Tips for Instagram Influencer Success

Tips for Instagram Influencer Success

Utilizing influencers on Instagram and other social media sites is the new PR. Instead of pitching the media to pick up your product or services, brands are pitching social media users. By seeing your products or services used by trusted Instagram influencers, consumers are more likely to trust a review compared to a traditional social media advertisement. Here are some tips to help you find success for your organization with Instagram influencers.

Micro Influencers vs. Macro Influencers

Depending on their number of followers, Instagram influencers can reach hundreds of thousands or even millions of potential consumers. To first start your search for influencers, it is important to find the right size for your brand’s needs and budget.
Social media channels have two types of influencers: Macro and Micro. Here are a few differences to help you determine which is right for your needs:

Micro Influencers

  • Lower reach
  • 10,000 – 500,000 followers
  • More trusted by consumers
  • May charge for product placements but at a lower cost than Macro Influencers

Macro Influencers

  • Higher reach
  • 500,000+ Followers
  • Less trusted by consumers
  • Typically charge for product placements

How to Find Influencers in Your Industry

There are many tools available to help brands find influencers in their industries. While some of these tools require a fee, they can dramatically cut down research time when searching for influencers. These tools allow brands to search by demographic, following size and even cost to help determine the best influencers for their specific needs. A few influencer tools include:

If you don’t want to pay for these tools, finding influencers can be as simple as searching Google and Instagram for your industry. This method works great for finding Macro influencers, however finding smaller, Micro influencers may require some serious time and effort.

Reaching Out to Influencers

After finding the perfect size influencer for your needs and budget, now’s the time to reach out. Reaching out to Instagram influencers is as simple as sending an email or a direct message. Because large influencers typically have a flood of direct messages each day, it is recommended to reach out by email if possible. Things to state in your message include:

  • Your organization
  • Your budget (if applicable)
  • Number of posts you’re requesting
  • Your product or service

Measuring Success

So you’ve gotten an influencer to post about your product, now what? Once a post has been published, it’s time to measure whether your Instagram influencer outreach has been successful. This can be measured in numerous ways, including:

  • Increased website traffic
  • Increase in new customers
  • Increase in post engagement/following
  • Increase in sales from your product(s)

These increases (or decreases) should be compared with the overall cost of influencer outreach, including price per post, time spent on research and more. If it’s determined that cost was low with high results, continue reaching out to influencers to help find further results.

 

If the opposite is true, don’t give up quite yet. You may need to simply research more, find smaller influencers or target a different demographic. Just like anything on social media, trial and error is the key to success.

Why Your Facebook Marketing Isn’t Working

Why Your Facebook Marketing Isn’t Working

Feel like you’ve been wasting your time and energy attempting to market your business on Facebook? Don’t stress. Here are a few reasons why your current Facebook marketing efforts may not be producing results.

You Don’t Have a Strategy

Successful marketing on Facebook, or any other social media platform for that matter, requires a detailed plan. Before you can expect to see results, sit down and map out your end goals, along with the strategies or tactics it will take to achieve them. This should include audience research, specific types of content and a thorough look at your current social efforts.

There’s No Call To Action

How will users know what to do if you don’t tell them? This can be resolved by providing your followers with a direct call to action. Whether you’re asking them to give you a call, download a pdf or schedule an appointment, include this action throughout your pages and posts.

You’re Not Targeting Your Audience
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Social media gives the illusion that it can reach anyone and everyone. While this “spray and hope for the best” approach is technically possible, it is not exactly wise. Think about who is actively engaging with your Facebook content. This information will help you create more specific and interesting content targeted to who you’re trying to reach, resulting in higher conversions.

You’re Not Engaging

The 24/7 world of social media means users are always engaged. The question is, are you? It is highly important to be tuned in to your social media at all times, or the very least multiple times a day. Questions, comments, messages and any other user interactions on your page should be answered within hours of original posting. This tells users you’re listening and you care about what they have to say.

This doesn’t just apply to questions and positive reinforcement. Even if a user leaves a negative response, it is key to reply. A simple acknowledgement or explanation can go a long way in the eyes of a customer.

You’re Not Watching the Competition

Pay close attention to what your top competitors are doing with their Facebook marketing. If they’re successful, see how you can repurpose their strategy to fit your needs. If they’re not, try to figure out why. Doing this can help you avoid repeating their unsuccessful efforts.

 

Successful Facebook marketing isn’t easy. However, if you take your time, do your research and continue to experiment and improve, the possibilities are endless.

SMX West Digest

SMX West Digest

Absolutely worth every dime. What I found most surprising is the size of this industry is still very small. I’d say about 30 percent represented an organization that wanted to learn more about digital marketing and 70 percent were representing an agency. I can honestly say I didn’t attend a bad session. I kept my attention in the advanced sessions where the presenters often spoke about real world case studies and findings. I had 3 great takeaways from SMX West and I have broken them down below:

1. SEO is alive and well. I was beginning to change my perception of the term SEO. We are proponents of using the word ‘search,’ essentially combining SEO and SEM. While there is very much a strong relationship between SEO and SEM, these are still separate practices. While many people are doing very well in non-branded and branded SEO, there are two very large opportunities that many businesses are missing out on.

a. The power of SEM as it relates to real life events, like weather, celebrities, sporting events or games. An example would be purchasing keywords like ‘score of Lions and Packers game’ for a company interested in getting in front of male viewers aged 18-24.

b. Leveraging big advertisers huge TV campaign budgets to purchase keywords about the product or industry they are building. This is also important for the actual companies spending on TV already and where the 1+1=3 comes into play. What a huge opportunity and it requires your organization to be on the constant lookout for new opportunities. The power of listening is extremely valuable today.

2. Visual communication is the future of the web. We are continuing to skim more content and faster, giving ourselves less time to decide if we are going to engage or not. By 2018, 84 percent of the communication done on the web will be visual. This means content must be more creative than just a blog or landing page. Infographics, charts, maps and digital stories with video and audio are becoming more crucial in converting a visitor into a customer. The story your brand tells is continuing to grow in importance. I know, you say that has always mattered, and it has, but not as much as it does today. Now, we have more options. Bottom line, web content is getting better and will allow us to learn and absorb information much faster.

3. Your brand can lead your industry by relying entirely on Google, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. I’m repeating, you can and should build a multimillion dollar business and only market yourself online. I knew this before I went to SMX, but it was confirmed multiple times. For example: There was a mattress company that has established themselves as the top searched branded keyword in their industry and it only took them about one year. How did they do it? They told a great story and leveraged it through the power of social media.

Disclaimer:

SMX is an absolute grind. The sessions go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for three days with only two, 15 minute breaks and half an hour for lunch each day. When you throw in networking and a couple cocktails, you don’t have much time to get your actual business work done. However, this is the cost of a really good expo. I would suggest bringing a couple people from your office and split up the events to cover more ground. The perfect combination would be someone from management and a beginner. Both will learn a great deal and at the same time learn a lot that can be shared amongst each other. Thanks to everyone who attended, all the speakers, the sponsors and #SMX.

SMX West Day 1 From Someone Who’s Looking to Grow Their Own Business

SMX West Day 1 From Someone Who’s Looking to Grow Their Own Business

It was a great first day at SMX West. There are probably only around 1,500 people here, which really surprises me. It also excites me because it puts SSDM in a small group of agencies that are not only attending these, but are able to come back and implement. I attended “Thinking Outside the SEM Box” which had a lot of great case studies about unorthodox campaigns.  Like KitKat purchasing football team names in Adwords to attempt to give scoring updates to their every challenging 18-24 male market.

A repeating theme of the day was how social and search need to be connected in strategy and execution. Looking at SEO and Social and PPC separately is not the way to go, we know this, but it’s nice to get the affirmation. Maggie Malek (@MagsMac) was really good.  Speaking about the relationship between search and social, Maggie said, “We know everything is changing but everyone is acting like nothing is happening. Brand development happens through social and search.” There is so much education that has to continue to happen in the marketplace.

Bruce Clay is basically the Father of SEO, I’d say Perry Marshall is the Father of PPC.  Bruce had a lot of swagger actually. He was kind and humble but didn’t want to take anyones shit. A true sign of a man that’s been around awhile, maybe a little cynical but certainly a master of his craft. The biggest takeaway was Bruce was saying how his agency has to reinvent themselves every 6 months to remain relevant.  The ‘not set’ organic change was a big hit, but uses an API from Search Council that allows him to see the actual keywords being used to generate SEO traffic.


Bruce Clay Key Takeaways:

  • Webpagetest.org
  • Pop ups should show up with the follow: average time on site divided by 3.
  • Disavowfiles.com – Keep adding websites. Accumulated report over all-time. 
  • Outbound links are valuable. – Think like bibliography.
  • “We’ve increased page ranking by removing bad/old content.”
  • If you’d been using the same website for 8 years, give it up.”
  • API from Search Council to see your organic search terms.

Dynamic ads and visual content are the future. 85% of communication will be visual by 2018. I’ll have more on this for my Day 2 recap, stay tuned!

Watch the recap here:

Protect Your Data & Privacy Settings on Social Media

Protect Your Data & Privacy Settings on Social Media

It is pretty common knowledge that Facebook and other social media platforms (SMP) are capturing your behavior on their sites and selling it as data (anonymously of course) to the highest bidding agencies. Naturally, the question of privacy is bound to come up. Of course, Facebook or any other SMP offers a multitude of options to keep certain things hidden from your timelines or limit who can see what actions and posts. However, do you ever wonder what information is available to the public or even what the data about you being sold looks like on the other side of things? With the help of tools like Data Selfie and Stalkscan we can now have a glimpse behind the proverbial curtain.

These two tools do a couple of things that a person might find useful:

1. Data Selfie is more geared toward helping you see how a company could interpret your data and associate it with you as an anonymous individual. A weird concept to think about, but what is becoming more and more prevalent to advertisers are your habits, your age, where you live and who your friends are. They want to know your political views, what you’re saying about candidates, whose posts are you liking, how long exactly are you looking at that stranger you hardly know, Facebook’s page. If anything, these things won’t stop people from creeping on your profile, but at least you will know what they are looking at or what they can find out about you.

2. Now, a tool like Stalkscan will at least make you aware of the fact that you maybe need to adjust your privacy settings. This platform gives you a bit more of a comprehensive look at what the public can see about you.  

The moral of all this is that knowledge is power and you should want to know how things work. Take the reigns of your digital footprint as much as possible. We all know that digital privacy concerns are a hot topic and an ever growing concern but studies continue to show us that the majority of users online don’t even bother to touch the privacy settings they have available on social media platforms. It’s not always about hiding your data but rather understanding what can be deduced about you through that data.

A Full Recap of the Digital Marketing Bootcamp

A Full Recap of the Digital Marketing Bootcamp

On Feb. 15, our creative director, Michael Taylor, headed downtown to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Digital Marketing Bootcamp. Here, he and fellow panel members discussed tips and trends for improving your digital marketing strategies. Panelists discussed the evolution of social media and how not to be a robot in your social media communications.

A few key takeaways from the event include:

  • Many brands spend too much time crafting their social media posts and lose the human element.
  • Spend less time editing social content and more time focusing on what your audience wants.
  • Before starting social media efforts, determine which platforms make the most sense for your audience.
  • Apps and tools exist to help you with your social media. Some of our favorites are Buffer and Slack.
  • Gary Vaynerchuk liked one of our tweets! Thanks Gary!

February has been full of fun opportunities for SS Digital Media. We can’t wait to see what else 2017 has in store for us!