Top 4 Influencer marketing trends that will rule 2017

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One of the major problems that brands and businesses have to face in 2017 is the challenge of reaching out to maximum number of people through cost effective methods. The problem is that social media channels like Facbebook, Instagram etc. have reduced the organic reach to such a small amount that brands have to spend more in paid advertising and the drive to build an online decreases significantly.

So if organic reach is dying and brands want to look at something other then paid ads then whom should they call to save the day? The answer is influencer marketing. By tying up with influencers brands can create content which is genuine and will be heard by the online audiences. The best part is it is measurable and you can always check where each penny goes and what it gets.

Keeping this in mind, we are sharing with you Top 4 influencer marketing trends that will rule 2017:

1. Influencer activities will be measured with better efficiency

With the advent of social media analytical tools and their data mining capabilities, we will see the rise of many tools/vendors that help measure the efforts done by influencers on online channels. Big data, predictive analytics and technology will help brands understand the impressions, engagement, share of voice and sentiments in detail. This also opens door to understand what users are talking about the brand and their competitors and business can make marketing decisions based upon it.

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For example, this here is a tool introduced by one of webeesocial’s vendors which helps measure the results of influencer programs and lets us know how our campaigns have fared.

 

2. Super Influencer deals will become challenging for brands

Since their fame is sky rocketing, influencers have become more complex and their demands and offers are equivalent to sports or entertainment celebrities (Not that it’s wrong). Dealing with these influencers who have gotten a sudden burst of popularity and themselves are trying to handle it will become difficult for brands. Businesses will have to work on deals which include a strategy for supporting earned media, creative positive sentiment across channels, appearances for events etc. These deals will have to be worked upon alignments and exposure rather then quantity of tweets or posts.

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Also one thing which does not get spoken about much is the ownership of content. Copyright laws in India are vague and brands really need to work on taking consents from the artists or influencers before getting content created for themselves. Hence brands will have to chalk out a strategy keeping return on investment as prime focus and parallely weighing the total cost of talent, production and promotion against specific deliverables including total engagement, conversation volume and conversion.

3. Micro influencers will be crucial for engaging audiences

Micro-influencers are the new wave of social media influencers who generally have 1,000 to 100,000 followers. Their engagement is higher and they are popular in a particular category.  Their followers look up to them for daily snacking of content from their interest areas and these influencers become a part of their daily content consumption. Brands need to identify these influencers and build a network of them so so that they help build brand advocacy even when there are no promotions going on.

Due to availability of fake followers and social media automation, the process of finding these influencers has become very challenging. Twitter has been infested with handles which auto post RSS feeds from blogs and are full of fake bots as followers. Brands need to be careful and stay away from such psuedo macro influencers.
To ensure success, brands will need to invest in technology and resources or turn these activities over to legit agencies who make sure that their efforts are not going in vain and they are getting actual benefits from these macro influencers.

4. Influencers will become or make their own brands

With rising popularity and followership, many influencers will recognize money making opportunities and establish brands of their own in the coming year. Take for example, Guru MSG or Bhuvan bam aka BBkiVines, influencers like these know that they are brands in themselves and have started coming out with their own products or  merchandise.
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While some influencers will use their personality to develop their brand and content delivery system, others will pursue ventures ranging from clothing and make-up lines, to technology ventures and apps, to socially and cause-based businesses. Some influencers might even use their community to crowdfund projects and get business benefits through their popularity. (For example Ashton Kutcher and his ventures).
This means that businesses and agencies will now start looking at acquiring influencers to act as media brands. It is very much possible that brands will start giving influencers stake in the product or business.
Keeping this in mind, brands/businesses and agencies will have to pull up their socks and make things systematic so that the efforts spent on influencer programs are beneficial and add value.

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WeBeeSocial is a full service creative digital marketing agency in New Delhi India. Our In-house Social Media team can help you identify the correct influencers, optimize your social media channels and design the best ads & social media campaigns. Feel free to connect with us to inquire more about our services here.

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