Wondering how influencer collaboration with brands works?
You can tap into a new target base and connect with audiences on an emotional level — as long as you leverage credible and established influencers who reflect your brand’s image and values.
What is Influencer Marketing?
Influencer marketing is a form of online marketing where brands partner with influencers — or individuals with established credibility and a dedicated following in a specific niche or industry.
These influencers have a large number of engaged followers on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, amongst others. Influencer marketing leverages the influencers’ authenticity and reach to create compelling content that resonates with their audiences.
Why Choosing Influencers Can Help Reach Highly Engaged Niche Audiences?
Collaborating with the right influencers can help unlock highly engaged niche audiences for brands in the following ways:
#1 Leveraging the Influencer’s Reach and Credibility
Influencers spend years building a loyal follower base which means brands don’t need to do the heavy lifting of ensuring their campaigns meet the minimum thresholds set for the number of impressions attained. Most of these followers are likely to engage and act upon the messages conveyed by their desired influencers.
#2 Targeting Niche Audiences with Precision
Influencers typically specialise in specific niches or industries. Brands can choose influencers whose audience closely matches their desired consumer demographics, ensuring a more precise and effective reach.
#3 Benefitting from Influencer Insights and Expertise
Influencers have firsthand knowledge of their audience’s behaviour, interests, and needs. The authenticity of their content stems from this understanding, enabling influencers to craft content that resonates well with their audiences.
#4 Leveraging Word-of-Mouth Marketing and Social Proof
Finally, influencer recommendations carry a strong element of social proof or ‘trust signals’ —influencing their followers’ purchasing decisions through word-of-mouth marketing. Plus, bands can capitalise on user-generated content to drive engagement and sales.
How to Drive Engagement with Influencer Marketing: 4 Useful Strategies
#1 Collaborate With Relevant Influencers
The most important task is to find influencers whose content aligns with your brand and target audience.
When collaborating with relevant influencers, leverage these tips:
- Personalise your outreach to influencers, highlighting why their content resonates with your brand.
- Co-create content with influencers, allowing them creative freedom while ensuring it aligns with your brand guidelines.
- Encourage influencers to share behind-the-scenes content or exclusive offers to make their followers feel special and engaged.
- Track and analyse the performance of influencer collaborations to identify successful partnerships and optimise future campaigns.
#2 Leverage User-Generated Content (UGC)
If you want your brand to connect with customers on a deeper and more intimate level, use the following UGC campaign best practices:
- Create a branded hashtag and encourage influencers and their followers to use it when sharing UGC.
- Regularly engage with UGC by liking, commenting, and reposting high-quality content created by influencers and their followers.
- Run UGC contests with specific themes or prompts to encourage participation and increase engagement.
- Showcase UGC on your website, social media profiles, or even in physical locations to amplify the reach of user-generated content.
#3 Run Contests And Giveaways
You can also create contests or giveaways in partnership with influencers to drive engagement and increase brand awareness using the following tips:
- Clearly define the rules, entry requirements, and duration of the contest or giveaway to create a sense of urgency and clarity.
- Leverage the influencer’s following by requiring participants to follow both the influencer and your brand to enter.
- Consider partnering with complementary brands or influencers to create larger prize packages, expanding the reach and appeal of the contest.
- Promote the contest or giveaway across multiple channels, including social media, email marketing, and your website, to maximise visibility.
- Announce the winner publicly and celebrate their participation to encourage ongoing engagement and excitement.
#4 Create Authentic Storytelling
If you want influencer marketing to be a hit:
- Provide influencers with key brand messaging and values to ensure they authentically incorporate them into their content.
- Encourage influencers to share personal anecdotes or experiences related to your brand, highlighting the emotional connection it created.
- Incorporate user testimonials or stories into influencer campaigns to showcase real-life experiences with your product or service.
- Leverage various content formats such as blog posts, videos, or social media captions to allow influencers to express their unique storytelling styles.
- Amplify the reach of the storytelling content by promoting it through your brand’s social media channels, email newsletters, or website.
Start Your Influencer Marketing Journey with M&C Saatchi Performance
We have a dedicated team of experts developing and executing authentic influencer collaborations with brands, offering a host of services such as:
- Product placements
- Talent management & contracting
- Creative strategy
- Audience research
- Customer journey
- Measurement solutions & reporting
To understand how we can promote your content on platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and more, connect with our team and unlock the power of influencer marketing.