At this point in time, most businesses are well aware of the power of social media. According to Statista, roughly 79 percent of the American population has a social media profile, which accounts for almost 247 million people. However, simply having a social media presence isn’t enough. If you really want to take advantage of all that social media has to offer, you have to take advantage of the power of social media influencers. The use of social media influencers can help boost your brand’s reputation while also exposing your brand to an even bigger audience.
What Are Social Media Influencers?
Social media influencers are people on social media who can be considered “personalities” and who have massive amounts of followers who hang on to their every post. Many social influencers have such significant sway over their audience that they become mini-celebrities in a way. In fact, many celebrities are considered influencers because of their huge social media followings. Businesses are beginning to form relationships with these influencers as a way to gain access to these massive audiences. For example, when an Instagram model tags a designer brand in a picture of them wearing their clothing, the brand receives a huge boost in brand awareness amongst that influencer’s base.
The Benefits of Social Influencer Marketing
The following are some of the reasons why you should participate in social influencer marketing:
Improve brand awareness
The moment an influencer mentions your brand or showcases one of your products, you’ll immediately have the eyes of their followers on you. As a result, you’ll increase your brand awareness significantly based on the influencers you’re working with.
Improve your brand credibility
People consider influencers to be trustworthy figures. They’re personalities that are separate from corporations. As a result, they trust what influencers have to say. When influencers promote your brand, their audience assumes that your brand is credible.
Reach a relevant audience
If your influencer is relevant to your industry, then working with them will provide you with access to a relevant audience. For example, a business that sells dog food could gain more exposure to a larger audience by teaming up with an influencer whose Instagram account focuses on the daily adventures of their pet dog. It’s likely that this influencer’s audience is the type of audience the dog food brand is targeting.
A different way to promote products
There’s a fine line when it comes to advertising products and services to your audience. People often get annoyed when they’re trying to read through a blog or email and all they find are advertisements. However, when an influencer promotes a product, most users don’t view it as a corporate advertisement despite the fact influencers are required to be transparent about the relationships that they have with brands when promoting a product. They see it more as an endorsement of a product from someone that they trust.
Influencers contribute to your content marketing
Influencers are natural content creators. It’s why they have such large followings, to begin with — they are capable of creating engaging content on a daily basis. Not only can they create content promoting your brand, but that content is likely to be shared, liked, and commented on by a significant amount of people. Essentially, influencer marketing benefits your content marketing efforts.
Improve your SEO
Influencers can significantly boost your SEO efforts. When mentioning your brand on social media, they often link back to the relevant page or use your company hashtag. This can improve your SEO because Google factors in backlinks from authoritative sources when ranking pages. Additionally, the web traffic that a backlink from a social influencer brings to your site can boost your page rankings.
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How Powerful Are Social Media Influencers?
Still not sure whether putting the effort into identifying influencers is worth the time and money? Consider the following social media influencer marketing stats that showcase just how powerful an influencer can be:
- Around 49 percent of consumers make their purchasing decisions based on recommendations made by influencers that they follow.
- About 40 percent of all Twitter users (and there are over 126 million of them) have made a purchasing decision as a result of a tweet.
- Approximately 74 percent of consumers use social networks to help guide their purchasing decisions.
- Around 40 percent of all consumers use ad-blocking apps online, meaning they can’t always be reached using paid advertising.
As you can see, influencer marketing is incredibly powerful — and it will only continue growing. Take advantage of the power of social media influencers by identifying the influencers that fit your brand. Reach out to them and begin to build a relationship that benefits you both.
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