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The campaign of KFC India which it created just before launching its Double Down Burger is still a fresh memory. To create a buzz, the brand worked closely with food bloggers who generated a great curiosity around what will be in the next burger with #KFCSecretBurger.  After the burger was revealed, the brand collaborated with influencers including Buzzfeed to flood social media with reviews about the taste. Not just KFC but thousands of brands today are turning to influencer marketing as an effective way of advertising their organization’s name out. For any business looking to grow, influencer marketing can work wonders!

For brands who are still unaware of the concept, an influencer is a person with the ability to influence the perception of others and make them perform the desired action. Influencers may not necessarily be a celebrity but can also be micro influencers. Having influencers as a part of your marketing strategy to advertise your product or service tend to benefit you enormously as these influencers have a devoted fan base with particular interests. This suggests that you can effortlessly target your niche audience who will then communicate to the far wider target audience to generate impressive outcomes.

 

How does influencer marketing works?

 

Influencer marketing draws in key brand pioneer to drive your message to your audience in the most organic way. It targets people with a huge social media following who can sway and make an impact on audience featuring the key influencers. In simple words, rather than marketing directly to the audience, you leverage on influencers to get out the word for you! For an instance, a testimonial by a popular journalist, blogger, or a YouTube personality who talks about the product’s features and benefits makes a deeper impact on potential buyers and persuades them to make a positive purchasing decision.

Influencer marketing helps your business a viable option to interact with customers in a natural way and direct them towards the desired action. Having a perfect combination of reach, contextual credibility, and salesmanship, influencers hold a great potential to deliver the message to a broad audience and influence them to maximize marketing opportunities. A recent study also indicates that 30% of the customers are likely to buy a product recommended by a non-celebrity blogger, which makes influencer marketing worth investing.

 

Benefits of influencer marketing

 

As per recent reports, 92% marketers are expected to launch at least one influencer campaign. If you also are thinking to start your own influencer marketing campaign, here are few ways how you can benefit immensely:

Generates greater returns: From leading companies to small businesses and newly minted startups, organizations are witnessing positive returns from influencer marketing. The main reason why influencers drive sales and affect purchasing decisions is that they are social celebrities with high engagement and ability to persuade others. It can immensely help you boost your conversions rates and fortify sales. Their message, content, videos, pictures or pictures reaches thousands of people that generate conversions on a large scale. Its ability to generate enormous returns on investment (ROI) has encouraged various companies to increase their influencer marketing budgets for the recent time to come.

94% of marketers using influencing marketing find it an effective practice which generates up to 11x the ROI of traditional advertising.  

 

Builds trust and credibility: Winning trust of customers cannot be done overnight, where brand spend years to gain it. Social influencers spend a significant time and efforts to win the trust of their followers. Influencer marketing creates an excellent opportunity to build this confidence, as the influencers act as a credible source telling potential customers about what your brand offers in the most compelling way. While making a purchasing decision, customers widely lean to influencers to learn how a product performs. Hence, if you work with social media influencers to review and recommend your product or services, you can see a spike with customers who rely on these reviews to go for a particular product or a brand. It will also help you to boost brand credibility and customer loyalty.

 

Drives conversions & relevant leads: Top influencers, being expert in their field hold a specific niche audience, based on which they create your content strategy. This also suggests that if your products or services are directly related to an influencer’s niche, you can use it as an asset to generate relevant leads. Not just this, in fact, influencer marketing is also a popular way to drive conversions by incorporating a call-to-action on sponsored posts. Such as providing a discount code by an influencer provides value to their followers and also allows you to get a hold on customers quickly.

 

Aids content strategy: As a marketer, you must be aware of how challenging it is to generate fresh content ideas to attract the audience. Creating offbeat content on a regular basis not only requires creativity but also enormous resources. This is where influencer marketing helps!  Influencers are blessed with a huge following base, where the only way to engage them is to create compelling content. Thus, influencers invest a lot of time to create quality content for their social media channels. Influencers ensure that the load to develop fresh content gets shared. When you partner with an influencer, some of the content can be produced by you while others can be created by the influencer for your campaign. This strategy also ensures that you deliver creative and high-quality content routinely.   

Final Thoughts…                                                                                                                

Influencer marketing helps your business a viable option to interact with customers in a natural way and direct them towards the desired action. So, now when you know what influencer marketing has to offer you, it’s time for you to incorporate it into your marketing strategy and drive some real time results! However, like other marketing strategies, you cannot hope to start seeing the positive results overnight but selecting the right influencer and creating an effective campaign can be a game changer for your business.

Gear up for our next blog to know easy steps to get started with your own influencer marketing campaign…