In the recent years, the term influencer marketing has generated a lot of buzz.
From small businesses to Fortune 100 companies, independent freelancers to CMOs, everyone seems very much interested in influencer marketing. In fact, if we go by the latest influencer marketing statistics, the channel is turning more attractive than other digital channels and paid campaigns.
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If you want to read more statistics, I recommend you to download influencer marketing statistics report (2017) by TapInfluence.
It is generally believed that anyone with thousands of fans on social media or blog is an influencer as they can offer your brand a great exposure. However, this is not the complete – or say, perfect definition of an influencer.
The simplest definition could be derived from a quote by Jay Baer:
“True influence drives action, not just awareness.”
While there’s no disagreement that someone with hundreds of thousands of fans can expose your brand to thousands of followers. If they are not right fit for your niche or industry, they’ll be unable to motivate any action or drive leads to your business.
An ideal influencer is somebody, who is (essentially) from your own industry and has complete understanding of the buyer journey & customer behaviour. They know how to influence a particular segment and hence, can motivate actions in your favour.
One key segment of the influencers belong to blogging community – people who are expert in their domain and enjoy subject-expert status. People trust their opinion, and brands aspire to cash that “trust” to their advantage.
To be precise, blogger outreach is defined as a process where brands/marketers reach out to bloggers in order to build a business relationship. This can lead to a whole lot of things – content marketing, guest posting, linking to your site, brand mention, product endorsement, favourable reviews, and others.
This relationship can be built on the monetary exchanges, product/service exchanges and a range of other models working out there. You should study which model suits your niche and may be beneficial for your business.
The simplest answer is – because people trust those bloggers and make purchase decisions based on their recommendation. A study found that 81 percent of consumers in United States trust the information provided by bloggers.
In addition, niche-specific bloggers are subject matter expert, and they have built up a loyal audience who pays attention to their notes and trusts their opinion for business decisions. They can influence their opinion about your brand and products/services.
There is another reason to build a bloggers network – they are social experts. While a social media celebrity might not have blogging skills, good bloggers do have excellent social media skills can offer a wider influence across various platforms.
As a result, you can easily build brand awareness, increase traffic to your website, sell more products, receive inbound inquires, enhance search visibility, and raise your social media following.
The last but not the least reason to hire influencers is higher probability of good results. According to a study by MDG Advertising, 70 percent of internet users prefer to learn about a product through content rather than adverts. And excellent contents by influencers can increase people’s intent for purchase by as much as 53 percent.
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Now, when you have decided to dive into the blogger outreach – remember something that I learnt after spending quite a lot of time and effort. Outreach is much more than mere sending emails to random bloggers and asking them to write something about your ore review your products/services.
We must realize that bloggers (or broadly digital marketers) are quite busy people, and they might tend to ignore your message. Therefore, you’ll have to do something remarkable and creative, in order to get noticed.
In the following, we are laying down a 5 steps process to help you get noticed, convince the blogger about your proposal, and make an impact on your business.
Step 1: Do Your Homework
Doing your homework means is diving into available data, and making a refined list of potential bloggers to reach out. This is very critical step as it will decide the level of success you may enjoy – therefore, invest a good amount of time into this. Here we are listing down some vital tools that may lead you to the right network.
Step 2: Know the Blogger
Now when you’ve a list of website and bloggers – the next step is to research the writer and know exactly what their core area of expertise is.
Suppose, you’re a Software Development Company, don’t just reach out to general bloggers, find those with focus on the technology, development, design and related areas.
You can map their profiles in Excel Sheet by adding their name, email address, area of expertise, blog’s DA, etc. See if you could find some automated tools to customize your search and profile building.
Step 3: Build Connection
As noted above, bloggers receive hundreds of emails a day – therefore, it may take some time to get back to you. You must adopt some creative approach to get visible and build connection.
You can build connection with influencers using the following methods.
Step 4: Build Trust through Passion
Influencer marketing is all about developing strong and trustworthy relationships. Whether you already enjoy good relationship with a person who could help you reach influencer on your behalf, of you’ve to develop, trust has to be developed. You may develop this following them on Twitter, reading their blog, doing informal chats on Skype, or maybe taking this to a more personal level (dining & parties).
Finally, influencer marketing is and will continue to be a reliable source of business and revenue in the near future. If you are a business or a professional marketer, think of utilising the power of strong network and influence.