It’s super popular to hire SMI* these days — for many good reasons (if done the right way): they bring attention, awareness, trust, influence, change opinions, and offer advice on turning your business around to meet the needs of relevant communities as never before.
At least 2 if not 3 posts per year because… like all marketing, Influencer Marketing is not a switch you flip on or off when it suits. If an influencer has nothing to say about your brand 364 days a year and then suddenly starts singing your praises… would you trust that? It’s best to find ways to work with an influencer year-round to support your branding and have them post frequently on your behalf (all that should be included in the contract).
That’s right, if you’re a brand, choose your SMI* candidate carefully (e.g. evaluate their engagement in their post comments, their language, and make sure to answer questions such as of use whether they will they sign a clear contract with milestones, whether they will influence or just bring a large audience of uninterested people, etc. In short, vet them just like you’re supposed to do with any other partner.
If you’re an SMI, choose the brand you want to work with carefully (e.g. is their value aligned with yours, are they respectful to your community, do other SMI enjoy partnering with them, will they pay you on time, etc.).
If you pay well for Influencer sponsorship then YES. But – usually not right away. When an Influencer recommends your brand or product, people listen, and remember. Their purchase might be later though. So don’t expect to see immediate sales as proof of a campaign working.
A blogger writes a blog, usually on a website. Bloggers can be Influencers if they… influence! Influencers can be non-bloggers. For example, someone who works on Instagram only and doesn’t have a website.
I analyze the trends in Influencer Marketing and the return on investment it brings daily. Based on that, and my experience as an Amazon vendor, here is my advice for my fellow Amazon vendors about how to take advantage of this new marketing tool.
We – the SMI (social-media influencer) teachers – I admit – were wrong. It is not true that the mega-influencers lost their influence. It is not true that micro-influencers took over. Or it’s not the whole story at least. Let me explain:
Branding Your Social Media Profile (BSMP) is a new 1-on-1 program that helps brands bring their social media profile and presence to the next level.
This series of articles is an introduction to some of the techniques and experiments that have been proven to make this underutilized real estate work for you.
Brands and others looking for customized analysis and guidance specific to their profile(s) can register for 1:1 coaching here.
In the last BSMP* series article I explained how you can do YOUR** story-telling through your profile photos, extended name, update line, and profile description. Today I will show you another creative, original, under-utilized and fun way to tell your story: your BSMP URL!
*BSMP = branded social media profile, a term that was coined by… me.
1 – Traditional BSMP URL
First, see how your BSMP URL looks in a “traditional” way: