Choosing to work with digital influencers to promote your product or brand should be an easy decision. After all, 67 percent of marketing professionals have admitted that social media influencers have helped them reach their target audience.
Leveraging influencers is a great way to drive sales and engagement for your business, but if you don’t know the ins and outs of the influencer marketing game, it can be hard to navigate.
One aspect that is often mismanaged and difficult to maneuver is developing positive influencer relations.
Working with people you trust and working on strong relationships with influencers is especially important for small brands looking to build up their social media presence. Unfortunately, those smaller brands likely have the least experience with influencer marketing and don’t know the important details that can set up a campaign for success.
It is incredibly challenging to gain the trust of an influencer after they have a poor experience with a particular brand, so before trying to take on influencer marketing yourself, consider these five tips for how to build a successful relationship, and campaign, with digital influencers.
Have a good idea of what you need and be transparent with your demands
Make sure you know what you want from an influencer before approaching them with an offer. Be clear with your expectations and what you hope to gain out of the campaign.
Most influencers are very particular about what they will and will not post because their audience trusts them to only post content that they truly believe in and products they feel good about promoting. Being transparent up front will lead to higher success throughout a campaign, as influencers who are not interested in participating can choose to opt out right away.
After you both agree on terms, do not drastically change your mind or expect more from the influencer. An influencer relationship gets soured quickly if they feel like the ask changes after they’ve agreed to participate. However, it is fair to ask for reasonable edits or good faith correction of content.
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