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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 connections on a personal level with other people on social media. Understanding that need, many brands have adopted this type of content to generate more engagement from the audience. Now that user-generated content is being promoted more than ever, we believe that this trend is going to last very long after the pandemic.    

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. 

You can find more examples and trends about the impact of Covid-19 on influencer marketing content here.

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!

influencer marketing content has been impacted by covid 19

How influencer marketing content has been impacted by Covid-19

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

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

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

1. Cooking tutorials instead of food review

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

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

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

 

Never before has Samantha Lee produced such many cooking tutorial video

Never before has Samantha Lee produced such many cooking tutorial video

 

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

 

2. Workout at home with Instagram fitness influencers

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

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

Jordan Yeoh’s series of workout is a fitness series that has captured social media attention recently

Jordan Yeoh’s series of workout is a fitness series that has captured social media attention recently

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

3. The rise of parenting influencers 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Influencers are revealing their personal lives more than ever…

 

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

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

 

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

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

Discover influencer trends with affable

Discover Influencer Trends by Affable’s Content Discovery

March 13, 2020 Posted by Artificial Intelligence, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Discover Influencer Trends by Affable’s Content Discovery”

Why Content Discovery

Understanding current influencer trends in your region is crucial as it can provide you with insights about what kind of content influencers are posting on their Instagram and also helps strategize your brand’s message. However, we often see brands struggling by relying a lot on their own knowledge or spending plenty of time and manpower on doing research to find out!

With Affable’s Content Discovery Platform, you will be given the access to our massive instagram influencer database and generate quick result within a few clicks! All you need to do is using a selection of our filters to display the influencer trends that you are looking for. Our list of criteria include:

  • Interests
  • Hashtags used
  • Influencers’ handle
  • When was the image posted
  • Affiliated brands
  • Whether the post was sponsored or not
  • Country the image was posted in

When you run the search, the results are displayed on the basis of recency, the highest number of likes and comments. 

Why Affable’s Content Discovery 

Firstly, this tool can help identify engagement triggers on Instagram – search and social listening trends – to help you strategize your brand message.

You can also use our platform to do competitive research quickly with our massive instagram influencer database. For example, type in “#DanielWellington” in the Hashtag search and plug in the Date you want to see their sponsored content for. Use the Sorting tool then to display the results in the order of the highest number of likes. There you go!

Now you can see with great ease what are the influencer trends for Daniel Wellington in a specific period and location by using our platform!

Now you can see the influencer content for Daniel Wellington in a specific period of time

We also use advanced computer vision to find content for specific interest. When you search for ‘Excercise and Fitness’ in the Interest search, our algorithms scan all images uploaded by influencers to shortlist the pictures with this interest.

Influencer trends for "exercise and fitness" interest

Influencer trends for “exercise and fitness” interest

 

Using Affable’s Content Discovery gives you the access to our massive instagram influencer database and the opportunity to generate the best result from it. So take this chance and discover influencer trends within a few clicks!

Feel free to explore Affable’s Content Discovery here: https://app.affable.ai/#/pages/content-discovery

How to find the right influencers using Affable

How to find the right influencers using Affable

March 4, 2020 Posted by Artificial Intelligene, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “How to find the right influencers using Affable”

“Where to find the right influencers for my marketing campaign?” 

“This influencer has many followers, so they must have a large audience reach!”

With the rise of influencer marketing, I am sure many brands like yours are trying to reach out to the right influencers for your marketing campaign. However, we often see brands getting stuck as they do not know where and how they should start looking. 

Now fret not, because this is the fun part. Affable is one of the best influencer platforms that help you make the right decision based on our instagram influencer analytics. Let’s dive right into it, and here are the 4 things that you can look at to pin down the right influencer! 

1. Influencer’s engagement rate and suspicious followers

Influencer’s engagement rate is the first thing you should take into account when it comes to influencer analytics. This indicator is important as it measures the level of interaction from followers for the content created by influencers. Engagement rates are calculated by: 

  Likes + comments + saved

However, due to the recent infamous ways of buying Instagram followers and automatic comments, engagement rate may not be enough to evaluate how authentic an Instagram profile could be as the number could become artificially inflated.  

Engagement rate and suspicious followers are important to identify the right influencers

Engagement rate and suspicious followers are important to identify the right influencers

 

Affable is one of the best influencer platforms that helps you determine influencer’s true reach by checking their rate of suspicious followers. Influencers with a high percentage of suspicious followers may be an indication that they are using questionable techniques to grow followers, thus might not be a good choice for your brand.

Our partners, Stylehaul and Mothercare saved up to 70% of their time planning and researching on the data for micro-influencers by using Affable.

2. Influencer’s brand affinity

You surely wouldn’t want to work with influencers who used to partner with your competitors, as this could confuse the audience about your brand, right? We can help you avoid such incidence by listing down all the brands that the influencers have worked with before. It also shows whether the post was sponsored or organic, when the image was posted and links to those posts for further reference. 

It is also important to find influencers who share the same interest with your business’s category as it can add credibility and relevance for your campaign.

Check out other reasons why brand affinity is an important instagram influencer analytics.

It can be seen that this influencer has the record of partnering with fashion brands

It can be seen that this influencer has the record of partnering with fashion brands

 

3. Audience’s demographics

Audience’s demographics is one of the key instagram influencer analytics to find out the right influencers. Using Affable, you can discover the influencer’s audience based on their demographic information such as age range, location and gender distribution. This feature gives you a clear picture of what the influencer’s audience will look like and if they match your brand’s targeted audience. These statistics are also provided if you wish to find Facebook influencers.

Audience’s demographic information is useful to help you select the right influencer

Audience’s demographic information is useful to help you select the right influencer

 

Our partner, Huawei Technologies was able to reach out to 75%  of their targeted audience – female, 20-30 in UAE by selecting the right  influencers through Affable.

 

4. Audience’s interests and brand affinity

Besides the demographic information, another useful analytics that helps you facilitate your decision-making is the audience’s interests and brand affinity. If the audience’s interests are in line with your business’s category, your marketing campaigns will stand a higher chance of receiving engagement and better conversion rate.

If the audience’s demographics and interests match your targeted customers, you may have found the right influencer 

If the audience’s demographics and interests match your targeted customers, you may have found
the right influencer

 

Now, with these information, you no longer have to worry about making unsound judgements. Affable is one of the best influencer platforms which helps you enhance your decision based on trusted instagram influencer analytics. For more information and features on Affable, you can check us out at affable.ai for a free trial!

 

Top 3 content marketing trends 2020

3 Content Marketing Trends to Watch Out in 2020

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

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

1. SadFishing

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

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

Justin Bieber wrote a long post sharing his emotional issue

Justin Bieber wrote a long post sharing his emotional issue

 

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

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

ImJayStation cried over his girlfriend’s fake death on Youtube

ImJayStation cried over his girlfriend’s fake death on Youtube

 

2. Fast advertising

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

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

 

 

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

2019 North Korea–United States Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

2019 North Korea–United States Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Vietnam beat Malaysia in World Cup qualification on October 2019

Vietnam beat Malaysia in World Cup qualification on October 2019

 

3. The rise of TikTok

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

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

Nike - Stop at Nothing

Nike – “Stop at Nothing” Campaign

 

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

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

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

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Influencer Marketing 2018 Round Up South East Asia

January 9, 2019 Posted by Artificial Intelligence, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Influencer Marketing 2018 Round Up South East Asia”

Year 2018 has been a phenomenal year for marketers in South East Asia. Over 1.5 billion active social media users have helped South East Asia catapult ahead and become one of the most sought after markets for social media influencer marketing.
We have complied influencer marketing metrics for 8 different countries in South East Asia and packaged them into a swanky report.

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Influencer Marketing in India

December 12, 2018 Posted by Artificial Intelligence, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Influencer Marketing in India”

Influencer Marketing in India is on the rise, and for good reason: the right influencers can make or break a brand. It is no surprise that brands in India are joining in on the trend, but can they truly get the promised return on investment from their influencers?

The rising problem of Fake followers 

In India, there are over 30,000 India influencers (and counting!) in our instagram influencer database. By running our instagram influencer analytics, we acknowledged that there is a large number of influencers who have been using infamous ways to buy their Instagram followers. Do you know that a payment as little as ₹150 ($2.10) can earn you up to 1000 followers?

We all know that buying instagram followers is a bad idea. One of the reasons that influencer marketing works so well is the ability of influencers to create real impact over the purchasing behaviors of their fans. Once the audience itself is fake and can easily be purchased, little room for campaign effectiveness can remain.

How to tell if an influencer has bought followers?

One manual way to figure out if an influencer has purchased followers is by sifting through their followers. If you see something like the following then there is a high chance that the followers are paid for:

 

Similar account names, with stock imagery as profile pictures

As you can probably see, this process is highly manual and time-consuming. Luckily, at Affable, our machine learning algorithms do that for you! This is described in our previous post.

The good news

It’s not all gloom and doom. India has plenty of authentic, engaging influencers, and our advanced instagram influencer analytics can help you find them within a few minutes! Here is a food influencer that our search engine identified as having one of the highest engagement levels:

Sample analytics of @the_savage_lens on available on Affable

@the_savage_lens is a Pune based creator that takes gorgeous pictures of foods. Our analysis shows that he is one of the most engaging Indian influencers with an average engagement of 11%, which is several times higher than the 1.49% engagement of similar influencers. This, of course, is no mystery once you see how beautiful and well composed his posts are:

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This vadapav was ajajzbzbzbbzznnz….❣️ And I'm feeling ajsnsnznzn right now because a) I missed the deadlines for @platterjoy giveaway b) I'm not getting time to write a crazy good caption. So my dear dear sizzy, Nidhi, accept this entry of a Desi snack with a twist. The twist is that I made the Vada and everyone twisted after eating it because I misjudged the amount of spices. I know I'm awesome at cooking. No claps pls. 🙂 . Anywho, it's Wednesday… midweek and I've finally come home. My braveheart crossing 14 signals to go to office and another 14 to come back home. And typing this caption while waiting in between the ever growing traffic, pollution and population of Pune just to save a few minutes so that after coming home I can just post it ASAP because I gotta leave for work!🥂 . Ah! Wasn't I just back from one? Yeah, that was the one which pays my bills. This is the one which pays for my smiles. Yes, you might have guessed it right – Photography. I'm finally visiting a place I've always loved. Which place is that? Well.. keep checking the stories for details. 🐿️ . I'll roast you if you find typos 🦅

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Now the only question remains, how can you find influencers as engaging as this man to spread the word about your brand?

Find the right influencers with our instagram influencer analytics

At Affable, we have built cutting-edge machine learning algorithms to help brands detect fake followers and make the right decision based on reliable statistics. More than that, we are also an influencer campaign platform that helps brand measure the true reach other influencer marketing campaigns.

Sign up free today and search among 30,000+ Indian Instagram influencers here:

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Detect Fake Instagram Followers using AI

November 22, 2018 Posted by Artificial Intelligence, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Detect Fake Instagram Followers using AI”

Social Media platforms like Instagram and Twitter have taken a strong stance against fake followers and accounts that boost their social presence with the purchase of fake followers. Instagram’s latest announcement is another critical step towards reducing this unwelcomed behavior.

This is an excerpt from their press release – “It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity. Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.”

Genuine Influencers and Key Opinion Leaders are popular because of the content they create. These are content creators who amass huge following from an audience who relate to them and trust them. At Affable, we have a massive instagram influencer database together with machine learning algorithms that can detect the influencer’s suspicious followers. On an average, there is 5% – 15% suspicious followers for most instagram influencer accounts.

 

Screenshot of an influencer's profile on Affable showing fake followers

How does Affable detect fake followers?

As humans, we can manually check if a profile is suspicious. Let’s look at the profile below – The username and the staggering following-to-follower ratio clearly suggests it is a dummy account. However, this manual method is time-consuming and nearly impossible to check since each influencer has thousands of followers. By using Affable, you will be given the access to our great instagram influencer database and find authentic influencers within a few minutes!  This is not all though, our algorithm also looks at other profile criteria to gauge its authenticity.

 

Screenshot from Instagram with fake followers

 

Affable can also provide statistic of influencer’s follower growth over time. For any influencer, you can visualize the timeline of their follower growth. Sharp spikes typically suggest that the account has had a mass-following in a short span. Sometimes these spikes are also caused by giveaways, but you should be careful when you see concurrent spikes as below.

Screenshot of an influencer's profile on Affable showing fake followers

 

Besides providing analytics on existing influencers, we also allow brands to add new profiles into our instagram influencer database. Just click analyze on a non-existing influencer, their complete profile will be immediately added to our platform and delivered to your email in minutes!

Brands are taking a proactive step to avoid spending marketing dollars on influencers with fake followers. Most recently, Keith Weed, Chief Marketing Officer of Unilever expressed concerns and took a stance that the Consumer Goods company will not work with any influencer who purchases ghost followers.

Are you planning an influencer marketing campaign? Do you know if the influencers you have in mind are really authentic? Check them out on Affable with a free trial: www.affable.ai

Leverage your Influencer Campaign Management with Affable

September 15, 2018 Posted by Artificial Intelligene, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Leverage your Influencer Campaign Management with Affable”

Affable is an AI platform that aims to make your influencer campaign management more effective and transparent. Once you have chosen the right influencers, we can go one step further and give you a custom report of how well your influencer campaigns performed.

Affable’s campaign analytics unpacks the campaign learning for you, so that you can take advantage of any successes or avoid mistakes in future campaigns. Here are the insights that our influencer campaign platform provides to leverage your influencer campaign management:

#1 Overall Campaign Summary

The summary displays the sponsored influencer posts and a quick overview of the campaign performance in terms of total likes, comments and engagement rate of your entire campaign.

If you partnered with  10 influencers for your brand to work on a particular campaign, for example, the promotion of a new phone, this feature can give you analytics of how those 10 posts performed.

#2 Campaign Reach

Affable Report

Campaign reach refers to the total number of different people who engaged, at least once, with your post during a given period. Affable can display this information visually to show you the demographic breakdown of the audience reached.

#3 Engagement:

Engagement is the most important measure of an influencer marketing campaign according to a report published by Linqia. The result showed that 81% of the respondents believe that engagement is the ultimate influencer marketing KPI and all others pale in comparison. As an effective influencer campaign platform, Affable can help you track:

Likes — Likes are a basic and important measure of content appreciation. They also help you quantify the buzz around your influencer content thus your brand too. Not sure if the post engagement is good? Compare with the other posts uploaded by the same influencer.

Comments — Depending on the number and nature of comments, you can tell whether or not your audience likes your content. Again, we can help you find how effective was the influencer’s branded content compared to other organic content uploaded by the same influencer.

#4 Gender Distribution

If your business has a product/service that appeals to both genders, demographics wouldn’t be the first KPI to keep in mind. However, when you are looking to target one gender more, or you are promoting a gendered product, focusing on gender distribution should be a part of your influencer marketing strategy. Affable can accurately breakdown gender analysis of an influencer’s post and give you a % value.

#5 Location-specific metrics

If your business is set up in Singapore but your influencer’s post reached India to a large degree, there will not much increase in sales/visibility to your actual target market. With Affable’s location distribution, you will be able to detect the exact countries your campaigns actually reached.  Knowing this, you can avoid working with influencers who may not have a strong presence in your market.

#6 Age-Distribution

Age distribution is a powerful insight you can not find on Instagram. As to why you need to know the ages of your audience,  this information can help you define what influencer marketing strategy you should use to communicate with your audience, where to find them, and listen to what they want from your business. Based on the results, you can adapt your keywords and SEO strategies to reach your market better.

By providing such reliable insights and statistics, Affable is one of the best influencer campaign platforms that can leverage your influencer campaign management! If your campaign is a success, using our management tools can help you know why. On the other hand, if you fall short of your KPIs, you can know instantly by seeing where things went wrong, and adjust your influencer marketing strategy accordingly.

How Affable’s Brand Affinity Analytics Can Add To Your Strategy

August 20, 2018 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “How Affable’s Brand Affinity Analytics Can Add To Your Strategy”

Finding the right influencers with the right engagement is crucial to the success of influencer marketing campaign. Together with the number of follower, engagement rate, audience’s demographics, another feature that should be included to leverage your influencer campaign strategy is the brand affinity!

Putting a face on products has always worked for a number of reasons-

  • People like to buy from people. Logos and design are important but word of mouth recommendations do a lot more for sales.
  • Ads are ubiquitous and amongst all the noise, a brand partner can reach the right people at lower cost.
  • Because you can’t be everywhere at once, Brand ambassadors can take over some of it to champion a brand they love at events and more.
  • Get all the insights you need about any social user to make sure you are focusing on the right people.

Feature: Brand Affinity

Once signed up with Affable, you can search for influencers, visit their profile, and exploit our Instagram influencer analytics such as audience’s demographics, engagement rate, rate of suspicious followers, audience interests. Our latest feature Brand affinity can list down an entire list of brands the influencer has worked before, whether the post was sponsored or organic, when the image was posted, and so on.

Here are some reasons that our Brand affinity analytics should be added to your influencer campaign strategy:

#Loyalty

Whether you’re a big brand like Victoria’s Secret or the millennial watch company Daniel Wellington, the right brand ambassador is the vital factor to your influencer campaign strategy.

Let me remind you of an old example. In 2001, Britney Spears was signed on to be Pepsi’s brand ambassador for a 2-year period, however soon after she was caught drinking Pepsi in public, this caused a major blow to the image of Pepsi! Quite simply, you wouldn’t want to work with influencers who have partnership with your competing companies. It is also important to find influencers who share the same interest with your business’s category as it can add credibility and relevance for your influencer marketing campaign.

#Competitor Analysis

Be thoughtful about which social channels and campaigns you devote your marketing budget to—and make sure that if your competitors are there to promote hashtags and boost their posts, you’re there, too. With the Affinity tool, you can keep an eye on your competitors’ sponsored posts with influencers and see what has been working for them, so you can make smarter decisions based on that reference.

#Organic Posts

Very often, influencers share their experiences, tag brands and products without being paid to do so on Instagram. Affable’s Brand Affinity tool can detect those posts for an influencer. So if influencers tagged your product before and has organically shared their thoughts, partnering with them can be a good idea. Not only with their association with your product seem natural but will also be easier to convert them from a user to a superfan.

 

Why buying IG followers is a bad idea

Why Buying Followers On Instagram Is A Bad Idea

July 5, 2018 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Why Buying Followers On Instagram Is A Bad Idea”

Buying followers to make yourself seem popular, whether you’re a brand or an influencer, is tempting and it’s not very expensive to do so too. According to 2016 data, buying 100 followers averages at $2.95 while getting more likes and comment ranges cost about 2.99 per day.

There has been a rise in Instagram bots ever since Instagram changed its algorithm to stop showing chronological posts on the ‘Discover’ feed; instead of ranking them by what its data said people wanted. Such a move resulted in steep engagement drops for millions of users.

Hold up though, we’re not trying to sell you here, in this post we’re going to give you solid reasons to resist temptation!

1. Buying Followers on Instagram Defeats The Purpose 

Can Instagram bots replace human interaction?

The point of social media is to interact, connect and share with other people, brands virtually. And since we don’t live in the world of ‘HER’ yet, having ‘fake’ followers will give you no genuine engagement.

This is particularly important for anybody who identifies as an influencer and brand who chooses to work with the former. If your followers aren’t interested in your likes, dislikes, and interests, then you aren’t influencing them in any way.

Similarly, if you have a business account on Instagram, you will have little use while buying followers who aren’t potential buyers of your product or service. At the very least, you want your followers to look at your posts, even if they don’t like or share them. Bought followers will never see anything you post.

2. You Might End up with Inappropriate Bot Comments on Posts

How bots generally work is that you connect your Instagram accounts to them, select the length of time for the bot to function and choose what you want it to do such as, like, comment, or follow. The user then selects generic comments for the bot to choose from, such as “Great post!” or “Amazing!” which is then spammed across many posts.

A problem might occur when the bot makes inappropriate comments on posts. For instance, you might make a post announcing a pet’s death. A fake follower’s “nice post” or “good one” comment doesn’t exactly look good to the other people perusing your account.

This is how auto comments work, and it might be inappropriate if you update sad stories

This is how auto comments work, and it might be inappropriate if you update sad stories

 

3. Instagram Often Purges Fake Followers

Instagram is aware of the bot situation and makes regular cleanups of fake accounts.  Since 2014, Instagram purged millions of fake followers from many accounts on Instagram with celebrities like Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber losing millions of followers in the process. Instagram recently shut down Instagress and PeerBoost, two automate behavior offering Instagram automation services. So buying followers will have no long-term value.

4. Messed up Instagram Feed

Since your bot will follow thousands of accounts a day some of whom may follow you back, you can end up with a very jumbled feed, burying relevant accounts in the process.

5. Influencers will find it difficult to cash in  

As we mentioned earlier, brands often engage with influencers through affiliate marketing, custom discount codes. Obviously, bots cannot spend any money on the products, rendering the campaign ineffective. With Affable, companies can also determine with great accuracy the % of suspicious followers thus putting your credibility at risk if you do purchase bots.

It is a red flag if an account has 25,000 followers but only 100 likes on an average post which means the engagement rate is less than 1% engagement rate. It gives off a suspicion that most of the profile’s followers are spam accounts or bots. And if your engagement starts dropping due to fake followers, it will become less and less likely that your content gets surfaced in the feeds of your real followers.

An example of buying followers on Instagram

An example of buying followers on Instagram

 

Source: Insights From Affable’s Platform

 

We’re sure you’re convinced to stay on the right side of Instagram and win followers by great, engaging content! As for brands who are considering being more careful of which influencer to work with, check out affable.ai and bot-proof your campaign.

 

 

 

types of influencer marketing campaigns

6 Types of Instagram Influencer Campaigns To Add To Your Strategy

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

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

#1: Affiliate marketing

Goal: To obtain sales

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

Example:

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

 

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

2. Giveaways

Goal: Brand awareness and exposure

Any sort of contest where a prize can be won grabs attention and if parceled creatively enough. Influencer campaigns involving giveaways can help you achieve various kinds of goals. Typical examples of contests include:

  • Like to Win 
  • Tag a Friend
  • Post a Picture (or Selfie) with a specific hashtag
  • Commenting on a post

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

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

 

Contests that tend to drive the most awareness are ones that require users to tag a friend in the post’s comment section to enter.

3. Sponsored Blog Post

Goal: Reach target audience and familiarize your brand

This is one of the excessively-used influencer campaign strategy but very effective!  You can send your product or invite the influencer to experience your service to get an Instagram post/story which will reach their followers. Most influencers do expect remuneration for their service but some micro-influencers are happy to do so for free.

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

 

It’s imperative to disclose that the post is an advertisement by adding a hashtag #ad #sp #sponsored #partner to steer clear of legal trouble.

This kind of influencer campaign will work well if

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

 

4. Long-term Influencer Campaigns

Goal: Creating Brand Loyalty

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

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

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

5. Instagram Takeover

Goal: To increase engagement

As the name suggests, this influencer campaign strategy involves taking over someone’s Instagram account temporarily and sharing content with their audience. Instagram takeovers are a mutually beneficial way for brands and influencers to collaborate and cross-promote content. To get the most out of such a campaign, choose an influencer who has a high rate of engagement with a significant following.

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

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

#5. Event Activation

Goal: PR, Product Launch

The purpose of this influencer campaign is to collaborate with a large number of influencers to create a buzz around an event. Instead of reaching out to them individually, you can do an event activation. This will create a chance for your brand to have a one-on-one interaction with influencers, let’s make it an experience that they won’t forget easily.

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

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

 

Conclusion

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

 

 

Is B2B Influencer Marketing A Good Idea?

July 2, 2018 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Is B2B Influencer Marketing A Good Idea?”

Like most people, we used to hold an opinion that influencer marketing was better suited for B2C businesses, but we were wrong. As long as your product/service has customers and people who are super-fans of your brand, then chances are you can exploit influencer campaign benefit as part of your growth strategy for your B2B enterprise.

How B2B influencer marketing is different

1. Expertise of Influencers

Mostly B2B companies sell software or technology solutions which aren’t things that technology and business influencers can just take a picture to drive sales any time soon! It just doesn’t happen that way. What works for an influencer or a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) is their credibility and though not impossible, it is not easy to find influencers who have an extensive background in IT themselves. Influencers that should be a part of your B2B influencer campaign strategy are Key Opinion Leaders, niche-topic experts, influential members of a community, industry-facilitated authorities, expert journalists, or consultants.

Interactions with Audience

The buying funnel for B2B customers also differs from B2C in the way that the former doesn’t typically get impressed by an Instagram post on saas, go to a corporate website and purchase the software. Although a post may bring brand awareness, their buying cycle starts by checking the authenticity of the product, reading reviews, making price comparisons and checking for features. As you can see, it isn’t an on-the-spot purchase as compared to buying a bag.

Longer Buying Cycle

B2B enterprises usually have long buying cycles of about 3- 6 months, and it is said that customers would not prefer to not contact vendor until their two-thirds of the way through the decision-making process. This is where influencer campaign benefits comes into play as research shows that influencer recommendations can accelerate the buying cycle.

Furthermore, while these short-term benchmarks can help measure the initial reception of the engagement, B2B sales strategies are typically built on longer-term relationships and sales cycles, and many of the most important KPIs will emerge months after the campaign ends.

Research has foaund that 87% of B2B buyers give more credence to content created by influencers in their industry.

How To Do B2B Influencer Marketing Right

1) Short-term campaigns:

When you brand officialy launches a new product and would like to increase product’s awareness, the right influencer campaign strategy is to work with industry leaders or macro-influencers to drive your brand’s message to a larger market.

Consider American Express’ Love My Store campaign where they aimed to increase the placement of AmEx signage on storefront windows nationwide.  First, they partnered with Grace Bonney (known for her blog Design*Sponge) to create 6 beautiful storefront decals and that reflected the values of the store to potential customers while making it clear that AmEx card shoppers were accepted.

B2B Marketing

 Source: http://shortyawards.com/8th/love-my-store-campaign

 

At the same time, they also worked with HGTV’s Emily Henderson on a series of videos that taught store owners design tips, placement of AmEx signage and merchandising to attract customers.

 

American Express B2B

 Source: http://shortyawards.com/8th/love-my-store-campaign

2) Building Long-Term Customer Relations:

Perhaps you want to retain existing customers or rebrand your business to build long-term brand loyalty, this influencer campaign strategy strategy will depend on micro-influencers who have a high-engagement rate with their followers.  For example, an email marketing expert might discuss top trends for the coming year, best practices and so on. Once signed up with an Email Marketing platform, he/she might start talking about how the partner firm can make the process easier.

Source: https://sumo.com/stories/hubspot-marketing

 

HubSpot is great at this kind of marketing as it invests heavily in updating their blogs with content from micro-influencers who have digital marketing and sales backgrounds. Not only does HubSpot benefit from fresh perspectives on their website but also its partners also gain from Hubspot’s exposure.

3) Gaining Leads

This type of campaign gets straight to the point and allows you to access the influencer’s audience for leads. Creating a custom discount code for every influencer you work with allows you to drive sales rather than just gain awareness. Plus having an ‘exclusive’ discount code for an influencer will spark more interest by giving the audience a feeling of being special.

 

Every B2B business can exploit influencer campaign benefit, yet planning and launching an effective one takes a lot of time and effort.  Affable has helped multiple B2B’s launch impactful influencer campaigns and help them new audiences and leads from the right Instagram influencers. So if you’re thinking of setting up something similar for your business, try Affable.ai today and catch the influencer marketing wave before it’s too late.

 

Nike Takes Top Spot In Cannes New Social & Influencer Category

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Scoot Emerges The Winner in The Daryl Yow Controversy!

June 21, 2018 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “Scoot Emerges The Winner in The Daryl Yow Controversy!”

One influencers’ scandal is another brand’s campaign! Scoot has jumped into the Daryl Yow plagiarism controversy brewing in Singapore by indirectly referring to Yow in a post on Instagram.

To give you some context, Daryl Yow is a popular Singapore-based photography influencer (104k followers) who has collaborated with top brands like Sony, Oppo, and UNIQLO, among many others. He came under fire from his followers and other influencers after Mothership.SG found several photos in Yow’s Instagram feed that look uncannily similar to stock photos or other photographer’ss work.

Below are images under question from Daryl Yow profile:

 

 

 

Scoot reused a ‘plagiarised’ image from Yow’s profile of Mykonos, Greece and then superimposed a cut-out silhouette with a caption “insert self here (for real)”.  In the guise of poking fun at the influencer, Scoot managed to promote the Athens 1st anniversary (and Berlin inaugural launch) ticket sale which their audience loved as this post has 5.1k likes, 2988 shares, and 837 comments till date.

And that’s not all, the internet being the internet has adopted a #darylaidenchallenge (about 300 posts already) where they photoshopped themselves into stock or plagiarised images.

 

This whole saga has become a good lesson for brands and influencers alike. The audience appreciates story-telling in marketing especially for a young, peppy, travel-centric brand, and people respond to brands sharing a laugh with them. Also, brands should actively engage with each other on social media and take risks even if they may seem bold- as they say any PR is good PR!

As for influencers, it’s important to remember that repurposing content and plagiarizing them are different, and one of them will tarnish your reputation and ring alarm bells for your customers. Repurposing can involve building on existing content and changing their purpose and usage while creating something distinct from the original. Giving credit where it is due is a best practice.

Sony Singapore, one of the brands Daryl has worked with, has responded to the controversy stating: “We are surprised and disappointed with what has been reported and are currently looking into this matter. Sony strongly encourages the art of creativity, however, we do not condone any action such as plagiarism and take a serious stance on it.”

As for Daryl Yow, he has since posted an apology on an Instagram post saying that the outrage against him was “justified”, and that he accepted “full responsibility” for his actions.

“I was wrong to have claimed that stock images and other people’s work were my own,” said Mr Yow. “I was also wrong to have used false captions that misled my followers and those who viewed my images.”

“Having marketed myself as a photographer, I fell far short of what was expected of me and disappointed those who believed – or wanted to believe – in me. For all of that, I apologize.”

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