Not every brand can afford paying one of the Kardashians six figures for a single social media post.
Often micro-influencers are going to provide a much better reach and engagement while keeping the costs down.
In this article, we are going to explore micro-influencers, what are their advantages, why they are effective, how to use them in a campaign, and how to avoid the most common mistakes.
Strap on, here we go!
First, we need to define what micro-influencers are and what makes them different from other influencers.
What Are Micro-Influencers?
The most common way to split influencers is based on their follower count.
- 1 M+: Mega influencers or Celebrities
- 100K to 1M: Macro influences
- 10K to 100K: Micro-influencers
- 1K to 10K: Nano-influencers
Micro-influencers are in the sweet spot where they are gaining a pretty sizable following but are still manageable for a more individualized and authentic approach and connection.
Their content is still deeply connected to their niche and this is reflected in the audience that is likely to be highly segmented.
The Power of Authenticity
Micro-influencers offer a great compromise between authenticity, content quality, and professionalism.
Their content is of good quality and shows their interests without being too polished as it often feels with bigger influencers.
This middle-ground situation provides the audience with good enjoyable content while still preserving a more authentic and connected experience.
Why Micro-Influencer Marketing Works?
But why not just partner with a larger influencer and get more eyeballs on the sponsored content? There is a myriad of reasons, here are the five main ones:
Many micro-influencers are “stuck” in the tier because the content they make is specialized and aimed towards a few particular interests.
They grow to be experts in their field and are highly regarded by the community around them but in many cases, the particular community they are part of is not large enough to make them grow over the micro-influencer level.
For marketers designing a campaign, this is extremely helpful since it allows them to target very detailed and segmented audiences.
Micro-influencers grow deep and organic connections with their audience. As a result, the audience is very involved and reactive to the influencer’s content.
Similarly, since the content is centered around a specific topic, many audience members keep endorsements and recommendations coming from micro-influencers in high regard.
When considering their trusted nature, high engagement rates, and segmented reach micro-influencers offer a much more cost-effective approach to influencer marketing than larger influencers.
Micro-influencers base their success on being at the forefront of their field and bringing valuable information to their audience.
Therefore, their audience trusts them and feels they are a reliable source of information. Comparatively larger influencers and celebrities’ area of expertise is less defined leading to them being seen as less reliable on specialized issues.
Implementing a Successful Micro-Influencer Campaign
Micro-influencers are amazing and all. But how can they be used in a marketing campaign?
Identifying the Right Influencers
First of all, it is important to find the influencers that match your campaign. Both form a content and values standpoint.
But even more important is to have a good workflow that allows us to identify indicators of a potential partnership and to find creators at scale.
CreatorDB gives you the tools to find the right influencers and easily compare them, understand their strengths, and contact them.
Crafting a Compelling Campaign
Once the influencers have been chosen it is important to create a campaign that plays both the brand and the influencers’ strengths.
Follow these three guidelines to ace it:
Establishing Clear Objectives
It’s important to have in mind what is the campaign goal before starting to find influencers and discussing deliverables.
This way it is possible to already have an idea of what kind of qualities are preferable in the influencers to partner with, and which kind of platforms are preferable.
Leveraging Storytelling for Impact
Connect the creator’s story with the brand. This way the campaign will have more chances to resonate with the audience and leave a lasting impression.
Let the creator help in this phase, they are knowledgeable on how to create content for their audience.
Creative Freedom Yields Authenticity
Allow the creators to express themselves, and give their touch to the campaign. This way the campaign will feel more connected with the greater and play along the authenticity bond that the audience is already having with the micro-influencer.
Tracking and Measuring Results
While the campaign is running, make sure to have the goals with measurable metrics and keep track of those.
Tracking the ongoing campaign allows you to know when it needs adjustments or optimization. This way is possible to take action before being fully committed to a suboptimal strategy.
Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Micro-Influencer Marketing
While there are plenty of upsides to using micro-influencers, there are also some risks that brands should be aware of to prevent them from becoming problems.
Overlooking Authenticity and Audience Relevance
Not all that shines is gold. It’s important to evaluate the sentiment around a creator, while most creators have audiences that truly enjoy their content and are dedicated to them, a few people built a following on what is called hate-watching.
By taking into consideration the sentiment around a creator’s posts, it is possible to understand if the audience is on board or just enjoying a trashcan fire.
Similarly, it is important to look at the audience’s interests and what they like to understand if they are a good fit for the brand.
The audience’s interest in the campaign is paramount to its success.
Lack of Clear Communication and Expectation Setting
Many micro-influencers are not well prepared to deal with brands or may lack the experience of being part of a large marketing campaign. This can lead to difficulties in having clear communication or understanding of what is expected from them.
It’s helpful for creators to establish an approval process and a framework for them to build their content.
Ignoring Guidelines and Disclosure Requirements
Countries are rapidly implementing regulations for influencer marketing, especially around the disclosure of sponsored posts.
Some of these rules may be new and not yet known to the micro-influencers involved in the campaign. Is important to make sure to bring them up to speed.
Micro-influencers have a phenomenal potential that most brands could harvest to amplify their marketing efforts and reach new demographics.
Due to their characteristics, they offer an incredible advantage over other channels and even other types of influencers.
When they are employed correctly, micro-influencers are going to be a huge boost for any brand marketing.