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The role of Influencers in Digital Marketing

Introduction

“Stop putting everyone else first. Put yourself first. And go for it.”

Eve Mayer

Who is an influencer?

We have always, as young people growing up, looked up friends, families and some prominent members of the society for inspiration. These people shape and influence our decisions on what we buy or use.

The word influencer was used as far back as the mid-1600. It was used to connote a different meaning than, is presently used. The word influencer was used in reference to the divine mastery or the force and power to change the positions of heavenly beings.

The word influencer had evolved over time, with the meaning upgraded to suit activities of the modern time. It is currently used to mean people with broad fan followings on top social media and content marketing channels like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube and with the power to affect the purchasing decisions of others because of their knowledge and expertise, influence or relationship with their followers. They can influence their audience to click, read, buy, or subscribe based on their recommendations.

It is important to state that these individuals are not the tools of those who engage them, but are part of those who are now classified as social assets. Brands can then collaborate with these influencers to achieve the organizations marketing objectives.

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Influencer Marketing

It is said that consumers have become blind, have developed blindness and deafness and are only willing to see what you make them see, hear or read. Unlike celebrities, influencers are spread all over the internet and can be anyone and from any part of the world. What makes them famous is their huge following and their impact on the web and on social media. The online consumer is fatigue and confused by the share volumes of ads targeted at them in a day.

Influencers have their own niche followership that hold on every word, they put out, regardless of which social media platform they adopt. They are personalities with numerous and devoted following on one or multiple social media platforms, they are viewed as experts within a specific topic. With regular uploads of content within that topic, they earn trust from their followers. Their recommendations serve as a social proof of products or services by their audience, and therefore potential customers, might be interested in. Through influencer marketing, a company is able to portray a human face through its brand.

Influencer marketing is a digital marketing strategy, where brands partner with a social media influencer to spread messages about the brand.  In this relationship, the individual acts as the face of the brand’s product or service to win interest among consumers. Influencer marketing is one of the most efficient means of promotional and sales enhancement.

Influencer marketing has affected the buying and sales behavior of many people and therefore brands that do not join on board early, will soon start losing control over the brand.

Influencer Marketing

It is said that consumers have become blind, have developed blindness and deafness and are only willing to see what you make them see, hear or read. Unlike celebrities, influencers are spread all over the internet and can be anyone and from any part of the world. What makes them famous is their huge following and their impact on the web and on social media. The online consumer is fatigue and confused by the share volumes of ads targeted at them in a day.

Influencers have their own niche followership that hold on every word, they put out, regardless of which social media platform they adopt. They are personalities with numerous and devoted following on one or multiple social media platforms, they are viewed as experts within a specific topic. With regular uploads of content within that topic, they earn trust from their followers. Their recommendations serve as a social proof of products or services by their audience, and therefore potential customers, might be interested in. Through influencer marketing, a company is able to portray a human face through its brand.

Influencer marketing is a digital marketing strategy, where brands partner with a social media influencer to spread messages about the brand.  In this relationship, the individual acts as the face of the brand’s product or service to win interest among consumers. Influencer marketing is one of the most efficient means of promotional and sales enhancement.

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Influencer & Affiliate Marketing

Influencer marketing has affected the buying and sales behavior of many people and therefore brands that do not join on board early, will soon start losing control over the brand.

Influencer and affiliate marketing are both strategies or components of of a digital marketing. The two may sound similar but there are differences in them might.

Under affiliate marketing strategy, brands promote their products through individuals on social media and blogs who are called affiliates.

The affiliate marketer’s job is to refer sales to an advertiser’s website and get them to spend money – they know their audience is engaged and ready to buy.

Whilst the Influencer’s role is to help increase brand awareness, they are focused on introducing you to their followers, rather than converting their followers into a sale. Here, brands collaborate with social media influencers to promote a product.

Conclusion

Any influencer strategy is geared towards brand exposure and visibility. And all these are components of what is now called digital Marketing. Influencer marketing is one of the most efficient means of promotional and sales enhancement and this had been known to man since the days of Adam. Since influencers already have their own audiences with some in their millions possibly higher than the clientele of some businesses, it is important that a collaboration is had between the parties to maximize traffic and possible revenue growth for brands.