What is influencer marketing?

Influencer marketing is an effective marketing method for reaching essential target groups and influencing their attitudes, knowledge and purchasing behaviour.

The key element is to find the most suitable influencers who share the company’s values, interest the essential target groups and intermediate genuinely interesting content for the target groups.

These influencers can keep a blog or post their opinions on YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram or other social media channels. They can be athletes, artists or basically anything, but the essential elements are that they have their own community in social media and a willingness to produce and share professionally produced, top-quality material for their followers.  

Honest influencer marketing is transparent with respect for both parties and it takes the needs of the target audience into consideration. Any commercial cooperation is to be clearly stated. The ethical code PING Ethics is a good starting point for long-term cooperation. The PING Ethics code is free for everybody and can be downloaded from here.

Influencer marketing can be, for example:

  • Blog posts, videos or pictures on the influencer’s social media channels (content cooperation)
  • Content for the company’s marketing campaign with the influencer’s name or picture (providing content)
  • Operating as a brand ambassador
  • Cooperation in different social media channels, for example, the influencer’s or the company’s Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter etc.  
  • Competitions for the end-users
  • Involving consumers in product development and testing
  • Events, trips and workshops
  • Affiliate links, widgets
  • Display advertising

Why bother with influencer marketing?

With the help of the influencers companies obtain better results than with many other marketing methods.

The key issue is to know how to benefit from the influencers in developing business. It is vital to create content that truly interests your target groups and brings added value to them.

Influence marketing is especially effective when the message delivered is not easily perceived and with issues that raise differentiating opinions.

How to choose the right influencers?

The right influencer:

  • Knows the product/service and has a genuine interest in it
  • Is a known expert and opinion leader in his/her field
  • Has the right target audience for your company
  • Knows how to produce suitable content (stories, videos, pictures, social media posts)
  • Understands marketing and is interested in commercial cooperation
  • Has a sufficient number of committed followers in the relevant social media channels
  • Has good cooperation skills
  • Understands the value of his/her work

There are already tens of social media influencers in Finland. Check out the forerunners of influencer marketing in Finland here.

How to begin influence marketing?

This is how the process goes:

  1. FOR WHO? (define target audiences)
  2. WHAT? (the needs of the target group, defining the key message and links)
  3. HOW? (what kind of content is produced)
  4. WITH WHO? (choose the right influencers; make sure they are involved, committed and informed)
  5. WHEN? (right timing in accordance with other marketing efforts)
  6. WHERE? (which channels to use)
  7. HOW MUCH? (how is the effectiveness measured)
  8. HOW WELL? (analysis of the results)

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