- Influencer Marketing: Brief summary
- Influencer Marketing: Detailed summary
- Criteria for influencers
- Finding and approaching influencers
Influencer Marketing: Short Summary
On social media, opinion leaders are described as influencers. These influential individuals could be, for example, bloggers.
What is Influencer Marketing? Detailed Summary
In order to distribute their content and products by targeting appropriate audiences, many companies rely on so-called influencer marketing. These influencers may be bloggers, online marketers or SEO agencies, and they interest companies on the social web because of their reach, their reputation or their expert status. Relevant influencers act as multipliers by redistributing company content to the desired target audience.
Companies may have different objectives for contacting influencers, perhaps to:
- Increase the company’s visibility on Google
- Increase brand awareness of the company
- Bring traffic to the company website
- Generate more social signals (Likes, comments, etc.)
- Promote Linkbuilding
Criteria for Influencers
Which influencers would be ideal to work with a company depends on the respective market and target audience. Companies should first ask themselves who are the most important opinion leaders in their industry. The following factors provide clues about people who would be suitable influencers for a company:
- Activity on the Internet
- Activity on social media channels like Facebook and Twitter
- Number of relevant contacts
- Fan and follower totals (e.g. Twitter)
- Expert status on a particular topic
Finding and Approaching Influencers
The first place to find influencers is your personal network. Asking personal contacts to distribute your content will likely be far more promising than approaching strangers. However, building a good network takes time, and contacts must be regularly maintained.
Searching for appropriate influencers on the Web, and on social media, also makes sense. In addition, there are various monitoring tools available, such as Social Mention, Tweetreach, and the Ripples tool on Google+. Companies may also use agencies to help identify and target potential influencers.
Brands often contact influencers via email, and speakers at industry events are always promising. To successfully seed content via influencers, a business must be aware of the extent to which said content is relevant to the influencer. Is the material unique, and precisely how will the influencers add value for the public? When distributing content, it also helps to mention your relevant contacts.
Well-connected influencers can be a very valuable asset for businesses.
One particularly important element to evaluate is the people in the influencer’s network and how credible that influencer appears from the perspective of the target audience.
Personal contact is an especially favorable way to approach an influencer. But the influencer must value the information as an influencer will only be willing to share company content if he or she believes that content is relevant and important.
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