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Why Every Brand Needs a Social Commerce Strategy

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

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

What is Social Commerce? 

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

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

The Power of Social Commerce

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

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

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

Creating A Successful Social Commerce Strategy 

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

1. Get familiar with the tools.

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

2. Create a direct call-to-action.

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

3. Influencer Marketing is Now More Relevant than Ever 

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

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

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

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

Pomelo Fashion

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

Love Bonito

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

Image from TechCrunch

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

 

BONUS: Influencer Commerce 

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

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

 

What does this mean for brands? 

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

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

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

 

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Choosing The Best Social Media Channels For Your Campaigns (P2)

November 4, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Choosing The Best Social Media Channels For Your Campaigns (P2)”

In the previous article, we walked through 3 social media channels including LinkedIn, Youtube, Twitter and found out how to leverage these channels to benefit your influencer marketing campaigns. This time, let’s continue our journey to analyze some of the biggest social networking sites and discover the recipe for success!

INSTAGRAM

According to a 2019 survey by Mediakix, 89% of marketers found Instagram to be the most strategically important social channel for influencer marketing. With more than two-third of Instagram users aged younger than 34 years old, Instagram positions itself to be a valuable marketing platform for brands looking to reach young audiences on social media!  

When hearing about influencer marketing on Instagram, most people will immediately think about young, beautiful influencers uploading visually-stunning pictures featuring the endorsed products, and that’s all! However, Instagram influencer marketing is much more than that. If not done right, influencer campaigns can create a lot of controversies, sometimes causing more damage than good. In general, there are 6 types of influencer campaigns for brands to consider, with different approaches and outcomes. Depending on the campaign’s objectives, brands can choose one that is most likely to bring the best result for them. These campaigns include:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Giveaway
  • Sponsored post
  • Long-term influencer campaigns
  • Instagram takeover
  • Event activation

In terms of sectors, Beauty, Fashion, Travel, Fitness are top industries that partner with Instagram influencers, yet almost any industry can leverage Instagram influencer marketing, including tech brands. However, If you are a B2B company, LinkedIn would be a more suitable platform to enhance brand awareness and build trust among industry experts and professionals. 

Over the last few years, Instagram has made frequent updates and added more features to strengthen its leading position. The introduction of its latest feature, Instagram Reels, has provided an alternative content type for brands to engage with audiences in a more relatable and genuine way. Some brands which have jumped onto the bandwagon include @louisvuitton, @balmain, together with influencers @junesixtyfive and @wonguy974. The launch of Instagram Reels amidst an impending TikTok ban pushed thousands of creators to jump ship. If you’re still cautious to test the waters, read our blog to find out more about how to run successful campaigns with IG Reels.

PINTEREST

Pinterest, perhaps even more than Instagram, is home to some of the most beautiful imagery on the internet. Including Pinterest in your overall marketing strategy can help brands utilize the beautiful content they have already invested in and extend their reach to audiences on other social media channels.  

An important factor to consider before capitalizing on Pinterest is of course the user demographic. 76% of global Pinterest users are female, and most of them use the platform to search for foods and drinks, style and beauty. If your brand is outside these categories, you might want to consider carefully before joining the game. In terms of geographic reach, the U.S. is the largest market for Pinterest with more than 90 million users, with most users aged between 21 to 39 years old. Promoting on Pinterest allows brands to tap into a valuable market as they make the majority of buying decisions in the US household and control more than 50% of the wealth in the US!

However, there are not many brands running influencer marketing campaigns on Pinterest as most people believe that Pinterest is just a platform to reward nice photos. Yet, the reality is: Most people use Pinterest to look for ideas and inspiration and to help guide them to make their decisions. According to Pinterest statistics, 77% of weekly Pinners have discovered a new brand or product on Pinterest, and 83% of weekly pinners buy something based on Pins they see from brands, making Pinterest an ideal platform to build brand awareness and drive great conversions.

To stand out in a virtual realm where anyone is showing their best pictures, leveraging video content is the best way to grab the audience’s attention. With the recent rise of TikTok, there is an increase in the number of video content on Pinterest as well as TikTok influencers. Hence, we recommend brands to partner with TikTok influencers who have huge followers on Pinterest (or vice versa) and maximize your video content by promoting it on both platforms.  

One of the smartest and most successful influencer campaigns on Pinterest is the Halloween campaign by Sephora. Leveraging the power of user-generated content on Pinterest, Sephora created Sephora’s Beauty Board in which followers could pin their best Halloween makeup look. All users need to do is to upload their Halloween image using hashtag #Halloween and #SephoraSelfie to stand a chance to be featured by this global beauty brand. The campaign generated a buzz in the fashion community, with Pinterest influencers and normal users pinning thousands of images on the board. After the campaign, the board instantly got close to 430,000 followers! 

 

With the increasing users and impressive engagement rate, Pinterest is a promising marketing channel for brands. To better help brands make the most out of the platform, check out Pinterest’s 2020 advertising guide explaining all the features to help brands run effective marketing campaigns. 

FACEBOOK

With over 2.7 billion monthly users worldwide, Facebook is currently the biggest social network worldwide. According to Statista, India is the largest Facebook’s marketplace with 290 million audiences, followed by 190 million from the US. In the Southeast Asia region, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are the countries having the highest number of Facebook users. 

In general, Facebook is a popular platform across different age groups. As of July 2020, most Facebook users were between the ages of 25 and 34 years. Although young adults were the most popular users on Facebook, the use of Facebook among older generations is seeing an increase. In 2019, users born in 1945 or earlier (the Silent generation) grew from 21% in 2012 to nearly 40% in 2019. While there is just a slight increase in the number of millennials and boomers, the use of Facebook among Gen X saw a decline. This shows the adoption of Facebook use in older adults and the early signs that young users are being shifted to other social media channels.

We do not talk much about influencer marketing on Facebook as much as we talk about Instagram, but there are a lot of ways for brands to launch influencer marketing campaigns on Facebook. Check out some of the ideas for your next Facebook influencer campaign:

Cross-Promotions

Most influencers are active on more than one platform, so it is common to have the influencers feature your product on Facebook and other social media channels such as Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest. This helps you increase your reach and enhance your online presence at many touchpoints as possible. 

As  45% of internet users spend more than an hour watching Facebook or YouTube videos per week, it makes sense to partner with TikTok influencers and promotes your videos on both Facebook and TikTok. 

Giveaway/Contest

Having a giveaway or contest is the best way to build conversations around your brand, engage with the audience and drive Facebook users to your site. With this type of campaign, just ensure that you provide an appealing prize in your campaign, otherwise, people will not be interested in joining your contest.

Facebook Stories

Like their Instagram counterpart, Facebook Story is an engaging way for influencers to give your product a shoutout. Besides various filters and effects to delight your customers with good visual content, brands can also add custom links or CTA buttons to optimize the usage of Facebook Stories by driving traffic to their page. 

Facebook Live

In April 2016, Facebook launched its Live feature allowing brands to engage directly with online customers via live-stream videos. Its aim is to stay competitive with Youtube and catch up with the user’s demand for interactive content. Facebook Live is an effective tool for brands to grow their audience and connect with their followers in the most genuine way possible.

One of the most effective contents for Facebook Live is Ask Me Anything (aka AMA), in which brands invite special guests or industry experts to interact and offer live support to customers. Last May, Benefit Cosmetics invited its Chief Beauty Ambassador Annie Ford-Danielson for a 20-minute live Q&As talking about makeup tips, trends and beauty products. This is a part of their Facebook Live Series aimed to build trust, share useful content and build more leads on this platform.

 

As the biggest social media channel, Facebook is a great platform for brands to reach diverse audiences on social media. To give brands greater accessibility to run effective influencer campaigns, our latest feature Facebook campaigns allow you to shortlist influencers, contact, track multiple campaigns and export campaign content for further reports. Contact us or Request a demo to find out more about this feature. 

TIKTOK

There’s no denying that TikTok is a powerful platform to drive awareness and conversions for your business. While YouTube positions itself as the leading platform for long-form video content, TikTok conquered the short-form video market by allowing users to create engaging, addictive content. With 41 percent of TikTok users between 16 and 24 years old, TikTok provides a lot of opportunities for brands looking to expand their reach and drive viral engagement with the young generation.

As the average TikTok engagement rate surpassing Instagram, brands are finding success collaborating with TikTok influencers to create viral content. Branded hashtag challenges are one of the biggest content trends on TikTok that help brands create videos that resonate with the audience. The TikTok challenges can take almost any form, from as simple as the #DJAtHome challenge to a difficult one like #LevelUp or a challenge with a bit nostalgia like #ImJustAKid. However, creating a viral challenge on TikTok is not as easy as it looks – you can’t just come up with any idea and expect a lot of users to follow. 

Let’s take Zalora’s campaign as an example. To drive awareness and new shoppers to their fashion festival in 2019, this brand come up with a 6-day hashtag challenge #Zstylenow. The challenge was spread widely in the TikTok community as it was easy to follow, and participants had a chance to show off their fashion styles. Besides the creative idea and catchy music, ZALORA also used a financial incentive to trigger engagement with a giveaway of up to $200 in ZALORA products per winner!

@zaloraHow many outfit changes can you do for ##Zstylenow challenge? Can you top Jaylyn? ##sponsored♬ Getaway – CHUNNYT

@steffiloves86##zstylenow // with ##style comes confidence & with ##confidence comes style 😘 @alyssaxkht ##tiktok♬ Getaway – CHUNNYT

Just because the hashtag challenges are everywhere doesn’t mean you cannot bring it to the next level. Last year, Nike launched an impactful TikTok influencer campaign Nulla Puo Fermarci (Stop at nothing) which aimed to inspire Italian women to get into sport and tackle gender disparity in the long term. 4 Milanese influencers were chosen and trained by Nike athletes to create dance challenges made from sport moves. These videos went viral as they received more than 100M views, 540k likes, and more than 46k challenges completed in response. By spreading meaningful, inspiring messages that have real-life values, brands are more likely to get the audience on their feet and earn customer loyalty.

Just like other influencer marketing campaigns, the key step to creating successful campaigns on TikTok is to partner with the right influencers to boost your brand awareness and reach out to the right target audience. Check out how Affable can help you find the right TikTok influencers for your next influencer marketing campaign.

CONCLUSION

Each social media channel has its own unique features and user demographics. Depending on your campaign’s objectives, brands can decide to work on one best platform or multiple platforms to create high-impact influencer campaigns. If you need more help launching your influencer campaign or discover talented content creators across social media channels, go ahead and check us out at affable.ai

 

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Choosing The Best Social Media Channels For Your Campaigns (P1)

October 20, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Choosing The Best Social Media Channels For Your Campaigns (P1)”

Choosing the best social media channels for your marketing campaign can be challenging. Each channel has its unique features and there is no one-size-fits-all social media platform for your influencer campaigns. With the vast number of social networking sites out there, it is important for brands to understand the nature of each platform and work with those which can bring the best results for their campaigns. 

While Instagram appears to be the most referred influencer marketing channel, other apps such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest can provide a new, unique approach to your campaign. In this series of articles, we’ll be guiding you through the 7 most popular social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, TikTok, Twitter, Pinterest. Let’s find out how to optimize your usage of these channels for your next influencer marketing campaign!  

LINKEDIN

With over 600 million members and 300 million active users, LinkedIn is among the largest social media channels for professionals. Unlike Instagram where influencers are measured based on follower count,  LinkedIn influencers are industry experts who have in-depth knowledge and real influence in their area of expertise. For that reason, LinkedIn is a suitable platform for B2B firms looking for a formal approach to enhance brand awareness and build trust with their customers online.

Marketing professor and brand strategist David Aaker is a perfect example of a LinkedIn expert-influencer. As a Former Marketing Professor and current Vice Chairman at Prophet consultancy, he has over 268k followers due to his regular sharings of insightful knowledge and perspectives on the marketing industry. 


LinkedIn influencers can be found by searching for keywords or joining relevant industry groups to search for active members. Once a suitable influencer is found, it is advisable for marketers to personalize their outreach. You can start by complimenting their recent work or posts and build a genuine conversation before bringing up a business offer. As most LinkedIn influencers are professionals and can be busy with work, it is important to show your respect and avoid being pushy. 

Common ways LinkedIn professionals can endorse your brand include writing articles, sharing your content or giving a product review. Here’s an example:  

According to LinkedIn statistics, LinkedIn is generating 80% of B2B leads and conversions, reinforcing its position as an important social platform for B2B marketing. Although influencer marketing campaigns on LinkedIn are few and far between at the moment, this platform is still expected to be a game-changing strategy for B2B marketing. 

TWITTER

According to Statista, America is the largest Twitter market with American users making up more than 60 million users as of July 2020. Within Southeast Asia, popular markets include Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, making Twitter an ideal platform for brands to tap into these countries. Brands can also use Twitter to reach out to younger audiences as 44% of Twitter users are aged from 18–24.  

More importantly, Twitter is an extremely powerful platform for influencer marketing. According to Twitter Blog, nearly 40% of Twitter users claimed to make a purchase after seeing a tweet from an influencer. Users exposed to a campaign that featured both brand and influencer Tweets also had a 5.2x lift in purchase intent.

Statistic: Leading countries based on number of Twitter users as of July 2020 (in millions) | Statista

So, how can brands build a powerful influencer marketing strategy on Twitter? While hashtags are commonly used on social media channels, Twitter was actually the first to have hashtags back in 2009. Hence, hashtags are an integral part of Twitter conversations and most influencer campaigns go viral by creating trending hashtags. 

Besides creating your own, brands can also tap onto current trending hashtags to ride on new trends and take part in the conversation. Launching campaigns on specific occasions (eg. Halloween, Christmas) is one way you can get your campaign noticed. 

Additionally, influencers can encourage their followers to join a hashtag challenge/ content and share their experience using the product under a particular hashtag. To spread the message and resonate with the audience, brands can also consider combining hashtags with user-generated content. Let’s take a look at 2 campaigns below:

LG USA: In early 2017, in order to boost its sales in the US market, LG USA Mobile ran a singing contest on Twitter with superstar Nick Jonas. Users were encouraged to download the ‘Sing! Karaoke’ app and post their performances on Smule or Youtube. Winners stand to receive up to $5,000 in LG Products and the chance to sing a duet with Nick Jonas! Unsurprisingly, the #SingwithLG contest received huge attention on social media. All good performances were then compiled into 1 video and uploaded on Twitter, receiving over 3.2k likes and more than 700 retweets from the audience. 

Pepsico: In summer 2016, Pepsi came up with a creative campaign on Twitter with their hashtag #SayItWithPepsi. The brand created interesting designs for their products with 200 funny emojis and partnered with influencers to generate online conversations. Featuring unique emojis on their cans, Pepsi encouraged millennials to share their purchase on social media. The campaign went viral quickly and flooded Twitter and Instagram with plenty of user-generated content!

From the example above, it is evident that Twitter is a powerful channel for brands to implement their influencer campaigns. While Twitter’s character limit (less than 280 characters) has its disadvantages, its ability to drive immediate conversations is a powerful advantage brand can leverage on. 

YOUTUBE

Millions of users watch videos on Youtube every day, making it the second-largest social media platform behind Facebook. With 5 millions videos watched per day, YouTube has proved itself to be a powerful platform that can give brands a huge customer reach. Although brands can post videos on other social media channels as well, YouTube is the ideal place for long-form video content which can provide in-depth information about your product or service. The question worth pondering is: How can you make your videos stand out given that there are 500 hours of videos uploaded per minute

1. Impress your Audience with Good Openings

According to Adage, 20 percent of viewers drop off within the first 10 seconds of your video. This emphasizes the importance of creating a wonderful impression in the first 10 seconds. 

2. Create Tutorial Videos

Tutorial or how-to videos is a good way to educate your audience about your products. Beauty brands were one of the first to team up with beauty influencers and Youtubers to create tutorial videos to promote their products. However, this type of video content can be used by any brand. Ensure that you collaborate with those who have the real influence in your niche to add more credibility to your video. 

3. Leverage on Unboxing Videos

Unboxing videos are engaging to watch and easy to make. These videos offer a personal and interesting look at products of all kinds, from foods to cosmetics to high-tech products. You can partner with influencers in your niche or collaborate with popular unboxing Youtube channels to feature your product. 

4. Tap into the Gaming Community

Youtube is one of the platforms that own a big share of the gaming market. That’s why video game companies need to put their money and resources to create impactful Youtube influencer campaigns. In 2017, Next Games created a buzz on social media by their partnership with famous Youtuber Lele Pons in the campaign for their new game “The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land”. The 4-minute video successfully engaged the audience thanks to its creative concept and a great sense of humor!

Do gaming influencers only promote games? Definitely not. Marketers can collaborate with gaming influencers to promote your product in a new and innovative way. Brands can also throw in mentions during live streams and host giveaways with gaming influencers on YouTube. With so many ways for brands outside and inside the gaming industry to partner with gaming influencers, it’s time to consider tapping into this potential customer segment. 

5. Move beyond Traditional Product Endorsements

In our latest blog on influencer marketing strategy for eCommerce, we mentioned the campaign Tiki with Vietnamese artists”, in which Tiki, a popular Vietnamese eCommerce platform, banked heavily on sponsoring more than 50 music videos produced by popular Vietnamese singers. Within a year, Tiki’s blue gift boxes and its brand name appeared more than 2 billion times, reaching 300-400 million users. According to Tiki’s representative, this campaign is 20 times more effective compared to other regular forms of advertising on this platform.

This creative and unique campaign helped Tiki stand out in a highly competitive market, claiming its position as a Vietnamese platform that is willing to take action to support its local culture and values.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our blog as we continue looking into top social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Pinterest! 

 

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Influencer Marketing Trends in India, Q3 2020

October 10, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Influencer Marketing Trends in India, Q3 2020”

The most engaging influencers

 

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Next stop: India! Beauty and fashion influencer @thepunjabichick was the most engaging influencer on social media in India in the last 3 months. The secret for such a high engagement rate lies in her beautiful, aesthetics pictures featuring lifestyle, beauty and fashion content. She has a considerable engagement rate (7%) with her audience mainly based in India. If your brand is seeking to partner with engaging beauty and fashion influencers in India, this girl should definitely be on your list! <3 @Bikewithgirl is another Indian influencer who attained a high engagement rate on social media. While @thepunjabichick wins over her audience with her charming beauty, @bikewithgirl impresses Instagrammers with a bold look when riding motorcycles. As a macro-influencer with more than 260k followers, she has an impressive engagement rate of 7.17% and a long record of partnering with big-name brands such as Triumph Motorcycle India, Oppo India, Olay India. -> For the full report of influencer marketing trends in India, click the LINK IN BIO . . . #affable #influencers #kol #marketingtrend #marketingplatform #influencermarketingplatform #trendanalytics #influencermarketing #socialmediainfluencer #instagraminfluencer #microinfluencers #lifestyle #instagramanalytics

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Beauty and fashion influencer @thepunjabichick was the most engaging influencer on social media in the last 3 months. The secret for such a high engagement rate lies in her beautiful, aesthetics pictures featuring lifestyle, beauty and fashion content. According to our Affable.ai’s Instagram influencer analytics, @thepunjabichick has a considerable engagement rate (7%) with her audience mainly based in India. If your brand is seeking to partner with engaging beauty and fashion influencers in India, this girl should definitely be on your list.  

@bikewithgirl is another female influencer who attained a high engagement rate on social media last September. While @thepunjabichick wins over her audience with her charming beauty, @bikewithgirl impresses Instagrammers with a bold look when riding motorcycles. As a macro-influencer with more than 260k followers, she has an impressive engagement rate of 7.17% and a long record of partnering with big-name brands such as Triumph Motorcycle India, Oppo India, BMW India, Olay India, and Dove.

 

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The most active brand on social media

With more than 140 sponsored influencers posts, Loreal Paris was the most active brand on social media in Q3 2020 in India. The beauty giant partnered with a huge number of Indian influencers to spread the word for a wide range of products such as Infallible Foundation, EX Oil Serum and Crystal Microessence. In their #DontStopMeNow campaign, Loreal Paris leveraged a classic yet effective strategy to demonstrate the effectiveness of their products. The photos use a “Before-After” comparison, showcasing a big difference before and after using Loreal Paris’ foundation. 

Hop over to our previous blog find out 6 ways your brand can collaborate with beauty and fashion influencers! 

Samsung India was also among the most active brands on social media with more than 120 sponsored posts. Last July, Samsung India released Samsung Galaxy M31s – a new add on to the Galaxy M31 series. The highlight of this all-new model is the Single Take feature which allows users to get up to 10 photos and videos with just 1 take! To make a shoutout for this feature, the brand partnered with influencers in different tiers to create the #MonsterShot campaign, sharing their favorite “monster” output!

The most trending hashtags

In terms of hashtags, #Vocalforlocal and #Vocalforlocalindia were the 2 most trending hashtags in India in Q3 2020. So what do these hashtags stand for? 

In his delivery of the seventh consecutive Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the need to use and promote local products. “The mindset of free India should be ‘vocal for local’. We should appreciate our local products, if we don’t do this then our products will not get the opportunity to do better and will not get encouraged”, he stated. Hence, in support, Indian influencers have started adopting the hashtag #Vocalforlocal and #Vocalforlocalindia to show their appreciation for local brands.

 

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Influencer Marketing Trends in the Philippines, Sep 2020

October 6, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Influencer Marketing Trends in the Philippines, Sep 2020”

The Most Engaging Influencers 

 

 

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Last September, @joshuapatagnan was the influencer that received the highest engagement on social media. As a travel influencer, Joshua’s Instagram feed is mainly filled with gorgeous photos about his #travel journey and stunning landscape. Despite having lesser travel photos due to Covid-19, Joshua’s post promoting @shopee_ph 9.9 Super Sale helped him earn the highest engagement rate on social media in the Philippines last month! 👏👏 Beauty and #fashion influencer @babygirl.ziee was another well-performing influencer in the Philippines. Her youth and elegance make her a suitable partner for many #beauty brands including @pondsph. She is an engaging influencer with a diverse follower-base from the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. -> For the full report on influencer marketing trends in the Philippines, click the LINK IN BIO. . . . #affable #influencers #kol #marketingtrend #marketingplatform #influencermarketingplatform #trendanalytics #influencermarketing #socialmediainfluencer #instagraminfluencer #microinfluencers #lifestyle #instagramanalytics

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Last September, @joshuapatagnan was the influencer that received the highest engagement on social media. As a travel influencer, Joshua’s Instagram feed is mainly filled with gorgeous photos about his travel journey and stunning landscape, giving good vibes of an adventure-filled life. 

Despite having lesser travel photos due to Covid-19, Joshua’s post promoting @shopee_ph 9.9 Super Sale helped him earn the highest engagement rate on social media in the Philippines last month. According to our Instagram influencer analytics, Joshua has a considerable engagement rate of up to 3.94% with a follower-based mainly concentrated in the Philippines.

 

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Havaianas GIVEAWAY TIME! Watch my Shopee Livestream mamayang 6pm and win the following giveaways: 1. 5 Winners of Havaianas Kits – 1 Havaianas Shirt, 1 Bladeless Fan 2. 20% Off Vouchers, 50pcs 3. 6 Winners of P500 Vouchers Don’t miss out on exciting deals and discounts. Shop ’til you drop on @shopee_ph 9.9 Super Sale❗️What are you waiting for? Grab yours and check them out! @havaianasphilippines —————————————————— For my Monthly end Giveaways: I’m giving away One Pair of Havaianas Flip-flops on September 29, 2020. Simply follow the mechanics below: 1. Follow me & @havaianasphilippines on IG and Shopee 2. Like this main post and tag one friend. 3. Multiple entries are allowed by tagging one friend per comment. 4. Entries end on September 26, 2020. The lucky WINNER will be announce on September 29, 2020 via Shopee Livestream, 6PM. @joshuapatagnan

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Beauty and fashion influencer @babygirl.ziee was another well-performing influencer in the Philippines. @babygirl.ziee usually features beauty and fashion brands in her posts, and her youth and elegance makes her a suitable choice for many beauty brands such as Pond’s Philippines, TheFaceShop Philippines, Colourette Cosmetics. She has a pretty good engagement rate of 3.4% and a diverse follower-base from the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and South Korea.  

The Most Active Brands on Social Media

Last month in the Philippines, @VitaKeratin climbed to the top of the chart as the most active brand on social media. The brand partnered with a huge number of Filippino influencers to create campaign #UnlockYourAwra which aims to promote its hair salon treatment. In particular, beauty and fashion influencers @cheskaafausto and @aguilartin are among the micro-influencers who had the most engaging posts featuring VitaKeratin. 

Following VitaKeratin is @photobookph, a brand that offers stunning photo books & customized gifts. This brand partnered with many micro-influencers to feature their items, sharing the promotion of up to 90% off Photobook. Having influencers create their own photo books and showcasing it on social media is a good strategy to capture the audience’s attention and trigger their purchase decision.

The Most Trending Hashtags

In terms of hashtags, #UnlockYourAwra was the most trending hashtag on social media in September, followed by #pbphnhd2020, a hashtag used in the campaign by Photo Books Philippines.

#shopback99kchallenge and #shopbackph were 3rd and 4th trending hashtags used respectively by ShopBack – a cashback giant in the Philippines. Last month, this brand partnered with a lot of Filippino influencers to spread the word for their ShopBack 99k Challenge along with many giveaways for customers on 9.9 Shopping Day.

 

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Win Php 99,999 this 9.9 with ShopBack in 4 EASY steps 💥 1. Download and sign up on ShopBack (Link in my bio to download the app) 2. Post a screenshot of your ShopBack account and explain what ShopBack is in your own words in the caption OR Make a creative video explaining how to use ShopBack in 60 seconds or Less! (Make sure to feature the ShopBack app in the video) 3. Post it on your IG, FB or TIKTOK with the hashtag #ShopBack99KChallenge 4. Tag 3 of your friends & follow @ShopBackPh on IG The most creative video will be announced on ShopBack’s IG/FB & Twitter pages and will be awarded Php 99,999 this 9.9! 🤑 Along with many more giveaways for you this 9.9 Shopping Day! Pro-tip: Make it funny, show the app & your account and if you have cashback then you are already a rockstar. And yessss you can send in more than 1 entry! 😜 Link: app.shopback.com/99challengeph

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Win Php 99,999 this 9.9 with ShopBack in 4 Easy steps 💥 1. Download and signup on ShopBack (Link in my bio to download the app) 2. Post a picture of your ShopBack account or Make a video explaining how to use ShopBack in 1 MINUTE or Less in your own words! (Make sure to feature the ShopBack app on the video) 3. Post it on your IG, FB or TIKTOK with #ShopBack99KChallenge 4. Tag 3 of your friends & follow @ShopBackPh on IG The most creative video will be announced on ShopBack IG/Twitter & FB pages and will be awarded Php 99,999 this 9.9 🤑Along with many more giveaways for you this 9.9 Shopping Day! Protip : Make it funny, show the app & your account and if you have cashback then you are already a rockstar And yessss you can send in more than 1 entry 😜

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The World of Male Beauty Influencers

August 4, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 3 thoughts on “The World of Male Beauty Influencers”

In the past, the beauty industry used to be dominated by women. However, with men becoming progressively interested in taking care of their appearance, more and more men started putting on makeup, representing a huge market opportunity for beauty brands to invest in. According to Allied Market Research, with a growing demand for men’s personal care products, this industry is predicted to hit up to $166 billion by 2022. 

As male beauty influencers have become a thing on social media, brands are taking this opportunity to scale new markets and bring something different in the crowded beauty space. In this article, let’s take a deeper look into the world of Male Beauty Influencers and how brands are collaborating with them to create influential marketing campaigns!

Beauty brands started removing gender in their marketing

MAC Cosmetics is one of the global beauty brands that promote gender-neutral products. Back in September 2019, this brand partnered with male beauty influencer @bretmanrock to promote their new Love Me Lipstick. The video immediately caught social media’s attention and became one of his most-viewed videos with more than 6M views. Last month, this brand announced its partnership with EXO member @layzhang with the aim of breaking the gender barriers in the beauty industry.

Last month, Kiehl’s partnered with several male beauty influencers in different countries to promote their new Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum. Reaching out to male customers, Kiehl’s picked up on the idea of men looking good and healthy in their campaign. They emphasized the serum can protect skin against skin-aging stressors and helps men maintain stronger and healthier skin.  

 

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Been trying out @kiehlssg NEW Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum for a full 3 weeks now, with visible results with just 1 application, Kiehl’s have officially outdone themselves again! . Fuelled with Adaptogenic Herbal Complex containing the power trio of Red Ginseng Root, Holy Basil and Schisandra Berry, each morning I wake up with brighter skin, even my outbreaks are getting lesser and I feel my skin is getting healthier and stronger. Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum has proven to me that strong skin is key in helping to protect skin against skin-aging stressors! . Get a free sample from any Kiehl’s outlet/counter all over Singapore to try out the magic yourself!! . Comment a “yes” below if you like me to do giveaway on the Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum! . #KiehlsSG #KiehlsSuperSerum #sp

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Boyish Good Looks

South Korean men are leading the world’s male beauty market. Led by K-Pop male celebrities, “boyish good looks” has become a widespread cultural trend. Chanel Beauty Korea introduced a campaign last year, #boydechanel alongside the debut of its first makeup line for men. The launch of Boy De Chanel was supported by male beauty influencer @d.hwan_92 alongside other male influencers who showcased flawless skin. 

The brand also posted a video with #BeOnlyYou, educating men on how to achieve a “Natural Look in 6 Steps”, promoting a “natural look that is still you”.

Leading with an Empowering Message 

Brands can also learn to lead with an empowering message for men who are exploring the world of makeup. Last July, Urban Decay Cosmetics held a wildly successful campaign with their #StayNaked collection with the concept of being #PrettyDifferent. Expanding the definitions of who can wear makeup, Urban Decay worked with the Fantastic Beasts star, Ezra Miller. 

Their message of not subscribing to typical beauty standards was also well-received on social media. Beauty influencer and #UDPartner, @ivanbaaaaah, also applauded the campaign for showcasing different kinds of beauty and his post received over 20k likes from inspired followers.   

 

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Let’s bloom for the summer! I’m so excited to introduce @urbandecaycosmetics new Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation. Get this, it comes in 50 shades with 9 intensities, 3 mastertones and 7 undertones! Yas inclusitivity! The foundation is a beautiful medium coverage that is super flexible on the skin and also breathable, lasting up to 24 hours wear. My shade is #40NN and it blends into my skin seamlessly. It’s a natural matte finish too! I feel super honored to be part of this because I’ve always struggled with my own beauty and where I fit in, especially coming here from Malaysia. I felt like I was always oscillating between being myself or what society expects of me. I watched @urbandecaycosmetics new #staynaked campaign and I was so inspired, I loved how they showcased different kinds of beauty, so we can do it, too! #udpartner

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Other brands are also venturing into this scene. Imagined to give a voice to all types of beauty, Givenchy introduced #MadetoDisturb featuring its Volume Disturbia mascara. Making a stunning appearance at one of the events was beauty influencer @danielzrotfl and @thegigigoode from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Learning from these examples, brands can give a tribute to individuality and reinforce the message that beauty is being yourself!  

Bigger and Bolder Looks

Brands are also making a statement with their campaigns, with influencers coming up with bigger and bolder looks. Male beauty influencer @louiecasttro swept followers off their feet in his collaboration with @maccosmetics for a #MACHalloween look. By creating a unique skeletal look, the post garnered over 230k likes from the beauty community. Followers could also tune in to a quick makeup tutorial on his Instagram Story and recreate the look for some trick-or-treat fun.

Beyond collaborating with known makeup brands, beauty influencers have also stepped up to create their own makeup brands. Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which was started by @jeffreestar, took the industry by storm by embracing the creative freedom makeup gives and challenging gender norms. With influencer @rogermuru’s face as a canvas, beautiful strokes were added to create a visual sensation for their followers. 

Recognizing that makeup is art, brands looking to stand out from the crowd can consider collaborating with beauty influencers to deliver looks that wow. 

 

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Iced out💎 @rogermuru created this sickening look using our #BLOODLUST palette 🔮⚔️ #jeffreestarcosmetics

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Bonus: How to engage your male audiences 

As beauty brands have started targeting male customers in their campaign, they need to embrace different marketing strategies to engage these audiences. Last year, Axe, a male grooming product brand, launched a campaign focused on self-care and pampering oneself. @comedianlilrel, together with influencers @jay and @krislondon led the #Bathsculinity movement on Instagram by sharing their enjoyable bathtime moments with Axe Body Wash. 

So what exactly is #Bathsculinity? According to Caroline Gregory, Global Brand Director at AXE, “Bathsculinity” is about showing that “pampering yourself and celebrating your individuality is beneficial and enjoyable – and certainly makes you no less of a man”. That being said, encouraging men to start taking better care of themselves is definitely an interesting angle to consider!  

In general, male beauty influencers are changing the face of the beauty community. Partnering with them not only helps brands approach new markets, but also sends an inspiring message about gender equality in this industry.  

Are you interested in creating your own influencer campaigns with some of the best male beauty influencers in your region? Discover male beauty influencers here and find out how to find the right influencers for your campaign!

 

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fitness microinfluencers

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.

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How Brands can Collaborate with Gaming Influencers

How Brands can Collaborate with Gaming Influencers

June 8, 2020 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “How Brands can Collaborate with Gaming Influencers”

The gaming industry has never felt more alive. Staying at home for the past few months have turned audiences to seek out entertainment options, and gaming is one of them. From finding a distraction to virtual bonding with friends, video games have seen an increase in popularity amid the COVID-19 pandemic (not to mention the number of Animal Crossing fans out there). 

With more than 2.5 billion gamers across the world, brands are starting to recognise that they make up a sizable number of their customers. A study by Google and Ipsos MediaCT highlights exactly how influential Gamers can be for marketers, and their emerging purchasing power as compared to the general online population. 

Interested to find out how to get a headstart in the gaming industry? Using Affable’s Content Discovery Tool, let’s do a run-through of the hottest trends in the gaming industry on Instagram!    

Having Fun with Content 

What better way to advertise about a game than to bring it to real life and live it out with gaming influencers? This May, Royal Chaos, a mobile card-based adventure game, launched a creative campaign featuring influencers @sylsylnoc, @ninatsf and @qinlovesmacaronsss. Dressed to look like characters in the game, engagement rates were high as followers were rewarded with a pleasant surprise. 

 

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wootz! a NEW class has arrived in @royalchaosofficial! check out the ‘Musicians’, a class who has a grand vision & possess great powers with their musical instruments. . I played Royal Chaos when they started in 2018, which is a really popular game because of all those well received chinese dramas – ladies challenging their wittiness, be the last surviving one that shines. every lady in the palace want to be the dearest to the emperor even thou there are many guy characters too. . alongside this game update, there are also new costumes, storylines, features, quizzes and pets to explore. SO MUCH FANTASY! i’m now Musician Qin (琴 Zither) and not Physician Lee anymore. maybe i will aim to be the empress this time. 🤣 . no more boredom at home if you download this free game from the app store or google play. it is really fun and addictive! males can choose to play a guy character instead and see how you can manipulate and change the story. download via this link & play with me! https://cutt.ly/2yqbERJ ——————— #RoyalChaos #熹妃傳 #熹妃Q傳 #StayHomeAndPlay #MobileGaming #Gamer #GamerLife #GamePlay #GamerCommunity #GamingLifestyle #Instagame #Gaming #GamingCommunity #GamingClips #GamingLife #InstaGaming #GamingPosts #GamingBlog #GamingBlogger #GamingLove #SGGirls #SGKOL #KOLSG #SGIG #IGSG #SGLifeStyle #SGLifeStyleBlogger #SGBlogger

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Gaming Must-Haves 

Gaming in comfort and style is a must. Products which complement the gaming experience are quintessential to a good game. Showcasing its beautiful ergonomic chairs, Apol collaborated with @hafizazizzz for gamers to give their gaming environment an upgrade. 

Razer also partnered with @alvinology to host a giveaway for its Kraken Kitty gaming headset, which adds a touch of cuteness not only to games, but also conference calls which are particularly relevant when working from home. Gamer or not, the look of the headset on @alvinology is definitely a style that pink fanatics out there will go for. 

 

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[GIVEAWAY] Working from home with endless conference calls? Get the Razer Kraken Kitty gaming headset so you can look damn cool when making video calls! If it is good enough for gaming, it is more than adequate for all other uses. In a special partnership with Razer Singapore, we are giving away a set of Razer Kraken Kitty! To win, follow both @alvinology and @razer on both Facebook and Instagram. Then, share our post on Facebook or Instagram and drop us a comment on why you want to win the Razer Kraken Kitty. Remember to tag at least one other friend to share about this giveaway. Detailed review on Alvinology.com. #giveaway #contest #contestgiveaway #razer #razerkraken #razerkrakenkitty

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Introduce New Technology

Not forgetting, how can style be without the newest and coolest technology out there? As gaming evolves with advancements in technology, Virtual Reality (VR) is bringing gaming onto the next level. 

Recently, Oculus created a campaign by onboarding a community of gaming influencers. As an #OculusPartner, influencer @brucegreene uploaded a video of him playing Ping Pong against a VR robot which visualises the entire VR experience. Leveraging on the presence of gaming influencers in the community, brands can introduce new technology to consumers and set the trend for a different type of gaming experience. 

Move Beyond Gaming Influencers 

Given the overlaps between gaming and lifestyle, Xbox also engaged lifestyle influencers to promote their new One S All-Digital Edition console. Lifestyle influencer @annabelleshea “was never much of a “gamer girl” but instead highlighted how it helped to keep her relationship strong while @marjanne.co shared about her friendly competitions with her husband. To expand the pie, brands should recognise that the social aspect of gaming is a key asset and showcase other sides to gaming. 

Bonus: Brands outside the Gaming Industry  

Even if your brand is not in the gaming industry, it doesn’t mean you cannot collaborate with gaming influencers. Brands outside of the gaming industry are also entering the space and appealing to gamers. 

Among other food brands marketing to gamers, Pringles US recently collaborated with @icabenitez, demonstrating this perfect pairing with a video game on screen, and a bowl of pringles right beside. Jordans Cereal Australia also has a perfect way for gamers to start the day like @instainspiredliving, with their oat and barley clusters. Clearly, video games and snacks have a tasty relationship

And when you think this cannot get any different, Pataday’s eye allergy itch relief also targets gamers who are looking at their screens for long periods of time in their collaboration with @joesdaily. Fast fashion retailer Primark has also joined the game with their range of apparel featuring gaming like Minecraft and PS4, engaging parenting influencer @pinkpeonyhome and her kid. 

As the implications of COVID-19 continue to unfurl, consumers will continue to be encouraged to keep their distance from others and stay indoors. Existing gamers will spend more time playing, but new players have also started to dip their toes in the gaming waters. Gaming influencers open the doors for gaming and non-gaming brands alike to reach their target audience. Brands now have a unique opportunity to tap on influencer marketing and connect with millions of millennials in a genuine way. 

 

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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

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 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 put 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!