How Influencer Marketing Can Help Your Brand be More Successful

The internet is a crowded place. There are millions of brands, all competing for space. It’s no wonder that many brands are turning to less conventional ways to attract consumer attention.

With the right approach, influencer marketing can help your brand increase its reach online, but you need to do it right. Building a great website using is a good start, but it takes time and effort to build a loyal following. To help you get started, here are some useful tips.

What is Influencer Marketing?

Some people have more influence than others do. Celebrities, well-known business people, and anyone who is anyone online all have power. When these people speak, others listen. Brands can harness this power to their advantage, but you have to go about it in the right way.

Social media stars exert a lot of influence. The biggest names on YouTube and Instagram have tens of thousands of followers and everything they post garners thousands of views and ‘likes’. For a brand, this level of exposure virtually guarantees a higher profile. For example, fashion brands often send new lines for free to celebrities because they know one red carpet outing is worth a fortune. The same applies to travel brands. They frequently target popular Instagrammers with free flights and accommodation because they know they will post photos for their followers.

For an influencer, there is a world of freebies out there just begging to be enjoyed. This might sound like a one-way ticket for a brand, but with the right partnership, it is also a mutually satisfying relationship.

Decide on a Goal

To make influencer marketing work, you need to work out what your goals are. Are you hoping to promote new content, gain traction for a new product launch, or boost your reputation with a different demographic? There are many ways to leverage major influencers, but it’s important to decide on your goals before you begin. If you don’t do this, it will be difficult to monitor the performance of an influencer marketing campaign.

Work with the Right Influencers

Think carefully about whom you want to work with. There has to be something in it for the influencer, or they won’t want to work with you. Don’t be swayed by how many followers an influencer has. This is not the most important factor here. What really matters is how much influence they have and how engaged their audience is.

Draw up a short list on a specific social media channel and look for people who are interested in your industry. Reach out to them and start to build relationships. Let your relationships form organically. Get to know them and work out whether you are a good fit for each other. Remember, it’s not always about freebies and other perks. Influencers are often just as happy with brands that are willing to work with them to grow their audience.

Influencer marketing only works if it comes across as ‘natural’. Try to force the relationship and you’ll both lose out.

Mars Cureg

Web designer by profession, photography hobbyist, T-shirt lover, design blog founder, gamer. Socially and physically awkward, lack of social skills, struggles to communicate with anyone who doesn't have a keyboard. Willing to walk to get to the promised land. Photo and video freelancer, SEO. Check out more on my Google+

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