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How luxury beauty and fashion brands are engaging their customers amid Covid-19

How luxury beauty and fashion brands are engaging their customers amid Covid-19

May 26, 2020 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “How luxury beauty and fashion brands are engaging their customers amid Covid-19”

The outbreak of Covid-19 has brought about a negative impact on businesses in almost every industry, but it is also a test of ability for brands’ to adapt their strategies and communicate with customers in these unprecedented times. In our previous article, we shined the light on how brands have taken proactive steps to quickly adapt to the pandemic. In this article, let’s take a deeper look at how luxury beauty and fashion brands are embracing new ideas to engage with their customers in times of crisis!  

Keeping your customers updated

Kiehl’s Singapore, Beyondthevines, and Mmerci Encore are among brands that announced the closure of their physical stores due to the retail lockdown. Even though almost every business has to close during quarantine, it is still important to keep in touch with your customers and remind them that they can always buy your products online. Better yet, you can also offer promotions or free shipping to facilitate online purchases like what Mmerci Encore did in their announcement.

 

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We love you Kiehl’s Community. 💚 #KiehlsSG

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UPDATE: Business resumes from May 13, we can’t wait to get your orders out to you! // In this season of plot twists, I wanted to reach out, check-in with some updates, and let you know that the bowl of emotional spaghetti you’re experiencing on the daily is totally normal. Nobody has all the answers, we can only take deep breaths & try to give ourselves grace. First, the not-so-great news: due to various waves of complications related to Covid-19, we’ll be pressing pause on operations for now and will resume in May. All orders made now will be shipped from May 13. We will extend free shipping for the month of May. And for the silver lining: now more than ever, we hold on to the spark within, celebrating the little rituals that keep us sane, and searching for pockets of joy in every day. During this time, we’ll continue finding other ways to serve our community. That includes reflecting on what kind of new normal we want to help create once this storm has passed. Thank you so much for your patience, and for your continued belief in us. Keep holding on and have faith. Till then, stay safe and take care. My best, Alli

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Creating video content

Engaging customers with video content is one of the strategies that beauty brands such as Beyondthevines, Kiehl’s, and Lisavontang are using at the moment. 

Online makeup tutorial is a great way to engage and educate consumers about your products. Yet the fact that many beauty brands are producing similar content makes it hard to capture consumers’ eyeballs. In order to stand out online, your videos need to have something different. 

Since the beginning of April, Beyondthevines has launched a series of videos in which makeup artist Airin Lee shares her beauty tips and makeup tutorials. What is worth mentioning here is the way they adapted their video content to current situations such as 5 Minute Makeup to prepare for Zoom meeting and Mask remedy which shows consumers how to care for their skin while wearing masks every day. 

Video content is not exclusively for the beauty industry, it can also be approached by fashion brands as well! Last month, fashion brand, Lisavontang posted a video in which Lisa, its founder and CEO, shared her experiences running the business going through this difficult time, and promoted the brand’s campaign to support the community in times of need. In the video, Lisa wore the fashion brand’s latest item and mentioned their new collection to be launched after the pandemic ends.

 

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What we’ve dealt with and how you can support global covid-relief efforts through our campaign with WHO.

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Delivering the right message

In this time of social distancing, delivering positive and meaningful messages to motivate customers is a great strategy that is worth considering. Beauty brand Estēe Lauder Singapore successfully approached this strategy with the video praising frontline workers who are fighting against the coronavirus and remind people to look for and appreciate beautiful things in life.  

Another brand that is delivering the right message is organic makeup brand Lihtorganics. While putting on makeup is not as necessary with a mask these days, Lihtorganics reminds us that makeup can help to accentuate other features like our eyes, and consumers can feel more confident by looking gorgeous and beautiful (even if it is just for a quick grocery run).   

 

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Last week, we gathered everyone at HQ to pack a small gift of appreciations for our frontliners at Hospitals. We would like to help as much as we can in our capability to support as well. Thank you our health heroes! Lets #staysafe and #stayhealthy everyone 🙂 #Repost from @drgeorgialee 600 bottles of @drgl.skincare Skin Repair with more than 7500 strips of silicone tapes from @tlclifestylepractice delivered to the front line healthcare workers at NCID and @tantocksenghospital today. We are making our rounds. We are trying to do something for them every few weeks. Last week, we delivered lunch to the Medical ICU nurses at Seng Kang. Join us to show that you appreciate and are grateful to them 🙏 . . . #covıd19 #covid #coronavirus #istayhomefor #pandemic #survivaltips #coronaviruspandemic #safetytips #frontliners #healthcareworkers #doctorsofinstagram #nursesofinstagram #supportlocalsg #localbusinesses #supportlocalbusinesses #grateful🙏 #givingbacktothecommunity #supporthealthcareworkers

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Talking about masks, since early April, fashion brand Lisavontang started promoting its own collection of face masks with fashionable designs and high-quality materials. As face masks have become a part of our daily routine, it is unsurprising to see many fashion brands shifting their resources to produce face masks and keep up with the great demand for this item.

 

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Can’t go wrong with a SCARLET mask! @hanlihoefer looks like a mysterious sexy ninja with our silk mask! 😍LOVE! . 🚨 Use the code 15OFF to get a SGD $15 off your total order with minimum purchase of 3 pieces, perfect for adding to your collection of face masks. . FYI, for every face mask purchased, we will be donating 5 surgical masks to Contribute.sg for those who need it the most!! . Safety: our Face Masks are designed based on the N95 structure. All edges of the mask are sealed on the face, with a convex shape giving comfortable air space. A padded nose bridge helps holds the mask in place. And with an in built filter pocket feel free to add an extra layer of protection for additional peace of mind.

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Showing that your brands care

Thinking about how your brands can contribute to the communities in times of need is a great strategy to win customers’ hearts. By supporting the communities, brands can kill two birds with one stone by raising meaningful awareness and fulfilling corporate social responsibility at the same time.

Last month, Lisavontang launched a campaign in which customers buying exquisite pieces on its website would stand a chance to donate $100 USD to WHO’s Covid Relief Fund. The donation will be in customers’ names and receipts will be sent to them directly from WHO. Another brand like DrGL voluntarily donated their facial cleansers to help healthcare workers prevent facial sores from the prolonged wearing of masks. 

 

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Last week, we gathered everyone at HQ to pack a small gift of appreciations for our frontliners at Hospitals. We would like to help as much as we can in our capability to support as well. Thank you our health heroes! Lets #staysafe and #stayhealthy everyone 🙂 #Repost from @drgeorgialee 600 bottles of @drgl.skincare Skin Repair with more than 7500 strips of silicone tapes from @tlclifestylepractice delivered to the front line healthcare workers at NCID and @tantocksenghospital today. We are making our rounds. We are trying to do something for them every few weeks. Last week, we delivered lunch to the Medical ICU nurses at Seng Kang. Join us to show that you appreciate and are grateful to them 🙏 . . . #covıd19 #covid #coronavirus #istayhomefor #pandemic #survivaltips #coronaviruspandemic #safetytips #frontliners #healthcareworkers #doctorsofinstagram #nursesofinstagram #supportlocalsg #localbusinesses #supportlocalbusinesses #grateful🙏 #givingbacktothecommunity #supporthealthcareworkers

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While luxury brands have different ways to fight against the coronavirus, they are all sending a strong message that they’re ready to support the community, and that’s what the customers need to see the most in this difficult time.

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.

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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.

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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.
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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 influencer 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 influencer 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 influencer campaigns? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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.

 

 

All About Instagram’s Newest Feature: IGTV

June 25, 2018 Posted by In The News 0 thoughts on “All About Instagram’s Newest Feature: IGTV”

In response to the dramatic rise in popularity of video content on social media, Instagram has launched a long-form video feature called IGTV, where videos can run up to an hour long.  Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said at an event to announce the launch in San Francisco: “Teens are now watching 40 percent less TV than they did five years ago,”It’s time for video to move forward and evolve.”

In the same announcement, Instagram revealed that it has reached 1 billion users making it the third largest social network after Facebook and  YouTube.

As for the functionality, IGTV is available in 2 forms–in the form of a stand-alone IGTV app, or from within the Instagram app itself. Video content is streamed from ‘channels’ which belong to the content creators. The IGTV button is located at the top right of the Instagram app home screen, before the message inbox. Once open, video is streamed automatically with tabs for videos recommended to you based on your interests; popular videos on Instagram, videos from the profiles you follow and video that you had started but not completed watching.

Source: https://instagram-press.com/blog/2018/06/20/welcome-to-igtv/

 

Similar to Instagram posts, you can like, comment and send these videos to friends through direct messaging. Similar to youtube, the videos created belong to content creators and anyone can create a channel–all you need to do is click on the “create channel” button on the right-hand side of your screen.

At the moment, IGTV does not allow live video from the Instagram app and you can only post a pre-shot video from your phone which is vertical. Sure, you can upload a horizontal video to IGTV, but that’s how IGTV has intended it to be. The duration of the video can range from a minimum of 15 seconds to a maximum of 10 minutes (unless you have a large following) which once posted can be shared to Facebook.

IGTV Vs Snapchat

It is not the first time Instagram has duplicated a feature from Snapchat as the latter was the pioneer of the 24 hour-long temporary posts. Instagram drew on this feature by launching Instagram stories which has been incredibly popular on Instagram, drawing more users than all of Snapchat. IGTV can also be compared to an elaborate version of the ‘Discover’ section of Snapchat which displayed vertical video format from chosen creators like CNN, Buzzfeed, Vice etc.

IGTV Vs Youtube

Youtube has been the prevalent destination online for consumption of longer videos and has made careers of millions of influencers around the world due to its sophisticated ‘recommendation’ algorithms and monetization options for content creators. Youtube is also set apart from other video platforms as a more private source of content consumption rather than a place to share, tag and catch up with their friends. Also unlike YouTube, IGTV exclusively shows videos in a vertical format rather than requiring you to switch to widescreen.

Analysts believe that Youtube is more likely a competitor than Netflix even though 1-hour long video is supported on IGTV.  Techcrunch states that “Instagram is focusing its efforts on web celebrities that made their name on mobile rather than more traditional, old-school publishers and TV studios that might come off too polished and processed,”.

IGTV & Influencers

 

Source: https://instagram-press.com/blog/2018/06/20/welcome-to-igtv/

 

This launch is more good news for influencers today as Instagram states that will eventually plan to make sure people making popular videos have a way to make money from their efforts. At present, it is not paying creators for content on the app nor does it allow advertising.  There will be no ads on IGTV to start, but that would be “a reasonable place to end up,” Systrom says.

To start off, Instagram has signed up Insta-famous personalities such as Lele Pons, who has 25 million Instagram followers. For now, Lele has made no plans to switch loyalties from Youtube saying, “I’m still going to be posting on YouTube as well as on Instagram.”

An important factor to note as an influencer is that someone follows you on Instagram, they will automatically follow them on IGTV and vice versa!

Sign up with Affable today to supercharge your influencer marketing by bringing your search, due diligence, and analytics tools in one place.
6 Factors That Will Help You Choose An Influencers For Your Campaign

6 Factors That Will Help You Choose An Influencer For Your Campaign

June 19, 2018 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “6 Factors That Will Help You Choose An Influencer For Your Campaign”

While we have expressed the effectiveness of influencer marketing in our past posts, finding the right influencers is still a crucial factor to your influencer campaign management. Instead of basing your decision on vanity metrics like the number of followers, there are 6 factors you should keep in mind to get the most out of your marketing budget.

1) Relevance 

Relevance is defined as how closely an influencer’s post matches your brand’s targeted keywords. Since the best partnerships work when both parties are able to gain value, it’s important to identify influencers who are interested or are advocates of your brand. Over the last couple of years, marketers have shifted their influencer marketing strategy towards  micro-influencer and nano-influencers as they can help brands better engage with relevance niche audience.

Another factor of relevance that brands should take into consider is the Brand Affinity. If your brand is a fashion brand, then working with influencers who have reputation of parnering with fashion industry is a smart choice for your influencer campaign management.

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

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

 

2)  Audience Demographics

An Instagram profile with millions of followers may seem like a quick way to increase your brands reach, but these numbers will not be helpful if the influencer’s audience is outside your target demographic.

For the best results, start with creating customer personas for your brand— what age groups, location, and interests make up your biggest customer segments? Then look for influencers who have an audience that falls within those specific targets. affable.ai is an influencer campaign platform that can help you conduct a research on Instagram profiles and analyze their exact audience.   

 

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

 

3) Geographic Location

Your influencer marketing campaign would create less impact if you don’t operate your campaign in the right location. If your company has a great product that is limited to say, Singapore for the moment, hiring an influencer with follower-base in Thailand will be an inefficient use of your resources. For this reason, we allow brands to search for relevant influencers by specific countries and provide data about their follower base to ensure brands are reaching out to the right market. 

 

4) Engagement

Engagement is the first thing brands should take into account when it comes to influencer campaign management. Analysing an influencer’s engagement rate helps brands estimate how much reach their campaign can create as well as the return on investment (R.O.I).

For example, An influencer with 100,000 followers may cost USD$1,000 per post, and has an engagement rate of 1.5%. This means brands will receive approximately 1500 interactions per post at a cost of $0.67 per engagement. Whereas, an influencer with only 50,000 followers may cost USD$500 per post and has a high engagement at 10%. This means brands can expect to receive approximately 5000 interactions at an average cost of only $0.1 per engagement.

Macro influencers, in general, receive lower engagement rate compared to micro and nano-influencers. Such activity can be explained that with smaller audience, influencers can reply to more comments, be aware of audience reaction and generally be more engaged with them on a day to day basis.

However, it is almost impossible to measure the reach and calculate it manually. As an influencer campaign platform, Affable can rescue brands by providing not only the engagement metric of influencers but also how it fares with similar influencers in the campaign!

5) Activity

While there is no magic number of how much an influencer should post, being connected with their audience in a sustained way decides how much of an influence they hold. Besides being active on Instagram, influencers should also create connections to promote their content, learn about trends, and interact with their fans.

61% admit to unfollowing an influencer who worked with “inappropriate” brands or who “endorsed too many products.” With this statistic in mind, excessive promotion of any brand or product also is no good as it feels like spam and consequently less credible. It gives off a sentiment that an influencer is simply doing it for the money and not because of belief in that brand’s products.

6) Authenticity:

As explained above, micro-influencers and nano-influencers have been proved to generate better engagement as they are expert in their niches and they are more connected with their audience. This is essential as brands always want influencers to create authentic post which is also in-tune with the brands’ storytelling.

Additionally, it also goes without saying that brands would not want to work with influencers who have a record of  ‘fake’ followers as it could impact the effectiveness of the campaign. Affable’s engagement data also relays with amazing accuracy the % of suspicious following a particular influencer may have.

An example of buying followers on Instagram

An example of buying followers on Instagram

 

As social media influence is turning into a billion dollar industry, Affable is one of the best influencer campaign platforms that saves significant hours of manpower and helps you choose the right influencer to leverage your influencer campaign management. Register for early access at https://www.affable.ai or write to us at founders@affable.ai

How Affable takes the guesswork out of influencer marketing

June 19, 2018 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “How Affable takes the guesswork out of influencer marketing”

A few years ago, marketing teams discussed about influencer marketing benefits, and if influencers should be a part of their marketing strategy. Today, the question has turnt to “how to choose the right influencer to make the best of the marketing campaign”. But here’s the problem, It’s actually pretty hard to find the right one without concrete facts beyond searching hashtags, dealing with talent agencies or using guesswork to make a decision. Not fret not, because Affable was born to help you solve this problem based on our comlex algorithms and machine learning!

1)Play the numbers right

Typically, people go find Facebook influencer or Instagram influencers following recommendations from friends, researching on search engines like Google, going through pictures with certain hashtags – This is a manual process that is time-consuming and based on guesswork. Even if the influencer checks the box for being the right age, having an attractive number of followers, similar statistics needs to be done for their audience.

Affable is one of the best influencer marketing platforms that can break down with 95% accuracy the age-range of an influencer’s audience along with a break down of gender and location distribution.

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

 

2) Affable’s extensive filter to help you find the right influencers

How do you know for sure if your influencer is a traveler, fashionista, permissive moms, or a fitness freak? You could ask them where they see themselves or go through their entire profile to find out, or you can use Affable’s extensive filter options to choose the the right influencers in our instagram influencer & micro influencer database. We use machine learning to help you search for influencers with desired age, gender, interest and follower count within seconds, and an internal ‘scoring system’  to brings up search results in the order of decreasing relevance.

 

 

3) Location, location, location:

Your influencer marketing campaign would create less impact if you don’t operate your campaign in the right location. If your company has a great product that is limited to say, Singapore for the moment, hiring an influencer based in Thailand will be an inefficient use of your resources. As one of the best influencer marketing platforms, Affable allows brands to tap into an influencer who is popular with their product’s geography.

You can search for the right influencers with a specific location and interests

You can search for the right influencers with a specific location and interests

 

4) Quality over Quantity

It is not the number of followers or the follower growth rate that matters the most in an influencer marketing campaign. It’s the percentage of engagement that influencers can generate . Understanding that, Affable helps brands faciliate their decision by providing the statistics of average engagement, which includes likes, comments, and even the percentage of suspicious followers .

Do you know a Google search for the keywords “buying Instagram followers” brings up 192,000,000 results revealing the booming bot industry! With fake likes and even comments flooding Instagram, you can never be too cautious about selecting a genuine influencer. Here is where Affable’s engagement statistics can help make things clear:

 

 

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

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

As social media influence is turning into a billion dollar industry poised to outpace the traditional marketing industry, Affable is one of the best influencer marketing platforms that saves significant hours of manpower and time with better results allowing marketers to focus on right-brain tasks such as creativity and strategy.

Affable : AI solution to scale word-of-mouth marketing

June 18, 2018 Posted by Artificial Intelligence 0 thoughts on “Affable : AI solution to scale word-of-mouth marketing”

Over the last couple of years, marketers have shifted their marketing budgets towards micro influencers on Instagram. As brands can get as much as 20% ROI and be able to engage with  a niche audience with lesser costs, micro-influencer marketing is an ideal strategy to invest into and make the best of influencer marketing benefits.

The current process of finding and working with micro-influencers on instagram is highly manual, time-consuming and full of guesswork. Marketers spend days manually searching through hashtags finding for a relevant user, and then based on vanity metrics like number of followers & asking friends, they decide whom to engage.

Affable is an end-to-end platform that help marketers discover authentic influencers in our micro-influencers database, engage and measure effectiveness of influencer marketing campaigns.

 

As one of the best influencer platforms, Affable is built on computer vision algorithms to profile micro-influencers on Instagram through their images. We scan public Instagram content to gauge user-interest from their images and videos. If you can’t find an influencer on our platform, no problem! We allow all users to add new influencer to our micro-influencers database: Just click analyze on a non-existing influencer, and their complete profile will be delivered to your email in minutes!

Example of a fashion influencer

Example of a fashion influencer

 

 

The problem of bots and fake-accounts has plagued social media, and lots of Instagram influencers seem to have a surprisingly high number of suspicious followers. With Affable, you can determine influencer’s true reach by checking their suspicious followers:

An example of buying followers on Instagram

An example of fake engagement on Instagram

 

Additionally, you probably don’t want to work with influencers who used to partner with your competitors as it goes against influencer marketing benefit, right? We can help you avoid such incidence by listing down all the brands that 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.

Checkout other reasons why Influencer Brand Affinity should be added to your influencer marketing strategy!

 

 

Affable’s post-campaign analytics helps marketers determine the true reach — the persona of the audience that engages with the influencer content. This helps marketers not only measure the reach of the current campaign but also helps them decide which micro influencers to work with, in the future.

 

Our vision is to empower anyone — from a homepreneur to an enterprise — with tools that can scale their word-of-mouth marketing requirements. We strongly believe that technology can make it possible, and at Affable we are building that technology that unlocks scale in word-of-mouth marketing and exploit the best of influencer marketing benefits.

To access our massive micro-influencer database and get an early sneak-peak into Affable, register for early access at https://www.affable.ai or write to us at founders@affable.ai