Should brands contract only Influencers who posted about their products in the past?

No, that’s a shortsighted approach and out of touch with the way influencers work.

After all:

  1. Many products and brands are totally new and no one has used them yet (and that’s the whole point of hiring SMI (Social Media Influencer), to gain awareness.
  2. If SMI used “Adidas shoes” so far (and enjoyed them tremendously), it doesn’t mean she won’t enjoy “Bronx shoes”!
  3. SMI who are professional may not post about any brands they aren’t hired by (it’s a matter of not working without compensation)

I know I may sound like I’m contradicting myself here, but come on… if you are a brand and you see an SMI who is very suitable for you, someone with your kind of audience, with followers who CARE, then introduce any new product to her and consider hiring her. Even if she’s promoted a competitive product, if she just hasn’t tried yours it’s worth introducing it and trying to convince her. Because if she IS convinced, she can share why she switched to your product, and that’s a good thing!!

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I like to keep it real, which some people consider contrarian… well, so be it: check out my articles that have been tagged “contrarian”

Feedback Influencers for Walmart.com and Amazon Vendors

Hire niche SMI* with the sole objective of getting feedback for samples received from the factory before placing a minimum quantity order with your manufacturer, and definitely before sending a new product to the Amazon (or Walmart) warehouse.

I have been there. I was an Amazon Vendor and really enjoyed it. What a journey it is! It’s exciting to build a small empire, your own legacy, with your own brand and various products and creations that you have envisioned.

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