5 Ways to Find Effective Influencers to Promote Your Small Business
Influencer marketing has become a popular choice nowadays. As more and more businesses value their public image, influencers have done great things to close the gap between the customer and the business. Instagram, YouTube, and even Facebook have become robust platforms for expanding your brand.
Today, we’ll be discussing the benefits of influencer marketing, and the best ways to attract influencers to your brand.
Why Do Influencers Work?
Influencers are effective for a variety of reasons. For starters, they have access to a vast audience, meaning the business doesn’t have to do the work of reaching out to them. Secondly, more often than not, influencers you pick are likely part of the demographic you sell products or services to.
By extension, that means anybody they advertise to is also likely to use your product. That’s only scratching the surface of how influencers add more spice to your marketing campaigns.
As detailed, influencers excel at spreading brand awareness. Influencers don’t just give businesses access to a different demographic. The influencers also do the hard work of selling the brand to their audience. By using several influencers, businesses get their brand name stuck in people’s minds.
Influencers are one of the easiest ways to gain customer trust. People are more likely to trust an influencer’s opinion than the business’ itself. For example, if a potential lead is looking for a new place nearby to eat, and the influencer just so happens to be sponsored by your restaurant, they are much more likely to give your place a try.
Influencers are a versatile asset. There are influencers at nearly every level of the business budget. Your small business could easily find people willing to be paid reasonable rates to advertise your brand. In many cases, small influencers in your local area offer much better ROI than large influencers.
How To Attract Influencers
There’s no one surefire way to attract influencers, but these have proven to be the most reliable.
The most direct and effective way, though on the costlier side, is by offering to sponsor their content. This is a popular method, often seen on YouTube. Brands such as Honey, NordVPN, Raid: Shadow Legends, and G-Fuel consistently show how effective influencer marketing is. People will be much more interested in doing things if they are properly compensated.
Create Great Content
Offering a sponsorship might be direct, but that’s not where you should stop. Influencers unfamiliar with your brand (which is likely for a small business) are bound to check your social media and website.
In preparation for this, ensure that the content on your brand is well-made and informative. This lends your business much-needed social PR impact to push the influencer to your side.
If there’s a specific influencer you are targeting, make sure to give them a shout-out on social media. Don’t do so in an awkward and unprofessional way, of course. Integrate the influencer seamlessly into your content.
For example, if they are a tech channel, include them in a list of “Fun and Informative YouTube Channels For Your Tech Needs”. Influencers will appreciate the good press and might even give your brand a shout-out. A small business referral program for those who shout out your business is a great way to supplement this strength.
Offer Solid Data
Get scientific with your pitch to influencers. While being charming and friendly is important, you also need to show influencers they aren’t on a sinking ship. Influencers want sponsorships from successful businesses.
It’s a mutually beneficial partnership that proves the influencer and the business are credible. This is where hard data comes in. Show how successful your brand has been without influencers. From there, showcase the new heights you’ll reach with their help.
Appeal To Their Interests
You have the hard data. You’ve shouted them out. You even offered to sponsor them. However, there’s still one hurdle, and that’s getting them interested in the first place. Yes, money and reputation are strong motivators, but that becomes a deteriorating point when you start going for bigger influencers.
That’s why you need to be appealing to the influencer. It helps negotiations as well. If they like your product, they are much more likely to compromise. To make things easier for yourself, give the influencer’s social media a look. Focus on the things they like, and think of ways that your business is related to their interests.
Influencers can be a strong aspect of your marketing. They act as ambassadors for your brand and are charismatic enough to bring more leads to your business. However, the process of getting them on board is arduous. You need to know how to sell your brand to influencers in a pleasing way.
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