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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! 

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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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Virtual Influencers and Their Unusual World

August 16, 2018 Posted by In The News, Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Virtual Influencers and Their Unusual World”

If you thought social media was blurring the line what’s real and whats not- wait till you hear about the new crop of influencers in town! Virtual influencers, as in digital creations —who are leading the best life ever on Instagram with beautiful pictures, product promotions, basically anything that a real influencer does.

The most famous virtual influencers today are Miquela Sousa(1.3m), Shudu(128.9k Followers), Sophia the Robot(15.5k followers), Bermuda(82.8k Followers), and Blawko(72.6k followers)

Sophia the Robot was activated in 2015 and is known for being the first robot in the world to be recognized as a citizen in Saudi Arabia.

virtual influencer Sophia

While Shudu isn’t powered by artificial intelligence, she can be compared to a video game character, created by London-based fashion photographer Cameron James Wilson. What is different about Shudu, besides her existence, is that she looks incredibly real, so much so that Rihanna’s Fenty beauty reposted her image of her wearing their lipstick, not knowing she wasn’t real.

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The most popular virtual influencer on the Internet right now is Miquela Sousa. With 1.3 million Instagram followers, Miquela states in her bio that she is 19, a model/musician with an interest in Black Lives Matter, the innocence project, LGBT issues, and justice for youth. Dubbed as a digital ‘IT Girl” by Vogue, Miquela’s feed shows her dressed in Prada outfits; she has also appeared in fashion gear by Chanel, Supreme, and Vans

virtual influencer Miquela

Virtual influencers lie outside the definition of influencers who are known for authenticity as they express no real belief or preference.

“A virtual influencer, they’re the opposite of authentic. They’re completely fake.”

-Larissa Jensen, NPD Group

Despite this, brands can explore working with these influencers or better yet, making one they can control for themselves. It can greatly simplify social media marketing as the brand can decide the message of the campaign, the time to post, the kind of pictures to post without the hassle of dealing and negotiating with real influencers.

These influencers are no Kim Kardashian, at least not yet, and their following can be considered a small pool of thousands but those who are highly engaged. We’ve already covered why we believe micro-influencers are better for a brand in this post, and for those reasons, AI can power many virtual influencers with varied niches who can target different needs and trends.

Another advantage is the reduced risk of controversies. By working with a virtual influencer, brands can be assured that they will not do something that could impact their base of customers unlike real influencers, who being humans with capricious feelings, can do or say unexpected things.

Another slightly grey advantage is that the brands can decide how they want the influencer to look. There might be a tendency to make the influencer perfect-tall, thin, blemishless and unaging but at some point, this may not seem authentic and relatable to their audience.

Sure, these virtual influencers are a marketers dream- being able to place them on beautiful beaches without spending a dime on plane tickets!— but these avatars again cannot give a genuine experience of a product or service. For many social media users, word of mouth is the push for them to ‘add to cart’.

So, could these influencers overtake the hegemony of big-name influencers like the Kardashians, Selena Gomez or Ronaldo? We’re not really convinced yet as the term influencer itself is so new that to think of an unreal influencer might take some more time. However as long as the influencer has got a profile on Instagram, Affable can accurately profile and help brands find them!

And like a virtual influencer, you no longer have to be real to resonate with real people. You just have to be online.

Sign up with Affable today to supercharge your influencer marketing by bringing your search, due diligence, and analytics tools in one place.
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

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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

Who are Micro-Influencers & Why Work With Them?

June 19, 2018 Posted by Influencer Marketing 0 thoughts on “Who are Micro-Influencers & Why Work With Them?”

Who is a Micro-Influencer:

There is no standard definition of this new-breed of influencers but the most marketers agree that Micro-influencers are social media users with followers ranging from 5000 to 1,000,000. 

Micro Vs Macro Influencers:

Aside from the obvious difference in follower count, micro-influencers are more niche-based with higher observable engagement. Studies show that the higher the follower count, the lower the engagement rates.

A smaller audience means that micro-influencers on instagram can reply to more comments, be aware of the audience reaction and generally be more engaged with them on a day to day basis; in comparison to highly influential people with follower count in the hundreds of thousands who wouldn’t realistically be able engage with their followers at the same level.

Unlike supermodels who often endorse 10-15 brands varying from packaged water, perfume to sports shoes at the same time, micro-influencers on Instagram cannot afford to overload their Instagram feeds with sponsored posts as it may put off their followers. So generally, when they do agree to collaborate with a company, the product has to resonate with their life, otherwise, they risk losing their audience.

Another difference is that macro-influencers get attention from a wide variety of people from dissimilar countries, interests, gender among other factors while micro-influencers have an audience who are more targeted to an interest.

What Micro-Influencers bring to the table

 

1.Niche-based audience

If a coffee brand collaborates with a social celebrity with 2 million followers, it can reach a big pool of audience, but there is no guarantee that most of them even like coffee! It would make more sense to work with 100 self-proclaimed coffee-based influencers whose followers are actually interested in coffee brands and trends.

 

 

2. Size isn’t everything

An influencers engagement, an important KPI marketers measure, is measured by the average number of interactions they get per post. It is a common misperception that influencers with bigger a bigger following will have a better engagement rate.

 

Micro Influencers has 22% more ‘buying conversations’ than an average consumer.

Source: Adweek

In fact, a recent study has shown that as the following base continues to increase, the like and comment rate keeps decreasing. Instagram influencers with 10k to 100k followers see a 2.4% like rate, compared to 1.7% for those with 1 million to 10 million followers and more. Comment rate follows a similar pattern.

 

 3.Authenticity

Marketer Craig Bierley once said, “I’m not sure anyone really believed that Tiger Woods drove a Buick.” 

Consumers today do realize that there is an exchange of paycheck that occurs in advertising but they increasingly prefer that when an influencer recommend a product, they mean it.  This is why when Kim Kardashian posts a picture of herself with detox tea claiming it helps her maintain her figure, it may even get the brand a lot of eyeballs but rings inauthentic and phony to potential buyers. It’s quite simple: Micro-influencers establish themselves as experts in a given field, then review the relevant products n blogs or in videos they make.

“A survey of 1,470 women found that 86 percent of them wanted product recommendations from real people.”

Source: FastCompany

 

4.Affordability

The average micro-influencers will charge $250 for one post, whereas the average macro-influencer can set you back anywhere from a couple thousand to a couple hundred thousand dollars.  In some cases, micro-influencers on Instagram are glad to post for free in exchange for products sent to them or if they are fans of the product.

 

At the cost of hiring one mega-influencer, a brand could partner with multiple micro-influencers on instagram to reach a higher number of people for the same or even lesser amount with better engagement. 

Besides the ROI, micro-influencers tend to be easier to connect with directly whereas macro/mega influencers usually have agencies or agents that represent them. Everyday influencers, like everyday people, tend to be much more approachable.

 

5.Higher Click Through Rates

A common term in the advertising industry, a click-through rate is the ratio of users who click on a specific link to the number of total users who view an advertisement. In recent times, traditional digital marketing tactics such as paid display ads have seen lower CTRs due to the high usage of ad blockers and ad fatigue by viewers.  

Source: mavrck.co

A study has shown that a micro-influencers’ post is more valuable to a brand than celebrities, popular bloggers, and other advertising. This is possible because of the resonance that micro-influencers have with their following which leads to higher engagement that in turn lend themselves to a higher CTR.

 

 

6.Cost Per Lead

This metric measures how cost-effective your marketing campaigns are when it comes to generating new leads for your business. A lead is an individual/business that has expressed interest in your product or service by completing a goal. Since all businesses can agree that keeping marketing costs low and revenue high is the right way to achieve a high return on investment, betting on micro-influencers is a good strategy.

 

Average Cost Per Lead
Facebook Newsfeed Ads 14.88
Promoted Tweets 13.74
Celebrities 11.03
Macro influencers 8.26
Micro influencers 4.56
Source: The State of Influencer Marketing CMO Summit April 2016

An analysis of 1 billion impressions from July-Dec 2016 across Travel, Entertainment, Retail, and QSR has shown that micro-influencers’ have the least CPL’s in comparison to other digital strategies as their followers are more likely to drop into your brand’s funnel because they both trust and value the micro-influencer’ advocacy.

 

 

7.Cost Per Acquisition

Another important metric that helps measure the success of a campaign, CPA refers to the average cost of acquiring leads or customers which is calculated by dividing the cost of advertising by the number of leads or customers for a given campaign.

Source: mavrck.co

The lower the CPA the better and micro-influencers(as shown above) have the lowest CPA’s in comparison with other popular advertising methods due to the relatively lost cost of hiring a micro-influencer, dynamic fan base, and a ‘long-tail’ approach which reaches the right audience.

 

Over the last couple of years, marketers are now shifting their marketing budgets towards micro influencers on Instagram. To access our massive micro-influencer database and exploit the benefit of micro-influencer marketing, sign up with Affable today!

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