by Evelyn Spencer 16/04/2019 | 4:330Posted in Startup PR
a business can sometimes require partnering with social influencers. Finding
the right people to promote your brand is however not that easy.
requires time, research and in some instances a sizable budget depending on the
SEO agency you choose to work with. We spoke to a leading SEO Manchester
agency, Caffeinated Projects to discuss how they find
social influencers for their clients.
If you land the ideal social influencer though, they can help your business gain visibility, build an audience and promote products. Before
you go grabbing anybody with a couple of thousand followers on social media and
branding them your social influencer, there are things that you should look out
help you in this, let’s look at the step by step instructions to recognize the
ideal social influencer for your business.
Finding the Ideal
search can take two approaches. The first involves hiring a firm which is not
only established but an industry leader. Such firms can identify influencers,
vet them and run campaigns on your behalf.
The second approach is using influencer identification tools to fish out the best person and running them yourself. Whichever method you choose to go with, similar steps will follow in recognizing that perfect influencer.
Step 1: Define the Goal for your Influencer Campaign
the best influencer for your business starts by determining how the program
will work for your overall goal. Common needs that social influencers fulfil
include brand promotions and event advertisements.
Your goals could also be less obvious depending on the status of the brand; your business could be in need of crisis management, product launch, corporate ambassadors, content creation and so on.
you have identified what your influencer will concentrate on, it becomes easy
to narrow down who makes the cut.
Step 2: Profile your Ideal Social
is where creativity comes into play. You have to define the parameters that
make an ideal influencer for your business.
yourself; How many followers should your influencer have? Which social
platforms should they be in? Should they be local or international influencers?
What language(s) should they be fluent in?
For example, if yours is a beauty website you would be looking for a local celebrity or model, with at least 10,000 followers and one who lives a celebrity lifestyle on social media and loves all things beauty.
big brand would be going for an international influencer, one with millions of
followers across many platforms.
can also think of what your influencer should communicate. If you require a
photos-based campaign you go for Instagram influencers; for PR and content
writing, you go for Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn influencers, and so on.
Step 3: Use Keywords, Hashtags and
Filters to Find Influencers
Start by searching through your social media followers. Here you can get micro-influencers who you can easily work with. These are people who are already leaning towards your brand.
larger operations use the parameters that you identified to search through
platforms, even those platforms that you don’t have accounts in. Use hashtags
and keywords in influencer tools like Keyhole.
Use filters to get people who are using specific channels or those who
mention your keywords more frequently.
the list is trim enough, go through these posts manually to have a real feel of
what possible influencers will be bringing to the table.
will also help to recognize influencers with fake or ‘paid up’ followers. These
are accounts you should avoid at all costs. Fameaudit is one tool that you can
use to detect the authenticity of a given account.
Step 4: Reach Out To Influencers
a more lean list, it’s time to reach out. Start with those who are already
using your hashtags or brand. Better still you can start with paid influencers;
those who are in the business and already working with other brands.
can use recruiting agencies to reach out to your influencer of choice. It’s
however more advisable to do it personally, through a call, video chat or
to the influencer why working with you will benefit their audience. Negotiate
terms including rewards, trips, events or actual retainer and other expenses.
above steps will get you connected with the right social influencers in your
line of business. You should also ensure that your influencer is knowledgeable
about your business; this will help them be handy with queries from their
such people at your side, your brand can grow to greater heights and at a much
lower marketing budget. However, to make every coin count, you should
periodically analyze engagement numbers and the revenue growth from these