Our answers to common questions we receive about influencer marketing

As social media usage continues to grow, the importance and value of influencer marketing increases. Businesses are beginning to look into influencer marketing as a way to build brand awareness and multiply revenue if they aren’t already doing so. We’ve consistently received a handful of similar questions regarding influencer marketing. This blog post is focused on answering those frequently asked questions.

Influencers help you gain access to new communities who may be interested in your brand.

Influencers help you gain access to new communities who may be interested in your brand.

Q: How do I find influencers to work with?

A: One effective way to find influencers to work with is to check out the top posts for the hashtags specific to your industry. If your hashtag is #cooking, check out the top posts with the hashtag #cooking. The same goes for other topics. You’ll be able to see influencers who regularly produce quality content that fits in your niche. This link explains how Instagram Hashtag Following works.

Influencer marketing is an effective way to increase attendance at events.

Influencer marketing is an effective way to increase attendance at events.

Q: How do I know if it’s a good influencer to work with?

To know if an influencer help you gain a positive ROI (return-on-investment), it’s important to figure out the engagement an influencer receives. Instagram engagement is a combination of likes and comments. Use this Instagram calculator to figure out the engagement rate of an influencer you’re interested in. Influencers who have an engagement rate of more than 8% are often good to work with. Remember that engagement rates is often more important than total followers. It’s always a good idea to work with influencers have engagement rates in the double digits and also do a great job of responding to comments and direct messages.

Choose to work with influencers who have great engagement rates.

Choose to work with influencers who have great engagement rates.

Q: Do I have to pay influencers?

A: You don’t always have to pay an influencer when you team up with one. Some influencers are only looking for free product of any monetary value. Other influencers will give you a shoutout if you give them products or services that are equal to a specific monetary value that makes them feel like it’s worth their time.

Influencer marketing can provide a better ROI than traditional and digital advertising.

Influencer marketing can provide a better ROI than traditional and digital advertising.

Q: How do I get influencers to agree to work with me?

A: Influencers want to work with brands who fit their values and help them provide authentic content for their followers. Don’t reach out to influencers just because they have 100,000 followers or 10,000,000 followers. Make sure the influencers you want to work with have similar values and you’re able to help them with their goals. When pitching influencers, explain as simply as possible how your brand will help them and provide value for their followers.

Clarify expectations and always deliver as promised when working with influencers.

Clarify expectations and always deliver as promised when working with influencers.

Q: What do I do if they agree to work with me?

A: Congratulations! You got an influencer to say yes to working with you! Be sure to nail down expectations and strive to be as transparent as possible. Communicate with the influencer what he/she can expect to receive from you. If you’re shipping product, send them the tracking information. If they’re coming to your business for an experience, plan out the details of their time with you. Set yourself up for success.

7 reasons why you need to start using influencer marketing for your business

More and more consumers refuse to buy from a particular brand if it hasn't been recommended to them. Think about how you take time to read reviews before making a purchase on Amazon or going out to lunch at the new place that opened up 5 minutes from your office. Trust is key when gaining new customers.

Working with influencers such as @kelsiemarietaylor helps you scale your marketing efforts will inspiring new customers

Working with influencers such as @kelsiemarietaylor helps you scale your marketing efforts will inspiring new customers

This truth applies to any business whether it's a service like a nail salon or a product-based business like sunglasses. One of the ways to open up the door to a trusting relationship between your business and your ideal customer is to collaborate with your ideal customer's influencers. Influencer marketing is nothing brand new. It has only evolved as new mediums for engagement has evolved. Think about how many people started using the Nike brand because Jordan was sponsored by Nike. Jordan has been a top tier influencer for decades. Today, brands can collaborate with popular individuals on everything for Instagram to YouTube in order to expose their brands to their ideal audiences while increasing credibility. People love to use the same products and services their idols do.

With that being said, here are seven reasons you need to start using influencer marketing for your business:

1. Diversify your audience: Can your product or service benefit more than just one demographic? If you sell indestructible kitchen knives and are currently only selling to homemade taco enthusiasts, you're probably missing out on sales you could be making to homemade sushi fans. Working with sushi chef influencers can help you crack into the sushi market. The same holds true for cultural demographics. You don't have to limit yourself to only the Hispanic community or only Canadians in Toronto. With the right influencers, you can work through different language barriers as well.

Influencer marketing gives you access to different age groups and interests

Influencer marketing gives you access to different age groups and interests

2. Inspire customers: With influencer marketing, customers can learn how to get the most out of what your business has to offer. Say you sell waterproof backpacks that don't get moldy or smelly. Fitness influencers will demonstrate how to use your unique backpacks whether you're into CrossFit or yoga. Outdoor influencers can create a video on how everything you need for an overnight trip fits perfectly into your waterproof backpack.

3. Greater media coverage: Making waves with influencers can help you gain attention from bigger media organizations. A Shark Tank company that produces motion-activated toilet night lights, IllumiBowl was able to generate even more buzz by being featured by mommy bloggers and vloggers around the world. This attention helped IllumiBowl receive shoutouts by media companies such as Buzzfeed and Business Insider.

Influencer marketing is an unconventional way to gain greater exposure compared to traditional forms of media like print magazines

Influencer marketing is an unconventional way to gain greater exposure compared to traditional forms of media like print magazines

4. Influencers create content: In a world where nearly everyone in the U.S. has a smartphone, content rules supreme. When you collaborate with an influencer, you will have your business featured in content created by that influencer. Vloggers are going to create videos of their experience with your brand. Bloggers are going to write about how to get the most out of your product or service. Through their quality content, you will be able to quickly expand your sphere of influence. People on social media will have videos and articles they can share with their friends and family which will expose more people to your business.

5. They've earned trust: An influencer's audience has grown over time thanks to the influencer's level of authenticity. Influencers who have earned a large following have also earned a great deal of trust. When you work with reliable influencers, you are able to earn more credibility for your brand. Consumers are more likely to buy from a brand that partners with their favorite Instagram accounts and YouTubers. Influencers such as Casey Neistat and Michelle Phan have really dedicated followers thanks to the honesty of their content. Endorsements and features from creators like Neistat and Phan can result in strong conversions in online sales.

Trust can be earned through effective, authentic partnerships

Trust can be earned through effective, authentic partnerships

6. Step up your SEO game: Thanks to all of the content being generated by influencers, you will have backlinks for days. The link to your website will be in front of potentially millions of social media users on different platforms including Facebook and YouTube.

7. Scale your marketing efforts: One way to think of working with influencers is that you are expanding your marketing team. With every influencer you work with, you could be multiplying your following on a consistent basis. Instead of just you working on marketing efforts, you have other influencers with their own audiences who are acting as ambassadors of your brand. They're invested in creating successful content because they don't want to lose their audience they've worked so hard to build.