Influencer Marketing Trends To Watch
The influencer marketing industry looks like it is here to stay: according to Adweek, the value of Instagram influencer marketing is on track to reach $10 billion this year. Influencers on other platforms, like Snapchat, YouTube, and TikTok, are also finding a foothold with lucrative markets of their own. Meanwhile, the industry seems to reach a new stage of evolution every other day. Less than ten years ago, the arena was open only to celebrities and a few hardcore bloggers. Now, the number of influencers has increased so much so as to have already saturated the market, and increase the risk of fraud via so-called “fake influencers.”
As the influencer
market grows from strength to strength, and continues to seek out its sweet
spot, here are some top industry trends to keep an eye out for in 2020:
- Nano-influencers and micro-influencers
The growth of the influencer industry has led to the formation of new
categories with which to understand the various benefits that different
influencers can offer a business. Two such categories are those of
nano-influencers (influencers with between 1,000 and 10,000 followers) and
micro-influencers (users with between 2,000 and 50,000 followers). Nano- and
micro-influencers are often every-day influencers who just so happen to have
cultivated a highly-engaged following while simultaneously partnering with
brands. They tend to share common, and often niche, interests with their
Compared to their larger counterparts, nano- and micro-influencers tend to
appeal to very specific audiences, but herein lies their power: when a brand
works with a nano- or micro-influencer, they can be certain of the type of
audience they are reaching. That’s what makes the rise of nano- and
micro-influencers a trend to watch in 2020.
It is vital that brands have a keen awareness of the platforms on which target audiences are interacting. In other words, there is little point in partnering with an Instagram influencer if most of a brand’s target audience is moving over to TikTok for their daily social media kick.
At the moment, the core platforms that marketers are focusing on include
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. TikTok, however, is growing rapidly,
with more than 1.65 billion downloads to date.
As social media users diversify into niches and platforms that best suit
their needs, marketers will have to stay up to date with where audiences are
heading. Instagram may still be king, but alternative platforms are nothing to
be sniffed at.
While images have always formed the backbone of posts and sharing on social
media, the rise of video content has been meteoric. Videos consistently return
maximum engagement rates across all major platforms, and live videos of
influencers engaging with products are on the rise.
Meanwhile, motion content like gifs, stop motion and cinemagraphs are all
emerging as tools with which influencers can stand out from the flood of online
content by competitors. The rise of alternative platforms, like TikTok, is sure
to only exacerbate this shift.
As the influencer
industry continues to grow and change, brands and marketers cannot afford to
stick to old patterns out of habit.
Ronn Torossian is the CEO and Founder of 5W Public
Relations. 5W PR is a leading digital pr and influencer