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Top Trending Fitness Microinfluencers in Southeast Asia (SEA)

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

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

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

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

Influencers with Viral Home Fitness Workouts

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

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

 

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

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Fitness Microinfluencers On TV

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

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

 

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

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

Fitness Mums

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Student-Athletes Microinfluencers

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

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

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

 

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

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

Ready to start your own influencer marketing campaign and discover other fitness microinfluencers? Find out how to find the right influencers in our previous blog post! 

COVID-19 Charity Initiatives in Asia

COVID-19 Charity Initiatives in Asia

July 1, 2020 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “COVID-19 Charity Initiatives in Asia”

COVID-19 is a good time for brands to practice social responsibility by giving back to the community. Charity initiatives can help to showcase what your brand stands for and your values to consumers. In particular, social media and influencer marketing is a great way to raise awareness for your marketing campaigns and charity initiatives for COVID-19.  

Popular Instagram hashtags to showcase solidarity and support for COVID-19 relief efforts include #sgunited, #kitajagakita, #supportlocal, #stayathome, #staysafe, #TogetheratHome, #FlattentheCurve, #Wereinthistogether, #GivingTuesdayNow, #HealthcareHeroes.

Now, let’s explore the COVID-19 charity initiatives by brands and influencers in Asia!

Donating Masks for COVID-19   

Brands which have stepped up include online fashion company, Pomelo, with #PomeloCares. The Pomelo Cares initiative launched has supported organisations and charities leading COVID-19 relief efforts in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. 

Using fabric originally procured for fashion items, Pomelo produced three-pack antibacterial fabric masks and transferred 100% of profits to partner health organisations such as the Red Cross. The brand has also pledged to donate more than 40,000 surgical masks to Thailand’s Red Cross. 

 

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Recognising that social media is an influential platform, Pomelo has also engaged various fashion microinfluencers, including @shleyyy, to remind people of social distancing with #PomeloGirlsAtHome. The aesthetic look showcases how it is possible to stay confident and look fabulous even when at home. You can also visit Pomelo’s website to donate a pack of 15 surgical masks to hospitals in need here

Leveraging on Existing Resources

Beyond donating masks, local firms in Singapore, Ninja Van and Night Owl Cinematics (NOC), have joined forces to distribute 100,000 COVID-19 care packs to vulnerable households (SGPaySitForward).  

Similar to how Pomelo leveraged its existing fabric resources, Ninja Van is the leading delivery company in Singapore, allowing these care packs to be delivered to the doorsteps of vulnerable individuals. According to Ninja Van’s CEO, the partnership with NOC helps to “amplify what we could do on our own” and spread the word a lot better with marketing experts and influencers. Indeed, the #sgpaysitforward campaign took off with influencers @iammichy, @b1gqing, @toshrock, @amandersings, with over 400,000 total engagement from followers. 

Another brand which leveraged on existing resources is L’Oréal Indonesia. In June 2020, this brand took concrete steps to produce and distribute 440,000 units of Hand Sanitizer free of charge for their employees, healthcare workers, and those working in the frontlines. #lorealtakespart and #weareloreal also showcased Loreal’s corporate social responsibility efforts for COVID-19 and their commitment to contribute to society. Learn more about how they pulled it off and how you can contribute here. 

By strategically using their strengths and influencer marketing, brands can thus create meaningful initiatives while building a positive brand image. 

One For One Campaign

On April 2020, Getfresh, a healthy restaurant group in Thailand, launched its charity initiative where a healthcare worker will receive a salad for every customer order which comes with an Instagram post using #getfresh141. This act of kindness received great compliments and support from their customers. In April 2020, their Instagram hashtag #getfresh141 was adopted popularly by numerous Thai influencers to support the campaign. 

Influencer Power

Influencers are also helping out with current COVID-19 initiatives in Asia. Frontliners PH, an initiative started by influencers Isabel Regino and Monica Pantaleon, helped to raise funds to send healthy, home-cooked meals to healthcare workers in the Philippines. The initiative received huge support from their followers with over 2000 meals donated as of June. 

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In response to the spike of COVID-19 cases among the migrant worker community in Singapore, influencer @preetipls also launched a campaign to raise funds for two existing non-governmental organisations (NGOs), HealthServe and TWC2, to meet the urgent needs of the migrant community during this pandemic. The campaign received an overwhelming amount of donations which was more than thrice the targeted amount of $100,000. 

The success of influencer campaigns shows that influencers are a force to be reckoned with. Utilising influencers as well as social media can help to amplify one’s message and bring greater social good in times of need. 

More Ways to Contribute with Social Media

No money to contribute? Never mind. The TikTok #CareforSG Challenge allows users to use the #CareForSG video effect to create fun and positive videos. Not only are these videos a source of entertainment in the midst of a stressful pandemic, TikTok will be donating $1 to The Invictus Fund for every video uploaded. With social media and TikTok hashtag challenges, everyone has a chance to play their part! 

Alternatively, you can donate directly to The Invictus Fund directly via their website too. 

Moving forward, brands should show empathy and consider working with influencers to create synergy with their marketing campaigns and reach a larger audience. Wondering how to stay in touch with customers and steer your business through this difficult time? Read our influencer marketing insights on “How Brands should Adapt their Strategies amid COVID-19” here.

How travel influencers have been impacted by Covid-19

How travel influencers have been impacted by Covid-19

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

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

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

How travel influencers have been impacted by Covid-19 

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

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

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

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

 

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

1. Staycation is an ideal alternative

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

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

 

Jerilynmoon, one of the most famous travel & lifestyle instagram influencers in Singapore, received a lot of compliments from her followers for the picture of her staycation at @Marinabaysands hotel

Jerilynmoon, one of the most famous travel & lifestyle instagram influencers in Singapore, received a lot of compliments from her followers for the picture of her staycation at @Marinabaysands hotel

 

… And the opportunity to support the local travel industry in their hometown

… And the opportunity to support the local travel industry in their hometown

 

2. Making the best of their old photos

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

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

 

To create conversations and keep their IG feed active

Most travel influencers are having throwbacks of their old travel photos to keep their IG feed active

 

Yuni started producing high-quality content that provides travel guidelines and detailed feedback of destinations where she went to.

Yuni started producing high-quality content that provides travel guidelines and detailed feedback of destinations where she went to.

 

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

Todayweexplore managed to promote for airline brand AirAsia by having a throwback of their Bali trip last month

Todayweexplore managed to promote for airline brand AirAsia by having a throwback of their Bali trip last month

 

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

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

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

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

zippyzipeng recently wowed her followers by posting a glamorous picture of her featuring Huawei Mobile Singapore

zippyzipeng recently wowed her followers by posting a glamorous picture of her featuring Huawei Mobile Singapore

 

thewinterchee has increasingly featured beauty brands in her content instead of travel pictures

thewinterchee has increasingly featured beauty brands in her content instead of travel pictures

 

Lingweiix also gains her reputation as an embassador for fashion brand

Lingweiix also gains her reputation as an embassador for fashion brand

 

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

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