Why the World's Top Brands Are Spending Top Dollar on Influencers

Why the World's Top Brands Are Spending Top Dollar on Influencers

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a major transition happening in both the B2B and B2C worlds: more and more of the world's leading brands are shifting their marketing budgets over to influencers. Well, I hate to say I told you so!

Whereas influencer marketing started off as a strategy aimed largely at younger consumers of B2C brands (yes, I'm talking about Millennials), over the past year or so it has shifted significantly. As the tactic gains marketers' trust and yields results, it's starting to appear across all types of industry.

According to Linqia's State of Influencer Marketing 2017 report, 86% of marketers used influencer marketing in 2016, and nearly half plan to up their investment in 2017.

So why is everyone suddenly going crazy for influencers? A recent article I came across on the Tech.Co website offered a few suggestions:

Authenticity


For me, this is probably the key reason for the growing popularity of influencer marketing. Consumers have become distrustful of traditional marketing forms, and it's much the same for B2B buyers; neither want to be 'sold' to, and both want something valuable from brands.

Influencers have credibility and authenticity. The best influencers are more concerned with sharing content that'll interest their followers, rather than going for the hard sell. They think in words and ideas rather than numbers and profit margins. They also offer brands a fresh perspective on their own image and values, which is great if you're looking for new ways to talk about what you do.

Ad-blocking software


A study from Reuters suggests that ad-blocking is on the rise, with 44% of 18-24-year-olds now using the software. The future doesn't look good for traditional paid online ads, then. Influencer content handily bypasses ad-blockers, but more importantly, most people viewing the content will have chosen to view it, rather than being interrupted by it. Marketing in this way attracts the attention and gains the trust of your target audience in a genuine, organic way.

Multiple audiences


Campaigns of the past used a single voice (your brand's) to reach a single audience. Not any more! You can now strengthen your message through the voices of influential leaders, reaching multiple audiences in multiple ways. For B2Bs, this means speaking to different types of potential clients through a range of respected experts in your field.

Measurable returns


Measuring the ROI of different marketing tactics has always been a challenge for marketers. With influencer content, not only can you measure immediate sales through affiliate links and calculate metrics such as cost-per-engagement, you can also offset this with the cost of producing the content in-house.

So, will you be embracing influencer marketing this year?

Tony Wood
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How to Introduce and Position Yourself the Right Way

How to Introduce and Position Yourself the Right Way

Introducing yourself – more to getting it right than you think!


What do you say when someone asks you “so what do you do?”

You might say, “I’m a financial advisor”. Or “I’m an investment advisor”. If you’re a top advisor, you might be compelled to say “I’m Vice President and Portfolio Manager”. Or even “I’m a CFA”.

Well put all of those away if you’re introducing yourself to a woman you might want as a client. None of the above will impress her – she might even “run for the door” thinking you’re going to try to “sell” her something.

Your goal is have her say “tell me more about that”.

So what do you say?

Here are 4 quick tips:

  1. Make it about your clients
  2. Make it about outcomes
  3. Make it interesting
  4. Make it fun
     

How about something like this: “I help people have their cake and eat it too”.  Doesn’t that beg the question “what does that mean” or “how do you do that”.

Okay maybe that’s a bit over the edge but it’s important you make it about the people you help and not about what you do to help people get there.

Related: Turning a Female Prospect Into a Client

Try this:

I help <type of people you serve”> <achieve this>. Something like:

  • I help retirees create a sustainable income.
  • I help women understand money on their terms.
  • I help young couples get a good start towards financial security.
     

Now you try it! Send us your best one.

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