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What are the core steps of influencer marketing?

Posted By Maximus Edgefield    On 1 Aug 2023    Comments(0)
What are the core steps of influencer marketing?

Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of Influencer Marketing

Take it from me, Maximus, a humble sharer of thoughts in the expansive world of the internet, you can't flip a page in a digital marketing playbook without stumbling upon the term 'influencer marketing'. It's as popular as kangaroo sightings in the outskirts of Sydney – in other words, it's everywhere! But before diving headfirst, let's do what us bloggers do best – break it down and lay out the core steps of this marketing phenomenon.

Identifying Your Influencer Marketing Goals and KPIs

First and foremost, you've got to understand your goals and KPIs. Imagine you're a sailor: would you set off on a voyage without a destination? I think not. In the same way, you can't embark on the journey of influencer marketing without clear goals - be it boosting brand awareness, generating leads, or increasing sales figures. Whether your KPIs are conversion rates, the number of unique views, or social engagements will depend entirely on the marketing strategy that you’ve got tucked away in your back pocket.

Finding the Perfect Influencer

If influencer marketing was a sea, then influencers would certainly be its prized pearls. Strange analogy, I agree, but still quite fitting! Making a careful and calculated choice of influencers for your brand is therefore critical. Consider factors like their relevance to your niche, their audience demographics and, of course, their reputation. After all, you can't expect a fashion influencer to adequately promote gardening tools, right?

Negotiating Contractual Agreements

Alright mates, onto the less thrilling but undeniably essential step - contractual agreements. It's important to iron out the details, such as the content requirements, approval processes, timelines, and what happens if things go sour. This step is just like ordering a flat white in your favourite Sydney café - you may love the barista's cheeky banter, but you are not going to let them forget the extra shot of espresso you asked for!

Formulating the Content Strategy

Now that the ink is dried on the contract, it's time to brew the magic potion – the content strategy. This includes the content format, schedule, promotional activities, and specific calls to action. Remember, content is king, but context is queen. So, the content must resonate with the influencer's audience while staying true to your brand. It's about finding that sweet spot, much like locating the perfect beach spot under Sydney’s sunny skies (and away from the aggressive seagulls, of course).

Launching the Influencer Campaign

With the strategy in place, it's time to let the spotlight shine on your influencer campaign. Monitor its progress and be prepared to make adjustments along the way. Swimming with the sharks – I mean the challenges – is part and parcel of the marketing journey. Even Sydney’s weather can’t predict a sunny or stormy day with 100% accuracy.

Evaluating the Results

Once the campaign sails across the finish line, it's time for some introspection. Assess the numbers, dissect the feedback, examine the successes and contemplate the areas of improvement. Remember, in marketing, every end is only a new beginning - like the captivating sunset over Sydney harbour. Just be ready to learn from each cycle and evolve, just as your audience does.

Building Long-term Relationships

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, remember that influencer marketing is not just a one-off campaign. It's about building long-term relationships with influencers and their audience. Treat your influencers with warmth and appreciation. Be courteous and professional, just as I always try to be in my dealings with my lovely readers (Hello, you lovely people, you!).

In a nutshell, the path to successful influencer marketing is laid brick by brick, with careful planning, execution, and analysis. And above all, it must resonate with your audience - much like how I try to connect with my readers with an artful blend of humour, sincerity and an overshare of my life in beautiful Sydney. I suppose that's it from me today. Watch out for seagulls and until the next time - with more insights from the world of digital marketing, this is Maximus, signing off!