A Beginner’s Guide to Working with Social Media Influencers

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Working with social media influencers has become arguably one of the most effective and organic methods of reaching one’s audience in recent years. It is, however, a trend many have yet to adopt. Smaller businesses in particular either don’t have the budget or knowledge to use influencers to their advantage. 

So what exactly is a social media influencer?

According to Pixlee:

  • A Social Media Influencer is a user on social media who has established credibility in a specific industry. A social media influencer has access to a large audience and can persuade others by virtue of their authenticity and reach.

Think of them like a celebrity endorser only they appear more relatable and more genuine because they are everyday people. Influencers can range in age from children to the elderly and they span across every industry imaginable.

Why work with them?

The following infographic by MediaKix gives a pretty clear idea why:

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Where can you find influencers?

  • A great place to start is on social platforms themselves such as Instagram and Twitter. You will want to search trending hashtags within  your industry and look for people who are involved in the conversations. Do you have a an engaged following? Are people replying to their comments and reposting their content? All important things to consider.

 

  • Another place to start is on Google, simply type in “nutrition social media influencers” and Google will do the rest. You will of course want to take the time to go through each profile you find to make sure they are actually credible enough to partner with.

 

  • If you are working with a larger budget paying for a third party tool can be the most effective way. Tools like Upfluence  and Experticity  can partner you with influencers directly through their site. These influencers have already signed off on being contacted and are actively seeking partnerships.

What are your partnership options?

  • Collaborative post: Work with an influencer to create content together that can be posted both on their platforms and your own. This works like brand sponsored content.

 

  • Long Term Ambassador Roles: This is like a long term partnership in which you would create multiple posts or content opportunities with this person. It is not a “one off”, this method requires a larger budget but can be more effective long term because it makes the influencers involvement with the brand more authentic.

 

  •  Event Activation: This requires you to put on an event with one or multiple influencers. It is an opportunity to bring multiple influencers together and their audience outside of the digital space. This builds a stronger relationship with consumers because it allows them to interact with your brand offline.

 

  •  Influencer Takeover: This can span from 24 hours to a week long, during this time you would allow an influencer to take over your social media as the name suggests. Popular tactics can include Q & A sessions, posting to your platforms directly, live streaming, and exclusive behind the scenes content with your brand and the influencer.

 

  • The PR Approach: reach out for an interview or full profile piece on the influencer.

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 3.42.40 PMSephora sponsored YouTube video by online vlogger and social influencer Summer Mckeen

How should you reach out?

Email

The easiest and most effective way to reach out to an influencer is to email them directly. Most if not all will have an email listed on their website or in their Instagram/Twitter bio. It is best to use their business email if specified.


Sample Email 

Hi _____,

I’m [name] I work at [name of business] and we are looking to get involved with influencers in the [industry name] industry. Our goal is to promote [name of product/business] and raise overall awareness.

We would love to partner with you to create content for our social channels in order to tap into new audiences. As it stands we are open to working in collaboration with you to share your voice on our platforms. 

Let me know if this is something you may be interested in and we can discuss further details.

Thank you for your time.

Best,

[Your Name]


Phone

If they list their phone number it is fair game to reach out with a phone call. However, there may be a lot of back and forth via the phone so if you are on deadline email may serve as a better option.

What are the next steps?

Meet with your team and go over your current marketing budget and plan. Think of areas where influencers could add value to your business and decide if they can be incorporated into your new campaigns. Once a decision has been made spend time doing research looking for relevant and successful influencers. With the right research and planning, using social media influencers to market your business could add real value and set you apart from the competition.

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Comment and let us know what your experiences have been working with influencers!

Facebook Video Gets a Makeover

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Exciting news came down the pipeline from Facebook this week in regards to video advertising. We will be seeing a number of changes to this feature including – fading sound while scrolling, Vertical videos, watch and scroll, and a video/TV App. All of these improvements will allow for increased engagement with video ads and allow for a more user friendly experience.

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For the Digital Marketing Team at Burlington Bytes, Vertical videos are soon to be a big part of our advertising recommendations. Vertical videos, although widely categorized by creatives as being of lower quality, are surprisingly popular amongst consumers. Similar to Snapchat and Instagram, this view is appearing to become the “norm” for avid social users. Another obvious reason that this view is favored by consumers is the fact that we hold our phones vertically a vast majority of the time. Not to mention research found in a  Future in Focus study showed that nearly 80% of social media use now occurs on mobile devices – 61% on smartphones alone. Having been in beta since last August, Facebook is confident this new format will see favor from consumers.

As we move more towards video dominated platforms, Facebooks switch to vertical video is a clear step in that direction.  In recent months, Facebook has been pushing its live video feature, as well as incorporating video-sharing into both the Facebook mobile apps and Instagram. We expect to continue to see new features rolling out over the next several months.

 

 

 

Make Your Website Seen in 2017

Make Your Website Seen in 2017

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In a fast paced world of digital advertising, businesses often overlook a major piece of the online marketing puzzle: SEO. Search engine optimization isn’t just about making sure your website is easily interpreted and indexed by Google and other search engines, but it’s also about making sure your visitors can interpret the information you put in front of them.

No matter how much search engine algorithms change over time, websites are always going to compete for the coveted “above the fold” positions. Let’s take a look at how now more than ever, SEO is crucial for crafting a successful online presence for your business.

1- New Technology Evolves, so Does the Way We Optimize

With voice search assistants like Siri and Alexa gaining traction, you’ll want to be sure a conversational tone is used to create easily digestible content that jives with the evolving ways people search for information. When adding content to your site, don’t force it. Sound natural and make it easy for costumers to find what they’re looking for. What kinds of questions would a consumer be asking to find your business or learn more about your service? This is what we need to be asking as we optimize for the different ways people search both textually and verbally.

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2- Keep Content Fresh and Consistent

Search engines love to see fresh content appearing on websites. Updating content on a regular basis and keeping it relevant to your business will boost the potential of it being seen by potential customers. Relevant keyword rich blogs posted a few times a month on your site can have a strong impact. Think about the goal of a search engine: to put the most relevant content in front of a user based on their inquiry. With this in mind as content is crafted, you’ll strengthen your organic search traffic.

3- Social Media is Your Friend

Your website isn’t the only place customers are visiting to learn about your business. For optimal visibility, don’t forget to promote your brand on popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and others. They provide outlets for engaging with customers through promotions and eye-catching content or videos, giving them a larger insight into what your products or services are all about.

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4- Stick to the Basics

All hale header tags! They will always be beneficial when optimized with relevant keywords that help search engines crawl your site. The same goes for meta titles and meta descriptions. We can never rule out natural link building either, getting other reputable and related websites to link back to your site. This helps to boost its overall domain authority. The stronger it is, the more likely it is to show above the fold when relevant queries are typed into a search engine. A great tactic to do so is to craft a link building strategy that reaches out to possible vendors, contractors or directories that would list or mention your website and business.

5.-Mobile Matters

With mobile traffic increasing on a daily basis, search engines are now putting more emphasis on indexing mobile-friendly websites. Don’t forget to take into consideration how potential clients will be engaging with your website from various devices. The more responsive your site is, the more efficient it is at providing the best possible experience for customers.

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Keep these tips in mind as you craft your organic search strategies for the New Year. If you want your website seen in 2017, these tactics should be on your radar.

 

Written by: Sarah Cootey