Influencer Or Imposter? A Quick Guide To Influencer Marketing

Tweet This <div _ngcontent-c30=”” innerhtml=” In short, influencers should be reliable sources of information.“> <div _ngcontent-c30=”” innerhtml=” “influence and audience aren’t the same thing.”“> <div _ngcontent-c23=”” innerhtml=” Co-written with&nbsp;freelance&nbsp;Megan Leung Co-written with freelance Megan Leung First there were influencers. Then came micro-influencers. What next? Nano-influencers? As the trend carries on and brands get a whiff of influencer marketing, one question haunts many: What makes someone a so-called influencer? The Cambridge Dictionary defines influencer as “a person or group that has the ability to influence the behavior or opinions of others.” By and large, this isn’t a new thing. For centuries we’ve had philosophers, artists and activists. They were the influencers of the past. Today, nearly anyone with access to the Internet is claiming to be an influencer. Just add water (in the form of followers) and wait for lucrative corporate sponsorships to roll in: cha-ching! But there’s more to influence than audience size. Here’s a shortlist of what brands should look for before sealing deals with influencers. 1. Professional background and knowledge It’s common practice for businesses to screen potential employees. Influencers shouldn’t be an exception. It’s imperative for brands and businesses to look into an influencer’s education, professional history, industrial acumen, creative competence and likability. Mickael Romaniello, mobile developer at 2WAO Limited, shares that an influencer to him is a person with “high knowledge of their professional field.” Someone who isn’t only able to attract positive attention but also “someone whose experiences people can learn from.” Influencer knowledge and experience can be tested through interviews or informal chats. Their online profiles and credentials should always be verified and brands can benefit from seeing them as service providers rather than audience hunter-gatherers. 2. Ability to produce and improve creative output Bringing influencers on board mean employing additional creatives in the marketing team. They…

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