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

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

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

INSTAGRAM

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

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

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

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

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

PINTEREST

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

FACEBOOK

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

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

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

Cross-Promotions

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

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

Giveaway/Contest

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

Facebook Stories

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

Facebook Live

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

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

 

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

TIKTOK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

 

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

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

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

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

LINKEDIN

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

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


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

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

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

TWITTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOUTUBE

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

1. Impress your Audience with Good Openings

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

2. Create Tutorial Videos

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

3. Leverage on Unboxing Videos

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

4. Tap into the Gaming Community

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

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

5. Move beyond Traditional Product Endorsements

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

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

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

 

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