current context. As a global attempt to prevent the Covid-19 from spreading, countries around the world have closed their borders and imposed travel restrictions for foreign tourists. Such action resulted in a record low demand for flying, leading to the temporary suspension and reduction in flights of the global airlines. As travel is now nearly impossible, influencers are struggling to cope with how to move forward in the unprecedented  time

In order to better understand how Covid-19 has impacted travel influencer’s activities on social media, we used our Brands Comparison tool to select the 5 most active Asian airline brands on social media and see how many influencers mentioned these airline brands in their posts amidst the pandemic. Overall, it can be seen that there is a rapid decline in the number of influencers (down 54%) from the week of March 9th, 2020 till the end of March 2020. This decline is predictable as Covid-19 has not started escalating in this region until early March 2020, followed by national lockdown and travel restrictions in many countries. While the general downward trend indicates the negative impact of Covid-19 on travel influencers, the slight upward trend in the week of March 23th may represent influencer’s efforts in adapting their strategy amidst the pandemic.

The number of influencers mentioning airline brands in their posts from December 30th, 2019 to march 30th, 2020

The number of influencers mentioning airline brands in their posts from December 30th, 2019 to march 30th, 2020

 

How travel influencers are adapting their strategy amid Covid-19 crisis

1. Staycation is an ideal alternative

Travel-related content is considered a sensitive topic given the current situation. Recently, local celebrities and influencers are facing backlash over their travel photos amid the Covid-19 as they are criticized for being ‘stubborn’ and irresponsible for their content. While travelling to different countries is not encouraged at the moment, spending the vacation at home could be an alternative.  

“Staycation” refers to a vacation that people spend at their own country (or stay at home) rather than going abroad. While #staycation is not a new term among travellers, it has not gained its popularity until Covid-19 started taking off in March. By shifting the focus from traveling abroad to domestic travel, influencers can now share their travel stories without facing criticism, at the same time, take this chance to promote the local travel industry in their countries. 

 

 

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let’s not forget that rapunzel was quarantined and met her future husband so let’s think positively here 😝🤪 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ in all seriousness, having to ‘social distance’ took a while to get used to but honestly? i think i’m actually starting to enjoy it! our days have been bleeding into nights together and we’ve been figuring out how to make home life fun. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ of course, having this amazing view to wake up to and this iconic hotel to call our home this weekend has helped, so thank you @marinabaysands. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ i could live in this room with high ceilings forever x ps: i put a swipe up link in my stories for you guys, check for the best staycation deals now! ⁣ ⁣ #thatMBSmoment⁣ #theasiacollective @theasia.collective

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2. Making the best of their old photos

Since late March 2020, many countries have imposed national shutdown and encouraged their citizens to self-quarantine at home. This means that everyone has to stay indoors, and travel influencers can no longer enjoy their staycation, so what’s next?

Numerous travel influencers, including Lingweiix, Xinlinnn and Yuni, decided to have throwbacks of their old travel photos to keep their Instagram feed active during the period of self-quarantine. Singaporean instagram influencer Yuni also started producing high-quality content that provides travel guidelines and detailed feedback of destinations where she went to. This change in the content strategy has gained her a lot of traffic and compliment from her followers.

 

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While in Singapore now, we all advised to #StayHome most of the time but we all still can go out for essential errands and outdoor exercise with safe distancing measures.. But today they started to close some parks and the beaches 😔 for tighter circuit breaker measures..⁣ What are the rules happening now in your country? Are you still able to go out of home?⁣ •⁣ •⁣ Throwback to the happy time where we still have freedom to travel, it was just 4 months ago.. ⁣ 📍White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)⁣ ⁣ While we all not sure when we can have our freedom to travel again, but let’s keep our spirit up, make use of stay home as bonding time with your loved ones and cherish this moment.. 🥰 ⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ #Thailandinsider #ExploreThailand #VisitThailand #Thailandvacation #thailandtravels #amazingthailand #discoveringThailand #WatRongKhun #WhiteTemple #ChiangRai #Thailand #LostInThailand

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Another strategy to help influencers make the best of their old photos is to mention the brands that were featured in their images. Todayweexplore, a profile used by 2 famous travel & lifestyle Instagram influencers, made a smart move by having a throwback of their Bali trip while promoting the airline brand AirAsia amidst Covid-19 without facing criticism. 


Other travel influencers such as Chloetwl and Alexis also adapt their travel-related content by having a throwback of their previous travel and tagging the cruise and hotel they were staying during that time.

3. Don’t Put All Your Eggs in 1 Basket!

Don’t put all your money and effort into one investment, because you will place yourself at higher risk of losing everything when it fails. 

Influencers may not be investors, but they’re definitely taking it seriously. Recently, we have seen a gradual shift in the content of travel influencers as they started partnering with more brands outside the travel industry. zippyzipeng , one of the popular travel and lifestyle instagram influencers, has recently wowed her followers by posting a glamorous picture of her featuring Huawei Mobile Singapore. Other influencers including Lingweiix and thewinterchee are also widening their product category (cosmetic, fashion brands), and they still received great engagement from their fans.

 

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Just got my hands on the latest @huaweimobilesg P40 Pro and i can’t wait to shoot more photos with it! The camera system on the P40 Pro is co-engineered with @leica with four lenses which includes a 50MP ultra vision wide angle built with f/1.9 and optical image stabilization, allowing me to capture my shot effortlessly 😄 Pre-order for the Huawei P40 Series is now available with all 3 major telcos, consumer electronic stores and online official stores with Lazada and Shopee. Go check it out now! (Slide right to see my unboxing gif and also some visuals from the phone) How I actually took this photo is basically I sit down on the floor or rather I lie down 😂 and got scolded for being so unglam and then take a photo of her there with the marble floor reflection! You just flip your phone opposite down sticking on the floor & you will get the visual done! #visionaryphotography #huaweip40pro #capturedonhuawei #huaweisg #visitsingapore #visitsingapore #beautifulmatters #voyaged #9gag #singapore #beautifulmatters #whatissingapore #beautifulhotel #jewelsingapore #新加坡 🇸🇬 #femaletravelbloggers #beautifuldestinations #wonderfulplaces #girlswhotravel #shetravels #globetrotter #convid19 #phonephotography.

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Producing the right content is always the key to social media engagement. While the Covid-19 pandemic has been creating a negative impact on the travel industry in general, travel influencers could consider this challenge as an opportunity to be flexible with their content strategy or capture social media’s attention by being creative with their posts.

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