influencer marketing

Fake it 'til you make it. Or will you?

We want to address a recurring issue that has been going on in social media for ages and why we all should focus on fighting against it. You might think that you could make it BIG with fake influencers and fake campaigns; but keep in mind, a brand’s purpose should always be to be as real as possible. Even when facing the darkest hour, a brand needs to keep it as real as it can in order to connect with users and possible customers.  

Now, before we get down to the nitty gritty, we’d like to stress the importance of working with people. One of the benefits of working with God & Beauty is that we have a real relationship with our Influencers… We're not some platform or a piece of software that doesn't know the people behind the handles. We're constantly checking up on our people and we don’t encourage bad behavior from them just to juice results. Our personal relationship with our Influencers is one of the key pillars in the #GNBFamily strategy that helps combat and weed through a lot of the fakers out there.

Let’s take a look at some numbers. A study done by Wall Street Journal shows that brands like Pampers, Olay, Neiman Marcus and L’Occitane are among the top 10 list of brands with fake followers. The study also found that mid-level influencers (those with 50,000 to 100,000 followers) typically have about 20% fake followers. Some Instagram Influencers may buy likes and comments, some may be part of comment pods where other fake influencers engage with their posts, and the list goes on. When brands are not reaching real consumers who will be interested in their products or they don’t see a return in the money they spend on influencer marketing, it could be because they are caught up in a web of lies and fake followers.

Now, in most cases, it’s not the brand or the Influencer’s intention to be plagued with fake followers. Instagram has created machine learning tools that will help remove inauthentic activity but there are just so many of these fake follower/bot companies coming up everyday and creating accounts that attach themselves to everyday Instagram users, including Influencers, that a simple unknowing login credential share could share your information with other third-party apps.

The one key thing you need to understand, is that Influencer Marketing is a game and it’s not all about numbers; it’s not about how many likes you get in a picture or how many followers you have in your account. It’s about engagement. About how people organically interact with your Influencer and the products/services being showcased in their feeds. Once you understand that the game takes time but the rewards are big, you’re on the right track to revolutionizing your strategy.

The one key thing you need to understand, is that Influencer Marketing is a game and it’s not all about numbers; it’s not about how many likes you get in a picture or how many followers you have in your account. It’s about engagement.

Shane Barker is a digital marketing consultant who specializes in sales funnels, targeted traffic, and website conversions. He came up with five smart tricks to identify fake Instagram followers that could save your campaign and marketing dollars. Take a peek and get your study on:

  1. Look for unusually low engagement rates

  2. Analyze the quality of interactions

  3. Examine their follower profiles

  4. Analyze their follower growth rate

  5. Analyze their audience quality

Fake followers can be bots, or real people who artificially boost their following and engagement by paying for it. Their goal is to create accounts that, on the surface, may be of interest to advertisers, but fundamentally, do not influence many people. People will go through great lengths to collect the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and even more if that pot of gold will get them free stuff and a good paycheck without actually having to put on the work, and you as a brand need to keep an eye on the people (not influencers) you trust your brand with.  

So, bottom line is, do your homework! Don’t get mesmerized by the high amount of followers and so called “Influencers” that don’t have any influence at all. One of the first stages of rolling out a successful marketing campaign is choosing the right person to work with. This can be a very time-consuming process, but when done right, it will sow great benefits. So next time you get starstruck high numbers, ring that fake follower alarm and analyze harder.

The good news is that we can talk the talk and walk the walk by backing up what we say with hard data. The greatest thing the #GNBFamily can offer to your campaign and brand is the variety and multiple personalities that are part of our group.  From stylish fashionistas, to kitsch photographers, to world travelers- you name it, we have it. It’s all about knowing your essence and applying it to your strategy to work with the right influencer. At the very end, that’s what we do, influence.

Let us listen to you and your ideas and wow you with a strong Influencer Marketing strategy. Let’s collaborate and celebrate strategies for your brand. See if we have the perfect profile to what you have in mind. Check out our roster and let’s get down to business!

‘Tis the Season: Come get your Pumpkin Spice Sales Strategy

We’ve been talking about several different topics in our past holiday articles (now’s a good time for you to go to the blog and catch up on some reading ;)), but one word that we have mentioned a lot that they all have in common is strategy.  Are you feeling trendy?  Feeling like your brand could catch up with the holiday buzz? Well, honey, it’s time for us to talk all about strategy. Creating a proper and efficient strategy is not only about sell, sell, sell.  

What we’re looking for is to get creative and finding a neat structure for your strategy, i.e. changing something old with a new concept—Design thinking! Ring any bells? Got your attention?  Let’s continue then.

Now, what is Design Thinking? Because it sounds like something that should be exclusive to graphic artists, right? Wrong. Design Thinking is not an exclusive property of designers—all great innovators in literature, art, music, science, engineering, and business have practiced it. The Design Thinking approach has one single goal: to understand and solve a problem for the consumer. It’s characterized by empathy, customer-centricity and curiosity. Design Thinking as a whole is a complex, in-depth set of principles. When used to address other business problems, only the most relevant and useful principles are pulled out and applied. When it comes to the sales process, the discovery phase is where the Design Thinking principles can make the biggest impact.

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“The Design Thinking approach has one single goal: to understand and solve a problem for the consumer.”

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Stice (@aclotheshorse)

OK, we know you, boo. You might be thinking that Design Thinking cannot be applied to Influencer Marketing. What you don’t know, is that based on your goals, Influencers can become a bridge between a sale and an experience itself. How? By sharing, creating that organic feel and taking that natural momentum to drive and promote your products/services in a very connected way.

An Influencer promoting and amplifying your message and your brand, to their audience means credibility. It means additional reach, and it means you get an outsized modifier to the conversion process.
— Rand Fishkin, Founder of Moz

We’ve been through it before, but we’d like to freshen you up with five of the most important Influencer marketing goals your brand should focus on:

  1. Brand awareness

  2. Traffic

  3. Sales and lead generation

  4. Social media followers and engagement

  5. Reputation

Since the Holiday season is coming up, you can combine your Design Thinking planned for other channels and apply it to any new Influencer strategy that you might be interested in. Your main goal should always be connecting with your users and possible customers. They need to know that someone’s listening to them.  

But don’t get it twisted, know what to listen for. A great piece by Krill Tsernov talks about why you should listen to your customers and why you shouldn’t. It’s about finding a balance and creating a healthy relationship with customer feedback. Do we over or underestimate listening in our business success?

So, to sum things up, balance and structure are key when it comes to strategy. Design Thinking will help you get your strategy on and make Influencers your best allies as powerful weapons to get as many customers as you can.

Are you still thinking that you’re not gonna make it? Is it too late now to say sorry? Don’t worry, we got you! Here at G&B, we assist you with a proper plan and have an incredible family of Influencers that can make that plan happen for you. Check out our roster and reach out to us with any questions, we’ll help you in the best way we can.

Does my Brand Even Need Micro-Influencers for the Holiday Success?

We established in our previous post (get educated!) that the holidays are coming, and as a company and brand you should be in final steps of planning your strategy to maximize sales success.

Consumers use micro and macro influencers to make purchases, they rely on their experience as customers and their connections (organic, of course) between them and the brands they represent. Do you ever read reviews before buying something you’re interested in? Well, influencers are like living reviewers that tell you all you need to know before you make a purchase.

Now, let’s talk about micro-influencers. Now, when it comes to micro-influencers, the first big assumption people make are that they are BIG names or celebrities with big budgets. But we’re here to set the record straight. Micro-influencers give brands specific insights for certain communities. Say, a mother that became insta-famous for the content that she was sharing to other mothers out there. This mom is sharing her knowledge and experiences, so people decided to follow her and be influenced by the content that she puts out. Clearly, she has now turned into a great ally for all baby and child related brands. That is micro-influencing in a nutshell.

Photos courtesy of Marwa Atik (@marwaatik) and Stella Simona (@stellasimona).

So, are the holidays all about finding the best price or the best item/service/experience? Influencers can help supporting brands with special offers and sales strategies that you may be into for this upcoming season. Don’t have any? We gotchu, boo ;)

Micro-influencers are people who have already built the audience a brand is looking for, and they’ve already established trust with them
— Barett Wissman, Forbes

But the question that always arises when it comes to micro-influencers and their strategy is, how small does the niche have to be to be a good micro-influencer? What if that small niche isn’t the community I’m trying to reach? It’s ok to have questions and doubts about them, but keep in mind, that you have to always analyze your candidates. Find the right person who speaks to the community your brand is trying to speak to. Do I need a huge pop celebrity turned into influencer or does my brand need a different approach in order to better connect with my target? Is micro-influencing, then, the real way?

First things first, what qualifies as a micro influencer?

The key metric is influence, not reach. Some will say it is somebody between 5,000–10,000 followers. Others say it is less than 100,000. These numbers are arbitrary divisions, if you are trying to compare them with say, Lady Gaga or the infamous Kardashian empire.

We decided to work with micro-influencers as opposed to larger-scale influencers due to budget as well as due to the fact that micro-influencers, even though they have smaller audiences, have a more engaged and targeted following, leading to better use of money spend.
— Alon Popilskis, who handles marketing for Mom’s Mason Jar Rack, a product developed by a small Los Angeles-area business called Otter Lab.

Still not into this alternative strategy? Let’s bring it down to facts, shall we:

  • Your ideas and brand will be flowing in a natural and very organic way with micro-influencers because their community is more like a friend-fan base. So they can naturally speak directly to them and be confident about anything.

  • We wish our budgets could afford A-lister celebrities, but even if you could get Madonna, is she the right one to speak about your brand and also, will it be believable?

  • Their friend-fan base allows them to have high rates of engagement so the interaction will be higher and more specific than expected.

  • You can easily measure the ROI by directing consumers with user codes or name codes for purchases or even with a simple traffic direction from your website.

We all have the same question. “If they are influencers, why are they micro?” or “if they’re still micro, does that mean they are not that influential to work with my strategy?” Well, our answer will always be, don’t worry! We will always present you with a media kit or a presentation that supports any of your micro-influential business inquiries, so that way you get to know the person behind the brand and also the community that they represent.

If you still have some questions about the process, or you’re ready to go -- let’s talk! God & Beauty + Sociologee is taking on the world of micro-influence with the level of detail that has made G&B itself a success., Let us know what your brand and community is into and we will work with you to create the right strategy. What are your main goals when it comes to working with an influencer and most importantly, what is the message that you and your brand need to communicate to a community? Does your brand have an established community already? Be sure to contact us for any assistance, we’ll represent your brand and take it to the right place.